ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding individual who over an extended period of time provided exceptional leadership to ASCO and to optometric education; made outstanding contributions to the optometric community, and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to the Association.

Nominations are now closed.

Criteria for the Award:

  • It is awarded “for unique and exceptional accomplishments and contributions to ASCO and optometric education”
  • The award is not necessarily an annual award
  • The Executive Committee approves awardees
  • The Award is not tied to retirements
  • The Award is presented at the ASCO Annual Leadership Luncheon
  • Nominations can be received from any Board or Executive Committee member for consideration by the Executive Committee

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

2021

Dr. Doug Hoffman

Dr. Hoffman has been a longtime advocate for optometric residencies and community health center based optometry. He served as New England College of Optometry’s Director of Residencies from 1985 to 2020 and was Director of Eye Care Services for 35 years at DotHouse Health, a Boston community health center.

Within ASCO, Dr. Hoffman has served in several capacities including as Co-chair of the Residency Educators special interest group, Chair of the ORMatch Committee, Chair of the Residency Titles Task Force and a member of the Residency Affairs Committee.

2020

Dr. Janice E. Scharre

Dr. Janice Scharre began her optometric career as a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO), then joined the faculty at ICO. There she served in a variety of capacities. In 2014, Dr. Scharre joined Salus University as the Provost. Dr. Scharre is ASCO’s first female Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and we thank her for her commitment to ASCO and her role is advancing optometric education.
Dr. Scharre thank you message

2019

Dr. Arol Augsburger

Prior to Dr. Augsburger’s appointment at ICO in 2002, he served 30 years in a variety of leadership roles in higher education including the Interim Provost of UAB, Dean and Professor of the UAB School of Optometry, and Professor of Clinical Optometry at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Congratulations Dr. Augsburger on your Lifetime Achievement Award and thank you for your dedication to ASCO and optometric education.
Special Recognition Video

2018

Dr. William E. Cochran

Dr. William E. Cochran’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes his outstanding and exceptional leadership to ASCO and to optometric education, his contributions to the optometric community, and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to the association.
Special Recognition Video

2017

Dr. Melvin Shipp

Dr. Melvin Shipp is honored with the ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Shipp, over an extended period of time, has provided exceptional leadership to ASCO and to optometric education. We thank him for his exemplary commitment and dedication.

2016

Dr. Morris Berman

Dr. Morris Berman was honored with the ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Berman has exemplified what it means to be a leader in optometric education, having made and continuing to make outstanding contributions.

2015

Dr. Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr.

Dr. Alfred A. Rosenbloom was posthumously given the ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an outstanding individual who over an extended period of time provided exceptional leadership to ASCO and to optometric education; made outstanding contributions to the optometric community, and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to the association.

2009

Dr. Thomas L. Lewis

Dr. Thomas L. Lewis

Dr. Lewis exhibited exemplary vision and leadership skills in the transformation of PCO into Salus University, the first optometry-founded health professions university in the United States. In more than 30 years as an educator, Dr. Lewis has worked passionately and tirelessly to advance the profession of optometry through optometric education.