Dr. Morris Berman Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Morris Berman OD

ROCKVILLE, MD, June 30, 2016 – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) bestows Dr. Morris Berman with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

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

Dr. Berman, of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (SCCOMBKU), has exemplified what it means to be a leader in optometric education, having made and continuing to make outstanding contributions. Dr. Berman has displayed extraordinary commitment and dedication to SCCOMNKU, ASCO, optometric education, the profession, and to the public, both in the US and abroad.

“It is such an honor to be selected for a Lifetime Achievement Award. I am humbled that ASCO would choose me,” says Dr. Berman. “Over the past thirty plus years, I’ve learned a few things that I feel sure of. One is simple and we all live it every day; that we can only provide the best education for students when we communicate with our peers, stay up-to-date in our knowledge, and learn from one another. I have personally gained so much from my fellow optometric educators. ASCO facilitates these connections between us, and I am pleased, proud, and deeply touched to be receiving this award.”

Additional Special Recognition Awards winners are: Industry Leadership Award, R. Mike Daley, The Vision Council; and ASCO Rising Star awardees, Dr. Nathan Lighthizer, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry, and Dr. Nicole Ross, New England College of Optometry. 

Dr. Berman and his fellow awardees were recognized during ASCO’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, June 29 in Boston, MA.


The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is a non-profit association representing the interests of optometric education. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Rockville, MD, ASCO is committed to achieving excellence in optometric education and to helping its member institutions prepare well-qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry. Its membership encompasses the schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. A number of optometry schools outside the United States are affiliate members.