The AOA is proud to honor five members with its prestigious awards, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision.
The Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Kenneth Lawson, O.D., of Florida, for his outstanding service on behalf of the profession and the visual welfare of the public.
The Young Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Roya Attar, O.D., of Mississippi, who has been in practice less than 10 years and demonstrates remarkable leadership when serving the profession, patients and her community.
The Optometric Educator Award recognizes Caroline Beesley Pate, O.D., of Alabama, for outstanding service on behalf of the profession, optometric education and the visual welfare of the public.
The Paraoptometric of the Year Award recognizes Janet Millis, CPOT, of Illinois, for her significant contributions to the profession of paraoptometry.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes Roger Jordan, O.D., of Wyoming, for his unusually significant contributions to the profession of optometry.
The AOA congratulates all 2020 award nominees.
The Optometrist of the Year and Young Optometrist of the Year were selected from a robust field of nominees from 30 state associations and the Armed Forces Optometric Society. Each of these AOA-member doctors of optometry have distinguished themselves, and the profession, and are deserving of recognition and appreciation.
As 2020 concludes, the AOA’s Board of Trustees reflects on a year of unparalleled challenges and tireless resiliency as 2021 begins with promise.
The Atlanta doctor of optometry and civil rights advocate fought to open doors for Black students interested in the profession, including helping to found the National Optometric Association.
James A. Boucher, O.D., 83, founded his practice in Laramie, Wyoming, and served the community for five decades. Dr. Boucher specialized in cornea and contact lenses practice.