nday, May 7, 2017, former colleagues, friends and family members of Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO)
professor Joseph Toland OD '54, MD gathered to honor his legacy at a special reception following the annual Dr. Joseph C. Toland Excellence in Education Conference. An advocate, activist and leader in the optometric world, Dr. Toland served 45 years at Salus PCO prior to his passing in December
University president Dr. Michael H. Mittelman welcomed attendees and Dr. Susan Oleszewski, vice president for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations, presented an overview of Dr. Toland’s life and accomplishments. A video
compellation memorializing Dr. Toland’s life was shown, including interviews with current faculty members who he mentored. Attendees also received buttons with Dr. Toland’s image on them and one of his favorite sayings (or “Toland-isms”), “Love Ya!”
At the event, Katherine Boas ’19 OD was awarded the first Joseph C. Toland Memorial Scholarship
. The scholarship was established to honor Dr. Toland’s legacy. The award goes to a worthy third year optometry student (or students) who is in good academic standing and demonstrates a distinctive ability for providing competent and compassionate care to his/her patients.
Katherine was nominated by multiple faculty members of PCO and doctors at The Eye Institute, including Dr. Jean Marie Pagani. She said Katherine exemplifies many of the qualities Dr. Toland had as a clinical provider.
“Dr. Toland always cared about his patients as a whole,” she said. “Yes he cared for their eyes, but he truly cared about them as individuals. Katherine embodies the same caring nature, and they both had a huge desire to learn. We can already see that she’s developing into a fabulous clinician and believes in true, compassionate care for every patient, just like Dr. Toland did.”
Katherine was honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Joseph C. Toland Memorial Scholarship. She hopes to have a similar lasting impact on her patients’ lives throughout her career.
“I hope throughout my optometric career I can touch lives as he did, fight for optometry as courageously as he did, and be as generous and loving to my patients as he was known so well for,” she said. “I am extremely grateful to be associated with such an optometric champion as Dr. Toland.”
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