"They Said It Couldn't Be Done"

Drs. George Osborne and David GoldsteinI chose the Audiology profession because I loved the combination of science, technology, and working with people and Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) School of Audiology represented the type of education I believed all audiologists should experience.Drs. George Osborne and David Goldstein were both instrumental in the creation of the AuD program at PCO and influenced my decision to attend the program.

Still, graduation is a favorite memory because it was a year of firsts: it was the first graduating class for the new PCO School of Audiology; we were the first AuD graduates in the country to wear the new spruce green regalia for graduation (George was proud to point out that it was one of the last greens available for a doctoring profession); and we were the first class to visit the campus and meet the wonderful faculty of PCO who welcomed us so graciously. It was a wonderful weekend with my family and of course to hear the organ play as we walked down the aisle of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia to accept the challenges still confronting us in transformation of our profession. Four of the six members of the first AuD class were able to attend. In addition to me, the graduates who attended were Cathleen A. Alex, AuD ‘01 Kay D. Krebs, AuD ‘01 and John C. Miles, AuD ‘01. The poem, "They Said It Couldn't Be Done," was read by Cathy Alex in a small ceremony before graduation as we honored George and David and presented the establishment of the George S. Osborne Memorial  Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor the founding dean of the College of Audiology and is awarded to selected first-year students in the on-campus Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program. It describes the feelings of all six members of the first class who helped make the first professional degree of Audiology a reality. We give back every year because we want to help AuD students continue to move forward.
Veronica HeideI still love private practice as an audiologist – now over 25 years. Every day is exciting and fun to put to use the knowledge gained at PCO. I was once asked if I wanted to trade my PCO diploma for a Salus diploma after the name change of the school, and my answer was simply, "No, because George's signature would not be on it." Every day I look at George's signature and am reminded of his smile and his energy and of course the way he could twist an arm...a reminder that challenges remain possibilities of change. PCO was so fortunate to find someone as wonderful as Dr. Victor Bray to carry the program forward after George's untimely death.

I hope that Salus/PCO continues to provide an education based on science, technology, and humanity combined with practical experiences. I also hope that at graduation, the new Doctors of Audiology leave Salus looking forward to a life of learning and meeting professional challenges with determination to ensure excellence in patient care and compassion for those we serve.

Veronica Heide, AuD ‘01