President’s Medal Recipients

Many people have been part of the proud history of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) and Salus University.  Alumni, faculty, and friends of the College helped establish PCO as a pioneer and leader in the field of optometric education and the profession of optometry. The following people - highlighted on Medal Mondays - were honored on May 20, 1995 at the 75th Anniversary Gala Celebration for their outstanding contributions to the College and the field of optometry and vision care.

During the weekend of the Centennial Gala Celebration, additional alumni, faculty, and friends were honored.

Richmond Lewis Scott, OD ’50, FAAO
(1924 – 2011)

rlewisscott-pic.png Throughout his professional career, Dr. Richmond Lewis Scott was a strong advocate for expanding the scope of practice for optometry and the important role education and regulation played in this process.

For over seventeen years, he served on the Indiana Optometry Board, most of that time as president. He lectured throughout the state, country, in addition to presenting lectures in Paris, Monaco and Venice. He was a strong proponent of mandatory continuing education for healthcare providers and helped pass legislation in Indiana to require continuing education for optometric re-licensure. 

Dr. Scott was a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA). In 1984, the AOA selected Dr. Scott as the National Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Scott was also a past president of the Indiana Optometric Association (IOA). He was also the only optometrist to twice be selected as the Indiana Optometrist of the Year. The IOA also awarded him the Distinguished Service Award, two Meritorious Service Awards and in 1993 presented Dr. Scott with the IOA's Lifetime Achievement Award. 

He also served as president of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) and president of the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry (now the Association of Regulatory Boards in Optometry).

Dr. Scott passed away in 2011 at the age of 87.