Medal Monday: Gilda Coppola Crozier, OD ’43
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Medal Monday: Gilda Coppola Crozier, OD ’43

President’s Medal Recipients

Gilda and Tom LewisMany 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.

At the Centennial Gala Celebration on April 27, 2019, additional alumni, faculty, and friends will be honored.   

Gilda Coppola Crozier, OD ’43, FAAO

Dr. Gilda Crozier, revered by students as an outstanding teacher and mentor, began her academic career in 1943 as a clinical instructor. In 1945, she joined the faculty in the field of anatomy. She currently holds the rank of Professor Emerita. Over the years, Dr. Crozier taught ocular anatomy, microanatomy, and vertebrate embryology. She developed and introduced a number of courses including normal and abnormal development of the eye and ocular biology. She co-chaired the revision and integration of all bioscience courses for first and second year students. In 1971, Dr. Crozier was appointed to the National Institutes of Health, Bureau of Health, Education, and Welfare and served until 1975. She was a consultant to the National Board of Examiners in Optometry from 1970 to 1978. In 1982, she was honored as the Alumna of the Year. During the course of her career, she published numerous articles and lab manuals and also had a private practice in South Philadelphia. In 2003, she received the Alumni Association’s Special Recognition Award along with her fellow classmate, Freda Sattel, OD ’43

Gilda Crozier collage