Medal Monday: Robert J. Morrison, OD ’48, FAAO
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Medal Monday: Robert J. Morrison, OD ’48, FAAO

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.

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

Robert J. Morrison, OD ’48, FAAO

Dr. Robert J. Morrison standing in front of a carDr. Robert Morrison, a world-renowned lecturer, researcher, and author in the field of contact lenses, joined the PCO faculty in 1980 as an adjunct associate professor. He served on the College Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1989.  Dr. Morrison was a Diplomate in the Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry and was a member on many national and international science boards as well as research and optometric organizations. Dr. Morrison was the first American to use a material invented by Otto Wichterle as the first “soft” contact lens. Dr. Morrison was also knighted by Queen Juliana of Holland for his service in eye care to the poor.  He passed away at his home on Jan. 7, 2015. He was 90 years old.