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.
Thomas Lynch, founder of Winchester Optical Company, was one of the early non-optometrists to join the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) Board of Trustees. There, he lent his extensive business expertise to the College and quickly became an asset to the Board, serving from 1970 to 1980. Lynch was instrumental in helping PCO graduates locate and establish practice opportunities. He was a founder and president of the Better Vision Institute and was active in his community. Lynch was also the recipient of the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1982. He died at the age of 85 on August 21, 1997.