Medal Monday: Arthur Shlaifer, OD ’48
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Medal Monday: Arthur Shlaifer, OD ’48

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.

Arthur Shlaifer, OD ’48, PhD (University of Chicago, ’38), FAAO,

arthur-shlaifer-pic1Dr. Shlaifer joined the PCO faculty in 1948 and served for many years as professor of Ocular Pathology. Upon his retirement in 1975, he was named Professor Emeritus. For many years, Dr. Shlaifer was called upon to teach in additional areas of the curriculum.  He lectured extensively in the Continuing Education programs and was widely known for his research and lectures on glaucoma. He authored numerous papers, laboratory manuals, and, in 1961, the textbook, Synopsis of Glaucoma for Optometrists. Prior to joining the College faculty, Dr. Shlaifer worked as a biological researcher at the Aquarium in New York and served with the U.S. Public Health Services. For 22 years, he maintained a private practice in Media, Pa. He passed away on October 27, 1982.