Foley House Awards

The nomination period for 2016 Foley House Awards has ended. All nominations submitted after June 17, 2016 will be considered during the 2017 nomination period.

Located at 744 East Third Street, the Foley House served as the IU Optometry Clinic for ten years before the present building was constructed.  Beginning with the first award in 1976, a Foley House Basement Door Key Award has been presented each year to an individual distinguished for his or her role in memorializing the Foley House.  There are two awards available for IU School of Optometry alumni.

Foley House Distinguished Alumni Award

The Indiana University School of Optometry Foley House Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has spent significant time dedicated to excellence in optometry, has represented the School well throughout his/her career, and has reached pre-eminent status in the field of optometry. 

Award Criteria

•         Nominee must be a graduate of the IU School of Optometry.
•         Nominee must demonstrate excellence in optometry.
•         Nominee must be present at award ceremony.
•         Current faculty and staff of Indiana University are not eligible to receive this award.

Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed annually during the spring and honorees are selected by a committee convened by the IU School of Optometry Alumni Board of Directors. The award is presented during the Annual Foley House Awards Recognition Dinner held in the fall. To submit a nomination, please complete each section of the form below. The nominator must provide all materials pertinent to the nomination. The Selection Committee will not conduct further research on behalf of any nominee.  All nominations will be valid for the next two successive years.

Foley House Basement Key Award

The Indiana University School of Optometry Foley House Basement Key Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and/or service to the IU School of Optometry.  Recipients will be listed on the Foley House door on the second floor of the school.

Award Criteria

•        Nominee must be a graduate of the IU School of Optometry.
•        Nominee must demonstrate exceptional service and/or dedication to the IU School of Optometry.

Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed annually during the spring by a committee convened by the IU School of Optometry Alumni Board of Directors and recipients are announced at the annual AOA (American Optometric Association) meeting. The award is presented during the Annual Foley House Awards Recognition Dinner held in the fall. To submit a nomination, please complete each section of the form below. The nominator must provide all materials pertinent to the nomination. The Selection Committee will not conduct further research on behalf of any nominee.  All nominations will be valid for the next two successive years.

2015 Foley House Award Winners


2015 Foley House Award Recipients with Dean Bonanno

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
2015 Dr. Larry J. Alexander
Basement Key Award Recipients
1976 Dr. William Baldwin 1996 Dr. Dawn Kaufman
1977 Dr. Henry W. Hofstetter 1997 Dr. Jerald Strickland
1978 Dr. Donald Pitts 1998 Dr. George Rector
1979 Dr. Charles R. Shick 1999 Dr. Robert Moses
1980 Dr. Gordon G. Heath 2000 Dr. Edwin Marshall
1981 Dr. Michael J. Obremskey 2001 Dr. Jeffrey Marshall
1982 Dr. Ingeborg Schmidt 2002 Dr. Douglas Morrow
1983 Dr. Irv Borish 2003 Dr. Steven VanCleve
1984 Dr. Dennis Yamamoto 2004 Dr. Chuck Haine
1985 Dr. Jack Bennett 2005 Dr. James Wessar
1986
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2006 Dr. Linda Casser
1987 Dr. Merrill Allen 2007 Dr. R. Alan Roush
1988 Dr. R. Lewis Scott 2008 Dr. Polly Hendricks
1989 Dr. John Ashman 2009 Dr. Marjorie Knotts
1990 Dr. Dennis Escol 2010 Dr. Stephen Schock
1991 Dr. Felix Barker 2011 Dr. Gerald Lowther
1992 Dr. Donald Robbins 2012 Dr. Dennis Miller
1993 Dr. Daniel Gerstman 2013 Dr. Victor Malinovsky
1994 Lois Selk 2014 Dr. Patty Henderson
1995 Dr. Steven Hitzeman 2015 Dr. Jim Hunter

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