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DeAnn Fitzgerald ’81, OD ’84 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has become well known for her focus on using optometry as a way to manage athletes’ concussions. She has developed protocols for young athletes who suffer head injuries, and her work has been widely shared and emulated around the country.
Asparagus Fritatta
Sandra (Coutts) Young ‘82, OD ‘84 created a business called Visionary Kitchen, which connects nutrition with eye health. She is the author of Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye Health.
Wid Bleything at Veteran's Day
Willard “Wid” Bleything ’51, OD ’52, MS ’54 earned three degrees from Pacific University on his way to becoming an optometrist. He served in the Air Force and Air Reserves, retiring as a colonel, and he also worked in private practice for many years before eventually returning to Pacific, where he became the dean of the College of Optometry.
Nala in front of Pacific University entrance
One night, just after winter term his junior year, Adam Katz ‘19 drove round trip to Idaho in one day. On the return trip he had some very special cargo — a tiny Rottweiler puppy who would change his entire career trajectory.
Anuhea Wall '15, MSW '17 with her two sisters and two nephews
Anuhea Wall '15, MSW '17 supports families with Native Hawaiian children through her job as a social worker for the Lili‘uokalani Trust.
Bridgett Pride '09
Bridgett Pride ’09 is on a mission to change the way research is conducted to ensure voices of minority groups are not overlooked.
Scott Pike
Scott Pike '68, OD '70 has been awarded the Pacific University Alumni Association 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award.
Matthew Meyer
Matthew Meyer '75, who was named the 2020 recipient of the Alumni Association's David and Sandy Lowe Outstanding Service Award, is a volunteer by nature.
Breanne McGhee
Breanne McGhee OD ’16, MEd ’16, PhDEL '21 hasn't let COVID-19 setbacks slow her down — even though she can't hug anybody. 
Dennis Carline '79, MST '88
As a coach, teacher, mentor and father, Dennis Carline '79, MST '88 has made a profound difference in the lives of underserved kids.

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