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Dr. Steele Celebrates Half Century of SCO Service

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“The Year of Bubba” will be one way that 2019 could be remembered. SCO Professor Glen Steele, OD ’69, was honored throughout the year, fitting recognition of SCO’s longest-serving faculty member.

In June, Dr. Steele, or “Bubba,” as he’s affectionately known, was inducted into the American Optometric Association’s Hall of Fame.

In August, Dr. Steele was named a finalist for Lifetime Achievement at the Memphis Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes Awards.

The Memphis Redbirds invited Dr. Steele to throw out the opening pitch at an August game attended by a number of prospective students and SCO’s recruiting team.

In September came perhaps the most special milestone of all – a reception attended by his fellow faculty and staff members as SCO celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Steele joining the faculty back in 1969.

Fifty years of service represents Dr. Steele’s contributions to optometry, teaching thousands of students and lecturing around the world, a remarkable achievement.

October saw another honor, as Dr. Steele joined his classmates as they were all recognized during their 50-year class reunion at SCO’s Convocation ceremony.

As the “Year of Bubba” came to an end, Dr. Steele had a simple message for his colleagues and former students – he’s not retiring and has no intention of slowing down. His commitment to pediatric vision and the InfantSEE program will continue, so here’s to many more happy years of service!


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