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SCO alumni W.C. Maples, OD '68, and Paul Mormon, OD '01, were recognized at SCO's 25th annual Convocation ceremony, held during Homecoming and Fall Continuing Education Weekend.
Dr. Maples, left, received SCO's Lifetime Achievement Award, while Dr. Mormon, right, was recognized as the first recipient of SCO's new Young Alumnus Award.
W.C. Maples, OD '68
Southern College of Optometry’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors alumni who have shown extraordinary leadership skills. Recipients must have made lasting contributions both to the profession of optometry and to SCO. This award is the highest honor the college can bestow upon its alumni.
Dr. W.C. Maples earned his bachelor’s degree in geography and chemistry in 1964 from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He moved to Memphis to study optometry and graduated from SCO in 1968. Dr. Maples practiced 12 years in south Mississippi, where he excelled in children’s vision and vision therapy. In 1979, he earned a master’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Optometric education called Dr. Maples to Northeastern State University-Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah. He taught there for 25 years and served as chief of the vision therapy clinic for 17 of those years prior to his retirement in 2006. He returned to teach at his alma mater in Memphis.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow in developmental vision and vision therapy of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists. Dr. Maples has been active for 40 years in the American Optometric Association and has served on numerous AOA committees at the national level. He has also been active in the Optometric Extension Program Foundation for 40 years.
Dr. Maples has served in all the offices of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and has served as Chair of the International Examination and Certification Board. The COVD awarded him the A. M. Skeffington Award for his contributions to the behavioral literature in 2000. He was awarded the G. N. Getman Award in 2006 for excellence in developmental vision and inter-professional relations.
Dr. Maples serves as editor of the Journal of Behavioral Optometry, has written more than 70 articles and is actively pursuing research in the areas of visual epidemiology, refractive errors, oculomotor dysfunction, strabismus, learning disabilities and brain injury. He has lectured extensively around the world.
Earlier this year, the W.C. Maples Award for Clinical Excellence in Vision Therapy and Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation was created in his honor at SCO. He is passionate about his work, optometry and his alma mater.
Paul Mormon, OD '01
Prior to graduating Summa Cum Laude from SCO, Dr. Mormon received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1997.
Following his graduation, he joined Eyecare East, PLLC in 2001 as a full-time partner. After spending several years as a part-time SCO faculty member, Dr. Mormon returned to full-time private practice after achieving the rank of Associate Professor and earning three “Clinic Faculty of the Year” awards voted by our students.
A member of SCO’s Alumni Council, he has served the past year as President of the Tennessee Optometric Association. Dr. Mormon is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the West Tennessee Optometric Society.
Also an SCO externship preceptor, Dr. Mormon is a clinical investigator for several contact lens companies and formed a consulting group to assist new graduates become successful in practice. Dr. Mormon’s father, Darwin “Bud” Mormon, Professor Emeritus, served 34 years on SCO’s faculty, and practices with his son.
His service to SCO includes volunteering as a member of SCO’s 75th Anniversary Committee. He also was instrumental in leading his class’s effort to endow a class scholarship.
Congratulations to Drs. Maples and Mormon for their service to their profession, their patients and their alma mater.