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A.L. Spivey III, OD '67, and Sidney J. Stern, OD '71, each received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Southern College of Optometry (SCO) during the college's annual Convocation ceremony on Thursday, September 22 in Memphis. The award is presented to SCO alumni who have demonstrated the highest level of service to their profession, patients and communities.
A 1967 SCO graduate, Dr. Spivey began practicing in West Tennessee following his graduation. His practice in McKenzie has served as an externship site for numerous optometry students, and Dr. Spivey enjoys a reputation for having mentored or encouraged young people to pursue careers as optometrists. One of those was his son, Scott Spivey, OD '94.
He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and the Northwest Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians (NWTAOP), which honored him as Optometrist of the Year in 1977. He was also named Tennessee’s Optometrist of the Year in 1980.
Dr. Spivey served 10 years on the Tennessee Board of Examiners of Optometry and as Legislative Chairman for his state association. He also is a past member of the National Board of Optometry and has served in a number of other related committees as well.
He is a member and Past President of the McKenzie Lions Club, as well as a member of the medical staff at Regional Hospital in McKenzie. He and his wife, Vee, have two sons and five grandchildren.
A 1971 graduate, Dr. Sidney Stern has practiced in Florida for the past 40 years. His Visual Health Center employees more than 100 people at 22 locations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
In 1990, Dr. Stern established the Florida Optometric Physicians Network to bid on managed-care contracts, demonstrating leadership that has benefitted many ODs in his state. He is president of the World Optometry Foundation and also has served in a number of key offices of SECO International, including terms as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Trustee.
Dr. Stern has served as Chairman of the Board and President of the Florida Optometric Association. He has also served on the American Optometric Association’s Eye Care Benefits Committee and the AOA’s Congress Committee.
In 1997, he was named Florida’s Optometrist of the Year and in 2000, Optometrist of the Decade. He and his wife, Florence, are the parents of four children, one of whom is also an optometrist.
Congratulations to Drs. Spivey and Stern for their accomplishments and contributions to the profession of optometry.