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Dr. Richard S. Savoy

Associate Professor


First Appt: 2006

Academic Background:

2012; M.P.H.; University of Memphis
1983; O.D.; Illinois College of Optometry
1977; B.S.; University of California, Riverside


Upon graduation from the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Richard Savoy entered the United States Navy as an officer and optometrist. His military career lasted 23 years. Duties included assignments to various naval hospitals, naval air stations, and marine/navy recruit training bases. Dr. Savoy served as the Chief of Optometry at the Naval Air Station at Meridian, Mississippi and at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South at Millington, Tennessee. The highlight of his military career was duty as the officer responsible for two large military ambulatory care clinics in Pensacola, Florida from 1997 to 1999. In 1999, he received his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Dr. Savoy received numerous military awards while serving on active duty in the navy.

Dr. Savoy joined the faculty at Southern College of Optometry immediately upon retirement from the military in 2006. In addition to assignment as a clinical instructor, he has taught laboratory courses in geometrical optics, ophthalmic optics and the theory/methods of optometry. Dr. Savoy headed the small-group clinical integrative analysis course at SCO for several years and is currently the lead instructor for the didactic ophthalmic optics course tract and the didactic public health course. He was named teacher of the year by the class of 2011 for the academic year 2007-2008 and by the class of 2015 for the academic year 2012-2013.

In addition to membership in the AAO, Dr. Savoy is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, the American Public Health Association and the Tennessee Public Health Association. He is also a life member of the Armed Forces Optometric Association. Dr. Savoy has a special interest in short term overseas medical/optical missions and has accompanied SCO student mission groups to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Haiti as the faculty advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists at SCO.