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Alumna’s estate gives money to create Optometry scholarship

Karissa George

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With a gift from the estate of a Pacific alumnus, this year the College of Optometry will be awarding the “Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist.”

The award goes to a student from the College of Optometry that has contributed something to the profession.

After passing through the nomination committee, a selectiwon committee as well as community representatives will determine the awardee based upon their contribution and its significance to not only optometry but the school as well.

The prize is named after Kamelia Massih who received her doctorate from Pacific’s College of Optometry in 1985.

She opened her own practices in Beaverton and Portland in 1989. From then on, Massih was involved with many national and local charities. After a three-year- long battle with cancer, Massih died in March 2010.

Jan Stricklen of University Relations worked with the Massih family to begin the endowment. Massih was said to be “very passionate about her alma mater and her profession.”

The family wants the award to celebrate the life of Massih and therefore expects the awardee to be passionate about the same things.

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Alumna’s estate gives money to create Optometry scholarship