Bud Falkenhain, OD recognized with VOSH Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

Announcing 2018 Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award

V.E. (Bud) Falkenhain, OD (VOSH-Missouri)

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Dr. Falkenhain was cited for his passionate pioneering and visionary leadership throughout the years in the establishment of VOSH and well beyond. Dr. Falkenhain will receive the VOSH Lifetime Achievement at the VOSH 26th Annual Meeting October 12-13, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.

How do you describe a lifetime achievement award that continues in his his passion that includes 50 missions to 30 different countries? Involved with discussions of early pioneers of the VOSH humanitarian nonprofit organization that had grown to 84 chapters worldwide, Bud, as he is well known, accepted an invitation by VOSH founder Dr. Franklin Harms in 1977 to go in a trip to Nicaragua. And Bud has not stopped since.  The second President of VOSH/International in 1981-1983, he helped to form the framework that has propelled VOSH through its chapters and programs to be serve millions through the years. Of his VOSH missions and their impact, Dr. Falkenhain reflected  “ A VOSH mission can be a life changing experience, not only for the person receiving the care, but also for the person giving the care.”

An inspiration and mentor to many in his humanitarian efforts, Dr. Falkenhain, a private practitioner in Rolla, Missouri,has been a key leader in the industry and active member in associations within the field.  He is the only OD with the distinction of appearing on the NBC Today show.  His leadership and recognition includes OD of the Year of the Missouri Optometric Association, Presidencies of VOSH/International, VOSH-Missouri, Heart of America Contact Lens Society, and Missouri Board of Optometry. Recognized for his work Falkenhain received the President’s Volunteer Action Award at a White House Luncheon hosted by President Ronald Reagan.  Falkenhain also was awarded The Service Above Self Award by Rotary International and Edward Dahlstrom Distinguished Service Award by the Rolla Lions Club. Falkenhain received a Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry.