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Dr. Earl Smith gets the highest faculty award at the University of Houston

By: UHCO Communications Posted On: 04/07/2021


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Dr. Earl L. Smith III, Greeman-Petty Professor in Vision Development in the University of Houston College of Optometry, as the 2021 Esther Farfel Award recipient. Dr. Smith’s outstanding accomplishments in vision research, professional and graduate teaching, and service to his college, the university, and the profession have earned him this recognition.

Established in 1979, the Farfel Award is the highest honor accorded to only one faculty member each year at the University of Houston (UH). To receive it, a professor must demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service.

The award is named for Esther Farfel, the wife of Aaron Joseph Farfel who was a member of the University of Houston System Board of Regents. Mr. Farfel served on the Board for 16 years and established the award to honor his wife.

Give to the Earl Smith Professorship

The University of Houston College of Optometry has launched an endowed fund, the Earl Smith Professorship to celebrate the work of Dr. Smith. We would like you to consider a gift honoring his legacy and his transformative work in global myopia management. To give, please visit the college's foundation: https://fervfoundation.org/give-now/ . Just select the Earl Smith Professorship. Please note that FERV is a 501-C-3 organization, and your donations will be tax-deductible to the maximum extent applicable by law.