• News From the Chair

    Spring 2020

    Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board


    It is with deep appreciation for the work you do and your generosity to the Foundation that we provide this update.  On behalf of myself and the Foundation team, we recognize the COVID-19 health crisis as a pivotal landscape of our lifetime. This is a time of uncertainty and challenge for all of us, especially our members. This update provides you with information about our work at the Foundation, which predates the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Mark Your Calendars for the Orbital Gala During AAO 2020

    Save the date and join us for the 17th Annual Orbital Gala on Nov. 15 at the Venetian Resort, Las Vegas. At this year’s vintage Vegas-themed gala, you will dine, dance and celebrate friendships amidst the high-rolling luxury of the Venetian Resort Hotel. Bid on one-of-a-kind auction treasures at this 18-karat fundraiser to support vital Academy programs.

    This year, we are thrilled to celebrate David J. Noonan, former Academy deputy executive vice president. To make a tribute gift and have your message included in the Orbital Gala booklet, contact Tina McGovern at +1 415.561.8508 or tmcgovern@aao.org.

    You may purchase tickets after June 17 at aao.org/foundation.

    Former Academy deputy
    executive vice president,
    David J. Noonan, will be
    celebrated at the 2020
    Orbital Gala.

    $1 Million Remaining to Complete the New Museum

    In late 2017, the foundation launched a campaign to raise $12 million for a new, brick-and-mortar museum at Academy headquarters. Two generous gifts from members Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD, and Michael F. Marmor, MD, challenged our members, industry and private philanthropists alike to join in this endeavor. We are delighted to have reached over $11 million toward our goal to date!

    Visitors peruse the Discovery Gallery in the
    Museum of the Eye.

    Your generosity allows us to build a world-class Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye™, featuring the latest technology. Visitors will be especially enthralled with our virtual reality (VR) headsets. Created by the Academy’s eLearning team for U.S. ophthalmology residents, the educational VR experiences demonstrate the visual pathway of a human eye and show how new technology can impact medicine.

    Visitors view vintage spectacles in the
    Museum of the Eye.

    Now, as we near an opening date in 2020, we hope you will help us cross the $12 million finish line by donating to the museum.

    We offer a variety of opportunities and ways to give. Visit aao.org/museumcampaign. Questions? Contact the foundation’s executive director, Tina McGovern, at tmcgovern@aao.org.


    In Memoriam: Jay M. Galst, MD, Ophthalmic Historian and Museum Patron

    The Foundation is saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Jay M. Galst, MD, to COVID-19 in April. Dr. Galst was an avid supporter of the Academy’s Museum of Vision (now Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye) since 1985 and was serving as co-chair of the Acquisitions Subcommittee. An avid ophthalmic historian, Dr. Galst worked on the board of the Cogan Ophthalmic Historical Society and was a past president of the Ocular Heritage Society. His book, Ophthalmologia, Optica Et Visio in Nummis, details an extensive history of ophthalmic coins and medals.

    We hope you will honor Dr. Galst with a gift at this time to the museum, a project that was so near and dear to him. To make a donation in his memory, please visit aao.org/donate

    Jay M. Galst, MD, at the donor preview reception,
    Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye,
    San Francisco, Oct. 2019.


    We wish you all the best as you keep your patients, yourselves, your loved ones and our communities safe. Please feel free to reach out to me any time at gskuta@aao.org.



    Questions for the Foundation? Contact Tina McGovern, Executive Director, at tmcgovern@aao.org or +1 415.561.8508.