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Last modified: Tuesday, September 4, 2007

IU optometrist honored for his "enduring contributions" to health care

September 4, 2007

Edwin Marshall

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Edwin Marshall

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- It might be said that Edwin C. Marshall helps others see clearly in more ways than one.

The recently appointed Indiana University Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs recently learned he had been elected a distinguished practitioner by the National Academies of Practice for his public service in optometry.

"This is a tremendous honor when one considers that only 150 active distinguished practitioners may be elected to each academy, and that the academies represent the breadth of the health professions and functions as an interdisciplinary forum for addressing and advising governmental bodies on problems of health care," Marshall said.

According to a letter from the academies, Marshall was chosen because of his "significant and enduring contributions to health care practice," noting Marshall's "stature in the field of health care practice brings honor to all of us." To commemorate his election, Marshall will receive a medallion at a special banquet on Nov. 3, 2007.

Marshall will have the opportunity to join other distinguished practitioners in interdisciplinary discussions on some of the key issues facing the nation's health care system and its delivery of health care services. The National Academies of Practice was founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on issues related to health care and service.

In June of this year, Marshall co-authored "Through our Children's Eyes: The Vision Status of Indiana School Children," a comprehensive report to the Indiana State Health Commissioner and the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. The report surveys eye health among Indiana children and makes recommendations regarding what the state might additionally do to protect and improve children's vision.

Marshall has four degrees from Indiana University, including Doctor of Optometry, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Optometry and Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. In addition, he holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.