Dr. Herschel A. Rubin – Class of 1937 – Notable Alumnus

Herschel A. RubinFollowing his graduation from what was then the School of Optometry in 1937, Dr. Herschel A. Rubin returned to his hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio, and opened his practice in the rear of the jewelry store owned by his father, Leon Rubin. The next year, he married Elsa Alexander (OSU Class of 1938), whom he met at Ohio State. Dr. Rubin served in the Army Air Corps in California during World War II and then returned to East Liverpool, where he practiced until his retirement in 1985.

He was active in the community as a member of the East Liverpool Jaycees and Rotary Club, served several terms as a member of the city’s Board of Health, and spent many years as a Boy Scout leader. Following retirement, he kept up his office as a home for his model trains, which now fill the space once occupied by his optometric equipment and fitting room. Dr. Rubin continues to be a fixture in the community, where he frequently encounters former patients who happily tell him, “You made my first pair of glasses!”

Dr. Rubin and the late Elsa Rubin had two children. Elsa Rubin Efran (OSU Class of 1963) lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Dr. Jay S. Efran (OSU PhD 1963). Leon M. Rubin (OSU Classes of 1977, 1987) and his wife, Suzi Rubin, live in Dahlonega, Ga. Dr. Rubin has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

LaMar Zigler, OD MS – Class of 1981 – Notable Alumnus

LaMar ZiglerDr. LaMar Zigler is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he completed his OD and MS degrees simultaneously in 1981. He chaired the Contact Lens Committee of the Ohio Optometric Association from 1987 to 1990, which featured the annual Contact Lens Education Meeting in Columbus every January. He helped develop the EastWest Eye Conference in 1994 and chaired the meeting until 1996. He then chaired the Education Committee of EastWest from 2003 to 2005. He currently serves as chair of the contact lens track and round table discussions for the EastWest CE committee.

He was a member of the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Continuing Education committee from 2008 to 2010. He chaired the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section in 2011-2012. He is a fellow of The American Academy of Optometry. He has been a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Optometry since 1981, teaching in the clinics as well as serving as a preceptor for the primary care extern program since its inception.

He has two private practices in Columbus, Ohio with his nephew, Travis (OD’10), his nephew’s wife, Jenna (OD’11), and his youngest son, David (OD’14) all Ohio State Optometry Graduates. He has been the Principal Investigator on 136 FDA clinical trials and has served on advisory boards and speakers bureaus for many manufacturers. He lectures nationally on contact lenses, sports vision, primary care, refractive surgery, and practice management.

He was honored with the distinguished service award from the Ohio Optometric Association in 1999 for his work on EastWest. He was inducted into the National Academies of Practice for distinguished practitioners in 2004. He has enjoyed mentoring over 200 optometry student employees, pre-optometry students, and externs in his 32 years of private practice. He is a proud life member of both the Ohio State University Alumni Association and Optometry Alumni & Friends.

Joseph Studebaker, OD – Class of 1987 – Notable Alumnus

Joseph StudebakerDr. Joseph B. Studebaker is a 1981 graduate of Northmont High School. He completed undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University in 1983. In 1987 he received his Doctorate in Optometry (OD) from Ohio State as a Beta Sigma Kappa honor student. He has over two decades of experience in clinical eye health and vision care. Dr. Studebaker served as President of the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) in 2003. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at and Extern Preceptor for The Ohio State University College of Optometry as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Studebaker is a Diplomate of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and currently serves as a Clinical Examiner for the Board. He served as a member of the Communications Group for the American Optometric Association (AOA) and as a State of Ohio motorist vision examiner for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Bureau of Motor Vehicles for the past two decades. Dr. Studebaker is a member of the AOA, the OOA, and the Miami Valley Society of Optometrists. He is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the AOA.

Dr. Studebaker is widely published in the eye care literature and has edited, authored, or co-authored over 30 articles on a broad range of topics including ocular disease, ocular pharmacology, optometry, practice management, managed care and contact lens management. He lectures nationally on contact lens management and related topics. He also lectures at The Ohio State University College of Optometry on ocular pharmacology, eye disease management, glaucoma, and ocular imaging technologies including spectral domain optical coherence tomography. Dr. Studebaker has conducted numerous clinical investigational studies for several ophthalmic and contact lens manufacturers, including investigational studies for the United States Food and Drug Administration. He received the Annual Writer’s Award from Optometric Management in 1996. Also in that year, Dr. Studebaker received the Outstanding Service Award from the OOA. He received this award from the Association for a second time in 2005 and, in 2008, was presented the OOA’s Warren G. and Ruth P. Morris Ohio Optometrist of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to optometry and public service. Dr. Studebaker is an active amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. He also enjoys bicycling, hiking, computers/electronics, acoustic guitar, and digital photography.