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Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award
Presented to individuals who, over an extended period of time, have served the society in an outstanding way, especially through volunteer participation in its management, operation or planning in such ways as editorship of a periodical, organization of meetings, or other service to the society.
The award was established in 1973 by the Board of Directors in memory of Stephen M. MacNeille and is endowed by the American Optical Corporation and contributions from individual members. In 2013, the award was named in honor of Stephen D. Fantone.
For his role as founding editor-in chief of "Optica" and his commitment to excellence in the optics and photonics community.
For over 25 years of outstanding service to the optics community and Optica in areas as diverse as publications, conferences, strategic planning, and the Optica Board of Directors.
For decades of principled leadership and steadfast service to The Optical Society and to the optics community, and especially for serving as a tireless ambassador for OSA
For outstanding service to the Society through numerous advisory and leadership roles, including 2005 President, Board of Directors Member and Chair of the Optics and Photonics News Editorial Advisory Committee
For 25 years of enthusiastic service, principled leadership, and tenacious commitment to OSA's publications, conferences, processes, and especially its membership
For extraordinary contributions to the OSA, including distinguished service as OSA President and a key role in the formation and leadership of the OSA Foundation
For sustained leadership, vision, and considerable voluntary attention to the quality and impact of OSA publications
For outstanding service as founding editor of the groundbreaking journal, Optics Express, leadership while serving as President, and his deep commitment in serving OSA in many other ways
For long and distinguished service to the optics profession, including extraordinary leadership in guiding the OSA Foundation through its initial years and leading it to an impressive set of accomplishments
For distinguished service to the Optical Society of America and the optics and photonics community, and for leadership in the area of publications
For outstanding vision, leadership and service in setting the financial policies and procedures for the Society that provide financial stability and opportunity
For 23 years of dedicated service to the Optical Society of America including vital contributions to publications, meetings, international relations, and general governance
For exceptional volunteer service to OSA over three decades including the Presidency, the Board of Directors, the Publications Council, the Society Objectives and Planning Committee, and various other committees
In recognition of three decades of service to the optical community. He has been a major contributor to a transformation in the dissemination of technical information, in the organization of meeting on optical science and technology, and in OSA itself. His wisdom, consideration, and intellectual integrity are esteemed by all
For his contributions to the health of the optics community as a member of numerous committees, chair of Technical Council, treasure, and president of the Society
For nearly a quarter-century of enthusiastic service and leadership in the scientific community as executive director of the Optical Society of America
For dedicated service to the technical community as an indexer of optical literature
For service to the Society during a quarter century as editor of Applied Optics
For service to the Society, including his presidency in 1969, as well as service to the broader community of optical scientists and engineers through research, and leadership of the research efforts in atomic and molecular physics at the National Bureau of Standards
In appreciation of her advancement of the field of optics by her long devotion to the Society's affairs, in token acknowledgment of the multitude of friendly contacts that she has personally fostered in the Society's behalf, in gratitude for her so ably representing the Society in inter-society affairs, and in sincere recognition of the high esteem in which she is held by her many friends and colleagues