J Lawton Smith Award Recipient

J Lawton Smith was one of the original founders of the COS.  He was globally well known as a neuroophthalmologist who was charismatic in practice and his faith!

The J Lawton Smith Award is given out each year at the COS Annual Meeting to an ophthalmologist who has shown a lifetime commmitment to serving the Lord through their personal practice of excellence in medicine, academic influence, and/or missionary dedication.

One of the founding fathers of the COS




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I think about Ron Seeley as being “serious”: serious about Jesus!

quote from Dr. Bill Jarrett

Ron is an extraordinaily humble man. Essentially the COS was founded by J Lawton Smith, Ron Seeley and Curtis Benton. While J Lawton was charismatic, Ron was a presbyterian. Despite their differences, they gathered around a singular purpose in founding the society which would serve so many ophthalmologists over the years! While J Lawton Smith was the early mouthpiece of the society, both Ron Seeley and Curtis Benton did some of the main work of making it go. Both he and Curtis are described as quiet and humble – very Godly men.

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