2000 Recipients - Dr. William J. Collis
Ophthalmologist & Philanthropist, Founder of the Hellenic Ideals Program of the Bluegrass
Medical Neurology Residency:
Fellowship Teaching Program:
Director of Clinical Anterior Segment Ophthalmology Surgery, 1982-1997
Ophthalmic Surgical Experience:
Greater than 20,000 ophthalmic cases
Medical Teaching Experience:
Clinical Instructor, Harvard medical School, October 1967 – June 1969
Instructor, Harvard Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology, 1966, 1967, 1968
Admissions Committee, Dean’s Office,
Professor, Anterior Segment Teaching, ORBIS,
Director of Fellowship of Clinical Anterior Segment, Ophthalmic Surgery, 1982-1997
Phi Beta Kappa, 1957
Who’s Who in
Board Certification in Ophthalmology, 1970
Plato Award AHEPA, Buckeye District, 1992
National Council of Christians and
AHEPA Man of the Year, National Award, 2000
Classical Assoc. of ;the
St. Clair Medical Center,
Kentucky Eye Institute, Founder and President
American Medical Association
Kelman Research Foundation
Consultant to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare
Member, Ophthalmic Anesthesia Society
Member, Commission for Handicapped Children, Associate Medical Staff
Member, Ophthalmic Outpatient Surgery Society )
Editorial Board Member, Ocular Surgery News
Editorial Board Member, Ophthalmic Management
Author, “The Bottom Line” Byline for Ocular Surgery News
Founder, Cataract Surgeons’ Club, Founded 1981 (1981-2001)
Clinical Investigative Committee, YAG Laser (Cilco),
Board Member, Ophthalmic Outpatient Surgery Society
Participant, Surgical Professor,
Lecturer in Ophthalmic Surgery,
eye exams and spectacles to everyone in
Program of the Bluegrass,
Cub Scout approx. 4 years
Approx. 5 years
Eagle, God and Country, Order of the Arrow Recipient
Lexington Philharmonic, Board Member (retired)
2000 Recipients - Mrs. Connie Collis
Co-founder of the Hellenic Ideals Program of the Bluegrass, Connie Collis has been the guiding force of the Program's musical, artistic and culinary endeavors.
Connie's diverse and numerous musical and artistic activities include serving for many years and in many positions on the boards of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra Women's Guild, the Kentucky Folk Art Center, and the Lexington Opera Society. Connie has also served for many years as a member of the National Society of Arts and Letters and as a Docent at the University of Kentucky.
Connie's special role as a mother, homemaker, and spouse is never understated. Connie is the mother of Todd Collis (married and living in Columbus, Ohio) and Adam Collis (married and living in Los Angeles, California). Her dedication to family is her most treasured passion.
From 1980 to 1995, Connie was a principal in the interior design firm of Ashland Interiors. For her unique understanding of and feeling for style and beauty, Connie designed some of the most beautiful and well known homes in the Bluegrass.
Connie received her B.A. degree in Theater Arts from George Washington University in 1964 and attended the University of Kentucky for one post-graduate year in 1979.
The stability and success of the Hellenic Ideals Program owes a great debt of gratitude to this creative, meticulous, and special member of our community.