Kamelia Massih Outstanding Student Award & Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. Kamelia Massih was a beloved Portland optometrist and a true American success story. Born and raised in Tehran, she came to the United States in 1978, initiated her studies in biology at Portland State University and subsequently graduated in 1981 from Oregon State University. After completing a doctorate in optometry at Pacific University, she opened her own practice, Beaverton Vision World in 1989. She later opened a second clinic in downtown Portland near the Portland State Campus. She cared deeply about others and gave her time and resources to a wide range of local and national charities. She was a dedicated wife and mother who loved travel, the outdoors and above all else, fine arts, music and dance. Dr. Massih passed away on March 19, 2010 after a three year battle with cancer.
Each year one College of the Arts student and one College of the Arts faculty member will be acknowledged for outstanding achievement in their discipline and for bringing recognition or innovation to their department through the Kamelia Massih Outstanding Student Prize in the Arts and through the Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize in the Arts.