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Thomas J. Tredici Endowment for Resident Education

Dr. Thomas J. Tredici was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, enlisted in the United State Air Force at age 19, and shortly thereafter, entered pilot training.  He piloted a B-17 Super Fortress and its crew of ten for the 8th Air Force out of Gatton, England in support of the Allied Forces in Europe.  

Following World War II, Dr. Tredici received his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Jefferson University in 1949.  He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1952 and then performed an internship at Brook Army Medical Center in 1956.  He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1956 prior to returning to active duty at Scott AFB, Illinois, and later serving at Clark AFB, Philippines.

For the first 6 months of the Vietnam Conflict, Dr. Tredici served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas.  Dr. Tredici retired from the military in 1987 and was the last WWII pilot on active duty worldwide.  Following his retirement, Dr. Tredici continued to work as a Senior Scientist at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine until 2011, having served the USAF for 70 years.

As of 2009, Dr. Tredici’s curriculum vitae listed 267 publication and 286 presentations.  He was a founding commissioner for the Joint Commission for Allied Health Professionals in Ophthalmology.  His research is what led to the gold face shield worn by American Astronauts to protect ultraviolet light-induce eye injuries.  Among his numerous accolades, Dr. Tredici was honored with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement award by the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2015.  Dr. Tredici is regarded as one of the most influential Ophthalmologists  in Aerospace Medicine in this century.

The Thomas J. Tredici, MD, USAF, Medical Corp (Retired) Endowment for Resident Education shall be a permanent endowment and shall be used for the benefit of the School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology resident program.  Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to provide financial support for resident education.

 
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