Bill Bauscher


Bill was an outstanding high school athlete for three years at Fairfield, Idaho before completing his senior year in Jerome. Idaho. He lettered in four sports: football, basketball, baseball, and track.

During his senior year he participated in Idaho All-Star Shrine Games in football and basketball. He continued his athletic career at the University of Idaho from 1952-1956 competing in basketball and track. In 1956, he was the captain of the basketball team, placed 5th in the Pacific Coast Conference in the long jump, and received the Outstanding Senior Athletic Award. While at Idaho he also received a Top Ten Senior Award, National Premedical Honor Society Award, and Blue Key Award.

Bill served in our Armed Forces from 1956-1994 with active duty at Fort Sam Houston from 1957-59 and the Gulf War in 1990. He retired as a Colonel in the reserves with many commendation medals.

He completed his Optometry Degree at the University of Houston in 1963. He then practiced in Caldwell, Idaho from 1963-1987, Saudi Arabia 1987-95, and Burke, Virginia from 1995-2001. He has served on many boards in his professional career and received awards such as Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society in 1987, College of Idaho Booster of the Year in 1986, Caldwell Rotary Program of the Year in 1985, Caldwell Lion's Distinguished Service Sight Conservation Award in 1982, and Idaho Optometrist of the Year in 1967.

He calls his home Caldwell, Idaho and has three sons: Brett, a veterinarian with one son. Lance an English professor and Joe a college student.

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