Dr. Richard E. Bradley
Vice President Charles Eller
Dr. Patrick Henry receiving the Elmer Best Award from President Winspear
Dr. Joe Cappuccio receiving award from President Winspear
Tim Sullivan receiving Dental Trade Award for Sullivan Schein Dental
Jeff and Cliff Jr. receiving their dad's Award
Judy & Richard appreciating President Winspear's Award
Foundation Vice President Larry Barrett distributing Shira Certificates
Philippine Delegation presenting sashes to Academy and Foundation Offi- cers
Nevada Chair William Rohel presenting Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Michael Sanders
New California Fellows
President Englander installed by President Winspear
Thanking everyone and giving them a hand, as he passes over the mantle of leadership
The PFA Banquet was sold out, with people attending from all over the world in anticipation of the ceremonies. Foundation President and past PFA President M. David Campbell gave the Invocation, followed by our President William Winspear nervously making the introduction of the dignitaries, which seemed to be about everyone in attendance.
Vice President Charles Eller was the spokesman for the Awards Committee and he called forward the honorees with their citations as printed in the Luncheon Program.
Dr. Richard E. Bradley was honored by our outgoing President William Winspear with the 71st PFA Gold Medal, the highest award given to a professional from the United States. This prestigious PFA award went to a very deserving individual whose entire life exhibits the very qualities that PFA embodies and teaches. A Navy veteran and a dental graduate from the University of Nebraska, he teaches both there and at Creighton University, eventually becoming Dean at the University of Nebraska's College of Dentistry. He was also President and Dean of Baylor University's College of Dentistry, remaining there until his retirement in 1990. Among his many honors and levels of service, he has served as ACD President.
Dr. Patrick J. Henry of Australia was honored with the Elmer S. Best Memorial Award, the highest award given to a professional from outside the United States. Dr. Henry is an honor dental graduate from the University ofWestern Australia, did his graduate work at the University of Indiana, and was a research Fellow at the University of Chicago with visiting Professor status at the University of Michigan. He founded the Perth Osseointegration Training Centre, then branched out with similar clinics in the Southeast Asia Training Centre and the Australasia Regional Training Centre, teaching other professionals the art of implantology, as well as congenital defects. He has earned many awards internationally for his efforts.
Founder and first Chairman of the PFA Hall of Fame, Dr. Joseph P. Cappuccio, past ADA President, was honored with the PFA Distinguished Service Award. Many fond memories of working with the dynamic Dr. Cappuccio were present from the PFA Officers that had worked with him in PFA. Dr. Cappuccio's stellar career would require a tome to describe having done it all in his life. Even in our banquet program it took 3 pages just to hit a few highlights. His impact on dentistry has been as effective as his impact on PFA over the years.
The Dental Trade and Industry Award was presented to Tim Sullivan of the prestigious Sullivan-Schein Dental firm. Mr. Sullivan is President of Sullivan-Schein Dental, the U.S. dental division of Henry Schein, Inc. He is a CPA and active in numerous professional associations. He has earned his degrees at the University of Wisconsin. Sullivan-Schein is a Fortune 500 company and is the largest distributor of healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners in the North American and European markets in some 200 countries marketing some 170,000 products. Their headquarters in Melville, New York employs 12,000 people operating in 19 countries.
The Presidential Awards, selected by the PFA President and reported in advance went to past PFA President (1978) and former Editor Clifford Loader, posthumously, were accepted by his sons, Cliff Jr. and Jeff. Dr. Loader was, in essence, the driving force behind PFA becoming a recognized international honor organization. Dr. Loader served as ADI President, as well as PFA President in 1978 and as Editor for the PFA publication. He was the 1990 PFA Gold Medal recipient. A U.S. Army veteran during WWII serving in the Pacific as a Major, he earned two Bronze Stars for his service and a Presidential Unit Citation. He was Mayor of Delano, California for 14 years, President of the League of California Cities, Founder of the Valley National Bank of Delano, Director-emeritus of the American National Bank, Charter President of the Delano Kiwanis Club, and Honorary Member of the Delano Rotary Club. A man of such dynamic capacity, Dr. Loder has earned a houseful of awards and honors during his illustrious career from leaders and organizations from around the world. In particular, his friendship with Dr. Brenes-Espinach of Costa Rica was a major reason that Dr. Espinach left his fortune to the PFA Foundation, which has allowed the tremendous service to international dentistry today. Unfortunately God called Dr. Loader home in 1996 to reorganize heaven, and we miss his leadership today. His sons received the award at the banquet with heartfelt thanks.
The second award went to PresidentWinspear's dear Australian mentor, and the first Australian PFA International Trustee, A. Gordon Rowell, who unbeknownst to the crowd, had died in Australia the day before. Brigadier General Rowell was the Director of the Dental Services for the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps until he retired in 1981. He was an Elmer Best Award recipient in 1985. The University of Sydney had honored him with an Honourary Degree of Dental Science as the most distinguished member of the dental profession in Australian history. He was past ICD President, past President of the Australian Dental Association, an ADI Honourary Fellow, Founder and first President of the Australian College of Dental Surgeons, ACD Honourary Fellow, and Honourary Life Fellow of PFA.
Then in a surprise move that has so hallmarked President Winspear's tenure, he awarded a third Presidential Award to our long-serving Secretary General, Richard A. Kozal. Dr. Kozalwas appointed to the position of Secretary/Treasurer in the 1980s.He reorganized the position that has helped PFA through the formative years into aworld-recognized top honor dental organization. Dr.Kozal had served as ADAVice President, President of the ChicagoDental Society, ICDRegent of District 8, ACDFellow, and ADI Fellow.Hewas offered a similar positionwithADI, but chose PFA instead. His quiet, oftenunheralded service is too often takenfor granted. But Richard and his wife Judith are the wheels that make PFA move forward into the 21st Century.
Retiring PFA Trustees were recognized for their service on the Academy Board. Plaques went to Dr. Jonathan P.H. Rogers, International Trustee for Australasia, and to Dr. Steve Hedlund, International Trustee for Region 10, the U.S. Midwest.
Foundation Vice President Larry Barrett then presented the Foundation's Shira Awards to donors contributing over $1000 to the Foundation's fundraising effort. Receiving Shira Certificates were President James A. Englander, Editor James Brophy, International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda, Robin O'Sullivan, Rory E. Mortina, the Japan Section, the Canadian Section, and Den Mat Corporation.
The large Philippine Delegation then took the floor and presented the PFA Officers with their Section's ''Sashes of Many Colors'' that they use in their New Fellows Induction. Dean Diampo Lim and his contingent were in glee as they decorated the surprised officers.
The Nevada Section's Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. R. Michael Sanders, a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey, with his Master's Degree in Education from Rutgers University.He currently is a Professor at UNLV School of Dental Medicine. He had served on the New Jersey Consortium on Physician and Dentist Training in Health Care to Persons with Developmental Disabilities for the New Jersey Health Department. He serves on many Nevada committees to improve dental health in his state. He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD (Regent), and ACD.
New Fellows installed for the Northern California Section were Drs. Stephen John, Sean Mong, Ariane Terlet, James McNerney, and Lindsey Robinson. Our Secretary General, President, and International Trustee Dan Castagna handled the ceremony.
Following that event our new 2007-2008 PFA Officers were installed with James A. Englander of Wisconsin becoming President; CharlesG. Eller of Southern California becoming President-elect; Steve Hedlund of Iowa becoming Vice President. William Winspear automatically becomes the immediate past President with defined Constitutional duties.
Newly installed President James A. Englander addressed the luncheon attendants, saying, ''We have had another great PFA Annual Meeting! Bill Winspear will be a tough act to follow, but with your help and support, I know the Academy will continue to grow and flourish in the coming year. Fellowship recruitment and retention, as well as mentoring our younger colleagues, will be at the top of my agenda. As we discussed at our recent meetings, the success of any organization depends on fresh ideas and enthusiasm, generated by its younger members. Let us continue to encourage our dental students and young practitioners globally to become active in their profession and their communities in order to meet the criteria for Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy.''
Outgoing PresidentWilliam Winspear was at a rare loss for words, as the emotion of his year of service and their memories cameto himas he expressed his gratitudefor having the unique opportunity to serve as PFA's first truly International President.