Jeanne C. Sinkford, DDS, PhD, is Associate Executive Director of the American Dental Education Association and Director of the Association's Center for Equity and Diversity. She is also Professor and Dean Emeritus, Howard University College of Dentistry. Dr. Sinkford's distinguished career in dental education includes serving as Dean of Howard University College of Dentistry from 1975 to 1991.
Dr. Sinkford is a nationally and internationally renowned dental educator, administrator, researcher, and clinician. She finished first in the dental class of 1958 at Howard University before pursuing graduate study at Northwestern University, where she received her MS (1962) and PhD (1963). She completed a Pedodontic Residency at Children's Hospital National Medical Center in 1975. Dr. Sinkford became the first woman dean of a U.S. dental school in 1975. She served in that capacity for 16 years.
Dr. Sinkford has served on so many committees and advisory councils of national significance they could not all be listed here. Among them are the National Advisory Dental Research Council; Directors' Advisory Council, National Institutes of Health; Council on Dental Research, American Dental Association; Governing Board of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry; Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG), Veterans Administration; and the National Academy of Sciences. She has also served on various Advisory Boards of University Schools of Dental Medicine and Dentistry. She has been a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, since 1975.
Dr. Sinkford has published more than 90 articles in refereed journals and has written an instructional manual for crown and bridge prosthodontics. She is co-author of Women's Health in the Dental School Curriculum: Report of a Survey and Recommendations.
Dr. Sinkford holds honorary degrees from Meharry Medical College, Georgetown University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Detroit-Mercy University. She has received Alumni Achievement Awards from Northwestern and Howard Universities and numerous other citations for exceptional professional achievement. Dr. Sinkford was selected as an Outstanding Leader in Dentistry by the International College of Dentists. She is the first woman to be so honored. In 2007 Dr. Sinkford received the Trailblazer Award from the National Dental Association, and her most recent recognition was the distinguished 2009 Herbert W. Nickens Award for her outstanding contribution to promoting justice in medical education and health care.
Dr. Sinkford is married to Dr. Stanley M. Sinkford, a pediatric cardiologist, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. They have three children, Dianne Sylvia, Janet Lynn, and Stanley M., Jr. Dr. Sinkford is a truly amazing woman who has combined her intellect and humility to lead a dynamic life. She is committed to her profession, her community and society, her beliefs and ambitions, and her family and friends. As an African American woman who entered dental school when only 1.2% of the dental students in the United States were women and who graduated in 1958 when women made up only 2% of dentists nationwide, she has dedicated many years of her life to the "cause that social, cultural and educational inequities in society can be overcome by forceful leadership and constant support of equal opportunity and civil liberty." At the time of her graduation, only five of her 50 classmates were women, because not only were women discouraged from dentistry, but some faculty had prejudices against female students. She was not only accepted by the male students because she was an excellent student and a leader as well, she was elected class President. Dr. Sinkford has been and continues to be an inspiration in the profession of dentistry and in her life.
Dental Trade Award
Mr. "Kim" is founder and owner of MCT (Mr. Curette Tech), which manufactures implants and dental instruments. After completing his studies in Australia, he returned to Korea, where he started to import and sell dental products. Thinking that someday there might be a limit to the dental imports he could sell, he decided to study the actual manufacturing of dental instruments to provide new high-quality products to consumers.
Since he established his company in 1999, Mr. Youn has worked diligently and has cooperated with many famous dentists to develop dental implant instruments and products that at present are recognized as unique, innovative technologies in the United States, Japan, England, Brazil, China, India, Morocco, and France.
As a competitive source of special implant instruments, MCT can be proud not only of the excellent quality of its products but also of the high praise and confidence it has received from dentists all over the world.
Elmer Best Award
Dr. Elgoyhen graduated with a DDS degree in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1955, after which he completed his post-graduation studies in 19601961, obtaining the corresponding diploma approved by the Ministry of Education of the Argentine Republic. He then dedicated himself exclusively to Orthodontics, and since 1967 he also has been Dipl. Specialist for the Evaluation Court of the Argentine Orthodontic Society.
In his long professional life, Dr. Elgoyhen has traveled and worked in the United States and Brazil with important and well-known specialists from Finland, Japan, The Netherlands, the United States, and many other countries. He has published his work, collaborated on books, taught innumerable courses, and been a lecturer at congresses, scientific meetings, seminars, and conferences in too many countries to recount; however, his participation as the principal speaker at the VI Worldwide Congress of Orthodontics in Paris in September 2005 should be especially noted. In his 40 years of teaching orthodontics, he also has held the position of Director and Head Professor of the Buenos Aires Dental Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires.
Dr. Elgoyhen was President of the Argentine Dental Association in 19821983. He is a Fellow of International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, the Latin-American Association of Orthodontists, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Orthodontic Worldwide Federation, and the International Association of Dental Research; in addition, he is Associate Member of the European Orthodontic Society and a member of many other organizations and societies.
Dr. Elgoyhen lives in Argentina with his wife. He has a daughter, Dr. Maria Fernanda Elgoyhen, who became a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2008.
Dr. Barrett, who was born in 1920 in Iowa, graduated from the University of Iowa Dental School in 1944 as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy from 1942-1946, including his service during WWII. He married his wife Lois in 1945 and they spent the war years in San Diego, where Dr. Barrett performed oral surgery while still serving in the Navy. When his service was completed, Dr. and Mrs. Barrett returned to Iowa, where Dr. Barrett set up his private practice. They had five children, none of whom was interested in the profession of dentistry.
Dr. Barrett has many professional and personal achievements, including years of teaching at the University of Iowa School of Dentistry, service on civic boards and committees, and membership in professional associations. He is a Life Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, having served as Section Chairman, Trustee, Vice President, PresidentElect, and President. He also served on the Academy's Executive Board and the PFA Foundation's Executive Board, for which he was Publicity Chairman, representing the Academy and Foundation in India, Korea, and Spain. His many awards and honors include the Pierre Fauchard Academy Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award, Knights of Columbus Knight of the Year Award, and Iowa Dental Association Presidential Award, Distinguished Service Award, and Guest of the Year Award. He also was named Knight of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul. Dr. Barrett is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.
Dr. Barrett now lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, with his beautiful wife, Lois, and continues to be active in professional and civic affairs. He is
an avid golfer and is passionate about football, especially Iowa football! He supports a football scholarship at the University of Iowa, holds season tickets, and plans his schedule around Iowa home games. As he has always supported his chosen life's work, he now continues to support his favorite sport.
There are many things to be said about Dr. James M. Brophy, III--too many to print in this small space. However, in summing up his story, we should start with his association
with the Pierre Fauchard Academy and his long-time relationship with the late Secretary-General of PFA, Dr. Richard A. Kozal. To say they were as close as brothers is an understatement, but the truth is they were like brothers, with disagreements, support for each other, and a special affection only brothers can have. Dr. Kozol and "Broph" met at Loyola Dental School in Illinois when Dr. Brophy was Assistant Editor of the Illinois Dental Journal (he later was appointed Editor of the Loyola Bur) and Dr. Kozal was President of the Loyola Dental School Alumni Association. As the story goes, they were both attending an ISDS meeting in Springfield, Illinois, when unexpectedly Dr. Kozol unceremoniously told Dr. Brophy to "get up there and start taking pictures," which he did, and there started the partnership that lasted for almost 30 years!
In the early 1980s the Academy's membership was held in two shoeboxes, and although the "Members" as they were called then did receive the Dental Abstracts journal, the PFA newsletter left a lot to be desired. Because Dr. Brophy was an experienced editor, Dr. Kozal thought it would be a much-needed boost to the Academy's image to have a newsletter worthy of carrying the name of The Pierre Fauchard Academy. Thus Dr. Brophy became Editor for the Dental World newsletter, which is now enjoyed by PFA Fellows all over the world.
Dr. Brophy served as our Editor from the early 1980s until 2009, when he became our Historian and Contributing Editor. His special historical articles about the Academy and the people
who had a role in establishing PFA as a prestigious, truly international organization will have everyone looking forward to the next issue with eager anticipation.
In his professional and personal life, Dr. Brophy has been a father to five wonderful children who have done well in their own lives, a granddad, a dentist and teacher, and a second-generation Elk for 35 years, serving as President
for an unprecedented four terms and Director of the Illinois Elks Association, earning the Award of "Elk of the Year." Only 18 Elks have earned this award, and many of them are no longer living.
Dr. Brophy has served the Academy under 23 presidents and continues to serve today. He recently retired from active dental practice and, it is hoped, will now have time to pursue one of his favorite activities, which is exploring ancient ruins.