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LEGACY, The Dental Profession

Published in 1990
First Edition, Hardcover
B&W photos, 213 pages


It has been said that every professional man has an obligation to contribute to the advancement of his profession because of the heritage he has received from those who have gone before.

It is appropriate that this compendium of essays, philosophies, and ideas by those who have enhanced the sound foundation of our profession are available to all who are, or strive to be, dental professionals. Certainly this book is not all-inclusive, but it is representative of the dental leadership that has contributed and continue to support the higher ideals of our noble calling.

All new ideas of mankind usually start with one person. The concept for this book started with an idea by Dr. Shigeo Ryan Kishi of Fountain Valley, California. I am honored and pleased that he asked me to assist him and to work with him. We are of course grateful to those who contributed essays and who graciously took time to provide us with their best efforts. We are also indebted to Dr. and Mrs. M.E. Ensminger of Clovis, California for the beautiful cover design created by their staff, and for guidance on format and publishing-a service they provided gratis.

I hope you will enjoy this book as much as we enjoyed producing it.

-Clifford F. Loader, D.M.D.


"Men are what they become, because of the contributions of all other men, both those now living, and those that belong to history. Our wisdom is the wisdom of the ages; our culture is the culture of the centuries, of the intelligent use of mind and matter by men of many lands and of many generations."

-Anonymous From the first A.D.I. Journal 1976

The idea for this book was conceived in an effort to assemble, in book form, the ideals and philosophies of some of the finest people within the dental profession. When consulted, Dr. Clifford F. Loader considered the idea worthy of pursuit, though fully aware of how difficult an undertaking it would be. His words of encouragement, his support and his enthusiastic efforts to recommend contributing authors ultimately led to the compilation of essays that have come to be known as Legacy, The Dental Profession.

lt must be remembered that ideas are only as good as the action that is taken to bring them into reality. For without the efforts of Dr. Loader, Dr. and Mrs. M.E. Ensmingerand thefinecontributingessayists, Legacy, The Dental Profession would never have become reality.

This book is not intended to impose ideals or beliefs. Instead, it is a volume of essays which, we hope, will serve as a guideline and promote some of the ideals and philosophies that have been meaningful to others in their quest to live a life of contribution to their profession and to all mankind.

We found that in compiling this series of essays that most of the authors have never previously attempted to express in writingtheir personal philosophy for others to read and to compare. Therefore, it must be remembered that this was one of the most difficult books to produce. The authors are individuals of high intellect and have contributed to the greatness of our profession and to society.

Most of the essayists in this book reflect a belief in the importance of the spirit and the dignity of the individual and a belief in a Supreme Being. Many of the essays express what the authors feel to be the most important landmarks thus far in their journey through life.

We sincerely hope that you will fully appreciate the efforts of these fine individuals so that they can all be remembered as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote:

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

- Shigeo Ryan Kishi, D.D.S.

Dr. Clifford F. Loader

United States

Born on May 13, 1916, in London, England, Dr. Clifford F. Loader's family moved to San Francisco in 1917. He was educated in the public schools of San Francisco and graduated from Lowell High School of San Francisco (the academic and oldest high school in California) in 1934. He received his D.M.D. degree from the North Pacific College of Portland, Oregon (now the Oregon Health Sciences University) in 1939. Passing the state boards of Oregon and California he established his private practice in Delano, California in 1940.

When World War 11 broke out, Dr. Loader volunteered and served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was awarded two Bronze Battle Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation. Retired disabled with a rank of major and maintaining that rank in the Honorary Reserve, Dr. Loader returned to Delano after his tour of duty.

An individual with high intellect who possesses a multitude of talents and abilities would be the only way to describe Dr. Loader and his distinguished career professionally and in matters of civic and international affairs. He was mayor of Delano for 14 years, president of the League of California Cities (436 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 Delano Rotary Club. He established four sister cities in Asati, Italy; Arida, Japan; lacona, Mexico; and Kalibo in the Philippines. His aid to education has been a constant pursuit since 1958 resulting in establishing a means for others to attain an education and to have educational facilities available to them that would not have otherwise been possible.

Dr. Loader has been the past president of the Kern County Dental Society, the California State Board of Dental Examiners, the American Association of Dental Examiners, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

He has received numerous honors and awards during his illustrious career. However, space will allow only a few to be mentioned here. He was chosen Man of the Year by the Delano District Chamber of Commerce, Dentist Citizen of the Year by the American Association of Dental Examiners, given the title of Cavatiere with Medal and Rosette by President Leone of Italy, the Silver Medal was awarded to him by Jacques Cherac, mayor of Paris, France. He received the Hillenbrand Award from the Academy of Dentistry International, an honorary membership was awarded him by the Hawaii Dental Association, the Clifford F. Loader Award for Professionalism and Ethical Culture was established by the Japan Section of the A.D.I. He was named International Dentist of the Year by the A.D.I. in 1988 at the Washington, D.C. A.D.A. meeting. In 1987 he received the Pierre Fauchard Plaque Award and in 1990, Dr. Loader received the Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal at the A.D.A. meeting of the Academy in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Loader lives in Bakersfield, California with his wife Rae and his two sons, Chip and Jeff.

As executive director emeritus of the Academy of Dentistry International, Dr. Loader is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Give A Little More Than You Are Asking For

In the end, true success in life is determined not on the basis of t tles we hold or the amount of money we make, but in our life's activities which make us truly happy. Success can mean being creative, doing something better than anyone else, overcoming obstacles, taking on a challenge, trying, winning, losing, but never giving up. Success is a very personal thing, like improving your family's lifestyle, giving, guiding, hoping, laughing. Success can be a very spiritual battle within yourself, your ambitions, your potential versus your capacity. Don't set your goals beyond your limits. Moderation in all things eliminates unnecessary stress and preserves your energy for the meaningful things that you strive to accomplish. If we look beyond the wall of the dental office, we can see opportunities that are available to give life deeper and broader dimensions. What is the greatest need in the world today? Why, it is to get along with our fellow man. We see and read every day the tragedy of human conflict ... of distorted perceptions that some people have of each other. But one person ... you ... can make a difference. The world is moved along, not only by mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. There are a multiplicity of needs in all communities, including the community that you live in. Money, of course, is one way to support charities and noble causes, but there are other ways, since most of us are not rich with fortunes to donate. Each of us, in our own way, have many ways that we can give. Some can give time, skill, or ideas. All of us can give appreciation, enthusiasm, interest, encouragement or sympathy. Look about you and see how you can contribute your special talents to make life better in the place that you live. Let me share with you the simple goals that I set for myself. My goals are three:

Raise a child
Plant a tree
Write a book

I have had a wonderful life. Evaluate the long-term goals of your own life and arrange your life's activities to make yourself truly happy.

Dr. Shigeo Ryan Kishi

United States

Currently a clinical assistant professor of restorative dentistry in the department of fixed prosthodontics at the University of Southern California, Dr. Shigeo R. Kishi also maintains a private practice in Fountain Valley, California and lives in Huntington Beach with his wife Emily.

Dr. Kishi was born on May 23,1943 in Amache, Colorado, which at that time was a relocation camp for Japanese-Americans during World War li. At the conclusion of the war, his family moved back to Southern California where he received his education in the public schools. He graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry in 1969. During his undergraduate years at U.S.C. he received a fellowship from the National Science foundation for cancer research. Since his graduation from dental school he has maintained a faculty relationship in various capacities with the School of Dentistry, most recently as co-director of the formation and development of the department of CAD/CAM in dentistry.

His service to organized dentistry consists of being a member of the California Dental Association, Council on Scientific Sessions since 1988. He is now in his third year as chairman of the Southern California Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. A fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, he has served as deputy executive director and more recently as secretary.

Dr. Kishi has been president of various study groups, authored several articles in his area of exptertise and has lectured in the United States and in Japan.

He is a member of numerous academies including the Academy for Excellence in Dentistry, the Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry and the International Academy of Gnathology.

He is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International, the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Fraternity since 1969 and is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

One Man's Perspective on Excellence

I write this essay, in the early morning hours before the sun C4scasts its life-giving brilliance on the birth of a new day, my mind cannot help but reflect upon how each new life is begun as we take our first life-sustaining breath and are born into the world with our minds completely devoid of any preconceptions about what life has to offer. The mind is a clean slate upon which can be written an autobiography of a life of success or failure, integrity or compromise, happinessorgrief, excellence or mediocrity, contribution orselfishness. All of these aspects of one's life are conceived in our minds as a concept of how we shall live our lives; a seed of thought planted in our minds that grows into what we will eventually become in our journey through life itself.

We grow into young adulthood encountering numerous individuals who have tremendous influence upon how we will eventually perceive ourselves in our interpersonal relationships with our parents, siblings, peers and friends of all ages. Prior encounters, if they were positive in nature, contribute to the development of a positive self-concept, a sense of self-worth and confidence.

The manner in which each of us perceives ourselves has a tremendous influence on how we will function as professionals and how successfully we will be able to contribute to the well-being of our families and to the welfare of those individuals we are trained to serve.

Each one of us, during the course of our lives, determines what we consider to be success, integrity, happiness, excellence and contribution in order to make our lives fulfilled. Failure, grief, mediocrity and selfishness are the last considerations in the early stages of our careers. However, in a recent survey of over 1,095 practitioners after 10 years in practice, it was found that 42% stated that they were dissatisfied in their chosen profession and lead lives of failure and mediocrity. How can we avoid these tragic events of despair from occurring during our professional careers? Obviously the answers are not easy. Perhaps the seed of discontent was planted at the very outset of a person's career.

I have discovered that one's personal perspective of success, integrity and happiness cannot be measured and compared purely against another individual's accomplishments, but must be measured by standards which we establish for ourselves. Such standards are based upon concepts and ideals instilled in us by those who have provided the positive influence on our thought processes.

A deep commitment to excellence combined with a goal to achieve a standard of excellence is the essence from which all of the other positive aspects of one's life can be attained. Every individual needs to experience excellence in some area of accomplishment during their lifetime. If not, then each morning as they gaze into the mirror they will see only a reflection of mediocrity with the accompanying feeling of a loss of self-worth.

During the initial training of students in dental school, I would encourage that each student be given the opportunity to excel and to be recognized for their achievements early in their career. Feelings of confidence and self-worth can be elevated through participation in a positive teaching atmosphere. Excellence and integrity should be encouraged by emphasizing success. Each student should be allowed to discover his or her area of true expertise, for in this discovery lies the key to future success.

Excellence can be achieved through positive and constant learning experiences, not only through formal education but by association with individuals who are recognized for excellence in their chosen fields of endeavor. Friendships such as these encourage a person to strive for achievement at the highest level and contribute to the happiness of their lives. Excellence and its companion, success, breeds integrity; a quality that will carry us through the most trying times.

In candor, I have stated my personal view on excellence and I hope that it will stimulate productive thoughts by those who happen to read it. I have been very fortunate during my life to have been able to learn about excellence, success, integrity and contributions to society from those individuals, possessed of high intellect and compassion, who have also demonstrated their commitment to excellence in our profession and to the concurrent welfare of the world community. I sincerely hope that you will also be fortunate enough to have as an integral part of your life friends and family who care about you in your quest for excellence.


The following people contributed essays to this book:

Album, Manuel M
Allen, Don L
Arango N., Augusto
Baum, Lloyd
Baume, Louis Joseph
Beamish, Ludlow
Bens, Foster W6
Bradley, Richard Edwin
Braun, Frank Dietrich
Brenes-Espinach, Fernando Jorge
Cannon, Robert William Stuart
Colquitt, Tom T
Covit, Clyde
Cowan, Adrian William David
Dugoni, Arthur A
Dummett, Clifton 0.
Dunn, Wesley John
Eames, Wilmer B
Erni, Heinz A
Foure, Jacques Robert
Frank, William S
Freedland, Jacob Berke
Gasti, Giorgio66
Goldstein, Marvin C
Harrell, James A., Sr
Higue, George J
Hine, Maynard K
Ho, Guy C
Ingraham, Rex
Katzoff, Morris B
Kennedy,Lynden M
Kentros, George A
Kishi, Shigeo Ryan
Klooster, Judson
Koper, Alex
Leatherman, Gerald H
Lehman, John P
Levin, Bernard
Levy, Harvey
Leyland, Hal E
Loader, Clifford F
L'Orange, Finn F
Losada,jose M
Lund, Melvin R
Lussier, Jean Paul
Marois, Pierre Albert Jacques
Marsters, James C
Miller, Clifford H
Miyahara, Atsumu
Morganelli, Joseph C
Mount, Graham Jaunay
Murrell, George A
Naimark, Martin.
Newbury, C Renton
Olsen, Norman H
Pankey, Lindsey D., Sr
Payne, Everitt V
Quint, Harry, Jr
Rafal, Sidney
Ragland, Ruth H.
Reynolds, Richard James
Rowell, Brigadier A. Gordon
Rupp, Nelson, W
San Juan, Sofronio P
Scheinin, Arje
Scortecci, Gerard M
Seymour, Jack G
Shira, Robert B
Singh, Kartar
Sinkford, Jeanne C
Smith, Bruce B
Sorrels, Henry Milton
Stebner, Charles Martin
Suriano, Raffaele
Sutherland, Kenneth J.G.
Tamari, Joseph W
Telivuo, Leila M
Todd, Russell I
Tsuji, Fumio.
Vernetti, James P.
Wallace, Donald F
Wasserman, Albert
Weeden, Joseph B
Williams, Carlton H.
Williams, Phillip Earle
Wolcott, Robert B.
Yee, Herbert K.


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