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Thoughts From the President

I hope all of you and yours had a joyous holiday season.

The old year, 2001, is in the past, and hopefully this new year, 2002, will be a better one.

Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to bring people together, in spirit and purpose; may we fellows in the PFA use our knowledge and influence worldwide to encourage and urge leaders of governments to pursue peace.

I would encourage you fellows to recommend dentists you know who are deserving and qualified to your section chairman so he may extend an official invitation to become a fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Previous presidents have done so much for this great fellowship, and I hope that I can carry on this great tradition that I might be the president you would want me to be.

Scott M. Welch, DDS

Kuala Lumpur Chairman’s Meeting

L-R, Malaysia Chair R. T. Arasu, UK Chair Rash Patel, India Editor V. P. Jalili, International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda, Past Malaysia Chair Paul Lee, past UK Chair Raj Rayan, and Republic of Georgia Chair Vladimer Margvelashvili

International Trustee from Japan Professor Mamoru Sakuda represented the Academy at the FDI Congress PFA Chairman’s Caucus. Due to the September 11th U.S. disasters, President M. David Campbell and Editor Brophy were unable to get to Malaysia for the Congress and Caucus Meeting.

Newly installed Japan Trustee for Region 9 Mamoru Sakuda carried on in hosting our Chairman’s Caucus at Kuala Lumpur’s Legend Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, 26 September. In addition to our new International Trustee, new Malaysia Chair R. T. Arasu, Immediate past Malaysia Chair Paul C. K. Lee, India Section Editor V. P. Jalili, UK Chairman Rash Patel, Immediate past UK Chair Raj Rayan, and Republic of Georgia Chairman Vladimer Margvelashvili attended to discuss PFA Section concerns.

Professor Sakuda thanked Dr. Arasu for his handling the local arrangements and for the beautiful PFA meeting backdrop.

A moment of silence was held for those who lost their lives in the United States tragedy.

The meeting concentrated on discussing inter-Section discussion, membership, and global communications.

Suggestions were made for improvements, such as the electronic publishing of Dental World on the PFA Web site, and getting Dental Abstracts to more Region 9 Fellows. The initiation costs and dues were too expensive for many struggling but qualified dentists to become members. More Regional Meetings for the Section Chairs to attend would enhance sharing solutions to mutual problems. Some stipend for travel expenses needs to be considered.

India Section Editor Jalili distributed his section’s Journal to the attending members. This Journal provides for a well-performed means of communication within the Fellowship.

PFA Annual Board Meeting

L-R, Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal, President David Campbell, and President-elect Scott Welch opening the Annual Meeting

President M. David Campbell opened the annual PFA Board Meeting’s first session at 8 a.m. on 12 October 2001 at the Crown Westin Hotel in Kansas City during the annual ADA Session. All Board members were present except Dr. Bill Winspear from Australasia. Some 27 Section Chairs from around the world were in attendance. The Invocation was given by President-elect Scott Welch.

Past President Min Horiuchi introduced the new Trustee from Region 9, Professor Mamoru Sakuda of Osaka, Japan. Introductions of the attending Section Chairs were made. And the Minutes from the Atlanta Meeting were approved.

Past PFA President Min Horiuchi introducing Japan Trustee Mamoru Sakuda at the Board meeting

PFA Annual Board Meeting

President M. David Campbell opened the annual PFA Board Meeting’s first session at 8 a.m. on 12 October 2001 at the Crown Westin Hotel in Kansas City during the annual ADA Session. All Board members were present except Dr. Bill Winspear from Australasia. Some 27 Section Chairs from around the world were in attendance. The Invocation was given by President-elect Scott Welch.

Past President Min Horiuchi introduced the new Trustee from Region 9, Professor Mamoru Sakuda of Osaka, Japan. Introductions of the attending Section Chairs were made. And the Minutes from the Atlanta Meeting were approved.

President’s Report

President Campbell noted that “the real purpose of health professionals is to touch the lives of people in need.” Our Academy does that in a number of ways, but an important way is for the Academy officers to visit our Sections and Fellows to support their efforts in servicing the public.

This year we set goals, and we achieved them. Due to new technology, the Central Office increased processing requests and dues. We hosted a real continuing education course that was well attended and provided seven CE credits. Our Web site is being updated and improved routinely to make it user friendly. The Directory has been placed there. Donors to the Foundation have been listed there. All the issues of Dental World are available at our site. We can even purchase PFA materials and paraphernalia on-line. The visitors to our Web site have doubled in six months to 7343 at our last June report.

We have been involved in updating our printed pamphlets and literature, to modernize their appearance as well as content. And a Long Range Planning Committee was appointed and hosted a successful meeting in Atlanta last March.

We consulted with the Foundation in streamlining the Section Chairs grant application form, which is now in use.

My visits to many Sections around the world have demonstrated results in increased activity and induction of new members. I encourage all Academy officers to touch their Sections, Chairs, and Fellows whenever possible as this encourages sharing of problems, solutions, and genuine camaraderie.

We presented the Elmer Best Medal to FDI President Jacques Monnot in Paris in front of our Hall of Fame. And we honored Professor Claude Severin there as well.

In our travels, we not only visited Sections and inducted new Fellows, in Europe we brought our own continuing education professor, Dr. Raymond Rawson, who gave four courses in three countries. “Meeting with these extremely well educated and caring dentists has certainly raised my level of appreciation of the dentistry being done throughout the world by PFA members.”

It was with deep regret that the World Trade Center and Pentagon disasters in the United States prevented us from having a presence at the FDI Meeting in Kuala Lumpur due to inability to travel there. But our new Trustee Mamoru Sakuda and Malaysia Section Chair R. T. Arusa went ahead and held a Section Chair’s Meeting there as planned.

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal

The newly designed Fellowship key is available upon request. Last year 75 Student Award certificates were sent out to dental schools in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Australia. Eligible Life Members this year were 59 joining the current list of 1126.

Our annual Corporate Report was filed with the State of Illinois and the Foreign Corporation report was filed in Nevada. The annual accounting review by an independent firm was completed in March and sent to the Budget and Finance Committee. The report was that the Academy’s books are in proper order.

As Treasurer . . . , all bills are current as of 30 September 2001 except for this October’s annual meeting and the Mosby DA/DW subscription/printing bill.

Since the March Meeting, 248 new Fellows have been processed with more awaiting induction.

We have collected $27,424 for Foundation donations from the dues notice envelopes in 2001.

Dan Jonker, the Academy accountant, has refined the reporting documents for an easier understanding of the financial matters of the Academy, which are available for your review. The independent review by the outside accounting agency was completed and sent to the Academy Board and to the Foundation Board. The bank statements are included in this meeting packet for your review.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report

by Richard Kozal

Thank you to all our PFA friends for their support this year during our trying times with Judy’s surgeries, and then the loss of her mother, while we were handling PFA business in Europe. “We have always felt a special bond with our PFA family throughout the 20 years of running the Central Office together. We have met so many good people from all over this small world. And we are proud to call more than a few “lifelong” friends. However, in any endeavor, it is impossible to please everyone all the time, but we do our best to do so. We have made the Academy a “life” devotion to do the best to make things work smoothly and efficiently, with pride and integrity, maintaining the highest standards of excellence, ethics, and in a professional manner.

As Secretary . . . , the Community College of Southern Nevada has been very accommodating in providing us the necessary office space to efficiently run the business of the Academy and to establish a dental museum there. My contact with the British Dental Museum while we were in London promises some very fine European pieces (at no cost to us) to internationalize our dental museum. We are preparing a PFA Museum pamphlet to encourage more donations.

Computer technology has provided us the ability to update and refine our activities so that anyone in the world can visit us in seconds to get updated at a fraction of the time and cost it had taken just a few years ago. Putting the Directory on the Web site has saved the Academy thousands of dollars in printing and mailing costs alone. We are currently reworking the site to make it more visitor friendly and modern.

Dues notices have been mailed and are being returned slowly as is always the case. Our lockbox reception of the incoming dues saves hours of staff time in posting them since the bank does this in daily depositing them. Notices for the year 2002 will be mailed out in early November. The Initiation fee remains at $100; and the annual dues remain at $85. The final dues notice letter will be mailed in October for the 224 delinquent members (3% of the membership). Often it takes awhile to reach those who have moved, retired, or passed away.

The Central Office sent out 23 Outstanding Dentist of the Year plaques for Section presentation and six retiring Section Chairmen plaques. Fellowship certificates and new member paraphernalia are mailed out by Federal Express to insure timely delivery.

Budget and Finance Report

Chairman Scott Welch reported that this committee meets quarterly to review the finances, go over the budget, and offer suggestions. Rather than propose a dues increase to cover the rising costs, the committee recommended eliminating the Interim Meeting this year to get finances back on track from the expensive skyrocketed hotel costs at the Chicago Meetings and Leadership Conference in 2000. This suggestion was accepted by the Board for 2002.

Constitution and ByLaws Report

Chairman William Winspear was unable to attend from Australia, but many of the matters concerning these documents had been approved previously. No new suggestions were forthcoming.

The Policy Manual was updated with procedures from the Hall of Fame Committee, past PFA President Ray Klein as Chair, which were published in the last issue of Dental World and were accepted by the Board at their final session on 15 October 2001.

Foundation Report

An in-depth Foundation Report is given further in this issue as it covers quite an extensive amount of information that should be read separately from the Academy business so as not to confuse the two groups. The Foundation’s Executive Committee canceled their Kansas City Annual Meeting due to the September 11th disasters. Their report is taken from their Meeting Agenda manual and reports to the Academy.

Membership Report

Chairman Michael Perpich reported that since the Atlanta Meeting the membership showed no growth in achieving the 5% goal set for all the Sections. His recommendation was to hire a staff person for the Central Office that would be just handling recruitment, or hire an independent firm to do it. An independent firm, Growth Trends, Inc., would charge us about $8 a member. Estimated total cost was about $34,000 for contacting 4200 members for a Membership Retention Program. This included surveying the membership on various topics pertinent to recruitment, retention, and lapsation.

Our current membership stands at 7560 Fellows with 4192 in the United States, 2148 Internationally, and 1196 Life Members. California (both Sections), leads the world in members followed by Ohio under Chair Al Uveges, and then India.

Executive Committee Report

This Committee is composed of President David Campbell, President-elect Scott Welch, Vice-President Gordan Stine, Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal, and immediate past President Fred Halik.

Their recommendations were that since the Web site is becoming more useful to the general membership with its instant worldwide availability of information and greater ownership of Internet capability of the members, that we plan to expand the site to include as much Academy information as possible. A new feature being planned will present items relative to dental history.

The annual Board Meeting agenda was established and approved. The Awards luncheon program was reviewed and approved. Mrs. Janet Campbell planned a wives’ breakfast for Friday morning 12 October with other activities dovetailing into the ADA spouses program.

The Committee approved recommending the elimination of the Interim Meeting for Spring 2002. But the Executive Committee will hold a one-day meeting at the Central Office in Las Vegas on March 13th to be sure that all Academy business is being taken care of.

Membership activity was discussed since the Atlanta Meeting presentation. Lack of activity by some Trustees and Section Chairs kept the recruitment lower than the goals agreed upon. Membership has remained stagnant for last year.

The President reported on his travels that resulted in many new Fellows being inducted.

The Foundation Fund-raising Chairman, past PFA President Larry Barrett, requested from the Academy what it would cost to print the Foundation donors in Dental World. The Committee asked Editor James Brophy for the figures, which he replied were $529 per page (no pictures) plus any additional postage for the mailing, if necessary.

Nominating Committee Report

Chairman Fred Halik’s report was given at the Interim Meeting with all the Chairs moving up an office, Dr. Robert Friedman nominated for Vice President, and Dr. Howard Mark to serve as Region 2 Trustee. They were elected to office by the Board.

Publicity Report

Chairman Robert Friedman noted that we have been getting increased coverage in many State Journals due to the heightened activity of Section dental service projects. The Foundation grants program to the Sections has begun paying off.

Editor James Brophy reported that he has additional Media Relations manuals that were distributed at the Leadership Conference available for Section Chairs upon request.

Dental World

Editor James Brophy reported that we are having no problems with our Mosby relationship currently.

In addition to the Media Relations manual Editor Brophy has available, he distributed his final draft of a manual on Creating a Newsletter, requesting the Board and attending Section Chairs review the work and offer suggestions. In conjunction with the Publicity Committee, Editor Brophy has urged all Sections to establish a newsletter once or twice a year to keep their members informed. A newsletter is the most important contact you can keep with your membership. All the really active Sections have an Editor as officer and publish some type of communication to their Fellows. (Dr. Brophy has served many years as Publicity Director for the Illinois Elks Association, dealing with some 430 Illinois newspapers. The authored manual reflects that experience.)

Awards Committee Report

Chairman James Englander reported presenting the 2001 Elmer Best Award to FDI President Jacques Monnot in Paris at our Hall of Fame last June.

The Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal was presented to Dr. Richard Shaffer, retired U.S.Admiral, and retired ICD Registrar.

Honorary Fellowship was conferred in Paris on Professor Claude Severin, President of L’Academie Nationale de Chirurgie Dentaire.

The President’s Award was presented to Dr. John Molinari at the Awards Luncheon last October.

No candidates for the Distinguished Service Award or for the Dental Trade and Industry Award were nominated.

Nominations for the 2002 Awards are being received to be considered by the Committee and Board approval.

Chair Ray Klein (right) giving Hall of Fame Report

Hall of Fame Report

Chair Ray Klein reported on the inductions of Drs. Robert Shira in Chicago, George Hollenback in California, and Gerald Leatherman in London. Last June, their plaques were formally placed on the Wall of Fame in Paris, and in the other site venues.

Drs. Ray Klein, Fred Halik, and Pierre Marois met with an ADA Committee to discuss locating a Wall of Fame venue at the Chicago ADA Headquarters. This is in the discussion stage.

A more complete report on the Hall of Fame procedures was published in the last issue of Dental World.

Leadership Conference

The last Leadership Conference was held in Chicago in 2000 under Dr. Robert Friedman. The 5th Leadership Conference is scheduled for 2003. The Chairman, date, and place are yet to be determined. The estimated cost of holding this function is $30,000. The Foundation will be requested to assist in financing the event.

Belgium Chair Jose Dahan (center) presenting his WEPE Program for Europe

Mentorship Report

The last Leadership Conference was held in Chicago in 2000 under Dr. Robert Friedman. The 5th Leadership Conference is scheduled for 2003. The Chairman, date, and place are yet to be determined. The estimated cost of holding this function is $30,000. The Foundation will be requested to assist in financing the event.
Chairman Gary Lowder has sent out letters to all the Section Chairs requesting that they review the possibility of establishing or joining a current Mentorship Program at their State’s dental school(s), or, as Rhode Island has done, establish a similar program with new dentists.

Belgium/Luxembourg Chairman Professor Jose Dahan presented his WEPE Program to the Board under old business. His aggressive dentists exchange program between eastern Europe and western Europe was reported in the Sept/Oct 1999 issue of Dental World and has been discussed since then.
This year, Dr. Dahan presented a pilot program to the Academy that could be run for about $5000. With the information developed from this project, his Section could provide statistics and a refined program for approval of a Foundation grant. The pilot project would encompass two dentists, one from Belgium to go to Romania for 15 days to visit several offices there and assist in improvement suggestions. The Romanian dentist would visit dental offices in Belgium to learn new techniques to bring back to his country. Eventually the program is projected to handle 10 protégés from different countries.

Trustee Gary Lowder endorsed this proposed Mentorship Program and the Academy voted the funds for initiating it.

Section Chairs Meeting

Section Chairs’ Report

The attending Section Chairs from all over the world went into caucus to select Indiana Chair Ray Maddox as their presiding officer with Mexico Chair Ernesto Acuna assisting.

Their suggestions were:

• An open invitation to all PFA Members to all future continuing education courses (this was done in the May/June 2001 Dental World for the Mark Murphy presentation in Kansas City. All members, guests, staff, and family were invited.)

• Have an established, uniform Induction Ceremony.

• Create an updated new Section Chair packet.

• Publish our PFA objectives and the value of PFA membership on the Web site.

• Have newsletter-quality blurps on the Web site for downloading for section newsletters.

• Create a “Project Idea” manual for Sections to appraise various projects for initiation in their areas.

• Upgrade the membership forms, the processing of them, and suggest a screening process. What guidelines are to be used in selection?

• Make it as easy as possible for new Section Chairmen to get up to speed by providing as many guidelines and suggestions as soon as possible to get the Section organized or keep it running.

• Can the Web site, and our documents, forms, etc., be translated into other languages?

These proposals and questions were discussed during the final session on 15 October 2001. Many were answered, others were referred to committees for working out some solutions.

International Committee

Chairman Ernesto Acuna of Mexico noted that the problems being experienced in different countries all over the world are various, and often unique to their areas. Couple that with attempts to get together from such a large diverse area to discuss these problems, and the International Committee has a great difficulty in generating something useful for the Academy. Two situations do seem to be universal.

One problem is that dental professionals in different countries do not earn the same level of income as their American Fellows do. Some countries are experiencing severe inflation, others recessions. The annual dues ($85 US) and the initiation fee ($100 US) translate extremely high in many of these countries. This prohibits all but the very rich to be able to afford joining, or even staying as members. Recruitment of qualified professionals, particularly teachers and those doing public service, is impossible when confronted by the cost of becoming a member.

Trustee Bernardo Levit of Argentina added, “Are we an organization of only the rich that can afford to join, or of the best qualified professionals in that country?” Certainly, this is a dilemma as Dr. Levit described. On the other hand, should the better-off American members support the functions of the Academy and of those members in these depressed countries?

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal noted that the Academy investigated the possibility of adapting the FDI sliding scale fee schedule based on that country’s GNP that FDI uses for these situations. But, when the figures were all plugged in, the result indicated that we could not financially operate the Academy internationally.

So the Executive Board reviews each country’s situation on a “case by case” basis to arrive at an equitable arrangement. This can be changed from year to year as the situation changes.

Another international problem that was discussed concerned governmental and/or third-party carriers’ intervention into the dental practice, which dictates treatment to public service dental employees. This often results in the dichotomy in what is needed and having to do what the government or carriers tell you to do on the basis of cost factors.

Trustee Levit felt that the PFA Sections, or even the Academy internationally, need to take a stand to inform the patients about the situation, educate them as to what is accepted proper treatment, and define a good dentist.

Chairman Charles Eller of Southern California suggested that the Academy adopt a patient Bill of Rights like they have in California. He would secure a copy for submission to the Academy for adaptation and adoption for the profession worldwide. The PFA Sections that are involved with this problem can use this document to support change in their countries. PFA would be providing an ideal role model that would enhance the respect for our organization by taking a high level position on this problem. On the other hand, we might be getting into hot political waters and be banned in those countries. Now that would get us some publicity!

Trustees’ Report


Region 1

Trustee Pierre Marois:

Our Region has been fortunate to have our President visit many Sections and officiate at several functions during the last year. He has been in France twice, Belgium twice, England, Scotland, Italy, and Spain as our Ambassador of good will.

We hosted the Elmer Best Award in June and had the Hall of Fame plaques Ceremony.

Chair Hubert Ouvrard of France inducted 12 new Fellows. President Andrè, Robert of Le Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgien-Dentistes thanked the Academy and the Foundation for contributing $10,000 to their mobile dental clinic. Academy officers met with the American Dental Club of Paris.

Belgium Chair Jose Dahan inducted two Fellows last November with President Campbell and two more this June. President Campbell also installed Dr. Valentin Mountafchiev as Bulgarian Section Chairman. President Campbell also presented the Foundation scholarship to a Louven University dental student and presented Honorary Fellowship to the Dean Daniel van Steenburghe.

In London, we inducted 22 new Fellows and installed Dr. Gerald Leatherman into the Hall of Fame. Dr. Rawson participated in a daylong continuing education course along with past United Kingdom Chair Raj Rayan.

In Switzerland, I visited with our new Chair Roland Sollner, who organized a meeting to honour outgoing Chair Dr. Dela Bona and to induct new members.

In Italy, after President Campbell’s visit, Chair Guido Bracchetti inducted nine new members.

In Spain, Chair Garro Bario inducted 21 new fellows.

In Portugal, Chair Gil Alcoforado inducted 14 new members.

German Chair Frank Braun attended the Paris ceremonies and promised an event in Germany to induct new Fellows for this year.

Region 1 has been very active, and we hope to continue this.


Region 2

Trustee Robert Friedman

Our Region played host to our President at Connecticut’s New England PFA Leadership meeting arranged by Chair Howard Mark.

ADA Trustee Edwin Mehlman attended as well as UConn Dental Dean Peter Robinson.

Rhode Island held their meeting in May under the new leadership of Chair Richard Walsh, who had headed up their Mentorship Program for new dentists. Past Section Chair Christine Benoit has stepped up to being Vice President of the Rhode Island Dental Association.

Membership is always a problem and needs to be addressed constantly. Should we be inclusive (with a large membership) or exclusive (recruiting only the top 3%)? Quo vadis?


Region 3

Trustee Robert Hart:

Our Sections hold their annual meetings in conjunction with their State Association Sessions. I have been discussing getting mentorship programs started in those areas that have none as yet.


Region 4

Trustee James Englander:

Michigan Chair Virginia Merchant held their annual breakfast meeting to induct three new Fellows in which our President Campbell attended. Their mentorship program at the University of Detroit-Mercy has been successful. Students from the University of Michigan have requested PFA to start one there this Fall.

Currently, the Section is recruiting volunteer dentists to provide a dental camp in the Upper Peninsula.

Wisconsin Chair Glenn Maihofer inducted 10 new Fellows this year and honored Dr. Paul Oberbreckling with their Distinguished Service Award. The Wisconsin PFA Mentorship Program at the University of Marquette has been extremely successful, earning ADA recognition.

Kentucky Chair Karl Lange involves his Fellows in dental public service projects such as the Children’s Dental Health Month and the Special Olympics Smiles Program.

Ohio Chair Al Uveges inducted 11 new Fellows this year. Dr. Uveges runs the world’s second largest Section in the PFA.

West Virginia Chair James Overberger hosted their annual meeting to honor Dr. Michael Medovic with their Distinguished Service Award.

Indiana Chair Ray Maddox is in his sixth year of a successful mentorship program at their dental school. At their annual meeting, they honored Dr. Donald Tharp with their Distinguished Service Award.

Illinois Chair Chris Baboulos inducted four new Fellows this year.


Region 5

Trustee Gary Lowder:

Hawaii Chair George Kanna passed away in July.

Past Utah Chair Rod Cragun had to resign last May after having been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

California, Southern Section, Chair Charles Eller hosted an excellent banquet meeting attended by President-elect Scott Welch to induct new members. They also produced a video of the many Foundation grant projects that have been funded there.

California, Northern Section, Chair Daniel Castagna inducted seven new Fellows.

Washington State Chair David Minahan held their annual meeting and inducted six new members. Trustee Gary Lowder attended representing PFA international officers.

Idaho Chair Greg Romriell held their annual meeting, which included a one-day continuing education course.

Arizona Chair Anita Elliott was installed at their annual meeting in April and attended the PFA functions in Kansas City.

Wyoming Chair Scott Houfek hosted their annual meeting with ACD and ICD.

Nevada Chair William Rohel attended the Academy functions in Kansas City.

Montana Chair Wayne Hansen was tied up with national commitments and had no activity this year.

Alaska proposed Chair Julie Robinson of Anchorage was approved by retiring Chair Art Hansen. Dr. Robinson attended many functions at Kansas City last October.

Oregon is still without a Chairman.


Region 6

Trustee Kevin Roach:

Dr. Roach announced two new Canadian Chairmen.

Barry Dolman from Montreal, Past President of the Canadian Dental Association, will become Quebec Chairman.

He is currently organizing the 2002 Montreal Fellowship Induction Luncheon. Dr. Dolman replaces retiring Chair Guy Miranda of Quebec City.

Tom Brenneman from Manitoba, the current Vice President of the Canadian Dental Association, will become Chairman for the Western Provinces. He replaces our former International Trustee, Sheldon Claman, who served in this position.

Twenty-three new Fellows have been nominated for induction at the Montreal Luncheon. The event will take place on May 25th during the Centennial CDA Annual Session in conjunction with Les Journee Dentaire du Quebec, and it should be the largest Canadian dental meeting ever held.

Past PFA President Michael Cripton has been nominated for the Elmer Best Award. He is the only Canadian to serve as PFA International President, and he currently serves on the Foundation Board.

The Canadian Fellows presented a $1000 donation to the Foundation.


Region 7

Trustee Bernardo Levit:

The economic situation in South and Central America have hindered our recruitment and retention efforts. Though the Executive Committee has tried to help in many cases, it has not been enough to stop the loss of members.

Third-party problems are having a negative impact on dentistry—low and late compensation to the dentists, and patients’ ignorance of what they should be able to accept as proper dentistry. Insurers have begun to dictate treatment. For financial reasons, “many former sponsors do not help us because it is against their own interests and would not care about sacrificing their profession in the altar of their economic interests.” We feel that PFA could best serve in Latin America by educating the patients on what is considered proper dental treatment and how to judge a good dentist.

Region 8

Trustee William Winspear:

In May we held our Triennial Breakfast Meeting to induct 26 new Fellows by our Section President Jonathan Rogers.

The 2001 Gordon Rowell Prize for Excellence was awarded to Dr. Nathan Patrick from the University of Sydney.

Three Foundation scholarships were distributed to dental students at the Universities of Queensland, Melbourne in Victoria, and Adelaide in South Australia.

The FDI Congress will be held in Sydney on 18 – 21 September 2003. All the executive members of the Planning Committee are PFA Fellows. The Chairman Reginald Hession is a Life Fellow. Trustee William Winspear will handle protocol and public relations.


Region 9

Trustee Mamoru Sakuda:

The Trustee’s position was transferred to me from past Trustee Eiichi Katagiri on 1 September 2001.

He was presented with the outgoing Trustee’s Award at our 32nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Section on 8 September in Niigata City.

I helped chair the Section Chairmen’s Meeting in Kuala Lumpur during the FDI Congress. The gathering was very productive in gaining ideas for improvement.


Region 10

Trustee Michael Perpich:

Fellow Larry Jones has retired as Section Chair for Texas. Texas, due to its size, has been divided into four Sections. Dr. C. Roger Macias has been named as one of the Section Chairs.

Nebraska Chair Paul Tamisiea has also retired, leaving a vacancy.

Chairs are also sought for Missouri, New Mexico, and North Dakota.

Last May, I attended the Iowa PFA Dinner with Chair Steve Hedlund and past PFA President Larry Barrett.

In Minnesota, I have been helping the Center for Political Torture and the Minneapolis District Dental Society apply for Foundation grants.

Web Site Report

This report was published in the last issue of Dental World.

Chair Appointments

New Chair appointments for 2001-2002 were:

In Region 1, Professor Valentin Moutaftchiev for Bulgaria, Dr. Roland Sollner for Switzerland, and Dr. Felipe Rezk-Lega for Lebanon.

In Region 2, Dr. Don-N Brotman for Maryland, Dr. Richard Walsh for Rhode Island, and Dr. William MacDonald for Connecticut.

In Region 3, Dr. James Roethele for Louisiana, Dr. Karyn Stockwell for Georgia, and Dr. Richard Barnes for Virginia.

In Region 5, Dr. Stanwood Kanna for Hawaii and Dr. Bonita Elliot for Utah.

In Region 6, Dr. Barry Dolman for Quebec and Dr. Thomas Brenneman for the Western Provinces.

In Region 9, Dr. R. T. Arasu for Malaysia.

In Region 10, Dr. Roger Macias for Texas.

Old Business
The WEPE Project presentation was described under the Mentorship Program.
New Business

The suggestion of not holding an Interim Board Meeting in 2002 in order to save costs and to permit the Executive Committee to handle the interim business was discussed and accepted by the Board. The Executive Board, subsequent to this meeting, agreed to hold their meeting for this purpose in Las Vegas at the Central Office on 13 March 2002.

Section Chair Reports

These appear under Section News.

International Committee Appointments
Budget & Finance: Chair Gordan Stine, David Campbell, Robert Friedman, and Richard Kozal.

Membership: Chair Charles Eller, Pierre Marois, Glenn Maihofer, Don Brotman, Diampo Lim, Frank Braun, Gordan Stine, James Englander, ex-officio Richard Kozal.

Nominating Committee: Chair M. David Campbell, Fred Halik, James Long.

Constitution & ByLaws: Chair Robert Hart, Nicholas Saccone, Karl Lange, Barbara Mauldin.

Publicity: Chair Daniel Castagna, Larry Barrett, Richard Kozal, James Brophy.

Publications: Chair David Stahl, Gordan Stine, Virginia Merchant, Norman Becker, Richard Kozal, James Brophy.

Awards: Chair Gary Lowder, Diampo Lim, Robert Shira, Frank Braun, Bernardo Levit, Pierre Marois, Mario Ulmansky, Nicholas Saccone.

International Advisory: Chair Ernesto Acuna, Paul C. K. Lee, Henk Schotte, Kevin Roach, Frank Braun, Jeffrey Tsang, Pierre Marois, Eiichi Katagiri, Bernardo Levit, Clive Ross, T. Samraj, William Winspear, Raj Raja Rayan, Mario Ulmansky.

Mentorship: Chair Ray Maddox, Gary Lowder, Robert Hart, Larry Barrett.

Consultants: Kathryn Kell, Ernesto Acuna, William Winspear.

Hall of Fame: Chair Ray Klein, Larry Barrett, Minoru Horiuchi, Kevin Roach, Pierre Marois, Frank Braun, with consultants Nicholas Saccone, William Winspear, Bernardo Levit.

Local Arrangements: Chair Richard Kozal, James Roethele, William Buchanan.

Strategic Planning Session

The Sunday morning session addressed several topics, the most important of which was the renaming of the Long Range Planning Committee to the Strategic Planning Committee to be chaired by Trustee Howard Mark. This committee is to have three to five members serving for three to five years at a time to maintain continuity. This group would be charged with producing a “living document” to be reviewed annually in planning a strategy for the future. This committee would be responsible for initiating implementation of new ideas and following up on them.

Another concept that was enthusiastically accepted for implementation was having a Past Presidents Committee that also could maintain continuity, offer recommendations, and assume some of the Academy’s expanding duties.

Indiana Chair Ray Maddox and Trustee Gary Lowder discussed the Section Chair recommendations. One of those was to check into a “flexible dues structure” for the economically depressed countries. The Central Office would work up what it costs the Academy to maintain an international member, including the cost factors for plaques, awards, pins, certificates, etc.

The Board debated some other recommendations from the officers such as quarterly reports from the Chairs to keep more abreast of our progress, appoint an aggressive membership committee composed of Chairs from different regions, and explore the costs involved in hosting regional continuing education courses sponsored by PFA.

Meet Your President

Dr. Scott Welch with two sons

Dr. Scott M. Welch is a quiet, humble man. He is a listener. He leads by inspiration and by being the first to get going on the difficult tasks. Perhaps it is living under the presence of the high Rocky Mountains of Wyoming that gives a man humility. But make no mistake, he gets the job done.

Since Dr. Welch earned his dental degree in 1953, he has nearly a half century of outstanding accomplishments in dentistry, in his community, and in his church.

Dr. Welch has served on the local level first as President of WDA’s Northwest District Dental Society. Then in 1978, he became President of the Wyoming Dental Association.

All the while, Scotty (to his friends) served our profession in a practical manner by spending most of those 50 years as a dental examiner. He became a member of the American Association of Dental Examiners in 1967 when he was appointed to the Wyoming State Board of Dental Examiners by Republican Governor Stan Hathaway. Dr. Welch served as President of that Board for 1967-1973 and again for 1985-1990. In 1975, Democratic Governor Ed Herschler appointed Dr. Welch to the Council on Health and Medical Services, and again to the Wyoming State Board of Dental Examiners in 1985.

He became President of the American Association of Dental Examiners for 1977-1979. He served on the Joint Commission of National Dental Examinations for 1978-1984 and on the Steering Committee for the Central Regional Dental Testing Service in 1985 through 1990.

Dr. Welch was recognized for his dedication with Life Membership in the American Association of Dental Examiners (1978) and with their Citizen of the Year Award in 1988.

On the national level, Dr. Welch ran for ADA 2nd Vice President. He also served in the ADA House of Delegates as a WDA Delegate starting in 1983. He is a Fellow in PFA and ACD.

On the international level, Scotty is a member of FDI. He served PFA as State Chairman, International Trustee, and through the Chairs to become PFA International President for 2001-2002.

True leadership is not just contained within his profession. Dr. Welch is a member of the Lovell, Wyoming, Lions Club for nearly 40 years. He has served as Clerk, Treasurer, and Chairman for the Big Horn County School District. And he has been Trustee (1958-1978 and 1989-1992) for the North Big Horn Hospital.

As a religious man, Dr. Scott served as Bishop for his LDS Church for 1959-1967, then as Youth Leader from 1967 to 1980, served on the High Council for 1967-1976, was Counselor to the President for 1970-1972, and serves as Financial Clerk since 1987.

Dr. Welch and his wife Kathleen have raised a family of five sons and two daughters. Son Barry Welch is a physician. Sons Bradley, Greg, and Scott are dentists.

An article about Dr. Welch stated that “Dentistry needs dynamic leaders like Scott M. Welch who have the dedication and sound judgement to formulate policies that respond in innovative ways to today’s challenges. He has proven ability and his leadership inspires the confidence of his peers.” The article goes on, “Scott has been dedicated to advancing the interests of dentistry for fifty years, and he is not about to stop now.” That about says it all. We are fortunate to have this quiet leader bring his skills to serve our Academy.

65th PFA Gold Medal Awards Luncheon

One of the largest crowds ever attended our Awards Luncheon this year at the Westin Hotel on Saturday, 13 October, held during the ADA Session. Outgoing President M. David Campbell called the Luncheon together with Trustee Robert Hart giving the Invocation for Rev. Matthew Campbell, who was unable to attend from Scotland.

Dr. John Molinari gave an address on “Infection Control—Past and Future Challenges.”

Trustee James Englander presented this year’s Award recipients starting with the PFA Gold Medal being presented to Dr. Richard Shaffer, retired USN Admiral and past ICD Registrar. A large ICD contingent of dignitaries was present to honor Dr. Shaffer.

They included ICD President Richard Schoessler, International President Min Horiuchi (past PFA President), USA Section President Richard Shick, US Section President-elect Charles Simons, US Section Vice President Carl Lundgren (past PFA President), past ICD President Lloyd Phillips, 8th District Regent William Kort (past PFA President), past U.S. Section President John Layden, and past Regent Richard Kozal.

President Campbell then proceeded to install the new Academy Board Officers for 2001-2002. Incoming President was Dr. Scott M. Welch of Wyoming. Installed were President-elect, Dr. Gordan Stine of South Carolina and Vice President, Dr. Robert Friedman of Connecticut. New Trustees were Dr. Howard Mark of Connecticut for Region 2 and Dr. Mamoru Sakuda of Japan for Region 9.

John A. Molinari, PhD

Dr. Molinari received his BA in biology from St. Vincent College and his PhD in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

He currently is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry.

Dr. Molinari has published more than 200 scientific articles in the areas of microbiology and immunology. He co-authored the text Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and asepsis.

Dr. Molinari serves as consultant for Detroit area hospitals. He is also consultant for the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, and on the Michigan Dental Association Special Committee on Health Hazard Regulations.

He was Project Coordinator for the governmental Health Resources and Services Administration Task Force on AIDS and Dental Education. He is Chairman of the American Association of Dental Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee on Bloodborne Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Molinari is the Infection Control Section Editor for the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, and he is a member of the Editorial Board for the ADA Journal.

Dr. Molinari is an Honorary Member of the Michigan Dental Association and of the ICD. He serves as the State Chairman for the Michigan Governor’s Risk Reduction and AIDS Policy Commission.

Membership Thoughts

Like many organizations throughout the world, membership has either remained static or has been declining. And, when we speak about “membership,” this includes the initial recruitment, induction, retention, and lapsation. Each of those categories has its own approaches. As we journey through time, the reasons we had for joining change as well. We acquire new reasons for maintaining our membership.

As a living entity, any organization must first adapt to the times it exists in. Editor Brophy, in his written work on America’s Secret Societies, notes the number of them founded after the U.S. Civil War. He describes why many failed and a few survived. The survivors did so because the reasons for which the organizations were established had changed in time. Those groups that did survive changed to address the contemporary problems.

One example would be the United States’ largest organization for its time, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Membership was limited to those who had served in the Union Army. For nearly 50 years, the GAR shaped American politics. But when all the Union veterans died off, so did the organization. We see this happening in the VFW today.

The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias, and many other organizations were founded after the Civil War as the civilian counterpart to the GAR. Their membership requirements were elite, but not limiting. However, their social activities and exclusive membership requirements eventually spelled doom for them. The Elks, Moose, and Eagles survived the “social fraternity” phase because they adapted to the times.

This changing of the times gave birth to new groups, like the Lions, Rotary, and Exchange Clubs, around the turn of the century. They grasped the need for community service organizations to fill the void between public welfare and upper class philanthropy. The Elks, Moose, and Eagles slowly adopted these goals as well. They survived.

Then after WWII, things changed again. The community needs were still there, but the pool of potential members changed. The “baby boomer” generation started to rebel against many of their families’ accepted ideas. Technology played a bigger role in their lives. Formal education became a must to succeed in a world filled with baby boomer competition. College fraternities declined in membership. Many dropped their exclusive membership requirements and survived. Some did not.

The Pierre Fauchard Academy was founded in 1936 with very lofty goals of meeting the literary needs in our profession. It limited its membership to only the top 3% of the world’s dentists because it was felt that they could best meet those goals through their leadership. And it appealed to a pool of professionals who were “joiners” and active in organized dentistry.

Times changed in dentistry as well, but this was not felt so acutely until the 1990s. Dentists, by their very nature, are more educated, basically conservative, and organizationally inclined to protect their independence in practice. They are respected in their communities where they are often active. Being active—joining community organizations—was a way of feeding their practices. Then came advertising, third party carriers, PPOs, HMOs, and all the other changes that resulted in a profession of colleagues becoming business competitors. ACD has seen this and has implemented a campaign to structure ethical conduct within the profession. (A sad commentary that this is needed today.)

PFA, in its own way, has done this as well. Some time ago, our subtitle of “an international honor dental organization” added the word “service.” No one noticed, since that was what we had begun to do. No one certainly objected.

From a 1936 mission goal of improving dental literature and giving out awards—certainly needs of those times—we began mentoring, a scholarship program, and grants for service projects. We encourage our Sections to not emphasize being a “knife and fork” club, to one sponsoring dental public service. We have changed and will survive.

Change in our mission, as reflected by what we are doing, also brings with it the need for funding. No longer are we running an honor organization out of a shoebox of names and addresses. We are big business in mentoring, scholarships, and grants. That takes money to organize and execute. As we extend PFA internationally, that need will become more acutely felt. We are becoming a major world player in dentistry. And we must begin to prepare for this role.

But the change in the available pool of recruits needs to be recognized as well. That still needs to be addressed. Canadian Trustee Kevin Roach pointed out the “graying of dental leaders” and the need today to appeal to the “baby boomers” and beyond.

Trustee Bernardo Levit touched on another problem. Do we take only the top 3% of those who can afford membership or the top 3% that deserve it, but have economical restraints?

Vice President Robert Friedman, though, makes the pertinent statement that perhaps it is time to loosen the top 3% requirement.

When we slipped in the word “service” into our mission, we silently committed millions of dollars, pounds, francs, pesos to our future activities. All the PFA volunteers in the world will reduce that cost, but they will not change the fact that funds will be necessary to carry out all the programs we undertake.

When we slipped in the word “service,” we expanded our role in dentistry. That role may not be able to be carried out by a “graying leadership” alone. We will need younger members to perform the service functions.

Then the debate becomes, what do we with the 3% figure? Or do we even need that as a limitation (since it is not defined anywhere anyway)? Can we evolve into the only international dental service organization, which provides the “honor” through our awards?

By adapting a different membership approach, we can achieve more Fellows, which generates more revenue to run the operation.

Recruitment hinges on several basic factors first—organization, activity, and appeal.

Currently, we are well organized on the international level with Sections, even some Districts, down to the Fellows level. Our philosophy has always been to grant the Sections complete autonomy from dictated structured recruitment, induction ceremonies, and activity, as opposed to the other colleges. This has been touted as our hallmark of difference. But, perhaps, it is also our undoing.

New Section Chairs, those wishing to establish a Section, and those named as Chairs that do nothing are at a loss sometimes to know where to begin. In their offices, they follow rigorous procedures to produce ideal treatment results. They look to PFA to do the same. Perhaps it is time, as many of the Chairs have said themselves, to establish “suggested” formats for operating a Section; new guidelines for recruitment; establishing Section offices of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Editor; a framework for an induction ceremony; and a list of possible Section projects to undertake. Each of these formally composed can allow for individual Section variation. And each of them has their own reasons for being.

We discussed the new ideas for recruitment. But beyond any new ideas, the most successful Sections with large memberships are (1) organized, (2) with a cadre of officers (ideal for experienced succession), (3) have some type of newsletter to communicate with its members, and (4) are involved in one or more Section projects.

Often they have also developed a formal recruitment policy, screening process, and induction ceremony. The tuxedo rental companies published a report that the greater number of marriages that survive were performed in formal dress. The Elks Initiation is formally done in tuxedo and has a greater retention than other groups that initiate in street clothes or just hand the recruit a certificate of membership. Whether these reports are true or not, the formality of the Induction Ceremony expresses how important the event is in PFA and in the life of the new member. This aids in retention and lowering lapsation.

The activities that a Section holds is another answer to appeal, retention, and lapsation. As dues rise to cover costs, as economic times become more difficult, as the kids get into college at the same time, members begin to reassess their membership when the dues statement comes out. But if the Fellow feels he is a part of bringing dentistry to the indigent, this gives him reason to stay. If he is participating in a worthwhile project, this gives him reason to recruit his friends and classmates. None of this can happen without an organized Section running the local operations. The days of the International Board members doing it all are gone. The world is too big. And we are expanding into areas that need local leadership to meet unique needs.

There is no one magical answer that fits all sizes. Each must be tailored at the local level to meet the local needs by a local organization.

When we were a “knife and fork” club, meeting once or twice a year, we could dip into our pockets and make donations for different small projects. Today we have taken on major worldwide dental public service programs, scholarships distributed around the world, mentoring programs that extend into the jungles and into the old Soviet Union. We are now a major player. To effectively take on that role, we must be organized on all levels, and we must have graying leadership along with new young ideas. The honor no longer comes from the exclusiveness of being a Fellow, but being a Fellow running people-to-people programs exclusive to PFA and to the world.

So our first approach to expanded recruitment is to organize our Sections to accept new members.

Expanded recruitment also encompasses adding more Sections in Africa, eastern Europe, and Asia. The economic conditions in many of these places precludes $85 a year dues, let alone a $100 initiation fee. Yet, if we expect to be a world leading dental organization, if we are to continue dental service to the needy, that is where we need to establish new Sections. We ought to get there first to become a tradition among the local dental professionals.

To do so would be costly. The answer, like the European Union does, like our Hall of Fame does, is to accept only a certain number of poorer Sections a year, establish a provisional status with provisional dues before full recognition.

Belgium Chair Professor Jose Dahan recognized this years ago in trying to establish his West-East Program of Exchange (WEPE) between western and eastern European dentists. Not only is this a mentoring program, but eventually it will raise the level of dentistry in those areas needing it. Through Dr. Dahan and his Fellows, PFA will have initiated it. He fills a very important need in this modern world.

In attending the 2000 FDI Congress, President Campbell and Editor Brophy participated in many committee meetings on the state of global dentistry. FDI Executive Director Per Ake and Editor Brophy were in discussion at one of those meetings when Per Ake asked who should be doing a certain world project. Editor Brophy responded, “If not FDI, then what other world dental organization?”

Per Ake answered that there were no other world dental organizations. But President Campbell and Editor Brophy discussed privately that FDI was in little better position than PFA to accomplish what needs to be done eventually. PFA is another world dental organization, free of the politics of the situation, that could do it.

Where do we want to be in the next century? As Chicago waterfront architect Daniel Burnham said, “Make no small plans.” Do we wish to evolve into a world dental leadership role? Or stay as one of many “knife and fork” clubs?

Finally, we address the oft-quoted statement made in soliciting a prospective member who says, “What do I get out of it?”

Past PFA President Fred Halik addressed this in his “President’s Notebook” in the March/April 2000 issue of Dental World. He quoted U.S. President John Kennedy’s statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but instead, ask what you can do for your country.” He notes the “dollars and sense, take home and make money” mentality behind the question of “What’s in it for me?” and he answers that “nothing worthwhile is ever derived from any organization unless one pays for it in the sense of time and commitment.” The benefits from belonging to any group cannot be tabulated in money. What price can you put on helping another person? Can you get that same feeling anywhere else but when you reach out to help another? What price can you place on the fine friends you have made? The recognition and esteem you have earned? The justification of your very existence?

Past President M. David Campbell frankly answered the question during the Kansas City Board Meeting when he said, “Get something out of it? No, it is payback time! Others have helped you get where you have gotten. Now it is time to give back. You join PFA to pay for the opportunity to do more for your profession, for humanity, to make our world a better place because of you. You are an established dentist and, as such, have a certain responsibility to help others less fortunate. And, in doing so, you will be rewarded with the help of others, happiness for yourself, hope for our future, recognition by your peers, the prestige of doing what is needed, and the privilege of paying more to do more. That is why you should join! You cannot buy that anywhere else.”

That about says it all.



21-24 February - 137th MidWinter Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
13 March - Executive Board Meeting, Central Office, Las Vegas, Nevada
3-7 April - 24th Asian Pacific Dental Congress, Seoul, Korea
3-7 April - 44th Korean Dental Association Congress
April - Ohio PFA Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio
25 May - Canadian PFA Induction Luncheon, Montreal, Canada
25-29 May - 100th Anniversary Canadian Dental Association, Montreal, Canada
25-29 May - Les Journee Denatire du Quebec
1-5 October - 90th FDI Congress, Vienna, Austria
19–23 October - 143rd ADA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana


25-29 October - ADA 144rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
Fall - FDI 91st Annual Meeting, Sydney, Australia

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at

PFA Continuing Education Course

Dr. Murphy receiving Appreciation Plaque from President Campbell.

Kansas City, 11 October 2001 

Dr. Mark T. Murphy opened the 8 a.m. continuing education program to a nearly overflowing crowd of PFA Fellows, staff, and family from all over the world. Trustee Professor Mamoru Sakuda of Japan, Belgium Chair Professor Jose Dahan, past UK Section Chairman Raj Rayan, Philippines Chair Dean Diampo Lim, and many U.S. Chairs were present for the informative and entertaining presentations.

President David Campbell welcomed everyone, gave the introductions, and distributed the lecture materials.

The next few hours flew by as Dr. Murphy discussed national trends, professional concerns, patient analysis, and most importantly, communications. With a healthy injection of Dr. L. D. Pankey, Dr. Murphy (a Pankey Institute associate faculty member) discussed the balance of life between love-work-religion-play. To serve your patients best with the finest dentistry you can perform, you need to evaluate their personalities and responsiveness to your treatment presentation.

Lecturer Mark Murphy handling personal questions

They need to understand and appreciate what you need to do for them. One size does not fit all patients in this customized service we provide.

The afternoon sessions went over verbal skills and described a customer service model for dentistry. Those attending stayed well after the lectures for the question-and-answer period that personalized the day’s presentations.

The time was well spent.

PFA History

L-R, Vickie Cyhel, Secretary Kozal, and Helen Smolak

Walter A. Cyhel was PFA President in 1977. After serving his term, Fellow Walter became PFA Secretary, an office he held from 1977 until his death in 1985. He was also recipient of the PFA Special Service Citation and was very active in ICD.

The saying goes that “behind every great man there is a woman.” In Walter’s case there were two women, his wife Vickie and her sister Helen Smolak.

“In those early days,” Vickie Cyhel discussed PFA after attending the Awards Luncheon, saying “There were only about 4000 members. We ran the Secretary’s Office out of a bunch of punch cards kept in a shoebox. Helen and I did all the records by hand—address changes, sending out dues notices, everything.

“When Walter went to Japan, I did not want to go. When he came back he had the nickname of Mt. Fuji Stomach. Walt was a crazy, wonderful man. He took these boob toothbrushes with him to hand out in Japan. You would rub them and make them grow. Another time he handed out these ear covers, which were called ‘bull s_ _ _ protectors.’

“When it was time to send out the dues notices, Helen and I would spread them all out on the dining room table and sort them out by country. The we had to lick the stamps on each one of 4000 envelopes and take them to the post office. When the return letters came back, we would spend many evenings posting them to that member’s card in the box. There were no computers then. I don’t know what we would be able to do today with 7000 cards.

“We had a lot of good times together and met so many wonderful friends through our work in PFA. I still keep in contact with many of the older gals.”

And we thank you, Richard, for coming to Kansas City to be Walter’s pallbearer.

Foundation Report

The Kansas City Meeting packet contained the Minutes of last year’s Foundation Meeting in Chicago in October, 2000, for approval at this year’s Board Meeting. The highlights of that meeting included Foundation President Robert Shira’s three-page report on the Foundation status; Vice President Carl Lundgren’s visit to the Foundation project in Costa Rica and his tour of the dental school; Executive Director Shig R. Kishi’s 12-page report on the Foundation business; a bound financial report by Treasurer George Higue; and an Executive Committee Report by President Robert Shira.

Business matters included:

• Budget allocation of $10,000 for funding special projects and contributions that would fall between the grant deadlines;

• Establishing a committee to review investment policy for any recommendations;

• Review of grants applications (previously reported in the Jan/Feb, 2001 Dental World);

• Student scholarship funding for $123,000;
• Establishing an “available past PFA Presidents list” to fill vacancies on the Foundation Board when its membership drops below the Bylaws prescribed number of 14;

• A report on the American Association of Dental Editors Conference the Academy sponsored in St. Paul, Minnesota, in April, 2000;

• Establishment of a grant appeal mechanism to the Foundation Officers;

• Support for the Academy’s 2001 Programs;

• Discussion of Foundation fund-raising possibilities;

• Discussion by the Board to hold only an annual meeting, usually before the annual ADA Session;

• The Foundation Humanitarian Award be selected by the President, the Executive Director, and the Grants Chairman who have reviewed all the applications.

The 2001 President’s Report

by Foundation President Robert B. Shira

This year, 34 grant requests were considered with seven being returned because they failed to meet the established criteria.

Scholarship letters were mailed out in early February to all the dental school deans with copies going to Section Chairs.

Publicity has increased under Dr. Larry Barrett, who also has contacted the Section Chairs for assistance in getting our news in their local publications.

The remaining Brenes-Espinach property in Costa Rica, the jewelry store, has been sold and the funds deposited in the Foundation’s Brenes-Espinach Account. The flower shop with adjacent squatters was donated to Foundacion Piedad, a charitable foundation operating in Costa Rica to which we had donated dental equipment in the past. The Foundacion also agreed to accept the responsibility for the care and maintenance of the Brenes-Espinach cemetery plot.

Academy President’s Report to the Foundation

by Academy President M. David Campbell

The real purpose of health professionals is to touch the lives of people in need. To accomplish this goal, we have attained several achievements this year:

• Increased the Central Office efficiency in processing applications and funds;

• Scheduled an all-day continuing education conference in Kansas City;

• Improved our Web site;

• Updated our PFA informational publications;

• Established a long range planning committee;

• Recommended a simplified grant application for our Sections which was adopted by the Foundation;

• Visitation to many of our Sections has demonstrated results in bringing in new members and activation of some dormant groups;
• Hosted a Region 9 Section Chairs Meeting during the FDI Congress in Kuala Lumpur;

• The Presidential visits to our Sections is important to stimulate activity and foster a sense of Academy support and encouragement.

President Campbell thanked the Foundation for their support during his year as PFA President. He requested funding for 2002 Academy projects:

• Upgrading our Web site ($20,000);

• Support for our PFA Dental Museum (to be located in the new Nevada dental school in 2003), which will include a mini-Hall of Fame ($15,000);

• Funding for our International Mentorship Program ($5000).

Grants Committee Report

Vice President Carl Lundgren

by Vice President Carl Lundgren

This enters our sixth year of grant application. Our system has worked well with a minimum of confusion and burden. The grants reviewed for this year (34) have a total request value of $219,197. The 2001 year budgeted amount is $137,000. The year 2000 budget carryover amount not spent (as reported by Treasurer George Higue) is $80,345. The donation of the flower shop to another foundation will also provide us a tax credit.

Non-U.S. dental service sites (20%) are in France, Costa Rica, Vietnam (through The Netherlands Section), Haiti, and three in Mexico. Only one dental school request was received and that was for $5000.

All the grant considerations were handled by mail, phone, fax, and e-mail to reduce administration costs. Treasurer George Higue has donated his investment genius and accounting skills and supplied an in-depth, bound report on the Foundation funds. And the Foundation office has kept office costs under $60 a month. So the Foundation funds are being well conserved by the Officers in charge.

There were three Priority One requests of which two were our obligations to Costa Rica and the Humanitarian Award:

• Priority One: three requests;
• Priority Two: (Section requests) 4;
• Priority Three: (Public Service) 19;
• Priority Four: (Continuing Education, Faculty Development, Dental Schools) 4;
• Priority Five: (Research) 0;
• Priority Six: (miscellaneous) 0;
• Scholarships: 72

Due to the cancellation of the Foundation’s Annual Meeting in Kansas City this year, the review of the applications for grants will be handled among the Board by phone or some agreeable means by the Board of Trustees. Once the grants process has been completed, those receiving Foundation grants will be reported in Dental World.

Foundation Treasury

by Foundation Treasurer George Higue

It should be noted that due to the Foundation’s investment strategy handled by Treasurer George Higue, that the Foundation funds have not suffered the tremendous losses being experienced by stock market investments. Thus, the grant and scholarship plans can proceed without concern for available funds.

Based on year 2000 information and IRS tax rules, the Foundation can expect to distribute $329,000 for 2001. The distributable amount is roughly 5% of the average fair market value of the assets for the current year. Any portion not distributed by the Foundation by the end of 2001 must be given out before the end of 2002 to avoid IRS tax penalties.
Foundations pay either a 1% tax on investment income or a 2% tax depending on the amount of funds distributed. Thus, the Foundation needs to distribute the $80,345 carryover from 2000 before 31 December 2001 to avoid IRS penalties, and at least $300,000 to avoid the 2% tax. By distributing the $329,000 realized income from investments and the $80,345 carryover, the Foundation will avoid $3500 in excise tax.

Before the Kansas City Meeting was canceled, the Board was to have received a presentation from Merrill Lynch Services about investment strategies.

The Executive Director’s Report

by Dr. Shigeo R. Kishi

The Foundation Executive Director attended the Academy’s Interim Meeting in Atlanta last March to present the Foundation’s Report to the Academy, which was reported in Dental World.

The insurance agency covering the Directors and Officers’ Insurance Policy recommended that the Academy and the Foundation carry separate policy coverage. This has been done.

The University of Costa Rica School of Dentistry was sent a check ($7500) to cover our final commitment of $104,500 to their Brenes-Espinach Multimedia Teaching System. The Costa Rica PFA Section was also sent $7500 for the Loader-Espinach Award, which will be presented in 2002.

Since October 2000, 115 grant applications were mailed out, resulting in 41 grants received, of which seven were returned. Thirty-four grants were then considered by the Grants Evaluation Teams.

Donations to the Foundation for year 2000 were $22,840 from U.S. Fellows, $710 from International Fellows, and $2925 from Life Members. For the year 2001, up to 18 July 2001, donations were $22,655 from U.S. Fellows, $849 from International Fellows, and $3025 from Life Members.

Scholarships were extended to 53 U.S. dental schools (based on membership), who all responded, and to 19 international Sections, of which 17 have replied. Non-U.S. dental schools contacted were Argentina (1), Australia (3), Belgium (1), Canada (3 to 10 recipients), Chile (1), Costa Rica (1), England (2), France (2), Germany (1), Hong Kong (1), India (2), Ireland (1), Japan (3), Korea (1), Mexico (1), Peru (1), Poland (1) no response, Portugal (1) no response, and Singapore (1).

Foundation Fund Raising Report

The Foundation needs to augment the solicited donations we receive currently through the dues notice in order to reduce the amount of funds paid in taxes. Thus, the Foundation Board has initiated plans to request that Sections host events to aid in raising funds for the Foundation.

Some other suggestions have been made to petition the dental trade and service industries for help. Another was to have individual Fellows cosponsor, in whole or part, the student scholarships for naming rights to the scholarship. Pledges and bequeaths have also been discussed.

Currently, donors to the Foundation are listed on our Web site. Discussion is underway to decide if the cost of publishing donor’s names in Dental World would be beneficial.

Donations from our membership and other sources are going to become more important since rolling over investments are going to be at much lower interest rates, resulting in less funds for distribution. If the lower realized funds are not supplemented by contributions to the principle, then the amounts available for grants and scholarships will be reduced. The Board will be faced with either reducing the amounts per scholarship/grant or giving fewer grants and scholarships.

We are faced with a multiyear commitment to raising funds since one year’s effort will not achieve the goal. To initiate this understanding a letter to all Fellows explaining the situation is being considered to determine if the cos

Foundation News


Vancouver Dr. Patrick Gowdy thanked the Academy for his selection to receive the Foundation Scholarship, and he promised through his career to maintain “the integrity of the profession and enhancing the public awareness of oral health issues.”

Dean Edwin Yen of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry in Vancouver presented the Foundation Scholarship certificate and check to student Denny Essig.

The May/June issue of The Contact Point printed a whole-page picture of then Quebec Vice Chairman Barry Dolman (past Canadian Dental Association President and current Quebec Chair) presenting the Foundation Scholarship certificate to student Huy Sroy Lor, a junior at the University of Montreal. The same picture also appears in Nouvelles en Bref.

The April 2001 issue of The Journal Dentaire du Quebec printed an item and picture of the presentation of the Foundation Scholarship certificate by Quebec Chair Guy Miranda to student Marc-Andre Beaupre with Dean Diane Lachapelle and Vice Dean Denis Robert in attendance.

The University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry publication printed an article and picture of Pierre Fauchard and of Fellow Anne Dale presenting the Foundation Scholarship certificate to student Shervin Abbaszadeh with the Dental Students Society President Wajahat Ali Khan in attendance.

United States

New Jersey

University of New Jersey School of Dentistry student Matthew Peluso was selected as the 2001 Scholarship recipient.


James Miller thanked the Academy for receiving the Academy research Award at the University of Minnesota’s Senior Recognition Ceremony.

Recipient Denny Essig receiving congratulations from Dean Edwin Yen
Washington State

Scholarship recipient Jason Bourne thanked the Academy for being honored with their Senior Student Award.



M. David Campbell

Scott Welch

Gordan Stine
Vice President
South Carolina

Richard A. Kozal

James M. Brophy

Fred Halik
Immediate Past President
New York


REGION 1—Europe
Pierre Marois
Robert Friedman
Robert S. Hart
REGION 4—Midwest USA
James A. Englander
REGION 5—Western USA
Gary Lowder
REGION 6—Canada
Kevin Roach
REGION 7—Latin America
Bernardo Levit
REGION 8—Australasia
William Winspear
Eiichi Katagiri
REGION 10—Central USA
Michael Perpich

Section News


Chair Professor Lucy Dalva Lopes expressed her “immeasurable sadness” experienced over the September 11th tragedies and that the Brazilian people are choked with grief for our loss.

Dr. Renato Geromel was elected President of the Brazil Section. His Secretary/Treasurer is Dr. Jose Carlos De Vivo.


Trustee William Winspear reported holding their triennial Breakfast Induction Meeting in Brisbane during the Australia Dental Congress to bring in 26 new Fellows. Officiating was Section President Jonathan Rogers. The Gordon Rowell Prize for Excellence was awarded to Dr. Nathan Patrick from the University of Sydney.

The 2003 FDI World Dental Congress will be held in Sydney between 18-21 September 2003. Fellow Reginald Hession will serve as Chairman of the Organizing Committee, which is composed of all PFA Fellows. Trustee William Winspear will be in charge of protocol and public relations. All Fellows are invited to attend.

Trustee William Winspear, on the September 11th tragedies, “I am so saddened by the horror you have all experienced that at this time I cannot express my true feelings, except to say—God Bless America.”


Trustee Kevin Roach announced new Chairs for Quebec and for the Western Provinces. Past CDA President Barry Dolman of Montreal will assume the duties for the Quebec Section as he plans the 2002 Montreal Fellowship Induction Luncheon. He replaces Guy Maranda who served with distinction.

Replacing beloved past PFA International Trustee Sheldon Claman for the Western Provinces will be CDA Vice President Tom Brenneman of Manitoba.

For the 2002 Montreal Fellowship Induction, 23 new members have been proposed for Fellowship at the Luncheon on May 25th. The PFA affair will be in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Dental Association, and be held with Les Journee Dentaire du Quebec from 25-29 May. This will be the largest dental meeting ever held in Canada. You are all invited.

The Canadian Section has nominated Dr. Michael Cripton for the Elmer Best Memorial Award. Dr. Cripton is the first Canadian to serve as President of the PFA and the only international Fellow to serve in that office. Other Canadians to receive the Elmer Best Award were Drs. C. H. M. Williams (1965), Donald W. Gullet (1970), William G. McIntoch (1980), Ronald E. Jordan (1987), and Nicholas A. Mancini (1994).

The Canadian Fellows presented a $1000 check to the Foundation at the Kansas City Meeting through their Trustee Kevin Roach.



Argentina Section President Mabel Belleville presented a PFA Appreciation Plaque to the C.O.R.A. – F.O.L.A. President during the 2nd annual Latin American Congress and National Symposium on Prevention in Buenos Aires.

Trustee Bernardo Levit communicated with President Campbell on 11 September his shock at “the horrible crime committed” that day. On September 12th, noon, the Argentine PFA Section held a brief memorial in memory of those who lost their lives the day before in the U.S. disasters. The Fellows then repudiated “the cowardly terrorist attack.”



Chair Francisco O. Campos holds monthly dinner meetings to plan Section activities. Fellow Rafael Uson heads up their Mentorship Program for new dentists. Fellow Roberto Irribarra runs their Action Road Program to help get dental care for the old age patients with economic difficulties. Fellow Raul Frugone is in charge of public relations and publishes a PFA magazine three times a year.

Last June, PFA President Campbell and International Trustee Bernardo Levit helped to induct 16 new Fellows, one from Bolivia, at their Induction Dinner. Honorary Life membership was awarded to Professor Dr. Juan Colin.

In July, they held their elections selecting new Chair Jaime Koiffman, who will take his position this March.

Secretary/Treasurer Luis Felipe Jimenez Squella, on behalf of the Chilean Section expressed their sincere sorrow “in this tragic moment that the American people are suffering. We cannot find the exact words for expressing our feelings, just to say God bless you.” Chair Professor Campos said “Por nuestros hermanos Americanos, por favor reenvia esta Vela de la Esperanza, para que no se apague, si ella esta en movimiento no sucedera. Oh Senor dale resignacion a todas esas familias que han sufrido, tal tragedia de perder a sus seres amado.”

Costa Rica

Chair Mario Rodriquez C. informed the Board that the Loader-Espinach Award will be presented this year to Dr. Benjamin Herazo Acuna, Director of Instituto de Educacion Continuada of the Federacion Odontologica Colombiana and is an active member of the Colombian Institute of Bioethic Studies. The presentation will be this March in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the University of Costa Rica School of Dentistry.


Chair Mario Ulmansky suggested that holding CE courses in Europe and South America would attract more members, particularly those Fellows at universities who could attend them at university expense. (Editor’s note: Our first CE course was held in London in 1998 and four courses were offered in 2001 in Brussels, Paris, and London.)


Dr. Kim Hong Ki, a Founder of the Korean Section, has been re-elected their President. He is also President of the Korean College of Oral Implantology. Their Section is planning to provide dental services in poor Asian countries.


Chairman Ernesto Acuna E. reported expanding their Mentorship Program to include the University of the Bajio in Guanajuato and the University of the Yucatan in Merida. The University of Oaxaca School of Dentistry accepted the Section’s proposal to initiate a program there as well.

Their next Section meeting was held last 17 November for their 44 Fellows.

Chair Ernesto Acuna sent the deepest sympathies from all the Mexico Fellows for the tragic loss of life on September 11th.


Chair Professor Javier Garro Barrio hosted their annual meeting to induct many new Fellows.

L-R, Margarita of Columbia, Dr. Hemant Thakur, Dr. Karla Sandino, and Trustee Bernardo Levit


Dr. Karla Sandino of Nicaragua was introduced at the Awards Banquet in Kansas City by Trustee Bernardo Levit. Subsequent to the Luncheon, she met with Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal, Editor James Brophy, and Trustee Bernardo Levit to discuss forming a PFA Section in her country. Dr. Sandino is currently Vice President for International Relations for POH while living in Louisiana pursuing a postdoctorate degree. She will be returning to her country to practice. There she will explore the interest of fellow dentists to form a new Section. Nicaragua has two dental schools and about 800 dentists.

Japan Section

The Japan Section held their PFA meeting at Nippon University School of Dentistry in Niigata City on 8 September. Dr. Mamoru Sakuda, Professor Emeritus at Osaka University, was elected Chairperson for the Japan Section and confirmed as Region 9 International Trustee to succeed retiring Dr. Eiichi Katagiri. Five new Fellows were inducted into membership. Plaques were presented to Drs. Sadeo Wakumoto and Eiichi Katagiri. Dr. Takahisa Okumura was appointed as the new Secretary General of the Japan Section.

Chair Sadeo Wakumoto reports the passing of several important Japan Fellows in Dr. Haruo Fukumoto, past Section Chair; Professor Jiro Hasegawa, a past Section Chair and Chairman of the Michinosuke Nakayama Memorial Award Committee; Dr. Sekio Fukuyo, Section Chair-elect; and Dr. Shiro Tanaka, Auditor.

The 31st annual Meeting of the Japanese Section was jointly held during the 2nd Asian Section Meeting in Tokyo last May with 80 attending. PFA President Fred Halik and Korean Chair Professor Boo-Byung Choi were in attendance to induct three new Fellows. The Foundation scholarships were presented to students from Kanagawa Dental College, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Kyushu University faculty of Dentistry, and Osaka University Faculty of Dentistry.

Trustee Mamoru Sakuda was one of the many international Fellows who wrote expressing their sorrow for the September 11th tragedies.

United States

Anita Elliott was installed at their annual meeting last Spring and attended the Kansas City functions.

California, Northern Section

Chair Daniel Castagna reported needing to cancel their September annual New Fellow/Awards Luncheon held during the California Dental Association’s Scientific Session due to the national crisis. Seven new members were elected to Fellowship and to be inducted. Dr. F. Gene Dixon received the Section’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Dixon was the Founder of the California Dental Service, precursor of Delta Dental. Recognition and Service Certificates were to be presented to the faculty and students of the University of the Pacific and of the University of California-San Francisco dental schools. The keynote speaker scheduled was CDA President-elect Steven Chan.

The Northern California Section has established a non-dentist award for dentally related achievements called the Allied Service Award. Section dues for the 225 Fellows is $20 to fund their programs, such as two $1000 academic scholarships for dental students, and two $750 dental faculty training grants. Currently, they are considering sponsorship of a Student Leader Internship Program in conjunction with CDA.

Dr. Stafford Duhn is their current Secretary/Treasurer.

L-R, Belgium Chair Jose Dahan with Dr. and Mrs. Charles Eller at the President’s Reception
California, Southern Section

Chair Charles Eller hosted their annual meeting with President-elect Scott Welch in attendance. The highlight of the meeting was to show their professionally made videotape of all the Southern California dental service clinics that have received Foundation funding.

Dr. Philip J. Boyne was presented their Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award. Dr. Boyne has served as President and/or Director of the American Board of Maxillofacial Surgery, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Institute of Oral Biology, and the American Cleft Palate Foundation.

New Fellows inducted by President-elect Scott Welch, Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal, and past PFA President Shig Kishi were Drs. Mark Burgett, Thomas Gaffaney, Martyn Green, Robert Hale, Minway Lee, Larry Lytle, Richard Mowry, Suzanne Popp, Wilfred Rathbun, Paul Reggiardo, Kirikumar Salvi, Thomas Tate, Frank Vidjak, and Stephen Zweig.

Past President Carl Lundgren is serving as ICD’s USA Section Vice President.

Past Gold Medal recipient (1999) James Vernetti has been one of those selected to carry the Olympic Torch to Salt Lake City.

Section Editor William Mihram put out a beautiful eight-page newsletter called PerSpecTive, which contained pictures of the Hollenback presentations to Dr. Lloyd Baum for Loma Linda School of Dentistry and to Dean Harold Slavkin for the USC School of Dentistry. President-elect Scott Welch was congratulating Dr. Richard Stevenson of UCLA’s School of Dentistry for his receiving the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award which also went to Loma Linda’s Dr. Bruce Walter and USC’s Dr. Joe Brochman. The seniors of each of those schools select the recipient of this award.

Also pictured were the 2001 Student of the Year Award recipients Scott Steedman of Loma Linda, Eric Phelps of UCLA, and Richard Curtis of USC. The California 2000 Grant Awards went to Thousand Smiles Craniofacial Surgery and Dental Care Mission under Dr. James Vernetti, the Roy Bal-Allard Children’s Dental Center under Dr. Naomi Bement, and the UCLA Venice Dental Center under Dr. Ronald Mito.

L-R, ADA Trustee Ed Mehlman, Chair Howard Mark, and International Trustee Robert Friedman at their annual Section Meeting

Chair Howard Mark noted that their Section was coming of age with Statewide dental recognition for their support of many important dental projects across the State. Particularly was the support for the Bridge the Gap project initiated by Trustee Robert Friedman and 35 PFA members. Another program was their support for the Special Olympics project managed by the dental students of UCONN School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. William MacDonnell, a West Hartford anesthesiologist, will succeed Chair Howard Mark who became International Trustee for Region 2 last October. Dr. MacDonnell is past President of the Connecticut State Dental Association and a Delegate to the ADA House.


Fellow T. Howard Jones, a general practitioner in Carrollton, was a candidate for ADA President-elect during their annual Session in Kansas City last October. He won the confidence of the House of Delegates in being elected to this office over some very qualified competition—all PFA Fellows.

Chair Ray Maddox reporting to the Board in Kansas City

Chair Greg Romriell held their annual meeting last October in Boise to host a daylong continuing education seminar whose keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Christine.


Past PFA President C. F. Larry Barrett, who turned 80 last year, was written up in the University of Iowa Alumni magazine last October as the “ultimate Hawkeye fan.” He received an unusual birthday present from his wife Lois and their son John when they fully endowed an athletic scholarship in Dr. Barrett’s name with an initial gift of $125,000. Dr. Barrett, a season-ticket holder for UI athletics, has long been involved in raising funds to support the University of Iowa’s athletic program. He was made an honorary letterman at the second 2001 home football game. Wide receiver Timothy Dodge was the first recipient of the Dr. Larry Barrett Scholarship. Several friends of Dr. and Mrs. Barrett expressed their happy birthday wishes by contributing to the scholarship fund as well.

John Barrett, Larry’s son, was a four-year University of Iowa varsity golf letterman.

Chair Steve Hedlund inducted seven new members into the Section. Their Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Clarence Hosford by past ADA Trustee Mike Pudwill. International Trustee Mike Perpich was in attendance. Their Fall Luncheon was held on 19 October.


Chair Ray Maddox reported on their successful mentorship program at the University of Indiana, which is in its sixth year. They presented the Senior Student Award to Gregory Alan Frahm.

They held their annual meeting to honor Dr. Donald Tharp of Indianapolis with their Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award.


Chair George A. Kanna passed away last July after being diagnosed with hepatoma. We sincerely appreciate all he did for the Hawaii Section during his service as Chairman.


Fellow Dennis Manning of Highland Park was elected to the ADA 1st Vice Presidency at their annual Session in Kansas City last October. He has served as ADA Delegate and is past President of the Illinois State Dental Society.

Chair Chris Baboulos inducted four new Fellow this year. Their Student Award of Recognition went to Northwestern’s Brian Bartlett, University of Illinois’ Barrett G. Moore, and Southern Illinois University’s Paul S. Sahni.


Chair Gary Herbeck held their annual breakfast meeting with ICD to induct nine new Fellows. Dr. Larry Nissen was selected to receive their Section’s Recognition Award. Dr. Nissen was also the 2000 Florida Dental Association Dentist of the Year recipient. He will become President of the AAOMS this year.

Fellow Frank Nickolas of Naples died recently and will be missed.


Chair Karl Lange was actively involved in the recently held “Summit for Understanding” with Kentucky’s Lt. Governor Steve Henry and with the Children’s Dental Health Project to find ways to fund dental services for the poor. His Fellows are active in projects geared to access of dental care in their Special Olympics Smiles Program and Children’s Dental Health Month.

The Foundation Scholarships were presented to students Irene Rita Maragos Hurst from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and Christopher Scott Freeman from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.


Their 2001 PFA Annual Meeting was held last September at the Riverfront Hilton in New Orleans. Chair Frank Martello presented the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Peter Fortier.

Dr. Fortier earned his physics degree and worked for Westinghouse’s Medical Division until entering dental school. Upon graduation, he specialized in oral and maxillofacial radiology since 1969. He is Board Certified by the AAOMR and taught at Loyola University of the South, and then LSU where he is professor emeritus.

Drs. Charles Foy and Duane Delaune, leaders in AGD, were inducted into Fellowship.

Chair Frank Martello, having served his PFA Section since 1995, passed the torch of leadership to Dr. Jim Roethele. Past State Chair Robert Hesse was present at the ceremonies and serves on the Advisory Board.


Fellow Norman Becker was honored by the ADA as one of three editors selected to receive their Council on Communications first annual Distinguished Dental Editor Award. Dr. Becker is Editor for the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society where he has served since 1960. Our late Fellow Roger Scholle of Illinois was also one of the three dental editors selected for his work on the Illinois Dental Journal. Your PFA International Editor served under him as Assistant Editor.

Dr. Becker also was honored by ICD with a Special Citation and was given a Honorable Mention Award, Division I, for his use of graphics.

Past PFA President (1988-1989) Minoru Horiuchi is serving as ICD International President.


Fellow George L. Bletsas of Grosse Ile was a candidate for the ADA office of President-elect at the October ADA Meeting in Kansas City. He also had attended the PFA New York Section Luncheon last Spring.

Chair Virginia Merchant held their annual Induction ceremony last Spring to induct three new Fellows with the assistance of PFA President David Campbell.

Their Mentorship Program at the University of Detroit-Mercy has been so successful that they will be expanding it into the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Their current plans for the coming year are to recruit Fellows to provide a dental care camp in the Upper Peninsula for challenged adults.

The Foundation Scholarships were presented to students Christina Mahi Patrianakos from the University of Michigan and Chad E. Betz from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Chair Don-N Brotman at the Kansas City Awards Luncheon

Chair Don-N Brotman held a reorganization dinner meeting last Spring attended by the National Dental Museum’s Jack Gottschalk of Cincinnati. PFA President David Campbell attended to help install Dr. Richard Grubb into Fellowship, Fellow H. Berton McCauly, a dental historian, presented insights into the life of Pierre Fauchard.


Fellow James F. Smith of Omaha was a candidate for 1st Vice President for the ADA at their annual Session last October in Kansas City. Dr. Smith is past President of the Nebraska Dental Association, the Omaha District Dental Society, and ADA Delegate.

Chair Paul Tamisiea has resigned and a replacement is needed.


Chair William Rohel attended the Kansas City functions last October.

New Hampshire

Chair David Stahl hosted a social meeting and dinner last September for some 25 members and guests. Dr. Dominick DePaola, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Forsyth Institute in Boston, gave the presentation on nutrition and its relation to oral and infectious disease. The Manchester Union-Leader sent a reporter to cover the PFA event.

Section discussion at that meeting considered supporting the new State Dental Society’s mentorship program, but decided to initiate their own since it was making slow progress.

Chair David Stahl was honored at the Tufts University Dental School Commencement last June when the senior class valedictorian Brian Ting received the Stahl Scholarship of $1000. Dr. Stahl co-chaired his 50th dental school class reunion, which raised the largest amount of contributions for any 50th anniversary.

New Jersey

Fellow Henry W. Finger of Medford was a candidate for President-elect of the ADA at their annual session in Kansas City last October.

Dr. and Mrs. James Saddoris at the Kansas City President’s Reception

Past Chair James Saddoris attended the Kansas City functions to thank everyone for their help while he was Section Chairman. Dr. Saddoris is a past ADA President. Dr. William Goodman of Fairland is the current Section Chair.

Dr. and Mrs. James Saddoris at the Kansas City President’s Reception

New Mexico

Chair Robert Gherardi has resigned due to a lack of time to re-energize his Section. A new Chairman is being sought.

New York

Chair Edward Feinberg wrote this letter, “The World Trade Center catastrophe has touched us all very deeply-and we mourn the loss of our relatives, friends, colleagues and compatriots. If we have learned anything at all from this senseless act, it is that we must remain united—steadfast in spirit and in service to others. Our Pierre Fauchard Academy is a wonderful vehicle to accomplish this unity. When we choose new members, we recognize the service they have done to help others, and this inspires others to do the same. These new members in turn support the efforts of our international foundation, which works hard to improve the profession and the dental care of millions throughout the world.” Well said.

Their Section held their June Luncheon Meeting in Syracuse during the annual meeting of the New York State Dental Association with more than 60 members in attendance. Past PFA President Fred Halik, also past NYSDA President, gave the Invocation. Guests included ADA Trustees George Bletsas and Howard Fine, ASDA representative to NYSDA Michael DeLuke and NYSDA’s Executive Director Roy Lasky. NYSDA Secretary/Treasurer Kirk Gleason, NYSDA Councilman Tony DiMango, and NYSDA Governor Joseph Caruso inducted 11 new members into Fellowship—Drs. Jennifer Bempkins of Rochester, Timothy Bleiden of Rochester, James Cavallaro of Camillus, John Comisi of Ithaca, Carl Gerard of Rochester, Chandra Kaushik of East Hills, Alfred LaPorta of Armonk, Margaret Madonian of Liverpool, Paul Nozynski of Mancius, Robert Raiber of Manhattan, and James Vlassis of Fayetteville.

NYSDA Vice President Bill Calnon presented their Section’s Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award to past Section Chair John Billen, past Chief of Dentistry for Rochester General Hospital and past Director of Project Hope.


Chair Alfred Uveges, who leads the second largest Section in the world, most recently lost his youngest daughter to breast cancer. Our deepest condolences pour out to this fine man who has had to balance so much.

Their annual breakfast meeting in Columbus in September 2000, had 124 Fellows in attendance to honor their Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award to Ralph “Jim” Snelson and to induct 11 new Fellows.

Their annual breakfast meeting in Columbus last September inducted four new Fellows and presentation of the Foundation student scholarships to students Shelley D. Shults at Ohio State and to Richard A. Young at Case Western Reserve.

Their April 2002 Meeting in Cleveland during the North Coast Spring Meeting has a CE Course planned.


Fellow Ronald B. Gross, a Pottstown orthodontist, was elected ADA Trustee for the Third District. He is past President of the PDA, the Montgomery Bucks Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontists.

Past Section Chair Christine Benoit with new Section Chair Richard Walsh at the Kansas City CE Program
Rhode Island

Chair Richard Walsh held their annual meeting last Spring where Trustee Robert Friedman presented their Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award to outgoing Chair M. Christine Benoit. Five new Fellows were inducted: Drs. Lizabeth Costa-Carroccia, Edward Ferry, George Gettinger, Paul Matrullo, and Shirley Spater. The geographically smallest Section in the world has 91 members.

Chair Walsh reports on their three active service projects. Their Mentorship Program serves new dentists in Rhode Island, which has no dental school of their own. Over 90% of their Fellows participate in the Donated Dental Services Program chaired by Fellow Clark Sammartino, which has provided nearly $175,000 of dental care to needy patients. Their Smokeless Tobacco Program, funded by a Foundation grant and by their Section, has been an outstanding success with their displays and literature being distributed at numerous schools, baseball clinics, and health fairs throughout their State. This is an ongoing project and will continue to be supported by their Section due to its enthusiastic support from their State.


Fellow Felix C. Crawford of Plainview was elected ADA 2nd Vice President at their annual Session in Kansas City last October. He is past President of the Texas Dental Association and recipient of their Distinguished Service Award.

Region Trustee Michael Perpich noted the resignation of Chair Larry Jones. As the State is too large to administer under one Chair, Trustee Perpich has proposed dividing Texas into four Sections with Dr. C. Roger Macias serving as one of the Chairs.


Chairman Rod Cragun had just stepped down when he discovered that he had a brain tumor. He died shortly thereafter. He will be missed by his Fellow PFA leadership.

Dr. Bonita Elliot participated at the Kansas City meetings as the new Utah Chair.

Washington State

Chairman David Minahan held their annual Dinner Meeting last July at the Seattle Athletic Club during the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference. Nearly 70 attendees joined International Trustee Gary Lowder of Utah to induct seven new Fellows into the Academy. Drs. Henry Chin, Mark Grace, Denny Homer, Dave Houten, Mark Laviola, Jim Ribary, and Jim Steiner became Fellows.

West Virginia

Chair James Overberger held their annual meeting last Spring to honor Dr. Michael D. Medovic of Wheeling with their Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award. Their Senior Student Award for Outstanding Service was presented to Kim L. Capehart of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry.

L-R, Past Chair, Trustee James Englander and Chair Glenn Maihofer at the Awards Banquet

Fellow Kathleen Roth, a general practitioner in West Bend, was elected as ADA Trustee for the 9th District. Dr. Roth is past President of the Wisconsin Dental Association. She has chaired the Workforce Study for Dentistry in Wisconsin since 1988 and the WDA-Milwaukee Brewers’ Fifth Grade Smokeless Tobacco Education Program since 1999. She has served as Vice Chair of the ADA Council on Membership.

Chair Glenn Maihofer held their annual luncheon meeting last Spring to induct ten new Fellows. Dr. Paul Oberbeckling was recipient of their Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award.

Their annual Mentorship Dinner held last October hosted some 250 mentors and protégés. But the dinner is not their only activity. Many social and educational functions are planned for the participates throughout the year.The Foundation Scholarship was presented to Lori Stempski during Marquette University’s Hooding Ceremony last May.


Chair Scott Houfek cosponsored their annual meeting with the other colleges. He attended the Kansas City functions. He is serving as an examiner for the National Examining Board.

Dr. Dale Peterson was the recipient of their Section’s Award of Recognition. He sent a letter thanking the Academy for the honor.



Scott Welch

Gordan Stine
South Carolina

Robert Friedman
Vice President

Richard A. Kozal

James M. Brophy

M. David Campbell
Immediate Past President


REGION 1—Europe
Pierre Marois

Howard Mark

Robert S. Hart

REGION 4—Midwest USA
James A. Englander

REGION 5—Western USA
Gary Lowder

REGION 6—Canada
Kevin Roach

REGION 7—Latin America
Bernardo Levit

REGION 8—Australasia
William Winspear

Mamoru Sakuda

REGION 10—Central USA
Michael Perpich


Robert Shira

Carl Lundgren
Vice President

Shig Ryan Kishi
Executive Director

George Higue


C. Larry Barrett

M. David Campbell

Minoru Horiuchi

James Long

Michael Cripton

Fred Halik
New York

William Kort

Nicholas Saccone

Scott Welch

2. March - April

Thoughts From the President

I hope that all of you and yours had a joyous holiday season. The old year of 2001 is in the past, and hopefully our new year of 2002 will be better. Often it takes a catastrophe to bring people together in spirit and purpose. May we Fellows in the PFA use our knowledge and influence worldwide to encourage leaders of governments to pursue peace.

“Even when faced with the murderous madness of criminals, and in the presence of silent agony of their victims, it is incumbent on us to choose between escape and solidarity, shame and honor. The terrorists have chosen shame. We choose honor.” — Eric Wiesel.
May we all work to preserve the right to live where and how we choose with the purpose and conviction to further the work of our Creator. We must strive to do our healing work and further pledge ourselves to help those in need by our philanthropy.

Our PFA Foundation is an arm of our organization, which can help some of those in need. We should be generous in furthering the work of the Foundation with our donations.

May the coming year be a good one and a great one. May we all work together to become one in purpose and peace. May we also work together to nominate deserving Fellows into the PFA.
Scott M. Welch, DDS


Service Above Self

by Dr. George Higue

“He profits most who serves best.” This is the motto of Rotary International, as most Rotarians all over the free world are aware. But this motto is not just applicable to Rotarians. And Rotary International certainly deserves recognition for publicizing these words of service, as well as much more.

However, most of us have learned that this motto is not limited. The concept actually extends way beyond the meaning of the words. It is a Rule of Life of great significance. It is the “Golden Rule of Service” that reaches out to include various avenues of service.

For example, our leaders and Fellows in the Academy, in their dedication and zeal for serving, most certainly emulate this motto.

One is reminded of Pierre Fauchard, who is recognized worldwide as the Father of Modern Dentistry, and who most certainly is an example of “service above self.” Pierre Fauchard’s role started about 300 years ago, at a time when only the affluent and wealthy were privileged to receive dental care. This was a period when dentists functioned like tradespeople, jealously and tenaciously clinging to any dental skills they could exploit for personal gain. There was no such thing as sharing dental knowledge with others. The others were competitors, not colleagues. As a matter of fact, until Pierre Fauchard accumulated the dental knowledge of his time and put it into a written form for publication, there was no sharing at all.

Thus, Pierre Fauchard supplied the ethic of sharing the dental knowledge of his time with other professionally-inclined, ethical dentists. This laid the foundation for dentistry to develop into the high-level profession it is today, one that is highly respected and recognized throughout the world.

Rotary International supplied the motto, but the principle is a rule of life for the professional. Fellows in the Academy, our dental leadership, illustrate this concept. Through their continued efforts, they have attained high respect and recognition. As Pierre Fauchard started the ethic, the Academy named after him has continued his legacy and expanded the idea of service above self. For that we are recognized globally as one of the world’s great dental honorary service organizations.

(Dr. George Higue of Newport Beach, California, is a past President of the Academy (1974) and currently serves as the Treasurer of the PFA Foundation. Through his investment genius, the invested Foundation funds were protected from the recent stock market losses. Dr. Higue also funded the translation from French the book, The Life and Times of Pierre Fauchard.)



25 May - Canadian PFA Induction Luncheon, Montreal, Canada
25-29 May - 100th Anniversary Canadian Dental Association, Montreal, Canada
25-29 May - Les Journee Dentaire du Quebec
1-5 October - 90th FDI Congress, Vienna, Austria
19–23 October - 143rd ADA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

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from the desk of past PFA President Nicholas Saccone…

As many of you may know, FEMA has pulled out of the recovery effort at the World Trade Center disaster Ground Zero. The participating firemen are becoming discouraged and rightly so. They have worked tirelessly under the most difficult circumstances for months now. They are physically and emotionally exhausted. Yet they vow to continue the recovery effort.

The media has spared us the worst details about the horrific conditions at Ground Zero, but the firemen have seen and experienced it all firsthand. In spite of the unspeakable things they must deal with, their recovery work continues. And will continue until the job is done.

What I should like to suggest is that we start a Card Writing Campaign. Go out to your local Hallmark store, or wherever you can buy some greeting cards. Purchase a card that expresses your feelings about the heroic efforts these workers are putting in. Send the cards to: New York City Fire Department, 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, New York, NY, 10005.

Just think what a powerful influence you would make on these heroes of ours.

If you know some teachers, ask them to make it a class project. We could all show our solidarity for these people and lift their spirits. We can demonstrate that we have not forgotten their efforts just because the news coverage has drifted away.

Imagine them getting bags of mail from all over the world, just like that movie scene in Miracle on 34th Street. It would be some kind of small miracle. Like Kris Kringle in that movie, the firemen are in a time of trial.

They need to know that Americans, and people from around the world, have not forgotten. We believe in them and what they need to do. They need to feel our love, support, and encouragement.

Remember that this was the World Trade Center. Americans were not the only ones to die there on 9/11. Representatives of countries all over the world lost their lives in that terrorist attack. Even little Belize, with a population of about 220,000, lost two of its citizens. While this may be viewed as an attack on the United States, the terrorists picked the World Trade Center. They declared war on the entire world. But it is our men and women who are there daily searching and finding new horrors with every shovelful.

Please, everyone send those cards!

Truly Independent Dentistry—UK Style

by Dr. Amarjit Gill

Since 1948, the National Health Service (NHS) has dominated the control over the delivery of dental services in the United Kingdom. Then in 1992, the government slashed 20% off the dentists’ total income because dentists were “too successful in recruiting patients under a new contract” the government had introduced. You certainly can imagine the strong feelings this maneuver produced.

This pay cut was the beginning of the end for being solely reliant on NHS revenue. Thus began a move toward independent, private dentistry. Most of UK dentistry is still practiced under NHS. NHS views the dentist as an independent contractor. The dentist must buy his own practice and equipment, staff and supply his office, then agree to work on patients to a set of NHS rules that are two inches thick. Dentists receive no money until they recruit and treat patients.

Why do UK dentists do this? Why do they not just provide direct fee-for-service care and stay out of the NHS entirely?

The reason is that the NHS system dominated dentistry when most current dentists entered into practice. To become independent, a dentist must reduce his reliance on NHS over a period of time and develop a private practice concurrently.

The only methods to generate private fees are:

1. Limiting the access to the practice, that is, specific hours for private work only;

2. Limiting treatment types, such as bonded crowns, cosmetic dentistry on a private fee basis; and/or

3. Denying access to NHS dentistry by giving NHS a contractual three-month notice and limiting the practice to private dentistry only through capitation or third-party fee for treatment basis.

In most parts of the country, this movement toward independence was begun by dentists creating groups of like-minded dentists to share problems and benefits of breaking with the NHS system. Imagine the courage it takes to sever with a system that is all that you have ever known that supplies you with patients, to develop one where you must “sell” yourself directly to the patient. Over the last decade such groups met under the guise of IPG (Independent Practitioner Groups). They capably controlled the adventure into the new territory of fee earning as a self-help organization.

Our group in Nottingham began like that. We organize “hands-on” and “minds-on” courses to enable the development and consolidation of treatment standards, which we hope our patients will value.

The BDA (British Dental Association) realized that this movement was progressing without them, and despite their control. The BDA invited representatives of these various independent groups to participate in a meeting to discuss the issues and to help their members along the road to financial independence. This established a coalition, which produced some excellent literature.

There has been a comfort in knowing that we had a monopoly in supplying our services, as professionals, to the public. However, this was being threatened by:

1. The increasing tide of overseas colleagues joining the system. Last year, more dentists from abroad joined than were being graduated in the UK.

2. The introduction of auxiliaries who were able to perform more tasks traditionally done by the dentists;

3. Dental technicians were performing dental procedures with no one empowered to take effective action; and

4. Corporations invested £2 million to access the dental market by buying our dental practices and employing the dentists to work for them.

All of these groups were able to bid for and compete to provide a service within dentistry.

Quite a “doom and gloom” scenario was developing. Professional dentistry was faced with choosing (1) nationality of the profession by appealing to the government with innovative and effective ideas under them to control dentistry; or (2) locally exceeding the expectations of our patients in our practices.

Over the last five years, a great many dentists simply retired to avoid the headaches in facing these challenges.

NHS dentists need to address this “era of uncertainty” with the government to take the lead in devising a dental service that the government is willing to fund and that addresses the problems.

In the last decade, we have seen most of the world’s industries re-engineer themselves, reinvent their businesses, to remain competitive in the world of modern technology. UK dentistry’s NHS needs to realize that their traditional 50-year-old service cannot still operate under those conditions of 1948. One such example is that the NHS is set up to pay for dental treatment with no incentive toward prevention or controlling periodontal problems. You are paid for drilling and filling, not preventing decay and tooth loss. Caries therapy absorbs the most cost in the national system.

For those dentists who choose to accept the government as their paymaster, prevention services will be expected of them for the same, or less, funding than they are currently receiving. It is no coincidence that the per capita spent on dentistry in the UK is 12 times less than that spent in the United States. There is no incentive for any organization to want to pay more than necessary for any product or service. This means that those independent practitioners who can effectively care for their patients through prevention and maintenance, thus reducing the patient dental expenses in the long run, are in a position to take the leadership in demonstrating what services professionals can provide.

Dentistry in the UK is at a professional crossroads. To properly address the problems the NHS will need to (1) organize the dental services in the country, (2) provide better compensation to their providers, and (3) offer incentives for prevention and maintenance services. This will mean more funding and a change in their mind set.

The independent practitioner movement is growing because they can address these problems locally. Independent dentists can offer all the services provided for by NHS, auxiliaries, and technicians; can serve their patients with what they want, when they want it, at realistic prices; and can promote prevention and maintenance, at a fee for service, that will serve their patients best for the future.

Providing true professional care for our patients, as we were taught to do, will best be served by our independence of the system.

(Dr. Amarjit Gill, United Kingdom PFA Fellow, is Chairman of the BDA Private Practice Committee and Director on the BDA Executive Board. This article is meant to be informative and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of PFA.)

A Date With Fate

L-R, Helen Smolak, Richard Kozal, Vickie Cyhel

The interview, which appeared in the last issue of Dental World, covered the interesting stories of Vickie and Helen helping Walter keep the PFA records in a shoebox during his 1977 to 1985 tenure, and spreading out the dues notice mailings all over the dining room table. Each one hand to entered by hand, which took hours.

Vickie was so pleased to attend the dinner to meet old friends and make new ones from her lifetime commitment to PFA. She and her sister Helen were so excited to remember the good times, they talked for over an hour telling stories to your editor and her husband’s successor Dr. Richard Kozal. How fortunate a moment we had in time.

Vickie Cyhel went home and passed away a month later. Certainly one of her last thoughts was still about the warmth she experienced in spending a good portion of her life with PFA.
The wife of our past International Secretary Walter A. Cyhel, Vickie Cyhel, attended our Kansas City President’s Dinner with her sister Helen Smolak last year. We reported the interview with her after that dinner.

U.S. Dental Policy Update— by Congressman Charlie Norwood, PFA Fellow

How the world has changed since our last update!

1. We have a new Assistant Secretary of OSHA;

2. OSHA has finally declared your office is not a high risk to public health;

3. We have passed out of the Commerce Committee a bill to reform Medicare Administrative procedures;

4. We are at war;

5. My Washington, D.C. Office is closed;

6. We have a new President-elect of the ADA; and

7. I have a new Congressional District to run in.

No one ever said my job was boring!

As indicated in my last update, the HMO Bill that the House passed in July achieves 100% of what we started out to obtain in 1995 and 95% of what we had in PARCA. There was no reason it should not have been signed into law this year.

But then came September 11th. Obviously, the focus in this town is now on the war and bioterrorism. I intentionally left the Bill alone for 30 days after 9/11, but I am beginning to push again. The White House and the Senate Democrats must work together behind the scenes to reach a final deal. Talks are ongoing. I will keep you informed.

I had a great meeting with the new OSHA Assistant Secretary John Henshaw. We disagreed on very little. Now that OSHA has finally realized that our offices are not dangerous, we can relax a little. We will continue to monitor this agency as we have been doing for the last seven years. We are now classified as “low hazard.”

I know you continue to be concerned about the new privacy rules. We are all over this. I have had meetings with the White House and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson. We do not have this corrected, but we are on the job. The delay in this is one of the casualties of war. I realize most of you do not treat Medicare patients. However, the Medicare Reform Bill does address some of the problems we have in that system.

My Washington Office in the Longworth Building was closed because of anthrax contamination in the building, though not in our office. It has been very inconvenient. The D.C. phone calls are forwarded to our Augusta Office. Our staff is at work, but spread around town. No one knows when we will start getting our mail again, but keep those cards coming. We are open, but a little slow.

As for the war, let me say, thank God every day that President Bush and his team are in charge. They and our military are doing a great job.

I congratulate all the good men that offered themselves for ADA President-elect. They are all fine professionals and worked very hard. I am especially proud of my good friend of 30 years, Howard Jones from Georgia. I look forward to working with him as ADA President.

I have a new Congressional District in Georgia. The process was controlled entirely by the Democrats, which splits communities of interest in an effort to elect more Democrats. Of the 26 counties I am now to run in, I only represented nine of them before. I now go all the way to North Carolina! I made many enemies in working so hard for our patient protection bill, so I will need to depend heavily on your support.

If you need any answers I can help you with, contact me at P.O. Box 499, Evans, GA 30809. Or E-mail me at, phone me at 706/738-8400 or fax me at 706/738-0575.

Awards Reminder

Often members are confused about which awards are presented, where, and why. This outline gives you an idea.

1. The Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal is presented to an outstanding U.S. candidate nominated by the past recipients of this award and presented to the Board of Trustees for approval, as all awards are.

2. The Elmer S. Best Award is presented to an outstanding international candidate (non-U.S.).

3. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to U.S. candidates.

4. The Certificate of Merit is awarded to international candidates.

5. Honorary Fellowship upon recommendation can be awarded to both U.S. and international candidates.

6. The Dental Trade & Industry Award of Recognition is open to any group worldwide upon recommendation. However, it may not be given every year.

7. The President’s Award is selected by the International President for outstanding service and presented at the Awards Luncheon.

The presentation opportunity is often determined to be during an important dental meeting held near the recipient’s residence. This is to heighten the recognition for both the award and the recipient. In some cases, the award is presented during the Awards Luncheon held during the ADA Annual Meeting when the recipient might be in attendance.

Recognizing outstanding dental leaders in our profession is part of the founding mission established by Elmer Best. Often such leaders in dentistry are overlooked locally, even though they have made an international impact. PFA recognizes their accomplishments as contributing to our profession internationally.

PFA Web Site

New items have been placed on our Web site for your viewing. We have added a “History of Dentistry” section. Other articles have been moved to a publication page. The Officers section has been updated with their pictures. They give you greetings. The flags of the United States (where the Academy was founded) and of France (where Pierre Fauchard practiced) have been added. Picture and text of Dr. Elmer S. Best, our Founder, has been included. In the Foundation section, we have added the picture and copy of Dr. Brenes-Espinach of Costa Rica who was the chief benefactor to the PFA Foundation in leaving us millions of dollars that the academy might do public service works worldwide.

Keep checking our site as we modernize our site for the new century.

Foundation News

Executive Director Shig Ryan Kishi reports that the Foundation Board has approved funding for the Academy’s Web site upgrade, the enhanced publications, and the on-line membership directory. In addition, they have also set aside funds to increase the scope of our PFA Dental Museum currently located at the Community College of Southern Nevada. $5000 was designated for executing our PFA Mentorship Program.

Grant Awards

The Foundation Grant applications were reviewed by the Foundation Board and are now reported for publication.

• Thousand Smiles Foundation of Craniofacial Surgery & Dental Care Mission under Dr. James Vernetti received a $10,000 grant.

• Dental Health Care for the Poorest Children in Tijuana under Dr. Roger Kingston was awarded a $10,000 grant

• Dental Care for Marginalized Children in San Diego North County was approved for $10,000.

• The grant for Roybal-Allard Children’s Dental Center under Dr. Naomi Bement received $5000.

• The Second International Volunteer Workshop being put on by Nancy Kelly was approved for $5000.

• The Good Shepherd Mission Clinic of Oklahoma City under Dr. Francis Lipsinic received $5000.

• MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) requested by Dr. M. David Campbell was approved for $10,000.

• The CCSN Dental Assisting Program run by Karen Mulcahy, RDH, was approved for $5000.

• The Dental Access Program for Low Income Children run by Dr. Patricia Billings was awarded $10,000.

• Dr. George Grillon’s Expansion of Dental Services was approved for $10,000.

• Providing Dental Care to the Poor in Rural Mexico through Dr. Richard Petty received $9949.

• The Paris Mobil Dental Clinic submitted by President André Robert of the Le Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgiens-Dentistes received a $10,000 grant.

• Camp Independence Dental Services Project for the Bay Cliff Health Camp submitted by Michigan Chair Virginia Merchant was approved for $3500.

• The Internet Education Project for Dental Editors (IEPDE) submitted by AADE Director Detlef Moore was approved for $4750.

• Dental Care for the Homeless in Minneapolis (Minnesota) under Dr. Stephen Gulbrandsen was approved for $10,000.

• The Yuba-Sutter Children’s Dental Task Force submitted by Deborah Coulter received a $10,000 grant.

• A PFA Hall of Fame room, submitted by Richard Munro, received $5000.

• Restorative Dentistry for the Homeless through Dr. James Collins for the St. Vincent de Paul Society received $10,000.

• The Children’s Dental Center run by Dr. Cherilyn Sheets was awarded $10,000.

• The Hawaiian Dental Association’s Dental Samaritans, in association with the Hawaii Dental Education Center (HDEC) under Dr. George Wessberg, received a $10,000 grant.

• Donated Dental Services of Rhode Island submitted by Chair Richard Walsh and Dr. Clark Sammartino was approved for $5000.

• Tooth Prints, a program to identify lost or abused children, submitted by Massachusetts Chair Norman Becker, received $5000.

• Dental Health Care for Indigenous Indians of southern Mexico run by Dr. John Mahoney received a $10,000 grant.

• The Marshalltown Community School Dental Program under Marilyn Peasley was approved for $10,000.

• The Pignon Dental Fund through Dr. James Birong received $10,000.

• The Center for Victims of Torture received $10,000.

• Dental Treatment Needs for Post Operative Cleft Palate Patients through Dr. Dam Becker of The Netherlands received $3000.

• The 2001 Humanitarian Award of $5000 was presented to the New York State Dental Association Disaster Assistance Fund.

The vote this year was by mail ballot since the Foundation cancelled their meeting in Kansas City last October. Twelve out of 13 eligible Trustees voted. Twenty-seven grants were approved and seven grants were not approved. The total amount of funds dispersed for 2001 grants was $216,199. $79,500 was allocated for U.S. scholarships; $39,000 went to non-U.S. scholarships. $40,000 was approved for Academy programs, $7500 went to the Loader-Espinach Award (presented in Costa Rica this March 2002), and $15,000 was presented to the University of Costa Rica School of Dentistry, bringing the total contribution since 1997 to $104,950.

Currently, 23 grant applications have been received for 2002.

Foundation Grant Awards

by Vice President Carl Lundgren

Five local Sections of the Pierre Fauchard Academy have been awarded project grants of up to $5000 each. These grants were awarded by the PFA Foundation to be used for local dental service projects in which a large number of the Fellows in the Section are participating volunteers. These projects will be conducted in 2002 and are a part of the over $300,000 awarded in 2001 for project grants and scholarships worldwide.

Dr. Robert Shira, President of the Foundation, said, “The participation in dental service projects locally is the backbone of the organization. This creates enthusiasm among the members as they realize that their efforts are making a real impact on the needs of individuals. This will have a positive effect on membership retention.” He further added, “The Foundation encourages other Sections to develop a meritorious service project plan and apply for a grant. The Section grants have a high priority in the grant awarding process.”

The grants were awarded to:

• “Toothprints,” a program to identify lost and abused children. This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts PFA Section under the leadership of Drs. David Harte and Chair Norman Becker. The program uses a thermoplastic material into which the child bites. The set material not only is a record of the occlusion, but also retains the DNA from the saliva, as well as a scent if dogs are needed for locating victims. No two teeth are alike, therefore the prints are even better than x-rays. Over 91,000 children have been ID’d to date. The program has been published in over 300 newspapers and broadcast on 40 major TV news programs, including the Oprah Show.

• Donated Dental Services (DDS) of the Rhode Island Section is under the leadership of Drs. Clark Sammartino and Chair Richard Walsh. This worthwhile program was refunded. The funds will help defray the expenses in providing dental care for the disabled and aged individuals with serious dental needs. Eighty-five percent of their Section Fellows participate as volunteers in this project. They plan to provide dental aid to some 150 people receiving $200,000 worth of dental care from the 191 participating dentists and 63 volunteer labs.

• The Michigan PFA Section will provide dental care for disabled adults at Camp Independence in the pristine north woods of Michigan. Under the leadership of Section Chair Virginia Merchant and Dr. Gary Asano, staffing will be provided from among the PFA Fellows to ensure that all dental needs are met for these campers.

• The Canada PFA will complete the development of the Canadian PFA Hall of Fame in Ottawa, Ontario. This program is under the leadership of International Trustee Kevin Roach and Dentistry Canada Fund’s Drs. Douglas Smith and Richard Munro. The facility includes the Board Room and a well-established dental museum.

• The Netherlands PFA Section and the “Bridge the Gap” Foundation provide free cleft palate and lip surgeries in Viet Nam. The Board of their Foundation are all PFA Fellows. The project is under the leadership of Section Chair Dam Backer. The Foundation award will support a student/intern. So far the surgical team has operated on more than 1000 patients and have trained eight Vietnamese surgeons. They are expanding their program from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat, 300 km away.

The Humanitarian Award

The Third Annual PFA Humanitarian Award of $5000 was given to the New York State Dental Association’s Relief Fund and to the New York Dental Society. The award will be used to support the dentists who worked in the area of the September 11th World Trade Towers disaster attack.

Dr. Robert Shira, Foundation President, stated, “Ordinarily, we give this award to the most outstanding of the project grants that our Foundation annually supports, but this year’s needs were the greatest for those dentists whose practices were demolished in the WTC disaster.”

In 2001, the PFA Foundation participated in the worldwide support of 81 scholarships and 31 service projects.
The total amount of the awards for the year was $387,000, which brings up our six-year total to $1.8 million.

The First Annual Award was given to MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), an all-volunteer dental clinic in San Fernando Valley, California, which provides free dental care to the poor.

The Second Annual Award had been given to the Connecticut PFA Section, whose members provided dental prostheses for individuals in a psychiatric facility with the goal of helping them get back into the workforce.

Foundation News

L-R, Scholarship recipient Sunny Hong with Dean Gregory Seymour

International Trustee William Winspear had the Foundation scholarship award presented to University of Queensland dental student Sunny Hong by Professor Gregory Seymour, head of the dental school.


United Kingdom

The King’s College of London Dental Institute presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to student Ronuk Vasant.

L-R, Drs. Mahe, President Robert, Cousinas, PFA Trustee Pierre Marois, Bouteille, Kuntz, Cherpion, Regard, Maccotta, Micouleau, and Scohy


European International Trustee Pierre Marois presented the Foundation’s grant check for the mobile dental clinic of Paris to the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgiens-Dentistes President Andre Robert and the Conseil’s Trustees. The traveling dental clinic serves the poor and needy of Paris and her suburbs at no charge and is staffed by volunteers.

L-R, Professor Kim, Chong-Youl; Secretary General Park, Il-Hae; recipient Cho, Ka-Young; Dean Son, Heung-Kyu; Associate Dean Chai, Jung-Kiu


PFA Secretary General of the Korean Section, Dr. Park Il Hae of Seoul presented the Foundation scholarship award to dental student Cho, Ka-Young.

Dr. Gerald Lim presenting Award to recipient Yi Che Wu


The Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to student President of the Dental Society Yi Che Wu at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Dentistry Awards’ Day by Dr. Gerald Lim. Deputy President and Provost Professor Chi Tat Chong was the Guest of Honour for the audience of the faculty, staff, students, and parents.

Recipient Marcus Fung Ho Tak receiving Foundation check from Chair Jeffrey Tsang

Hong Kong

Secretary Rupert Chan, Secretary of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong at the Prince Phillip Dental Hospital reports that our Section Chair Dr. Jeffrey Y. S. Tsang presented the Foundation Scholarship award to BDS V dental student Marcus Fung Ho Tak during their Presentation Ceremony of Prizes and Awards last November at the Furama Hotel in Hong Kong. Among the dignitaries attending were Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor J. A. Spinks, Chairman of the Hospital Board of Governors Andrew K. Y. Leung, Faculty Dean Professor F. C. Smales, Chairman of the Hong Kong Dental Council Fellow Jeffrey Tsang, and Vice President of the Hong Kong Dental Association Richard Walters. Some 120 awards were presented with the PFA scholarship being the first listed in their program.

L-R, UOP’s Jared Buck receiving the Foundation check and certificate from Dean Art Dugoni

United States

California, Northern Section

Dean Art Dugoni of the University of the Pacific in San Francisco presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to dental student Jared Buck, class of 2002. Jared demonstrated his leadership skills as sophomore class President as a student advocate in the creation of the Student Academic Council and established a review of the student examination schedules. He served on the Student Interview Committee, the Clinic Advisory Committee, the Student Community Outreach for Public Education and is a member of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity. He tutors freshmen in fixed Prosthodontics, dental anatomy, and operative dentistry.

Dean Dugoni, in making the presentation stated, “Jared Buck is a well-rounded individual who will become an outstanding professional. I truly believe he represents all the outstanding qualities, which the PFA Student Scholarship Program recognizes. He is truly deserving of this honor.”

Washington State

Our Foundation Award was listed in the University of Washington Dental Alumni News as being presented to Jason Bourne.


Demetrick LeCorn, of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, recipient of the Foundation Scholarship, thanked us for this recognition of his hard work through dental school. He intends to use the funds to cover his Florida State Licensure Exam. “I look forward to one day joining the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Academy and helping another student along the way.”

California, Southern Section

Past PFA President George Higue and Dr. Robert Barrett presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to USC dental student Rex Yanase last December.


Scholarship recipient Kirk Robertson at the Oregon Health Sciences University thanked the Foundation and Academy for his being awarded this honor. “I can only hope to continue to live up to the standards of the Academy, and hopefully some day become a Fellow.”

South Carolina

Scholarship recipient Henry Tate Bradford III sent a thank you letter to the Academy for his award. He will be starting an Endodontic Residency Program at the University of Florida this July.

Section News


Chairman Guido Bracchetti inducted nine new Fellows at their meeting last Fall. Dr. Bracchetti is planning a grant application with the Italian Academy of Prosthetic Dentistry (AIOP), the most prestigious and serious dental academy in Italy.

United Kingdom

The British edition of September’s Dental Practice highlighted PFA Fellow Linda Greenwall’s new book Bleaching Techniques in Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Greenwall is a third generation dentist with family roots back to South African dentistry. Linda is also Associate Editor of Rest & Aesth in Independent Dentistry.

Past UK Chair Raj Raja Rayan, after being stuck in Belfast after the September 11th tragedies sent this wire, “Your sorrow and anger is shared by ALL of us in the free and democratic world.

“We grieve most deeply. This is beyond comprehension and we look to you for leadership in halting this madness in our free and beautiful world. We stand together with the people of the United States of America.”


Section Chairman Bertram Moldauer hosted their Induction Ceremony for new members at the Hotel Camino Real in Guatemala City. The new Fellows are already organizing their first scientific meeting.

Dr. Ivan Moldauer, son of Chair Bertram Moldauer, has planned a surgical mission to the jungles of Guatemala in early May. Francisco Marroquin University School of Dentistry will supply the materials.


Chair Peter Crielars, Vice Chair Annette Dony-Nabbe, Secretary Jan van Bentum, Treasurer Nelleke Balkema-Brouwer, Dam Backer, and the Fellows of the Section personally signed a letter at their Fall Meeting in Domburg in Zeeland expressing their feelings of compassion and condolences to the people of the United States. The letter finished, “The disaster in New York and the succeeding events in the United States give rise to deep sorrow and regret. We shall stand together!! God bless America.”


International Trustee Kevin Roach has extended an invitation to the PFA Fellows to attend the Centennial celebration of the Canadian Dental Association hosting a joint convention with les Journees dentaires internationals du Quebec in Montreal from May 25 through May 29. Their 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner will be held on May 26. A bound commemorative issue of The Canadian Dental Association: 1902-2002, A Century of Service, by Ralph Crawford will be distributed at the dinner.

Fellow Denis Forest of Montreal has received CDA’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the Order of Dentists of Quebec (ODQ) and Editor of the Journal dentaire du Quebec, ODQ Director of Communications and Director of the Journees dentaires intenationales du Quebec. Dr. Forest is a Professor at the University of Montreal Faculty of Dentistry and is a recognized leader in dental radiology.

Fellow Peter Fendrich of London, Ontario, has received CDA’s Award of Merit. Dr. Fendrich serves as Chairman of the Canadian Collaboration on Clinical Practice Guidelines in Dentistry, which establishes such for the dental profession. He is an adjunct Professor of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. He also maintains a private practice in London, Ontario. Dr. Fendrich is past President of the Ontario Dental Association and the CDA Board of Governors.

PFA Uruguay Section Fellows


Section Chair Roy Cooper hosted a conference on the History of Dentistry given by Dr. Pablo Escudero focusing on Pierre Fauchard.

United States

California, Southern Section

Dean Art Dugoni of UOP received the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics Award of Merit recognizing his outstanding contributions to the society and to orthodontics at their 65th Annual Session held in Hawaii last year. Dr. Dugoni received his Certificate in Orthodontics in 1963 from the University of Washington.

Foundation Treasurer George Higue, past PFA President (1974), serves on the USC dental school Alumni Board and is currently President-elect. He was General Chairman of their 94th annual Alumni-Student Day. The program contained an entire page written for the occasion.

L-R, Past Dean John Montgomery, Kevin Rencher, and past PFA President Larry Barrett

Chairman Steven Hedlund reports that the annual PFA McLeran-Montgomery Education Award was presented Kevin Rencher, a senior dental student at the University of Iowa, at the Fall PFA Luncheon in Iowa City. This Award is funded by a generous grant from past PFA President C. F. Larry Barrett and his wife Lois.

South Carolina

PFA President-elect Gordan Stine, special assistant to the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent by State Governor James Hodges. This was well reported in the MUSC magazine. The article also mentioned that Dr. Stine had received the State’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Palmetto, three times from three different Governors.


Chair William Bennett reported adding seven new Fellows to their rolls: Drs. Alonzo Bell of Alexandria, Barry Green of Newport News, Robert Hall, Jr. of Winchester, James Krochmal of Norfolk, Frank Portell of Falls Church, William Redwine of Richmond, and Neil Small of Fairfax.

Their Section recognizes three dental students each year for their excellence. This year’s Research Award of $250 was presented to Jennifer Mark. Their Virginia Section Award of $1000 was presented to Kathleen Seiler. And their Academic Excellence Award of $1500 went to Joseph Errera. They also contribute $1000 to the Dean for use in supporting the School’s mobile dental clinic.

Dr. Richard Barnes of Hampton has been selected as Chairman to serve for the next two years. As a candidate for Chairman-elect, the nominating committee selected Dr. Kirk Norbo of Falls Church. The Virginia Section dues are $30 per annum.

Washington State

Fellow Paul B. Robertson has retired as Dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He had joined the dental school as Dean in 1992 after serving for 20 years in administrative positions at the University of Alabama, at the University of Texas Dental Branch, at the Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, at the University of California at San Francisco, then at the University of British Columbia, and finally at the University of Washington, where he served in many roles including Dean of the dental school.

Section News


International Trustee Bernardo Levit extends his New Year’s wishes for Peace on Earth. There is no Peace without Love. Neither Love without Work; Neither Work without Peace.


Chairman Bertram Moldauer and Dr. Ivan Moldauer are planning a dental mission in Belize at San Ignacio and at Dangriga to include dental and eye projects for March 18-24. Anyone wishing to join the mission is welcomed. Contact this editor for further information..


Dr. Juan Llano of Bogota has been highly recommended by International Trustee for Latin America Bernardo Levit to become Colombia’s new Section Chairman.


Chair Bertram Moldauer inducted two new Fellows into the Academy—Dr. Roberto Wehncke, Director of Oral Health for the Department of Sacatepequez, and Dr. Garrick Morales Bravatti, General Manager of GMB Industries of Guatemala.

Dr. Wehncke and this editor worked with last year in a dental mission sponsored by Chairman Bertram Moldauer and Dr. Ivan Moldauer through Dr. Wehncke’s help. He is an excellent selection for PFA Fellowship who deeply cares for the people of his country and their dental needs. He currently is planning a new dental facility to provide basic dental needs for San Miguel Duenas in Antigua.

Dr. Garrick Morales Bravatti, as owner of GMB Industries, has sponsored several dental missions to El Estor Province in the Department of Izabal.


Secretary/Treasurer T. Samraj has reported hosting their 16th annual Section Meeting and Invocation of new Fellows with some 120 in attendance. Chief Guest was Dr. Jean-Marie LaFont, a French Professor of History serving at the University of Delhi. All were welcomed by Section Chairperson Dr. Asha Verma, along with the Dental Council of India President R. K. Bali, Chief Section Editor V. P. Jalili, 1999 PFA International Certificate of Merit recipient Dr. Amrit Tewari, and Honorary Fellow Lieutenant General J. L. Sharma.
The evening dinner Convocation commenced with a prayer followed by a welcome address by Section Chair Asha Verma who explained the virtues of the honour about to be bestowed, and the responsibilities that go with it.

Secretary/Treasurer T. Samraj presented the 25 Fellows who were administered the PFA Pledge. The membership certificates were presented by our Chief Guest, Dr. Jean-Marie LaFont, the pins by Chair Asha Verma, and the JPFA Pens by Editor V. P. Jalili.

The two student scholarship awards were presented by Secretary/ Treasurer T. Samraj.

A PFA International Certificate was awarded to Dr. Amrit Tewari by the Chief Guest followed by a presentation of Honorary Membership to Lieutenant General Dr. J. L. Sharma.

Dr. Y. T. Chandarana gave the class response and presented a replica of the French postal stamp honoring Pierre Fauchard to all the India Section officers.

Section News


Chair Ernesto Acuna hosted their annual Meeting last November in Mexico City. Their guest speaker on gerontology was Dr. Alan Said Sanchez. Their next Section’s Seminar and Induction Ceremony will be 19-20 July 2003.


Chairman Professor Dr. M. A. Soofi hosted their Certificate and Pin Distribution Ceremony at the Hotel Avari in Lahore. Chairman of the Senate Wasim Saijad and Chief Guest, Provincial Minister for Law and Human Rights

Dr. Khalid Ranjha conferred Fellowship on the new members while Chairperson Professor Dr. M. A. Soofi presented each doctor to the Chief Guest for induction.
Dr. Khalid Ranjha addressed the gathering on the importance of dental health, prevention, and less expensive treatments. He also thanked Professor Soofi for representing Pakistan in the international forum.

Dr. Soofi spoke on the need for government regulation and legislation to insure that the practice of medicine and dentistry be in the hands of qualified professionals. He also addressed the need for safe drinking water to control 70% of the diseases. Professor Soofi then noted the need to introduce computer science courses into the field of dentistry to be at the level of world dentistry. This might require adding a fifth year on to their BDS program


Chairman Dean Diampo Lim recently hosted their Convocation Ceremony to induct 11 New fellows into the Academy with the assistance of International


Chair Professor Javier Garro Barrio and Secretary Dr. Jimenez hosted their Investment Dinner Ceremony of New Fellows last June in Seville inducting Drs. Juan Carlos Asurmendi of Madrid, Arturo Baca of Granada, Fernando Blanco-Moreno Lueje of Vitoria, Alberto Cacho of Madrid, Jesus Calatayud-Sierra of Madrid, Gonzalo Crespo of Valladolid, Luis Cuadrado de Vicente of Madrid, Antonio Fernandez Perez of Granada, Jose Manuel GarciaMartin of Oviedo, Antonio Almiro Gonzalez of Albacente, Vincente Lozano of Barcelona, Francisco Martin Calvo of Valladolid, Armando Menendez of Oviedo, Araceli Morales Sanchez of Madrid, David Morales Schwarz of Valladolid, Concepcion Murillo of Seville, Pedro Nunez of Madrid, Jose Ma Oliveras of Seville, Agustin Ordonez of La Coruna, Joaquin Ramirez of Madrid, Bernabe Roldan-Rute of Cordoba, Antonio Sala of Valencia, Victoriano Serrano of Madrid, Antonio Vazquez Pla of Valencia and Francisco Vazquez Pla of Valencia.

Professor Garro then closed the Ceremony by analyzing the basic principles that Pierre Fauchard established for the dental profession—be competent in our profession, have respect for our patients, service, constant development of knowledge, and most of all, professional ethics.

Their annual meeting will be held in Santiago de Compostela on May 2-3.

United States


At their annual Section Meeting last April, Dr. Stan Kanna has taken over the Section Chairmanship.


PFA Fellow Dr. E. Orval DeWeerth of Rock Falls, where he had practiced since 1954, passed away last December. He was a Fellow in PFA, ICD, and ACD, as well as the Sterling-Rock Falls Elks, Moose, and Rotary. He was past President of the Whiteside-Lee County Dental Society, past Illinois State Dental Society Councilman, and Trustee for Region 8 of the Academy of General Dentistry. He served on the Sauk Valley College Board, the University of Illinois College of Dentistry Alumni Board, and many other offices and committees for his profession and for his community. This editor knew the man personally and he will leave a large void of service in his community. He was an outstanding Fellow.


Chair Don-N Brotman hosted Dean Richard Ranney as speaker at their recent Section Meeting of some 51 attendees.


Chair Al Uveges hosted their annual breakfast meeting and presented plaques to two of his retiring District Chairmen, Dr. Ronald Clowson for central Ohio and Dr. Daniel Strickland for northwest Ohio.


Past Section Chair Larry Don Jones noted that our November/ December issue (page eight, please pencil in change) contained an error in the picture caption. Dr. Jones was presenting the award to Dr. A. David May, Jr. for Dr. May’s outstanding service to the Texas PFA. Dr. May also received a beautiful rosewood encased, engraved desk clock from the members of the Texas Section.
Dr. May had been a past Section Chair, and then continued to be arrangements chairman for their annual breakfast in San Antonio held during the Texas Dental Association’s Annual Session.


Chairman William Goodman announced that they will be holding their annual meeting in early May. More information to their Section Fellows will be forthcoming.

Rhode Island

International Trustee Howard Mark assisted Chairman Richard Walsh to induct three new Fellows into the Academy: Drs. Kerri-Rae Agin, Daniel De Cesare and Brenda Pierce at their dinner meeting with some 40 attending.

3. May - June

Thoughts From the President

The Opening Ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics were a grand and glorious show of international cooperation. Would it not be wonderful if we could further world peace in as splendid a manner? The Winter Games were an example of worldwide cooperation and understanding.

As Fellows of the PFA, we should extend our love and influence to everyone we come in contact with. Often, it takes a catastrophe to bring people together in spirit and purpose. May we Fellows in the PFA use our knowledge and influence to encourage our Fellows and leaders in government to pursue peace.

“Every Spring nature teaches us lessons of survival and renewal. In these days we are beneficiaries of the blossoms and new growth as Springtime awakens the land. Surely, you have experienced the freshness of the new day as the sun rises and the bustle of our human race prepares itself for a new set of daily decisions. The solace and beauty of the new day dawning is a precious gift to all of us. Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”

– Clifford F. Loader, DMD

We do not often realize how much influence we may have on our fellow man. We should always be engaged in

our healing arts and also in the cause of freedom.

In the last few years, we have had many members become Life Members. There have also been a few deaths. We have lost members in Sections where the economy is very bad. They do not feel that they can afford membership because of the economy. Therefore, it is incumbent on us as Fellows to invite worthy and qualified dentists to join the Academy.

The Winter Olympics brought many people and participants to the United States in Salt Lake City. It was truly a worldwide Olympiad, and I am sure the participants and the crowd that witnessed the games will long remember those games.

Past PFA President Dr. Carl Lundgren, Foundation Vice President, sent a letter to the White House in November that was very appropriate. He told President Bush of our voluntarism and our desire to help in any way that we can.

I pray that we can always maintain our giving through the Foundation, and always be cooperative to further good works, peace, and fellowship worldwide.
Scott M. Welch, DDS


Rethinking Licensure

by the Academy of General Dentistry

California and Nevada are the most recent states to adopt licensure-by-credential legislation, which allows qualified out-of-state dentists to practice in a state without having to take the clinical entry exam. In addition to giving dentists greater mobility, advocates say licensure-by-credential helps address access to care for underserved areas and indigent populations. Detractors respond that this opens the door to dentists who may not meet the quality standards of a given state, and offers little help to underserved areas, according to an article in the February issue of ADG Impact.

Chris Forsch of the Nevada Oral Health Initiative noted that “Historically we have had an insufficient number of dentists to meet the needs of our communities. The hope is that this legislation will bring in additional providers.”

Dr. Myron Bromberg, legislative chairman for the California AGD, feels that “Licensure-by-credential may not affect access to care because dentists may not want to gravitate to underserved areas.”

California, like many other states, has a shortage of dentists in rural areas and among minority populations. A 2000 report by the Center for California Health Workforce Studies entitled “Geographic Distribution of Dentists in California” divided the state into 487 Medical Service Study Areas (MSSA) to determine locations where a shortage of dental
providers existed. The report found that 12% of the state’s population has no geographic access to a dentist. Shortages were in 97 areas, of which 67 were rural.

Geography was not the only barricade between patients and quality dentistry. Of the state’s 4.5 million Medicaid beneficiaries, only 44% visited the dentist annually. Over 100 MSSAs have no dentist participating in a Medicaid program.

In Nevada, between 1990 and the 2000 census, the population expanded by 66% to 2 million. Las Vegas increased by 62%, the highest level in the United States. More than 80% was due to people moving into the state.

Detractors of the licensure-by-credential note that state clinical exams vary in degree of difficulty from state to state. Some states have a 90% pass rate, while Nevada’s average is 60%. Others note that there is no way to measure a practitioner’s skills.

The debate will rage over this matter. And we have not even broached the subject of national licensure, which would level the playing field establishing national qualifications.



25-29 May - 100th Anniversary Canadian Dental Association, Montreal, Canada
1-5 October - 90th FDI Congress, Vienna, Austria
19–23 October - 143rd ADA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
Fall - FDI 90th Annual World Congress, Vienna, Austria


25-29 October - ADA 144th Annual Meeting, San Francisco
Fall - FDI 91st Annual Meeting, Sydney, Australia

Las Vegas Executive Committee Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

13 March 2002

As per the Kansas City Board Meeting decision, the semiannual Board Meeting was deferred to a one-day Executive Committee Meeting held at the Central Office in the Community College of Southern Nevada on Wednesday, March 13.

In attendance were President Scott Welch, immediate past President M. David Campbell, President-elect Gordan Stine, Vice President Robert Friedman, Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal, Editor James Brophy, Membership Director Charles Eller, and Accountant Dan Jonker.

President Welch gave the Invocation at 9 am to open the meeting. The Minutes of the Kansas City Annual Meeting were approved.

President Welch described his visit to Costa Rica, from which he just returned, and the Loader-Brenes Espinach Award presentation. Mexico Chair Ernesto Acuna was in attendance as well.

Secretary’s Report

Dues statements have been mailed and dues are coming in. In using the lock box for collecting them, the Academy is given daily reports. International members have the option of paying by Visa/MasterCard or wire transfer, and this has worked out well.

Last year, 32 Dentist of the Year plaques were sent out for presentation. So far this year, six have been requested. Three outgoing Section Chair plaques have been processed.

Section Chairs are being informed of delinquent and Life members for updating their lists. We also ask that they let us know of any changes to keep the on-line membership directory updated daily.

The Web site report shows that in 2001, 10,000 page requests were processed, a record since its inception, with 60% asking for publications, 3.4% for the Directory, 4% for awards, and 2% for inquiries. Articles on the History of Dentistry has been added as a new addition with more links to come.

The 3.4% requests for the membership directory added argument to discontinue printing a hard copy for every member as had been done at great expense in the past. The ADA has likewise discontinued their printed directory and has allowed us to link into their online directory.

The Internet has also allowed us to produce more detailed reports for the Board and the accountant and get those reports to those individuals faster and less expensive than mailing would. The only drawback in some cases is the cost in designing programs to produce reports differently. As the priority arises, the programs are changed if they would save costs in doing so.

Plans for the New Orleans Annual Meeting have been completed and are published elsewhere in this publication. Clip it out or duplicate it for your files.

Life members (1274) have been notified of their renewal dues and for contributions to the Foundation. The response has been generous in their reading about the outstanding activities that the Foundation has been accomplishing.

In September, 225 delinquent notices were mailed with 128 responding by paying their dues, 26 requested Life Member status, and one resigned. Seventy have then been dropped for nonpayment.

Chairman David Stahl presented a revised PFA pamphlet with a new look, and it has been printed. Dr. Gordan Stine designed a new officers’ booklet, which has been printed and is available upon request.

Treasurer’s Report

The topic of concern was the financial condition of the Academy. Treasurer Richard Kozal and accountant Dan Jonkers went over in detail how last year’s financial report appeared on paper worse than it really was: (1) Mosby-Year Book Publishers sent in a late bill for the prior year, which they should have billed us the year before, and for the current year; (2) the Leadership Conference in Chicago had a greater than anticipated turnout of Section Chairs, which drove up the costs; (3) both the Interim Meeting and the Annual Meeting were held in Chicago that year, so the increased hotel costs were greater than usual; (4) the stipend from the Foundation that was requested was not adequate to cover the anticipated expenses; (5) membership levels stayed the same, with the new inductees evening out those retiring, dying, and changing to Life Membership status; (6) and generally operating expenses rose due to increased retail prices, and though we are the least expensive of the major dental honor organizations, we had no dues increase to cover.

Without dipping into the Academy reserves, the Board offset these additional expenses by deferring the Interim Meeting in 2002, postponing the Leadership Conference to year 2006, suggesting that we drop our FDI affiliate membership
and dues; drop the idea of publishing a hard copy Membership Directory in place of the Web site one; and suggested raising the Membership dues to $95 per annum. Dan Jonkers noted that if we did all that we would be able to balance the budget this year.

This is all contingent on a static membership. If more Fellows were inducted into the Academy this year, it would change the picture positively.

All invoices have been paid. Our next current major expense will be the New Orleans Meeting. The independent review by an outside accounting firm is already in process and will be available for the October Meeting.

The bill for Dental Abstracts for 2001 was $117,569.55 and the one for Dental World was for $27,771.

Foundation voluntary contributions for 2002 are already at the $20,770 level, with more coming in.

So far, 121 new members have been processed this year, with 40 waiting to be processed. The 2002 membership goal was 500 new fellows, and we have achieved 32% of that in our first quarter.

Foundation Report

This report by Executive Director Shig Ryan Kishi is printed under Foundation News.

Membership Report

Chuck Eller has secured various lists of dentally active individuals to be contacted for PFA membership after they have been crosschecked to be sure that they are not already members. All Section Chairs have been asked to contact their members to start a recruitment drive, and they are reminded that a good way to get Academy recognition is to submit a grant and get a project going in their areas.

The new Stahl pamphlet is available as a recruitment tool to answer any questions about PFA. And as a reminder, PFA is a tax writeoff. But personal contact is the most effective means for recruitment.

Current membership globally stands at 7593.

Nominating Committee

Chairman M. David Campbell, Fred Halik, and James Long (all past Presidents) have placed in nomination the following:

• Gordan B. Stine of South Carolina for President

• Robert E. Friedman of Connecticut for President-elect

• Kevin L. Roach of Canada for Vice President

• With Scott M. Welch becoming the immediate past President

All nominations were approved and passed.


Awards Committee

Chairman Gary Lowder reported that the past Gold Medal recipients nominated past PFA President Dr. Minoru Horiuchi of Massachusetts for the 2002 Fauchard Gold Medal. This recommendation was passed by the Executive Committee.

For the Elmer Best Award, two nominations tied for votes—Dr. Rufino Achacoso of the Philippines and past PFA President Michael Cripton of Canada. After some discussion, it was decided to approve both for the Elmer Best Award for 2002.

The Certificate of Merit was approved for Professor Dragoslav Djukanovic of Serbia and for Past Uruguay Chair Walter Lieber Bielli.

For Honorary Fellowship, the Iowa Dental Executive Director Robert W. Harpster was the only nomination.

The Dental Trade & Industry Award was suggested for Gerd Schulte, President of Degussa AG of Germany.

There were no nominations for the Distinguished Service Award.

The Committee’s recommendations were unanimously passed by the Executive Committee.

Hall of Fame

Chairman Ray Klein reported that the PFA request for placing the Hall of Fame in the ADA Building in Chicago was approved by the ADA Board of Trustees at their December Meeting. ADA Executive Director James Bramson discussed incorporating the Hall of Fame, with their many dental artifacts, and the library, which they wish to locate on a lower floor after renovation of the ADA Building is complete.

The Mayo Clinic also is a possible location, but their space available is limited.

While the name of Terrence Ward of Ireland was approved, no one has been able to come up with any research on this nominee. If anyone has any sources, please contact Dr. Klein or Dr. Kozal at the Central Office.


Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal presented his correspondence with FDI about refunding our Kuala Lumpur registrations (about $800), since the officers attending were unable to get out of the country to attend after the September 11 disasters. The airlines refunded our airfares; the hotels refunded our deposits; but FDI has refused to consider either a refund or a credit toward attending this year. Dr. Kozal explained the unusual circumstances for which he felt some consideration should be made, but all the FDI correspondence steadfastly refused to consider the request or offer any compromise. The Board discussed dropping our affiliate membership. Editor Brophy requested one last attempt be made by him from his personal contacts with the FDI leadership, but his subsequent letters were met with the same response as Dr. Kozal’s.

Strategic/Long Range Planning Committee

Chairman Howard Mark has produced an all-inclusive, far-reaching report for PFA, which will be presented at the Fall Meeting. The paper covered nearly every facet of our programs, projects, and operations.

Trustee Report

International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda’s report from the Kuala Lumpur Region 9 Meeting was a concern for the dues, which most of the poorer countries could not afford. This was extensively discussed by the Executive Committee as a major problem PFA faces in expanding into more countries. Dr. Kozal noted that when he and then President Fred Halik looked into adopting the FDI’s sliding-scale dues based on that country’s GNP, PFA could not run its operation. The FDI dues schedule is not their only source of income. Their annual Congress registration is their main source, which we do not have such to offset dues from poorer countries. Dr. Kozal explained that each country’s dues is assessed on a case-by-case basis as to what it takes to serve that country.


From the Central Office…

by Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal

The Central Office wishes to thank all the Fellows for their generous outpouring of contributions to the Foundation Scholarship Program that have been coming in, particularly from the Life Members. We have had a great response in the recent months and wanted the membership to know that this has not gone unappreciated. Many students will be helped in the coming year from your generosity.

At the Kansas City Meeting, it was suggested that the Academy provide membership cards to our Fellows for identification purposes. Such cards are now available from the Central Office upon written request.

On-line at our Web site,, you will find a Directory of Fellows in your Section. Visit the site and bring yourself up to date on what your Academy is doing. In checking the Directory, if you notice any members that have passed on or retired out of State, please inform our office that we might make the proper corrections. The Directory is updated daily to keep it accurate. With your help, we can insure it will be of service to our Fellows.

Another feature we have added is being able to link to all the dental meetings in the world through the “ADA Annual Session” or “FDI”.

Dr. David Stahl, New Hampshire Section Chair, has completed a mammoth task in redesigning the Academy logos for the new century and revamping the PFA Informational pamphlet. The brochure contains all the material from the past brochures, but includes our history and picture of Dr. Elmer S. Best, our Founder.

This new work also contains the history of the Foundation’s beginning and a picture of our primary benefactor, Dr. Fernando Brenes-Espinach, along with his role in bringing the Academy and its Foundation to world prominence. Removal inserts at the back of the pamphlet can be updated annually to keep the pamphlet current, but these may also be taken out and posted for ready reference as to the dates for the ADA and FDI Meetings.

The Central Office also has completed a pamphlet-size Leadership Directory containing the PFA Officers, their addresses, pictures, and E-mail addresses.

Dues notices for 2002 have been mailed to our Fellows. Please respond with the first notice because it saves the Academy several hundreds of dollars in remailing costs that can better be used to provide more services to our membership.

Plans are being finalized for all our activities for our Annual Meeting in New Orleans this Fall. The hotel packets and registration will be out in midyear for staying at the Headquarters Hotel the Hilton Riverside. When you get your packet, fill it out immediately! Those who were late in getting theirs in for Kansas City were booked into rooms 20 miles away.

From the Desk of Congressman Charlie Norwood…

Right now, I am running for re-election in Georgia’s new 9th Congressional District, which includes 17 new counties. This will be a fierce race as the opposition tries to silence my voice in Washington.

When I return to Washington, I will be working overtime to achieve our goals from the 2001 Session. These include Medicare administrative reform, HMO reform, and education reform. Our patient protection bill is tied up in the Senate. The White House and Senator Ted Kennedy’s staff are conducting quiet negotiations. It seems that the trial lawyers oppose the cap on liability. Under the patient protection bill cap, they would only get 30% of $3 million.

The Medicare Reform bill was passed. Medicare does not provide for dental care, which all parties already know, but now the secondary payer insurance
companies can be immediately billed for the dental services without denial letters from Medicare.

Thank you all for your vote of confidence in me and for the many contributions you have sent in to help me carry on the battle for reform. Never hesitate to give me your feedback on the job. Your support is greatly appreciated and your input is always welcome. I have received some great letters from you lately. Keep them coming!

Gloria and I wish you all the best in 2002. Thanks again and God bless you.

PFA Fellow Charlie Norwood

P.O. Box 499, Evans, GA 30809

FDI to appoint new Executive Director

Past FDI Director Per Ake Zillen of Sweden has retired due to health problems. He had a right kidney tumor, which has been successfully removed, but a poorly functioning left kidney required routine dialysis. He did an outstanding job in this position and will be sorely missed.

Associate Executive Director Johann T. Barnard has currently assumed the duties, which include representing FDI as its Chief Executive Officer, assist in the formulation of policies and procedures, arrange for the management of all meetings of the General Assembly, the Council, and of all Commissions and Committees, manage the FDI group, coordinate all activities and generally ensure that the objectives of the FDI are achieved.

The FDI has formed a Search Committee under Dr. Bill Allen of the United Kingdom to receive applications for the position until 25 April. For more information, see their Web site at

The FDI has also moved their headquarters from England to Ferney-Voltaire, France, which is on the French side of the Geneva, Switzerland, airport.

The booklets to attend their 2002 annual Congress in Vienna, Austria, are now out. Anyone contemplating attending should contact the FDI to secure one.

PFA Dental Museum

Foundation Treasurer George Higue has added a shipment of old dental equipment and past PFA president Nicholas Saccone has sent additional old textbooks.

The Executive Board toured the museum during their meeting there and can already see that we are beginning to outgrow our available space.
The school’s Director of the Dental Assistants Program conducted a tour through the museum to allow the modern technological-age students to see what dentists had to deal with in the last century. The museum is being added to the student History of Dentistry curriculum. The same is being planned for the Hygiene Program.nsure that the objectives of the FDI are achieved.

PFA Annual Meeting Schedule

New Orleans, Louisiana

18–20 October 2002—New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel

Thursday, 17 October
Arrival Date

Friday, 18 October, 7:30 am–5 pm
PFA Board Meeting, Marlborough B Room

8:30 am–11 am
Section Chair Caucus, Chequers Room

11:30 am
Section Chair Report to the Board

Saturday, 19 October, 7:30 am–11:30 am
Foundation Board Meeting, Chequers Room

11:30 am–2 pm
Awards Luncheon, Marlborough Room

2:30 pm–5 pm
Foundation Board Meeting, Chequers Room

6:30 pm–8 pm
President’s Reception, Cambridge Room

Sunday, 20 October, 8 am–5 pm
Foundation Board Meeting, Cambridge Room

1 pm–5 pm
Academy Board Meeting, TBA

6:30 pm–10:30 pm
PFA Dinner Party, Prince of Wales Room

All reports for the Board Meeting must be received in the Central Office by 2 September to be included in the meeting packet.

Make airline reservations now to get seats and the best fares. The block of hotel rooms will only be held until 1 July.

Foundation News

Foundation Executive Director Shig Ryan Kishi reports having sent $40,000 to the Academy for funding their programs for the coming year. As of January, 35 applications have been mailed out to prospective applicants, but NONE have been requested by any PFA Chairs. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2002.

4. July - August

Thoughts From the President

I ran across a quote from Ezra Taft Benson, which he made in 1968. I thought this was appropriate for us today.

“I do not believe the greatest threat to our future is from bombs or guided missiles. I do not think our civilization will die that way. I think it will die when we no longer care—when spiritual forces that make us wish to be right and noble die in the hearts of men. … Great nations are never conquered from outside unless they are rotten inside.”

Ezra Taft Benson was Secretary of Agriculture in the cabinet of President Dwight D. Eisenhower for 8 years. He later became the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
Some of our PFA members may become dissatisfied with some facet of our organization, but it is important that we do not disrupt the whole organization until we have checked out the whole process and gone through the correct procedures. We must be strong and resolute in our proceedings. We must endeavor to strengthen the Academy and further the great work that our past Presidents and leaders have started. Let us each use our influence to move the great work of the PFA forward into all nations.

May this issue of Dental World find you and yours well.

PFA Annual Meeting Schedule

New Orleans, Louisiana

18–20 October 2002—New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel

Thursday, 17 October

Arrival Date

Friday, 18 October

7:30 am–5 pm, PFA Board Meeting, Marlborough B Room

8:30 am–11 am, Section Chair Caucus, Chequers Room

11:30 am, Section Chair Report to the Board

Saturday, 19 October

7:30 am–11:30 am, Foundation Board Meeting, Chequers Room

11:30 am–2 pm, Awards Luncheon, Marlborough Room

2:30 pm–5 pm, Foundation Board Meeting, Chequers Room

6:30 pm–8 pm, President’s Reception, Cambridge Room

Sunday, 20 October

8 am–5 pm, Foundation Board Meeting, Cambridge Room

1 pm–5 pm, Academy Board Meeting, Cambridge Room

6:30 pm–10:30 pm, PFA Dinner Party, Prince of Wales Room
....(reservations required)

All reports for the Board Meeting must be received in the Central Office by 2 September to be included in the meeting packet.

Make airline reservations now to get seats and the best fares. The block of hotel rooms will only be held until 1 July.

The Elmer Best Award Ceremonies

The Pierre Fauchard Academy was founded in 1936 by Dr. Elmer S. Best of Minneapolis. His passion for the search for knowledge and his concern for raising professional standards guided the beginnings of the Academy, attracted outstanding dental researchers and teachers to its ranks, and led to a continuing role in fostering dental science.

So it was in honor of Dr. Best that the Academy’s highest award be named after our Founder. This award is directed to individuals outside the United States who have made major contributions to dentistry. It is named the Elmer S. Best Memorial Award.

This year, the Awards Committee, with the unanimous consent of the Executive Board and acting on behalf of the Board of Trustees, approved that this Award be presented to PFA past President Dr. Michael J. Cripton of Canada.

International Trustee for Canada Kevin Roach hosted the Best Award Ceremonies during the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Dental Association at their PFA Luncheon on 27 May 2002 at the Palais de Congress in Montreal. International President Scott Welch assisted in the services in presenting Dr. Michael J. Cripton the PFA’s highest Award.

Dr. Cripton joins other former Canadian recipients Drs. C.H.M. Williams (1965), Donald W. Gullet (1970), William G. McIntosh (1980), Ronald E. Jordan (1985), and Nicholas A. Mancini (1994).

In honor of the Best Ceremony and the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Dental Association, Fellowship was conferred on 35 new members by President Scott Welch, Trustee Kevin Roach, and incoming Trustee Barry Dolman.

The “Ceremonie d’initiation de nouveaux collegues” installed the 2001 members, Drs. Philip G. Barer, James G. Brass, Hugh J. Campbell, Timothy F. Foley, Steven J. Fremeth, Manfred Friedman, Howard Gelfand, Steve Goren, Christina Heidinger, Williams Jenkins, Bohdan Kryshtalskyj, Cary D. L. Letkemann, Alex A. Liebich, Richard Marcus, Marvin Obar, David J. Psutka, Norman Roy, Michael Saso, Terance A. Shapero, Douglas B. Smith, Douglas J. Smith, Flavio Turchet, and Melanie Wood.

Those 2002 candidates for Fellowship were Drs. Maureen Bourgeois, Chantal Charest, Greg Homenick, Peter Hornett, Douglas Johnston, Daniel Kandelman, Oleg Kopytov, Diane Legault, Antonio Mancuso, Paul Massicotte, Peter Neilson, and John Totton.

Trustee Kevin Roach then presented the outgoing Chairman’s Plaque to Quebec Chair (1989-2000) Dr. Guy Maranda.

More than 70 members and guests attended the PFA Luncheon, including many dignitaries, past CDA Presidents, PFA International President Scott Welch, PFA Vice President Robert Friedman, International Trustee for Canada Kevin Roach (host), Editor James Brophy, PFA photographer Shirley Brophy, and Northern California Section Chairman Dan Castagna. The ceremonies were videotaped; the videotape is stored in our PFA Museum archive for any future reference along with the other videotaped ceremonies of the last five years.

Trustee Kevin Roach, past CDA President, hosted an excellent luncheon, moving events along so that the ceremonies were completed exactly at the time he specified to be able to return to the CDA Meeting Sessions.

Dr. Michael J. Cripton


Michael J. Cripton was born in Montreal in 1934. When he was 9, his father passed away and young Michael was placed in the Weredale Boys Home of Montreal. He became an enthusiastic part of the Weredale School and at an early age attained a place on the Supervisory Staff, a post he held until his graduation from the McGill Dental School in 1957. He then practiced general dentistry in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

In 1959, he began his studies in orthodontics at the University of Montreal. Upon completing his studies in 1961, Mike and his wife Nancy moved to Moncton, New Brunswick, to become only the second orthodontist in the entire province.

Dr. Cripton became Secretary and Registrar (1981) of the New Brunswick Dental Society. In 1976-1977, he served as President of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). He had served on several of the CDA Councils including the Council on Dental Education, where he was the only non-Dean to become Chairman.

Dr. Cripton is past President of the Canadian Association of Orthodontics and also of the Royal College of Dentistry of Canada, where he had previously served 8 years on their Board.

From 1988-1993, he was PFA International Trustee for Canada and was elected to PFA International President in 1994—the only non-U.S. dentist to be so elected in the 60-year history of the PFA.

He holds Fellowships in PFA, ICD, ACD, and ADI.

Dr. Cripton has served as the Canadian Delegate to FDI at the Madrid and Athens FDI Congresses.
But Dr. Cripton’s activities were not only in professional dentistry. He is a lifelong Rotarian with a 39-year record of perfect attendance. He was President of the Moncton Rotary Club (1970) and served as District Governor for Rotary International (1995). In 1998, he represented the Rotary at the New Delhi International Convention on the Council of Legislation. Currently, he is Co-chairman for the Rotary Zone Institute, which will host the Rotary Meeting in Moncton in September of 2003.

Dr. Cripton was elected in 1970 to serve a four-year term on the Moncton City Council. He also served from 1985-1993 as Chairman of the Moncton Coliseum Arena Commission, which managed their 8000-seat Moncton Coliseum.

Over the years, Mike has been involved in international and national figure skating competitions held in Moncton.

He also served as Vice-President of the Atlantic Stereo organization that began a new radio station in Moncton.

This month, he will retire as President of the Moncton Youth Residences (5), which manages a $2 million budget.

Such outstanding leadership in all phases of community service has earned Dr. Cripton many awards besides the top PFA Award. He has received the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), the Builder of Youth Award (1988) from the Moncton Boys and Girls Clubs, the Canada 125 Medal (1992), Distinguished Service Awards from the CDA and from the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, and Honorary Membership (1988) from the New Brunswick Dental Society.

Dr. Raymond D. Wenn


Ray Wenn, born in 1943 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, earned undergraduate degrees from Prince of Wales College (1962), the University of Prince Edward Island (1971), and his dental degree from Dalhousie University (1975). He maintains a general dentistry practice in Charlottetown.

He is a member of CDA (many Chairs and committees, President 1993-1994), FDI (national Treasurer 1995-1996), the Dental Association of Prince Edward Island (President 1984-1985), Dental Council of P.E.I. (Registrar 1995-1996), Instructor at Holland College, and served for a decade on the Village Council of Cornwall.

He holds Fellowships in PFA, ICD, ACD, AGD, and ADI.

Dr. Wenn is married with three children. He enjoys canoeing, fishing, skiing, biking, and squash.

Dr. Kenneth C. Bentley

L-R, President Scott Welch, recipient Ken Bentley, and Trustee Kevin Roach

Kenneth Bentley was born in 1935 in Montreal. He earned his dental degree from McGill School of Dentistry in Montreal in 1958, his medical degree from McGill in 1962, and he did his postgraduate internship at Montreal General Hospital until 1964. In that last year, he received the Canadian Fund for Dental Education Fellowship. He took up his oral surgery residency in 1964 at Bellevue Hospital in New York, where in 1965 he became Chief Resident.

In 1966, he returned to Montreal to accept a position at McGill University until he became Dean and Professor in 1977 through 1987. Besides serving on many University committees, Dr. Bentley had been Chairman of the Department of Oral Surgery, Director of the Division of Surgery and Oral Medicine, and Director of the Graduate Program. He served in various hospital appointments from 1966 through 1981 at Montreal General Hospital, Reddy Memorial Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, and St. Mary’s Hospital—where he currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Bentley is a member of the Association of Oral Surgeons of Quebec (Treasurer 1969-1970), Bellevue Society of Oral Surgeons, CDA (many Chairmanships and Committees), the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Secretary-Treasurer in 1970-1971, Chair of Dental Services in 1971-1972), the International Association for the Study of Pain, the International Association of Oral Surgeons, the Lafleur Report Society, the Montreal Dental Club (Secretary 1968), the Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada, and the Order of Dentists of Quebec.

Besides the PFA Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Bentley holds Fellowships in PFA, ICD, ACD, Honourary Fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (1983), Fellowship in the Academy if International Dentals Studies (1983), and Honourary Membership in the W. F. Harrigan-Bellevue Oral Surgery Alumni Association (1983). He has received the Arnold K. Maislin Award from New York University (1984). He served as President of the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (1974-1976) as well as in the Chairs of that organization.

Dr. Denis Forest


Denis Forest earned his B.A. (1961) and D.D.S. (1965) degrees from the University of Montreal. He received his M.S.D. degree in Oral Medicine from the University of Indiana (1968).

Dr. Forest is Professor on the Faculty of Dental Medicine at the University of Montreal.

He holds Fellowships in PFA and ICD.

He is Editor of the Journal dentaire du Quebec and Director of the Journees dentaire international du Quebec, which is currently hosting the CDA’s 100th Anniversary Meeting in Montreal. Dr. Forest is the Director of Communications for the Ordre des Dentists du Quebec.

He has been recognized by the Federation of Specialists in Quebec, the Canadian Academy of Oral Pathology, the Canadian Faculties of Dentistry, the Canadian Faculties of Oral Medicine, the Canadian Academy of Oral Radiology, the Ordre of Dentists of Quebec, and ICD. This past year, he received the Distinguished Service Award from CDA.

Dr. Forest elevated the educational process of countless colleagues with the now standard notion that the oral cavity is a mirror of the body and its state of health.

He has served on many Committees of the several organizations he serves and is a contributing author to many dental journals.

100th Anniversary of the Canadian Dental Association

The Canadian Dental Association was founded on 15 September 1902 in Montreal, Canada, with 344 dentists attending—about 25% of all the dentists in Canada. So, it was only fitting to celebrate their 100th Anniversary in the beautiful French-Canadian city where it all began.

The hosting organization, in addition to the CDA, was les Journees Dentaires International du Quebec (JDIQ), which was hosting their 31st annual Meeting. The two groups held a joint convention to celebrate this event. Event sponsors included Aurum Ceramic, Ash Temple, Dentsply, Oral B, Pfizer, Crest, 3M, Kodak, Keith Health Care, Inc., and Proctor & Gamble. The dates were 25-29 May 1992 at the Montreal Convention Centre, the Palais des Congres de Montreal.

There were meetings, courses, a golf outing, and the highlighted event—a black tie Gala Dinner on Sunday evening 26 May 2002 at the Palais de Montreal. Entertainment was provided by Jean-Guy Moreau, acrobatics by Ariel Ribbons, the Pulse dancers, and the fiddle playing of Frank Leahy between courses, culminating in dancing to Three’s Company Plus Dance Band until the wee hours.

CDA President George Sweetnam welcomed the guests and introduced FDI President Dato’ Dr. A. Ratnanesan along with ODQ President Robert Salois and ADA President D. Gregory Chadwick. Dr. P. Ralph Crawford gave a presentation on “A Century of Service” and his book by the same name—both in French and in English—was distributed after the dinner. The CDA dignitaries then presented their CFDS Thompson Trophy Award to Capt. Durand and to Sgt. Laura LaRoch. The dinner toast was given by CDA President-elect T. D. Breneman.

The evening certainly was elegant with about 500 in attendance including PFA dignitaries President Scott and Kathleen Welch, past President Michael and Nancy Cripton, Vice President Robert Friedman, Trustee Kevin and Ann Roach, Editor James and Shirley Brophy.

Professional dentistry in Canada dates back to the 18th century when the area was known as New France and settled along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, according to Ralph Crawford in his book “A Century of Service.” During his discussion of the foundation of dentistry, Pierre Fauchard (1678-1761) was mentioned as the “Father of Modern Dentistry.” Jacques Cartier in his travels (1535-1536) mentions the scurvy that attacked his crew during that winter; it killed 25 of his 110 crew. The first barber-surgeon arrived in Quebec in 1651. By 1791, there were nine barber-surgeons that performed “tooth pulling” for the some 130,000 inhabitants in all of Canada. Later dentists, trained in preceptorship programs, migrated from the United States to the major cities of Canada. The first notice of a dentist appeared in 1814 in Nova Scotia. In 1815, Levi Spear Parmly (1790-1859) came from Vermont and published the first Canadian book on dentistry.

By the mid 19th century, dentistry was making great strides everywhere in the world, and these techniques found their ways to Canada. But the different types of “dentists” became a concern for regulating the profession, so the government finally passed a dental practice act in 1868.

Canada itself was not brought together until the 1840 Act of Union that joined Upper and Lower Canada into a country with about 2.5 million inhabitants, with another 800,000 in the provinces of Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. At this time, there were about 50 permanent dentists not counting the itinerant “dentists.”

The Ontario Dental Association was first formed in 1867, and they began the effort to regulate professional dentistry in the now Dominion of Canada. By the next year, the government passed a bill that granted the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario the authority to make dental regulations. This was the first governmental act to let dentistry regulate itself in the world.

The Quebec Dental Association was formed in 1869 in Montreal to suggest changes to the dental act. The Manitoba Dental Association was formed in 1883 in Winnepeg. The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia became a fact in 1886. The New Brunswick Dental Society followed in 1890, with the Nova Scotia Dental Association formed the next year along with the Prince Edward Island Dental Association. The Newfoundland Dental Association came into being in 1893, then the North West Territories Council adopting regulations in 1889. With the 1905 Dominion Act creating the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, dentists formed the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan in 1906 and the Alberta Dental Association that same year.

Our Hall of Fame member, Dr. J. B. Willmott of Toronto, lent his voice to the call for national unity and reciprocity. Quebec’s Association Secretary Eudore Dubeau mailed every dentist in Canada calling for a unity meeting in Montreal in 1902. The three-day meeting was held at McGill University. The Constitution for a Canadian Dental Association and a code of ethics was unanimously approved the first day. National licensure, proficiency, and portability took up the remainder of the meeting.

While some of these matters are still debated today, the Canadian Dental Association has grown and prospered. Dr. Crawford’s “A Century of Service” is an excellent primer to cover the history of Canadian dentistry. Anyone interested in dental history will want to secure a copy for themselves from the CDA office in Ottawa. One is also maintained at the PFA Museum in Las Vegas.

One Section Chairman’s Program

Guatemala, May 3-12, 2002

Dr. Bertram Moldauer is Section Chair for Guatemala. He is also Section Chair for the neighboring country of Belize (formerly British Honduras). Dr. Moldauer is the only PFA Chairman to head two countries. But he has dental offices in Belize City, San Ignacio on the two countries’ border, and in Guatemala City. Neither country has many dentists, or many people. And Dr. Bertram Moldauer is a second-generation dentist.

His father was the first dentist in then British Honduras. In the early 1940s, crossing from the coastal side of Belize to the western border town of San Ignacio on the only east-west road in Belize, was a Herculean task. Many times the senior Dr. Moldauer and young Bertram had to push their car up the hills to get along. And Mrs. Moldauer helped with the lab work. This was pioneer dentistry in the jungle towns of Central America.

Today, Dr. Bertram Moldauer has the assistance of his son, Dr. Ivan Moldauer, and that of his senior dental student daughter Mitzi.

In a country where even a Maya Shaman can hang out a sign claiming to be a dentist, the Moldauer family is setting the standard for professional dental care in two countries.

With much influence on the only professional dental school in the area, Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City, Dr. Moldauer is introducing many positive changes in his countries. The Moldauer family can be said to be the “Family of Dentistry” in the region.

Sometimes persecuted by the governments at various times for their innovative ideas, the Moldauer family persists in reaching out to the indigent populations to serve their needs. Public Health Dentistry is not always supported by the well off, taxed classes.

Last year (see May/June 2001 issue of Dental World), Dr. Bertram Moldauer funded a University program to take a dental team under his son, Ivan, into the jungles of Guatemala to provide dental services to indigent in the village of Ipala.

One Section Chairman’s Program...cont'd

This year, Dr. Bertram Moldauer launched a huge program, funded by himself in the name of PFA, Nova Southeastern Florida University Dental School in Ft. Lauderdale, the Guatemala Public Health Service, and the Knights of Malta. The program covered several cities and villages in providing everything from top-of-the-line dental care in the cities to pioneer dentistry in the up-mountain villages. The organization was astounding, with all segments being kept in contact with the Moldauer family by cell phones.

Participating in this enormous venture was your Editor James Brophy and PFA photographer Shirley Brophy (at their own expense), the entire six-member Moldauer family and their friends, Nova Southeastern Florida Endodontic Chairman Sergio Kuttler, faculty Jim Satovsky, and two of his endo graduate students—Taras Roud of the Ukraine and Raphael Garofalo of Canada, Francisco Marroquin University dental students—and Dr. Charles Mandel, an implantologist. We even had a Jesuit priest, Fr. Dickman, to insure the program’s success (and be the first patient).

Most of us arrived Friday, 3 May 2002 to the “Land of Eternal Spring” where we were met by Dr. and Mrs. Moldauer at the Guatemala City airport. To get everyone acquainted for the project, Dr. Moldauer had us up at 5 am and whisked off to Flores, in the northern Guatemala Peten area, to tour the magnificent ancient Maya ruins at Tikal. There is nothing like an all-day tour, climbing to the top of tall temples, to unite a crew.

On Sunday, we toured the capitol, Guatemala City, which is in the south central part of the country. The city was like any city in the United States with McDonald’s, Burger King, tall buildings, traffic jams, fine suburbs, and slums.

Lunch was held at the suburban home of dental student Gina Cozzarelli, fiancée of Dr. Ivan Moldauer, where the last of the program’s participants arrived.

Then it was off to Antigua, about 65 km away, to check into the “Hotel of Dreams” or La Casa de Los Suenos. Antigua was the second capitol before the volcano erupted in the early 1700s and buried the first level of homes. When it was to be rebuilt years later, the older section was to be maintained with its cobblestone streets and Spanish exterior motif. But inside that façade were housed five-star tourist hotels, while many peasants slept in the old ruins that were not yet restored.

The first capitol had also been buried years earlier.

Upon arrival and check-in, the Nova group went to the Central Public Health Clinic to set up their million dollars of equipment and calibrate it. Shirley and Jim Brophy went with Knight of Malta Carlos Krafka to tour the Hermano Pedro Clinic and met with the Franciscan priests and sisters who take in the sick and ailing. It was heart-wrenching to see the little babies with so many cleft palates that are left at the clinic door with no names, no records, nothing, by their indigent parents that cannot care for them. The Knights of Malta and the city of Antigua are trying to help with the limited funds they can raise. The clinic needs 72 more wheelchairs to help their elderly patients.

On Sunday evening, the group met for a kickoff dinner at the hotel. We were given our assignments for the week. We met the Guatemala government leaders of health, the retired Israeli commandoes that provided security, the local leaders of the Knights of Malta, and all the program participants.

Hermano Pedro Clinic Needs Your Help

If any of our Fellows or their families have an unused wheelchair or walker, please send it to the Hermano Pedro Clinic, 6a. Calle Oriente No. 20 La Antigua, Guatemala, Central America. Check them out at their Web site Or send to Editor Brophy at 931 Glen Flora, Waukegan, IL 60085, USA, for forwarding.

This July, the Pope will travel to this clinic to confer sainthood on Hermano Pedro as the first saint of Central America. Your contribution will share in the sainted work this man began and is the only lifeline to many so poor that they must give up their children.

There are many causes asking for your help, but I have personally seen the poverty and problems that only this Clinic can handle in the area. I would not make this personal appeal if I were not truly shaken by the absolute need these people have. When I left the clinic after touring it, I emptied my wallet into the hands of the nun who showed us around. Thank God for plastic after that.

One Section Chairman’s Program...cont'd

Photographer Shirley and Editor Jim Brophy were sent up the mountain to a small free health clinic in Cuidad Veija “to pull teeth.” The natives spoke no English (or German either); we had no translator, but a very enthusiastic 16-year-old assistant who we drew pictures for of the instruments we needed; which did not matter because they had very little anyway. Four forceps, two elevators, three syringes, no x-ray machine, no air conditioning or fan, and no asepsis, five useless Potts elevators, and a few mirrors and explorers were all we could come up with.

One Section Chairman’s Program...cont'd

Mitzi Moldauer receiving top student award at Graduation Ceremonies

When the Director of the Guatemala Dental Health visited us, he explained that they had cut his Q200,000 budget (about $27,000) in half for this year for the entire country. He depended on volunteers from other countries to pay their own expenses to serve the needs of the Guatemala poor. Dr. Bertram Moldauer, his classmate, was a leader in doing these dental programs.

We extracted more than 70 teeth that week. And Photographer/Chemist Shirley Brophy was given a brief course on cleaning and fluoridating teeth, which she applied to some 34 local school students.

Down in the valley, the Nova team was performing some of the most sophisticated surgeries in dentistry with the most updated equipment and technology available.

In late afternoon, back at the hotel, area dentists from Guatemala City and Antigua gathered for two-hour slide lectures from the Nova team. Fortunately for me, the slides were in English, but the lectures were in Spanish. Attendance was about 30 for each afternoon’s lecture. When Dr. Charles Mandel, an implantologist, came in, he gave a six-hour lecture to the students and faculty at the Francisco Marroquin University Dental School in Guatemala City, then drove out to Antigua for another hour and a half lecture to the dentists there.

On Wednesday evening, we all were driven back to Guatemala City to attend the Graduation Ceremonies of the Universidad Francisco Marroquin Facultad de Odontologia. The University was impressive, as were the Ceremonies, where dental student Mitzi Moldauer received the top award for being the best dental student in her year again (the third year in a row). PFA was mentioned as attending the Ceremony by the Dean, and we all were introduced. In the reception that followed, Dr. Moldauer button-holed every faculty member to join PFA.

On Thursday evening, we attended a reception given by La Asociacion Guatemalteca de Caballeros de la Orden de Malta (the Knights of Malta), where we were presented Recognition Certificates for our volunteer efforts and thanked personally by Antigua Mayor Carlos Garcia Mendez. PFA was included in the appreciation speech as a sponsor through the efforts of the Drs. Moldauer.

One Section Chairman’s Program...cont'd

On Friday afternoon, the government held a late luncheon (3 pm) to honor us all with Certificates for our participation in the week’s program. In attendance on behalf of the President of Guatemala were the Minister of Health, Dr. Francisco Bermudez Vila, and the Director of the Dental Public Health, Dr. Roberto Wehnke, and several other minor officials. All the program participants were honored until the end when the government presented a plaque to the Pierre Fauchard Academy for its help. We were then enlisted on the government rolls to come back and practice volunteer dentistry in the future and given customs clearance for bringing in our own instruments.

Dr. Sergio Kuttler, on behalf of Nova Dental School, signed a mutual support agreement with the Guatemala Health Ministers to allow further Nova Programs in their country.

PFA Chairman Moldauer was glowing. The program he had worked so long and hard to put together came off successfully beyond his expectations. But in doing so, he bonded his entire family to us all.

At his Saturday Mother’s Day evening dinner in Guatemala City, he told us to make plans for coming back next year when we go to Belize for a similar program. Your Editor and an archeologist in Belize signed up immediately.

This is the type of program that just one Chairman’s family put on with a few volunteers that helped so many.

What are you and your Chairman doing this year?

Awards Banquet

The Annual PFA Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, 19 October 2002, at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel in the Marlborough Room at 11:30 am. At that time, the new PFA International Officers for 2002-2003 will be sworn into their offices. A reservation envelope is enclosed with this issue. The Luncheon will be $40 apiece, with tickets at the door. Please respond to the Central Office for reservations as the meals need to be ordered in advance of the event.

The PFA Awards will be presented during the ceremony.

The PFA Gold Medal is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the art and science of dentistry. This year, this top PFA honor will be conferred on past PFA President Dr. Minori Horiuchi of Massachusetts.

At the Awards Ceremony, The International Elmer Best Award will be presented to Dr. Rufino N. Achacoso of the Philippines.

PFA International Certificates of Merit will be presented to Professor Dragoslav of Serbia and to past Uruguay Chair Walter Lieber Bielli.

Honorary Fellowship will be conferred upon Iowa Dental Executive Director Robert W. Harpster. Director Harpster is retiring this year after serving Iowa dentistry since 1989. Then PFA President C. F. Larry Barrett had selected him to receive the President’s Award in 1997, and he now highly recommends Dr. Harpster for Honorary Membership in our organization.

Robert Harpster is a native of Washington, DC, and a graduate of American University in 1966. He earned his masters degree in public administration in urban affairs and public relations in 1969 from the same University. He then spent 10 years as Chief Executive Officer and six years as Deputy Director of the League of Iowa cities, a volunteer nonprofit association, serving the public entities in Iowa. He then became Managing Director of Investors Management Group, Ltd., in Des Moines.

He received two White House appointments—the first was as Iowa’s representative to the White House Conference on Balanced Growth and Economic Development (1978) and the other was as Iowan representative to the National Rural Community Facilities Conference in the same year.

He has received nine gubernatorial appointments, including the “Year 2000 Committee,” the “State Coalition on Iowa Issues,” and “Healthy Iowans 2000.”

As Iowa Dental Association Director, he has run a model office dealing with all the services provided for by a State professional organization. He has already received the ACD Service Award, the PFA President’s Award, and now will become an Honorary PFA Fellow.

The Dental Trade and Industry Award will be given to Gerd Schulte, President of Degussa AG of Germany.

The President’s Award, selected by President Scott Welch, will be presented to Dr. Joseph A. Devine.

Dr. Minori Horiuchi


Minori Horiuchi was born 7 September 1927 in Kyoto, Japan, where he graduated from Doshisha High School in Kyoto in 1944. He was then enlisted in the Japanese Navy Air Force during World War II and was trained as a Kamikazi pilot as the War ended. How fortunate for both our countries that he was not needed for that final mission.

In 1950, Dr. Horiuchi graduated from the Tokyo Dental College whereupon he served as a dentist in the 35th Station Hospital for the United States Army in Kyoto before coming to the United States in 1951. He then interned at the Guggenheim Dental Clinic in New York City until 1952. He then became a Clinical Fellow at the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children in Boston for the next five years, studying Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Horiuchi is a third-generation dentist. In 1888, his grandfather received the 56th dental license in Japan. His father earned his degree from the Tokyo Dental College in 1914 and from the University of Illinois in 1916. Both his grandfather and his father were Presidents of the Kyoto Dental Association. Dr. Horiuchi’s older sister and younger brother are also dentists in Japan.

Dr. Horiuchi realized that to practice dentistry in Japan would be to live in the shadows of his grandfather and father, so he sought to pursue his own his own career in the United States. He re-earned his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1960, and a postdoctorate in Orthodontics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1980.

Dr. Min has gone on to serve as President of the Massachusetts Society of Dentistry for Children (1966-1967), President of PFA (1988-1989), President of the American Academy of Dental Science (1994-1995), President of the USA ICD (1997), and International President of ICD (2002-2003). Dr. Min also serves as Trustee on the PFA Foundation.

Dr. Horiuchi served as Associate Director of the International Advanced Dental Education Program at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (1988-2001). In the late 1980s, Dr. Horiuchi opened his own general dentistry practice to include pediatrics and orthodontics to serve the Japanese speaking population in the Boston area.
At present, Dr. Horiuchi is a lecturer in the Restorative Department at Harvard, an active member of the Forsyth Institute Board of Trustees, and practices in Newton Center, a suburb of Boston.

Dr. Min Horiuchi has been decorated by the Emperor of Japan with the Order of Sacred Treasure and the Medal of Gold Rays with Rosettes for his many contributions in dentistry and founding the Japanese Association of Greater Boston in which he served as their Founding President. Min also serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston Athletic Association, which promotes relationships between the United States and Japan. His organization promotes the Boston Marathon.

Massachusetts Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci appointed him on the Asian-American Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1999.

That same year, the Tokyo Dental College appointed Dr. Horiuchi as manager of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi’s Memorial House in Shandaken, New York.

His honors and awards are many. He has served as President of the Rotary Club of Newton (1970-1971), Trustee on Dean College of Franklin, Mass (1992-1997), served as Director of the West Suburban YMCA in Newton (1987-1996), and Trustee of the Newton Pride Committee (1997-current). He has Life Memberships in several organizations and has received the Prince Chichibu Award from the Japan Amateur Athletic Federation (1965) in Gifu, Japan. He holds a citation from the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs (1991).

He has been named “Notable Newtonian” and December 11 is Dr. Minoru Horiuchi Day in Newton, Mass.

Dr. Rufino N. Achacoso


Rufino Achacoso, or Pen as he is fondly called, was born in 1924 in Botolan, Zambales, in the Republic of the Philippines. The outbreak of WWII disrupted his pre-law studies at the University of the Philippines, so he joined the United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE). After the War ended, Rufino entered the Manila Central University to study dentistry, at the same time as serving as Master Sergeant in the Philippine Army Military Police Command. He earned his dental degree in 1948.

Dr. Achacoso did his postgraduate studies in Prosthodontics at the University of Illinois (1951-1952) and then in West Germany at the University of Cologne.

He was appointed as the first Chief of Dental Services of the Philippine Veterans Memorial Hospital in 1956, during which he studied Hospital Training at the VA Hospital in New York and at the Bronx Veterans Hospital (1956-1957).

In 1959, Dr. Achacoso was appointed a Dental Board Examiner by then Philippine President Carlos Garcia. He served on the Philippine Dental Association Board for 10 years, twice as President of the Quezon City Dental Chapter. He was also the Founding Chapter President of the Philippine Prosthodontic Society and the Philippine Academy of General Dentistry. He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, and ADI.

Dr. Achacoso has been active in the Christian Family Movement, the Philippine-Japan Cultural Exchange, the Quezon City Foundation for the Youth, the Rotary Club, and the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band.

Dr. Joseph A. Devine

Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1927, Joe Devine graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1948 and then earned his dental degree from Creighton University Dental School in 1952. After serving in the U.S. Army, he started a private practice in Cheyenne and became involved in organized dentistry.

Dr. Devine has held all the offices in the Wyoming Dental Association, including the Presidency. He served as ADA Trustee from the 14th District (1978-1984). He is a Fellow in PFA, ACD, and ICD.

In the ADA, Dr. Devine has served as Delegate from Wyoming to the House of Delegates (1965-1979), as ADA 2nd Vice President (1974-1975), and then as ADA President (1986-1987).
He is active in his community as a member of the Elks (BPOE), the Eagles (FOE), the Moose (LOOM), Rotary International, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He served three terms on his school board, including two years as Chairman. He was a member of the Executive Committee for the Health Services Agency, and Chairman of the Wyoming Health Coordinating Council.

His many awards include the PFA Gold Medal (1988), Creighton University Dentist of the Year (1985), Distinguished Alumnus of Creighton University College of Dentistry (1986), and Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Wyoming (1988).

And Now, the Rest of the Staff

by immediate past PFA President Malcolm David Campbell

When dentists think of staff, we usually think of dental assistants, administrative personnel, dental hygienists, and laboratory technicians.

However, this is really only a portion of our staff. If dentists are to have a successful practice, we must have an efficient staff in all phases of the practice so that it will be successful and trouble-free.

It is important for us to do what we do well. That means we do dentistry. We do not have the time, knowledge, or temperament to do all phases of running a dental practice, which is a business.

In addition to the immediate office staff, auxiliary staff is necessary. The selection of an accountant is obviously important. The accountant should come to the office on a regular basis. An accountant will be able to recognize any mathematical mistake and correct it immediately.

I remember years ago, in my early days of practice, I was attempting to reconcile a bank statement. I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find the mistake. It was a very small amount of money, but frustrating because I simply could not find it. At that moment my accountant came in.
I tossed him the checkbook and walked out of the room. He came to me in about five minutes with the answer. The problem was that I had been making the same mistake over and over. When I asked him how he could find the discrepancy so quickly, he replied, “Because I know where to look!”

The reason we are skilled in dental treatment is because we know where to look.

Obviously, there are more important considerations for hiring an accountant or tax preparer. To find the one you need, check with the Council for Accounting and Taxation, the National Association of Enrolled Agents, or your State’s Society of CPAs. Remember, for a tax preparer you need an accredited tax or an accredited tax advisor for accountants. It is better to have one who charges by the hour. A flat fee per return encourages them to pump out work quickly, as opposed to carefully.

After dealing with the problems of patients and their care, you need an expert to deal with your tax and accounting situations to keep clear of government entanglements.

Membership, Membership, Membership

by past PFA President Shig Ryan Kishi

I would like to take this opportunity to make a suggestion that might help increase the number of new Fellows for 2002 and beyond. It will take some work, but the effort will reap tremendous benefits for the service we provide to those we serve.

Past PFA President (and current Foundation Treasurer) George Higue (1974) through countless hours of work brought in 1200 new members into the Academy in the United States. Past PFA President (and past DW Editor) Clifford Loader (1978) brought in an equal amount internationally. As a Section Chair in 1988, I noticed a number of individuals in my immediate area that were not Fellows. Therefore, I contacted them and invited them to our Fellowship. Some 63 new Fellows were then brought into the Southern California Section.

There are a number of individuals who were on faculty at the various dental schools in the area that I did not know personally. I contacted them by telephone and by letter. I asked the Deans of the dental schools in my area to submit names of five or more of their faculty who they felt were highly qualified individuals for Fellowship. This system worked and we increased our membership.

I realize that every state does not have a dental school, and that it will take some effort on the part of the Section Chairs to accomplish this. But I really feel that this effort would be worth their time. At least 265 new Fellows can be inducted into the Academy through contacting the Deans of the dental schools.

The Section Chairs should set a deadline for themselves to call on the Dean(s) to solicit prospectives. The Deans are well aware of the work we do through their Foundation contact for scholarship awards.

If any Chair needs a copy of the various types of letters to mail to the candidates, please contact me or the Central Office.

I also realize that each country has a different protocol for inviting new Fellows into the Academy and that protocol needs to be respected.

But we should not cease to recruit new members as the new graduates age into qualified younger prospectives. New members bring newer ideas, changes in perspective, and new programs to get involved in. This is a good thing for a thriving, growing Academy.

Membership is everyone’s business!

Membership and Retention

by Vice President Robert Friedman

Membership and retention is vital to the success of the PFA and to our beneficial influence on our profession. More members brings greater involvement in service projects. More service projects attract more members. This is critical to getting good, worthy new Fellows.

Service is our “raison d’etre,” our reason for being. Service is helping others. It is giving back. Fellows were chosen to be members of our Academy because they gave of themselves. As dignified, righteous professionals we distinguish ourselves and set the example for others to follow.
We lead the way to raise the standards of our profession and do honor to our calling.

Student scholarships and Foundation grants give us the tools for each Section Chair to develop almost any worthwhile service project you can think of. Three or four Sections can pool their grants and sponsor a CE course open to new potential members. Other ideas are out there just needing leadership to implement them. You are that leader.



1-5 October - 90th FDI Congress, Vienna, Austria
17 October - AADE Conference at the New Orleans Marriott
18–20 October - PFA Academy and Board Meetings, New Orleans, Louisiana
19–23 October - 143rd ADA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at


25-29 October - ADA 144th Annual Meeting, San Francisco
Fall - FDI 91st Annual Meeting, Sydney, Australia

FDI World Dental Federation

The FDI USA Section has sent out a notice that, as a result of decisions made at their Kuala Lumpur Meeting last January, “every member of a National Dental Association that is a member of FDI will automatically become an individual member of FDI.” In other words, your membership will become a part of your ADA dues benefits.

Whether this will now include an ADA dues increase to cover this new FDI membership is not spelled out. But FDI USA National Secretary Timothy Rose (past ADA President) has asked that all current FDI members in the United States contribute what they would have paid in FDI dues to a new ADA International Oral Health Fund.

Foundation News

Since 1996, your Foundation has distributed $675,900 in scholarships, $970,540 in grants, $261,200 in PFA grants, and $45,000 to the Loader-Espinach Award for a total amount of $1,952,640 over this time. Your contributions to your Foundation are carefully apportioned to best serve our profession and to the public it serves.

Foundation Executive Director Shig Ryan Kishi notes that as of 25 May, 17 letters were sent to non-U.S. dental school deans requesting the names for the Foundation scholarship winners to be submitted by the 14 July deadline. Yet to respond were deans from Germany, Netherlands, Korea, Peru, and Pakistan. Of the U.S. schools, 51 out of 53 have responded.

Grant requests were for 93 applications with 10 going to Section Chairs. Thirty-six were received completed. Eighteen were sent to the grant application committee for review. These totaled $146,604. Eighteen applications, totaling $160,000, were rejected.

The lawsuits brought against the Foundation in Costa Rica have all been dismissed. The Foundation has no further legal obligations in Costa Rica.

President Haruo Morita of the J. Morita Corporation, a dental supplier, has donated $500 to the Foundation Student Scholarship Fund. All of us in the Foundation and the Academy thank Mr. Morita for his generosity.

In the 18 March 2002 edition of the ADA News (at the top of page two), an article appeared that stated that “the PFA Foundation is seeking applications for grants it will award in 2002 to students and programs.” This article suggested applying for such to the Foundation. The article was incorrect in that the scholarship winners are selected by their dental school deans and not by the Foundation. This error was called to the attention of the ADA News, but so far no correction had been published. Many PFA Officers and the Foundation have been besieged by calls and e-mails requesting such awards. Please note that the Foundation’s Scholarship Award recipients are selected by the dental school deans themselves and not by the Foundation on an individual student request basis. We simply have no procedure to judge any student from the 81 scholarships awarded. This must be left up to each dental school to make that selection based on their knowledge of their students. We understand the requests that have generated from the ADA News article and regret the inconvenience on all those searching for such funding. But we did not generate that news article, and we have made several attempts to have it corrected as quickly as possible.

Dr. Carl Lundgren attended the April meeting of the Association of Dental Foundation Executives. His recommendation for membership will be submitted to the Board.

The Officers Bonding Policy from Travelers Insurance has been renewed.

All reports for the Foundation Meeting are due in the Foundation Office by 3 September 2002 to be included in the meeting packet.

From the Desk of the Foundation Vice President…

Dr. Carl Lundgren writes that when the present Foundation grant format was first developed in 1994, the $300,000 income that was available for awards was divided into two groups: (1) student scholarships—82 at $1200 for a total of $98,400; and (2) $200,000 for grants. Now that the scholarship program with 81 awards has increased the individual funding to $1500; this increase of $23,100 comes from the monies available for grants.

The Academy requests have also increased from $40,000 last year to $55,000 for the coming year.

The $7500 annual Award to Costa Rica for the Brenes Espinach-Loader Award will continue indefinitely.

All of this reduces the amount of funds available for grant programs. Last year was unusual in that there was an additional $82,000 remaining in the funds from the previous years that had been carried over, but this needed to be distributed per IRS regulations, or a 15% tax would have to be paid on the surplus.

The consensus of the Foundation Executive Board, and that of the Grant Committee, is that the Academy’s requests for funds be treated in the same manner as any other grant request, with the exception that a full application form will not be required. That is to say that the Academy’s requests be broken down to their individual categories and assigned grant numbers to each. Then such requests will be evaluated and discussed separately as the other grant applications for consideration by the Foundation Board.

This will require that the Academy supply a full page or more of information concerning who, what, where, when, how, and the history for each request so that the Board members can evaluate the need for funding. And it is important that this be done in a timely fashion for the Grants Committee to review the requests.

The will of Dr. Brenes Espinach, from whence the majority of our funds stems, stipulated that we use his legacy for direct humanitarian purposes, which the Foundation has been properly doing. This change in procedure for the Academy brings their requests in line with the established Grant Evaluation Program procedures to insure we follow Dr. Espinach’s wishes.


La Lettre des Ordre National des Chirurgiens-Dentistes, the Journal of the French Dental Association, in their April 2002 issue, included an article on the presentation of the Foundation’s $10,000 check by International Trustee for Europe Pierre Marois to Dr. Andrè Robert, President of the National Council, for the Paris mobile dental clinic. Every year that the PFA International Officers have attended the Hall of Fame venue at their Headquarters, we have been given a tour of the mobile clinic for the underserved of Paris.

Caroline Chazanne of Nantes University received the Foundation’s Scholarship Award at a Paris ceremony. French Section Chair Hubert Ouvrard presided with Section Secretary Charles Gastaud and Deans Henri Hamel of Nantes University and Marie-Laure Boy-Lefevre of Paris No. 7 University Dental School.


The University of Dublin’s Trinity College School of Dental Medicine Dean John Clarkson thanked the Foundation for the Scholarship Award presented to Orna McEntee. The ceremony was made more festive with Professor W. Watts, Chairman of the Dental Hospital Board, presenting flowers to her as well.


Chairman Dean Diampo Lim hosted their annual PFAS Convocation during the 95th Philippine Dental Association annual Convention last May in Manila. The Section will host a scientific conference at the same time.

United States


The Children’s Dental Health Association newsletter The Smile for April 2002, which serves San Diego’s underprivileged children, published a list of clinic donors that included the PFA Foundation. PFA Gold Medal recipient James Vernetti (1999) was also included in the list.

The April issue of CDA Update contained an article on St. Leo’s Dental Clinic in Solana Beach, which had been initiated by Rotarians and staffed by volunteer dentists using donated equipment. The clinic has been surviving on donations and a $10 fee per patient, if they can afford it. The Foundation’s $10,000 grant will help to upgrade badly needed equipment and pay for non-donated services.


Past PFA President William Kort attended the University of Illinois Honors Day where our Foundation Award was presented.


Past PFA President M. David Campbell presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to David Studt at the University of Detroit Mercy during the Michigan Section Breakfast held at the Detroit Dental review last November along with dental school Dean H. Robert Steiman. This event was reported in the University of Detroit-Mercy’s dental alumni magazine.


International Trustee Michael Perpich with Section Chairman Michael Shafhauser presented a check for $10,000 to Kathleen McCulough-Zander for the Center for Victims of Torture.


The Spring 2002 Nevada Dental Journal issue printed an article on the PFA Foundation’s $5000 donation to the Dental Assisting Program at the Community College of Southern Nevada. The grant will be used to purchase needed equipment for their program that serves the greater Las Vegas area. The program has tripled in size since its inception in 1996, with Las Vegas being the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States. They have 74 students enrolled in dental assisting, of which 30 will be graduating this spring. Our Secretary/Treasurer Richard A. Kozal has been selected by the students to be their Commencement Speaker.

New York

The SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine presented their 2001 Scholarship Award to Victor Joseph Grazina and their 2002 Award to Amie M. McCarthy.


Associate Dean for Student Affairs for the Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry Nora Cromley has announced the 2002 Foundation Scholarship recipient as David Baker.


The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston has selected Jarrod Edward Jones to receive the 2002 Foundation Scholarship Award.

Section News


International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda reports that Fellow Dr. Masanori Kawaguchi was honored by Kyoto Governor Prefecture last November for his 50 years of dental service to leprosy patients in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Laos.

Dr. Kawaguchi then received the Welfare Award from the Kyoto Shimbun newspaper last March.

Dr. Masanori Kawaguchi is the ideal representative of PFA professionals. In 1952, while studying at the Osaka Dental College, Dr. Kawaguchi organized the students for volunteer activities, which today is called the Umemoto Memorial Service Group for Lepra, to treat leper patients in some six countries that have been forced to live in isolated colonies with no dental treatment.

His organization has attempted to sweep away the groundless prejudices against lepers. After becoming a PFA Fellow in 1972, he has worked with the Japan Section to uplift and develop the spirit of our profession. His organization has three PFA Fellows volunteering for service to the leper colonies. Truly a hero in dentistry, Dr. Kawaguchi deserves such honors from us all.


Chair Roland Sollner held their annual meeting at the Turmaulac Restaurant last May at the Arteplage in Bienne during the opening of the EXPO 02 (World’s Fair) which is held in Switzerland every 25 years. New Fellows inducted were Drs. Marechaux and Birchmeier.


Dr. Pankaj Patel has accepted the position as Chairman of initiating a new PFA Section in Kenya. He expressed a desire to spread PFA to the other 54 African countries. Uruguay

Apologies to Chairman Roy Cooper and his Fellows for not receiving the last issue of Dental World. Hopefully this error will not occur again.

Chairman Roy Cooper will be holding a meeting with International Trustee Bernardo Levit in Montevideo Dental School to discuss PFA activities and Foundation grants. Dr. Cooper reports developing a project on halitosis at the dental school to be undertaken by the Biochemistry Department and the Oral Pathology Department.

United States

California, Southern Section

Entitled “Dentistry’s Handclasp Around the World,” this Section held their 32nd annual Awards Luncheon last April during the CDA’s Scientific Session in Anaheim. The Luncheon honored Dr. Richard Lee Kahn, who received their Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award. Dr. Kahn earned his dental degree from USC in 1964, becoming Chairman of Restorative Dentistry there in 1991. He has received many honors, including Outstanding Faculty Awards, Teaching Excellence Awards, and the Presidential Recognition Award from the USC Dental Alumni Association in 2000. The Honor Award Introduction was given by past PFA President Shig R. Kishi (1997-1998).

The Introductions were made by Chair Charles Eller, with the Invocation given by William Frank. PFA President Scott Welch presented an Academy report with Foundation Vice President Carl Lundgren giving their report. President Welch, Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal, and Foundation Executive Director and past PFA President Shigeo Kishi inducted new Fellows Drs. Douglas Christiansen of San Diego, William Coffman of Yucaipa, Michael Kelley of San Diego, David Levine of Burbank, David Richards of San Diego, Ari Rosenblatt of Beverly Hills, Michael Schneider of Manhattan Beach, and Stephan Shepherd of Newport Beach.

The Student Scholarship Award Recognition presenter was Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal for Loma Linda University’s Michael Erickson, UCLA’s Michael Pickard, and USC’s Rex Yanase.

The Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards presenter was President Scott Welch for Loma Linda’s Dr. Ronald Blank, UCLA’s Drs. John Beumer III and William Morgan, and USC’s Dr. Ronald Green.

The Foundation Grant Awards were made to Thousand Smiles Craniofacial Surgery and Dental Care Mission’s Drs. Tanaka and James Vernetti, to the Children’s Dental Center of Inglewood’s Dr. Cherilyn Sheets, to the Children’s Dental Health Association in San Diego’s Dr. Patricia Ann Billings, to Esperanza International’s Dr. Roger Kingston, to MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) of Pocoima’s Dr. David Campbell, to the Royal-Allard Children’s Dental Center of East Los Angeles’ Dr. Naomi L. Bement, and to St. Leo’s Dental Center of North San Diego’s Drs. Robert Bobbitt and Roger Kingston.

The Section Officers arranging this program are Chair Charles Eller, Vice Chair Hans S. Sjoren, past Chair Steven Ferriot, and Editor William Mihram.

L-R, Distinguished Award recipient Cosmo Castaldi with Chair William MacDonald

International Trustee Howard Mark and Chair William MacDonnell hosted their annual Luncheon Meeting last May with more than 50 in attendance. CSDA Vice President Dr. Dean Clouthier gave the Invocation for the Induction Ceremony to enlist new Fellows Drs. Ronald Albert, Douglas Callis, Ronald D’Andrea, Mark Desrosiers, Vincent Dibenedetto, Gary Grilli, James Naylor, Margaret Ann Smith, Kathleen Burr, and Steven Lepowsky.

Dean Peter Robinson welcomed the guests and gave a review of the UCONN School of Dental Medicine progress which has been named the top dental school in the United States.

Professor-emeritus Cosmo R. Castaldi was presented with the PFA Distinguished Service Award for his dedication to the use of sports mouth guards and redesign of hockey helmets to reduce oral-maxillofacial injuries.

Congressman Robert Simmons (R, 2nd District) spoke on the support for oral care in Washington, DC. CSDA Executive Director Noel Bishop was in attendance as well to provide State Association updates.

Dean Richard Ranney with Scholarship recipient Maya Alqueza

Chairman Don-N Brotman hosted their Dinner Meeting last April with some 51 in attendance. After the introductions of several Deans and past Maryland State Dental Association Presidents, John Hasler was presented the PFA Award as an unsung hero for his design of the new dental school to be completed in July 2005.

Eleven new Fellows were inducted. Dr Ted Berkinshaw gave an address on “Invisalign.” Foundation Scholarship recipient Maya Alqueza was also present.


Fellow Samuel O. Dorn of Plantation, Florida, has been elected President of the American Association of Endodontists at their 59th Annual Session held in Chicago this April. Dr. Dorn has been a member of AAE since 1973 and serves as Trustee of the AAE Foundation. Dr. Dorn is also President of the Greater Hollywood Dental Society, the Florida Association of Endodontists, the South Florida Endodontic Study Club, and the East Coast District Dental Society, which named him 1987 Dentist of the Year. He is also a Fellow in PFA, ICD, and ACD. Dr. Dorn serves as Professor and Director of postgraduate Endodontics at Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale since 1996. He earned his dental degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry in 1970 and his certificate in endodontics from Nassau County Medical Center in 1976.

|L-R, MDS Director Robert Boose, MDS President Richard LoGuercio, William Lober, Janice Conrad, ADA Trustee Ed Mehlman, and ADA Trustee Richard Haught

The annual PFA Breakfast, held during the Yankee Dental Convention, was well attended by dignitaries such as Robert E. Boose, Executive Director for the Massachusetts Dental Society; MDS President Richard LoGuercio; 1st District ADA Trustee Edward Mehlman; and 12th District ADA Trustee Richard Haught.


Also reported in the Detroit-Mercy dental alumni news was Fellow William Chase who is finishing his term as President of the Michigan Dental Association. Dr. Chase had served six years as Editor of the Journal of the MDA. He is past recipient of the UDM Dental Alumnus of the Year Award and has served as an adjunct assistant clinical professor for 19 years. He is a member of PFA, ICD, ADG, and ICD.

In 1999, he was honored as MDA’s Dentist Citizen of the Year for his volunteer work in Brazil and in the Philippines. He is past President of the Adrian Rotary Club and was their 1986 Rotarian of the Year. He was Rotarian District Governor in 1989-1990 and received their highest honor, the 1993 Service Above Self Award. At the request of the Rotary program, he began his volunteer work in their Brazil clinic.


Chair Bill Rohel of Reno will host their annual Pliney Phillips Breakfast before the House of Delegates Meeting at the State’s annual session in San Diego this June.

New York

Chairman Edward Feinberg reports that their Section Luncheon Meeting was held on 1 June at the Garden City Hotel during the annual Meeting of the New York State Dental Association with more than 70 attending. Past PFA President Fred Halik gave the Invocation. Among those attending besides NYSDA past President Fred Halik were NYSDA President Mark Feldman, Illinois ADA Trustee Leo Finley, ADA Trustee James Fanno, ADA Trustee Eugene Sekiguchi, New York ADA Trustee Howard Fine, ASDA Representative to NYSDA Amy Rappold, and NYSDA’s Executive Director Roy Lasky.

NYSDA Secretary-Treasurer Kirk Gleason, NYSDA Councilman Tony DiMango, and NYSDA Governor Joseph Caruso inducted five new Fellows into the Academy—Drs. Joseph Cipollina of Brooklyn, Prabha Krishnan of Rego Park, Lois Levine of Great Neck, James Sconzo of Brooklyn, and Theodore Graff of Endicott.

Section Co-chair Bruce Seidberg presented their Section highest honor to Dr. Jeffrey Burkes, chief forensic dentist for the World Trade Center (WTC) recovery effort. Dr. Burkes supervised 200 dentists and personnel coordinating the efforts of the WTC recovery and the American Airlines Flight 587, which crashed in Queens on 12 October 2001. He is the founder of the New York City Dental Mass Disaster Team as well as clinical assistant professor at NYU’s College of Medicine Dept. of Pathology.

Keynote speaker was author Roger Kahn, who has written 23 books and articles on fitness.

Serving on the NYSDA’s Meeting Committees were Fellows Ed Feinberg, Bruce Seidberg, Elliot Moskowitz, Tony DiMango, Peter Collins, Kirk Gleason, Michael Fallon, James Orcutt, Bill Calmon, Larry Wolfgang, Stuart Coleton, Bert Bildner, Frank Murphy, Joseph Caruso, and Alan Mazer.

NYSDA President-elect Bill Calmon, who will be hosting next year’s PFA meeting Luncheon in Rochester, concluded the PFA Meeting with a traditional champagne toast.

Past PFA President Fred Halik of Fairport received the New York State Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his outstanding services to NYSDA at their Garden City Meeting of the Board of Governors. Dr. Halik is past NYSDA President, and of its local component the Seventh District Dental Society. He is a Delegate to the ADA and has served on the Board of Governors for 10 years. He was also instrumental in passing the 1987 Missing Persons and Identification of Unknowns Act by the NY Legislature.

Dr. Halik is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and earned his periodontal certificate from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He practices in Rochester.

In 1983, Dr. Halik received the Seventh District’s George D. Greenwood Award.

L-R, Chair Richard Petty, William Larson, Cory Evans, Matthew Cheney, Keith Warr, Trustee Gary Lowder

Chair William E. Goodman held their annual Breakfast Meeting during the ODA Session last April to induct 12 new Fellows into the Academy and to present their Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Kevin Avery. Dr. Keith Keeter substituted for past Section Chair Jim Saddoris (past ADA president) as presenter of the Award. Their keynote speaker was attorney/columnist Joe Priest, who discussed “Ethics and Professionalism.”

L-R, President-elect Gordan Stine, Chair Larry Furguson, Award recipient Carroll Player and his wife Nancy
New Hampshire

The Manchester Union did an article on the PFA and its Chairman David Stahl and 30 Fellows on the induction of eight new members—Drs. Ralph Asadourian, Roland Bryan, Donald Dumai, James DeLeo, Gary Lindner, Kevin Fallon, Diane Shieh, and John Herrin—during their March Induction Dinner. Guest speaker for the evening was past PFA President M. David Campbell. Pictures accompanied the article.
Last September, they held a Speaker’s Meeting in which PFA Vice President Robert Friedman attended with some 20 guests. Dr. Dominick Paoloa, President of the Forsyth Institute in Boston, discussed “Nutrition and Oral Infectious Disease.” Establishing a Mentorship Program was discussed for new solo practitioners, and 15 members volunteered. Fellow Jayne Boyd of Bedford was selected as Chairperson.
Chair David Stahl has developed a new PFA logo and pamphlet for worldwide distribution.

South Carolina

Immediate past Chair W. Eugene Atkinson of Orangeburg hosted their annual meeting last January in Charleston during the South Carolina AGD Conference which featured Dr. Didier Dietschi or Switzerland who spoke on aesthetic restorations. PFA President-elect Gordan Stine gave the keynote address. Their Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Carroll Player of Florence. Dr. Player is past President of the South Carolina Dental Association, ADA Committee Chairman, ADA Delegate and ADA Trustee.


Fellow Michael J. Cerviris is the new President of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. Also elected was Fellow Linda K. Himmelberger as Secretary.

Fellow Richard J. Galeone has been elected President of the American Association of Dental Editors.

Fellow Alvin H. Artz has been re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Endodontic Society.

Section Chairman Joseph A. Donato is Chairman of the combined Fellowship Breakfast for PFA, ICD, and ACD held at the Liberty Dental Conference in Philadelphia.

Fellow Robert S. Runzo was recently elected President of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Alumni Association.

Past PFA President Nicholas D. Saccone was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Scranton Arae Foundation.

Fellow John W. Staubach has completed his five-year term as Pennsylvania’s ADA Trustee.

Washington State

Fellow Paul B. Robertson has been selected by the Washington Dental Service Foundation as Distinguished Professor in Dentistry. Dr. Robertson recently retired as Dean of their dental school (see March/April 2002 Dental World). Dr. Robertson will host a symposium in 2004 featuring a panel of distinguished international speakers.

In June 2001, Dr. Robertson was recipient of the Dean’s Club Honorary Life Member Award.

Dr. Robertson had earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. He then served three years in the Air Force before earning his Certificate in Periodontics and his MS in Pathology from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, where in 1972 he joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in Periodontics. In 1973, he joined the faculty as Associate Professor at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. In 1976, he became full Professor and Chairman of Periodontology at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine until 1983 when he became Professor and Chair of the Department of Stomatology at UCSF. In 1988, he became Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Then in 1992, he was appointed Dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

Dr. Robertson is a Fellow of PFA, ACD, and ICD.

Fellow James N. Sledge was honored in the University of Washington Dental Alumni Winter/Spring 2002 issue of Dental Alumni News as the Alumni Profile for that issue. Dr. Sledge did his undergraduate work at Whitworth College after which he joined the Peace Corps. After working for the Peace Corps in Borneo, he went to work for Abbott Laboratories, where he developed a desire to serve as a dentist and entered the Washington Dental School before graduating in 1979. Their Alumni Association honored him as the 1990 Dentist-Citizen of the Year. He also serves as an ADA Delegate. He is a Fellow in PFA, ACD, and ICD.

L-R, Chair Richard Petty, William Larson, Cory Evans, Matthew Cheney, Keith Warr, Trustee Gary Lowder

International Trustee Gary Lowder held their annual Breakfast Meeting during the Utah Dental Association Convention last April to install Dr. Richard O. Petty as Utah Section Chair and to induct new Fellows Drs. William R. Larson, L. Cory Evans, Matthew C. Cheney, and Keith N. Warr.

Nota Bene...

As published in the last issue, we cannot use e-mail photographs for publication. They are good for identification, but not for reprinting. Please send the original photographs. If deciding which ones to send, the first priority would be a picture of the new Fellows inducted, and their names! Second priority is award presentations. All extra photos are either reused in another issue, or filed into a picture “morgue” for future use.

Thank you from your Editor.

5. September - October

Thoughts From the President

Some years ago, General Mark W. Clark said, “All nations seek it constantly because it is the key to greatness, sometimes to survival—the electric and the elusive quality known as leadership.”

Where does juvenile delinquency begin? In the leaderless families!

Where do slums fester? In leaderless cities!

Which armies falter? Which political parties fail?

The answers to all of these is poorly led ones. Contrary to the old saying that leaders are born, not made, the art of leading can be taught and it can be mastered.

What we need today, on all fronts, in our homes and communities, in our boardrooms and in our society at large, are leaders. We, as members of the PFA, should recommend colleagues in our sections who have the qualities of leadership for induction to our Section Chairs.

On February 27, 1860, Abraham Lincoln, the Republican Presidential candidate, gave one of the more significant speeches of his political career. Among other things, he attacked the pro-slavery position of his opponent, Stephen A. Douglas.
He concluded his presentation with a strong admonition to his Party that they hold fast to the beliefs that they had espoused. “Let neither us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the government or dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

Faith is an irreplaceable virtue for all, particularly those who lead—be it a nation, a company, or a family. I would say that our Academy is a family.

There is great loneliness in leadership. We have to live with our consciences. We have to stand up for the values and beliefs that we have embraced, adopted, and woven into our character. If values are not established and adhered to at the top, behavior down the ranks is seriously jeopardized and undermined. Indeed, in any organization where such is the case—be it in a family, a corporation, a society, or a nation—the values being neglected will in time disappear.

We do not have the luxury of retreating to our private cloisters and pursuing only our special private interests. Strong voices are needed. The weight of our stance may be enough to tip the scales in the direction of truth and right. May we all stand for what we espouse as members of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

President-Elect Gordan Stine Honored

The Greater Charleston Chamber of Commerce, at their 229th annual Gala Meeting on Friday, 28 June 2002, presented the Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award to our PFA President-elect Gordan Stine. Past 2001 recipient Anita Zucker made the presentation of this award, which is given annually to individuals who use their skills to make the Charleston area a better place. Dr. Stine, a retired dentist and civic leader, grew up in Charleston and had spent more than 50 years practicing dentistry there. His volunteer hours number in the thousands to hundreds of local organizations. He is the Founder of the Dental Lifelong

Learning Fund at the Medical University of South Carolina and a three-time recipient of the Order of the Palmetto.

The Riley Award was named after a very dynamic Mayor of Charleston who revitalized the waterfront area with parks and fountains. Your Editor was there the night Mayor Riley opened the waterfront for the first time with a huge orchestra playing classical water music. My daughter got his autograph on the evening’s program from this gracious man who made time from talking to the elite to sign his name for a little girl. The Award is well named. This year’s recipient is well deserving such company.

This exemplifies our own President’s Address, that an organization, city, or a nation is only as great as are its leaders. The some 700 guests at the Charleston Area Convention Center listened to outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Dick Elliott echo our own President Welch and Dr. Stine, that we need more effort at cooperation. “Unfortunately, it all boils down to historic attitudes of fierce independence, political agendas, turf protecting—and the list goes on.”
Dick Elliott continued, “All these challenges that cross multiple boundaries and jurisdictions, these challenges require creative, integrated approaches if we are going to experience real change.”

He called for countrywide involvement. “We cannot do that alone. We want to join with the organizations and leaders represented here tonight, as well as others. Only through collaboration on a regional strategy can we maximize our limited financial resources and harness the ingenuity of our people to produce the quantum leaps we need.”

There, in the formally attired crowd of South Carolinians sat our President-elect, Dr. Gordan Stine, not just listening, but, having been over a half a century of leadership in the exact areas the Chamber President cited to need more help, Dr. Stine was called to the stage to receive their Leadership Award.

Dr. Scott Welch says the same thing from his perspective in Wyoming as Chamber President Dick Elliott says from urban Charleston. Leadership, cooperation, and resolution of the problems facing our society are desperately needed to be awakened.

Dr. Gordan Stine comes from exactly that background to launch his year as PFA President.



1-5 October - 90th FDI Congress, Vienna, Austria
17 October - AADE Conference at the New Orleans Marriott
18–20 October - PFA Academy and Board Meetings, New Orleans, Louisiana
19–23 October - 143rd ADA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Awards Banquet

Degussa President Gerd Schulte

As of this writing, the Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, 19 October 2002, at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton Hotel. The last issue of Dental World highlighted the Awards and those receiving them. A more in-depth picture of the event will be reported in the next issue. Past PFA International President Minori Horiuchi, and current ICD International President, received the PFA Gold Medal, our top honor award. The International Elmer Best Award was presented to Dr. Rufino Achacoso of the Philippines. The Certificate of Merit was presented to past Uruguay Section Chair Walter Lieber Bielli. Honorary Fellowship was conferred on Iowa Dental Executive Director Robert Harpster. The President’s Award was presented to Dr. Joseph Devine, past President of the Wyoming Dental Association.

Degussa Headquarters in Hanau, Germany

The Dental Trade and Industry Award was mentioned as going to Gerd Schulte, President of Degussa AG of Germany.

The profile they have sent us notes that Degussa Dental stands for progressive and successful products and systems solutions in the area of dental technology. Their modern Dental Centre and headquarters is located in Hanau, just outside of Frankfurt, Germany. Degussa Dental melds the medical and functional requirements to the esthetic demands of the patients, such as ensuring the compatibility and tolerance of their products with clinical studies lasting several years and consultations with dentists and dental laboratories throughout the world. This ensures that they stay in the forefront of developing technology.

They are the largest dental company of its kind in Europe and are a part of the USA Dentsply International network.

Dr. Terrance Ward, Hall of Famer

PFA nominated Dr. Terrance G. Ward for installation several years ago but has been searching for the proper venue to install him.

Dr. Ward earned his professional degrees from the University of Edinborough, and received many honours from Great Britain (FDS, RCS), Scotland (LRCP, LRCS, LRFPS), Ireland (FFD, RCS), and Australia (DDSc-Melbourne). In 1969, the ADA House of Delegates honoured him with Honorary Membership for his outstanding achievements in dentistry and for organized dentistry.

He was an international leader in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He served as President of the International Association of Oral Surgeons and became their first Secretary-General. He also was past President of the British Society of Oral Surgeons and Chief of the renowned Maxillo-Facial Unit of Queen Victoria Hospital at East Grinstead in Sussex, England. He was Consultant Oral Surgeon to the British Army, to the Royal Navy and to the Royal Air Force in which he had served as a Squadron-Leader. Dean Terrance Ward served the Faculty of Dental Surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was on the Council of Faculty of Dentistry for the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

Dr. Ward served as Vice President of the Odontological Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and President of the British Association of Oral Surgeons.

He was a frequent contributor to the literature of oral surgery and lectured in many countries on this topic. As educator he was in the leadership forefront in advancing the standards for graduate and post graduate training in oral surgery throughout the world. What today we call continuing education courses, Dr. Ward was an essential part of advancing dentistry and oral surgery worldwide on topics of cancer in the mouth, oral surgery, facial injuries, radiology, first aid for oral trauma, facial pain—all topics ahead of their time.

He was never named “Father” of any dental facet, but he certainly was an aggressive apostle in spreading the most recent developments in oral surgery to the various corners of the world.

(Dental World wishes to thank Ruth Schultz of the ADA Library for her contributions to this article when the British and Irish Dental Societies failed.)

The Value of a Smile

National Health Service vs. Private Practice Debate in the UK
by Dr. Amarjit Gill

(Dr. Amarjit Gill is a United Kingdom PFA Fellow who serves as Chairman of the British Dental Association Private Practice Committee and is Director on the BDA Executive Board. The opinions expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent PFA policy.)

Just how much is a tooth worth? When it comes to that, how much is it worth to have a fabulous smile?

As professionals, we have seen our value eroded by successive governments. I have never once paid thousands to an architect (or a lawyer) and thought, “Well, that was worth the cost.”

Does that mean that when we charge only a few pounds (dollars) that our work is any the less important? Is this a true reflection of our respective worth to society?

When this topic concerning the value of a smile was raised, we wondered how to place a value on it. The real value comes to the individual when they have lost it. Is it the cost of a partial denture? A bridge? Implants? How can you place a monetary figure on not having your very own teeth?

Another model might be what is it worth over a lifetime of use? The National Health Service (NHS) averages this at £54 per year. That is £540 over 10 years. Is this the real value of a smile?

The real value lies somewhere between those two concepts.

The younger practitioners think to want a salary. Others sit on the fence mulling over the idea of getting into NHS or not. What future are they being guided to in their professional careers?

Recent reports reveal that we are being stressed as a profession. Over the years, the government makes claims about providing dental care, but it does not compensate for the care they expect us to deliver. Professionals are trained to provide the best care possible for their patients, yet what type of care can they provide on a limited reimbursement schedule? In some countries, third-party programs are trying to squeeze the profession into a business that they can deal with on a monetary basis, rather than on a patient service basis. Are we a profession or a business?

The answer is both. The answer is not one or the other. Government insurance programs see it only as a commodity with a price tag. Professionals see it as a human service for their fellow man. Reality dictates that to provide a service to patients, we need to stay in business. Our education, skills, and experience put us on a level way above an architect or a lawyer. But all third parties, abstract from owning the smile, deal with us as discount warehouses.

We are trained in the science and art of our profession. Few have any leadership skills. The profession needs this talent more so than ever before. And our democratic process just does not lend itself toward this goal. Weak politicians pay lip service to the public with a dental service program and then fail to fund it to the extent that it is needed to save budget costs for the public. Reformers get elected, but the situation does not change. Where is the dental leadership to step up and demand the government keep their promises?

Over the last decade (or more in other countries), the only way to balance the books and be progressive—add newer technology to the office, replace outdated equipment—was to do so on a personal basis. Or not, as the economic situation dictated. As independent contractors, colleagues began to choose to limit their work for ungrateful third parties. Depending on the rankled professional, this takes the form of overdiagnosis, underdiagnosis, shortcuts, referring out work they could perform but not at what they are being paid, limited access, and selective treatment to name a few options.

In the United Kingdom, NHS has been around for a few generations. In America, government and third-party insurers have a stranglehold on the profession. Thus begins the fearful future choice for all practitioners to initiate a transition to private, fee-for-service dentistry. Is survival possible with your creditors standing at the door?

The decision is not the dentist’s alone. Will the public be aware enough to appreciate the better treatment if they must pay for it? Some will, but is that enough to survive as a business? And how many of us will the marketplace be able to sustain? We need the support of our professional organizations, the support and confidence of the public, and the courage to take the steps leading to private practice.

The Financial Times reported the “business” of dentistry in the UK was worth more than 12 times the current reimbursement levels when compared with other per capita costs of a patient. Even if the government doubles their current spending, that does not mean an optimistic future for us all. We are seeing a move on the public’s part, reflected in the government, to go from “required dentistry” to “desired dentistry.” That means the partial denture that is placed for required dentistry could be replaced with the patient’s demand for bridgework—at about the same government reimbursement! The cost of maintaining a practice rises, but the income does not. And we have still not addressed the issue of increased staff salaries, rising utility costs, investing in newer technology, or replacing older equipment to be more efficient. We have not faced the issue of time away from the practice to gather new information or be educated on the latest research.

Once we understand our value as a profession, only then can we determine our role in society, only then can we plan a future. NHS is not inspiring any of us by their actions.

Our future is dependent on understanding the financial concepts that relate to our society—value and pricing. What is the value of a dentist compared with other professionals? Other services? What is the value of a smile financially and psychologically? What is the image of dentistry in today’s image-obsessed world?

Businesses meet the changes in supply and demand with “fluid pricing.” For example, supermarkets charge different prices for the same item at different times of the day. Soda pop machines will charge more for pop on hot days than colder ones. Airlines charge more for day flights than night ones. Following this business practice, should we be charging more for the occasional patient who comes in with a toothache than our regular patients? This rewards our regular patients in terms of comfort and money. But try to argue that with the government or insurance companies. The same situation occurs if we need to interrupt our schedule of regular patients to see an emergency that puts us behind for the rest of the day, and costs overtime for our office.

Do we need to be reminded how much people spend on hairdressers, alcohol, and other lifestyle choices over fixing their teeth?

The BDA Private Practice Committee believes our priorities must be to provide the best care for our patients and move away from trying to satisfy the government of the day!

Editor’s Note: We welcome all such articles from various parts of the world so we can better understand the problems facing our profession. These problems are not unique to just one country. The United States has been thinking about a national health system for some time. Russia has just gotten rid of theirs. The United Kingdom is trying to do the same. Guatemala’s is severely underfunded to have any real effect. Many countries have none at all. PFA is a world dental service organization. Together, we might be able to build support for a recommended system that serves all participants fairly. Is a baseball player or lawyer worth $1,000,000 and we are not? We need all the physical skills of a top athlete and the mental prowess of a good attorney to perform an intimate human service. What is our value really worth in humanity? Dr. Amarjit is exploring just such concepts to open debate for us all.

Correction - Dr. Raymond D. Wenn


Ray Wenn, born in 1943 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, earned undergraduate degrees from Prince of Wales College (1962), the University of Prince Edward Island (1971), and his dental degree from Dalhousie University (1975). He maintains a general dentistry practice in Charlottetown.

He is a member of CDA (many Chairs and committees, President 1993-1994), FDI (national Treasurer 1995-1996), the Dental Association of Prince Edward Island (President 1984-1985), Dental Council of P.E.I. (Registrar 1995-1996), Instructor at Holland College, and served for a decade on the Village Council of Cornwall.

He holds Fellowships in PFA, ICD, ACD, AGD, and ADI.

Dr. Wenn is married with three children. He enjoys canoeing, fishing, skiing, biking, and squash.

(Publisher’s Note: Because of an error, the photo of PFA Outstanding Service Award recipient Raymond D. Wenn, above, was omitted from the July/August 2002 issue of Dental World. The photo that ran in error was of Trustee for Region 1 [Europe] Pierre Marois.)

The Human Genome Revisited

Last year, in this month’s issue, we reported an article from the Academy of General Dentistry’s Impact magazine, which described the dental ramifications of defining the human genome. With the events over the last year, not much has been noted about this progress. But an article in the Food Insight magazine has raised some interesting questions. The publication is put out by the International Food Information Council Foundation in Washington, DC. It covers a wide range of health issues particularly concerning nutrition.

Their article, “The Human Genome: A Double-Edged Helix,” touted the “revolutionary, unprecedented, unsurpassed” potential to benefit society that this research will have in leading to breakthroughs in medicine (and dentistry) that may ultimately eradicate many of today’s diseases (and grow new teeth). Genetic screening could be a help to detect one’s potential, for example, to cancer. It could aid individuals in planning a career, having children, deciding about insurance coverage, travel, or education.

But all the advantages that result from this discovery come with moral implications as well, such as those about stem cell research, or legal implications as scientists learn which chromosomes establish certain behavioral conditions that may cause deviant behavior.

The world stands on the threshold of a new age in biology that will bring us enormous hopes for cures, but enormous concerns as well. There is no going back from here. But…

Can an insurance company demand a pre-enrollment genetic screening to determine their risk in insuring you, or not? Can society pass judgment in advance on those with potential deviant behavior genes? Can we tweak a few genes for a healthy male baby as the parents’ desire? Will genetic screening determine whether a child goes to technical school or professional school?

Where does personality, work ethic, and culture overlay the weakness in a person’s gene patterning? We need to be wary that such information may determine a change in attitudes and life styles, when in fact, the genetic patterning may not be the only determining factor in a person’s life as it unfolds. A pattern is just that. You cut out the dress according to the pattern and sew it together, but you add the ornaments. You choose the color. You fill the insides. You give it shape, form, and personality. Let us not jump to the conclusion of using it as a yardstick for everyone. History is filled with special people whose physical handicaps might have dictated sending them to work in the fields, when they rose above those deficiencies with much effort to create great art and science that benefited us all.

From the Desk of Congressman Charlie Norwood…

I want to thank all my colleagues for their financial support, as well as their time and effort on my behalf in promoting the interests of dentistry on Capitol Hill. I appreciate everything you have done for me more than words can express. The best way I can return your interest is to keep you updated on what is going on in Washington, DC.

In June, the House again repealed the Death tax forever. The President has agreed to sign this bill if the Senate will ever vote on it.

The Patients Bill of Rights is still in play. The White House is discussing it with Senators Ted Kennedy and John Edwards and Republican John McCain. They are at 99% agreement. The sticking point is the limit on HMO liability. Can lawyers live on $1,000,000 per case? This is up to Democrats Kennedy, Daschle, and Edwards to agree to.

“I negotiated with the President unlimited economic damages, a limit of $1.5 million for non-economic damages (pain and suffering), and $1.5 million punitive damages. We have a tight definition of serious injury that would be capped at $4 million. This is fair and proper for all concerned. Senator Edwards, a trial lawyer, has not accepted this. Considering all the other important provisions in the bill that patients need, this is inexcusable.” If you have a Democrat Senator in your State, call them, get your family and friends to call them, and have them tell Senator Daschle to get this worked out.

The Medicare Administrative Reform Bill passed in the House. This bill has important reforms for dentists. But it is being held up in the Senate.

My many thanks to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson (former Wisconsin Governor) for saving the day on the new medical privacy regulation. The old rules would have been very disruptive for the dental office. Fortunately, Secretary Thompson changed those rules and injected some common sense into the regulations.

I will finally get home sometime in August to campaign for my August 20th Primary.

I need to ask for your help again for a friend of mine in Congress, a medical professional, Dr. Greg Ganske of Iowa. He has been an invaluable ally in the fight for a Patients’ Bill of Rights. He is running against Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, an original co-sponsor of the Hillary Clinton health care system takeover. Harkin is relying on his national network of trial lawyers to fund his campaign since Dr. Greg supports medical malpractice reform. And, of course, Harkin does not. You do not need to live in Iowa to send Dr. Ganske a contribution at P.O. Box 65340, West Des Moines, Iowa, 50265-9914.

Next time you are in DC, give me a call and come by. My number is 706/738-8400 or email me at to make arrangements. And thank you to the Academy for all the good you do in your efforts for our profession.


PFA Fellow Charlie Norwood

PFA endorses Senate Bill #2650

Our Academy joined 18 other dental organizations including the ADA, ICD, ACD, AADE, and the NDA in endorsing Senate Bill #2650 sponsored by Senator Mary Landrieu. This bill is called the Consolidation Student Loan Flexibility Act of 2002, which is identical to House Representative Regula’s bill, which we all endorsed.

The bill is simple enough in repealing the Higher Education Act’s provision for the “single holder rule,” which prevented student loan borrowers from consolidating their student loans at the lowest possible cost. Currently, these loans may only be consolidated at the loaning institution. This bill provides for consolidation at the best rate at any banking institution. This bill will effect about 25% of the students representing 14 million individuals. This allows borrowers to effectively manage their debt, estimated to be about $100,000 on the average for dental students, and is expected to reduce defaults on the loans.

Dental students graduating with a $100,000 debt face another $125,000 to $200,000 amount for establishing a dental practice, particularly in rural and in underserved areas.

Opponents of this bill note that the loaning institutions supplied the students the funds when the students needed them at the prevailing rate at the time. Relief of this contractional arrangement allows a student to open his own office in competition with other dentists seeking associates for their own. This situation deprives the student of a dental business preceptorship with an established mentoring dentist, the possibility of purchasing existing practices at better rates, and in no way guarantees that any dental graduate will practice in rural or underserved areas based on debt consolidation. In fact, it probably will have the opposite effect, allowing the dental graduate flush with debt consolidation, to open in already established areas.
Lower rates and/or debt consolidation ought to be tied to the expected end goals—that they be available to graduates who practice in rural or underserved areas, or enter a preceptorship association with an established dentist for at least two years.

When the country is faced with a glaring shortage of dentists, and the government fails to support the economically strapped dental schools allowing them to close their doors, the answer is that of the Kennedy Era—provide debt relief to the student at the dental school level, through capitation to the schools or reduced loans rates. This would better encourage the more disadvantaged student to enter dental school, and these students are more likely to practice in underserved areas of their city neighborhood or rural home area.

This bill applies to all students, not just dental students. So the reasons for our support are parochial and short-sighted. The support is too based on faulty sine non quid reasoning. If the reasoning were correct, it defeats the traditional learning business practices in associateships, and the limits the possibility of purchasing a known entity from a retiring dentist owner who will help the new owner succeed in transferring the patients he served and the business that he built and loved. This also allows time for the graduate to reduce his obligation to the loaning institution and get a better purchasing price on a known product with an experienced mentor.

We seem to be concentrating on the graduate, when our emphasis would be better placed on recruitment and easing the school year burdens so the graduate is not faced with debt load after the dental school struggle.

Foundation News

From the Desk of Vice President Carl Lundgren

Fiduciary responsibilities require the Foundation to make changes in the handling of all grant requests. These are modest changes in the manner of handling all grant requests, even those from the Academy.

The proposed budget for 2002 consideration at the New Orleans Meeting based on the account interest will be $406,000 for this year.

Expenses (office, Board travel, etc.) will be tabulated at the end of the year after the annual Board Meeting costs are in. But we have roughed them in at $100,000 until then.

Dental Scholarships to 81 schools at $1500 each will come to $121,500; grant applications total $161,500, if all are passed by the Board. This breakdown is $40,000 to the Academy, $7500 for the annual Loader-Espinach Award in Costa Rica, and $114,000 for grants at large. A total of $23,000 is also placed in the inflation reserve to be able to operate in years of less income. These amounts total the $406,000 budgeted.

The Academy collects voluntary donations for the Foundation from the membership and this averages about $28,000 a year. This amounts to about 7% of the Foundation’s annual earnings.

The grant requests come to our Executive Director Shig Ryan Kishi who mails them the applications and the rules for filing. Section Chairs have a simpler form to fill out, but regular grant applicants have a more in-depth, detailed one for the Board to consider. The total grant at-large requests this year will significantly exceed our capacity to fund. So the Board will need to make some tough decisions this year.

In 1994, when the Foundation developed the grant format, the $300,000 income from the Brenes-Espinach estate and membership contributions was divided into two categories: $98,400 for scholarships to 82 schools at $1200 each; and $200,000 for the grant at-large program. Since then, Northwestern has closed, but the Board raised the per scholarship amount to $1500 each. The Academy annual request for their programs comes to $40,000, the annual Loader-Espinach Award is $7500, reduced investment income (that we all are experiencing), and a 2000 excess of $82,000 (lower Foundation expenses, returned grants, better investment income) used in 2001 to avoid doubling our IRS tax has eroded the amount for grants at-large for 2002. The Academy requests are handled as any other request for funding. The Grant Evaluation Team assesses each item of the Academy request as though it were any other grant request. And each must be passed by the Board, as any other grant request.

So far this year, recognized for passage are 18 grants totaling $146,604 with 18 totaling $160,000 being rejected for such reasons as falling out of our area of funding or the applications being incomplete.

When the grant at-large applications are received by the Foundation, they are checked for completeness and if the requested grant falls into our established categories. Many fail at this level. Those that are acceptable are then sent to the Grant Evaluation Teams for review and recommendations for the amounts as well as passage by the Foundation Board at the New Orleans annual Meeting. The Board then makes the final decision as to funding and acceptance. The requesting organizations are then informed one way or the other.

If accepted, the grant recipients must sign a contract and return it to the Foundation Office before the check is finally issued to them. A follow-up document is also requested as to judge the effectiveness of the grant program for future use by the Foundation in judging that grant and ones to come.

This policy follows the established guidelines for other foundations and has worked well for our own. Every so often, we need to tweak a few items to gather more information for future considerations and to comply with established procedures, but basically this guarantees the express purpose written by Brenes-Espinach in his will that his legacy be used for humanitarian purposes.

From the Desk of Treasurer George Higue…

Most members are aware of the problem of inflation and the various ramifications that may apply to offset it. Some have expressed concern in their letters, particularly about the recent market fluctuations.

Greed is the avenue motivating many investors to abandon security in lieu of large returns, which all too often seems to result not only in the loss of income, but the loss of the investment as well. The PFA Foundation is well aware of this in directing that safety first, and optimal income second, be the paramount concerns relative to investing Foundation funds. These recommendations resulted in the current investment in Treasury Bonds, FNMAs, GNMAs, and FHLBs. Optimal investment timing enabled us to invest at an overall return exceeding 6.5%.

I think it might be well to point out that our Foundation has certain financial needs. A fixed annual income is needed so as to ensure that the amounts for the various donations will be available on a timely basis. At present, our annual income is about $406,000, of which $283,000 is budgeted for donations, and about $100,000 for expenses. This leaves about $23,000 for the reserves.
It is important to point out that the total of all contributions in the Brenes-Espinach Fund has a value today of $6,430,914.25 demonstrating an increased value of $1,299,625.21 on 31 December 2001. Our policy of secure investments is serving the Foundation well.

The PFA Members’ donation account, kept separately from the Brenes-Espinach Fund, totals $333,666.01 as market value with about 10% in a money market fund, over half in an FHLB earning 7.05% interest, 20% in a GNMA earning 7% and the remainder in another GNMA earning 7.5%. Total income to this account last year was $46,430.72 from interest, donations, and dividends.

The third separate account being held by the Foundation is the Mitch Nakayama Memorial account, which stands at $132,589.06 as of 31 December 2001. This account is held in trust and all disbursements must be authorized only by Mrs. Nakayama for their Nakayama Award given every other year. This involves presenting the Award recipient a check covering airfare to Japan and related costs.

Thus, we can expect to again perform our scholarship and grants program to the same level as we have in the past due to our secure investment policy.

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Chair Glenn Maihofer presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to Marquette dental student Rachael Rosenfeld last December. She graduated from Marquette Dental School and has started a public health service residency program in Washington State. She thanked the Academy for her selection.

L-R, Carol Brew, Dr. Kozal, Theresa Raglin, Karen Mulcahy

The Dental Assistants’ Program at the Community College of Southern Nevada received a $5000 grant from the Foundation for additional educational materials. Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal made the presentation to Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene Program Director Theresa Raglin, Dental Assisting Program Coordinator Karen Mulcahy, and Dental Assisting Instructor Carol Brew.

Dawn Star Thatcher receiving the Foundation Award

Associate Dean of Student Affairs Mark Gonthier sent a letter thanking the Foundation for their Scholarship Award, which was presented at the Ninth Annual Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Senior Awards Dinner last May to student Dawn Star Thatcher. The PFA Award is recognized in their Senior Dinner Program and in their magazine Tufts Dental. Our recipient did her undergraduate work at UC-Santa Barbara. She was also inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Fraternity for her academic excellence. She will be entering a Naval General Practice Residency Program in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Web Site

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal has just finished the “new look” to our Web site. Go to the main page at, click on the USA flag to see the US Regions, and click on the French flag to see the international Regions.

Your comments are always welcomed. More additions are being planned.

Section News

Professor Dragoslav Djukanovic


Professor Dragoslav Djukanovic will receive the PFA Certificate of Merit at their September Meeting at the Macedonia III Congress with Professor Dastevski participating. Professor Djukanovic has been a professor of Periodontology and Oral Medicine at the Clinic for Periodontology and Oral Medicine, faculty for Stomatology in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He was the first dentist in Yugoslavia to receive the Master of Sciences in Dentistry in 1968 earning his PhD, and then his Doctors title in 1972. He is a teacher, author, researcher, and lecturer. He has participated in 22 FDI Congresses. He has served as Vice Dean for the Faculty of Stomatology in Belgrade for two terms. He has received the Serbian Medical Society’s Annual Award for Research. He is a Fellow in PFA (since 1994), ADI, IADR, ADEE, one of 22 dental members in the Academy of Medical Sciences of Serbia, and one of two dentists in the Scientific Society of Serbia.


International Trustee Kevin Roach hosted an outstanding PFA function during the Canadian Dental Association’s 100th Anniversary in Montreal written up in the last issue of Dental World, which honored past PFA President Michael Cripton with our Elmer Best Award.

The Ontario Dental Association News of July/August 2002 also mentioned that PFA Fellows Stephen Abrams of Toronto and Douglas Boyd Smith of Belleville were awarded the Barnabus Day Award for Distinguished Service last May at their Annual Presidents’ Dinner. Dr. Abrams has been active in dentistry since his college days. Dr. Smith served as past ODA President. Both are graduates of the University of Toronto.

L-R, Fellow Antonio Baldemor, Francisco Morales, Vice Chair Hermogenes Villareal, Trustee Mamoru Sakuda, Chair Diampo Lim, Life Member Sofronio San Juan, and advisor Primo Gonzales


Chairman Diampo J. Lim has this year alone hosted three Board Meetings and one Fellowship Dinner. Their Board Meetings at the University of the East College of Dentistry stressed the topics of mentorship, proper committee appointments, and preparation for induction of new members during the 94th Philippine Dental Association annual Session last May.

Eleven new Fellows were inducted, including President Armyl Banez of the Philippine Dental Association. Professor Mamoru Sakuda, PFA International Trustee, was Guest of Honor and discussed the leadership of PFA Fellows and emphasized the importance of membership development.

Their Section is now preparing a Region 9 Meeting during the 25th Asian Pacific Dental Congress (APDC) to be held during the 95th Philippine Dental Association Session in April 2003 in Manila.

L-R, Congressman Robert Simmons, CSDA Director Noel Bishop, and Chair William MacDonald

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Chairman William MacDonald hosted Congressman Robert Simmons (R-Conn) at their annual Meeting last May who spoke on his support for oral health care legislation

New Indiana Fellows

Chair Ray Maddox hosted their annual PFA Section Breakfast last May. Lynn Shaw, LCSW, author of the book Tee Hee Moments, gave the keynote address “Bubble Up With Laughter.”

Membership Co-chairmen David Matthews and Steven Holm inducted seven new Fellows into the Academy. We welcome (L-R in the picture) Drs. Steve Dixon, Gene Ranieri, Dan Fridh, Jean Williams, Lou Sertich, Mark Thomas, and George Willis.

L-R, ADA 1st District Trustee Edwin Mehlman, ADA12th District Trustee Richard Haught, and past ADA Trustee Ronald Chaput who was the recipient of the James Etherington Award from the Massachusetts Dental Society

The PFA Section held their annual Breakfast at the Yankee Dental Congress hosting many dental dignitaries.

L-R, Chair Don-N Brotman with Drs. David and Barbara Halpern

Drs. David and Barbara Halpern were both inducted as new Fellows into the Maryland Section by Chairman Don-N Brotman at their meeting last April. Fellow David was born in Marseilles, France.


Past PFA Delaware Chair Eugene Truono, ADA President 1990-1991, was a staunch advocate of mentorship. He was one of the firm motivating forces behind the PFA to get involved more than 10 years ago. He passed away last July at his home in Greenville. He was the first Delaware dentist to become ADA President.


Editor Brophy, a second generation Order of Elks member, just finished his term as Centennial President of his Lodge. The Illinois Elks Association recognized his efforts with four awards including their top award, “Best Elks Lodge in Illinois.”


Chairman Roger Macias hosted their recent PFA Breakfast during the Texas Dental Association Meeting in San Antonio last May. Fellows Janis Balsiger, TDA Vice President, and Deb Stewart of Stafford were in attendance to induct Drs. TDA President James Condrey, TDA President-elect Don Lutes, Jerry Long, Larry Spradley, Ron Trowbridge, and Russell “Rusty” Schlattman into Fellowship.

Dr. Milton Sorrels gave the address.

Trustee Gary Lowder welcomes new Chairman Richard Petty

Dr. Richard O. Petty was installed as the new Utah Section Chairman by Region 5 International Trustee Gary Lowder at their recent PFA Breakfast Meeting last April.


Chairman Glenn Maihofer hosted their annual Mentorship Dinner last October with over 300 students and mentors in attendance. This highlights the year of mentorship activities together, such as continuing education courses, Marquette basketball games, and the Milwaukee Admirals hockey games.

Their annual May Meeting hosted 100 people to induct seven new Fellows. Dr. John Moser, a PFA Fellow, was the recipient of their 2002 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Moser has been honored by the ADA with their Golden Apple Award for his dedication to the Wisconsin Mentorship Program. He also received the Wisconsin Dental association’s Pyramid of Pride Award. Dr. Moser is the past President of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association, a WDA Trustee, and a clinical instructor at Marquette.

Dr. Kevin Avery receiving the Distinguished Service Award from Dr. Keith Keeter

Chairman William Goodman hosted their PFA Dinner Meeting during the annual Session of the Oklahoma Dental Association last May, in which 12 new Fellows were inducted. Dr. Kevin Avery received their Section’s Distinguished Service Award for this year from Dr. Keith Keeter substituting for past Chair Jim Saddoris (past ADA President). The main speaker was Jim Priest, an attorney and columnist who talked on “Ethics and Professionalism.”

PFA Annual Meeting Schedule

New Orleans, Louisiana

18–20 October 2002—New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel

Thursday, 17 October
Arrival Date

Friday, 18 October, 7:30 am–5 pm
PFA Board Meeting, Marlborough B Room

8:30 am–11 am
Section Chair Caucus, Chequers Room

11:30 am
Section Chair Report to the Board

Saturday, 19 October, 7:30 am–11:30 am
Foundation Board Meeting, Chequers Room

11:30 am–2 pm
Awards Luncheon, Marlborough Room

2:30 pm–5 pm
Foundation Board Meeting, Chequers Room

6:30 pm–8 pm
President’s Reception, Cambridge Room

Sunday, 20 October, 8 am–5 pm
Foundation Board Meeting, Cambridge Room

1 pm–5 pm
Academy Board Meeting, Cambridge Room

6:30 pm–10:30 pm
PFA Dinner Party, Prince of Wales Room

All reports for the Board Meeting must be received in the Central Office by 2 September to be included in the meeting packet.

Make airline reservations now to get seats and the best fares. The block of hotel rooms will only be held until 1 July.

Editor’s Computer Alert

When then PFA President Shig Ryan Kishi moved the Academy into the future, establishing a Web site and computerization of our activities, we were one of the first to be prepared for the future that technology would bring us. While it was like, for a while, being the first one in the block to buy a TV set, the rest of the world has caught on quickly.

In 1998, I visited a dentist deep in remote Central America who received his Dental World by computer Internet before the mail got our copies to them. The recent issue of the AADE Newsletter relates a story by its President Richard Galeone concerning how the Internet ties the rural practitioner to dental advances and continuing education. The Internet has been a boon to PFA. And we are using its potential to its fullest, updating our records daily.

Dental World in 1989 was typing the initial copy out on galley sheets to send to the printer, who sent back the proofs, which were edited and sent back for publishing. Now, this is all accomplished in the space of hours when it took weeks before. Our kids mostly have never seen a typewriter.

PFA receives communications from all over the world, at all times of day and night. Questions are answered in electronic pulse time over the letter by mail to some distant country. News is fed into the publication nearly the moment it happens from anywhere in the world. The cost savings in international postage is tremendous and allows us to communicate more often internationally.

But with this advancement have come some serious problems. Investing in a corporate-level computer is costly. And the software that is needed is not inexpensive either. But we did it, knowing the savings would be down the road—as it has been—in time as well as in money.

Unfortunately, as computers became more accessible to those around the world, so have sprouted the hackers, the pranksters, the criminals of the Internet, and basically mean-spirited individuals. At first, they went after military and government facilities. Then they branched out to large corporations. Now, everyone with a hook-up to a computer is at risk.

PC Magazine, in their 12 June 2001 issue, highlighted a story off the cover about “Dangerous E-Mail”—the explosive truth about defusing spam, viruses, worms, and other unwanted messages. Viruses, Trojans, and worms—well named—have reached epidemic proportions all over the world. And when PFA receives communications from all over the world, some contain—knowingly or not—these infections.

Industries have been built around protecting your security. Dental World reported on our Web site many issues ago noting that the report contained studies that, outside of the United States, mostly in Europe, privacy was the number one concern. But in the United States, security was. And so it comes to be. We were using Dr. Solomon anti-virus program at the time. Norton and McAfee are two other very prominent names.

Sometime about March, many officers received an E-mail from Foundation Vice President Carl Lundgren. Mine was blank. I replied to him to discover that he never sent that E-mail. And this has happened to Carl again a couple of months later.

Several years ago, the Dental World computer collected a Trojan that stole the computer password and went on-line whenever the thief wanted to, using PFA time. AOL’s solution was to cut off our access. When the computer was cleaned and a new password instituted, AOL put us back on-line. That is no answer.

So I was aware of the misery such events can cause. I tried loading all the three anti-virus programs, not knowing that some conflict with others.

In June, I received an E-mail from a Trustee, which was contaminated with a W32/Klez.h@MM Worm. A worm is exactly what it sounds like. I was doing the last issue of Dental World and a bubble would appear moving through the copy, like a mole under grass, fragmenting the copy. The worm attacks all your “Exe” programs and disables your firewall protection preventing you from reloading it. I had to defragment my computer every few hours to keep it running.

McAfee on-line suggested a treatment that was worse than the bite. They sent me a false worm to tie up the real worm. Then I was to download back to my last Windows. If the worm was gone then, I could reload the newer Windows. I followed their instructions and ended up in DOS with very little left to reload. And by this time I had almost forgotten how to use the “F” keys. The last issue of Dental World was gone, as it had infected the disk as well. Two weeks later, with a clean computer, I was back up again.

This time, McAfee loaded it up with all their newest programs to stop these attacks, provided a firewall with filter blocking, and a virus scan second to none. They also upgraded this virus to medium risk alert.

The Central Office computer system had also been attacked and is currently undergoing cleansing and upgrading.


Two weeks ago, I received an E-mail from the Lions District Governor that I know well. He had an attachment labeled “Kernel.” The attachment was empty and McAfee went off like a fire alarm. It was a Klez worm and they deleted the entire packet. I contacted the author. He, too, like Carl had not sent the E-mail.

McAfee’s explanation for this is that the virus steals the addresses of your friends from your files and forwards the worm on in your name.

But last week took the prize. I check for messages four times a day—morning, noon, evening, and about midnight (noon somewhere in the PFA World). Many require immediate replies or forwarding to the proper resource. I received one from my wife from her home computer at about noon. Bracketing that email were two E-mails from her from her office. Home and her office are 20 miles apart! I called her. She did not send the titled E-mail “friends together, forever.” I tossed it over to McAfee. It contained a Klez Worm. It originated from “youme” in Hong Kong via satellite through her computer to her mailing list.

My daily firewall log shows some 70 or more attacks, most nonthreatening and probably spam, but a few are portal attacks, and a couple were identified as worms.

There are two points to this article. (1) If you are sending something to Dental World make sure your computer is clean, and, if you are using an attachment, put PFA in the title. I am NOT going to download any attachments otherwise. I cannot afford a two-week cleaning operation, or the cost of such to the Academy. (2) BE AWARE that this has now reached epidemic status and get your firewall and virus scan updated immediately. I have found that Norton and McAfee are the best with on-line technical help. The cost of their current programs far outweighs the cost in time and money to get your computer cleaned and reloaded.

And do not forget the computer at your dental office if you are on-line there.

The firewall is to filter such attacks. But those hackers out there devise new ways around them. The Virus Scan is your back up. Run it often depending on your E-mail traffic. I get about 40 or more E-mails a day, mostly undetected spam. So I run mine every second day. Months ago, I found two viruses lurking in a program called “Jukebox Music” which I never had used. I deleted the entire program.

This is an international shame that a few on-line terrorists can cause this much damage to personal computers as well as company, military, and government ones. Much money is being spent on Industrial Firewalls and policing the Internet. But catching the perpetrators is difficult when they can bounce their attack through several computers. How do I catch “youme” in Hong Kong?

Turning off your computer from its electric source, or detaching your phone connection will not help. The virus waits at the entrance portal patiently until you go on-line. Then it attacks. Be ready. Be prepared.

6. November - December

Thoughts From the President

This year has passed so quickly. It seems as though Dr. Campbell just put the President’s ribboned medal around my neck. And now it is time for me to put the President’s medal on Dr. Gary Lowder’s neck.

We were privileged to travel to Costa Rica in March for the presentation of the Loader-Brenes Espinach Award. Drs. Saenz R. and Rodriquez C. were very gracious hosts and presented a great meeting.

We attended the Elmer Best Award presentation in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian
Dental Association. Dr. Michael J. Cripton, past President of the PFA, was honored at their Awards Luncheon on May 27th. And 35 new Fellows were inducted into the Academy in a ceremony by Trustee Kevin Roach and Trustee delegate Barry Dolman and myself.

It was a great honor to receive so many invitations worldwide. Thank you all so much for the honor of serving as President for a year. Thanks for all you do for the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Scott M. Welch, DDS

PFA Web Site — A Window Into the 21st Century

As many have discovered, establishing and maintaining a productive Web site can be costly. PFA went on line in August of 1996 and has expanded ever since to include much information (such as the membership directory) as well as material on the Academy and the Foundation. The cost of the Web site is more than offset by its efficiency in time to secure information, but we often fail to see the direct savings in money.

The Directory, when your Editor last had it printed and mailed under then-President Marty Naimark in 1993, cost us $10,000 in mailing and assembly costs, even though President Naimark had the printing of the copy donated. The time it took from submitting the membership information to get into the membership hands was several months and it was outdated by 18%, partly due to individual members failing to submit change of addresses to start with, and others retiring from their office address. The plans for publishing a Directory were for every three years. Now you can go to the Web site and get the most up-to-date membership information the Central Office has. Newly inducted members are added daily as they come in. Imagine the savings at today’s postage rates, the current printing costs, and the time it takes for the PFA staff on all levels to put it together.

Questions by members can be answered from the Web site information at all times of day and night. Response time is immediate, saving the office staff the time it would take to reply in writing (average business letter cost is about $5.50), postage, and time delays. Officers’ addresses, forms, and general information on the site all save time, money, and energy. Most dentists will agree, time is their most precious commodity. You will even be able to make direct on-line donations to the scholarship fund as soon as the Foundation Board accepts the proposal.

The newest feature “History of Dentistry” articles have generated more attention to our site, where the person browses around the rest of our information.

How many times have you talked to a colleague about joining, but have no pamphlet or information to give the prospective member? Just write down the Web site location—— and everything is there. Think of the savings in time and money requesting a pamphlet be sent out, carrying them in your pocket to dental meetings, and having enough to distribute. A truly interested individual can go to the Web site at their leisure to get more information than can be contained in a pamphlet.
Postings of meeting dates, times, and places for PFA events is available right up to the day of the event, and not by hit or miss returned phone calls or mail. You can even purchase PFA merchandise and gifts at our sales location. Or register for a PFA charge card. You can even read this publication the minute the printer gets it to the presses long before it hits the mails. And there are links to other sites of dental interest.

To maintain the site costs us $200 per month to our Webmaster Mark Stanley’s company. Upgrades and added pages in expansion run per item. For example, putting Dental World on-line runs, on the average (depending on the number of pages), $3000 per year. This insures that members all over the world who do not get Dental Abstracts, or Life members who do not subscribe to Dental World can still read the organizational information on-line. I was in a jungle border town in Central America visiting a member’s office where they had their issue up on their computer screen! That would be weeks before they received their hard copy by mail.

Our Web site is arranged into 13 sections: Awards (10+ pages), Publications (6 pages), Dental World (22 issues), merchandise catalog (4 pages), Directory (200 pages), Affiliations (10 links), Museum (6 pages), Hall of Fame (19 pages), Musee d’Art Dentaire Pierre Fauchard (13 pages), Foundation (8 pages with two listing contributors), a calendar of events, mentorship (2 pages), and a place for inquiries—over 300 pages! A book, not a pamphlet.

In our first full year of the site (1997), we hosted 13,200 visitors. That doubled in the next two years and doubled again in 2000 and 2001. The visitors estimate for this year is 108,000. What publicity! Publications is the most visited site, followed by the Awards Section.

If you have not checked out our site for a while, do so in the near future to see what is happening. Sign up for credit card (PFA gets $ back when you do). Buy some PFA merchandise (PFA gets a commission when you do). And help us fund the operation along with a grant from the Foundation.

President’s Awards Luncheon

Dr. Steve Smith

Dr. E. Steven Smith Receives PFA Distinguished Dentist Award

Dr. E. Steven Smith has been involved with dental education for the past 32 years. He graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1970, where he taught in the Oral Diagnosis/Radiology Department and developed a faculty practice within the dental school. He maintained a faculty practice there for 27 years.

Dr. Smith taught both dental students and dental hygiene students. He was active on faculty committees and in student research projects. He was the school’s faculty representative to the Student Clinicians of the ADA for 26 years and received the 1984 Dentsply Faculty Advisor Award. He was active in the Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis in which he served as President. He was also active in the Oral Medicine Section of the American Association of Dental Schools, as well as on the Examination Committee of the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners (NERB) from 1984-1994. He was tenured as Professor in 1984 and became Professor-emeritus in 1998.

A British Vulcan Bomber crashed at the Glenview Naval Air Base in 1979. Dr. Smith organized a Section on Forensic Dentistry at Northwestern to educate students, dentists, and law enforcement personnel. He became a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is currently a Fellow in the Odontology Section. He also served as President of the American Society of Forensic Odontology in 1992.

Your Editor has attended many of Dr. Smith’s lectures, taking first place in body part identification in his Lake County Seminar. He is an excellent educator and speaker.

In 1998, Dr. Smith was asked by Nevada State Senator Raymond Rawson to help in developing their new dental school. He was Associate Director of Dental Programs for the University and Community College System of Nevada. In 1999, he was named Dean at the UNLV School of Dentistry, which officially opened in September of 2002, and currently serves as Associate Dean. Again he initiated a UNLV faculty practice with three clinics, negotiated a capitated dental program for 70,000 Medicaid patients, and developed a statewide oral cancer-screening program for Nevada’s 84 high schools with two dental mobile units. He participated in the development of a Pediatric Dental residency program and consulted in the school’s site selection and architectural drawings for the clinics. He serves as consultant to the Clark County Coroner’s Office on forensic cases and is a member of the Domestic Violence Task Force and the Fatality Review Committee for Clark County.

Professor Dr. Walter Lieber Bielli Receives PFA Certificate of Merit

Dr. Walter Bielli

Dr. Walter Bielli of Montevideo, Uruguay, has served as our PFA Chairman there for some time. He has been Professor of the Clinics of Prosthodontics at the Uruguay School of Dentistry from 1955 until his retirement. In 1974, he was designated the Student dean and First Vice Dean of the dental school until 1982.

Dr. Bielli was President of the Education Commission and Comptroller of Professors from 1960 to 1963. In 1964, he served on the Scholarship Committee for the Academy of Cultural Exchange of the Federal republic of Germany. In 1965, he was designated by the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) to be a member of their Tribunal of Concourse.
In 1980, Dr. Bielli became Honorary Director of the Professor Program of the dental school with the Ministry of Public Health and with the financial support of the Kellog Foundation until 1982.
He is the author and impeller of the creation of the Clinic of Prosthodontics D.M.F.

He has established lectures in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Germany, and Italy. He is a member of the Uruguay Dental Association, having served on their Board of Directors twice; the Argentina Dental Association; the Dentistry Federation of LaPaz, Bolivia; President of the Uruguay ICD (1884); ADI Fellow; founder of their Uruguay Chapter (1988) and Regent (1994); founder of the PFA Uruguay Section (1988); and President of the ICD South American Section (1996-1997) and ICD Master (2001).

In 2000, Dr. Bielli became Dean of the Dentistry School of the Catholic University of Uruguay.

Dr. Robert B. Shira – A Moral Hero

Carl Lundgren, PFA Past President

During the Vietnamese conflict in 1972, a little seven-year-old Vietnamese girl had been struck by a motor scooter and suffered from extensive fractures of the mandible. She arrived at an Army one-chair field office staffed by a recent dental graduate who did not know how to treat the injury. Major General Robert Shira, who was then the Chief of the Army Dental Corps, was visiting this outpost in the Delta. Since Dr. Shira was the only one capable of treating the fracture, he canceled a scheduled lecture in Saigon and stayed to treat the child.

This experience meant more to Dr. Shira than his previous experience in 1958 when he removed a tooth from then President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This event occurred while Dr. Shira was Chief of Oral Surgery at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, DC. Time and Life magazines covered that event.

Dr. Shira was born in 1910, grew up in Oklahoma, and then practiced general dentistry in Dewey, Okla, during the Depression. He won a highly competitive examination for a commission in the Army Dental Corps before World War II. When the War broke out, he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone and immediately became heavily involved in wartime oral surgery injury cases. After six years of this, he was assigned as the Chief of Oral Surgery at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco.

In 1954, he began a 10-year service as Chief of Oral Surgery at Walter Reed Hospital. In 1965, he became the President of the American Society of Oral Surgeons and in 1967 began a 26-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the monthly Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology.

He rose in rank and by 1967 he was selected to be the Chief of the Army Dental Corps and Assistant Surgeon General of the Army with rank of Major General. During the Vietnamese conflict, he developed a “Combat Effectiveness Program” to reduce dental emergencies among the fighting troops. He developed the expansion of training in managing maxillofacial injuries.

Dr. Shira’s career has been one of moral leadership in that he has great faith in his fellow man and has a keen desire to motivate younger dentists to become good dentists.

After retirement from the Army in 1971, he immediately was selected to become Dean at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. During his tenure there, they built a new dental school building and increased the enrollment from 90 to 150 in each class. In 1979, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Provost of the University.

Concurrently, without ever having served as an ADA Trustee, he was elected as the ADA President-elect in 1975-1976, and he served as ADA President the following year. During that time, he stressed the importance of unity within the profession and speaking to the public with one voice.

Beginning in 1962, and for nine years, he served as the Chairman of the ADA Council on Dental therapeutics, and at various times, as a consultant to the Councils on Research, on Scientific Sessions, and on Education.

Dr. Shira has lectured for decades on oral and maxillofacial surgery throughout the United States and in many other countries. A high percentage of dentists have heard his excellent lectures. Of particular note is his friendly manner of presentation. Amazingly, he remembers myriads of people worldwide by their name. His lectures are inspiring in that he gives of himself to help the dentists/students to learn in an atmosphere of kindness, support, encouragement, and sensitivity to their self esteem. He is above all courteous, helpful, and ethical.

At Tufts, he served as Professor of Oral Surgery from 1972 to 1993. He served on the Advisory Committee of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and as a member on the Advisory Panel for the Army Medical Research and Development Command. He was the President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 1984. He served as Trustee for the L. D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education and was a member of the Health Care Policy Advisory Committee in the Reagan Administration. He was Chairman of the Dental Products Advisory Panel for the Food and Drug Administration.

He is recipient of 18 major professional awards including a Doctor of Science (Honorary) from Georgetown University, not to mention the 1969 PFA Gold Medal or the PFA Hall of Fame Award to the only living recipient of this honor.

While serving in the Canal Zone, he became acquainted with a dentist, Dr. Fernando Brenes-Espinach. Dr. Brenes was so impressed with Dr. Shira and with Dr. Clifford Loader, that he willed $5 million to the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation, the very Foundation in which Dr. Robert Shira is currently President.

Dr. Shira has a lifetime of being a moral hero and continues to be one by helping to serve thousands of needy patients through the Foundation of PFA.

Web update: Dr. Robert BruceShira passed away on November 23rd, 2002. We will greatly miss him.

From the Desk of Congressman Charlie Norwood…

We are still working hard in Washington to improve the health care arena. I have co-sponsored the Children’s Dental Health Improvement Act of 2002 (H.R.3659). This bill makes grants to the States to improve the dental services for children in the Medicaid and SCHIP programs.

We are again trying to pass medical liability reform to put some reasonable limits on malpractice awards. As always, the trial lawyers want absolutely no caps. Everyone needs a good lawyer now and then, but the types who go out drumming up business without regard to the consequences for our economy and nation as a whole need to be reeled in.

So many of our needed legislation is tied up in the Senate. I fear that this is going to lead to a lame-duck session after the election, or a large omnibus bill in late October. It is during sessions like these when spending goes out of control and bad laws are passed.

I will be in New Orleans for the ADA Convention and hopefully will see many of you personally. Speaking as one voice is so important for our profession. I just must be there when my old friend Howard Jones is sworn in as our new ADA President.

The Georgia Primary is over, and thanks to you all, we won the GOP Primary with 81.5% of the vote. The bad news is that I am running against a trial lawyer in the General Election.

When you visit Washington, DC, give me a call at 202/225-4101 and drop by.


Charlie Norwood
PFA Fellow

P.S. My good friend, Greg Ganske, M.D., of Iowa, thanks you all for sending him help in his race there. We need such allies in Congress.

Required Versus Desired Dentistry

A Perspective on Private Practice

Dr. Amarjit Gill is a United Kingdom Fellow who serves as Chairman of the British Dental Association’s Private Practice Committee. He is also Director on the BDA Executive Board. In a series of articles, he has raised some concerning questions about public health service and dental private practice in the United Kingdom. These opinions expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent PFA policy. But his thoughtful ideas are stimulating to our own situations in many countries. All such articles are welcome that we may better share the problems facing our profession globally.)

The United Kingdom has experimented with a National Health Service (NHS) since 1948. What seemed like a good idea at the time has become a restraint on the providers in this increasingly technologically driven time and rising costs. Many dentists in England are beginning to question the efficiency and effectiveness of NHS, which they feel is underfunded and micromanaged.

The public, with greater knowledge, is beginning to demand more of the health provider than what is “required” or necessary. So dentists are beginning to feel the squeeze between what the government will pay and what the public wants. Thus, dental practices are moving away from completely funded public health service into private practice. Leaders of this movement, like Dr. Amarjit, blame the government. Last century’s system is not working in this century. Europe’s largest employer, NHS, has a lack of national standards, rigid demarcations between staff, unnecessary service barriers, a complete absence of incentives for service improvement, is over centralized, fails to empower its patients, and has a record of underproviding and underperformance.

The House of Commons (April 2001) reported that “NHS Dentistry lacks the weight to alter fundamentally what is a deteriorating situation. Even registered patients are being denied access to some treatments on the NHS as dentists selectively decide to ration what they will provide within the service and what privately.”

NHS dentistry fails to deliver on its most basic requirement—universal access to care and free at the point of delivery. And only half the population seeks dental care now!

The public perceives these problems as the dentists leaving a “benevolent” employer for the riches of private practice. In reality, the private practice is providing the level of care dentists seek for their own family even at the same rate of earnings that they received under NHS. But as a monopoly, NHS keeps the cost of dental care at a low rate while the dentist must endure the rising costs of maintenance, continuing education, increased overhead, purchasing improved technology, and simply living. Those dentists who are unable to afford any of those necessities face staff shortages, deteriorating facilities, and outdated equipment, but are expected to perform their profession up to modern standards.

Dr. Amarjit notes that the dental profession needs to compete for personal disposal income in the free marketplace without the NHS restrictions. The increasing commercial nature of their activities will change the profession into one with a new style of service delivery. Professional commercial retail companies, like Boots, and other companies, encourage fresher attitudes toward practice finances. The role of investing in improved infrastructure and newer technological and scientific training will become a competitive priority for dentists to compete in the market place for the public’s disposable income.

Integrity of the profession is compromised. When dentists treat dentists, they get a higher level of treatment than is provided for the public. Why is this right—two levels of treatment—one for the professional and one for the NHS public?
Time is a commodity. The more NHS patients seen by a dentist, the more they are paid. Where does this leave room for patient education? Where is there room for a developed doctor-patient relationship? Where is the NHS mechanism for patient complaints? For what the public wants from dentistry? Where is the freedom of choice in their personal treatment?

This disempowers the consumer. When consumer influence is denied, producer interest will dominate. This is not the case, since the producer is controlled by NHS. Staff is not paid well, even to the squeezed dental labs. They must take on second jobs to survive, or seek paying employment elsewhere. Good staff is often lost. Retraining poor help is costly, and accepting poor staff riddles the office with clerical errors. The controlled dental trade industry has their backs to the financial wall as well. Over half of them are in danger of going out of business. Offices often purchase the cheaper product, rather than the better one, to keep costs down.

Based on US statistics, private practices can expect a growth from £2.5 billion currently spent to go to £30 billion. (The exchange rate to US dollars is about £1 = $1.46.) Last year’s summer edition of Financial Times reported that the United States spent 12 times more per person on dentistry than is spent in the United Kingdom. Even if these figures are exaggerated, two to four times that amount would be attractive to UK professionals. Private practice has experienced a growth of a third over the last decade, while NHS spending has declined. A quarter of all adult patients now pay private dentists typically 50% higher fees than NHS (1999 Lating & Buisson Report). The trend is obviously toward private practice where preventative treatment is more likely. Consumers have demonstrated that they will pay for better dentistry and faster access. They are making their own judgment on NHS provided services.

The dental practitioner is now judged by his professional service in a free market place. What are the implications of this trend? Larger multidentist practices providing a variety of services, longer office hours available, state-of-the-art equipment and technology, more competent staffing, limited nondental owned practices, and better materials. The bottom line is the public buying health as opposed to curing a disease. The professional shifts to a diagnostic approach to care and away from a treatment-only mode. Long-term health care becomes the norm over fixing what is wrong when it goes wrong.

NHS can quantify so many fillings statistically but cannot measure prevention, diagnostic exams, and oral hygiene instruction. NHS rewards service it can measure. The patients will reward service that prevents them from pain, time off from work, discomfort waiting for an appointment. To make a decent living, a dentist needs to see between 40 to 60 patients a day just to earn an income of £56,000 (about $82,000) a year. When does this leave time for continuing education? What is the incentive to learn more?

Half the dental workforce is under the age of 40. NHS dental service providers have dropped. The British Dental Association in their policy statement has suggested that NHS create Dental Access Centres” in areas deficient of dentists as an answer to accommodating the needy public. This puts the cost of office maintenance onto the shoulders of the government, including payment of salaried staff.

While this may appear on the surface to be a money issue, which in part it is, it really is the emergence of independent professional practitioners from a monopolized dental business structure that fails everyone involved. But each UK dentist will need to make his own free choice.

(Editor’s note: Illinois Public Aid, which started out reimbursing about 58% of usual and customary charges, has dropped their Public Aid reimbursement fees 13% over the last year to 1998 levels. Many private practitioners have reconsidered their participation in the program. Who suffers?)

FDI Names New Executive Director

Past Director Per Ake Zillen retired the first of the year due to poor health. His Assistant Director, Johan (J. T.) Barnard of South Africa stepped in as Acting Executive Director to keep the FDI programs running smoothly. After nearly a year of searching for an appropriate replacement, the FDI has announced that J. T. Barnard has been appointed by the FDI Council as the new Executive Director.

J. T. earned his dental degree from the University of Pretoria in 1975 as well as his BchD (1983) and Mdent (1989) there as well. He earned Certificates in Senior Management and Strategic Management from the University of Stellenbosch.

He had a private practice in the United Kingdom followed by service in the South Africa National Defence Force, where he retired as Brigadier General. In 1996, he was appointed Executive Director for the South African Dental Association. He was appointed Associate Director for FDI in 2000. He is a Fellow in ADI and ICD.

Past PFA President David Campbell and Editor Brophy had several delightful discussions with J. T. while attending the Paris FDI Meeting. He is a knowledgeable replacement for the dedicated Per Ake Zillen.

With the opening of the new FDI Headquarters in Ferney-Voltaire last June by FDI President Dato Dr. Ratnanesan of Malaysia, FDI will be taking on an new look.

Foundation News — 2002 Grant Applications

The following is a list of grant applications that are under consideration for Foundation funding at the New Orleans Board Meeting:

• 1193 — The Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas has requested $5000 for their Dental Assisting Program through Karen Daphyne Mulcahy.

• 1194 — Dr. Kenneth Cooper has requested $5000 for the Senior Friendship Centers, Inc., to fabricate dentures for needy elders.

• 1195 – Kentucky Chair Karl W. Lange has asked for $5000 for funding the Special Olympics/Special Smiles program.

• 1196-1999 — PFA Gold Medal recipient James Vernetti has requested $10,000 for the Thousand Smiles Craniofacial Surgery and Dental Care Mission in California.

• 1197 — Dr. Naomi Bement submitted a request for $10,000 to fund the Roybal-Allard Children’s Dental Center.

• 1198 — Dr. Marcy Borofsky has asked for $10,000 for the Michigan School Children’s Sealant Program for high poverty children.

• 1199 — Wake Smiles Volunteer Dental Program has requested $10,000 through Dr. Robert G. T. Doherty.

• 1200 — Camp Independence Dental Services Project Year 2 has need of $5000 through our Michigan Chair Virginia Merchant.

• 1201 — The Tennessee Section, Chair Reuben Pelot III has requested $5000 for their Indigent Care Dental Clinic of the Volunteer Ministry Center.

• 1202 — International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda for Japan has asked for $5000 to fund dental treatment for leper patients.

• 1203 — Sally H. Blowitz has asked for $10,000 to establish a new dental service for the Valley Community Clinic.

• 1204 — Past PFA President M. David Campbell has requested $10,000 for the Michigan MEND Dental Care Program for needy patients.

• 1205 — Theresa Ann Raglin has submitted an application for $9604 for the CCSN Dental Hygiene Clinic and Program in Nevada.

• 1206 — Dr. Roger Kingston has asked for $10,000 to supply dental care for targeted marginalized groups in North San Diego County, California.

• 1207 — Physician Dr. Ellen Beck has asked for $10,000 for the student-run Free Clinic Project.

• 1208 — French Dental President Andrè Robert has asked for $10,000 to fund the Paris Emergency Dental Bus through Dentists on Wheels.

• 1209 — Dr. Stefano Gracis has requested $7000 for an award for the best original research paper in the field of prosthodontics and implantology by young Italian researchers.

• 1210 — Dr. John M. Jennings has submitted a request for $10,000 for the Dixie Donated Dental Services.

These requests total $146,604 for consideration.

The Academy has requested $50,000 for the following programs:

• 02-122 — The PFA Web site for $20,000

• 02-123 — The PFA Dental Museum for $15,000

• 02-124 — The WEPE project (withdrawn)

• 02-125 — The new PFA brochure for $15,000.

The Academy Board approved funding last year of $5000 for the WEPE Mentorship Project was not used since the program would not begin until 2004 and the application to the Foundation for support from Belgium Chair Jose Dahan needed more tweaking to comply with Foundation standards.

Student scholarships for $1500 to 81 dental students around the world was budgeted at $121,500 if all the schools accept and respond.

Inflation reserve was established at $23,000 to cover the down trend in the investments.

And the annual forever funding of the $7500 to the Costa Rica PFA for the Loader-Espinach Award is set aside every year, but presented ($15,000) only every other year at a continuing education convocation in Costa Rica.

Foundation expenses are estimated at $100,000 to cover the Board’s travel, lodging, and maintaining the Foundation office.

This totals out the Foundation possible costs at $448,604 for 2002. Their budget for the New Orleans Meeting is $406,000 so there will need to be some hard choices made by the Board.

Foundation News

United States


Chair Charles Eller announced their 2001 Foundation Grant Awards:

• 1000 Smiles Craniofacial Surgery & Dental Care Mission run by Executive Director Jim Vernetti, Project Director Katherine Tanaka with lead surgeon Terry Tanaka. This organization provides, free of charge, surgeries to correct craniofacial deformities at three different sites in Mexico and one in Costa Rica.

• The Children’s Dental Center in Inglewood run by President and co-founder Dr. Cherilyn Sheets provides comprehensive dental care to children with no resources for dental care or insurance. Dental students under supervision provide the care and perform Dental health education at the Tooth Fairy Cottage.

• The Children’s Dental Health Association of San Diego run by Dr. Patricia Ann Billings is school-based dental care program serving a low-income area. They provide school exams, distribute information, provide on-site sealants and prophys and refer the operative to local dentists.

• Esperanza International, Inc., is headquartered in Solana Beach but provides dental care for the poor children of Tijuana, Mexico, in a two-chair dental clinic PFA helped to establish there. It is run by Dr. Roger Kingston, an oral surgeon from San Diego.

• MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) of Pocoima in the San Fernando Valley provides dental care for the poor. Last year, they served 800 patients with fillings, extractions, and cleanings under principal Dr. David Campbell.

• The Roybal-Allard Children’s Dental Center in East Los Angeles provides dental care including inhalation analgesia and functions as a clinical site for the UCLA School of Dentistry. Our grant will be used to upgrade the nitrous oxide supplies. It is ably run by Dr. Naomi Bement.

• St. Leo’s Medical/Dental Center in North San Diego is run by Dental Director Dr.Robert Bobbit and oral surgeon Roger Kingston in which they provide care for under privileged Children. The facilities are expanding to include a program for mainstreaming women released from prison. The Solana Brach Rotary Club built a three chair dental facility for the clinic.

This year, the St. Vincent de Paul Village Dental Services of San Diego has submitted a grant to provide restorative dentistry for homeless families. They have a four-chair dental clinic with a volunteer team of 17 dentists, two dental hygienists, and medical personnel

Foundation News

Student Mairaj Ahmed receiving the PFA Student Award from Professor Louis Touyz


McGill University of Montreal presented the Foundation Student Award to Mairaj Ahmed by Professor Louis Touyz, Director of Periodontics (who is also a PFA Fellow).

Section News

Trustee Kevin Roach (far right) with the Canadian Dental Students’ Association


Trustee Kevin Roach addressed the Canadian Dental Students’ Conference in Ottawa this year.

Fellow Thomas Breneman has been installed as the President of the Canadian Dental Association.

Fellow James Brookfield of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, received the CDA’s highest award, the Honourary Membership for his outstanding contributions to the art and science of our profession over a sustained period of time. Dr. Brookfield is a past CDA President (1995-1996) starting as a Governor in 1990, chaired its Committee on Ethics (1988-1991), and served on the Executive Council (1990-1996) and Management Committee (1993-1996).

Fellow Guy Maranda of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, Quebec, received the CDA’s 2002 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Maranda is a past President of the Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He is a part-time teacher of oral surgery on the faculty of dentistry at the University of Laval. He has also received the CDA Award of Merit.

Fellow Donald Bonang of Halifax was presented the CDA Distinguished Service Award this year. Dr. Bonang is a past President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association and part-time Registrar on the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia. He was honoured by CDA in 1997 for his work on its Council on Education.

Fellow Jardine Neilson of Langley, British Columbia, (formerly of Ottawa), had served as CDA Executive Director. He is an Honourary Member of ICD, ADA, and PFA. He also received the CDA Distinguished Service Award for 2002. He holds the Certified Association Executive designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Fellow Robert Malcolm Balfour of Oakville, Ontario, received CDA’s 2002 Award of Merit. In 2000, he had received their Certificate of Merit for his important work on the Council on Constitution and Bylaws. He now chairs the Documentation Committee of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Fellow Keith Morley of Barrie, Ontario, received the 2002 CDA Award of Merit. He is a Fellow in PFA, ADI, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and the International College of Dentists.

Fellow Evelyn McNee of Vancouver received the CDA Award of Merit. She currently chairs the CDAC and is former Registrar of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. She also serves as the PFA Section Chairperson for British Columbia and is a consultant with Health Team Associates.


Fellow Pankaj Patel has founded a PFA Section in Kenya last June with six dentists from Kenya, one from South Africa, and one from the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Patel expects to begin recruiting in the some 50 African countries, under Trustee Pierre Marois. Chairman Patel hopes to sponsor a PFA event at the Kenya Dental Association annual “Dental Action Month” in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and with the University of Nairobi Dental School. Colgate Palmolive sponsors the month and some 20 centers are set up in remote areas of Kenya to examine some 5000 patients.

Dr. Djukanovich receiving the PFA Award from Professor Branislav Dastevski


Professor Dr. Dragoslav Djukanovic was presented the PFA International Award of Merit by Professor Dr. Branislav Dasteveski of Macedonia at the Third Congress of Macedonian Dentists in Ohrid. The Congress was attended by some 400 dentists from six countries. The PFA Award was presented during their gala Awards Dinner. PFA Fellow Professor Matjaz Rode from Slovenia was present as well.

Dr. Djukanovich is a full professor at the Clinic of Periodontology and Oral Medicine on the Faculty of Stomatology in Yugoslavia. He holds the first Masters in Dentistry in Yugoslavia. He has published 285 papers, 23 books, and 310 presentations on five continents. Dr. Djukanovich served three years as Chairman and five years as Vice-Chairman for the FDI’s Science Committee, which organizes the scientific programs for the World Dental Congresses.

Dr. Djukanovich served as Vice Dean (1978-1982) for the Faculty of Stomatology at the University of Belgrade. He is a Fellow of ADI and PFA, as well as a member of FDI, IADR, ADEE, IRCOI, GIRSO, the Balkan Stomatological Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences of the Serbian Medical Society, and the Scientific Society of Serbia.

PDA President Armyl Banez addresses PFA Convocation


Chairman Dean Diampo Lim hosted their Second Annual Convocation of their PFA Section in Manila where the Philippines Dental Association President Armyl Banez delivered the keynote address to the newly installed Fellows. International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda was present to assist.

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The Section Officers are Chairman Charles Eller, Vice-Chair Hans S. Sjoren, Editor William L. Mihram, and past Chair Steven Ferriot. At their recent Convocation, they presented Dr. Richard Lee Kahn with their PFA Honor Award. Dr. Kahn is a 1964 USC grad who teaches there now and serves as Chairman of restorative Dentistry since 1991. He is a world lecturer on Operative Dentistry and author of several books and videos. He is also a Fellow in ICD and ACD.

Their newly inducted Fellows were Drs. Douglas Christensen of San Diego, William Coffman of Yucaipa, Michael Kelley of San Diego, David Levine of Burbank, David Richards of San Diego, Art Rosenblatt of Beverly Hills, Michael Schneider of Manhattan Beach and Stephen Shepherd of Newport Beach.

Past PFA presidents who attended were Foundation Treasurer George Higue, Foundation Vice President Carl Lundgren, and Foundation Executive Director Shig Ryan Kishi.

Their Teachers of the Year Awards were presented to Loma Linda’s Dr. Ronald Blank, UCLA’s Drs. John Beumer III and William Morgan, and USC’s Dr. Ronald Green.

Their 2002 Student Awards were presented to Loma Linda’s Michael Erickson by Dean Charles Goodacre, UCLA’s Michael Pickard by Dean No-Hee park, and USC’s Rex Yanase by Dean Harold Slavkin.

Their newsletter PerSpecTive is an eight-page informative publication sent to the members of their Section, which helps to explain the large membership and many activities. Their editor, Dr.William L. Mihram, does an excellent job and stands as an example for all Sections to follow in his footsteps.

Fellow Frank Maggio of Chicago, a former ADA Trustee, was elected to serve as Chairman for the Denver-based National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH), a charitable affiliate of the ADA.

Past PFA President C. F. Larry Barrett was selected to be the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the University of Iowa Alumni Association. Few individuals can lay claim to being such a total Hawkeye supporter.


The Utah Section recently inducted a second-generation new Academy Fellow. Dr. Keith N. Warr joined his member father Dr. Newell E. Warr. Trustee Gary Lowder assisted in the ceremony.

During the same ceremony brothers Randy and Jerry Black joined brothers William and Brent Larson as Fellows in the Utah Academy. Utah is becoming quite a family affair.


Fellow Robert Shaw of Spokane was installed as the President of the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) this September. Dr. Shaw has been very active in the ADA, the WSDA, and the Spokane District Dental Society of which he is past President. Dr. Shaw maintains a general practice on Spokane’s South Hill for the last 20 years and donates his services to a local low-income clinic. He played a crucial role in launching the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program. He is also a Fellow in ADG and ACD. He is a past dental schoolteacher at St. Louis’ Washington University and the University of Washington.


Chair Don-N Brotman hosted their annual dinner meeting to induct new Fellows. Dean Richard Ranney was the keynote speaker to the some 51 attending.


PFA Chair Norm Becker received the first place AADE Platinum Pen Award for his editorship of the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society.

L-R, Retiring Chair Larry Jones receives Chairman’s plaque from Fellow David May

At the PFA recent breakfast, Dr. David May presented outgoing Chairman Larry Jones with a plaque for his service as the Texas PFA leader.

The applications for Drs. Warren Branch and Pam Berlanga have been submitted for Fellowship.

New York

Past PFA President Fred Halik received the New York State Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award at the Association’s Board of Governors Meeting held recently in Garden City recognizing his outstanding service to the New York State Dental Association.


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