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January-February 2018

2004


1. January - February

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President’s Message: To Teach Is to Learn Twice

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn, or as one of my professors, Dr. David Kenny, would remark when introducing a new procedure, “See one, do one, teach one.”

Our Academy is named for the person many regard as the first dental professor, Pierre Fauchard, who is commonly described as the Father of Modern Dentistry. His work, Le Chirurgien Dentiste au Traite des Dents, was published in 1728. It became the first widely accepted, scientifically oriented book on dentistry. The two volumes are credited with raising dentistry to the status of a profession: dental anatomy and anomalies of tooth form, an understanding of the possibility of correcting orthodontic malformation, treatment of carious lesions, prosthetic replacements, treatment of periodontal disease, and the benefits of removing calculus and debris from the teeth. Fauchard included numerous case histories in his textbook and described the treatment for a variety of oral ills including abscesses, cysts, and tumors. He advocated the retention of deciduous teeth until their normal loss with the eruption of the permanent teeth even as he sought to explain the reasons for the loss of root structure in the primary dentition.

Two hundred seventy-six years after the publication of Fauchard’s work, the dental profession is well-established and well-respected everywhere in our modern world; however, the foundation for its success—a viable system of dental education—is being eroded. Everyone is familiar with contemporary articles in dental publications describing “a faulty catastrophe” and asking, “Where have all the educators gone?” The Journal of Dental Education, September 2002, is an example with an excellent article on “meeting the demand for dental school faculty: trends, challenges, and responses.” It states:

ADEA’s 2001-2002 survey of vacant budgeted faculty positions reports the fifty-four dental schools responding to the survey reported 344 vacant budgeted positions, a decrease of four percent from 2000 to 2001. Seventy-nine percent of these vacancies are for full-time positions. Approximately one out of four dental schools have ten or more vacancies. Of just over 1,000 faculty separations during 2001-2002, fifty-three percent were reported to be individuals leaving to enter private practice.

Some of our Canadian academics are lured south of the border for salaries paid in U.S. dollars and generous endowments of research fund at some American universities, but in a similar fashion, Canadian faculties have imported deans from Australia and South Africa. Data from my home country suggests that one in six funded full-time dental faculty positions is vacant. Why? Lets get to the bottom line here—offering a salary competitive with that of private practice is the cardinal factor in recruiting new faculty. Our academic confreres make innumerable personal sacrifices—something few of us are willing to do.

Pierre Fauchard, as our first professor, laid the foundation for dentistry’s growth and success. However, as Dr. Burton Conrad, a fellow past president of the Canadian Dental Association says, “No professors, no profession.” This is our most important current challenge.

What can we as PFA Fellows do to alleviate the problem? Well, we could offer our services to demonstrate at the school, increase our financial contributions to our faculty as loyal alumni, or perhaps as active members of our dental alumni association, we could investigate methods to compensate professors in other ways. Comprehensive insurance packages (health, travel, life, malpractice, liability, etc.), retirement saving contributions, free tuition for children, and other benefits might help offset the financial reasons for migrating to private practice.

As PFA President, I challenge all Fellows to do their part to help alleviate this very alarming situation. At the same time, I salute Professors Bentley, Boyd, Carlsson, Dugoni, Gallen, Levit, McAlpine, Miller, Mascola, Sakuda, Watson, Zarb, and their fellow academics, who, in their dedication to our students, live by the motto, “In the race for quality, there is no finish line.”

Dr. Kevin L. Roach
President

2004 Calendar

5 March
Canadian Fellowship Induction Breakfast, Vancouver, B.C.

6 March
Academy Executive Committee Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada

10-13 March
IADR 82nd Annual Session, Honolulu

2-4 April
Foundation Interim Meeting, Chicago

30 April-1 May
Spanish Section Meeting, Cordoba, Spain

10-13 September
92nd FDI World Congress, New Delhi, India

1-5 October
145th Annual ADA Session, Orlando, Florida
PFA Academy and Foundation Meetings

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

PFA Annual Board Meeting

San Francisco, California, 24-26 October 2003
President’s Report

President Gary Lowder welcomed all those in attendance, followed by Immediate Past President Scott Welch giving the Invocation for the Meeting.

President Lowder noted that a great deal had occurred in the Academy since the last meeting in New Orleans, which had been filled with many opportunities for the growth and stability of our organization as a world-renowned dental group.

Unfortunately, two of his official duties required representing us at the funerals of Foundation President-emeritus Dr. Robert B. Shira and Foundation Executive Director Shigeo Ryan Kishi.

Other duties involved reorganizing the Brazilian Section, with the guidance of Trustee Bernardo Levit, appointing Dr. Henrique Teitelbaum as the new Section Chair; attending the outstanding First Annual Georgia Section Convocation, and the continuing education meeting organized by Section Chair Karyn Stockwell. The President’s wife, Louan Lowder, gave a half-day seminar on the ladder of success, and the President’s Award was presented to ADA President T. Howard Jones of Georgia.

The Executive Meeting was held in Salt Lake City to review the progress of the Academy and its business and to hold a planning session for upcoming events.

President Lowder then attended the Canadian Section Meeting in Jasper, Canada, in conjunction with the Canadian Dental Association’s Annual Meeting. President-elect Kevin Roach and his wife Anne also attended the important event.

Grant proposals were submitted by the President to the Foundation by their June 1 deadline for the coming year to support the PFA Museum, our publications, and updating our Web site.

The President and the Editor then attended PFA Meetings in London with Section Chair Rash Patel and past Chair Raja Rayan to discuss the growth of the Academy in the United Kingdom. In Paris, we met with International Trustee Pierre Marois and French Section Chair Hubert Ouvrard, placed the Hall of Fame plaque for Dr. Gerald Leatherman of the United Kingdom on the Wall of Fame at its primary venue at the headquarters of Le Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgien Dentistes, and toured the Foundation’s grant-supported mobile dental clinic in action on site. In Berlin, President Lowder, Trustee Marois, and Chair Frank Braun awarded the Elmer S. Best Award to Dr. Gunnar Carlsson of Sweden, inducted a new Fellow into the German Section, and met with past Best recipient Herr Wolfgang Hasse at his home.

By July, the Constitution and Bylaws had been completed under the direction of Vice President Mike Perpich and sent out to all the Trustees in preparation for the San Francisco Meeting.

Dr. Lowder noted that his intent in accepting the PFA presidency was to maintain a steady course of progress, stability, and continued growth of the Academy with the help of the Board and Fellows on the various committees. And with their help this concluding year had been quite successful.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report

Secretary Richard Kozal (now to be called Secretary General with the new Bylaws change) noted that a complete cleanup of all the files on the Academy’s database had been accomplished. The membership must realize that this is a fluid state of affairs from day-to-day with new information being added and removed. Our publisher’s database has also received a copy to adjust our subscription costs.

Our PFA Web site is in the same flux of daily change with new additions and upgrading older ones. It is constantly being reworked to facilitate easier visitors’ access to obtain information and to add new pages, while also updating the membership rolls. Additional Web links to other dental organizations facilitates visiting their pages without leaving our site.

Assistant Secretary Judith Kozal has been working with our publisher, Elsevier Science, to iron out the past difficulties. Our Editor reports that those have been few this year.

Section statements for 2004 are being readied for mailing. The 2004 Dues will be $100 and are sent to a lock box for immediate deposition and accounting. The one-time initiation fee has been increased to $150, which became necessary to offset the costs of generating the new Fellows materials and mailing costs.

The Central Office has prepared 24 Outstanding Dentist of the Year plaques for the Sections requesting them and three outgoing Section Chair Service plaques.

Requests for Fellowship Certificates, ribbons, and keys for Induction Ceremonies have been prepared and sent out.

Eighty-three letters to the dental school deans were sent out to the United States, Canada, Australia, and Ireland for student certificate presentations. Seventy-seven were prepared for the various institutions and received by them for their Awards Day presentations.

This year, 115 Fellows were eligible for Life Membership and were notified. The other 1304 Life Members were sent requests for a Foundation donation.

Quarterly conference call meetings are held regularly with the Executive Committee and with the Budget & Finance Committee to review the current financial progress of the Academy.

The Annual Illinois Corporate Report was filed on time with appropriate fees paid. The Nevada Foreign Corporate Report was filed on time as well and, as required by law, published in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The Annual Financial Review was performed by an outside auditing firm and completed in March. The report stated that the Academy’s books were in proper order and favorable. The final 2003 delinquent notices were sent to 190 U.S. Fellows with a good response. In October, we sent out the final notices to the International members.

The PFA Dental History Museum continues to grow supported by the Foundation. Den-Mat, whose President Dr. Bob Ibsen, has donated $15,000 for the purchase of an entire “turn of the century” antique dental museum that will be placed in the new UNLV dental school in 2004.

The Central Office has asked that requests and materials not be sent by Registered Mail as it requires a person to be available to sign for the letter and that is not always possible. Two trips are made to the post office daily to gather the mail. Electronic mail is fine.

Treasurer’s Report

All bills submitted have been paid to 1 October 2003. Elsevier’s current balance for our Dental World/Dental Abstracts will be completely paid by the end of the year.

The Academy has collected funds for the Foundation from the dues statement. These were forwarded to the Foundation in March and again at the end of the year.

Elsevier has received the addition of 310 new Fellows to our subscription rolls.

The Academy Accountant Dan Jonker continues to refine our system for a simpler reporting and understanding of the Academy’s finances. He is always available for any suggestions or comments.

The Annual independent review completed in March (as required by the Constitution & Bylaws) has been forwarded to the entire Board and to the Executive Committee of the Foundation.

Also attached to their report were the financial statements of the Academy for review and comments by the Board.

Budget & Finance Committee

Chairman Kevin Roach presented a draft of the 2004 budget, which was discussed and passed. This was worked on by the Budget & Finances Committee and presented to the Board for adjustments and approval.

The newly designed expense voucher was also approved by the Board.

Dan Jonker, the Academy accountant, submitted a report detailing that we are on an accrual basis of accounting, which means that income and expenses are recorded in the year they are earned for income, or in the year they apply to for expenses— regardless of the year they are received or paid. The financial figures are reviewed quarterly by conference call with the Executive Committee and the Budget & Finance Committee for review. Any questions are resolved at that time or further documentation is provided. Necessary corrections are made at that time. All the bank accounts are reconciled to agree with the book figures. Neither the outside review by John D. Kopczyk nor the internal review by Daniel R. Jonker is designed to specifically uncover regularities. They make various tests of the financial figures. Neither accountant feels that an expensive audit is necessary for the Academy under our current review requirements. Both provided the Board with extensive reports of their reviews, and both contained all the financial transactions of the Academy, concluding with the same statement that everything was in proper order.

Strategic Long-Range Planning Committee

The PFA long-range plan developed by Dr. Howard Mark was reviewed and sent to committee for constant updating and suggested execution. Vice President Howard Mark will chair the committee to study the strengths, weaknesses, threats, barriers, etc, with the Board exercising due diligence to go over the committee input and guidelines by January 15th for consideration by the Executive Committee in March.

Legal Counsel Report

The Academy attorney, Jonathan T. Howe, noted in his report that “volunteer board members are held to no less a fiduciary responsibility than those who serve on the boards of for-profit, publicly traded companies.” In the era of “Enronizing” everything, it is important for Board members to understand their roles. The Central Office distributed copies of the “Duties and Responsibilities” of the Board Trustees, as approved by the Executive Committee. In that list of responsibilities it is noted that Board Meetings are to conduct the current and necessary business of the Academy and are not intended to review all administrative procedures and policies unless a change or modification is vital. Then that item is placed on the Meeting Agenda under new business.

Attorney Howe went on to state that the PFA Board of Trustees is primarily charged with the responsibility of policymaking and overall supervision of the Academy’s affairs. It is the administrative, governing, and legislative body of this Academy.

Publications Committee

Editor James Brophy and Trustee Bernardo Levit reported on the new addition to our available publications that are currently in stock.

“The Life and Times of Pierre Fauchard,” originally written in French by the late Andre Besombes, had been translated into English by past PFA President George Higue. This work describes the events that surrounded the acknowledged founder of modern dentistry and what is known of his life.

“Legacy,” compiled by the late Editor Cliff Loader and the late Foundation Executive Director Shig Kishi, both past PFA Presidents, is a collection of dental philosophies and perspectives by many of our profession’s recognized leaders.

“The 25th Anniversary of the Founding of the Japanese PFA Section” is available in both Japanese and English through Mrs. Tomiko Nakayama, whose husband, Mitch Nakayama of the Hakusui Trading Company, had a great effect on establishing this vibrant Section in Japan.

The e-book of “How It Evolved” by Dr. Richard Glenner is supplied on a CD. This work describes the evolutionary history of dentistry.

Trustee Dr. Bernardo Levit has added the newest addition in the e-book category in memory of the late Dr. Shig Kishi on a CD available from the Central Office for $40 plus postage. The work is entitled, “A Comprehensive Approach for the Treatment of Halitosis.” The proceeds from the first 300 sold will go directly to the Foundation in Dr. Shig Kishi’s Memorial Fund.

Membership

Chairman Charles Eller reported that the current total Academy membership as on 15 October 2003 is 7661 Fellows. This is a fluid number as some pass away, drop membership, or new Fellows are inducted.

California leads the country with the most members of 481, but that is divided into two Sections (northern and southern). Ohio (275), New York (208), Virginia (179), Wisconsin (175), Georgia (170), Michigan (163), Florida (160), Pennsylvania (134), Arizona (133), Connecticut (132), South Carolina (125), Maryland (120), Louisiana (110), and Washington State (109) round out the top 15 State Sections. Internationally, India leads with 398 Fellows, followed by Canada (274), Australia (222), Argentina (137), Japan (131), Spain (120), and the Philippines (100).

The suggested percent of the professional population in the Section to be members is merely a benchmark. We should still focus our direction to recruiting quality Fellows.

Constitution & Bylaws Committee

Chairman Mike Perpich presented the copy of his Committee’s efforts. The Secretary/Treasurer position has been renamed Secretary General. And “shall” was changed to “will” in the copy, along with other housecleaning measures. Trustee William Winspear moved their adoption, seconded by Howard Mark, and passed.

Copies of the new Constitution & Bylaws will be available from the Central Office after they have been printed.

The next effort by the Committee will be to work on the Policy Manual.

Foundation Report

Foundation President Carl Lundgren gave his report to the Academy Board. He discussed the final weeks of Dr. Kishi’s suffering and yet his continual devotion to completing the Foundation’s work right up to his final days. The Foundation has established a Dr. Shig Kishi Memorial Fund to receive tax-deductible contributions in his name from all the many Fellows that the enormous work of this great man has touched. Contributions may be sent to PFA, P.O. Box 80330, Las Vegas, NV 89180-0330.

Past PFA President Fred Halik (1999-2000) has accepted the position of the Foundation’s Executive Director. His address for the Foundation is 30 Spruce Ridge, Fairport, NY 14450-4278. The phone number is 585/218-9393; the fax is 585/387-9519; and his e-mail address is FPFA@Rochester.rr.com to reach Dr. Halik.

PFA President Gary Lowder has accepted a position on the Foundation Board and will be taking over the duties of Dr. Halik as Grants Committee Chairman.

This year, grant requests have increased substantially. There are over 50 dental foundations with ours being among the largest, and it operates internationally. Grant inquiries quadrupled from previous years. Of those, 160 qualified and were replied to. As a comparison, 90 were sent out in 2002. Repeated recipients were requested not to apply to give other needy projects an opportunity for funding. The most common reasons for rejection were (1) a lack of detailed line item budget for what the award was intended to be used for; (2) a lack of detailed accounting of a previous award’s use; and (3) requests that fall outside the guidelines of the Foundation’s funding. Using those parameters, about one half fail to comply. Prioritizing the final requests narrowed that down to another half for the Grants Committee review. After review, that left grant requests totaling $147,056.

The Academy’s requests have always been top priority but must follow the same grant procedures, so the Foundation cannot be accused of self-serving. The proper paper trail by the Academy has been shown including line item accounting of last year’s grants.

The Foundation Treasurer has indicated that the annual income from judiciously placed investments is about $389,000 of which $288,000 is budgeted for grants and scholarships, $100,000 for expenses, and $1000 for the reserve. Added to that are small amounts left over from the 2002 unclaimed scholarships. Then there is the $10,000 to Costa Rica for maintenance of the Brenes Multimedia Center equipment upgrades.

The Samuel Harris National Museum of Dentistry requested a $50,000 grant to establish a display for Dr. Robert Shira. The maximum request amount is established at $10,000 and the museum could not provide a suitable display that fit that award amount. Because of this, the matter was dropped.

Foundation Board member Bill Kort reconstructed the New Orleans Meeting Minutes for 2002.

Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded the Academy $356,000 for its combined projects. Membership contributions for the Foundation through the Academy have totaled $181,237, or about $20,000 per year.

The annual scholarship awards are proportioned by Section membership numbers, thus 54 of them are given to the students in the United States dental schools with 27 being awarded to international schools upon the recommendation of that Section Chair. This is done on a rotating basis to Sections containing more than 10 Fellows. Sections with 10 to 30 members are awarded in alternate years. Canada and India divide up their scholarship amounts to make presentations of smaller amounts to more schools. Some years, a few dental school deans fail to supply a name for a student to receive the scholarship, and those funds are then rolled over to the following year for use.

Priority considerations are given to (1) International PFA programs; (2) PFA Section programs ($5000 maximum); (3) service projects that provide needed services to the public ($10,000 maximum); (4) Educational programs such as CE courses, faculty development ($5000 maximum); and (5) miscellaneous, also with a $5000 maximum. The Humanitarian Award of $5000 is optional and presented to the most meritorious of the grants-at-large. Academy grants will now be paid in the year they were authorized, instead of the following year, as has been done. This will allow the budget to reflect the spending in the same year it was authorized.

A Memorial and Tribute Fund program will be established by the Foundation to receive additional contributions for a specific purpose.

In Costa Rica, home of our benefactor Fernando Brenes-Espinach, all the holdings there have been divested as of last year. The jewelry shop was sold; the flower shop was donated to Fundacion Piadad for their charity purposes. We have a current ongoing commitment to help support the Brenes Multimedia Center, and the biannual Loader-Espinach Award program.

The Foundation overhead is budgeted at $100,000, but it actually comes in at $85,000. The expenses are the stipend to the Executive Director, the annual meeting expenses, and the costs of postage, duplication, etc.

The absolute deadline for completed grant applications for every year is June 30. This year it is 30 June 2004.

Executive Director Fred Halik addressed the Academy Board about the calendar of events his committee must go through annually to present the Foundation Board the completed list of scholarship recipients and approval for grants.

Treasurer George Higue gave a glowing financial report of our Foundation’s current status in weathering the poor economic times and of his ability to keep the principal investment intact, generating in excess of the $300,000 needed for the Foundation’s scholarship and grant activities.

Section Chairs Caucus

Chairman Ray Maddox reported that the areas of Chair concerns were (1) individual Section dues collection by the Central Office; (2) Mentoring Programs; (3) Section Annual Meetings; (4) formalized Induction ceremony; (5) New Member Recruitment; (6) Foundation grants; (7) Organizational publicity; and (8) Section information sharing.

Trustee Charles Eller presided over this year’s Section Chairman’s Caucus noting that the Board felt that the input from them was far more effective than hosting a Leadership Conference every three years. The Board had postponed the scheduled Leadership Conference to concentrate their efforts and funds on the Section Chair Caucus, which produced better results.

Our Web master Mark Stanley took the Caucus through the new improved PFA Web site to demonstrate how to use it and how it would be effective for them in leading their Sections. Later, Mark Stanley did the same for the Academy Board at their final meeting session and answered any questions anyone had pertaining to the site.

Mentorship Program

The Board discussed the various different mentorship programs being undertaken or participated in by the Academy Fellows. Such programs were tailored to the needs of the local dental school or Section. But the overall consensus was that of support for them.

Hall of Fame Committee

Chairman Ray Klein has secured an ADA site for our Hall of Fame in the ADA Library with the help of International Trustee Pierre Marois. It is an interactive site with a television monitor linked directly to our site where visitors can read the life story of all our famous dentists.

As President of ODA, Dr. Roach represented Ontario dentists in Toronto during the revision of the dental section of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan Fee Schedule (dealing with provincial government coverage for selected dental services). He also represented Ontario dentists in Ottawa as the national government was developing the Canada Health Act (which sets out the conditions for federal insurance coverage in health care). During this era, many committee/board meetings were held in smoke-filled rooms. Dr. Roach led the movement for “cleaner air in dental meeting rooms.” At both the Ontario and Canadian Dental Associations, he presented successful motions that smoking not be permitted during meetings.

Although he was first elected as Governor to the Canadian Dental Association in 1979, Dr. Roach stepped down in order to become ODA’s President. After his term as President, he was again elected as a CDA Governor, and he subsequently became CDA President in 1989.

During his ascendancy to the CDA Presidency, he served as liaison to a multitude of committees, including a Task Force that led to the creation of the Council on Education and Accreditation of Canada. Other significant achievements during his term as CDA President included extensive negotiations to launch electronic data interchange (EDI)—a computer network to allow dental offices to submit claims to third party dental insurance carriers—and the complete renovation of the CDA headquarters building in Ottawa. Dr. Roach subsequently served as a member of the CDA Nominations and Awards Committee. On completion of his term in 1990, he was recognized for his achievements by his local peers with a lovely artwork, which he proudly displays in his dental office in Pembroke.

Awards Committee Report

Chairman James Englander had announced the committee’s nominees for the various PFA recognition awards, which were approved and presented.

Dr. Gunnar Carlsson of Sweden received the Elmer Best Award in Berlin.

Dr. Harald Loe received the PFA Gold Medal at the Awards Luncheon.

The Dental Trade & Industry Award went to the Patterson Dental Company. (CEO Peter L. Frechette received the award for the company at the Awards Luncheon.)

Honorary Fellowship was presented to Ms. Helen Cherrett of the ADA.

Associate Fellowship was presented to Judith Kozal at the Awards Luncheon.

Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Melvin Malmstrom at the Utah Section Meeting.

Honorary Fellowship was granted Professor Noel Martin at the Australasia Section Breakfast in Sydney during the FDI Congress.

ADA President T. Howard Jones received the President’s Award at the Georgia Section Meeting.

The Board adopted Trustee Englander’s suggestion that the nomination process for the Gold Medal Award include members of the Academy’s Board of Trustees as well.

Dr. Englander urged that more Sections should consider presenting the Section’s Distinguished Service Award locally. The Central Office asked that this be done by April so the plaques could be processed in time for the event.

Nominations Committee

Chair Scott Welch reported his committee’s nominations for the 2003-2004 year:

• Dr. Kevin Roach of Canada for President

• Dr. Mike Perpich of Minnesota for President-elect

• Dr. Howard Mark of Connecticut for Vice President

• Dr. Richard Walsh of Rhode Island as Region 2 Trustee

Section Chair Appointments

• Dr. Guy Ribando for the Louisiana Section Chair

• Dr. Kirk Norbo for the Virginia Section Chair

• Dr. James Cerny for the Alaska Section Chair

• Dr. William TenPas for the Oregon Section Chair

• Dr. Burt Winterholer for the Montana Section Chair

• Dr. Jose M. Aguirre for the Spain Section Chair

• Dr. Eugeniuz Spiechowicz for the Poland Section Chair


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Dr. Carl Lundgren

PFA Foundation Board Meeting

San Francisco, 25-26 October 2003

President Carl Lundgren stated that the Academy has given its trust to the Foundation Board to carry on with the philanthropic efforts that are assigned to it. He is very pleased with the close working arrangement between the Academy and the Foundation.

It was with deep regret that President Lundgren accepted the resignation of Treasurer George Higue, who had done an outstanding job for the Foundation and all the people it has served.

With the recent course of events after Executive Director Shig Kishi’s demise, Vice President Fred Halik was selected to fill the position of Executive Director. This left the position of Vice President open, which Dr. M. David Campbell was elected to fill. With the resignation of Dr. Higue, Dr. William Kort was elected to become the new Treasurer.

This left two Board Trustee positions open and past PFA Presidents Scott Welch and Gary Lowder were voted on the Foundation Board with Gary Lowder accepting the additional position of Grants Committee Chairman.

The Executive Board now consists of President Carl Lundgren (Chairman), David Campbell, William Kort, Academy President Kevin Roach, ex-officio Fred Halik, and Treasurer-emeritus (non-voting) George Higue.

The Budget & Finance Committee is chaired by Treasurer William Kort. The Investments Subcommittee consists of Nicholas Saccone (Chairman), Minoru Horiuchi, Academy Trustee Charles Eller, Academy President Kevin Roach, and George Higue. The Audit Subcommittee is James Long.

The Bylaws & Policy Committee is chaired by Minoru Horiuchi, with James Long and Academy Vice President Howard Mark.

The Public Relations Committee consists of C. F. Larry Barrett (Chair), Editor James Brophy, M. David Campbell, and Academy Secretary General Richard Kozal.

The Foundation Fund Raising Committee is composed of C. F. Larry Barrett (Chairman), M. David Campbell, and Scott Welch. The Academy members on this committee are Trustee Charles Eller, Trustee Gary Dolman, and Secretary General Richard Kozal. This committee is charged with the duty to develop plans for a “Memorial and Tribute Funds” program. A full-blown fund-raising program was discussed, but it was felt that we did not have the manpower to establish an effective program that would be going after the same market as the other 50 dental foundations.

The PFA Museum Board member for the Foundation is William Kort.

The Board voted to hold an interim Board Meeting in Chicago at the Hilton Airport Hotel over the weekend of 2-4 April 2004 to handle housekeeping measures to firm up procedures at which just Foundation Board members are expected to attend. Written reports are requested from every officer and committee chair. This means that e-mail communication with the members of the committees is essential to expedite the business at this Interim Meeting. Please report your activities, progress, forecasts, and resolutions, if any, to Executive Director Fred Halik by 15 March 2004. Please copy all e-mail correspondence to Fred Halik and the Executive Committee so all may be informed.

The approved grants and scholarship awards will be reported out as they are finalized.


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Dr. George Higue

Dr. George Higue Honored as Treasurer Emeritus

by Dr. Carl Lundgren

An astounding 42 years ago, Dr. George Higue became the third of 12 Chairmen for the PFA California, Southern Section. During that era, he and past PFA President Cliff Loader were responsible for increasing the local Academy membership by 150 Fellows. Together they formed numerous international Sections that included the induction of over 800 new members.

In 1974, George served as the International President of the Academy. And in 1990, Dr. Rex Ingraham presented him the California, Southern Section Distinguished Service Award. Following that honor, in 1994 Dr. Higue received the highest PFA Award, the prestigious Gold Medal.

When Dr. Brenes-Espinach of Costa Rica bequeathed his $5 million estate to the PFA Foundation’s care, it was George who then served as its Treasurer for the last eight years. Under his stewardship, the Foundation gave away over $2.5 million in grants and scholarships to underserved patients and to dental students. At the same time, he supervised the fiscal strategy that increased the fair market value of the remaining assets to $7.2 million.

A lifelong benefactor of the University of Southern California and its School of Dentistry, George received the USC President’s Award from its General Alumni Association last year. He has recently served as President of the USC Alumni Association. He regularly sponsors a large USC Dental School Alumni Reception at the Anaheim Meeting of the California Dental Association.

He and his wife Mary of Huntington Harbor, California, are avid boaters. His 50-foot powerboat is docked in front of his house where, for a number of years, his favorite endeavor was to host a large number of friends to view the spectacular nighttime Christmas Boat Parade.

At every USC home game, George can be found sitting in his seat near the 50 yard line, watching the game and seeing his name being displayed on the scoreboard as a major university supporter. The Student Lounge at the USC School of Dentistry was funded and named after him.

Now after years of dedicated service to the PFA Foundation, Dr. George Higue is being honored with the position of Treasurer-emeritus of the Foundation. Not even that is hardly enough to thank George for his lifetime of service to mankind, to our profession, and to PFA.

77th PFA Gold Medal Presentation and Awards Luncheon

Saturday, 25 October 2003, San Francisco Marriott Ballroom

PFA President Gary Lowder welcomed the guests of this capacity luncheon event and introduced the dignitaries. Immediate past President Scott Welch gave the Invocation.

ADA President T. Howard Jones, recipient of the PFA President’s Award, gave the Luncheon Address.

Awards Chairman James Englander then proceeded to introduce and give the history on the award recipients in order.

Dr. Harald Loe was presented with the PFA Gold Medal Award.

Associate Fellowship was conferred upon Assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer Judith D. Kozal.

Gunnar Carlsson of Sweden was honored for having received the Elmer S. Best Memorial Award in Berlin last June.

The Retiring Trustee Service Award was presented to Dr. Howard Mark of Connecticut, and the Retiring Section Chair Award was presented to Dr. Richard Walsh of Rhode Island and to Dr. Mamoru Sakuda of Japan.

New Fellows were installed by President Gary Lowder, Secretary General Richard Kozal,and Northern California Section Chair Dan Castagna. Joining our ranks were Drs. Lisa Harpenau, Lisa Itaya, Ralan Wong, Stephen Los, and Roland Smith.

Past PFA President Michael Cripton of Canada officiated in installing the new International PFA Officers for the 2003-2004 year: Kevin Roach of Canada as President, Michael Perpich of Minnesota as President-elect, Howard Mark of Connecticut as Vice President, and Richard Walsh of Rhode Island as Trustee for Region 2.

Honorary Fellowship was conferred upon Helen MacKenzie Cherrett, the ADA Director of the Center for International Development and Affairs.

CEO and President Peter L. Frechette of the Patterson Dental Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, accepted the Dental Trade & Industry Award on behalf of his company.

Incoming President Kevin Roach gave remarks on his visions for PFA and continuing the tremendous strides we had accomplished in the past year. He noted that as President he saw himself as a leader of leaders and intended to spread around the importance of running the Academy to all who would help to assume such roles. “No one person can accomplish such advancements without the help of others.”

Dr. Roach stated in challenging the Fellowship to join him “in performing the tasks that lay ahead of us to continue the leadership of our Academy so ably advanced under the Presidency of Gary Lowder.”

Outgoing President Gary Lowder thanked everyone for making his year one of satisfaction in accomplishing as much as they did.


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Judith Kozal receiving Associate Fellowship Award from President Lowder

Judith A. Kozal graduated from the Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago in 1959 with a degree in Dental Assisting. She began her career as a chair side dental assistant with training in both general and oral surgery procedures to front desk assignments and then office manager. She started to work for Dr. Richard Kozal in 1979 as a chairside assistant, rising to the position of office manager.

In 1983, she was recruited by Dr. Kozal to assist him with his duties as PFA Treasurer, and then later as Secretary/Treasurer of the Academy. The Academy officially employed her as Assistant to the Secretary/ Treasurer in 1985. She has held that position since then in running the Chicago Office and then later establishing the Las Vegas Central Office and through computerizing the Academy’s records.

Foundation News

Your Foundation Donation—A Living Memorial

by Foundation Trustee C. F. Larry Barrett

Canada, Western Canada Section

Section Chair Tom Breneman, past CDA President, reported that the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry Dean Charles Baker presented dental student Mark Venditti with the Foundation’s Scholarship Award last October. Jacquie Fraser, Director of Academic and Student Affairs wrote to thank PFA for its continued support of their dental students.

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Dean Nairn Wilson presenting scholarship check to Laura Owens
United Kingdom

Dean Nairn Wilson, of the Guy’s, King’s & St.Thomas Dental Institute of King’s College in London, thanked the Foundation in a personal letter for being able to present the Scholarship Award to dental student Laura Owens.

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Pitt dental student G. Matthew Kremser receives Foundation Scholarship Award
United States
Pennsylvania

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to senior student G. Matthew Kremser last October. Many thanks for our benefice were extended to the Academy by Dr. Kenneth Etzel, Director for Student Services. This presentation will also be included in their upcoming alumni newsletter as part of a feature article.

Kentucky

Chairman Karl W. Lange thanked the Foundation for their generous support of their Healthy Smiles 2010/Sealants for Kentucky Children program. This is an all-State program, which will generate some very good publicity of PFA.

Using the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry van, 140 special athletes were screened, and 44 of them had 204 sealants placed by 55 volunteers last June. One of the Special Olympics athletes turned the tables on Chairman Karl Lange and did an exam on him instead.

The program has been scheduled again for June 2004 and is cosponsored by the Kentucky Dental Association, the dental schools, and PFA.


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Dr. Carole Hanes presents Award to James Melvin
Georgia

The Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry presented the Foundation Scholarship award to James B. Melvin last August during their “Welcome Back Assembly.”

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Dean Martha Somerman presents Foundation Scholarship to Brian Almon
Washington State

The University of Washington School of Dentistry Dean Martha Somerman presented the Foundation scholarship to senior Brian Almond last October. This Award will also be mentioned at their annual Honors and Awards Ceremony next June.

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Senior Tyronne Rodriguez receiving scholarship check from interim Dean Catherine Flaitz
Texas

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch Associate Dean for Student Affairs H. P. Pierpont reported that Interim Dean Catherine M. Flaitz presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to senior Tyronne F. Rodriquez.

Australasia

PFA Section President Jonathon Rogers welcomed an overflow PFA breakfast congregation, which was held during the Sydney FDI Congress last year. Professor Noel Martin was selected to receive the PFA International Honorary Fellowship Award from International PFA President Kevin Roach. Due to his illness, however, Elizabeth Butcher, AM, accepted the plaque on his behalf.

President Roach, International Trustee William Winspear, and Section President Jonathon Rogers inducted some 47 new Fellows into membership.


Japan

Trustee Mamoru Sakuda reports hosting their 34th Annual Section Meeting in Shizuoka City last October. The Chubu Component chaired by Dr. Minoru Yamamoto made the arrangements. Dr. Hidetoshi Ozawa of Chubu was the Meeting Chairman. Over 50 Fellows and their wives were in attendance along with 12 Fellows and two wives from the Korean Section.

Two new Fellows were inducted into membership: Drs. Masato Makita and Kazuyoshi Hata.

The First Chairperson’s Award was presented to Dr. Masanori Kawaguichi for his outstanding dental service to leprosy patients. A PFA Recognition Plaque and a letter from President Gary Lowder were also presented. Dr. Kawaguichi’s address concerning his achievements was most impressive.

Dr. Tsuneaki Kuwahata was installed as Japan’s new Section Chair to serve for a two-year term. A bust of Pierre Fauchard was presented to Dr. Sakuda, Japan’s outgoing Chair, by Korean Chair Dr. Kim, Hong-Ki. The bust was fabricated by the late Dr. Kee, Chang-Duk, the first Korean recipient of the Elmer Best Award.


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Dr. Dragoslav Djukanovic receives recognition award
Serbia

Chair Dr. Professor Dragoslav Djukanovic of Belgrade was presented the PFA International Award of Merit by Professor Branislav Dasteveski, Section Chair of the Republic of Macedonia, at their Third Congress of Macedonian Dentists in Ohrid in 2002.

In 2003, Dr. Djukanovic was honored by the Serbian Medical Society (founded 1872), which currently has 25,000 member professionals, who awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine and Dentistry.

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New California Fellows with President Lowder
United States
California, Northern Section

Section Chair Dan Castagna inducted five new Fellows into the Academy at the Annual Awards Luncheon in San Francisco.

He also reported that his Section presented their PFA Faculty Recognition Awards to UOP’s Dr. Alan Gluskin and to UCSF’s Dr. Donald Curtis. Their Faculty Development Grants were awarded to UOP’s Dr. Zuri Barniv and to UCSF’s Dr. Linda Centore. Their own Student scholarship Awards were made to UOP’s Dr. Ian Paisley and to UCSF’s Dr. Shaine Thenard. The Academy’s Scholarship Certificates were awarded to UOP’s Dr. Josh Erickson and to UCSF’s Dr. Reza Salmassian. And the Foundation Scholarship Awards were presented to UOP’s Dr. Matt Milnes and to UCSF’s Dr. Dorothea Berry.

The other Section Officers are Secretary/Treasurer Stafford Duhn, Fellow and Awards Committee Chairman Charles Bertolami, and the Selection Committee is composed of Dan Castagna, Stafford Duhn, Dean Art Dugoni, and Dennis Shinbori

The University of the Pacific (UOP) was the first chartered university in California and marks its 152-year history. Upon the recommendation of the Pacific Dental Education Foundation, the UOP Board of Regents approved a resolution to name their School of Dentistry in honor of Dean Arthur A. Dugoni, a PFA Fellow and one of the nation’s most respected educators and leader in our profession. Only one other dental school in the United States or in Canada has been so named. This significant event will coincide with Dean Dugoni’s silver anniversary as UOP’s School of Dentistry Dean on the weekend of 27-28 August 2004. The occasion will include a national leadership symposium, dedication ceremony, a formal fund-raising dinner at The Rotunda in San Francisco City Hall, and a gala celebration at the Louise Davies Symphony Hall starring Bill Cosby as the headline entertainment.

Through his 55 years in dentistry, Dr. Dugoni has been in the forefront of innovations in dental education and in organized dentistry. He has served as President of the ADA, the American Association of Dental Schools, the American Board of Orthodontists, and of the California Dental Association. He has also served as Treasurer for FDI.

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The Wright Brothers are making plans for their first flight in a power-driven aircraft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, by Dr. Amir Biniaz
California, Southern Section

Trustee Charles Eller relates that Dr. Amir Biniaz, a New York dentist retired to Camarillo in 1993, has another use for his dental instruments and prolific hands. He sculpts complicated sand structures. His most recent achievement at The Oaks Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks for their “Fabric of America” display is pictured here.

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L-R, Chair Al Uveges presents Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Henry Fields
Ohio

Chairman Al Uveges hosted their 45th annual PFA Ohio Section breakfast last September in Columbus during the Ohio Dental Association Meeting. Over 105 Fellows and guests attended the buffet to induct 14 new Fellows into membership. Their 2003 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Henry Fields, past Dean of the Ohio State University School of Dentistry. Dr. Edward Hills, President of the Ohio Dental Board, gave a talk on “The Board and You.”

Oklahoma

With deep regret, PFA loses another great Oklahoma professional in the passing of past Section Chairman James A. Saddoris, past ADA president (1987-1988) and former ADA Treasurer (1981-1986). He gently left us last October at the age of 75. Dr. Saddoris had been Oklahoma Section Chair from 1989 to 2000. And he was in attendance at last year’s meeting. He was a warm, charming man who will be dearly missed from our ranks.

Illinois

Fellow Irwin Robinson of Northbrook will be honored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association with the Lou Liay Spirit Award at the 17 January UIC Flames basketball game during the college’s Reunion. This award is bestowed upon Illinois Alumni who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary loyalty, commitment, dedication, and service to the Alumni Association. It is named after the Alumni Association’s late Executive Director (1983-1998). Dr. Robinson , a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Dentistry, is a clinical Associate Professor in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department. He is a Fellow in PFA, ACD, ICD and a member of OKU, IADR, and has held positions in many other dental organizations.

Oregon

Trustee Charles Eller reports that he has appointed past ADA president William Ten Pas as Section Chairman for Oregon. His appointment has been approved by the PFA Board.

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
President
Canada

Michael J. Perpich
President-elect
Minnesota

Howard Mark
Vice President
Connecticut

Richard A. Kozal
Secretary General
Nevada

James M. Brophy
Editor
Illinois

Gary Lowder
Immediate Past President
Utah

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY TRUSTEES

REGION 1—Europe
Pierre Marois
France

REGION 2—N.E. USA
Richard Walsh
Rhode Island

REGION 3—S.E. USA
Robert S. Hart
Florida

REGION 4—Midwest USA
James A. Englander
Wisconsin

REGION 5—Western USA
Charles Eller
California

REGION 6—Canada
Barry Dolman
Ontario

REGION 7—Latin America
Bernardo Levit
Argentina

REGION 8—Australasia
William Winspear
Australia

REGION 9—Asia
Mamoru Sakuda
Japan

REGION 10—Central USA
Steve Hedlund
Iowa

FOUNDATION OFFICERS

Carl Lundgren
President
California

M. David Campbell
Vice President
Michigan

Fred Halik
Executive Director
New York

William Korte
Treasurer
Illinois

George Higue
Treasurer-emeritus
California

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
Canada

Michael Perpich
Minnesota

Richard Kozal
Nevada

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

C. Larry Barrett
Iowa

Gary Lowder
Utah

Minoru Horiuchi
Massachusetts

James Long
Mississippi

Michael Cripton
Canada

Scott Welch
Wyoming

Nicholas Saccone
Pennsylvania

Dr. Shig R. Kishi Memorial

Bernardo Levit of Argentina, International Trustee for Region 7, has become a world authority on the subject of halitosis, having published papers and given lectures in two languages on the subject. Last year, Drs. Bernardo Levit and Ivan Moldauer presented a table clinic at the Miami Winter Meeting and Dental Expo entitled “A Comprehensive Approach for the Treatment of Halitosis.” Their table clinic earned first prize. The cash award was donated by both presenters to the PFA Foundation.

At the recent ADA Session in San Francisco, Dr. Levit gave a seminar on his findings on halitosis.

Now Dr. Levit has assembled an e-book of his work on halitosis entitled “Contemporary Concepts for Breath Oral Study & Research.” The CD disc pictures Dr. Kishi and is enscribed “In memoriam of Dr. Shigeo Ryan Kishi.” This e-book may be purchased from the PFA Central Office for $40 with all proceeds going to the PFA Foundation’s Dr. Shig Kishi Memorial Fund.

This is a living tribute to our great past PFA President and Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Kishi. And in purchasing this e-book, the buyer not only donates to the Foundation fund but gets the latest information on halitosis from an award-winning author on the subject.

While the supply lasts, this work may be purchased by contacting the PFA Central Office at P.O. Box 80330, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89180-0330 or by calling 1-800-232-0099.

If you wish to make a memorial donation to the Dr. Shig R. Kishi Fund for the Foundation, use the same means of contact. Arrangements are also being made to secure back copies of Drs. Loader and Kishi’s book Legacy.

2. March - April

The purpose of the Academy, as an honor society, is the fostering of a greater support for, and the influencing of, the moving of dentistry to the highest level of professionalism as manifested by the practice of integrity and ethics. The Academy lends itself to accomplish this ideal by publicly honoring, in a significant and noteworthy manner, those who can be classified as role models for other practitioners and those who have distinguished themselves by their support of the ethical ideal.

Recently, I had the opportunity and distinct pleasure to install 20 Fellows at the Georgia Section Meeting in Greensboro on February 7, and 38 Canadian Fellows at our annual Canadian Section Fellowship Breakfast in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 5. My congratulations to both Section Chair Karyn Stockwell of Kennesaw, Georgia, and to Canadian Trustee Barry Dolman of Montreal, on the quality of the new Fellows elected. Both Induction functions were superbly organized and masterfully executed.

The new Fellows recently elected in Georgia and from the five Sections of Canada are typical of our membership base. They are on the executive committees of their State Associations or licensing authorities; they are State or national Board Examiners; they are Governors to their provincial Boards of Governors, editors of State Journals, or State Delegates to their national dental organizations; they are dedicated academics who I saluted in my previous Message. Our Fellows are the organizers/chairpersons of your dental health month activities or the Chief of Staff at your children’s hospital dental department. I am extremely proud that you were mindful of them and took the time to acknowledge their accomplishments by nominating them for Academy Fellowship and recognition.

In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt, “It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marked by dust and sweat and blood; who strikes valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions and expends/spends himself in a worthy cause.”

The Pierre Fauchard Academy proudly honors the men and women in the arena with Fellowship in our pre-eminent international honor society

Dr. Kevin L. Roach
President

PFA Dental Museum Gets Recognition

The Henderson (Nevada) View News initiated local interest in our museum with a 30 January 2004 article “Dental Museum captures history of profession and its technology.” It was an item off the front page under “Learning to be an Art.” The article describes the museum and many of its turn-of-the-century dental artifacts, noting that they “are reminiscent of the profession’s more painful times before nitrous oxide and novocaine.”

State Senator Dr. Ray Rawson is mentioned prominently along with our Secretary General Richard Kozal for the conception and initiation of our dental museum in Las Vegas. Fellow Ray Rawson had attended PFA on a European trip to Brussels, London, and Paris as a CE speaker on dental forensics, as he is also a county deputy coroner. In Paris, he was quite impressed with the Pierre Fauchard Museum at the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgien-Dentistes headquarters. This was the beginning of his support for “a Pierre Fauchard Museum as good as they have in Paris. And it has come along very nicely.”

The newspaper article mentioned the acquisition of the Dr. Henry Zeller turn-of-the-century complete dental office. The author also discussed our museum’s permanent location to be established in the new dental school at UNLV.

xDr. Kozal noted that so many items have been donated that PFA will be able to have their museum at both UNLV and at the Community College of Southern Nevada. There are even enough items donated by our members to open another museum at the University of Nevada Dental Hygiene School in Reno.

Then on 4 February 2004, the Summerlin South View (Nevada) picked up the story under the title “Filling a Void” with photos calling it a “teaching museum.” “The museum illustrates the history of dentistry and serves as an educational tool for dental assistant and hygiene students who take classes at the college.”

Another article appeared in the Summerlin View News that week titled “CCSN Museum traces the roots of dentistry.” Writer Tiffannie Bond noted that the museum demonstrates what it was like “before running water” with spittoon and hand-made dental instruments. Senator Rawson noted that “Dentists were using things like this, and people would pass out from the pain. You go back 100 years ago, and you didn’t go to a dentist unless you had to because it hurt. There’s almost no pain like a toothache. We’ve come a long way in making that tolerable.”

All the articles gave the Pierre Fauchard Academy the credit for initiating this project to assist in the education of Nevada’s students in the dental profession as well as demonstrating to the public the evolution of dentistry in one short century.

This is a step beyond the many letters received at the Museum for the conducted tours like from the recent Explorers Post, the Boy Scouts, and the Junior Boxing Club that have come through our museum.

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Dr. Carl Lundgren

Foundation Update

Exciting Foundation Grants

by Foundation President Carl Lundgren

The isolated group of Mexican patients had walked for miles and waited in line quietly while enduring toothaches. There were no dental facilities in this remote area in the Sierra de San Francisco in the southern State of Baja California, 700 miles south of San Diego.

The Amigos de Los Californios is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, which began in 1996 to provide care to this group. The volunteers make the two-day drive in their own vehicles to transport equipment and supplies donated by some San Diego area supply companies. Our Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation just recently donated $10,000 to provide portable dental chairs and other supplies.

The 14 volunteers on the clinic staff are headed by PFA’s Southern California Section Fellow Dr. Roger Kingston of San Diego, an oral surgeon. The volunteers cover all expenses with personal funds. Seven annual trips have been made to serve a patient load of about 200 with duration of from 9 to 14 days. The equipment and conditions have been incredibly primitive so that funds are needed for Aseptico U.S. military field used equipment that is purchased at a special discount deal.

This program is just one of 18 that our Foundation supported last year. Over the last nine years, our Foundation has distributed a total of nearly $3 million in grants and scholarships. This year, 18 grant recipients received over $167,000. Scholarships of $1500 were awarded to an undergraduate dental student in each of the U.S. dental schools and one scholarship each in 18 countries that have PFA Sections. A suitable certificate accompanies each grant. The award goes to the student for leadership potential. The deans of the schools select the student recipients.

The PFA members have been very generous in their financial support to the Foundation’s programs. The support has varied from hundreds of small donations to the $5 million bequest from Dr. Fernando Brenes-Espinach of Costa Rica. He was a Trustee on the PFA Board. A substantial amount of our funds are donated by members from their dues statements. In order to keep funding available for these awards, the Foundation Board has recently been developing a “Memorial and Tribute Funds” Program. This effort will permit donors to ascertain what their donation money will be used for, if they wish.

U.S. Foundation Scholars

The Foundation Board of Trustees approved one $1500 scholarship award to each of the U.S. dental schools and to 28 non-U.S. dental schools. The determination of the awards is made on the number of members in each Section. This is a list of the U.S. scholars that have been received to date.

• Allyn Mabson Thames III from the University of Alabama
• Charles McKean Allen, Jr. from Texas A&M University at Baylor
• Gabriel Ruiz of Boston University
• Amy Gimlen of UCLA
• Bao-Thy Nguyen of USC
• Norma Ramirez from Case Western Reserve University
• Narmatha Sinnarajah of Columbia University
• Gabriel Kennedy from the University of Connecticut
• Rebecca E. Greving of Creighton University
• Alexa Vitek from the University of Detroit-Mercy
• Maria Song of the University of Florida
• James B. Melvin from the Medical College of Georgia
• Adam Ortega of Harvard
• Reshma D. Dhake of University of Illinois-Chicago
• Theron C. Waisath from Southern Illinois University
• Caroline Derrow of Indiana University
• Michael Franzman from the University of Iowa
• Joseph Petrey from the University of Kentucky
• Andrea L. Carvalho of Loma Linda University
• Eric Macaluso of LSU
• Bryan Cropper of the University of Louisville
• Barrett Straub of Marquette University
• Brent J. Hansen of the University of Maryland
• Anitra Roberts of Meharry Medical College
• Erin Teague from the University of Michigan
• Timothy Osborn from the University of Minnesota
• Tiffany Priscilla Green from the University of Mississippi
• Kevin Cunningham from the University of Missouri- Kansas City
• Martin Killeen from the University of Nebraska
• Allison Loeb from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
• Thomas A. Kolodge of New York University
• Shreyas Patel of SUNY at Buffalo
• David A. Sherman of SUNY at Stony Brook
• John J. Sweeney at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Patrick B. Parsons from Ohio State University
• Adam S. Pitts from the University of Oklahoma
• Jessica Robertson of Oregon Health Sciences University
• Courtney Fitzpatrick from the University of the Pacific
• Andrea Woods from the University of Pennsylvania
• Matthew Kremser from the University of Pittsburgh
• Elgardo J. Toro-Quinones from the University of Puerto Rico
• Aaron P. Burleson of the Medical University of South Carolina
• Max Almodovar of Temple University
• Emily E. Sheppard from the University of Tennessee
• Tyrone Rodriguez of the University of Texas at Houston
• Jason Stamboulieh of the University of Texas at San Antonio
• Kris Togias from Tufts University
• Christopher Loveland of Virginia Commonwealth University
• Brian M. Almond from the University of Washington
• Scott Edmonds from the University of West Virginia

*No responses from the University of Colorado, Howard University, and Nova Southeastern University (Florida).

Foundation Grant Information

by Executive Director Fred Halik

The deadline for Grant applications is fast coming upon us—30 June 2004. Organizations, institutions, and individuals may request funding for programs and projects within Foundation goals by written request for an application form from the Foundation Executive Director Fred Halik at 30 Spruce Ridge, Fairport, NY, 14450-4278.

All submitted proposals are reviewed by the Grants Committee and submitted to the Foundation Board of Trustees for approval at their annual meeting.

The Foundation is committed to fulfill the provisions of the Brenes-Espinach legacy, which is to promote all aspects of oral health. Although the Foundation remains flexible enough to consider innovative projects in all areas of dentistry, including practice and education, it does place special emphasis on programs that increase access and provide dental care to the deserving, but inadequately served public.

The maximum dollar amounts for grants are $5000 for PFA Section Programs under the Section’s control and in which a significant number of Fellows participate; $10,000 for Service Projects that provide increased access to dental care for the public in need; $5000 for educational programs including continuing education; and $5000 for approved miscellaneous programs that fall within the guidelines.

The Foundation will NOT fund (1) multi-year projects, although at its discretion it may allow a grant to span a two-year period; (2) capital projects or purchases of major equipment that costs over $1000, nor land or building acquisition; (3) indirect costs, such as university or institutional overhead; (4) the principal project manager’s salary, nor may it replace funds already available for basic personnel costs; (5) nor will the Foundation fund questionnaires or surveys for demographic studies of need, or for all inclusive surveys; (6) nor fund clinical or basic biomedical research projects; (7) no endowments; (8) no land or building acquisitions; (9) nor any ordinary social services of an ongoing nature; (10) no programs that are the government’s responsibility and are supported by tax revenues; (11) no religious activities; (12) no funding for political candidate’s activities or lobbying efforts; (13) nor fund any schools below the college level; (14) no dinners, tables, or tickets to any fundraising events; (15) no advertising in charitable publications; (16) no promotional items or activities such as trophies, prizes, or trips; (17) no endowment of Chairs; (18) nor will funds be granted to the general funds of other foundations or organizations; (19) however specific projects of those foundations or organizations may be considered; and (20) no essays programs.

Only non-profit, tax-exempt organizations and individuals employed by such organizations (with the exception of the student scholarships) are eligible to receive Foundation funding. In the United States and its protectorates, a proposal submitted by other than a tax-exempt organization, will be returned. Organizations outside the United States and its protectorates must be recognized as a tax-exempt entity in its own country and be governed by that country’s appropriate rules. All organizations shall agree to take full legal and administrative responsibility for their projects.

If you, or your organization, believe you qualify for a Foundation Grant, please explain why, in writing, with your request for the application form, and any other necessary information to the Foundation Executive Director. Everything goes through the Executive Director first.

All grant applications and requests must be submitted in the English language.

2003-2004 Foundation Grants

Many worthy non-profit organizations, including the Academy Sections across the world, have benefited from grants made to their projects by the Foundation. Many of these projects are designed to deliver dental health care to patients who are indigent, uninsured, or have limited access to dental treatment facilities. For the most part, volunteer professionals give of their time and resources to these projects in the spirit of the Academy’s Mission Statement. As a result, much of the financial support given to the organizations is used for supplies, instruments, and other support that enables these useful activities.

Such examples of those receiving this year’s grant awards are:

• The Massachusetts Section for conducting a program for identification of lost or abused children, using the Toothprint Program. This is an extension of their 2002 program, which has been a highly publicized activity. This project has served many children with large acclaim for its huge success by law enforcement agencies. The program is being extended into other areas of the State.

• The Kentucky Section is sponsoring a program for providing sealants for a large group of neglected children.

• The Japan Section is involved in a most laudable project to bring dental care to elderly residents living in far isolated islands of the Nagasaki Region.

• Amigos de Los Californios, a group of southern California dentists, are bringing portable dental care to inadequately served people in Baja California, hundreds of miles south of San Diego.

• Medical, Eye, and Dental International Care (MEDICO) of Texas provides dental treatment opportunities for needy people in remote areas of the world. Their latest project is to serve the children of Honduras.

• The Salvation Army of Oxnard (California) provides free dental care for the homeless and low-income people of all ages, as a part of a truly humanitarian health care activity.

• The Mission of Mercy Project (MOM) is a special initiative of the Virginia Dental Association to bring extremely critical dental care to rural, impoverished areas.

• The Hope Medical Outreach Coalition provides free preventative care for the needy children through the schools of the Omaha, Nebraska, area.

To determine if your organization may qualify for a grant, go to the Academy Web site at www.Fauchard.org. Click the Foundation link to find the information page that can help determine if your idea falls within the Foundation guidelines.

Primary Research Article

An Evidence-Based Study on the AIDS Epidemic in Dentistry

by E. J. Neiburger, DDS, Director, Center for Dental AIDS Research

The greatest impact that dentistry has experienced in the last decades of the 20th century has been concerns about infection control. This was primarily due to fears about the occupational transmission of HIV/AIDS. Billions of dollars and millions of person-hours were devoted to this issue because of extrapolations of approximately 100 medical (not dental) HIV transmission cases reported worldwide. As a result, thousands of allergic emergencies and some deaths (e.g. latex anaphylaxis) have resulted from staff and patient exposures to protective devices recommended for the prevention of transmission of this single terrifying disease.

With all the panic and publicity surrounding the great FAIDS (fear of AIDS) epidemic of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s one critical fact is often missed. There are not (and never have been) any documented cases of dental workers getting occupational HIV/AIDS. Our profession has spent billions of dollars and person-hours on questionable disposables, research, training, legislation, regulation and litigation in an effort to prevent a disease that has never occurred occupationally in dental workers. There are, however, a reported seven “possible” non-documented cases of occupationally acquired dental HIV/AIDS, which are continuously referenced as the only “solid” evidence that HIV/AIDS is a serious concern for dentistry. This paper will examine the scientific aspects of these cases and how “soft” this “solid” evidence really is.

Panic—The Dr. Acer Case

The one issue that threw the nation into a panic and damned dentistry in the mind of the public was the Dr. David Acer case where an AIDS infected Florida dentist (using recommended Universal Precautions) was alleged to have transmitted the virus to 5 (later 6) of his dental patients. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a division of the U.S. Public Health Service under the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mishandled the scientific, statistical and media aspects of this case causing wide spread confusion. The “infected patients” were finally identified with high-risk behaviors and in a following governmental investigation, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) reported: “...CDC could not identify, on the basis of its investigation, exactly how HIV was transmitted to the 5 patients.” “...this case provides little specific information to advance an understanding of how to prevent such occurrences in the future.”

Litigation, big-buck settlements, unremitting media publicity and panic muddied the issue and established the public’s perception (as well as many in the profession) that dental care could easily transmit HIV/ AIDS. Serious questions were asked about the conclusions the CDC made in this case but they fell on deaf ears. The GAO and other agencies recommended that the Acer case be considered an anomaly and not be used for policy decisions. Unfortunately the “horse was out of the barn” and the Acer case became the symbol of AIDS dangers; not the exception that it really was.

As time went on, the public and dental media expanded the concept that “AIDS is everywhere.” Numerous gay rights and AIDS organizations, in an effort to avoid the stigma and discrimination surrounding AIDS being a “gay only disease,” fostered, with the help of the government and a few dental groups, the faulty concept that AIDS could affect everyone equally; heterosexuals and homosexuals alike.

As the FRAIDS panic spread, bizarre predictions appeared such as with TV host Oprah Winfrey’s 2-17-87 “Women living with AIDS” show where Oprah stated, “by 1990, twenty percent of heterosexuals will be dead of AIDS.” A 1991 Gallup Poll reported that Americans (and their political representatives) believed that AIDS (which killed approximately 25,000 that year) was eight times more important than cancer (which killed 900,000+ people in 1991).

This alarmist climate resulted in heavy pressure on the dental profession to show that the public was “safe” in the dental office and numerous laws, regulations and procedures were enacted to give this appearance. Many dental journals and supply manufacturers saw a boom in disposables advertising and sales. Self proclaimed “experts” and infection control organizations proliferated, generating millions of dollars in educational schemes. Dental offices were awash in latex, wrappers and sterilants. The U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, publicly stated, “Getting AIDS from a Health Care worker is essentially nil.” Using a few occupational seroconversions among the world’s non-dental health care workers as a rational, the CDC supported draconian governmental regulatory measures, which gave an opposite message. The Surgeon General’s advice was ignored by the media and the public. Gradually the panic diffused and dissipated as FRAIDS fatigue and clearer minds prevailed. The constant media attention became old and boring. The public saw that, in spite of the doomsayers and activists’ predictions, very few people were going to die of AIDS; especially middle class, heterosexuals. AIDS was not a disease of average Americans.

Serious questions about the Acer case, the effectiveness of Universal Precautions, the CDC’s accuracy, rampant fraud/waste in many AIDS organizations and the obvious miniscule dangers of AIDS transmission caused many exhausted people to calm down and take a second look at the situation. In the 1990’s annual AIDS case numbers began to significantly fall. AIDS was clearly identified as a preventable and treatable, chronic disease predominately affecting homosexuals, IV drug users and their sex partners. New medications made AIDS a “tolerable” disease, cleared out hospital wards and allowed many of the infected, who otherwise would have quickly died, to live relatively comfortable, productive lives. The epidemic was over and dentistry, with the exception of the Acer case, had not been implicated.

People Lie: Aids Research Is Often Based on Bad Data

Much of AIDS epidemiology is unreliable. It depends on patient interviews where carefully positioned questions attempt to get truthful responses. Most AIDS data relies on the accuracy and truthfulness of those interviewed. Unfortunately, people lie. They especially lie about their sex-lives and illegal activities (e.g. IV drug use). Some even lie so that they can get to participate in vaccine trials. Numerous studies have shown that that people initially lie, but often recant upon pressure. Some people do not.

A number of studies illustrate these phenomena. Castro et al. found that 75% of HIV positive individuals reporting no high-risk behavior later admitted that they lied. In a CDC study of heterosexually acquired AIDS patients, 9% later admitted they were homosexuals. Cochran and Mays found 47% of individuals with sexually transmitted disease lied about their behavior: 20% said they would lie about being HIV positive. In a U.S. government study of 12,329 AIDS patients claiming “undetermined” risk factors, follow up interviews discovered that all but 491 individuals (3.9%) really participated in high-risk behavior. Health care workers were found to be no more truthful in telling the facts about their private activities.

Why would someone lie that they caught HIV/AIDS occupationally when, in truth, it was from high-risk behavior? The answer is simple. If you claim to have been infected with HIV/AIDS occupationally, you get sympathy from your family and community, disability payments, legal protection and other secondary benefits. If you admit your AIDS came from high-risk behavior (e.g. anal intercourse with homosexual men, drugs) you get thrown out of the house, divorced, jailed, fired from your job and generally stigmatized. That is why people lie about AIDS and we should be very suspicious of any stories claiming non-risk sources of occupationally involved AIDS infection. In many of these cases, the CDC took subjects’ claims at face value in absence of other scientific facts. This “soft” data forms the basis of the CDC’s determinations in the seven possible dental (occupational) AIDS transmission cases.

Limited Testing Accuracy

AIDS is diagnosed in the industrial nations with a series of blood tests. Usually an ELISA survey test and, if needed, a confirming Western Blot test. Both tests require a sophisticated lab and well-trained technicians. Even though tests are considered accurate, false positives do occur. Kleinman, in a study of 5 million samples, found a 4.8% false positive rate for HIV (Western Blot) tests when compared to the much more accurate (and expensive) HIV-1RNA PCR test. The study found HIV tests to have a specificity of 100% and a sensitivity of 98%. Another study found that numerous conditions like liver disease, drug abuse, pregnancy, hemodialysis, transfusions, etc. will give a false positive HIV test results. Thus it is possible to be diagnosed as being HIV positive and having AIDS yet never be sick from the disease. This may explain the numerous HIV positive “non-reactors” who, unless they take the toxic antiviral drugs, have no observed problem with their health. Because of these reasons, dentists must be skeptical of anecdotal reports and cautious in extrapolating rare reports of occupational HIV/AIDS transmission “cases.”

The Seven Dental Workers With “Possible” Occupationally Acquired HIV

The CDC, in several years of “HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report” issues, stated that there were seven dental workers who are “possible” cases of occupational HIV/AIDS transmission. The designation “possible” is defined as, “These healthcare workers have been investigated and are without identifiable behavioral or transfusion risks: each reported percutaneous or mucocutaneous occupational exposures to blood or body fluids or laboratory solutions containing HIV, but HIV seroconversion specifically resulting form an occupational exposure was not documented.” In this often-quoted data, there are no sources referenced. The last possible occupational case was recorded in 1995. With no further cases reported, the CDC stopped publishing this category of health care “infection” in 2001.

In 1999, the CDC changed the total number, removing one case; thus reporting a new total of 6 “possible” cases of dental worker occupational exposure. Dr. H. Gayle, Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention explained that this change was because, “...CDC surveillance data are always presented as ‘provisional’ in these reports... further investigation showed the dental worker had other (behavioral or transfusion-related) risk factors...” The subject had lied to investigators.

After several years of inquiry through innumerable phone calls, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, litigation and Congressional/government inquiry, the following data describing the “possible” occupational transmissions in dental workers was received from the government and is presented: Of the seven (six) dentists classified as “possible” occupational HIV/AIDS transmission, three were general practitioners, one a periodontist, one a pedodontist and two were dental students. Five had AIDS; two were HIV positive but had no symptoms. Three dentists were mentally impaired. The seven preformed 22,134 procedures on 6,740 patients with no HIV/AIDS being transferred to or from the operators (DNA studies).

Dentist 1. The first case was reported by Klein et al and used by OSHA to extrapolate the dangers of AIDS transmission to dental workers. Klein found a male dentist who tested HIV positive and denied high-risk behavior in a survey of 1,309 dental staff. He lived among and treated New York City “village” patients; a high AIDS risk population. He intermittently used protective equipment. His wife refused to be tested. HIV exposure could not be documented and the CDC authors freely made an assumption; that if the dentist did contract HIV occupationally, then Universal Precautions would have prevented transmission. The problem with this study is that it was based on an unproved assumption (the dentist got HIV occupationally from his patients) with no other supporting evidence concerning false positive testing or other high-risk causes (e.g. bisexual contacts, drugs, etc.). Investigators took his word as fact. OSHA based its decision to include dental workers in its 1991 Blood Borne Pathogen Rule on this one case describing it as proof of... “a risk of dental professionals acquiring HIV.” There is no science supporting this conclusion. It was a guess. Dentists 2 & 3. The 12-6-91 Federal Register (Blood borne Pathogen Rule p. 64021) contains one reference of “further evidence” involving two seroconverted dental workers, among a group of 69 health care workers, with no identifiable risk for infection. OSHA considers these cases “less complete” and states, “it is reasonable to assume that at least some of them resulted from occupational exposure” but gives no scientific references to support this claim.

A 1992 report in MMWR mentions these two dentists and states they worked in a correctional facility (treating high risk patients), experienced needle sticks from equipment used on unidentified patients and died before HIV–DNA studies and in depth interviews could be done. Since there was little information on these two dentists (e.g. their potential high risk behavior), CDC staffers could not rule out occupational transmission and thus they were classified as “possible.” This “possible” designation is problematic because “possible” is often extended to “probable,” then “most likely” and finally being assumed as “actually happened” classifications: data torturing often seen in other government publications with a political bias.

Dentists 4, 5 & 6 (including perhaps dentists 1-3). The CDC, after years of numerous calls and an ignored FOIA request from the American Association of Forensic Dentists, reconsidered its decision and provided more data on “possible” occupational seroconversion cases in 1996 and later, 2003. This change of heart may have been encouraged by pressure of a high ranking Congressional committee chairman (John Porter, MC) during funding hearings. The CDC provided a single “scientific” document in the form of a short abstract from the 1995 meeting of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. This was the “hard scientific” data the CDC supplied to Congress (and the FOIA requests) on the “possible” dental occupational seroconversions. The objectives were “To describe demographic characteristics and exposure to HIV among dental workers (DW) reported to the CDC through 1994.” The summary of the report stated: “Six Dental Workers (DW) reported without a specific risk had occupational exposures that were possibly associated with HIV transmission: three of those reported percutaneous exposure to patient’s blood or body fluids, although the patients were not known to be HIV-infected. Conclusions: Almost all of the DWs reported to the CDC with AIDS had behavior risks for HIV infection. Adherence to universal precautions by DWs is recommended.”

This report states that “almost” all the possible cases of DWs seroconverting had high-risk behavior, a proven source of HIV/AIDS infection unrelated to dentistry. The first dentist would not admit high-risk behavior. There were no examples of individuals who did not have this probable cause of infection. When asked how accurate this data was in supporting the “possible” designation, one CDC official stated, “The scientific evidence is not very ‘hard.’” There are no documented cases of occupational HIV/AIDS transmission. There are no “probable” cases and the six dentists classified in the “possible” designation appear arbitrary, lacking any scientific veracity.

Conclusion

So where do we stand on the potential of dental workers (dentists, assistants, etc.) of acquiring HIV/AIDS professionally? AIDS/HIV seroconversion rates of dentists have been studied for over 20 years. There is no dependable scientific evidence to substantiate that dental workers are or have been in ANY danger. The historical odds of a dental worker acquiring HIV/AIDS occupationally are zero. This is supported by the facts that in billions of dental patient contacts there have never been any documented cases of occupational HIV/AIDS infection in dentistry anywhere in the world since AIDS was discovered. It appears that the CDC’s proposed seven (six) possible cases of dental worker infection are based on scant, unscientific, poorly substantiated and unreliable/data.

Because of the politics, panic, exaggerations, denials, scandals, redefinitions and unscientific epidemiology which form the basis of the governments dental-related recommendations/ regulations (not to mention an ignorant and fear crazed populace), dentistry has spent billions of dollars, person hours and lives lost on infection control schemes addressing the prevention of a disease that does not affect dental personnel. Because of the lack of demonstrative infection transmission over the 20-plus years of AIDS (before and after the advent of Universal Precautions), we are faced with one humbling conclusion. The dental profession has been duped. Dental workers do not get occupational HIV/AIDS.

The FRAIDS epidemic in dentistry fueled an extreme infection control movement that was not warranted nor supported by the alleged science identifying a hazard. It has not significantly reduced the already small infection transmission rates of other diseases. Vast resources were diverted from the population’s health care and livelihoods to address a “chicken little” disaster that never existed. Now that mythology and fear has somewhat abated, our profession should carefully re-examine the research and evidence available and produce clear, practical standards on disinfection, sterilization and patient treatment that more accurately reflect the objective scientific realities of HIV/AIDS hazards in dentistry. We should be skeptical of any alarmist’s tales. Dentistry should not continue the fear and hype that has been embarrassing the dental community and enriching hucksters and false prophets since the 1980’s. I would recommend the following measures:

1. Cease confusing the CDC’s “six possible” occupational dental cases as fact. It is at best, an unsubstantiated guess. Carefully investigate the CDC’s data and publicize the scientific findings.

2. Do not believe everything government tells you. Require the CDC to provide full documentation (e.g. web) on all its data and decision-making processes. Be skeptical and demand hard scientific proof for regulations.

3. Allow the dental workers the option of choosing what protective equipment and measures they will use on a case-by-case basis utilizing their professional judgment. The existing broad governmental mandates (e.g. Universal-Standard Precautions are unsupportable.

4. Establish a mechanism to insure accuracy in future infectious disease reporting and recommendations outside of the CDC (e.g. independent review panel, firing untruthful employees).

5. Insist on objectivity, accuracy and balance in dental organizations and publications.

6. Don’t be so gullible and easily lead.

It is time for a change.

References (available upon request)

Copyright 2003 by E. Neiburger and the Center for Dental AIDS Research. Permission to republish is granted to anyone who wishes to print this document provided that a copy of the article is mailed to E. Neiburger, CDAR. 1000 North Ave. Waukegan IL 60085 USA

Central Office Report

As of January 2004, all Fellowship dues for this year are $100 USD. The Initiation fee (one time) is $150 USD. For a new Fellow to be inducted that means $250 USD for the initiation and one year’s dues. We are suggesting that the Initiation be presented at some formal induction affair to give it the level of importance the honor deserves, like a dinner, luncheon meeting, perhaps even a breakfast gathering, preferably in conjunction with an appropriate dental meeting or social function.

All new Fellow Certificates, pins, and/or ribbons will be sent to the Section Chair. Allow at least 14-20 days for the preparation of the Certificates so they will be there on time. On short notice requests, call the office at 1-800-232-0099.

The Distinguished Dentist of the Year Awards are available to all Sections. All Chairs are recommended to make such a presentation annually. Be sure to notify the Central Office the full name of the recipient including middle name or initial or whatever exactly you want on the award. Do not forget to include the degree: DDS, DMD, or equivalent. Also send the address of the recipient so that a congratulatory letter can be sent from the Academy President.

Allow at least 20 to 30 days for preparation and return mailing to be there for the date of your event.

Fellowship lists and/or mailing labels are provided on request. Allow 5 to 7 days for their preparation and return mailing.

COMMUNICATION is essential to service with speed and dispatch for your requests of the Central Office. Phone us at 1-800/232-0099; local phone 1-702/651-5527; fax 1-702/651-5537 or 1-702/365-8002; email: Rkozal@aol.com (PFA Secretary General Richard Kozal) or PFAJDK@aol.com for Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Judith Kozal.

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Recipient Melinda Mo receiving scholarship award from Dr. Nadine Milos

Foundation News

Alberta

The University of Alberta Associate Dean Nadine Milos reported presenting the Foundation scholarship award to their student Melinda Mo.

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Recipient M. Azzi receiving award from a faculty representative
Quebec

The University of Montreal Faculty of Dental Medicine, Secretaire de Faculte Monique Michaud reported presenting the Foundation scholarship award to student M. Azzi.

France

Our International Trustee for Europe Pierre Marois had an article and picture of PFA President Gary Lowder, Trustee Pierre Marois, the Presidents of the Conseil National de l’Order des Chirurgien-dentistes and entourage printed in their top dental publication la Lettre, the January/February issue, about the Bus Social Dentaire (see DW, Sept/Oct 2003, pp. 5-7).

“Lors de son sejour en France, au mois de juin derbier, le president en exercice de la Pierre Fauchard Aacdemy, l’americain Gary Lowder, a tenu a saluer le president du Conseil national, Pierre-Yves Mahe. L’occasion pour Gary Lowder de voir pour la premiere fois le Wall of Fame, dans les locaux du Conseil national, qui reunit les portraits des chirurgien-dentistes celebres. Mais le sejour du president de la Pierre Fauchard Academy n’aurait pas ete complet s’il n’avait rendu visite au Bus Dentaire, association soutenue par le Conseil national et don’t la Pierre Fauchard Academy est l’un des bailleurs de fonds.

“Il s’est donc rendu au center d’heber-gement La Colombe, a Boulogne-Billancourt, ou stationnait le bus ce jour-la, en compagnie du Conseil national, Pierre Yves-Mahe, du President d’Honneur du Conseil national, Andre Robert, du President de la Pierre Fauchard Academy pour la France, Hubert Ouvrard et, enfin, du President de la Pierre Fauchard Academy pour l’Europe, Pierre Marois. On relevera que le president Lowder s’est declare impressionne par la qualite du plateau technique du bus Dentaire. Il a egalement rendu un homage appuye aux members du Bus, et en particulier aux chirurgien-dentsits qui y exercent benevolement.”

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Dean Charles Goodacre presents check to Andrea Carvalho
United States:
California

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Awards Secretary LaDean Gregg reported that Dean Charles J. Goodacre presented the Foundation scholarship to Andrea Carvalho last December.

Maryland

The University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Associate Dean Margaret Wilson reported that Section Chair Don-N Brotman presented the Foundation scholarship to student Brent J. Hansen along with Senior Associate Dean Warren Morganstein and Director of Educational Innovation and Management Dr. Harold Crossley, both PFA Fellows. Brent Hansen was selected because he met the established scholarship criteria and exceptional leadership potential, as well as integrity, imagination, initiative and superb communication skills. He was chosen from a pool of 1300 candidates for his seat in dental school. Once accepted, he and other students formed a Student Interest Group with the Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery. Brent Hansen has been elected for key roles in his class thus earning him the respect of the faculty. He has been an active participant in the Pharmacy School-sponsored Bridge to Excellence Program, where he provides tutoring and mentorship for Baltimore students. He also serves on the Admissions Committee and represents the school in his interactions with prospective students. He visits area colleges to promote dentistry as a profession.

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Dean Ira Lamster presents check to Narmatha Sinnarajah with Associate Dean Martin Davis
New York

Last November the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery presented the Foundation scholarship to their student Narmatha Sinnarajah. The presentation was made by Dean Ira Lamster and Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs Martim Davis.

Section News

Australasia

Fellow Mark Sinclair was essential in organizing the successful PFA Breakfast in Sydney during the FDI World Congress there last Autumn where some 47 new Fellows were inducted into membership.

Canada

Honorary Fellowship was presented to Brain James Henderson by President Kevin Roach at the PFA Meeting during the Canadian Dental Association Session in Vancouver this March.

Fellow Vaughn Glover of Anprior won a $10,000 prize awarded him by a panel of nine U.S. judges for his patient-centered proposal to reform the United States health care system. He entered the contest in Washington State out of frustration with both the Canadian and the U.S. health-care systems. Kathleen O’Connor, a Seattle health care consultant paid for the prize to stimulate fresh ideas on the health care system. She received over 100 entries from individuals from all walks of life. Dr. Glover’s winning proposal was of a patient-centered team model he uses in his own practice. He has authored a book called Journey to Wellness. Kathleen O’Connor presented the various ideas to the Washington State Congressional delegation with the hope that they will incorporate some of them into legislation. She used the prize presentation to launch a new, non-profit health care reform advocacy group called Code Blue Now.

Japan

The 34th annual Meeting of the Japan Section was held in Shizuoka City last Fall to induct new Fellows and to hold the changing of the officers. International Trustee and Japan Chair Mamoru Sakuda stepped down from the Section Chair to transfer the authority to Japan’s new Chair, Dr. Tsuneaki Kuwahata.

Korean Section Chairman Kim, Hong-Ki presented a bust of Pierre Fauchard to outgoing Japan Chair Mamoru Sakuda. This bust of Pierre Fauchard is one of those made by the late Dr. Kee, Chang-Duk, the first Korean recipient of the Elmer Best award.


Iraq

Dr. Salama al-Khufaji, a Shiite dental professor at Baghdad University, was selected last December to replace Aquila al-Hashimi, a Shiite Muslim member of the Iraqi Governing Council. Aquila al-Hashimi was assassinated last September 20th and is the highest Iraqi official killed by suspected Saddam Hussein loyalists. Dr. Salama al-Khufaji is one of three women on the Council and comes from Karabala, a southern Iraq Shiite holy city. The 25-member Governing Council composed of 13 Shiite Arabs, five Kurds, five Sunni Arabs, one Christian, and one ethnic Turk acts as an interim government for Iraq.

United States
Illinois

The PFA Section held their annual luncheon meeting with the Illinois ICD and ACD Sections last February 21st at Chicago’s McCormick Place during the 139th annual session of the Chicago Dental Society. ADA President Eugene Sekiguchi was the featured speaker.

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L-R, New Officers Chair-elect Louis Shepard, Chair William Webb, past Chair Craig Draffin, Vice Chair Danny Cront, and Secretary/ Treasurer E. W. Rabon
South Carolina

During their annual luncheon meeting in Columbia, they installed their new officers for 2003-2004: Chairman William Webb, Chair-elect Louis Shepard, Vice Chair Danny Cront, and Secretary/Treasurer E. W. Rabon, Jr. with past Chair Craig Draffin.

Dr. Shig Kishi Memorial Tribute E-Book

by Dr. Bernardo Levit

Dr. Bernardo Levit of Argentina has written a book on “Contemporary Concepts for Breath Oral Study & Research.” It sells for $40, which will be donated to the Foundation in memory of the late departed Executive Director Shigeo Ryan Kishi.

Using a friendly, but scientifically sound language, Dr. Bernardo Levit goes into the roots of halitosis and the therapeutic approaches to contain it. This may appear strange to find a dentists talking about bad breath odor, but about 90% of such cases seem to be related to the activity of bacterial populations living in the mouth. Nevertheless, Dr. Levit, a member of the International Society of Oral Breath Research, puts the stress on the need of a multi-disciplinary approach in order to discard the more complex etiologies, or to improve the efficiency of treatment.

Halitosis is not as serious as cancer, but those who suffer from it may experience the rejection from the people surrounding them, the burden of self-culpability, and isolation. Such patients need to stop feeling ashamed and need the comfort in knowing a trained professional can help them.

Pages of this e-book include descriptions of the biochemical basis of bad odor, different devices to measure objectively volatile compounds, and the psychosocial impact of halitosis. This information is gently articulated with practical advice for both the patients and the treating doctors. Among the remarkable subjects distinguishing this text from previous works is that Dr. Levit illuminates the phenomena of “biofilms” or bacterial clumps surrounded by an enveloping intermicrobial matrix from where foul-smelling gases emanate. Existence of biofilms helps to understand the limited efficacy of mouth rinses and stress the importance of tongue-scrapers to reach an exhaustive oral hygiene. This e-book also analyzes criteria to select assistants in order to help diagnosis and evaluation of patients.

In summary, this work is a “must read” text for those who suffer from chronic halitosis, for their loved ones, and for the treating professional who wants to be updated on the latest information about diagnosis and effective treatment of this condition.

Anyone desiring to attain this knowledge and make a contribution to the Shig Kishi Memoriam, contact the Central Office for a copy. Make checks payable in U.S. dollars and write the check to the Pierre Fauchard Academy indicating what you are ordering.

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
President
Canada

Michael J. Perpich
President-elect
Minnesota

Howard Mark
Vice President
Connecticut

Richard A. Kozal
Secretary General
Nevada

James M. Brophy
Editor
Illinois

Gary Lowder
Immediate Past President
Utah

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY TRUSTEES

REGION 1—Europe
Pierre Marois
France

REGION 2—N.E. USA
Richard Walsh
Rhode Island

REGION 3—S.E. USA
Robert S. Hart
Florida

REGION 4—Midwest USA
James A. Englander
Wisconsin

REGION 5—Western USA
Charles Eller
California

REGION 6—Canada
Barry Dolman
Ontario

REGION 7—Latin America
Bernardo Levit
Argentina

REGION 8—Australasia
William Winspear
Australia

REGION 9—Asia
Mamoru Sakuda
Japan

REGION 10—Central USA
Steve Hedlund
Iowa

FOUNDATION OFFICERS

Carl Lundgren
President
California

M. David Campbell
Vice President
Michigan

Fred Halik
Executive Director
New York

William Korte
Treasurer
Illinois

George Higue
Treasurer-emeritus
California

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
Canada

Michael Perpich
Minnesota

Richard Kozal
Nevada

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

C. Larry Barrett
Iowa

Gary Lowder
Utah

Minoru Horiuchi
Massachusetts

James Long
Mississippi

Michael Cripton
Canada

Scott Welch
Wyoming

Nicholas Saccone
Pennsylvania

4. July - August

As your International President, I am pleased to keep you current on your Academy’s activities.

Your Academy is in sound financial condition and very aptly served by our Secretary General Dr. Richard Kozal and his wife Judith out of our headquarters in Las Vegas. At our March 2004 Executive Meeting, the Executive Committee elected to add a $10 increase to the Academy dues for 2005, with the intent of returning these extra funds to the individual Sections. The parameters under which these extra funds will be allocated will be the main topic of discussion at our Section Chairs Caucus at our Annual Meeting in Orlando this fall.

Our Constitution and By-Laws were completely reorganized in 2003 by President-elect Michael Perpich and Vice President Howard Mark. In 2004, Howie has taken on the task of rewriting our Policy Manual, and at the Chicago Interim Meeting of our Foundation, he was asked to act as chair of the committee to perform similar tasks for the Foundation.

Our Academy has a proud tradition of supporting the dental literature, as evidenced by our journal Dental Abstracts, which is produced bi-monthly and lauded as a very tangible Fellowship benefit. Inserted in this journal you will find Dental World—this is the Academy and the Foundation’s main voice to PFA Fellows worldwide. Under the stewardship of our committed, loyal editor, Dr. James Brophy, the Dental World sets a high standard among honor college publications in several areas— accurate, timely reporting of Academy and Foundation Meetings, Section Meetings/activities, and news about our individual Fellows worldwide. I am always immensely proud of what our Fellows are accomplishing, whether it is in the United States, Europe, Latin America, or other international Sections. Editor Brophy welcomes your written or online submissions.

Many of our Sections in which a dental school is located are involved in mentorship programs with senior students. My experience with mentorship is that it is a mutually beneficial situation wherein the mentor gains from the student’s youthful enthusiasm and the student benefits from the mentor’s sage advice gleaned from years of practice management and clinical expertise. If your Section has a dental school and you would like to participate in a mentorship program, or perhaps initiate such a program, contact your local Section Chairperson for literature and support.

The Academy’s museum, opened in 1999, is located on the Health Sciences Campus of the Community College of Southern Nevada in the large waiting room of the Dental Facility Practice/Dental Hygiene & Dental Assisting Programs building. Since the opening, we have received significant donations from many our colleagues. The donations range from small instruments, dental books, historical pictures and prints, to large dental equipment, dental cabinets, and more. Additional donations have been pledged and are forthcoming. Funds have also been used to buy some very rare antique dental instruments, which have increased the overall value of the museum. Along with the equipment that we have restored for the new dental school at UNLV, the Academy has been the recipient of a circa 1900 complete dental operatory used by Dr. Henry Zeller through the generous patronage of Dr. Robert Ibsen, CEO of DentMat Corporation.

Our Hall of Fame honoring outstanding historical fathers of dentistry is a very respected project with venues in Paris, France; Baltimore, Maryland; and the ADA Headquarters in Chicago. Some notable Hall of Fame members are Drs. G. V. Black, Harold Hillenbrand, L. D.Pankey, Charles E. Godon (France) and James B. Willmot (Canada).

Future inductions include Dr. Frederick S. McKay, the American Father of Fluoridation of municipal water supplies, which will be held in Colorado this June; and the first Japanese notable, Dr. Morinosuke Chiwaki, the Father of Modern Dentistry in Japan, in his native country later this Fall.

Our charitable arm, the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, provides a third of a million dollars to projects, grants and dental student scholarships annually. Pierre Fauchard Academy Sections across the world have benefited from the grants afforded their projects by the Foundation. These projects, and many others, are designed to deliver dental health care to patients who are indigent, uninsured, or have limited access to dental treatment facilities. A list of 2003 recipients was published in Dental World, March/April 2004 issue. For the most part, volunteer professionals give of their time and resources to these projects in the spirit of the Academy’s service mission so that financial support can be invested in supplies and instruments.

The Academy’s Web site, www.fauchard.org, went online in August of 1996, and since its inception has continually expanded, providing significant information about the Academy and the Foundation. We have recently added a download page for members and a translation link for our international Fellows. Web site improvements, many suggested by our Section Chairs in San Francisco last fall, will be implemented in 2004. We are continually formulating plans to improve the overall site to better serve our membership. From an Academy position, we are in the process of implementing “Section Chairmen” pages to be used by our Sections to promote their various activities and meetings. We are also investigating Ofoto, Kodak’s online photo shop, to allow Sections worldwide to send digital photos along with their online activity reports. This latter system would allow our Editor to have these photos printed and available for upcoming issues of Dental World in a matter of days.

Your Academy honors outstanding practitioners on an annual basis. The Pierre Fauchard Academy Gold Medal is designated for outstanding contributions to the progress and standing of the dental profession and is presented annually to an individual holding a dental degree or its equivalent who resides within the United States. Dr. Linda C. Niessen, an outstanding public health dentist, is the 2004 winner of the Gold Medal. The Elmer S. Best Award (named for our founder) is presented annually to a member of the dental profession outside the United States. The recipient who is engaged in the practice of dentistry and/or dental education and/or dental research shall have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry. The 2004 recipient of the Elmer S. Best Award is Professor Zhang of Beijing, a most respected teacher and renowned implantologist in China. Other awards, such as the Dental Industry & Trade Award of recognition, the Distinguished Service Award, the Certificate of Merit, Honorary Fellowship, and the President’s Award may be granted, although not necessarily on an annual basis. Many of these awards will be presented in Orlando this fall at our Awards Luncheon—your reservation envelope is included in this issue of Dental World.I look forward to meeting new Fellows and renewing old friendships at our annual Awards Luncheon on 2 October 2004 in Orlando.

Dr. Kevin L. Roach
President

Under the Tent in Vail

Hall of Fame Ceremony

President Kevin Roach suggested the title of this article while he, Hall of Fame Chairman Ray Klein, and Editor James Brophy finished their meals with about 350 others attending the Colorado Dental Association’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, 11 June 2004. The title was a triple entente. We were sitting outside in a tent on a mountain in Vail; under a cloud cover at 8200 feet in the Rockies; enveloped with the warm camaraderie of the dental professionals and their guests from all parts of Colorado.

The Master of Ceremonies was Gary Cummins, Executive Director of the Colorado Dental Association, who started the event promptly and continued to move smoothly on time. Team Spirit Awards were presented, as well as the Community Volunteer of the Year Award, the Outstanding Council Member Award, the Exceptional Service Award, their Distinguished Service Award, Recognition of State Representative Lauri Clapp and State Senator Steve Johnson, as well as a fund presentation to Dean Howard Landesman of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Near the middle of the program, past PFA President Ray Klein was called to the podium to give the history and Colorado background on Dr. Frederick McKay. Dr. Klein’s eloquent, bo-oming voice filled the large enclosure in spite of the flapping of the tent sides driven by the cool Rocky Mountain high zephyrs.

His words echoed through the local valleys so that somewhere, I am sure, even the spirit of Dr. McKay heard his words.

At the end of the presentation, Dr. Klein introduced our Inter-national President Kevin Roach for the actual Hall of Fame presentation plaque to the Colorado Dental Association President Jerry Peterson during their 118th CDA Annual Session with nearly 550 registered for this Meeting in Vail— some two-hour drive west of Denver.

The PFA Hall of Fame plaque will be displayed at the CDA he-adquarters in Denver.

President Roach thanked the CDA for this special opportunity to make this fitting presentation at the highlight event of their meeting at the Vail Cascade Re-sort & Spa on the roof of America. Dr. McKay would have been proud. Dr. Roach thanked all the professionals we had met at the gathering who had been so warm and sincere in their appreciation of our visit.

The Luncheon closed with an address on “Finding Balance in Your Busy Life” by Olympic track star Dr. Janis Klecker.


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President Kevin Roach and Hall of Fame Chair Ray Klein holding Dr. McKay plaque

PFA Hall of Fame

Dr. Frederick S. McKay, Father of Communal Fluoridation

Frederick S. McKay was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on 13 April 1874. He was educated in the public schools in Milford and Boston, Massachusetts. At an early age, he wanted to become a musician, but health problems would not allow him to. As a young man, he worked in his father’s dry goods store in Milford and played with the local bands.

When his health failed due to what was thought to be tuberculosis, he moved to Colorado in 1894. After numerous odd jobs, he became discouraged and returned to Massachusetts. He worked as a streetcar conductor and developed what would become a lifelong love for trains and locomotives.

His brother-in-law, a dentist, encouraged him to entertain the idea of studying dentistry. So in 1897, he entered the Boston Dental College, which later became Tufts University School of Dentistry. He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania to start his junior year and graduated in June of 1900.

History tells us that he was so exhausted from working odd jobs, playing in bands, working as a conductor, and pursuing his dental studies that he nearly collapsed at his graduation. He then spent the summer recuperating at his sister’s home and later went to Colorado Springs for health reasons.

He arrived in Colorado Springs in 1901 and worked as a dental associate for $75 a month. At that time, he noticed patients with the presence of multiple teeth that contained white or brown spots. And in severe cases, the enamel was pitted. He became disturbed that many of his fellow practitioners were apathetic about identifying the cause and solution to this cosmetic problem.

By 1905, Dr. McKay had become interested in orthodontics and moved to St. Louis to begin his orthodontic training. While in St. Louis, he noticed the brown stain was prevalent in that region as well. He continued his research in the area, but was unable to find an answer.

In 1908, he returned to Colorado Springs due to health reasons and practiced orthodontics while still continuing to investigate the “Colorado Brown Stain.” By May of 1908, he and other members of the El Paso County Odontological Society presented a patient at the Colorado Dental Association Meeting to illustrate and to promote interest in the condition. To his dismay, those at the Meeting manifested little interest.

In December of 1908, a committee of Drs. McKay, Fleming, and Burton was formed by the El Paso County Odontological Society to examine the teeth of the public school children in the Colorado Springs area for evidence of the “Brown Stain.” On 8 January 1909, the school board granted permission to examine the children. The dental society allocated $21 to cover the cost of the exams. During the Spring of 1909, they examined 2945 children and were astounded to discover that 87.5% were afflicted with some degree of stain or mottling. Those particularly afflicted were native to the Pike’s Peak region.

There were many theories developed for the cause of the stain. Some felt it was limited to the poor; others felt that it was due to eating too much pork or drinking milk from local cows; others attributed it to radium; and still others suggested it was due to a calcium deficiency in the local drinking water.

In 1908, Dr. McKay corresponded with Dr. G. V. Black, Dean of Northwestern University School of Dentistry in Chicago about the unique Colorado Brown Stain. Dr. Black became interested and began to study the problem.

In 1909, Dr. Black came to Colorado Springs to see for himself the stained enamel first hand. This led to many years of research and study between the two men, which culminated in the publication of their earlier report in Dental Cosmos in 1916.

Funding for such studies was minimal, so Dr. McKay used his own funds primarily to support his research. In 1910, he was granted $300 from the City of Colorado Springs. By the next year, while serving as President of the Colorado Dental Association, he received $150 to assist with his study. Dr. McKay applied for and received the first research grant for $800 from the National Dental Association to continue his work.

By 1915, it was agreed that something in the water was causing the brown stain. But test after test failed to identify the critical substance.

The first answer came from research done by Dr. H. V. Churchill, Chief Chemist for the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA). Dr. Churchill had read Dr. McKay’s reports and ordered specific tests to identify trace elements. His studies revealed an unusually high percentage of fluoride in the water where mottled enamel occurred.

By 1917, Dr. McKay had become interested in periodontics and moved to New York to further his education. He practiced his new specialty in New York City. But his interest in the Colorado Brown Stain never faltered.

By 1931, Dr. McKay had spent over a quarter of a century establishing that mottled enamel of the teeth was caused by an excess of natural fluoride salts in the water supplies. He often noted that people with mottled enamel appeared to have less tooth decay than others without the affliction. But his interest was limited to identifying the cause of the stain than its resultant effect on tooth decay.

During the late 1930s, extensive studies of many thousands of children in districts where the domestic water supply contained fluorine definitely established that there was an inverse relationship between the use of fluoridated water and a low decay rate. Later studies demonstrated this conclusively. Decay rates increased in communities where water supplies were changed to nonfluoridated water.

Finally, after many years of research and hundreds of studies, it was determined that one part per million parts of water effectively reduced tooth decay up to 65%.

Dr. McKay’s early observations of mottled enamel and his determination to ascertain its cause led to the discovery of the benefits of fluoridated water supplies.

In 1940, Dr. McKay returned to Colorado Springs to continue his research, but he soon found himself practicing dentistry.

He died on 21 August 1959 at the age of 85.

During his life, he published more than 50 articles on his fluoride research, lectured extensively, and contributed to textbooks on the subject. The great scientific and humanitarian value of his services brought him numerous honorary memberships in dental and other professional organizations along with many special awards and honorary degrees.

Dr. McKay was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Science degrees from the University of Colorado, Colorado College, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a dedicated individual who was determined to identify the cause of the discoloration of teeth, and he spent a lifetime using his personal funds to pursue his goal.

The fluoridation of drinking water is one of the greatest contributions the dental profession has made to society. The American Dental Association in 1962 stated: “The fluoridation of public water supplies is a safe, economical, and effective measure to prevent dental caries. It has received the unqualified approval of every major health organization in the United States and in many other countries.”

All of these things occurred because of one man’s interest, desire, and determination. The results reaffirm the old adage that one person can make a difference!

For his many contributions to improving the dental health care of all mankind, the Pierre Fauchard Academy has elected Dr. Frederick S. McKay to the PFA International Hall of Fame of Dentistry.

EUOP to Name Dental School in Honor of Dean Art Dugoni

The University of the Pacific will name its School of Dentistry in recognition of its Dean, and PFA Fellow, Arthur A. Dugoni on Saturday 28 August 2004 during a black-tie gala at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. This will be the first time a university will name its dental school after a current dean.

Dr. Richard Valachovic, Executive Director of the American Dental Education Association, noted that “Dr. Dugoni has been an inspirational leader of his own dental school since 1978—an amazing 26-year record in a time when the average length of a dean’s term is 71/2 years. But this longevity of service is only the beginning of what is special about his achievements. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that there is no one in dental education more respected and beloved than Art Dugoni.

“This affection for him spans every aspect of the dental profession. He is equally at home among practicing dentists, hygienists, dental faculty, and students; and is as comfortable interacting with members of his specialty of orthodontics as well as with dentists from other countries.”

The gala is expected to draw 1500 guests that will include many leaders in dental education, organized dentistry, government officials, corporate executives, faculty, staff, and students. Legendary comedian Bill Cosby will perform after the official naming ceremony, followed by a reception and dancing at The Rotunda at San Francisco City Hall. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Endowment.

On 27 August 2004, UOP will sponsor a two-day National Leadership Symposium at the Fairmont Hotel featuring John Chambers, President and CEO of Cisco Systems, an internet networking leader, along with other keynote speakers such as founder and director of Practical Clinical Courses Dr. Gordon Christiansen, ADA Executive Director Dr. James Bramson, Forsyth Institute President and CEO Dr. Dominick DePaola, founder of Pride Institute Dr. James Pride, USC School of Dentistry Dean Harold Slavkin, American Dental Education Association Executive Director Dr. Richard Valachovic, and Vice President of Colgate-Palmolive Company Dr. Anthony Volpe.

Dr. Dugoni is currently President of the American Dental Association Foundation (2003-present). He has been President of the ADA (1988-1989), the American Dental Education Association, the American Board of Orthodontics (1985), the California Dental Association (1982), and the American Association of Dental Schools (1994-1995). He is also past Treasurer of the FDI World Dental Federation (1992-1998) and for the ADA (1987-1988). He has served in the House of Delegates for the California Dental Association for 27 years, for the ADA for 20 years, and for the American Association of Dental Schools, now the American Dental Education Association, from 1978 to the present). He was also ADA Trustee for 16 years.

He has received pages of honors in the profession, including the 1996 PFA Gold Medal and the 1982 PFA Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Dugoni graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons (forerunner of UOP) in 1948 after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1951. He rose from the ranks of Pediatric Dentistry Assistant Professor through Operative Dentistry then Orthodontics Professor and Chairman of the Department to UOP Dean in 1978. In his long distinguished career, Dr. Dugoni established many innovative and far advanced programs at UOP School of Dentistry, which were student-centered in education.

The University of the Pacific is the first chartered university in California. Their School of Dentistry has served the Bay Area community for 108 years, operating 11 clinics within its San Francisco location. It rotates students through its extramural clinics—the Union City Dental Health Care Center, Highland General Hospital, and Stockton’s Advanced General Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Clinics.

This event marks an important point in the history of United States dentistry.

Dental Museums

Marquette University

The Milwaukee County Historical Society presented a Commendation Award at their 51st Annual Banquet last May to Marquette University School of Dentistry in recognition of the Joseph and James Englander Dental Museum located in the new dental school. The credit for this achievement goes primarily to Dr. Peter Jacobsohn, the curator, for his tireless work to produce a high quality display of dental history.

Marquette’s Englander Dental Museum

Dental Museum Award

The Milwaukee County Historical Society has presented a commendation award at their 51st Annual Awards Banquet (MAY 3, 2004) to Marquette University School of Dentistry. This award was presented in recognition of the development of the Joseph and James Englander Dental Museum associated with our new dental building.

The credit for this achievement goes primarily to Dr. Peter Jacobsohn, our curator who has worked tirelessly to see that a high quality display of dental history is available for us.

Congratulations Dr. Jacobsohn, and thank you for your efforts on behalf of Marquette University School of Dentistry.


Community College of Southern Nevada

Daniel L. Orr II of Las Vegas writes, “I want to thank you so much for the hospitality you proffered to my two Ecuadorian dental colleagues, Drs. Zambrano and Zurita, recently when we toured the museum. It is a wonderful entity to have available here in Las Vegas…and a valuable experience for visiting health professionals.

“I also wanted you to know that as an added benefit of our recent visit, Drs Zambrano and Zurita are interested in PFA membership. There is not a Section in Ecuador. I will be speaking at a large dental professional meeting in Ecuador this September and will follow up with Drs Zambrano and Zurita, if you like.”

Harris National Museum of Dentistry

The Museum located in the old Baltimore Dental College Building contains a section of wall on the third floor for the U.S. venue of the PFA Hall of Fame. The newly installed Dr. Frederick McKay’s plaque was added to our wall section this June.

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2004 Awards

PFA Awards Luncheon

Saturday, 2 October 2004, Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel, Orlando, Florida (Luncheon reservation envelope attached inside your mailed Dental World issue)

Awards Chairman James Englander and his committee have nominated the following outstanding professionals to receive this year’s Awards. • PFA Gold Medal to Dr. Linda Niessen of Dallas, Texas

• The Elmer S. Best Memorial Award to Dr. Zhen-Kang Zhang of Beijing, China
• Academy’s Distinguished Service Certificate to Dr. Robert Ibsen, Founder and President of Den-Mat Corporation
• The Dental Trade & Industry Award to Arthur Zwingenberger of Toronto, SciCan Company Chairman
• President’s Award of Excellence to Dr. George Higue of California
• President’s Award to Dr. Gordan Stine of South Carolina
• Honorary Fellowship to Brian J. Henderson of Ontario
• Academy’s Certificate of Merit to the late Professor Javier Garro Barrio of Spain
• Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Muscola, past ADA President

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Dr. Linda C. Niessen

PFA Gold Medal

This Award is designated for outstanding contributions to the progress and standing of the dental profession. This award is presented annually to an individual holding a dental degree or its equivalent who resides within the United States. This year’s nomination to receive PFA’s highest U.S. Award at the Awards Luncheon is Dr. Linda C. Niessen.

Dr. Niessen serves as Vice President of Clinical Education at DENTSPLY International, where she is responsible for developing, directing, and coordinating corporate-wide clinical education and opinion leader programs. Dr. Niessen holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry and a member of the Texas A&M Health Services Center in Dallas, Texas. She provides patient care at the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas. She has authored over 60 articles and a textbook on geriatric dentistry entitled, Geriatric Dentistry: Aging and Oral Health.

Dr. Niessen is recipient of the ADA’s Geriatric Dental Health Award for her work on providing dental care to people with Alzheimer’s disease.

As Clinical Professor on the faculty of the Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Niessen serves as the health reporter for Dental Health Check, a weekly news feature providing oral health information for consumers. Dental Health Check originates on WFAA-TV, the Dallas ABC affiliate, for the daybreak and the midday newscast. It is also broadcast on TXCN, the Texas Cable News network. This presentation is the only dental feature offered as part of a regularly scheduled local newscast in the United States, reaching approximately 1 million people weekly. To date, Dental Health Check has broadcast over 500 news segments on oral health to Dallas Metroplex and Texas viewers since its 1993 inception.

At Baylor College of Dentistry, she served as Professor and Chairman in the Department of Public Health Services (1994-1998). She has served as Director of the Geriatric Dental Program at the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Maryland; and as Chief of the Service Unit Dental Program at the USPHS Indian Hospital in Talihina, Oklahoma.

Dr. Niessen has served as President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and of the American Association of Women Dentists. She currently is President of the Friends of NIDCR, and Chair-elect for 2005 of the Dallas County Dental Society’s Southwest Dental Conference.

She is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (1977), also earned a degree in public health at their School of Public Health (1982), and a Master’s Degree (1982) in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government. Her undergraduate work was done at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Niessen is member of the Texas Association of Public Health, the Texas Dental Association, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the Dallas County Dental Society, FDI, the American Dental Education Association, the Federation of Special Care in Dentistry, the Gerontological Society of America, the International Association of Dental Research, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the American Association of Women Dentists, the ADA, the American Public Health Association, and the Student Clinicians of American Dental Association (President, 1990-1991).

Among her many honors and distinctions, Dr. Niessen has earned the Chicago Dental Society’s Cushing Award (2003), Harvard’s Silver Anniversary Award (2002), the Chicago Dental Society’s Gordon Christiansen Recognition Lecturer Award (1997), and Fellowship in ICD (1993) and ACD (1987).

Dr. Linda Niessen is married to a physician and has two sons.

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Professor Zhen-Kang Zhang

The Elmer S. Best Memorial Award

This Award is presented annually to a member of the dental profession outside of the United States who is engaged in the practice of dentistry and/or dental education and/or dental research. The recipient shall have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry, and shall be a member in good standing of the official dental organization of their respective country. This year’s nomination is to receive this Award at the 3rd International Congress of Dental Implants in Beijing (sponsored by Quintessence Journals publisher Horst Wolfgang Hasse, the 1992 recipient of the Best Award) on October 22-23, 2004, is Professor Zhen-Kang Zhang of Beijing, China.

Dr. Zhen-Kang Zhang is a Professor at the Peking University School of Stomatology in Beijing, China. He was born in1934 in Wuxi, Jiangsun Province of China. He earned his dental degree at the Faculty of Stomatology of Beijing Medical College (1952-1956), then did his advanced study in the Department of General Surgery at Beijing Third People’s Hospital (1958-1959), and his postdoctoral study at UCLA’s School of Dentistry and at Chicago’s Northwestern University School of Dentistry (1982-1983).

At the Peking University School of Stomatology, he became Director of the Research Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and later Director of the Academic Committee for the School of Stomatology. Then he was member of the Academic Committee of the Medical College and rose to Professor and Honorary Dean of the Peking University School of Stomatology. He also served as Director of the Computer Center on Dental Research for the Ministry of Health of China.

He has been President of the Chinese Stomatological Association; Vice President of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association; Standing Councilor for the Chinese Medical Association; Director of WHO Collaboration Center for Research and Training on Preventive Dentistry; Councilor for IADR; President of the Chinese Division of IADR; President for the Chinese Division of FDI; ICD Regent for China; Consultant to the National Committee for Oral Health (MOH); Editor-in-Chief for the English edition of the Chinese Journal of Dental Research; Editor for the Journal of Modern Stomatology; and Editor for the Chinese Continuing Education Journal of Dentistry.

Dr. Zhang was Vice Chairman of the National Foundation of Oral Health and Vice Chairman for the Chinese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was a member of the National Examination Committee Board for Licensed Doctor Examinations (MOH).

He holds Honorary Professorships at the Capital Medical University School of Stomatology, the China Medical University School of Stomatology; and the Xi’an Medical University School of Stomatology.

Dr. Zhang has over 200 published articles and has authored/edited dozens more.

Dr. Zhang has received numerous awards such as the National Award for the Advancement of Science and Technology, some dozen municipal and ministry awards for the advancement of science. He is a national expert for outstanding contributions in Stomatology. He is the recipient of the Model Worker Certificate from Beijing. He earned First Prize for the best reference books in eastern China, First Prize of Guanghua Fund of Science and Technology, and First Prize for the best textbooks for the national colleges and universities.

Dr. Zhang was honored as Famous Physician of Beijing Medical University, the Best Teacher from the same institution, and the Certificate of Outstanding Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University’s School of Dentistry. He is a Fellow in ICD, in the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong, in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and in the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Probably one of his most notable activities was to separate the Society of Stomatology from the Chinese Medical Association in 1996 to establish the Chinese Stomatological Association. This is what Pierre Fauchard did in the late 1700s in establishing a separate Guild of Dental Surgeons apart from the Medical Guild of the times, which initiated Dentistry as a specialty on its own that grew into today’s modern dentistry.

Dr. Zhang is one of the founders for “National Love Teeth Day.” As Executive Director for this event for a decade, he firmly established nationwide oral health education.

He was directly involved in the educational system reforms for dentistry in China, including college education, the length of the curricula, establishing courses for the undergraduates, graduate education, and academic degrees given. He did much the same for dental hygienists and dental technicians, and he initiated continuing education projects.

Dr. Zhang’s reforms did not stop there. He is involved the work of national examinations for licensing physicians and dentists, national reform of the oral medical system, and the promotion of community and private clinical practice in China.

Dr. Zhang certainly has reinvented the role of Pierre Fauchard in China. His lifelong endeavors suggest him as the “Chinese Father of Modern Health Sciences.”

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Dr. Ibsen

The Distinguished Service Citation

This Award is presented to a Fellow of the Academy in appreciation of loyal and dedicated service to the Academy. This year’s nomination for the Award to be presented at the Awards Luncheon is Dr. Robert L. Ibsen of Santa Maria, California.

Dr. Robert L. Ibsen, a practicing dentist, is founder and CEO of Den-Mat Corporation—one of the largest suppliers of cosmetic and restorative dental products in the United States. He is also responsible for the development and manufacture of Rembrandt Oral Health Care Products for the consumer marketplace.

Dr. Ibsen graduated from the USC College of Optometry (1953) and the USC School of Dentistry (1958). He has served as Expert Examiner for the California State Board of Dental Examiners and as a Clinical Lecturer at Boston University’s Henry Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry. He is named as Associate Clinical Professor at the New York University College of Dentistry and is Clinical Instructor at USC’s School of Dentistry.

He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, ACD, and ADI. He is also a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Academy of General Practice, the Academy of International Dental Studies, and the American Academy of Dental Materials.

Dr. Ibsen has maintained a general practice in Santa Maria since 1958. His early work led him to discover many new techniques and materials that helped improve the way dentists practice today. This prompted him to found Den-Mat Corporation in 1974. His development of Cerinate Porcelain Veneers in 1984 has enabled dentists to preserve, restore, and enhance teeth without extensive cutting of the natural teeth that characterized cosmetic dentistry in the past.

Dr. Ibsen was co-author of the first book on adhesive dentistry and holds numerous dental patents. He has written many articles published in renowned journals, and has lectured extensively internationally. His personal honors and achievements fill pages, as this quiet, humble man has changed the face of professional modern dentistry worldwide.

Additionally, Dr. Ibsen was a founder of the Bank of Santa Maria and of the La Cumbre Savings Bank.

Bob Ibsen has been a personal friend of dentistry. He is a generous philanthropist to many worthwhile causes. And he is a wonderful, warm person to be with. All the pages of a C.V. cannot tell you that.

As a PFA Fellow, Dr. Ibsen most recently funded the purchase of the 1990s Zeller Dental Office for placement in the UNLV School of Dentistry in the name of PFA and Den-Mat. He sponsored a CEU course for PFA at one of our Interim Meetings in Las Vegas. And in the early 1990s, he sponsored Miss America at the ADA Annual Session in New Orleans, and escorted her to attend our PFA Meeting there to greet us all.

Bob and his wife Marcia have three grown children—Noreen, Rob, and Cathy.

The Dental Trade and Industry Award of Recognition

This award is not necessarily given out every year, as are the others, but it is restricted to no more than one per year. It was designed to recognize and honor an outstanding leader in the dental field for contributions to our profession, although the individual may not be a dentist. The Award this year will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to Arthur Zwingenberger, President and Chairman of SciCan, a Division of Lux and Zwingenberger Ltd. of Toronto, Canada

SciCan is a major manufacturer and leading distributor of Products in the health care industry. Its name is well known for innovation, high quality products, and dependability. The manufacturer of the Statim Autoclave was founded in 1957 by Arno Zwingenberger to introduce successful European orthopedic products to Canada. In 1990, SciCan was formed as a division of Lux and Zwingenberger and then entered the U.S. market through their Pittsburgh-based subsidiary. In 1993, SciCan Medtech AG was established in Zug, Switzerland, to distribute their products and expand its sales worldwide, most recently into China.

In 1987, the company received the ISO Certification that assures its customers and dealers that SciCan products meet stringent manufacturing and after-sales standards. In 2000, BHT-Hygienetechnik, a German manufacturer of the Innova line of washer-disinfectors, was added as a subsidiary to the main company, and sister company to SciCan.

Arthur Zwingenberger, BA, MA, from the University of Toronto, joined Lux & Zwingenberger Limited in 1964. In 1975, he became its President and Chairman in 1996. His SciCan Division has operated in Canada since 1982, establishing a reputation for reliability and product backup service. Its two business segments are divided between distributing superior quality medical, dental, and orthotic equipment from many sources into the Canadian market, while the other segment develops and manufactures novel and unique technologies for instrument handling systems and sterilization for the health care field. In 1989, they introduced the Statim Cassette Autoclave into the market, which uses a patented steam and pressure process to sterilize instruments five times faster than conventional autoclaves. This product has won several design and product awards in Canada and in Europe and is now an essential product in practices on five continents.

Company President Arthur Zwingenberger for many years has been associated with the Dental Industry Association of Canada, as well as the American Dental Trade Association in the United States. He is a member of the federal government’s Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade (SAGIT), Medical and Health Care Products and Services; a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Standards Association; a member of the Board of Directors for the Dentistry Canada Fund; a Director of Tafelmusik—Canada’s premiere baroque orchestra; and a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto.

PFA Schedule of Annual Meeting Events

Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel — Orlando, Florida

1 October 2004, Friday
8-9:30 am ADA Opening Session
10-11 am Executive Board Session, Genoa III Room
10-11:30 am Section Chair Caucus, Amalfi Room
11:45 am-noon Caucus Report to the Academy Board
noon-1:30 pm Academy working lunch
1:30-5 pm Academy Board Meeting, Genoa II Room

2 October 2004, Saturday
7:30-11:30 am Foundation Board Meeting, Plaza III Room
11:30 am-2 pm Awards Luncheon, Ritz Ballroom II
2:30-5 pm Foundation Board Meeting, Plaza III Room
6:30-8 pm President’s Reception, Ritz Ballroom II

3 October 2004, Sunday
8 am-noon Foundation Board Meeting, Genoa III Room (continental breakfast/working lunch)
1-5 pm Academy Board Meeting, Genoa III Room
6:30-10:30 pm PFA Dinner Party, Napoli I Room (reservations only)

Nota Bene

1. All Section Chairs are invited to attend the Academy Board Meetings, the President’s Reception, and the “no host” Dinner Party.

2. ALL REPORTS for the Board Meeting are to be received by the Central Office no later than 5 September 2004 to be included in the Meeting Agenda Manual. Oral reports to be scheduled no later than 10 September 2004 to be included on the agenda. No spontaneous oral reports will be allowed during the meetings.

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Dr. Gordan B. Stine

The President’s Award

This Award is selected exclusively by the current PFA International President to honor an individual who our President views as actively promoting our profession on many other levels, taking into consideration outstanding community and civic service, leadership, and dedication to serving humanity. This transcends the other award requirements, which concentrate on dental activities in our profession. This year President Kevin Roach has selected Dr. Gordan B. Stine to receive this honor at the Awards Luncheon.

Dr. Gordan B. Stine, a retired dentist, retired school administrator, retired community/civic leader has spent his entire life in the service of others. As he crosses through his eighth decade, he views a career that spans a variety of activities and achievements.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Gordan graduated from the College of Charleston and then earned his dental degree at Emory University School of Dentistry. He maintained a full-time dental practice in Charleston from 1950 to 1985. In 1983, he affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as a Clinical Associate Professor in Community Dentistry, as Director of Dental Continuing Education, as their liaison and dental advisor with the South Carolina Area Health Consortium, and as Special Assistant to former University President James Edwards on community and dental affairs.

Dr. Stine served as President of the Charleston Dental Society, President of the Coastal District Dental Society, and President of the South Carolina Dental Association. He served PFA starting as South Carolina Section Chair, then as Academy Board Trustee, Academy Vice President, and PFA President-elect. He is recipient of the 1992 and 2000 PFA South Carolina Section Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Stine is co-founder and past Chairman of the South Carolina Dental Political Action Committee, and is a past Councilman for the City of Charleston. Dr. Stine also served as past Chairman for the Charleston County Council, for the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Regional Council of Governments, and for the South Carolina Regional Council of Governments. From 1991 to 1995, Dr. Stine served on the Board of the National Association of Regional Councils.

In his community, Gordan has served as past President of the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce, and is/was a member of the Charleston Bicentennial Committee, the Exchange Club of Charleston, the Charleston Jewish Welfare Fund, Congregation Beth Elohim, the College of Charleston Alumni Association, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Association, the Trident United Way, and the Community Pride of Charleston County. For 12 years, Dr. Stine served on the Board of Trustees for the College of Charleston, eight of those years as Board Vice Chairman.

In 1998, Dr. Stine was named Dentist of the Year by the South Carolina Academy of Dentistry. In 1992, he had been honored as Charleston Dental Society’s Dentist of the Year. The Exchange Club of Charleston presented him their Man of the Year Award in 1964, and the following year they presented him with their Outstanding Service Award. The Boy Scout Camp Health Center was named in his honor in 1996. He had received their Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award in 1985.

Dr. Gordan Stine was the College of Charleston Alumnus of the Year in 1966 where in 1999 he was awarded their honorary degree of Doctor of Humane letters, and in 2000 was selected for their Alumni Award. The MUSC Dental Lifelong Learning Program was named after Dr. Stine in 1994. And he was presented their Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2000.

Dr. Stine has been awarded an unprecedented three Orders of the Palmetto by former South Carolina Governors Riley, Campbell, and Beasley; and has been honored with the Order of the Silver Crescent by State Governor Hodges.

In 2002 at the 229th Annual Meeting of the Greater Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Stine received their highest award, the Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award. In that presentation, they cited his “distinguished dental career of more than 50 years and his volunteer service of thousands of hours to hundreds of local organizations,” mentioning the Exchange Club of Charleston, the Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts, the YWCA of Greater Charleston, the Charleston Jewish Federation, MUSC Alumni Association, the Trident United Way, the Palmetto Safety Council, the Charleston County Aviation Authority, the Cooper River Bridge Replacement Study Committee, the South Carolina Association of Counties’ Legislative and Constitution Committees, and the Charleston County Council (op.cit. Dental World, November/December 2001 and September/October 2002 issues).

Immediate Calendar Updates

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R-L, Drs. George Higue, Robert Shira, and Cliff Loader in younger years

The PFA President’s Award of Excellence

This Award was invented this year to honor an individual who has received nearly every other top award from PFA and many other organizations. In recognition of his continuing outstanding service to PFA, his USC alma mater, his community, and to his neighborhood, PFA recognized Dr. George Higue of Huntington Beach, California, at the April Meeting of the 34th Annual Awards Luncheon in Anaheim of the Southern California Section (op.cit. Dental World, May/June 2004 issue).

Dr. George Higue (from the dinner program) entered professional dentistry an astounding 42 years ago becoming the third of 12 Chairmen of the Southern California PFA Section. During that era, he and past PFA President Cliff Loader were responsible for increasing the local Academy membership by 150 members. Together they formed numerous international Sections that included the induction of over 800 new members.

In 1974, George served as the PFA International President. In 1990, Dr. Rex Ingraham presented Southern California Section’s Distinguished Service plaque. Then in 1994, George was awarded PFA’s most prestigious award, the PFA Gold Medal.

When Dr. Brenes-Espinach of Costa Rica bequeathed his $5 million estate to the PFA Foundation’s care, it was George who served as the Foundation Treasurer for the last eight years.

A lifelong benefactor of USC and its School of Dentistry, George received the Presidents Award from the USC General Alumni Association in 2003. He recently served as President of the dental school’s Alumni Association. And he regularly sponsors a USC dental school alumni reception at the Anaheim Meeting of the California Dental Association.

He and his wife Mary reside in Huntington Harbor in Huntington Beach. As an avid boater, he has his 50-foot powerboat docked in front of his house. For years, one of his favorite endeavors has been to host a large number of friends to view the spectacular nighttime Christmas Boat Parade.

At every USC home football game, George can be found sitting in his seat near the 50-yardline, not only watching the game, but also viewing his name tag being displayed on the scoreboard as being a major supporter of the University. The Student lounge at the USC School of Dentistry has his name on it because he funded the lounge.

He is now being honored to take the post of Foundation Treasurer-emeritus for PFA. As USC football is first in the nation, so its alumnus George Higue is tops in PFA.

Honorary PFA Fellowship Award

The awarding of the PFA Honorary Fellowship Award is presented to an individual who has locally performed outstanding services on behalf of our profession over time. This recognition is to honor such individuals, not necessarily a dentist, who have made significant contributions to dentistry in their respective areas and PFA wishes to acknowledge those individuals. This year, Brian James Henderson of Perth, Ontario, was presented this honor during the Canadian Dental Association Meeting in Vancouver in March of this year.

Brian Henderson earned his BA degree with honors at Queens University (1960) and his Masters in Education at the University of Ottawa (1972). Until he retired in 2000, he served as Director of Accreditation, Director of Professional Services, and Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Dental Association. From 1978 until 1983, he was Coordinator of the Medical/Allied Medical Education and Accreditation for the Canadian Medical Association in Ottawa. From 1973 to 1978, he served as Dean of the Health Sciences Division for the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology. At Algonquin College, he was Chairman of the General Arts and Sciences Department and Director of Social Sciences (1970-1973) and Supervisor of the English Faculty in the Applied Arts Section (1968-1970). At South Carleton High School, he was a teacher in English (1960-1961) and became the English Department Head in 1961 to 1968. He was a Tutor in the English Department at Queens University from 1959 to 1960.

In 1991, Brian Henderson was one of six Founders of HealthTeam Association (HTA) and during his activity with them, worked on a number of projects such as the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario, the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada, the Ontario Board of Funeral Services, the Jewish Community Council of Ottawa/Vaad ha’Ir, the College of Dental Technicians of British Columbia, the Labour Mobility Workshop Facilitation, for the National Association of Pharmacy Regulators (NAPRA), and for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Since his retirement in 2000, Brian Henderson has provided consulting services to the Canadian Dental Association. His list of lifelong activities is quite broad and extensive.

His list of honours and awards are as long. He received the CDA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003, Honourary Fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (1999), Honourary Fellowship in ADI (1998), the Canadian Standards Association Award of Merit (1992), Honourary Member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (1989), Honourary Member of the Canadian Dental Assistants Association (1988), the 50th Anniversary Medal of the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists (1987), and Charter Member of the Canadian Society of Ambulance Personnel (1984).

Brian Henderson’s career has been varied and deeply involved in many different activities that have shaped the entire face of Canadian public life.

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Professor Javier Garro Barrio

PFA Certificate of Merit

IThis Award is presented to honor the distinguished work of an individual in his Section in both his professional and his personal life as well as his activity for the Academy. This year this special award will be presented posthumously to Dr. Javier Garro Barrio, the late PFA Section Chair for Spain, (op.cit. Dental World, November/December 2003 issue) at the PFA Section Ceremony in Cordoba.

In addition to Dr. Garro’s outstanding and exemplar service to the Academy in Spain, he was likewise dedicated to teaching and practicing his profession. This man had a zest for life in many directions.

Fortunately, dentistry was one of them. He started his career with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (1958), his dental degree from the University of Madrid (1960), and his specialty degree at the University of Navarra (1972). He began teaching at the University of Paris Vasco in 1979, and by 1989 was Chairman of Pathology and Therapeutic Dentistry on the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in Bilbao.

He also maintained a private practice in Tafalla, Navarra, from 1960 to 1967, when he moved to Pamplona and continued his practice from 1967 to his death.

The PFA Officers wish to thank the extremely outstanding effort in putting together this year’s Awards Presentation candidates to the Awards Committee: Chair James Englander (U.S. Midwest Trustee) and his members past President Nicholas Saccone, European Trustee Pierre Marois, Canadian Trustee Barry Dolman, Latin American Trustee Bernardo Levit, German Section Chair Frank Braun, and past Indiana Section Chair Ray Maddox for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Academy for a job well done.

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Then acting Dean Jack Stockton presented the Foundation Award to student Manjinder Kler

Foundation News

From the desk of Foundation President Carl Lundgren

Your PFA Foundation budgets an overall overhead of 23% of the year’s earnings and almost nothing toward raising more funds. And yet we now have a corpus of $7.2 million fair market value. Over the last nine years, we have donated about $3 million to support 250 service grants and awarded 720 scholarships to needy junior students who show leadership potential. The grants are used primarily to support organizations that provide free dental care for the underserved in the worldwide PFA sphere.

How do we do that?

We have an all-volunteer board with just one part-time Executive Director. We all work out of our own homes and communicate electronically.

The investment program is a totally safe one, invested in long-term government-backed securities that guarantee an earnings amount that ensures an adequate fund for awards (about $380,000). We have never lost any money in any investment. These earnings are always freed up in time for our annual grant and scholarship awarding.

The PFA Foundation Board has established a Memorial and Tributes Funds Committee that is chaired by Dr. Larry Barrett, a past PFA President. It will soon provide a framework where special gifts, large and small, can be given. This will provide a mechanism, Named Gifts, where a donor can honor colleagues or others, while at the same time support specific programs of the donor’s own choosing.

By giving cash, appreciated securities, or even real estate, you can enable the Foundation to reach those who really do have a need. The Fellows of the Academy have been most generous over the years, adding donation amounts at dues paying time that has totaled $204,487 over the last nine years. Special memorial funds have been donated in the names of Dr. Fernando Brenes-Espinach, Dr. Robert Shira, and Dr. Shig Ryan Kishi, who were the first in the Memorial and Tribute Fund Program.

It is more fun to give money away when you know it is working for the causes you care about the most.

Canada
Manitoba

Western Canada Section Chair Tom Breneman reported that Acting Dean Norman Fleming of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to Manjinder Kler.

British Columbia

Foundation Award recipient Jordan Millar, a senior at the University of British Columbia, wrote to thank the Foundation and the Academy for the honor of being recognized. Last summer, he did an externship at USC in orthodontics from which he prepared a poster presentation at the IADR Conference last Spring. He attended his second National Committee on Students Affairs Conference last August as the Canadian Dental Association’s representative from UBC. He also attended the Vancouver District and Dental Society as the student representative and is the liaison to the Association of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. Next year, he will take up a residency program at USC in orthodontics.

Quebec

CSA President Richard Azzi at the University of Montreal Faculty of Dental Medicine writes, “Avant tout, j’aimerais vous remercier pour la presentation du prix ‘Pierre Fauchard Academy Award.’ C’est par notre volonte, en tant qu’etudiants et futures dentists, de faire davantage pour donner un sens a notre role de professionnel de la sante qui nous a valu l’evolution don’t nous pouvons etre fiers. Or, c’est maintenant plus que jamais que la profession a besoin de chefs de file dynamiques en dentisterie et d’etudiant en medicine Dentaire fortement impliques. Le Pierre Fauchard Academy a par la mesure de ces implications au sein des etablissement universitaires et professionnels, contribue a creer un climat propice a l’esprit d’initiative et de collaboration. C’est alors par cette entremise que je me permet de vous remercier au nom de tous les etudiants de medicine Dentaire pour votre encouragement et votre appui inconditionnel.

“J’ose esperer que vous ne cesserez d’encourager les etudiants demontrant preuves de leadership et vous prie d’accepter, monsieur, mes sinceres salutions.”

United States
California, Southern Section

President Carl Lundgren announced that three Foundation grants had been awarded to projects in Southern California. Amigos de Los Californios, an all-volunteer organization founded in 1996, provides dental care to isolated people living in the Sierra de San Francisco area of Baja California, 700 miles south of San Diego. Dr. Roger Kingston leads 24 volunteers traveling the two days in their own vehicles transporting equipment and supplies to the remote area. The Foundation provides $10,000 to acquire portable dental equipment and supplies for the program.

The second $10,000 grant for supplies and small equipment to improve their conscious sedation program at The Venice Dental Center, associated with UCLA, which provides care for a large underserved community. Dr. Naomi Bement is the principal.

The third grant of $10,000 went to the Salvation Army’s Oxnard/Port Hueneme Dental Clinic led by Robin Campos. This program has been expanding its coverage to provide free oral health care in Ventura County for people with low incomes, the uninsured, and the homeless adults and children. It is the only such service in the area to include x-rays, preventative and restorative care, extractions, dentures, endodontics treatment, and dental education.

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Dr. Rangarajan receiving certificate from PFA president Kevin Roach
Florida

President Kevin Roach attended the graduation ceremonies for Nova Southeastern University’s Faculty of Dental Medicine’s Graduation Cere-mony for his daughter Maureen. He also congratulated our Foundation Scholar-ship Awardee Dr. Shrinivas Rangarajan. Dr. Rangarajan, doing a residency at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, plans on pursuing a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Nebraska

Chair Francis J. Cavolvic announced the Foundation scholarship winners as Creighton’s Anthony Zambito and of UNMC’s Cally Adams during their annual Luncheon Meeting last April. The Academy’s Senior Student Awards were announced as Paul Feit from Creighton and Mart Killian from UNMC.

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L-R, Chair Glenn Maihofer, scholarship recipient Barrett Straub, and PFA Trustee James Englander
Wisconsin

Chair Glenn Maihofer honored the Foundation Scholarship Awardee, Marquette University senior Barrett Straub, at their annual Luncheon Meeting last May. Dr. Straub will be starting his postgraduate work in orthodontics at Marquette.

Massachusetts

Chair Norman Becker reports the outstanding success of the Foundation grant for the CHIP Program. In May of this year, simultaneously 67 CHIP events were held in the six New England States and New York reaching more than 14,000 children with over 1000 dentists participating. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children declared this PFA co-sponsored event the largest child ID Project ever conducted in the United States.

The CHIP Program was first introduced in 1998 in Milton, Massachusetts. This year, ADA President Eugene Sekiguichi attended along with many civic, professional, and government officials.

The Chip Program has received a $5000 grant from our Foundation. Fellow Dr. David B. Harte, now CHIP Director emeritus, has been instrumental in organizing the Section’s participation. Other groups participated, such as the Masonic Lodges of the 8th District, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the police departments, the sheriff’s departments, the Wollaston Rainbow Assembly, the Rotarians, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Milton Times noted that “The Milton Rotary Club and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international dental honor society, based out of Paris, France, are sponsoring the Milton event.” The Milton Record-Transcript reported the event as well.

14,000 children were “CHIP’ed” throughout New England that day.

The CHIP Program (reported in Dental World, May/June 2002 issue) is now operational in 11 States and is being implemented in 19 others, approved in 13 more, and is being considered in Mexico and 13 Provinces of Canada. It is recognized as the most comprehensive recovery and identification program in the country.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notes that a child is reported missing every 41 seconds! This identification program includes a three-minute TV-quality videotaped interview, fingerprints, a tooth print with salivary scent tracer and DNA, and a DNA cheek swab. More than 190,000 children have gone through the program.

Mari Megias, Associate Director of Communications for Boston University’s Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine reports doing the news release for our PFA Scholarship Awardee junior student Amelia M. Grabe of Plainfield, New Hampshire. Amelia is active in the American Student Dental Association where she serves as the National Consultant in Membership, Marketing and Service. She is also the student representative on three ADA Councils. Her father, Dr. George Grabe, is a practicing dentist in Charlestown, NH.


2004 Calendar

10-13 September
92nd FDI World Congress, New Delhi, India

5 September
Deadline for all annual Meeting Agenda packet reports

30 September-3 October
145th Annual ADA Session, Orlando, Florida

30 September-5 October
PFA Academy/Foundation Annual Board Meetings, Ritz Carlton
Hotel, Orlando, Florida

30 September
Executive Board Meeting

1 October
PFA Board Meeting/Section Chair Caucus

2 October
Foundation Board Meeting
Annual Awards Luncheon/President’s Reception

3 October
Foundation Board Meeting/Academy Board Meeting
Presidents Dinner

22-23 October
Implantology Congress, Berlin, Germany

23 October
Elmer Best Award Ceremony, Beijing, China

29 October
20th General Meeting of the Japanese Association for Dental Sciences, Yokohama, Japan

30 October
PFA Hall of Fame Award installation for Dr. Morinosuke Chiwaki, Yokohama, Japan

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

Section News

Canada
Ontario

The Ontario Dental Association last May installed PFA Fellow Dr. Steven A. Goren as their President for 2004-2005. Their Honorary Membership Award was presented to PFA Fellow Dr. R. Malcolm (Mac) Balfour and their Barnabus Day Award was presented to PFA Fellow Dr. Norman E. Ironstone. Seems that the Ontario Dental Association is in good hands.

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Chair Mario Ulmansky
Israel

Professor Mario Ulmansky, Section Chair for Israel, passed away last May. His funeral was held at Megid’s Auditorium in the Medicine Faculty at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem.

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Professor Dragoslav Djukanovic of Serbia presented the Certificate of Merit Award to Professor Branislav Dastevski, President of the Macedonian PFA Section
Republic of Macedonia

Chair Professor Branislav Dastevski along with Professor Djukanovic attended the IX Dental Congress of the Balkan Stomatological Society last May in Ohrid, Macedonia. There were 1200 participants in the Congress’ theme “To share knowledge and experience” with more than 800 topics presented and 100 poster presentations.

During the Congress, Professor Dastevski inducted new Fellows Professor Mile Carcev and Professor Ljuben Guguvceski, while presenting PFA Honor Awards.

United States

California, Southern Section

Trustee Charles Eller reported on their 34th Annual Awards Luncheon for his Section held last April in Anaheim during the Spring Scientific Session of the California Dental Association. There were more than 100 in attendance, including PFA President-elect Michael Perpich, Foundation President Carl Lundgren, and Foundation Treasurer-emeritus George Higue. Their membership roster was also distributed at the Luncheon honoring Dr. Harold C. Slavkin, Dean of USC’s School of Dentistry.

Dr. J. R. “Bob” Bobbitt gave a talk on “The Foundation Grants in Action.” The Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards were presented by President-elect Michael Perpich. Their Award of Merit was presented to Dr. Robert L. Ibsen of Den-Mat Corporation, and the PFA Special President’s Award was presented to Dr. George Higue.

New Fellows were inducted by President-elect Michael Perpich and Foundation President Carl Lundgren. They were Drs. Amir H. Biniaz of Camarillo, James R. Bobbitt of Encinitas, R. K.Chetty of Los Angeles, Gerald Eidenmuller of Orange, Steven Gold of Santa Monica, Gregory Guichet of Orange, Arthur W. Johnson of Barstow, Nita Largoza of Chula Vista, Malek Mansour of Riverside, Kathleen Nuckles of Los Angeles, Eugene J. Schmidt of Fountain Valley, Richard A. Simms of Rancho Palos Verdes, Arnold Valdez of Claremont, and Robert D. Walter of Redlands.

The 2004 Dental Student Awards were presented to Loma Linda University’s Andrea L. Carvalho, UCLA’s Amy Gimlen, and USC’s Bao-Thy Nguyen.

The 2004 Dental Teachers of the Year Awards were presented to Loma Linda University’s Dr. Garth W. Brown, UCLA’s Dr. William W. Morgan, and USC’s Dr. Charles Wood.

The Southern California Fauchard Plaque, initiated in 1971 by past PFA President Cliff Loader, was presented by Mark Slavkin to USC’s Dean Harold C. Slavkin. Dr. Harold Slavkin has had a long and industrious career in our profession and is one of the world’s leading authorities on craniofacial development and genetic birth defects. He began his career at USC’s School of Dentistry in August, 2000. As Dean, he holds the school’s G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Dean’s Chair in Dentistry.

Prior to returning to USC, Dr. Slavkin served as the sixth Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), one of the National Institutes of Health. Under his leadership, the NIDCR produced the first Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health (June 2000). His tenure there was marked by the development of NIDCR’s first strategic plan, the renaming of the Institute to better reflect the scope of its activities, and a $110 million funding increase between 1995 and 1999.

Dr. Slavkin is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ADA, IADR, and a Fellow in ACD and ICD. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Georgetown University, the University of Paris, the University of Maryland, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Montreal.

In 1968, Dr. Slavkin joined the USC dental faculty and authored the text Developmental Craniofacial Biology published in 1979. He has edited nine books and published 260 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He was the Founding Director of the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology (1989-1995) and the first recipient of the George and Mary Boone Chair in Craniofacial Molecular Biology.

Dr. Slavkin earned his BA degree from USC in English literature (1961) and his dental degree from USC in 1965. For seven years, he practiced dentistry in Westwood while doing research as a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA’s School of Medicine and then in the USC Department of Biochemistry.

The Southern California Section Officers are Chairman Charles Eller, Vice Chair Frank Curry, past Chairman Steven Ferriot, and Editor William Mihram. Their Board of Directors are Drs. Myron Bromberg, Edward Cowan Jr, Stephen Flanders, Theodore Fortier, and Denise Habjan.

The Section also noted the passing of Fellows Harvey H. Cooperman, Henry C. Garabedian, Harold S. Harada, Ronald Hecker, Edward A. Johnson, and Shigeo Ryan Kishi

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PFA President Roach (center) and Colorado Chair Bonnie Ferrell (just right) in the center of the Breakfast attendees
Colorado

Chair Bonnie Ferrell co-hosted their annual Breakfast Meeting with ACD and ICD at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa on 12 June 2004. After breakfast, the tri-organization meeting discussed finances and communications with their members. They suggested working jointly on a mentorship program with the University of Colorado Health Services Center.

Georgia

Chair Karyn Stockwell co-hosted their annual Section Breakfast with ACD and ICD last March during the Hinman Dental Meeting. The keynote speaker for the event was PFA Fellow and Medical College of Georgia Dean Connie Drisko.

PFA President Kevin Roach and Chair Karyn Stockwell inducted 16 new Fellows into their Section at their second annual Leadership Conference last February at the Ritz-Carlton in Greensboro. New Fellows inducted were Drs. Laura Braswell, Gale Clarida, Keith Crummey, Drew Ferguson, Mike Hagearty, Mark Johnston, Ashley Moorman, Marc Moskowitz, Jane Puskas, Annette Rainge, Robin Reich, Colin Richman, Beth Sheridan, Tom Skafidas, Doug Torbush, and Marvin Winter.

Their Section kicked off their conference weekend with “Give Kids a Smile!” day event held near the resort at the Early Childhood Development Center in Eatonton, Georgia. PFA Fellows worked with Medical College of Georgia senior students to provide care for 32 children.

Past ADA President T. Howard Jones, recipient of last year’s President’s Award, is Treasurer for Smile PAC, a dental political action committee. In his letter to DW, Dr. Jones notes that “in a Congress run by attorneys and government bureaucrats, there is a fellow dentist (editor’s note: a PFA fellow as well) fighting for dentistry everyday. … Now one piece of legislation could cost us millions of dollars or even put us out of business… With our contribution to ‘Smile PAC’ we have the opportunity to greatly leverage Congressman Charlie Norwood’s influence in Congress.” To respond, send any help you can to “Congressman Charlie Norwood, Smile PAC, P.O. Box 2178, Evans, Georgia, 30809.


Rhode Island

International Trustee Richard Walsh reports that his Section held their annual Meeting and Induction Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick with over 45 attending to welcome Drs. Leland Blough and Brad Turchetta as new Fellows in the Academy. Dr. Francis A. Connor was honored by receiving their Outstanding Service Award in recognition of his many years of devoted service to the profession. A video presentation illustrating the PFA Web site was given. Past PFA President James Kershaw attended the event and even at the age of 92 still exhibits profound enthusiasm for dentistry.

Utah

Chair Richard Petty hosted their largest ever Section Meeting last February in Salt Lake City to induct four new members into Fellowship. Those inducted were Drs. Gary Crawford of Provo, Jeremy Ellis of Logan, Paul Innis of Park City, and James Ott of St. George. Past PFA President Gary Lowder attended as well as ADA Trustee Joel Glover of Reno, Nevada, and ICD 14th District regent (PFA Fellow) Newell Warr.

After discussing the San Francisco PFA Meeting, Steven Hadley outlined Foundation application procedures for grants. Then reports were given on the grants presented to the St. George Clinic and to the Mexico projects Dr. Petty is involved in.

The keynote speaker was past State Senator Lane Beattie, President of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and former officer of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee. He provided some interesting insights into the workings of the Olympics that contributed to their overwhelming success.

Immediate past PFA President Gary Lowder was honored with a special Utah State Section Chair Award for his outstanding service to the Academy and to his Utah Section.

Washington State

Chair David Minahan has been named to lead the University of Washington Alumni Association’s fundraising effort to raise $2 million for the renovation of B-Wing, the original 1947 facility built to house the dental school. The only renovation done previously was in 1973 and that focused only on the dental clinics, leaving much of the original building in serious need of upgrading.

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International Trustee James Englander
Wisconsin

Chairman Glenn Maihofer held their annual Luncheon Meeting last May at Milwaukee’s City Center Hilton Hotel during the Wisconsin Dental Association’s Session. The PFA Meeting recognized past WDA Presidents, the student recipient of the Foundation Scholarship, presented their awards, and inducted new Fellows.

WDA President Dennis W. Engel addressed the Meeting by applauding the past efforts of his predecessors in shaping the Wisconsin Dental Association and supporting their dental school. He is proud to follow in their footsteps.

International Trustee James Englander gave information concerning the PFA Foundation and qualifying for financial aid in support of their projects. Dr. Englander was recognized for his service on the International PFA Board and for being instrumental in starting the Marquette Mentorship Program five years ago.

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Chair Glenn Maihofer presenting Dean William Lobb of Marquette School of Dentistry with Distinguished Service Award

Marquette School of Dentistry Dean William Lobb was honored as recipient of their Distinguished Service Award. The new dental school at Marquette was engineered and coordinated by Dr. Lobb’s vision and guidance. His efforts and input made the new school a “state-of-the-art” example in dental education.

Seven new Fellows were inducted into membership: Drs. Jeffrey Kind, Patrick McCormick, Daniel Garcia, Gerald Eagan, Scott Greatens, Julio Rodriquez, and Patrick Laughlin.

Their next gathering will be the Mentorship Dinner in late September at Marquette’s new dental school.


PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
President
Canada

Michael J. Perpich
President-elect
Minnesota

Howard Mark
Vice President
Connecticut

Richard A. Kozal
Secretary General
Nevada

James M. Brophy
Editor
Illinois

Gary Lowder
Immediate Past President
Utah

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY TRUSTEES

REGION 1—Europe
Pierre Marois
France

REGION 2—N.E. USA
Richard Walsh
Rhode Island

REGION 3—S.E. USA
Robert S. Hart
Florida

REGION 4—Midwest USA
James A. Englander
Wisconsin

REGION 5—Western USA
Charles Eller
California

REGION 6—Canada
Barry Dolman
Ontario

REGION 7—Latin America
Bernardo Levit
Argentina

REGION 8—Australasia
William Winspear
Australia

REGION 9—Asia
Mamoru Sakuda
Japan

REGION 10—Central USA
Steve Hedlund
Iowa

FOUNDATION OFFICERS

Carl Lundgren
President
California

M. David Campbell
Vice President
Michigan

Fred Halik
Executive Director
New York

William Korte
Treasurer
Illinois

George Higue
Treasurer-emeritus
California

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
Canada

Michael Perpich
Minnesota

Richard Kozal
Nevada

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

C. Larry Barrett
Iowa

Gary Lowder
Utah

Minoru Horiuchi
Massachusetts

James Long
Mississippi

Michael Cripton
Canada

Scott Welch
Wyoming

Nicholas Saccone
Pennsylvania

Section News

Australasia

Trustee William Winspear awarded Honorary Fellowship to Professor-emeritus Noel D. Martin AM at their recent PFA Awards Dinner in Sydney, Australia.

Professor Martin is recognized throughout Australia as an authority in dental education, dental public and community health, and preventive dentistry. He joined the faculty of dentistry at the University of Sydney in 1944 as a lecturer. He was then appointed the inaugural Professor of Preventive Dentistry in 1961. In 1970, Professor Martin was elected the Dean of the Dental Faculty, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.

Professor Martin has had a distinguished career with many exceptional achievements, his role in introducing fluoride into the Australian water supplies was his finest. He has been the driving force in educating the public, and the government, of the benefits, efficacy, and safety of water fluoridation. Through these efforts he has reduced the rate of dental decay in Australian children to one of the lowest in the developed world.

Canada

The Canadian Section Annual Awards & Induction Ceremonies were carried out last March 5 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. International PFA President Kevin Roach presided over the ceremonies assisted by British Columbia Section Chair Evelyn McNee, Western Canada Section Chair Tom Brenemen, and Canadian Trustee Barry Dolman, with over 90 Fellows and guests attending to induct 38 new Fellows into the Academy.

New members inducted were Drs. Larry Levin, Paul Germain, Brian Feldman, George Raborn, Dennis Fuchs, Ashok Varma, David Isen, David Lawson, Patricia Grassick, Tony Gill, Marcel Van Woensel, Lorne Wiseman, William McNiece, William Christie, Walter Dubrovolsky, Jonathon Lang, Gilbert Chapnick, Tony Chehade, Peter Doig, Kevin Doyle, Philip Shedletsky, Richard N. Rodney, Peter Nkansah, Keith Climenhaga, Peter M. Lobb, Jim Yuan Lai, Serge Langlois, Lisa McGregor, Ken Glover, Susan K. Chow, John B. Perry, Elizabeth Anne Toporowski, Michael Roux, Angelique Leung, Michele Williams, Peter E. Copp, Paul Andrews, and Robert Munce.

Dr. Marcia Boyd was presented the PFA Distinguished Service Award in absentia for her outstanding contributions to dentistry as an educator and clinician. Marcia will be honoured again in Montreal at their next Meeting.

Brian Henderson was presented with an Honorary PFA Fellowship for his many years of support to the profession as Director of Accreditation and Professional Services, and Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Dental Association.

Also in attendance was President Louis Dube of the Canadian Dental Association, Vice President George Rhodes of Dentsply International, and Listerine Brand Manager Christine DaCoste of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

Also honoured at this event were the 10 Canadian student finalists who participated in the Student Clinician Program. They were the University of British Columbia’s Jasdip Minhas, the University of Alberta’s Derek Nordstrom, the University of Saskatchewan’s Kim Neudorf, the University of Manitoba’s Anita Glockner, the University of Western Ontario’s Ellen Park, the University of Toronto’s Amy Yuen, the University of Montreal’s Celine Messier, the University of McGill’s Melissa Lee, the University Laval’s Claude Raymond, and Dalhousie University’s Carlie Lemoine.

The Canadian PFA Section will be holding a special event in Montreal during the FDI Congress to be held there in 2005.

India

The PFA Section held their 17th annual Convocation Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Sunday 23 November last year at the Hotel Savera in Chennai. The Invocation was given by Drs. Vidya Hari and Priya. Chairman Nilesh Gandhi welcomed the guests and discussed attending the PFA International Meeting in San Francisco. He reported that India remains the second largest Section in the world for the fifth year.

Chair Gandhi introduced the Chief Guest, Dr. B. P. Rajan, former Vice Chancellor of the Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University in Chennai and special Representative of the Government of Tamilnadu at New Delhi.

Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. T. Samraj, presented 23 new Fellows for induction. Chair Gandhi administered the PFA Pledge to the new Fellow. Chief Guest Dr. Rajan awarded the Fellowship Certificates while Chairman Gandhi presented the PFA pins and Chief Editor V. P. Jalili handed them the PFA pens.

Chief Editor V. P. Jalili distributed their new issue of the Journal of the PFA India Section.

The Awards were presented by the Chief Guest. The Best Student Award of Bapuji Dental College, Davangere, for 2000 was presented to Dr. Dinesh Singh Chauhan; and for 2003 to Dr. S. G. Jyothi. The Best Student Award of Maulana Azad Dental College in New Delhi for 2003 was presented to Dr. Ambica Kathuria. The PFA International Student Scholarship Award for 2003 was awarded to Sandeep Pawade, II BDS, G.D.C. of Aurangabad. The PFA International Certificate of Merit for 2002 was presented to Dr. Hari Parkash, Professor & head of the department of Dental Surgery for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Dehli.

Chief Guest B. P. Rajan is an International Honorary Fellow of PFA. He spoke about the ideals of the Academy and challenged the new Fellows to set an example in their own lives. He also suggested establishing a Continuing Education Programme to pass on their education to their colleagues in dentistry.

On behalf of the new Fellows, Dr. Ragini, Principal of I.T.S. Dental College, Murad Nagar responded to establish such programmes for PFA in their college during the ensuing year.

Dr. Raji Viola Samraj compeered the evening’s events where 120 participants attended the dinner and 100 delegates attended the Convocation.

Colombia

Chair Juan Gabriel Llano Osorio has permanently moved to the United States and thus has stepped down as Section Chair. International Trustee Bernardo Levit is seeking a replacement to continue our representation there.

The Netherlands

Chairman Anne-Elisabeth Dony has assumed the duties for her Section together with Secretary Jan van Bentum and Treasurer Nel Balkema. Dr. Dony succeeds Dr. Peter Crielaers. This year they will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary by scheduling a three-day trip to Barcelona, Spain, on 24-26 September. Professor Jordii Samso, a PFA Fellow of the Spain Section and Chairman of the European Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons will assist in hosting a speaker for the event.

Their annual Spring Meeting was held on April 2, at which they discussed the government’s development plan for dental hygienists that has widespread implications.

Spain

Chair Jose M. Aguirre has planned their annual Ceremony in Cordoba this year in which the PFA Certificate of Merit would be posthumously awarded to their late outstanding Section Chairman Dr. Javier Garro.

Macedonia

Chair Professor Branislav Dastevskinotes that his is a small country on the Balkan Peninsula with about 2000 practicing dentists. They are planning to induct Professors Mile Cracev and Ljuben Guguvcevski of the Dental Faculty of Skopje University.

He also invites us to the Macedonia Congress to be held there.

United States
Florida

Dr. Charles Mandell, a world lecturing implantologist, has thanked the Academy for being asked to become a Fellow in PFA. “It is an honor to be associated with this ethical and educational society.” Dr. Mandell is a diplomate of the International College of Oral Implantology, of the American Board of Implantology, a Fellow in the American Academy of Osseointegration, and has Fellowships in ADI and AGD.

Illinois

Past PFA President William Kort from Westchester has been honored in being elected to serve as the PFA Treasurer of the Foundation. Recently, he visited the Central Office in Las Vegas and toured the PFA Museum there.

Editor Jim Brophy last February received the highest Illinois Lions Award, the Illinois Foundation Fellowship Award, for his years of service in collecting used eyeglasses for needy countries. A week later, he was again honored at the 50th anniversary dinner of his Knights of Columbus Council for being the most outstanding Council President in their half century of service. Last March, the Waukegan Elks Lodge presented him their “Elk of the Year Award” at their Installation Dinner.

Michigan

The Winter 2004 issue of University of Detroit Mercy Alumni publication The Leading Edge reported on the Michigan PFA’s Bay Cliff Health Camp Project last year, recognizing the volunteers from UDM—Dr. Chris Newman (‘98); Dr. Margaret DeVor (‘02), a 12-year dental assistant to past President David Campbell, and Dental Hygienist Stephanie Newman (‘98). A photograph of the participants was also included in the article.

In the same issue, the PFA Mentorship Project was reported as having 30 students from DS2, DS3, and DS4 participating where the students attend programs at the end of the school day three times yearly and are invited to the two Michigan PFA breakfasts where they interact with our Fellows and most of the Michigan Dental Association leaders. Eighteen students attended the PFA breakfast during the Detroit District Dental Review where Alexa Vitek, DS4, was presented the 2003 PFA Scholarship Award by UDM Dean Steiman. Two pictures were included with the article, all mentioning PFA.

Missouri

Section Chair Jim Kulild inducted Dr. Ernest Jackson into Fellowship last March during the Missouri PFA Meeting held in conjunction with the Midwest Dental Conference in Kansas City. Professor Kulild presented material on the new postgraduate endodontics program at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry.

Chairman Jim Kulild also presented the Foundation Scholarship award to Kevin Cunningham, a junior dental student at the UMKC School of Dentistry during their Scholarship Award Ceremonies in Kansas City last September.

Louisiana

Last March, the outstanding past Section Chair Peyton Sidney Nuewirth passed away from our ranks at the age of 92. A graduate of Northwestern School of Dentistry, he was born in New York, grew up in Tampa, lived in Peoria (Illinois) for 42 years and then moved to New Orleans. He served on the Illinois Board of Dental Examiners, and was very active in his community in the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. He became an Associate Professor at LSU’s School of Dentistry. He was an active leader in organized dentistry wherever he lived and was a great asset to the activities of the Louisiana PFA.

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5. September - October

With summer quickly coming to an end and along with it my tenure as the 67th President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, I have been reflecting back on the events of the past year. There seem to be thousands of e-mails to answer, numerous debates on the future direction of our beloved Academy, and more invites to visit Sections than time and energy would permit. Still, I look back with a sense of accomplishment on my term in office. I took a special interest in specific areas, but nothing can be achieved without a team effort; and in this regard I am grateful for the advice and assistance of my colleagues on the Management Committee, as well as the guidance and cooperation of our headquarters staff.

There are several areas where special progress has been made in the last year: a new constitution and by-laws, a revised policy manual, a transition agreement in case of sudden death or debilitating injury of senior staff, a more cooperative working relationship with our charitable arm—the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation, enhanced communication with our Fellows worldwide through more extensive Dental World issues, and ongoing improvements to our Web site.

As a small-town boy who could never comprehend the values of deficit financing, I take great pride in having placed the Academy on a solid fiscal footing for the upcoming years. While I claim no personal credit for any of the above accomplishments, I do sincerely take pride in all that has been done this year. It has been a very great pleasure to work with a team comprised of such dedicated individuals as Dr. Gary Lowder, Dr. Michael Perpich, and Dr. Howard Mark.

I extend my very best wishes to Mike as he dons the chain of office and the responsibilities that accompany that symbolic and marvelous gold medallion. I also extend a very warm welcome to my good friend from “down under,” our new Vice-President, Dr. William Winspear, and to the new Trustees who will be installed in Orlando, Dr. Jonathan Rogers for Region 8—Australia, and Dr. Hubert Ouvrard for Region 1—Europe, who replaces retiring Trustee Dr. Pierre Marois. The retirement of mon ami, Professor Pierre Marois of Paris, France, after 21 years was accepted with mixed emotions. He has served his profession and our beloved Academy with sincere dedication and laudable commitment. His magnanimous hospitality toward all who visited the Paris Hall of Fame site that he developed is well known and most appreciated. His departure leaves my amigo, Dr. Bernardo Levit of Argentina, as our new senior statesman.

A special thanks to Richard and Judith Kozal for their tireless dedication to our Academy and to our distinguished editor, Dr. James Brophy, for his humour and support during my tenure. I am grateful to have the opportunity to repay my chosen profession for the good life that dentistry has provided for my family and me and for the opportunity to work with so many dedicated individuals supporting dentistry throughout the PFA world.

Thanks for this opportunity, thanks for the memories.

Kevin L. Roach, B.Sc., D.D.S., F.P.F.A.
President

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L-R, Dean Marie Boy-LeFevre, the new Section Chair of France; Emilie Huguet, a Foundation Scholar; Dr. Hubert Ouvrard, the new Trustee for Europe; and retiring Trustee Pierre Marois

Senior International Trustee Pierre Marois Announces Retirement

Pierre Marois of Paris, France, has announced that after a half century of PFA Fellowship and a quarter of a century as PFA International Trustee for Europe’s Region 1, he has decided to step down from the Board after the Orlando PFA Meeting. In his retirement letter, Dr. Marois expressed how he enjoyed every minute of serving PFA, the exciting people he has meet, but that the time has come, passing into his eighth decade, to step down and let younger dentists have the same interesting experience he has enjoyed for so long.

“I have been a PFA Fellow since 1954. General Robert Shira, a longtime friend since he was in the Army in Europe, asked me in 1983 to be the PFA Trustee for Europe, I gladly accepted. I had to build Europe from scratch. It was a challenge, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

“To be a Trustee for 20 years was a constant pleasure. It gave me the rare opportunity to meet fascinating peoples, ambitious peoples, devoted peoples, and all kinds of characters.”

A Legend from the South

Dr. Gordon Stine

Often in dental publications you read about great individuals in dentistry who have outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching, or leadership of our professional organizations. Every year, the Academy presents Awards in recognition of their achievements. And these Awards are given from the local Sections to the international level.

But only rarely is recognized a dentist who, because of his professionalism and discipline, transcends the mere career of dental surgery to be recognized publicly as an outstanding community leader, a person for all seasons and times. Dr. Gordan B. Stine, recipient of this year’s President’s Award, is just one such individual.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1924; raised in Charleston; educated in Charleston; shaped by Charleston; he returned and shaped Charleston. Founded in the late 1600s, Charles Town was held by the British until 1783, when it was renamed Charleston. It has been an important Atlantic port and a focus of more United States history than almost any other city along the Eastern coastline. In the over three centuries of Charleston’s existence, Dr. Gordan Stine and his wife Barbara have been part of shaping Charleston for a nearly quarter of that time.

No one could have accomplished all that Dr. Stine has done alone. And Gordan freely admits that without his dear wife Barbara at his side, he would not have been able to make Charleston what it is today.

Gordan started working in his father’s retail goods store selling paint at 14 years of age. This interaction with the public introduced him to the workings of the city. Charleston is peninsular in shape, being flanked by the Cooper River on the northeast and the Ashley River on the southwest. The northern shore above the Cooper River encloses the harbor from that direction. It contains Patriots Point Naval Museum, where the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown rests along with eight other vessels docked there for public visitation. Beyond that, the coastal shore contains Fort Moultrie that defended Charleston from the British in the Revolutionary War, a World War I military battery, and a World War II battery that often fired on German submarines scouting the city for shipping. The southern shore of the Ashley River over to the coastal shore containing Folly Beach, and where once the Confederate Fort Folly stood (famous in the movie Glory circa 1989) creates the port. Between the two coastal arms lies the island with Fort Sumter on it, whose Confederate capture started the War Between the States. So Charleston’s only expansion possibility was northwest and then across the rivers once modern bridges were built.

Gordan Stine did his undergraduate work at the College of Charleston, the oldest municipal college in America. Today this prestigious institute has expanded from its humble beginnings in 1770 to cover several city blocks up to the old site of The Citadel. Today it educates about 12,000 students.

After graduation with his undergraduate degree, Gordan joined the U.S. Marines and trained at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois.

After the war, Gordan went to Georgia to attend Emory University School of Dentistry, the second oldest dental school in America (now since closed). He married Barbara in 1951 with whom they raised two sons, Steven and Robert.

After earning his dental degree, Dr. Stine began his 34 years of private practice in 1954 (he retired in 1987), and about that time began teaching as Associate Professor in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.

He became Special Assistant to the University President James Edwards, who had filled the cabinet-level position as President Reagan’s Secretary of Energy. Dr. Stine served as Director for Dental Continuing Education. He also founded the MUSC Dental Lifelong Service Fund and in 2000 received the MUSC’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award. His son, Steven, has donated the new dental library in his father’s name.

Dr. Stine served as President of the Charleston Dental Society, President of the Coastal Dental Society, and of the South Carolina Dental Society. For his energy and drive for dental continuing education, the South Carolina Academy of General Dentistry named him the 1998 Dentist of the Year.

This was added to his South Carolina Dental Society Dentist of the Year Award. In that presentation, AGD past President Bill Walker stated, “We are not just giving him this award just to give him another award. He does not just sit back and bask in the glory of all his accomplishments but continues to give. No one in South Carolina has contributed more to dental continuing education than Dr. Gordan Stine.”

Dr. Stine was initiated into Fellowship of PFA and rose to become his State’s Section Chair, then PFA International Trustee, Academy Vice President, and President-elect. He was presented the 1992 and the 2000 South Carolina PFA Distinguished Dentist of the Year Awards.

In 1972, he co-founded the South Carolina Political Action Committee and was Chairman of that for 10 years. Though a practicing Democrat, Dr. Stine became influential on both sides of the aisles.

However, his dental career is only a part of this man’s lifetime contributions.

Dr. Stine returned to the College of Charleston and completed his Doctor of Humane Letters in 1999. He had joined the College of Charleston Board of Trustees serving, for 12 years, eight of those years as Vice President of the Board, and in 1988 was made Trustee-emeritus. In 1999, the College presented him their Alumni Award of Honor.

In community activities, he and Barbara support the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Association; he was Chairman of the United Way; an active participant in the Coastal Carolina Council of Boy Scouts, receiving their Silver Beaver Award in 1985 and had the Boy Scout Camp Health Center named in his honor in 1996; a member of the Charleston Bicentennial Committee; a member of the Charleston Exchange Club and helped found two other Exchange Clubs in North Charleston and in the James Island area, and received their 1964 Man of the Year Award and their 1965 Outstanding Service Award; and served as Chairman of the Trident Chamber of Commerce, where in 2002 he was presented the Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award, their highest award. The Joseph P. Riley Award was established in 1992 in honor of the long-time Mayor of Charleston, whose personal commitment to the city is reflected by those receiving the title who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and use their skills to make Charleston a better place to live and work.

Dr. Stine’s benefice was not bound by religious affiliation. While a member of the second oldest Jewish synagogue in America, Kahal Kadash Beth Elohim (the Holy Congregation House of God), founded in 1750 and actually the oldest continuous operating Temple, in which he served as President of the Brotherhood Congregation (1967-68) for their 250th Anniversary, and Chairman of the Charleston Jewish Welfare Fund, Dr. Stine also served on the Board of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Greater Charleston, and currently resides in the Bishop Gadsden (Catholic) Senior Center on James Island where he and Barbara are often greeting the many older couples residing there as good neighbors.

Even civic activities occupied a portion of his life’s work. Dr. Stine served on the Palmetto Safety Council, the Charleston Aviation Board, the Community Pride of Charleston County, and the Cooper River Bridge Replacement Study Committee.

Dr. Stine also worked on planning the new development of the Robert B. Scarborough Bridge, named after a close friend of Gordan and Barbara’s.

Dr. Stine served as Councilman for the City of Charleston representing the West Ashley area. Then he served as County Chairman for the Charleston County Council, a nine-member board in 1979-80. Later, he was District representative on the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Regional Council of Governments, and then on the National Association Board of Regional Councils as representative for the South Carolina Regional Council of Governments.

South Carolina Governors Dick Riley (father of Mayor “Big Joe” Riley), Campbell and Beasley presented Dr. Stine an unprecedented three Orders of the Palmetto. The Palmetto tree is like a palm tree, which is one of the insignia of South Carolina and appears on their State flag. The Order of the Palmetto is South Carolina’s highest civilian honor. Then in 2001, Governor Jim Hodges presented Dr. Stine the Order of the Silver Crescent-–another important symbol of South Carolina. This is an award selected by the Governor for distinguished lifetime service to the community and to the State. It seems that the State has run out of awards to give Gordan, so they initiated a higher one with the Order of the Silver Crescent. But Gordan has not run out of the energy to earn them even in his 80s.

Dr. Gordan Stine summed up his life’s philosophy in a speech to the MUSC dental students.

“We live in a fast-paced time. Our lives are changing rapidly in ways that constantly test our convictions. In our busy lifestyles, there are too few opportunities to pause and think about what helped to mold what is the finest example of self-government in the world today. We should realize that our contributions will be a part of this long history of our country. The future will be what we make of it today.”


Congressional Medal of Honor Finally Awarded to WWII Dentist.

In 1937, Dr. Benjamin Salomon graduated from USC and applied for a commission as an Army dentist. Due to a lack of need for dentists in the service, his application was rejected. Dr Salomon then opened a private practice in Los Angeles. But soon the political climate changed and President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Service Act in 1940, requiring men age 21 to 35 to register for military training.

Dr. Salomon signed up again and was immediately called into service as an Army private in the 102nd Infantry Regiment at Ft. Ord, California, near Monterey. While going through military training, Dr. Salomon would scale the teeth of the men from his platoon in their spare hours. On weekends, he would drive a group from his regiment down to his office in Los Angeles, do their dental work, and get back to report for duty Monday morning.

With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dr. Salomon’s platoon shipped out to Christmas Island south of Hawaii. His enthusiasm and constant learning earned him sergeant stripes within a year, putting him in command of a machine gun section in his heavy weapons company. In August 1942, Sergeant Salomon was transferred to the 105th Infantry Regiment in Hawaii, promoted to lieutenant, and made the regimental dentist. He performed dentistry in the morning and served as an infantry instructor in the afternoon. His regiment won several infantry proficiency competitions and within the year he was Captain Salomon.

Then on 15 June 1944, he landed with his regiment on Saipan in the Marianas Islands. The Japanese Army launched an all-out attack on the American soldiers on 7 July 1944, the largest attack in the Pacific Theater. Dr. Salomon was manning a small tent first aid station caring for about 30 wounded soldiers. As he was tending to one of the wounded, he saw a Japanese soldier bayoneting one of the wounded near the tent door with two more enemies at the tent entrance and four crawling under the tent flaps. Grabbing a wounded soldier’s rifle he shot those at the door, bayoneted another, kicked a third while another wounded soldier killed the rest. Rushing outside, Dr. Salomon saw that the machine gun nest that was to protect the first aid station contained dead soldiers. He immediately ordered the tent’s wounded to help each other get to the regimental first aid station while he would buy them time manning the machine gun nest.

The next day, Dr. Salomon’s body was found slumped over the machine gun with his hand still on the trigger. There were 98 dead Japanese soldiers in front of his position with Dr. Salomon having 76 bullet holes in his body. Dr. Salomon was recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic valor in action.

The Congressional Medal of Honor, the first awarded to a dentist, was refused by Dr. Salomon’s commanding general because while Captain Salomon richly deserved the Award, he was in the medical service and wore a Red Cross arm band. Under the Rules of the Geneva Convention, no medical officer can bear arms against the enemy.

Thus, the issue rested for 50 years. Dr. Salomon’s case was buried with his ashes by his parent’s grave. There was no other family.

Then in 1997, an informal gathering of USC dental alumni met to begin preparation for their centennial celebration. Dr. Robert West, a 1952 graduate, and PFA Fellow from Calabasas, California, came across documentation of Dr. Salomon’s story submitted by 1936 graduate Harry Cimring. Dr. West had himself served as a medical and dental corpsman during World War II. Dr. West researched the case and discovered that the denial was based on an error, not a technicality. The Rules of the 1929 Geneva Convention did specifically prohibit medical personnel from taking arms up against the enemy offensively, but did provide for medical staff to defend themselves and /or their patients with force. Dr. Salomon’s commanding general had wrongly denied the medal on a misinterpretation of the Geneva Treaty. And Dr. West took up the crusade to right the wrong on 7 July 1997, when he started writing his Congressman and the military leadership.

But another problem arose. The statute of limitations had run out on receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. With Dr. West’s perseverance in the matter, he had won over the Congress and the military. Congress granted a waiver in this case; and Major General Patrick Scully, Chief of the Army Dental Corps, wanted the honor bestowed during his command. In December of 2001, Dr. West received assurances that the matter was reaching a favorable conclusion. Then on 1 May 2002, President George W. Bush held a formal ceremony in the White House Rose Garden to present Dr. Benjamin Salomon’s Congressional Medal of Honor to Dr. Robert West accompanied by his wife and daughter and former USC dental school Dean John Ingle, who also had tried to have the award bestowed years before. The Rose Garden presentation was followed up with a military ceremony and reception in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes. Dr. Salomon was an only child, never married, and his now deceased parents had no known living relatives.

President Bush noted in the solemn presentation that no one at the ceremony knew this great hero, but now his record of valor will be inscribed for all Americans to know Dr. Benjamin Lewis Salomon, who received this honor due him from a grateful country.

Dr. Salomon’s Congressional Medal of Honor is on permanent placement in the Army Medical Department Museum in San Antonio, Texas. A replica of the Medal is on display at the USC School of Dentistry. And we honor the efforts of Dr. Robert West and former Dean John Ingle to bring closure to Dr. Benjamin Salomon’s final act of valor in defense of his country with this article.

Tongue Studs

by the Academy of General Dentistry

The current rage among many teens is to have their tongues pierced and various metal ornaments placed through the tongue. Many dentists have seen the results of this decorative procedure. Tongues are meant for aiding mastication, taste, and speech. How the fad evolved that they should create an attractive facial beauty is beyond understanding. Perhaps it could not be tattooed, or such piercing artists ran out of places to puncture.

However, as dentists we have repaired many a tooth that chomped down on this foreign body in the normal use of the tongue in chewing. Coupled with this, AGD reports that it also affects recessing gingival tissue and nerve damage problems. But beyond those “reparable” events, it also puts such wearers at risk for the development of fatal infections such as Ludwig’s angina or endocarditis (AGD’s General Dentist, June 2004 issue).

Ludwig’s angina is a bacterial infection of the floor of the mouth. It can occur after a tooth infection, mouth injury, oral surgery, and oral piercings.

Piercings, lip rings, and tongue studs create an open wound, which allows bacteria to travel through the blood stream. Such bacteria can cause rapid swelling in the floor of the mouth, which can block the airway or prevent the swallowing of saliva.

Endocarditis occurs when the traveling bacteria infects the heart. Patients with known heart defects are at great risk for endocarditis.

Dr. William J. Dunn, author of the study, notes that “most body piercers are unlicensed and not members of the medical profession. Because of this, health histories are not recorded or reviewed, emergency kits are not available, antibiotics are not prescribed, and postoperative care is not available.”

AGD spokesman Dr. Melvin K. Pierson adds, “People are told to expect some swelling from a tongue piercing, but if they don’t receive follow-up care, they may not be aware of when it is abnormal swelling. A person may have an angina attack and not know it.”

Unclean, unsterilized piercing equipment can cause other infections, such as blood-borne hepatitis.

The AGD article does not mention another possibility of kidney nephritis and damage as a long-term possibility.

From the Desk of Congressman Charlie Norwood…

The summer is flying by and the temperatures in D.C. remain unseasonably hot. With the election starting, it makes it very hard, if not impossible, to legislate.

I still have jurisdiction over OSHA as Chairman of the Employee Protection Subcommittee of the Education and Workforce Committee. As Chairman, I was so pleased to sponsor and pass four important bills to reform the OSHA Act. These bills will provide some much-needed relief for American small business owners, such as you. They passed the House on 18 May 2004.

One bill expands the time a small business owner has to challenge an OSHA citation. Another expands the non-partisan review board’s membership so they can actually do their job. The third gives deference to the review board’s decision on appeals to OSHA citations. And the last gives small business owners the right to collect attorney’s fees from the government when they successfully beat back an OSHA citation in court. For more details on these bills go to my Web site: www.house.gov/Norwood.

Recently my friend and fellow dentist, Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho, introduced the Children’s Dental Health Improvement Act, which has 46 co-sponsors in the House. This Act includes provisions to improve access to dental care in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It also establishes several new grant programs aimed to increase access to oral health care services, particularly in underserved areas and for children from low-income families.

This bill would provide new support for school-based oral health literacy programs and would create new or expand existing school-linked dental sealant programs to improve oral health. This also creates a federal Oral Health Initiative to ensure oral health as a key focus in Health and Human Services.

I have a leadership Political Action Committee called Smile PAC. You can help our ability to get legislation moving by contributing to help elect officials that will be responsive to our needs. The value of this is self-evident. Checks can be made out to Smile PAC and mailed to P.O. Box 2178, Evans, Georgia, 30809, but no corporate checks, please. I regret how much these elections cost, but it is a fact of life.

I plan to be involved again to a great degree next year with tort reform, patient protections, and prescription drug monitoring bills.

The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that the ERISA Laws will stand. While the Justices do not like the law that Congress wrote in 1974, which says that an insurance company (HMO-managed care) can practice medicine or dentistry long distance without a license with total impunity. We expect to be back in the fight next year with a full court press on the above three items. In addition, we daily monitor OSHA, ergonomics, and amalgam legislation.

In my next letter to you, I will explain how illegal immigration affects Medicaid in your State and what is going on in Alaska that will affect dentistry.

Thanks for your support. I cannot do it without you!

Charlie Norwood, DDS
U.S. Representative

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Foundation News

From the Desk of Foundation President Carl Lundgren…

True Power

"Remember that true power is the ability to influence the lives of others in a positive way.”
Life’s Little Instruction Calendar

PFA Fellows are all leaders who, on a daily basis, provide positive, volunteer acts that are beneficial to someone that they may or may not know. In the case of the PFA Foundation, it is people that are remote to us.

This year’s group of applications for grants reveals the amazing altruism of dental volunteers throughout dentistry. Reading through them discloses that money has been requested to support volunteers for dental functions in nine countries. They are Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, France, Laos, Nepal, India, Vietnam, and the United States. In almost all cases, these grants go for direct dental care for distressed populations.

In most of these cases, the dental workers volunteer their time and expertise. Often they will travel great distances at their own expense. The patients will frequently be found to be waiting in line for two days after still having walked great distances. For many, this is the only time they will see a dentist in a year.

For those of us who cannot be on the patient end of the program, there is the opportunity to enable the grant seekers through donating money to the PFA Foundation’s newly developing “Memorial and Tributes Fund” Program.

Donations may be Memorials to a deceased person that you wish to honor or to commemorate with a special Tribute in the name of some living person. Details on this program are to be published elsewhere.

Due to the huge $5 million bequest of Dr. Fernando Brenes-Espinach of Costa Rica, your Foundation has been able to support grant seekers in the amount of over $3 million during the last nine years, all from interest earnings. The principal has not been invaded and is now worth $7 million. While this one was an enormous bequest, more modest donations of $50 to $1000 and larger will really add up. Important grants can then be made, in your name or someone else’s name if you wish. We have plenty of applicants who can really use the funding support.

In nine years, we have given over 200 grants, most of them for direct dental care for the underserved. We have administered over 700 scholarships of $1500 each to dental students in a large number of countries where PFA Sections are found. See our Web page at www.Fauchard.org.

Our volunteer Foundation Board has proven to be excellent stewards of the money. We have just one part-time person being financially supported and the rest of us are volunteers. We have no rented space and have an extremely limited overhead.

We feel that by being givers, and not takers, we feel good. And we know that those thousands of unseen patients out there feel better than they did before. The main people in this effort, the volunteers in the field, feel good. We applaud them.

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Washington State

Molly McAllister, the Honors & Awards Coordinator for the University of Washington School of Dentistry, reports that our last year’s Foundation Scholarship winner, Brian Almond, was also selected as this year’s Senior Student Award recipient. Dr. Tracy Popowics of the Department of Oral Biology was this year’s main Awards Presenter for the University’s annual Honors and Awards Assembly last June in Hogness Auditorium. Dr. Almond graduated in the top 10% of his class and was involved in the student council, serving as President during his first three years of dental school.

Current junior dental student Christopher Piper was chosen by the Student Awards Committee to receive this year’s Foundation Scholarship. Chris is also involved in student leadership and has served as class President for his first three years at the dental school and was just elected Student Council President for the coming year.

The event’s Awards Program lists the Pierre Fauchard Academy Dental Student Scholarship Award as presented each year to the individual in the junior class who has demonstrated the greatest potential in developing into an outstanding leader in the dental profession.

Brian Almond is listed as the 2004 recipient with Chris Piper as the 2005 recipient. The Pierre Fauchard Academy Senior Student award is described as a Certificate of Merit to be awarded to an outstanding senior dental student who has exhibited leadership, achieved academic excellence in professional training including clinical skills, and demonstrated dedication to the advancement of dentistry. Brian Almond’s name as listed as this year’s recipient.

Dr. Almond also received the ACD Outstanding Senior Student Award and the School of Dentistry Governance and Service Award.

Chris Piper also received the Ben & Betty Zukor Scholarship, the Daniel G. Middaugh Dental Student Professional Service Award, and Certificates of School Service for being Junior Class President and Student Council Vice President.

Wisconsin

Chair Glenn Maihofer noted that this year’s Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to Marquette dental student Barret Straub, who is enrolled into the Marquette Orthodontics Program.

The Resource of the Academy: The Section Chair

by Secretary General Richard A. Kozal

The Section Chairpersons collectively are the backbone of the Academy. Their activities and recruitment processes establish the prestige of the Academy and its Fellows and the quality of the membership; in general, they maintain the atmosphere of selectivity so necessary to meet the goals established by our charter over 60 years ago.

What are the characteristics of an ideal Section Chairperson?

The ideal Section Chairperson is one who fundamentally has a strong sense of ethics in his or her personal and professional life; one who has proven strong leadership qualities by achieving the presidency of a dental organization or reaching line officer status; one who has a strong recognition factor through political, professional, or academic credentials, or community service. Above all, this individual is someone who would like to be active in organized dentistry at the international level.

Yet in the reverse, I have known ambitious Section Chairs who, even lacking Board recognition, managed to successfully achieve the presidency of a local dental organization by their innate skills and diligence and achieved success through PFA Chair activities.

A major question always asked is: Who is eligible for Fellowship? What are the criteria for selection?

My own approach, when I served as a Section Chair, was to try to honor the outstanding achievers in the many segments of our profession.

Certainly, line officers of various organizations, including Board members, presidents of the important constituent societies, leaders of the specialty groups, chiefs of major section committees, and those colleagues who contribute to the literature or are in research make excellent choices for Fellowship.

In fact, the Academy should welcome any dentist who has in her or his individual way made a contribution to our profession in an ethical manner.

Besides Fellowship, the Section Chairperson has another role to play. They are in a position to recognize “super achievers,” dentists who stand above their elite peers. The Section Chair can and should elect the super achiever for further PFA recognition at the local and regional level for a possibility at the national and international levels. The Chair can “test” this individual by appointing a new Fellow to a committee to work on for the Section to observe his abilities for higher responsibilities.

That is one of the perks, awarding honor where honor is due.

In the larger States or Regions, it is quite important for the Section Chair to build up a team of deputy chair people in a formal or informal screening network. Their job is to suggest qualified candidates in the various areas of the State or Region. If there is a major dental school, the Dean or an Associate Dean could be a member of the network. If there is a major dental center or hospital complex in which students assemble for graduate training or research, the chief director can be considered for such a role.

What do you emphasize in your personal approach letter to a potential candidate?

A very important point is the variety of our activities that serve the needy, our Foundation grants, and local projects to provide assistance for their success. Another is our publications, Dental Abstracts and Dental World-–one of the best-wedded dental publications of its kind. Of equal importance is that your potential candidate for membership is to be honored, even just the invitation, accepted or not, is an honor. Then there is the honor to be included into an Academy of leaders in their profession, the doers and shakers who set the standards with programs and projects beyond the normal professional requirements.

It is important for the potential candidates to know that when they enter Fellowship, they join the “Club.” They are marked with a substantial responsibility to continue to be a leader in their profession and to fulfill their already demonstrated potential that drives them from inside. And the Academy can become a part of helping them achieve these goals through contacts, networking, and help from others to have gone before them.

In a democracy, elitism is always a suspect word. Nevertheless, a PFA Fellow belongs to a special group that is elite. The only difference is that PFA Fellows are democratically selected for their achievements and outstanding qualities above the professional norm.

In retrospect, the job as Section Chair need not be an arduous task if organized properly. Chairpersons have all the resources of the Central Office to call upon; they have the Regional Trustees by their side; they have established programs and projects to become a part of, or they can create their own; and the Foundation stands ready to support worthwhile local activities with funding and scholarships. There is the Web site to provide 24-hour answers; e-mail/call/fax the office for special needs; and our publications to promote and report their successes.

Serving as a PFA Section Chair is like any leadership position, to be taken one step at a time. Plan, organize, recruit, delegate responsibilities, and coordinate the efforts. You are the backbone of the PFA International service honor organization. You are the most valuable resource we have.

2004 Calendar

10-13 September
92nd FDI World Congress, New Delhi, India

30 September-3 October
145th Annual ADA Session, Orlando, Florida

30 September-5 October
PFA Academy/Foundation Annual Board Meetings, Ritz Carlton
Hotel, Orlando, Florida

30 September
Executive Board Meeting

1 October
PFA Board Meeting/Section Chair Caucus

2 October
Foundation Board Meeting
Annual Awards Luncheon/President’s Reception

3 October
Foundation Board Meeting/Academy Board Meeting
Presidents Dinner

22-23 October
Implantology Congress, Beijing, China

23 October
Elmer Best Award Ceremony, Beijing, China

29 October
20th General Meeting of the Japanese Association for Dental Sciences, Yokohama, Japan

30 October
PFA Hall of Fame Award installation for Dr. Morinosuke Chiwaki, Yokohama, Japan

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Dr. Jonathon Rogers

Section News

Australasia

With the nomination of Trustee William Winspear of Australasia to become PFA International Vice President, Australasia PFA President Jonathon Rogers has been selected to become the new Australasia International Trustee.

Canada

The Oral Care Report, of which our President Kevin Roach is a contributing editor, received the ICD, U.S. Section Journalism Award in the “Golden Pen” Division 2 category for its timely article on biofilms.

France

Professor Dr. Marie Laure Boy-LeFevre, Dean of Paris Dental School No. 7, has been appointed Section Chair for France, replacing Dr. Hubert Ouvrard, who has become International Trustee for Europe.

Republic of Macedonia

Chair Professor Branislav Dastevski with Professor Dragoslav Djukanovic of Serbia and their PFA Section at the IX Dental Congress of the Balkan Stomatological Society held in Ohrid, Macedonia, appear in the picture below.

Spain

Section Chair Jose M. Aguirre hosted their Annual Meeting in the historic city of Cordoba in Andalusia with a wide assistance of academic members. Dr. Rafael Segura, President of the Organizing Committee, prepared a wonderful meeting in all academic and social aspects.

During the meeting they paid tribute to Professor Javier Garro, President of the Spanish Section for a long time, and had only recently passed away. In the Honour Ceremony, we presented Madame Angela Arza, Dr. Garro’s widow, the Pierre Fauchard Academy Certificate of Merit, as well as a Recognition Plaque from the Section that he presided over so unforgettably.

he science aspect, Dr Fernando Torrella gave a wonderful lecture.

The Investiture Ceremony took place in “Alcazar of the Catholic Kings” and was presided by the Vice Rector of the University of Cordoba, Professor Jose M. Roldan. Seventeen new members were inducted into Fellowship.

The new regulations of the Section, as well as the proposal of Dr. Jose M. de la Fuente to carry out the next meeting in Allcante in 2005, were approved in the Annual Meeting of the Section.

Turkey

Professor Dr. Sadullah Uctasli , Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at Suleyman Demirel University, has been named new Section Chairman for PFA.

Immediate Calendar Updates

Your local event can be placed on our PFA Web site under the calendar of events. Send your detailed information to Mark Stanley and the Central Office by filling out this online Calendar event form right now, or call the Central Office for details. E-mail: RKOZAL@aol.com or contact the office via a online contact form

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L-R, Award recipients Drs. Robert Ibsen and George Higue
United States
California, Southern Section

Fellow Budd Rubin was a runner all his life in 5Ks, 10Ks, and half Marathons. Finally at age 50, he ran in the Heart of San Diego Marathon finishing in 4 hours and 5 minutes. That was 24 years ago. Now at age 74, Dr. Rubin has run in 15 Marathons and is one of the original investors in the Suzuki Rock’n Roll Marathon, which celebrates its seventh anniversary with 18,000 participants this year. Still a practicing orthodontist, he and two of his assistants decided to run another Marathon in 1987 in memory of an office assistant who was killed in a car accident that left her boyfriend paralyzed. They raised $4000 for a computer for the paralyzed boyfriend.

Years later, after working with kids with leukemia and lymphoma, Dr. Rubin decided to run the Marathon again to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team-In-Training program for cancer research. Twice Dr. Rubin has been the leading fund-raiser for Team-in-Training races.

At their Section’s 34th Annual Awards Luncheon Maria Bustamante, the Foundation’s accountant through Treasurer-emeritus George Higue, was honored for her 10 years of service with the presentation of an Academy Appreciation Plaque for her outstanding achievement to the dental profession and to the Foundation. Maria is a graduate California State University of Long Beach where her majors were business, finance, accounting, and real estate law.

The Section also presented their Award of Merit to Dr. Robert L. Ibsen.

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Colorado

Chair Bonnie Ferrell hosted their annual joint breakfast with ACD and ICD during the recent Colorado State Dental Association Meeting.

Maryland

The Samuel Harris National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore turned eight years old last June. To commemorate this event, the museum opened a new exhibit, held a donor recognition reception, and hosted a continuing education seminar followed by museum tours. PFA has their Wall of Fame exhibit there on the third floor and has contributed to the museum in the past.

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Senior student Karim Berty receiving the PFA Student Award
Massachusetts

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Associate Director for Student Affairs Donna Carey reported that the PFA Senior Student Award was presented at the 11th Annual Tufts University Senior Awards Dinner last May to dental student Karim Berty.

Pennsylvania

PFA Fellow Thomas A. Howley, Jr., of Perkiomenville was installed as President of the American Academy of General Dentistry at their annual meeting last July in Anaheim, California. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Howley noted, “I can’t help but be moved to see where the AGD is today: the second largest dental organization in the world and the only one dedicated entirely to the interests of the general dentist.”

Dr. Howley has held many positions of leadership in AGD on the State and national levels since his graduation from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1981. He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, ACD, and ADI. AGD is a non-profit organization founded in 1952 of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to continuing education.

Wisconsin
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Wisconsin

Chair Glenn Maihofer reported hosting a number of PFA functions in his Section this year. Their annual Mentorship Dinner was attended by some 300 mentors and students. This venture is in conjunction with the Wisconsin Dental Association, Marquette University School of Dentistry, and the Wisconsin PFA. As a result of this dinner, the mentors and students plan a joint function nearly every month.

The PFA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Marquette Dean William Lobb who had advised, engineered, and planned the new Marquette University School of Dentistry.

Their annual Luncheon Meeting was held on 1 May 2004 during the Wisconsin Dental Association’s Meeting. The past WDA Presidents were honored, of which 20 attended. Over 90 Fellows also were present and seven new members were inducted into Fellowship.

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
President
Canada

Michael J. Perpich
President-elect
Minnesota

Howard Mark
Vice President
Connecticut

Richard A. Kozal
Secretary General
Nevada

James M. Brophy
Editor
Illinois

Gary Lowder
Immediate Past President
Utah

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY TRUSTEES

REGION 1—Europe
Pierre Marois
France

REGION 2—N.E. USA
Richard Walsh
Rhode Island

REGION 3—S.E. USA
Robert S. Hart
Florida

REGION 4—Midwest USA
James A. Englander
Wisconsin

REGION 5—Western USA
Charles Eller
California

REGION 6—Canada
Barry Dolman
Ontario

REGION 7—Latin America
Bernardo Levit
Argentina

REGION 8—Australasia
William Winspear
Australia

REGION 9—Asia
Mamoru Sakuda
Japan

REGION 10—Central USA
Steve Hedlund
Iowa

FOUNDATION OFFICERS

Carl Lundgren
President
California

M. David Campbell
Vice President
Michigan

Fred Halik
Executive Director
New York

William Korte
Treasurer
Illinois

George Higue
Treasurer-emeritus
California

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
Canada

Michael Perpich
Minnesota

Richard Kozal
Nevada

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

C. Larry Barrett
Iowa

Gary Lowder
Utah

Minoru Horiuchi
Massachusetts

James Long
Mississippi

Michael Cripton
Canada

Scott Welch
Wyoming

Nicholas Saccone
Pennsylvania

6. November - December

My time has finally arrived to become President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. It was not that long ago that I had never heard of the Academy. My journey has continued to be a once in a lifetime experience.

As a Section Chair, I enjoyed getting things going on the local level and trying to make a difference. Increasing membership in my Section and increasing involvement in several service projects has been extremely rewarding. Through grant projects funded by the Pierre Fauchard Foundation, we have been able to offer care to victims of torture and hate. We have been able to offer scholarships to senior dental students. Any one of my Section members would share with you the sense of appreciation and fulfillment in caring for someone from the Center for Victims of Torture, or presenting a senior dental student with a scholarship.

As a Trustee, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to continue to “make a difference” in the policies and activities of the Academy. Helping to shape the future direction of our organization has been fulfilling and rewarding.

In the role of an officer, I have continued to grow, learning many things regarding our Academy’s Constitution and Bylaws. I am surprised to acknowledge that the Academy’s budget and budgeting process have become second nature to me. I have had the extreme good fortune to be surrounded by fellow officers with immense wisdom, who are willing to share their talents and experience with me to be a better person and a stronger contributor of the Academy.

As I look at my journey with the Academy over the past 12 years, the benefits I have experienced significantly outweigh the contributions that I have made. I thank you for your time, talent, and continued commitment to the Pierre Fauchard Academy. I ask that you search out and invite dentists that share your values of giving back to our profession and to their community, to become members of our Academy.

In closing, I would like to welcome our new Trustees, Dr. Hubert Ouvrard of France and Dr. Jonathan Rogers of Australasia. I would like also to personally acknowledge the efforts of our outgoing Immediate Past President, Dr. Gary Lowder. Dr. Lowder’s willingness to assume responsibility of the Presidency at a critical time in the Academy’s history has proven to be a turning point for our organization.

Additionally, I would like to acknowledge our Region I Trustee Pierre Marois. Dr. Marois’ legacy and leadership in Europe has served as a benchmark for those who follow him. A special thanks goes to our outgoing President Kevin Roach for all his years of service. I wish to congratulate Dr. Howard Mark, our President-elect, and Dr. William Winspear, our Vice President, for assuming these roles of great responsibility. As always, a warm thank you goes to Richard and Judy Kozal for all their efforts at the Central Office.

Michael J. Perpich, DDS
President

2005 Calendar

19 March
Management Team Meeting, Palm Springs, California,
Hilton Garden Inn, Rancho Mirage

9 April
Foundation Board Meeting, Chicago, Chicago O’Hare Hilton

24–27 August
FDI World Congress, Montreal, Quebec

7–9 October
Canadian Section Meeting
Academy Annual Board Meetings, Philadelphia

7 October
Foundation Board Meetings

8 October
Section Chair Caucus
Annual Awards Luncheon

9 October
President’s Reception
PFA Dinner Party, Marriott Hotel

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The Annual Board Meetings

Orlando, Florida, 1–3 October 2004

Australasia Trustee William Winspear opened the annual Board meeting with the Invocation.

The Secretary General reported that a quorum was present, made appropriate announcements, and had the meeting agenda accepted. The Minutes from the March 2004 Executive Board Meeting had been mailed out to everyone and were accepted by the Board.

Secretary General’s Report

Dr. Richard Kozal, as Secretary, reported that the computer activities at the Central Office, through the new technology, have been consistently refined and updated to maintain a daily accurate database of our PFA information.

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President’s Report

President Roach discussed changing the Executive Committee title to that of Management Team Committee. The Management Team process he used this year allowed the officers to reach a new level of cooperation. The management team concept allowed the distribution of the work weight to be shared by everyone effectively. President Roach suggested that the line item budget for President’s travel be changed to Officers’ Travel. This would permit funding for other Executive Officers to represent PFA at various important functions where the President does not always have the time to attend.

Special progress has been made in several areas during the year particularly in passing a new Constitution and Bylaws, revising the Policy Manual, Transition Agreements in the event of a debilitating injury or sudden death of a senior staff person, a more cooperative working arrangement with the PFA Foundation, enhanced communications with our Fellows worldwide through more extensive Dental World issues, improvements to our Web site, and a continually updated Strategic Planning Manual.

This year, the officers have worked on establishing the Academy on a solid fiscal footing for the upcoming years, and they are to be commended. Dr. Roach thanked everyone individually for their efforts done during his year in office.

Another innovative program initiated for the coming year is to collect an extra $10 Section-marked dues to aid in instituting local Section programs. This is not to replace the individual Section dues needed by various outstanding Sections that are currently running their programs, but to help other Sections get their programs started.

President Roach discussed the outstanding contributions over the last 21 years made by retiring Trustee Pierre Marois, and welcomed his successor Dr. Hubert Ouvrard as new Trustee for Region 1—Europe. He welcomed Region 8—Autralasia Trustee Jonathan Rogers replacing the retiring William Winspear running for International PFA Vice President. He thanked all those who made his journey so much of a success during the year.

The Web site is modified regularly to facilitate easier access by members and visitors to obtain Academy information, Foundation programs, and weekly updated new membership data. Our Web site, since its 1997 inception, has come a long way under our Webmaster Mark Stanley.

Elsevier’s new staff continues to work closely with the Central Office in handling changes of addresses, mailing problems with Dental Abstracts/Dental World, and entry of new Fellows into the system. Their Director of Society Membership Subscriptions, Laura Ann Roche, has established an excellent relationship, which has eased many of the problems that have occurred before.

The 2005 dues statements have been established at $110 for U.S. Fellows with a request for a $20 voluntary donation to the Foundation. The one-time Initiation fee will stay at $150 to cover the costs of printing the certificates, the ribbons, the medals, and lapel pins. International dues will remain at the same current level of $100.

The Central Office prepared 24 Outstanding Dentist of the Year plaques for those Sections requesting them, and four retiring Section Chairman plaques.

Requests for Fellowship Certificates for Induction Ceremonies have been prepared and are mailed by Federal Express to insure delivery on time. The new neck ribbons and Fellowship Keys add a new impression of stature to the Induction Ceremony. More Sections are utilizing a small Induction Ceremony to highlight the importance of PFA Fellowship.

Dr. Kozal, as Treasurer, reported that all invoices are current through 1 September 2004.

To date, 352 new Fellows have been added to the Elsevier rolls for the 2004 Dental Abstracts/Dental World subscriptions.

The 2004 voluntary Foundation donations from our membership have totaled $26,499 to date.

The reporting of the financial data is constantly being refined by the accountant and the Management Committee to provide the essential data in a more readable form. Dan Jonkers, the Academy accountant, has been working with the Management Team to simplify the financial data. The independent review was completed in March 2004 in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws. Results of that report have been sent to the entire Academy Board and to the Executive Committee of the Foundation.

The financial statements and bank reports are included in the Meeting Manual for Board review.

Any questions about the State of the Academy can be directed to Dr. Richard Kozal, Secretary General.

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Foundation President Carl Lundgren
Foundation President’s Report

Foundation President Carl Lundgren and Foundation Executive Director Fred Halik reported to the Academy that the Foundation has distributed over 250 grants in its nine years of activity, and has provided essential financial support to organizations providing direct dental care to disadvantaged people. Dr. Lundgren des-cribed some of the programs that have been aided throughout the world where many of the grant program volunteers pay for their own transportation and lodging. This year’s list includes some 30 programs in nine different countries. Before reaching the Foun-dation Board the requests are evaluated by a Committee team under Grants Chairman Gary Lowder.

The Foundation is doing well financially and functionally. Under the guidance of Treasurer George Higue and investment advisor Frank Buchholz, the Foundation is completing its 10th year of growth since the initial $5 million bequest by Dr. Brenes-Espinach in 1994. Since its incorporation in 1986, the Foundation has awarded well over $3 million while still increasing the original Fair Market value to over $7 million. The gains on the Foundation assets have been reinvested at about 6.5% to provide a predictable time availability for our grant awards. The investments have been safely placed and require limited Board monitoring. The Stock Market, however, has been definitely a losing proposition. Five years into the new decade, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index still is posting a average negative return of a minus 4%. With inflation at 3%, and holding our operating expenses down, the Foundation is still in need of donations to offset these losses.

The Foundation mission, as stated on our Web site, is “to safeguard, increase, and administer the Foundation funds for the advancement of dental practice and the improvement of oral health for the people residing within the regions and Sections of the Academy.” So far, we have distributed more than 720 dental scholarships of $1500 each to dental students throughout the PFA world. This has had a great effect on membership growth, Fellowship participation, and Academy prestige.

Our new Executive Director, past PFA President Fred Halik, has been refining and fine tuning our procedures. This year, we established an internal program where each committee electronically communicates with its members to conduct its functions. This has resulted in a better summarization of ideas and resolutions. Such resolutions are then presented at the Board Meetings by the Chairman for the entire committee.

This year’s group of grant applications is exceptionally meritorious. The number of requests approximates the amount that we must grant by law. 5% of our Fair Market Value must be awarded. Since this value fluctuates, we must obtain accurate forecasts from our CPA firm, Windes & McLaughery. Another market analysis will be conducted after the Annual Meeting so that we can award the proper amount as prescribed by IRS law to keep our tax liability at 1%.

Chairman Larry Barrett has undertaken the position to increase donations to the Foundation that are essential so we can maintain our level of grant donations without dipping into the principal amount and continue to provide more philanthropic programs. He will Chair the “Memorial and Tribute Funds” program that was established at the annual Meeting. So while the Stock Market has shown continual losses for the year, we have a steady income from our federal government bond program that frees up guaranteed profits in time for us to be assured of funding for our scholarships and grants. The large donations in the names of Fernando Brenes-Espinach, General Robert Shira, and past Executive Director Shig Kishi have created a strong core beginning.

The book, Nonprofit Organization Management, states: “When Board members support their nonprofit foundation financially, it sends a clear message to the community that they believe in the organization. Because Board members are not paid staff, but volunteers who give of their time and money to the nonprofit foundation, their personal donations are a powerful motivator for others to give.” Foundation and Academy Board members will be expected to support the effort 100%.

The American College of Dentists’ program resulted in multitudes of $1000 each donations, some of them paid on a four-year plan. That comes to 78 cents per day, which most dentists can afford. We should do no less. Another dental organization seeking funds for their foundation sent out an expensive mailer to 350 dental suppliers. Their mailer was totally ignored except for one. There are 50 other dental foundations, not including the dental schools also seeking funds, and all of those foundations are looking for the same contributions from the small donor pool.

Bylaws and Policy Chairman Howard Mark has done a remarkable job of rewriting a draft of the Foundation’s Bylaws and Policy Manual. Over the last nine years, myriads of resolutions were approved by the Board and acted on, but nothing was compiled into one document, other than a document that was completed by Bill Kort in 1994.

The public Relations Committee headed by Larry Barrett has resulted in a nice article in the ADA News, which outlines our accomplishments and calls for requests for grant proposals. Additional material has been sent to a large target of dental audiences. Dental World still remains our most prolific and successful means of communications to our membership.

This year, we have a new Treasurer, past PFA President Bill Kort, with past Treasurer George Higue becoming Treasurer-emeritus. Our Audit Committee, Chaired by James Long, has recommended to the Board that we have an accountant’s review by our CPA firm, due to the change-over in officers. This would be in place of the usual compilation that the Academy and that the Foundation usually have performed in the past. That has been satisfactorily completed.

Our CPA firm, Windes & McLaughery, particularly their Senior Partner CPA Donita Joseph that we deal with, is one of the largest and most prestigious accounting firms in Los Angeles County. Our accountant is Maria Bustamante who handles our books. She is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach, having majored in finance and accounting. She is employed by George Higue’s large real estate business and has been with us since our inception. We have also been blessed with a very successful investment counselor in Frank J. Buchholz, Senior Vice President for the Bank of America Private Bank, Banc of America Investment Services, Inc. He has been an investment advisor for Private Bank clients in wealthy Newport Beach, California, since 1995. Frank started in the securities business in 1982 with Smith Barney, then joined the Bank of America (formerly Security Pacific Bank) in 1985. He worked on the trading floor before joining the Private Bank. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Finance from California State University-Northridge in 1974. He holds Series 7 and 63 securities licenses, a principal’s license, and a life and variable annuity insurance licenses. He has enjoyed great success in partnering with Private Bank, and his production has placed him in the top 10 of 800 financial advisors nationwide.

The Foundation invited him to their annual Board Meeting where he presented a half-day seminar on the Foundation investments.

The Foundation’s April Interim Meeting was almost all devoted to discussions and enlightenment of our investment program, and our proper recording of our Bylaws and Policy Manual. That Meeting put us over our operating budget for the year, but it was at the Board’s wishes to complete the business not finished at our annual Meeting.

There are hundreds of volunteers within groups that seek our funding to operate humanitarian programs. It is our responsibility to guarantee funds for such efforts. While the load of patients needing such treatment seems to be a bottomless pit, each treatment is infinitely important to that individual. We have helped to treat thousands. And there will be thousands more.

Foundation Executive Director’s Report

The activities of the Executive Director have been directed toward the fulfillment of the mandates of the goals and objectives of the Foundation. Namely, those are financial grants in aid to service projects providing dental care to deprived individuals worldwide, and education through scholarships to selected dental students. There is little doubt that the late great Shig Kishi set the stage brilliantly and selflessly to achieve these noble ends. Following his imprint on the world has been difficult, duplicating it impossible.

Applications for grants were slow in the early part of the year but gained momentum as our publicity began to have an effect. Some of the publicity created problems because of typographical errors in the publication itself concerning the addresses or phone numbers, and the ADA News created a new and later deadline for application submission.

The other most difficult issue is that of accurate determination of funds available for distribution. It almost seems that our annual meeting is not at the optimum time of the year to make this easy. Nonetheless, Foundation President Carl Lundgren has done a masterful job in making sense of this elusive activity. I am sure that his close monitoring of the Foundation, and that of our Treasurer Bill Kort with the Finance Committee will improve the situation considerably.

The issue that is most confusing to grant seekers is that of the type and manner of projects that the Foundation is willing to fund. Our list of unacceptable “Restrictions” is very long and quite confusing. Many telephone calls and e-mail messages have been related to clarification of what is an acceptable grant proposal. This is not easy to explain, or even rationalize. The items most often funded in our “acceptable” category of applications relate to purchase of supplies and inexpensive instruments, regardless of what a worthy project might need in the way of capital equipment in order to achieve an effective result. I am certain that many an organization’s budget has been reworked to simply change the truly needed equipment line, or even salaries, to one of small materials and instruments just to fall within what might appeal to our whims.

It can be conjured that the trustees devising the program originally were very sensitive to the possibility of capital equipment finding its way eventually to someone’s personal practice activity. Or more likely, a large piece of equipment could be used for a short-term project, and then at the project’s conclusion, taken over privately.

Would it be more effective to simply eliminate most of the “restrictions List” and instead to simply state the fact that we only want to support the very minor items? Or on the other hand, let grant seekers tell us of their most urgent needs, and trust our perceptive evaluators to determine, by way of the quality of the project, and of its sponsors, whether their desires should be fulfilled? An in-depth discussion among the trustees on this matter would be a worthwhile exploration to develop a more useful overall approach of our most important “reason to be.”

The application forms themselves are not particularly user-friendly. Many requests have been made from applicants to post our forms on the Academy Web site to make them easier to fill out online, without a typewriter, and can be printed out on any computer. If that were to be done, the forms would certainly need to be revised to make them more concise and uniform.

As it is now, our forms, and our rules, ask for more information than is necessary. For example, we do not need multiple forms of the applicant’s 501(c)(3) status, nor multiple copies of their Bylaws and officers for examination by each evaluator. One copy should be good enough for a determination that the requesting organization has them or not.

Relative to the equipment for detailed reports of how the Foundation dollars are expended: not all grant recipients respond at all, much less in the promised time frame, although most do. Some of the reports are explicit and detailed with heart-warming pictures of incredible cases treated along with testimonial letters. Others will send the annual report of their organization, displaying credits to the Foundation. One recently sent a dozen postcards, individually written by children, thanking the Foundation for being a benefactor that made their dental care possible.

The Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Dental Scholarship Program is ever popular, appreciated, and a useful project. It well fulfills our principal benefactors wishes. As reported to the Trustees at the April Interim Meeting, a deal had been worked out with Dr. Kozal to solicit names of the qualified students for each of the two PFA Awards from each school in one mailing with two letters-–one from the Academy and one from the Foundation. A cover sheet was also included explaining the two programs and their differences. It must be noted at this point that the Academy’s Secretary General Dr. Richard Kozal, and his assistant Judy, have been immensely helpful in this, as well as in all the other activities of mutual concern.

As of 1 October 2004, all schools but one (some requiring further letter prodding) have responded. Subsequently, each of them has received the appropriate letter of transmittal, the letter of congratulation to their student, the inscribed certificate, and the check. Completing the transaction immediately after the school responds has worked out well since each school has its own timetable relative to an awards ceremony. By waiting and responding to the schools simultaneously, the maximum impact for public relations is frequently missed.

The non-U.S. dental schools remain a difficult issue. Contacts have been made with the appropriate dental schools, as well as with the Section Chairs across the eligible PFA world, and only spotty responses result. The identifiable problems include: the language barrier, highly varied school academic calendars, what constitutes a “junior year student”, and amazingly, getting PFA Officials to respond to our inquiries and requests. Numerically, there are 28 non-U.S. scholarships approved by the Board of Trustees for funding. Of those, eight have been completed with five more identified. Certainly by the end of the year, most of them should be completed.

I want to thank all those who have helped me out in this first year. You have helped make the Academy and the Foundation very high class. They bring credit and validation to the higher aspirations of our profession.

Canadian Trustee Barry Dolman presented a check to the Foundation from the Canadian Fellows for $1200, which was graciously received by Executive Director Fred Halik.

Constitution & Bylaws Committee

Chair Howard Mark presented the completed form of the documents to the Board for final approval. Other than those items already approved, and some housekeeping measures the main changes were the following.

The name of the Executive Committee, composed of the President, the President-elect, the immediate past President, the Vice President, and the Secretary General, has been changed to the “Management Committee”. Its composition remains essentially the same with the Secretary General and the Editor included as “ex-officio” members.

The other Bylaw change was merely to assess the cost of sending the Academy President and the Academy President-elect to the Foundation Meetings at the cost of the Academy as opposed to the cost of the Foundation, as it currently reads and has been conducted in the past.

The Policy Manual draft by Vice President Howard Mark was discussed and approved for final copy. Basically, the Manual codifies in writing all the Board policies adopted and in effect to this time.

The Constitution & Bylaws were passed at the end of the Meeting series.

Membership Report
Secretary General

The Board of Trustees were pleased about the increasing number of quality Fellows being nominated and initiated this year.

In the United States, Sections with the highest memberships are California, Ohio, and the States of New York, Georgia, Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maryland, Washington, and Louisiana. Internationally, Sections with the highest membership are India, Canada, Australasia, Argentina, Japan, and Spain.

These numbers are a fluid representation that changes daily due to additions, deaths, and delinquencies.

The additional $10 dues being collected is to assist the very active Sections with their outstanding programs and to revitalize those Sections that have been complacent in recognizing the outstanding practitioners in their Section.

Budget & Finance Report

Chair Michael Perpich presented the year 2005 budget for review and for approval by the end of our Meetings. It encourages more Trustee travel to their Section functions. It includes a small dues increase in order to provide funding to the active Sections providing programs and to stimulate inactive Sections with funding for becoming involved. The Museum requests for the previous years have been completed and were not included this year. The PFA Museum will be tendered to the dental facility it is to be located in for upkeep and maintenance.

The 2004-2005 budget was passed at the end of the series of meetings.

Nominations Committee

Chairman Gary Lowder reported on the following as Officers for the 2004-2005 year:

• Immediate past President Kevin L. Roach of Canada (automatic)
• President Michael Perpich of Minnesota
• President-elect Howard Mark of Connecticut
• Vice President William Winspear of Australia
• Trustee for Region I-–Europe: Hubert Ouvrard of France
• Trustee for Region VIII – Australasia: Jonathan Rogers of Australia

Editor’s Report

Editor James Brophy noted that this year our publications have been on schedule with no problems. He has served as the 2003 Interim Secretary for the Foundation (due to the untimely death of Executive Director Shig Kishi). He also traveled to Long Beach, California, to do an article on Foundation Treasurer-emeritus George Higue, and to Charleston, South Carolina, for an article on past President-elect Gordan Stine.

He attended the Academy’s March Executive Committee Meeting in Las Vegas and the Foundation’s April Interim Meeting in Chicago.

He is also serving on the Foundation’s “Memorial and Tributes” Committee under Foundation Chairman Larry Barrett.

PFA Web Site Report

Webmaster Mark Stanley reports that activity on the internet has increased considerably, but much of it is spam, unsolicited, and virus containing. The laws in place in many areas are having no effect. In 1997, about when we got our website, there were 70 million users. Today there are over 800 million worldwide-–12% of the world’s population. Asia, Australia, and Europe use the internet as much as it is used in North America.

Dental World is posted on our site every two months. There is a PDF file of the complete issues back to September 1998. All these issues may be downloaded by visitors.

This year, the Canadian portion of the online directory was expanded to provide for separate membership lists for each Section of the region. Two sample Web site pages have been created for the Canadian and for the Belgium Sections. These will be completed this year, so as to allow other Sections to post local events and images. A common Web page template is being planned to allow each Section to update items such as a calendar of events, local news, and links of interest to our members.

The four or five new articles on the history of dentistry that are posted each year, attract visitors to the site. Once at the site they browse and gain the information PFA wants to convey. You might want to read about aluminum dentures in WWII, Women in dentistry, and dentistry in the 1960s. The article Medical Care Aboard the Titanic remains very popular.

A new feature is the special “ONLINE Calendar Event form” that allows a Chairman to submit a local event to be placed on the PFA website page. You simply fill it out and submit the format to the Central Office for placement.

There are four more areas of the site expanded to allow downloading of important files. On the “Inquiries” page there are links to a members area where these also can be downloaded. These are (1) the new Membership brochure; (2) Nomination forms (in PDF); (3) the Constitution and Bylaws (in PDF); (4) PFA files of the logos for Web or print use (both the old and new versions); and (5) the PFA Organizational Chart.

Two special e-mail forms are also now on the Web site to be able to directly contact the Central Office, or the Foundation. Thus, key members may be reached from wherever you are to wherever they are. http://Fauchard.org/contact/contact.php send a message to the Academy Secretary General Richard Kozal; and http://Fauchard.org/contact/foun_contact.php reaches the Foundation Executive Director Fred Halik.

Two new items were added to the Book and Journals Section of Publication, which allows you to order the “Contemporary Concepts of Breath Oral Study and Research” CD by Dr. Bernardo Levit, or the e-book “How it Evolved, Dentistry’s Pursuit of Excellence” by Dr. Richard A. Glenner.

There is a page with our list of Awards, the Hall of Fame, and a soundtrack available to listen online. Sound can also be added to the museum pages where you can view the new additions to our collection, or even browse the Haase Collection of historical dental lithographs.

The main areas of visitor interest are the publications pages. In August of 2003, the number of visitors was 8977. This last August, the number was 21,498. This represents visits from 159 unique domains. The top countries visiting our site are the United States certainly, followed by France, Japan, Canada, The Netherlands, and Brazil. PFA Web site traffic has almost doubled this year from 11,000 hits last year per month to 20,000 per month this year.

A CDA version of the Web site has been prepared and given to each Section Chair so they can use the onsite resources in their position, or host a program for a meeting concerning the website. An online connection is required in using the CD to get into the membership list.

Awards Committee Report

Chairman James Englander reported on “choosing the best of the best” as the committee mission in selecting the leadership qualities and accomplishments in practice, research, and dental education required for these awards that is above and beyond those necessary for Fellowship.

The Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal with accompanying citation is presented to an individual residing in the United States who is selected for outstanding contributions to the progress and standing of the profession. This year the Awards Committee has selected Dr. Linda C. Niessen to receive the 2004 Gold Medal Award.

The Elmer S. Best Memorial Award, the Academy’s equally major award, is presented annually to a member of the dental profession outside the United States who is engaged in the practice of dentistry and/or dental education and/or dental research. The recipient shall have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry, and shall be a member in good standing of the official dental organization of their respective country. The recipient must have a unanimous vote of the Awards Committee and be approved by two thirds of the PFA International Board. This year’s 2004 Elmer S. Best Award nominee is Professor Dr. Zhenkang Zhang of Peking University of Stomatology in Beijing, China.

The Dental Trade and Industry Awards of Recognition may be presented annually to honor an outstanding leader in the dental industry for contributions to dentistry. This year, the Awards Committee will honor the SciCan Company, a division of Lux & Zwingenberger, a major manufacturer and leading distributor of products in the healthcare industry. Arthur Zwingenberger will accept the Award on behalf of his company.

Dr. Robert L. Ibsen, a dentist, an optometrist, and a good friend of dentistry and of the Academy, was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees to receive the Distinguished Service Certificate. This Award is presented to a Fellow of the Academy in appreciation for the loyal and dedicated services to the Academy.

Dr. Ibsen is a practicing dentist, clinical lecturer, and founder and CEO of Den-Mat Corporation, which is one of the largest suppliers of cosmetic and restorative dental products in the United States. His company also received the 1997 Dental Trade & Industry Award Recognition.

Honorary Fellowship in the Academy has been approved by the Awards Committee for Brian James Henderson of Canada.

Dr. George Higue, past PFA President, past Foundation Treasurer, and current Foundation Treasurer-emeritus, was approved to receive the Presidential Award.

The late Professor Javier Garro Barrio, Spain’s long-serving Section Chair, was unanimously approved to receive the Academy’s Certificate of Merit Award.

Irish Section Chair, Dr. Robin O’Sullivan was approved by the Awards Committee to receive the Certificate of Merit Award from the Academy.

Discussion was also held on the best and proper way of honoring past PFA President and Foundation Executive Director Shig Ryan Kishi. Suggestions would be also discussed with Emily Kishi for her input.

Serving on the Awards Committee are Chair James Englander, International Trustee from Wisconsin; Past PFA President Nicholas Saccone of Pennsylvania; International Trustee Pierre Marois of France; International Trustee Barry Dolman of Quebec; International Trustee Bernardo Levit of Argentina; Section Chair Frank Braun of Germany; and Section Chair Ray Maddox of Indiana.

International Hall of Fame Committee

Chair H. Raymond Klein, past PFA President, presented the Hall of Fame induction for Dr. Frederick S. McKay at the Awards Luncheon of the Colorado Dental Association’s annual Meeting last June.

Dr. Morinosuke Chiwaki was nominated and approved for induction presentation by past PFA President Minoru Horiuchi and by International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda of Japan at the Japan Section Meeting in Tokyo last October.

The Committee submitted to the Board the names of Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed of India, nominated by Dr. T. Samraj; Dr. Maynard K. Hine of the United States, nominated by Ray Maddox; and Dr. Edward H. Angle of the United States, nominated by Pierre Marois.

Hall of Fame Chair Ray Klein

PFA President’s Committee Appointments

Management Committee (formerly the Executive Committee):

• Chair Michael Perpich, Kevin Roach, Howard Mark William Winspear, and Richard Kozal

Fellowship Committee:

• Chair Charles Eller, Hubert Ouvrard, Bernardo Levit, Richard Walsh, Mamoru Sakuda, Steve Hedlund, Robert Hart, and ex-officio Richard Kozal

Budget & Finance Committee:

• Chair Howard Mark, Kevin Roach, Michael Perpich, William Winspear, and ex-officio Richard Kozal

Nominating Committee:

• Chair Kevin Roach, Gary Lowder, and Scott Welch

Constitution & Bylaws Committee:

• Chair William Winspear, Howard Mark, Richard Kozal

Publications Committee:

• Chair William Winspear, James Brophy, Mamoru Sakuda, Jonathan Rogers, and Hubert Ouvrard

Awards Committee:

• Chair James Englander, Charles Eller, Barry Dolman, and Hubert Ouvrard

Consultants:

• Frank Braun, Bernardo Levit, Nicholas Saccone, and Pierre Marois

Archivist:

• James Brophy and Richard Kozal

Hall of Fame Committee:

• Chair Raymond Klein, Fred Halik, Minoru Horiuchi, Kevin Roach, and Hubert Ouvrard

Consultants:

• Frank Braun, Pierre Marois, Nicholas Saccone, and William Winspear

Local Arrangements:

• Chair Frank Di Noia, and Richard Kozal

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Section Chairs’ Caucus Chairman Dan Castagna
Section Chair Caucus Report

Nineteen Section Chairs attended the Annual Section Chair Caucus during the PFA International Meeting on 1 October 2004, as chaired by Dr. Dan Castagna. As in prior years, various Section programs. Membership issues, idea exchanges, and other concerns were openly presented and discussed during the two-hour session. These topics were then voiced directly to the full International Board later in the day.

The following items were discussed and noted, but are not listed here in any particular order of importance:

• Dr. Karyn Stockwell, Georgia Section Chair, reported a need to increase membership and enhance membership retention by helping to increase perceived value in PFA. A members newsletter with current Section information would not only inform the existing members, but help solicit potential members. Her Section has created one. A new membership packet with the PFA logo gives much information. Her Section sponsored a membership/leadership conference this past year. And they initiated local dues to help defray the costs of the luncheon and sponsored activities.

• Dr. Norman Becker, Massachusetts Section Chair, noted that they continue to participate in the Massachusetts State Children’s Identification Program. They have also developed a local membership retention letter informing the Fellows of Section activities.

• Dr. Joseph Harris of Michigan reports that at their annual Section Breakfast that they hold the PFA Scholarship Award recipients are also invited. An ongoing mentorship program works closely with the Deans. And his Section Fellows help with the Donated Dental Services program ($8000 worth) at a children’s camp.

• Dr. David Stahl, New Hampshire Chair, notes that the city of Manchester has fluoridated their water, which was voted in four years ago. This has come up again for voter reconsideration and the PFA Fellows were involved to stop this. He also reports that the PFA Foundation was requested to help on a grant, but the response was not timely enough to help out on the third voter initiative.

• Dr. Howard Mark, International Vice President from Connecticut, stated that their ongoing mentorship program with the University of Connecticut has been working well. An annual Section Meeting was held during the Connecticut State Meeting and was well attended. He is recruiting new PFA leadership in his Section.

• Dr. William Goodman, Oklahoma Section Chair, has had good attendance at their annual Section Meeting held separately from ICD and ACD.

• Dr. Richard Petty, Utah Section Chair, also reports good attendance at their annual Section Breakfast Meeting. They have a non-dental speaker, which is well received by the members. During that Meeting a Section Award is presented to the top “preclinical” student at Utah. Additionally, a Section grant helps sponsor dental services in Mexico this year.

• Dr. Lynn Halik, New York Section Chair, reported that their annual Section Luncheon occurs during the Greater New York Meeting and is always well attended. She attends these meetings sponsored by PFA to gather information and new ideas for the future.

• Dr. Gary Herbeck, Florida Chair, works closer with ACD/ICD leadership in helping to decrease fragmentation on common group programs that may overlap. The Dean is a new PFA Fellow, so the PFA Scholarships should take on more prominence.

• Dr. Karl Lange, Kentucky Section Chair, holds their Section’s annual Meeting with ACD and ICD. The PFA banner is well known. Ongoing Foundation Grant support has helped with dental screenings at the Special Olympics held annually at the Kentucky State Fair.

• Dr. W. Kendrick Van Meter of Vermont has a small membership. This year’s goal is to increase that membership. Their Section has a Mentorship Program for new dentists, and they support the Child ID Project.

• Dr. Ashur Chavoor, Washington, DC, Chair, has an ongoing membership drive to increase his area’s Fellowship.

• Dr. Dan Castagna, of Northern California, has a well-attended annual Luncheon Meeting where they honor outstanding Faculty and provide two student scholarships to students from their two local dental schools over and beyond those provided by the Foundation.

• Dr. Pankaj Patel, Section Chair for Kenya, is working on increasing his membership.

• Dr. Ernesto Acuna, Section Chair of Mexico, said that the Foundation Scholarships given at several schools are very well received. Membership in Mexico continues to grow, but more is needed to be done to encourage new Fellow applications.

• Dr. Diampo Lim, Philippines Section Chair, has been reviving the small membership in his Section and recruitment is growing. He thanked PFA for their help after the volcano erupted. Many dental items and other materials were sent to replace the lost ones.

• Dr. Aldo Boccia of Ontario, Canada, noted that PFA received very good publicity for the student scholarships presented to his two dental schools. Mouth guards were fabricated for the Special Olympics this year. With the FDI hosting their annual World Congress in Montreal, they will be hosting a new Fellow Induction Ceremony there.

• Dr. Evelyn McNee of British Columbia has had minimal activity in her area, but hopes to join with ACD on joint projects. The publicity from the student scholarships has helped their cause.

• Dr. Jose Dahan, Belgium Section Chair, has started a Section website connected to the PFA one. Their anti-tobacco program has had success and is being continued.

• Dr. Tsuneaki Kuwahata of Japan has 135 Fellows in his Section. Their main activities are to hold an annual meeting every year and to publish PFA Japan Journal once a year and PFA NEWS twice a year. This year’s annual meeting was held last 30 October. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was scheduled during the Awards Luncheon. The theme of the annual meeting is “To learn new things by studying old things.” Scientific and cultural lectures were also planned. The Japan Section and the Korean Section have a good relationship for 25 years in Region 9.

The Section Chair Caucus Report was submitted to the Board by Dr. Dan Castagna itemizing the following points:

1. Placing the PFA Foundation Section Grant application on the Web site to accelerate applications and make it easier to fill out without the use of typewriters.

2. Suggestions were that U.S. dental school scholarships, whenever possible should go to an “international” student, since we are an international organization.

3. The PFA Board, and perhaps the Foundation, should establish a specific agenda for the Section Chair Caucus to address. Specific items, as needed, that the Boards are interested in would narrow the discussion and focus on mutual interests. Many felt that the Caucus Meeting was not structured enough to be productive. Some felt that their Section Reports submitted to the Board should be made available to the Chairs attending the Caucus as a good resource for ideas that could be shared and implemented in other areas.

4. Suggestions were made that the entire PFA Board participate in the Caucus to directly answer questions that arise, meet the Chairs, discuss their concerns, and pick up on their ideas. (The Academy Board meets at the same time in another room to begin their agenda of business.)

5. The dues rebate idea was well received, as these funds could be useful for multiple activities at the section level.

Section Chair Reports

The Section Chair reports were submitted by Belgium/Luxembourg Chair Joe Dahan; Czech Republic Chair Josef Vacek; Bulgaria Chair Valentin Moutaftchiev; France Chair Hubert Ouvrard; Lebanon Chair Felipe Rezk Lega; Germany Chair Frank Braun; Greece Chair Thana Paschos; Serbia Chair Dragoslav Djukanovic; Macedonia Chair Branislav Dastevski; Netherlands Secretary J. A. van Bentum; Poland Chair Eugeniusz Spiechowicz; Swiss Chair Roland A. Sollner; Sweden Chair Gunnar Carlsson; Spain Chair Jose Manuel Aguirre; California, Northern Section Chair Daniel Castagna; California, Southern Section Chair Charles Eller; Montana Chair Bert Winterholler; Nevada Chair William Rohel; Utah Chair Richard Petty; Washington Chair David Minahan; Wyoming Chair Scott W. Houfek; Georgia Chair Karyn Stockwell; Nebraska Chair Gary H. Westerman; Wisconsin Chair Glenn T. Maihofer; Rhode Island Chair Richard Walsh; Mexico Chair Ernesto Acuna E; Australasia Trustee William Winspear; India Secretary T. Samraj; Pakistan Chair M.A.Soofi; and Philippine Chair Dean Diampo Lim.

Officers’ Reports
President-elect Michael Perpich

As Budget & Finances Chairman, we have held three conference calls to go over the finances and check our status against the budget. I am pleased to report that the Academy is in excellent financial shape. The proposed 2005 budget has been prepared for review at the annual Meeting and is designed to keep the Academy in a solid financial condition.

Vice President Howard Mark

As Chairman, undertaking to collate the Policy Manual, we have revised and assembled a more complete document to serve as a template for the ongoing management of the Academy’s affairs. We have coupled this with the Long-range Strategic Plan and to be in line with the newly adopted By-Laws, which will give the administrative and executive bodies the capacity to both strengthen and to promote the principles and goals of the organization.

I also attended the combined Connecticut Section Meeting last May where our President Kevin Roach addressed the guests on what was going on in International PFA. This was the first such meeting that included New York and Rhode Island The Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Dr. Edward Feinberg of New York and to Dr. Jeremiah Lowney of Connecticut. New Fellows were also inducted.

Immediate past President Gary Lowder

I represented the Academy in Mexico and spoke to the Mexican Dental Association’s General Session about PFA. While there, I attended their Section Meeting and new fellow Induction presentation.

I participated in the quarterly teleconferences concerning the budget and finances of the Academy and attended the Executive Committee Meeting in Las Vegas.

As immediate past President, I also serve on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation and as their Grants Committee Chairman reviewing 33 applications dispensing $328,910. I also recommended that the grant applications the Academy funds every year for Dental World and for the Web site be made standard operating expenses of the Foundation to eliminate the need for applying annually for funding these expenses.

Trustees Reports

Annual Trustee reports were submitted by Region 1—Europe Trustee Pierre Marois; Region 3—Southeast United States Trustee Robert S. Hart; Region 4—Midwest United States Trustee James Englander; Region 5—Western United States Trustee Charles Eller; Region 6—Canada Trustee Barry Dolman; Region 7—Latin America Trustee Bernardo Levit; Region 8—Australasia Trustee William Winspear: Region 9—Asia Trustee Mamoru Sakuda; and Region 10—Central United States Trustee Steve Hedlund.

Old Business

Petitions for dues restructuring were discussed for third world countries in order to increase membership.

New Business

Turkey has petitioned for membership into PFA.

Thank you letters from around the world were included in the Meeting packet thanking the Academy and the Foundation for their honors, awards, and grants.

68th PFA Gold Medal & Awards Luncheon

2 October 2004, Ritz Carleton Grand Lakes Hotel

The Awards Luncheon was well attended. Canadian Trustee Barry Dolman gave the Invocation to commence the festivities. Past ADA President Richard Mascola was the Luncheon speaker discussing “Working Together Toward a Common Goal.”

Dr. Mascola graduated from New York University College of Dentistry where he also completed his graduate training in prosthodontics. He also worked diligently for organized dentistry through his component dental society, the State dental society, and became the 2000 ADA President. He also served as Chairman of the ADA’s Council on Membership, on the ADA Board of Trustees and is part-time Executive Director of the Queens County Dental Society. He is a full-time faculty member at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine where he is the Director of Clinics and Director of Faculty Practice. He maintained a limited practice in Jericho, New York, until relocating to Beach Gardens, Florida, in 2001.

Dr. Mascola noted that in his travels he has seen the gap in dentistry serving humanity getting wider. “We have a moral and ethical responsibility to the rest of the world to get involved.” If we can bring together all the dental organizations of the world and work together for the common goal, we can do something effectively globally. But we must do something meaningful to help out this world crisis.

The Luncheon Program honored the many professionals who rec-eived their awards there and throughout the world this year. Highest among the honorees was the 68th Gold Medal recipient, Dr. Linda C. Niessen [op.cit. Dental World, July/August 2004, pp 5-6].

Her effervescence was contagious in her acceptance speech thanking the Academy for this high honor and recalling her life from cheerleader to mom with a dental career among the many activities her energy carried her to do. “Dentistry is intellectually nourishing,” she noted, “and chance favors the prepared mind.” She certainly was the most gorgeous, energetic, and enthusiastic recipient we have had.

Also honored, but not present, was Professor Zhen-Kang Zhang of Beijing, China, who received the Elmer S. Best Award at a dental meeting in China in late October. The award was presented by Ger-man Section Chair Frank Braun and 1992 Elmer Best Award recipient Horst Wolfgang Hasse.

The PFA International Distinguished Service Award was presented to PFA fellow and master of many crafts, Dr. Robert Ibsen, founder and CEO of Den-Mat Corporation. He related how dentists in history have progressed from the Etruscan gold crown through today’s serious attempts to conserve tooth structure. And certainly no one has done more to that end than Bob Ibsen. A quiet, humble man who has moved our profession into the modern era as he keeps pushing the edge of dental restorative procedures further and further.

The Dental Trade & Industry Award was presented to Canada’s SciCan Company with the President and Chairman Arthur Zwingenberger present to accept the honor on behalf of his company. He noted in his acceptance speech that his company “aims for excellence. They use the concept of the ‘Utopian Ideal’ mixed with realism to produce a ‘Realistic Utopia.’”

The President’s Award, selected by PFA President Kevin Roach, was to be presented to Dr. Gordan B. Stine, who could not attend. At an appropriate ceremony near his South Carolina home, Dr. Stine will receive this Award.

Retiring Trustees Pierre Marois of France and William Winspear of Australia were presented with Distin-guished Service Awards for their years on the PFA International Board. Dr. Marois had served for 21 years as Region I—Europe Trustee building bonds between the United States with Europe and France.

Also honored, but not present was Ireland Chair Dr. Robin O’Sullivan, who received the PFA Inter-national Certificate of Merit. Dr O’Sullivan teaches in the Anatomy Department of the University College of Cork. He has earned many honors and is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, and ACD. This January, he will be accepting the post of Clinical Associate Professor in Oral Biology and Prosthodontics at the Dental School of Kuwait University. The PFA Award was presented to Dr. O’Sullivan last June at the American Dental of Europe’s Annual Scientific Conference in Galway. The presentation was made by Dr. Gerrard McKenna on behalf of the Academy.

Nevada Section Chair William Rohel took this opportunity to present their Section’s Distinguished Dentist Award to UNLV School of Dentistry Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr.

Secretary General Richard Kozal assisted President Roach in the Installation of new Fellows.

Past PFA President Larry Barrett installed the new officers for 2004-2005.

Incoming President Michael Perpich gave some remarks, followed by closing remarks from President Kevin Roach. Then the Secretary General Richard Kozal announced, “These proceedings are now closed.” And we all returned to our respective meetings.


PFA Sunday Evening Dinner Honors

Retiring Trustee Pierre Marois

Pierre Marois at podium surrounded by past and current PFA Officers

The usual social dinner that concludes the Academy and Foundation functions, marking the end of the Board Meetings has, in recent years, provided the opportunity for the outgoing President to pass the gavel and the President’s Medallion to the incoming President. This has added a more formal setting for the exchange of power than at the end of the last meeting session, or lengthen the Awards luncheon. While all that went on at the Sunday evening social dinner, this evening was special. Most came in black tie dress to honor a great man, an outstanding Fellow, and a world renowned humanitarian who has served dentistry and the profession all his working life–-Dr. Pierre Marois of Paris, France. There were tears of sorrow that we will miss our long-time friend. The places at the Board table that once knew him will know him no more.

President Roach presented Pierre Marois with a Special Bronze Service Citation plaque.

Dr. Marois, and his dear wife Seba, were honored by the filled room—the best attended Sunday evening social dinner ever. Dr. Marois shared with us his life’s struggles, his famous patients, and his several near-death experiences. Everyone listened in silence to the words of eight decades of great joys and deep sorrows that have shaped his life to bring him to us, to PFA, to world dentistry. This was the story of developing dentistry itself in the city that gave us Pierre Fauchard, we have our own Pierre Marois. To the man who created PFA in Europe and established our Academy as a world organization, we bid a fond adieu.

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Foundation News

From the Desk of Foundation President Carl Lundgren…
We Are Off and Running

Our new Memorial and Tribute Funds Program started off strongly at our recent Board Meeting with a donation from every Foundation Board member of $1000 or more, for a total of $12,800. When Board members support their nonprofit organization financially, it sends a clear message to the community that they believe in the organization.

We should believe in ourselves because we have a sterling record. Over the last 10 years, we have awarded more than $3.6 million to hundreds of grant-seeking dental organizations that provide dental care for underserved patients in many countries where PFA Sections exist. In those 10 years, about 800 scholarships of $1500 each have been awarded to a junior dental student in every U.S. dental school and in 18 countries. All of this is done with a tiny overhead budget using just one part-time employee and a total operating budget of just $77,000. This year our awards totaled about $440,000.

Why should a foundation with all that money need to ask for donations? The IRS demands that we award 5% of our fair market value, which is $7.2 million. Since our investment portfolio, which is in long-term mortgage-backed securities that now average a 6.5% earnings, has a higher market value than our initial value, we are pressed to meet that 5% requirement. If we fail to meet that requirement, we are taxed at double the rate. That would be a waste of funds. And beside that, the funds go for a greater cause that dentists identify with.

Past PFA President Dr. Larry Barrett of Davenport, Iowa, heads the Committee that is currently finalizing all the details about the program, which will be announced soon in our own Dental World. We do not have the manpower resources to conduct a full-scale fundraising drive, so we will depend on our own members and their friends to support this low-overhead effort.

Academy members have been generous with their contributions of $20 that are asked for with their dues. This new effort asks for larger donations, such as bequests, charitable remainder trusts, in-kind gifts, etc. These may be donated as a memorial or as a tribute to some person for a special reason. The gifts may be restricted, if the donor chooses. The first big gift to our Foundation, a bequest, was donated 10 years ago by Dr. Fernando Brenes-Espinach of Costa Rica in the amount of $5 million. He had the confidence that his life savings would be used wisely for philanthropy. He was correct.

Treasurer-emeritus George Higue has for 10 years paid the salary of our accountant, Maria Bustamante. This is an example of an in-kind service. These non-cash gifts demonstrate a high measure of local support, which is evidence of the merit of our program. We are really grateful for their support, and we seek others.

In a later article, we will detail some of the volunteer efforts of some of the heart-rending providers of charitable dental care.

Section News

Canada

International Trustee Barry Dolman and Fellow Denis Forest are working on the Quebec coordination for the FDI World Congress to be held this August in Montreal. Dr. Dolman is arranging a Section Meeting and Induction of new members to celebrate the event. All PFA Fellow are invited to attend. Montreal is the largest French-speaking city in North America, and is the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Dr. Dolman invites the membership up to enjoy the romance of Quebec’s largest metropolis.

Guatemala

Fellow Ivan Moldauer led a dental mission into the jungles of Central America to provide basic dental care to a remote village.

India

While in India, our President Kevin Roach and Joel Ublansky met with a third-generation self-taught marketplace dentist in Jaipur, India.

Chair Branislav Dastevski and Serbian Chair Dragoslav Djukanovic attended the IX Dental Congress of the Balkan Stomotological Society held in Ohrid, Macedonia.

Japan

The Induction Ceremony took place at the Awards Luncheon during the 35th Annual Meeting of the Japan Section in Tokyo last October. About 100 Japanese Fellows and eight Fellows from the Korean Section attended. Trustee Mamoru Sakuda explained what is the PFA Hall of Fame and the role of its committee. He conveyed the message from Chair Raymond Klein, past PFA President, and introduced the Committee’s presenter, past PFA President Minoru Horiuchi. Dr. Horiuchi had nominated Dr. Morinosuke Chiwaki, the first Japanese dentist to be so honored. He also recalled that in the days when the Awards Luncheon had been the Memorial Luncheon, Dr. Chiwaki had been honored in 1993 as a great world leader in dentistry. A brochure in Japanese was distributed that outlined Dr. Chiwaki’s career.

Dr. Yukitaro Sakakibara, Professor-emeritus of Aichigan University and an old alumnus of the Tokyo Dental College, delivered a speech about Dr. Chiwaki’s pioneering work for modern dentistry in Japan. The Hall of Fame Award plaque was presented to Dr. Yuzuru Kaneko, President of the Tokyo Dental College, by Dr. Horiuchi. An identical plaque will also be placed at the Samuel Harris National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland, and in the Musee d’ Art Dentaire Pierre Fauchard in Paris.

The Certificate of Merit was presented to Dr. Yoshio Kaneda, past Chair and Honorary Member of the Japan Section, by Trustee Mamoru Sakuda

After the Awards Luncheon, the Induction Ceremony for new Fellows was held. Scientific and cultural lectures were given to the Fellows gathered at this Meeting. They were delivered by Dr. Norio Nakabayashi, a recipient of the Michinosuke Nakayama Memorial Award, and by Ms. Chieko Fujiwara. The banquet followed.

Before the event, on 29 October, at the banquet of the 20th General Meeting of the Japanese Association for Dental Science, Meeting President Professor Kazuhiro Eto, Dean of Dentistry for the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, provided Dr. Horiuchi with an opportunity to talk to the some 500 participants about PFA, the International Hall of Fame, and the honor bestowed upon Dr. Morinosuke Chiwaki. A Japanese brochure about Dr. Chiwaki was distributed at the banquet by Dr. Horiuchi.

Republic of Macedonia

Chair Branislav Dastevski and Serbian Chair Dragoslav Djukanovic attended the IX Dental Congress of the Balkan Stomotological Society held in Ohrid, Macedonia.

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Dean Arthur Dugoni celebrating backstage with Bill Cosby

United States

California, Northern Section

Last August the University of the Pacific renamed their School of Dentistry for their Dean Arthur Dugoni with a gala series of events. One such event was hosting comedian Bill Cosby at the Davies Symphony Hall.

Dr. Dugoni was also honored by the California Northern Section with their PFA International Special Award. Dean Dugoni took the time to write and thank International Trustee Charles Eller and Section Chair Dan Castagna for this “totally unexpected and sincerely appreciated” honor.

PFA Fellow Dr. Thomas Schiff was honored this September by the UOP Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry by being named the recipient of the Earl and Tannia Hodges Endowed Professorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology during their Faculty Development Day at the Presdio’s Golden Gate Club. This was the school’s first endowed professorship. Dr. Schiff became a professor of Diagnostic Sciences at UOP in 1993 and was later named Chair of the Department of Radiology and in 1998 Director of Clinical Research. He has many honors and awards presented to him for his outstanding work in our profession.

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Dr. Gary Stough gets a hug from a three-year-old patient
Georgia

Chair Karyn Stockwell hosted their annual Meeting, which is a festival of social, dental, and business events that she has crafted to appeal to every aspect of a member and family to enjoy. During part of the weekend, members volunteered to assist in the ADA’s “Give Kids A Smile Day.”

The evening’s dinner for their Second Annual Leadership Conference also hosts a main speaker—this year, it was President Kevin Roach—and inducted 16 new members into Fellowship.

Congressman Charlie Norwood, a PFA Fellow and dentist, is awaiting surgery for a single lung transplant. He has developed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a lung disease of unknown cause that gradually restricts the ability to breathe. All of our Fellows wish him a successful surgery, a speedy recovery, and re-election to his Congressional seat this November. His activities on behalf of our profession have been regularly reported in Dental World in his column that he sends us about the status of dentally related legislation.

Iowa

Chair C. Frederick Fuller hosted their Fall Luncheon last October at the University Athletic Club in Iowa City. Trustee Steve Hedlund arranged for the speaker Hancher Auditorium Director Chuck Swanson.

Their May Meeting was held with ICD and ACD. Dr. Eugene Young was honored as Dentist of the Year. Their Section also inducted four new members into Fellowship—Drs. Gary Jacobsen, Marty Averill, Gerald Schleier, and Donald Good.

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Fellow Wayne “Pierre” Herman welcomed the new Georgia Fellows with some historical background
Massachusetts

Chair Norm Becker discussed the tremendous impact that the CHIP Program is having in the New England States. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Masons, and many local police forces, local dentists, including the PFA Section volunteers, offer toothprint impressions as a part of a child identification program (CHIP). Not a week goes by that the media has not reported some story about the program. Dr. David Harte and his communications staff started with a PSA TV spot in the Spring of 2000. Since then, nearly weekly programs have been hosted around the State and have spread to other States. All the children in the Milton public schools, K–12 have been comprehensively ID’ed. Since its inception, the area Rotary Clubs, the dental assisting class from Massasoit Community College, area city and county police forces, the PTO, and the Attorney General’s Office have joined in assisting to execute the program. Dental volunteers came from the Massachusetts Dental Society, of which the dentists participating were PFA Fellows. PFA Chairman Norm Becker was there with ADA President Eugene Sekiguchi. This was all reported with pictures in the Milton Times last September including credit given to our PFA Chair as well as to the PFA Section by name in the newspaper.

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Nevada

Dr. Paul R. Dolin (Loyola University School of Dentistry ’48) recently visited Las Vegas to view our PFA Dental Museum there. Dr. Dolin had donated the coral-colored Webber Dental Unit, with the first contour dental chair, that is located at the entrance to the museum. It was one of the first completed dental units donated to the museum along with his student dental case and Loyola alumni memorabilia. Dr. Dolin is a retired Colonel having served for thirty years in the Army Air Force and later in the Army Reserve. Dr. Dolin had served with Colonel Richard Kozal (our Secretary General) at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Drs. Paul and Albert Dolin practiced general dentistry on the near north side of Chicago in the Uptown Bank building on Broadway. In 1984, Dr. Dolin retired from the military and received the Meritorious Service Medal at a ceremony during the Chicago MidWinter Meeting. He now resides in Plantation, Florida.

Also visiting the Fauchard Museum was Nevada Chair William Rohel of Reno (also a Loyola School of Dentistry alumni) who provided a tour of the museum for the new UNLV School of Dentistry Dean Patrick Ferrillo, Jr.

The newest addition to our PFA Museum is the famous, or infamous, Tooth Necklace worn by Dr. “Painless” Parker dated at about 1892.


New York

Chair Bruce Seidberg has retired from the position after serving two years as Chair and two years as Vice Chair. He has selected Dr. Lynne Halik from Rochester (Fred Halik’s daughter-in-law) to be the new Chair for New York. Both past Chairs, Dr. Seidberg and Dr. Ed Feinberg, offer their assistance if she needs it.

Oklahoma

Trustee Bernardo Levit addressed the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in their Research Seminar last September on “Halitosis Control.” The Associate Dean of Research Professor John Dmytryk expressed their honor at having him discuss this topic of great interest.

Pennsylvania

Fellow Ronald B. Gross received the Alumni Certificate of Honor from Temple University at the Founders’ Day Reception and Dinner at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This is the highest recognition awarded by the School of Dentistry. Dr Gross is a practicing orthodontist in Pottstown and is currently the ADA Trustee.

He served as second Vice President for the ADA as well as on their Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs as their Chairman. He is past President of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontists, the Second District Dental Association of Pennsylvania, and the Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society.

Dr. Gross received his dental degree and Masters of Science from Temple University and received the school’s Alumnus of the Year Award in 2000. He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, and ACD.

Arthur A. Dugoni

School of Dentistry

The University of the Pacific, the first chartered university in California, bestowed its highest honor on its Dean and PFA Fellow Arthur A. Dugoni by naming their School of Dentistry after him. No greater accolade can be said of this great man than to have the school he has devoted a half of a century to building the prestige of this institution renamed in his honor [op.cit. Dental World, July/August, 2004, p 4].

The black-tie affair commenced Saturday evening (August 28) at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. More than 1600 guests were there to witness and enjoy the ceremonies including many dental leaders in education, organized dentistry, government officials, corporate executives, faculty, staff, and students, such as State Senator Jackie Speier, former Mayor Willie Brown, the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Dushanka Kleinman, and 23 dental school deans. Legendary comedian Bill Cosby performed after the official naming ceremony. A reception was held afterwards at The Rotunda in San Francisco City Hall with Mayor Gavin Newsom issuing a proclamation for Dr. Dugoni. Dancing followed the dinner and speeches.

The day before, Friday, the UOP sponsored a two-day National Leadership Symposium at the Fairmont Hotel for 400 people featuring John Chambers, President and CEO of Cisco Systems, an internet networking leader. Other keynote speakers included Gordon Christiansen, ADA Director James Bramson , Forsyth Institute President and CEO Dr. Dominick DePaola, Pride Institute founder Dr. James Pride, USC School of Dentistry Harold Slavkin, American Dental Education Association Executive Director Dr. Richard Valachovic, and Colgate-Palmolive Vice President Dr. Anthony Volpe.

An outside Dedication Ceremony was held with UOP President Donald DeRosa as master of ceremonies, to reveal the new school name in place and a portrait of Dean Dugoni unveiled.

This was attended by more than 700 people and 500 students wearing new black t-shirts with the school’s new name on them.

Dr. Art Dugoni’s credentials are internationally established. He has served, and is still serving, the dental profession abroad and in the United States. For 50 years, he has labored at UOP’s School of Dentistry, the last 26 years as Dean.

He has already received the PFA Gold Medal in 1996 and the 1982 PFA Distinguished Service Award among the pages of honors he has earned worldwide.

But naming the dental school after this outstanding servant of dentistry is not the finale of his career. He is still on the front lines improving our profession everyday. What possible greater award can be found to honor this life of service?

The tremendously impressed Dean Arthur Dugoni stated, “I would like to express my deepest appreciation for this recognition. But most of all, I would like to thank all of you—my professional colleagues, friends, and family—for the privilege and honor to serve dental education and our profession for the past 56 years, and for the past 26 years as Dean. I have enjoyed every minute of it. For me, it has been a labor of love.”

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