Golfers enjoy gorgeous day at Chambers Bay
About 100 alums, along with several dozen dentists from the Pierce County Dental Society, enjoyed a magnificent day of golf under cloudless skies near Tacoma on Sept. 5 during our Dental Alumni Association’s annual golf tournament.
As in the past two years, the tournament took place at the beautiful Chambers Bay course overlooking Puget Sound. With Chambers Bay slated to host the 2015 U.S. Open, the venue added an extra measure of excitement for alums, who filled up the field almost immediately. This year’s tournament also had a unique touch: Dean Joel Berg caddied for one of the first foursomes in the field.
The team of Jay Deiglmeier (’93), Mike Kern (’93), Tom Herrick (’93) and George Bourekis (’93) took first place. Runner-up honors went to Tom Hohl (’74), Robert Tracy (’77), Tim Drumhiller (’77) and Richard Schrader (’77), while third place went to Jung Kim (’97), Kevin Lee (’96), Jason Koh (’96), and Johann Yi (’98).
Dr. Gerald W. Harrington named 2014 Distinguished Alumnus
Dr. Gerald W. Harrington (Endo ’69), Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Endodontics who played a key role in shaping an internationally prominent department, received the University of Washington Dental Alumni Association’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award on April 26 at the annual Dean’s Club dinner.
The award recognizes alumni who by their professional achievements have earned great distinction, improved the dental profession and the public’s welfare, and brought honor to the School and the UW. It was presented to Dr. Harrington by his longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Eugene Natkin (’62 Endo), who received the award in 2013.
Dr. Harrington received his honor during an evening at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall on which the Dean’s Club also bestowed its 2014 Honorary Lifetime Member Award on the late Dr. Vincent G. Kokich (’71, ’74 Ortho), who passed away in July 2013.
Dr. Harrington served as a full-time Endodontics faculty member starting in 1969 and chaired the department from 1993 until he retired in 2001. He also directed the graduate Endodontics program from 1972 to 2001.
As chair, he enhanced the department’s strong tradition and reputation, and as a teacher, compiled a record highlighted by 18 awards for teaching excellence from dental students and the bestowal of the Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award, our highest faculty honor. In 2001, he received the I.B. Bender Lifetime Teaching Award from the American Association of Endodontics, and also received the Washington State Dental Association Faculty Award for outstanding contributions to the School of Dentistry and to the WSDA.
He was also an active and influential researcher, contributing to numerous journals and serving on 48 graduate research committees. He also wrote half a dozen book chapters and an equal number of clinical articles, delivered 50 major lectures and served on the editorial board of the journal Endodontics. He belonged to and held offices in nine professional and honorary societies.
Upon his retirement, Endodontics alumni established a fund to create a fellowship in graduate endodontics, naming it in honor of Dr. Harrington and Dr. Natkin.
Dr. Bryan Edgar (’76), president of the Dental Alumni Association, said that Dr. Harrington had a powerful impact on the dental profession, and faculty colleagues such as Dr. Rick Taylor (Endo ’88) and Dr. David Pitts (Endo ’77) added further praise.
“Among my peers, Dr. Harrington has always been the moral compass,” said Dr. Taylor, while Dr. Pitts said, “As a consummate teacher, clinician, and faculty member, Dr. Harrington’s contributions to the Department, School and specialty of Endodontics are legion. He brought expertise, intelligence and a strong sense of fairness to them all.”