UW School of Dentistry
Dr. Jeffrey Parrish honored
Dr. Jeffrey L. Parrish received the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award during the 31st annual Dean’s Club dinner at Seattle Center on April 25.
Dr. Parrish, a member of the School’s Class of 1979, has been known for years as one of the Northwest’s leading dental humanitarians. He has conducted dozens of his own missions to Haiti and other areas of desperate need and also has also recruited colleagues and students to humanitarian outreach.
Now retired from his practice in Kirkland, he continues his humanitarian activities. In October 2014, he served as dental co-director of the four-day Remote Area Medical clinic in Seattle, which provided free dental services to more than 3,400 Puget Sound residents. He and clinic co-director Dr. Michael Karr (Class of 1980) worked for months before the event to recruit dozens of volunteer dentists for what proved to be an extraordinarily successful public-health outreach.
Dr. Parrish has also long taken an active and prominent role in organized dentistry, including serving as Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) president and on the Seattle-King County Dental Society executive council. He has been highly visible in dental issue advocacy, and writes a popular column for the WSDA News magazine.
The dinner was held for the first time at Chihuly Garden and Glass, with its spectacular installations providing a striking backdrop for the event. The attendees were entertained by jazz singer Gail Pettis, who practiced dentistry for 15 years before turning to a career in music.
Lunch celebrates 2014-15 Wands Fellow
Dr. David Wands (Prosthodontics ’72) hosted Dean Joel Berg and other guests for lunch in Seattle in October 2014 to celebrate the selection of Dr. Josh Manchester (’13) as recipient of the 2014-15 David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics at the School of Dentistry. Dr. Manchester is the ninth recipient of the $10,000 award at the UW.
After receiving his DDS at the UW, Dr. Manchester completed a general practice residency at the University of Minnesota Physicians Dental Clinic. Once he obtains his Prosthodontics certification, he hopes to practice in Spokane with his wife and classmate, Dr. Elizabeth Manchester (’13), whom he met and married in dental school.
“I really appreciate Dr. Wands’ generosity in supporting the fellowship endowment,” Dr. Manchester said. “I think it makes a considerable difference to the specialty’s current residents who will become the future mentors of Prosthodontics.”
Dr. Wands, who was a UW School of Dentistry faculty member in the Department of Prosthodontics for 22 years, originally established the fellowship at the University of Maryland in 1994 in recognition of the shortage of dental school educators and to offer financial assistance to those interested in academic dentistry. In 1998, he launched a similar fellowship at the UW with a $500,000 commitment. Since the fellowship’s inception at Maryland, a total of 13 awards have been made.
In 1967, Dr. Wands graduated with honors from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland, and afterward served for seven years with the U.S. Public Health Service. He then returned to the University of Washington as a half-time faculty member and taught both undergraduate and graduate Prosthodontics, achieving the rank of Clinical Professor.
Drs. McCoy, Flake win Rothwell Awards
Two School of Dentistry alumni and faculty members were honored with the School’s top full-time faculty teaching awards at a faculty retreat in December 2014.
Dr. Richard B. McCoy (’61) of the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program and Dr. Natasha R. Flake (Endodontics ’07) of the Department of Endodontics received Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Awards.
Dr. McCoy, a member of the RIDE faculty in Spokane, received the 2014 Rothwell Lifetime Achievement Award, while Dr. Flake received the 2014 Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Mark Drangsholt, Chair of the Department of Oral Medicine and of the award selection committee, presented the awards, which have been given since 2001. He was joined by Rebecca Rothwell, niece of the awards’ namesake, the late Dr. Bruce R. Rothwell (1948-2000), onetime chair of the School’s Department of Restorative Dentistry and a pioneering figure in forensic dentistry.
Dr. McCoy, a former Chair of Restorative Dentistry at the UW and recipient of other teaching awards, also received the UW Dental Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004. A member of our faculty since 1992, he has been a cornerstone of the RIDE program since its inception in 2008.
Since completing her MS in endodontics at the UW in 2007 after earning her DDS and a PHD in neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Dr. Flake has built a reputation as one of our School’s most outstanding young faculty members and researchers. In 2010, she received the Junior Faculty Award given by the American Dental Education Association, its Council of Students, Residents and Fellows, and the Colgate Palmolive Co.
Dr. Dexter Barnes elected ICD president
Dr. Dexter “Deck” Barnes (’69) of Seattle was elected President of the International College of Dentists (ICD)-USA Section at the group’s annual meeting in October 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Barnes, who was inducted as an ICD Fellow in 1993, has also served the organization as Vice Regent, Deputy Regent and Regent of District 11. Established in 1928, the ICD is the world’s oldest and largest international honor society for dentists. It has more than 12,000 members in 122 countries.
Fellowship in the College is granted by invitation only. Induction recognizes a dentist’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”
Dr. Barnes has also been president of the Washington State Dental Association and the Washington Oral Health Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American College of Dentists.
In 1998, he received our School’s Distinguished Alumnus award. For more than 30 years, he has also directed speaker selection for the annual Ernest M. Jones Memorial Lectureship, the School’s signature continuing-education event.
Alums honored as affiliate faculty members
Affiliate faculty School of Dentistry affiliate faculty members and alumni Dr. David Steiner (’70, Endo ’74) and Dr. Philip Anderson (’72) were honored for their educational contributions as they received the inaugural Hungate Awards for Teaching Excellence during a faculty retreat in December 2014.
Affiliate members, serving essentially as volunteers with minuscule compensation, have been an indispensable part of our School’s faculty for decades, with more than 600 serving during the current academic year. However, this marked the first time their work has been formally honored.
The awards are dedicated to the memory of Dr. William P. “Mitch” Hungate (’78), an affiliate faculty member for 33 years and an avid outdoorsman and triathlete who died in an avalanche in the Cascades in 2013. They were created with the aid of donations by friends, family and colleagues.
The 2014 Hungate Lifetime Award for Teaching Excellence went to Dr. Steiner, a Tacoma endodontist who has served with the Department of Endodontics since 1974, teaching both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students.
Dr. Anderson, a Seattle general dentist for 30 years until retiring in 2005, received the 2014 Hungate Award for Teaching Excellence. He has served on the Department of Restorative Dentistry faculty since 2007 and also on the School’s Admissions Committee.
The awards were presented by Dr. Charles Bolender, former Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics and head of the award selection committee, with the assistance of Marilynn Hungate, Dr. Hungate’s widow.
Hawaiian hospitality for Dean Berg
School of Dentistry alumni gathered to meet Dean Joel Berg at two receptions in Hawaii in mid-February 2015. One was in Honolulu on Oahu, the other in Lahaina on Maui.
Mentor reception: Another great night at the museum
Seattle’s professional dental community, including many of our alums, turned out in strength at the UW’s Burke Museum on Nov. 20, 2014 for the annual WSDA Dental Alumni Mentor Program reception.
Working together for two decades, the Washington State Dental Association and our School match up students with WSDA member dentists who provide a helpful sounding board and real-world advice for students throughout their pre-doctoral training.
Gift supports care for Dean Hickey’s bust
Thanks to a gift from Patty Doyle (left, Dental Hygiene ’65), the bust in D wing of Dr. Maurice J. Hickey, our third Dean, will be cleaned, placed on a new stand and given a new plaque. Doyle shares fond memories of Dean Hickey, who served from 1956 to 1973, with Dr. Martha Fales, our former Chair of Dental Hygiene.
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).