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.”
Big crowd turns out for mentor reception
A record crowd of nearly 200 people turned out at the UW’s Burke Museum on Nov. 20 for the annual Washington State Dental Association/Dental Alumni Mentor reception.
Dental students and mentors mingled and enjoyed wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres during the evening, which featured brief remarks from Dean Joel Berg and WSDA leaders including President Dave Minahan, Vice President Bryan Edgar and Past President Rod Wentworth. The crowd also heard from third-year dental student Jonathan Everett, who is president of the UW chapter of the American Student Dental Association.
The mentor program pairs students with WSDA member dentists who serve as informal advisers and sounding boards during dental school. Dentist volunteers are welcome; for more details or to volunteer, contact Randy Newquist, the School of Dentistry’s Director of Alumni Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Laura Rohlman of WSDA at email@example.com.
First-years receive briefing on Dental Alumni Association
First-year students took a midday break from classes on Nov. 13 to enjoy free pizza and salad at the Health Sciences Center and hear Dr. Mark Drangsholt (’84) present information about the UW Dental Alumni Association.
Dr. Drangsholt, who is Chair of the Department of Oral Medicine, told the students about the UWDAA’s activities, such as providing more than $40,000 in annual scholarship support, as well as the benefits of membership.
Alumni gather with friends, family at football brunch
Stormy weather couldn’t dampen the high spirits at our annual alumni football brunch on Sept. 28. Alums, friends and family enjoyed fine food, great jazz and good times at the Rotunda in the UW’s Health Sciences Center. The brunch featured a special appearance by former Huskies fan favorite Joe Jarzynka, a fearless punt returner and special teams player in 1996-98. After the brunch, the Huskies topped off the day in perfect fashion with a 31-13 thumping of Arizona at the newly remodeled Husky Stadium.
Alumnae active in Native American outreach
Dr. Jessica Bremerman (’10), Dr. Danielle Stimson (’11) and Dr. Rolanda Ward (’11) have taken active roles in building bridges to the Native American community in the Pacific Northwest. Read more about Dr. Bremerman, Dr. Stimson and Dr. Ward. (PDF)
Chambers Bay is a slice of golf heaven
At the annual Dental Alumni Association golf tournament on Sept. 6, School of Dentistry alumni enjoyed a magnificent day at Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open. Read more about the dental alumni golf tournament. (PDF)