UW School of Dentistry
The UW School of Dentistry Dean’s Club was established in 1983 with a core mission to maintain and enhance the School’s international reputation for excellence in dental education.
Annual donors of $1,000 or more to any fund within the School of Dentistry during the academic year (July 1 to June 30) are recognized as members of The Dean’s Club. Recognition is bestowed on alumni who received their first UW Dentistry degree in the past five years, with gifts of $250 or more.
Dean’s Club members view their support as an investment in the future of the profession by ensuring a strong center for dental education, research, and community service at the University of Washington.
Dr. Sam Anderson, Dr. Jeffrey Parrish honored
Dr. H. Sam Anderson of the Class of 1951 received the Dean’s Club 2015 Honorary Lifetime Member Award and Dr. Jeffrey L. Parrish received the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award during the 31st annual Dean’s Club dinner on April 25.
Dr. Anderson, who also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985, was honored for his extensive record of service to the School of Dentistry, including decades of teaching and financial support. He was the second president of the UW Dental Alumni Association and has served as his class’s representative on the Association’s board for more than 60 years. Joining the faculty in 1953, he taught in the departments of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry and took an active role in dental study clubs.
A Navy veteran of World War II, Dr. Anderson practiced in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood for 43 years. His involvement in organized dentistry includes the presidency of the Washington chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry, which he also served as regional vice president and national delegate.
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 at Seattle Center, 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.