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. Bloomquist, Dr. Natkin honored at HUB
Dr. Dale Bloomquist and Dr. Eugene Natkin received honors at the 29th annual Dean’s Club dinner on April 27 at the Husky Union Building (HUB).
Dr. Bloomquist received the 2013 Honorary Lifetime Member Award, the club’s highest honor, while the UW Dental Alumni Association bestowed the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award on Dr. Natkin. The biggest crowd in the dinner’s history, more than 280 people, turned out for the event’s return to the UW campus. The HUB reopened last fall after an extensive two-year remodeling.
Guests included leaders of the Seattle and Washington state dental community, alumni, faculty and members of the School of Dentistry Class of 2013. They heard remarks from Dean Joel Berg, who summarized the extensive changes being made at the School of Dentistry, as well as a performance by the UW Men’s Glee Club, including a rousing rendition of Bow Down to Washington.
Others receiving honors at the dinner were two members of the Class of 2013: Class President Philip Matson, who received the Jack E. Nichols Student Leadership Award, and Student Council Co-President Brian Christensen, who received the Johnny N. Johnson Student Leadership Award.
Dr. Doug Walsh, president of the Dean’s Club board of trustees, was master of ceremonies.
Dr. Bloomquist, Acting Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since January 2010, was honored for a long record of devoted commitment to the School that encompasses teaching, financial support and fund-raising. He has earned recognition as a UW Benefactor, and was instrumental in launching a major fund-raising drive to create the first endowed chair in OMS, in honor of Dr. Philip Worthington. He has also served as Acting Chair of OMS without compensation. He received his DDS from the UW in 1969.
Dr. Natkin, Professor Emeritus of Endodontics at the UW, has been called the “teacher of teachers,” with many of his former graduate students going on to be deans, associate deans, department chairs and graduate program directors. Upon the creation of the UW Department of Endodontics in 1967, he became its first chair and held that post until 1980, then retired in 1995.
He earned his DDS from New York University in 1957, and in 1962 became the first graduate of the UW’s specialty program in endodontics.