Dean’s Club

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.

Drs. Vincent Kokich and Gerald Harrington honored at Dean’s Club dinner

Dr. Vincent G. Kokich and Dr. Gerald W. Harrington, two iconic faculty members who exerted lasting influence on their professional disciplines and the School of Dentistry, were honored on April 26 at the 30th annual Dean’s Club dinner at McCaw Hall in Seattle Center.

The event drew about 280 guests, matching the all-time attendance mark, which was set last year when the dinner was held at the newly remodeled Husky Union Building on campus. Dr. Douglas Walsh (’78), president of the Dean’s Club Board of Trustees, served as master of ceremonies.

Dr. Vincent Kokich Jr. (center) accepts his late father’s Honorary Lifetime Member Award from Dr. Douglas Walsh (left) and Dr. Peter Shapiro.

Dr. Vincent Kokich Jr. (center) accepts his late father’s Honorary Lifetime Member Award from Dr. Douglas Walsh (left) and Dr. Peter Shapiro.

Dr. Kokich (’71, ’74 Ortho), one of our School’s most acclaimed alumni, received the Dean’s Club 2014 Honorary Lifetime Member Award, bestowed posthumously for the first time. The award recognizes club members who have given extraordinary service and support to the School over an extended span.

Dr. Kokich, considered one of the world’s foremost dental educators, passed away on July 24, 2013 at the age of 68. He compiled a three-decade record of superb service to the School as one of its most ardent supporters and ambassadors. As a Professor of Orthodontics at the School, he also helped build the UW’s reputation as a top center of orthodontics education and training, and in the course of a 25-year career on the lecture circuit, became known as one of the leading advocates of interdisciplinary dentistry.

His son, Dr. Vincent Kokich Jr. (’99 Ortho, ’97 GPR), who is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Orthodontics, accepted the award on behalf of the family.

Dr. Gerald Harrrington displays his Distinguished Alumnus Award, flanked by Dr. Eugene Natkin (left) and Dr. Douglas Walsh.

Dr. Gerald Harrrington displays his Distinguished Alumnus Award, flanked by Dr. Eugene Natkin (left) and Dr. Douglas Walsh.

Dr. Harrington (Endo ’69), Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Endodontics, received the Dental Alumni Association’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. 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.

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. He was also an active and influential researcher, contributing to numerous journals and serving on 48 graduate research committees.

The event returned to a favorite setting, McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Next year’s dinner is scheduled to take place at a new Seattle landmark, Chihuly Garden and Glass.

The event returned to a favorite setting, McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Next year’s dinner is scheduled to take place at a new Seattle landmark, Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Both awards were presented by longtime friends and colleagues of the recipients who were also previous recipients of the respective awards: Dr. Kokich’s award by Dr. Peter Shapiro (’73 Ortho), the 2012 honoree, and Dr. Harrington’s award by Dr. Eugene Natkin (’62 Endo), the 2013 honoree.

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