Seattle orthodontist and School of Dentistry alumnus Dr. Richard Ferguson was honored for his community volunteer service at the UW Health Sciences Center on Jan. 12 during the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
Dr. Ferguson, who received his Orthodontics certification in 1970 and his MSD in 1972, was cited for a wide variety of activities that include key roles in the School’s Partners in Diversity program and the African American Mentoring Network. He has also been a member of the School’s admissions committee for more than 20 years, helping to recruit and interview students from underrepresented communities.
In 2005, Dr. Ferguson also received the highest service honor bestowed by the School’s Dean’s Club, its Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.
Outside the School, Dr. Ferguson has been president of the Washington State Dental Association and the Washington State Association of Orthodontists. He was a founder and steering committee member with the Seattle Vocational Institute Dental Assistant Program and the Seattle Central Dental Hygiene Program, as well as the recently established South Seattle Community College Expanded-Function Dental Auxiliary Program. While in the U.S. Air Force, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General.
Dr. Ferguson founded and remains active with the Washington State Black Health Care Professionals, and is also an active member of the International College of Dentists and Seattle King County Dental Society, as well as the Sandpoint Community United Methodist Church.
During the annual King ceremonies, the UW Medical Center and Health Sciences Center pay tribute to the memory of the late civil rights leader by recognizing the contributions of UW students, faculty, staff and community members in community service and volunteerism.
This year’s keynote speaker was Professor James Pfeiffer of the UW Department of Global Health, who spoken on “Health and the Struggle for Economic Justice: The Legacy of Dr. King.” Public health advocate Dorothy Mann received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award, and UW President Michael Young welcomed attendees to the ceremonies.