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Ernest M. Jones Memorial Lectureship

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Ernest M. Jones, DDS

Dean of the School of Dentistry, 1945-1954

“Dental education…is now upon the threshold of a new era.” — Dean Jones

Dr. Ernest JonesIn his address to the Washington State Medical Association, Dr. Ernest M. Jones, the first dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, displayed the foresight and visionary scope that he would bring to the newly established school.

When Dr. Jones was appointed Dean in October, 1945, the School of Dentistry had no faculty or students, and no facilities for class rooms or offices. Dr. Jones immediately arranged for the permanent structure, recruited faculty and selected the first class of dental students from nearly 200 applicants.

Under his guidance a solid core of dedicated faculty were selected, an innovative curriculum that has become a national standard was established, and the makeshift quarters in Bagley Hall gave way to sophisticated laboratories. Within three years, the fifty members of the inaugural class began their clinical studies in the new facilities.

Beyond the physical structure of the dental school, Dr. Jones created a framework which has allowed the school to continue to expand, both academically and clinically, and to explore the potential of its research, educational and service capabilities. His careful planning and commitment to quality in dental education has provided the direction for the future.

Dr. Jones set the standards for excellence in dental education when he established the school 78 years ago. Those same standards of excellence thrive today. The outstanding students, the first rate full-time, part-time and sessional faculty who educate them and our internationally renowned reputation for research are all the proud legacy of Dr. Ernest M. Jones.


The Ernest M. Jones Lectureship was created 53 years ago in honor of the founding Dean of the UW School of Dentistry. Over 900 alumni and friends of the school contributed to the Ernest M. Jones Memorial Endowment Fund. Their generous contributions have ensured that an annual Ernest M. Jones Lectureship program will be presented free, in perpetuity, to all dentists,
dental school faculty and students, and dental co-professionals. The lecture
is a living memorial to Dr. Ernest M. Jones and his magnificent vision.


The annual lecture is organized and partially subsidized by the UW Dental Alumni Association. Dr. Oleg Shvartsur is chair of the Dean Jones Lectureship Committee.

If you have ideas about future lectures or suggestions for improving the event, please contact the UW Dental Alumni Association at (206) 543-7297.


Seven continuing education credits may be earned by attending the lecture for a $150 processing fee until March 22, 2023. Please pre-register for credits. Registering the day of the course will cost $175. A document will be emailed to you verifying credits.

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A lectureship sponsored in part by the University of Washington Dental Alumni Association, Continuing Dental Education and the Dean Jones Memorial Endowment Fund