UW School of Dentistry

School honors Dr. Roy C. Page

The School of Dentistry’s Department of Periodontics has renamed its research laboratory to honor one of the school’s most illustrious faculty members and researchers, Dr. Roy C. Page.

Patrica & Roy Page and Joel Berg
Dean Joel Berg joins Dr. Roy C. Page and his wife, Patricia, at the dedication of a display showcasing some of his many awards and achievements.

In a ceremony that he attended on Aug. 25, the department also dedicated a display case that highlights some of the awards and achievements compiled by Dr. Page, who is now Professor Emeritus of Periodontics. In the course of his career, Dr. Page received honors including the Norton M. Ross Award for Clinical Research, the American Dental Association’s highest recognition for lifetime research achievement. He was named Distinguished Scientist by the American Association for Dental Research in 2001 and Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Washington in 2000, and received the Gies Award from the American Academy of Periodontology in 1982.

He has also served as president of the American Association for Dental Research and the International Association for Dental Research.

Dr. Page holds a prominent place in oral biology, with work that includes seminal studies on the biochemistry of periodontal connective tissue and the role of the cementum matrix in periodontal regeneration. His work is credited with spurring numerous other studies and significantly broadening the understanding of inflammatory periodontal diseases.

At the School of Dentistry, whose faculty he joined in 1967, Dr. Page established the Regional Dental Research Center in 1990, and was renowned for his prowess in attracting grant funding – more than $40 million in the course of his career.

During a ceremony preceding the dedication of the display case, colleagues, faculty, staff, and friends also paid tribute to his stature as a teacher and mentor, as well as his personal qualities. “He is a world-class scientist and a world-class human being,” one said.

“Few of our faculty members and researchers have had such a profound impact as Roy Page,” Dean Joel Berg said. “I can’t think of a more appropriate way to honor him than with the Roy C. Page Laboratory for Periodontal Research. It will continue to be a fitting reminder of his influence on so many dental students, researchers, and colleagues over the years.”