UW School of Dentistry

School to honor two area dentists at annual gala

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The School of Dentistry will honor a member of its second graduating class along with a prominent dental humanitarian at its annual Dean’s Club dinner on April 25 in Seattle.

Dr. H. Sam Anderson of the Class of 1951 will receive the Dean’s Club 2015 Honorary Lifetime Member Award, while Dr. Jeffrey L. Parrish will receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. The dinner will be held at Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center.

Dr. Anderson
Dr. H. Sam Anderson

Dr. Anderson, who also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985, will be recognized for a record of service to the School that includes decades of both teaching and financial support. He was the second president of the UW Dental Alumni Association and has served as his class’s representative on the Association’s board for more than 60 years. Joining the faculty in 1953, he taught in the departments of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry and took an active role in dental study clubs.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Dr. Anderson practiced in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood for 43 years. His involvement in organized dentistry includes the presidency of the Washington chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry, which he also served as regional vice president and national delegate.

Dr. Parrish, a member of the School’s Class of 1979, has been known for years as one of the Northwest’s leading dental humanitarians. He has conducted dozens of his own missions to Haiti and other areas of desperate need and also has also recruited colleagues and students to humanitarian outreach.

Dr. Parrish
Dr. Jeffrey L. Parrish

Now retired from his practice in Kirkland, he continues his humanitarian activities. Last October, he served as dental co-director of the four-day Remote Area Medical clinic in Seattle, which provided free dental services to more than 3,400 Puget Sound residents. He and clinic co-director Dr. Michael Karr (Class of 1980) worked for months before the event to recruit dozens of volunteer dentists for what proved to be one of the most successful public-health events in recent memory.

Dr. Parrish has also long taken an active and prominent role in organized dentistry, including serving as Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) president and on the Seattle-King County Dental Society executive council. He has been highly visible in dental issue advocacy, and writes a popular column for the WSDA News magazine.