UW School of Dentistry

Dr. Thomas Ware, Dr. Patrick Taylor earn affiliate faculty honors

Dr. Patrick Taylor and Dr. Thomas Ware have received the 2017 Hungate Awards for Teaching Excellence, the School of Dentistry’s highest recognition for affiliate faculty members.

Dr. Thomas Ware, Dr. Jeffrey Parrish, and Dr. Mark Drangsholt
Dr. Thomas Ware (center) is joined by Dr. Jeffrey Parrish (left), chair of the Hungate Awards selection committee, and Dr. Mark Drangsholt, Chair of Oral Medicine and award presenter.

Dr. Ware received the Hungate Lifetime Award for Teaching Excellence, and Dr. Taylor received the Hungate Award for Teaching Excellence. The awards were presented on Friday during the annual Ernest M. Jones Memorial Lectureship, the school’s premier continuing-education event. Dr. Jeffrey Parrish, the Hungate Award selection committee chair, accepted on behalf of Dr. Taylor, who was unable to attend.

The awards, inaugurated in 2014, honor the memory of Dr. William P. “Mitch” Hungate (’78), a beloved affiliate faculty member for 33 years who was well known for his dedication to excellence in and out of dentistry. An avid outdoorsman and triathlete, he died in an avalanche in the Cascades in 2013. The awards were supported by donations from friends, family and colleagues.

Dr. Ware, who graduated from the school in 1964, has taught in the Department of Restorative Dentistry for 48 years and practices near the UW campus in Seattle’s University District.

Wrote one nominator: “He unquestionably earned the respect of students by his gentle and caring nature, and he treated every student with utmost respect. He always provided constructive assessments of their work, and masterfully transferred knowledge, skills and behaviors to students who were having their very first experiences with Restorative materials, instrumentation, lab equipment and procedures. … He is truly the model affiliate faculty member.”

“Tom Ware models the ‘best of the best’ of what being a dentist is all about,” wrote another. “He really does care that the student learns the best way – not the easy way.”

Dr. Patrick Taylor
Dr. Patrick Taylor

Dr. Taylor, a 1988 graduate of the school’s Endodontics residency program and retired U.S. Navy captain, has taught in the Department of Endodontics for nearly two decades and practices endodontics in Bellevue.

“His compassionate and dedicated teaching style inspires the students and educates them,” a nominator wrote.

“With his experience in the military and private practice, he can relate to all residents and help them translate what they see in the clinic to what they will experience throughout their careers,” another wrote.

One faculty member who studied under Dr. Taylor as a graduate dental student wrote: “Even though he has numerous accomplishments, he is the most humble person I have interacted with. He was extremely encouraging, which is why it was extremely easy to discuss cases with him during residency. I still enjoy having discussions with him about cases I see in practice and also about my research and its implications.”

“One of the keys to our school’s quality and global stature is our affiliate faculty, which includes many of Washington’s finest dentists,” Dean Joel Berg said. “We couldn’t pursue our teaching mission without them.

“Dr. Ware and Dr. Taylor are wonderful representatives of the hundreds of affiliate faculty members who bring their invaluable expertise and wisdom to our students and patients every day. It’s so very gratifying to be able to honor the exceptional contributions of these two outstanding dentists and educators with the Hungate Awards.”