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Members Seen in the News • In 2005, Dr. Robert Gilbert, a retired periodontist who served as GDA editor in the 1980s, sold his Cobb County home and property to county officials for use as a park. According to the November 13, 2009, Marietta Daily Journal, the 16-acre Smith-Gilbert Gardens park is now up and running and introducing Metro Atlantans to the pleasures of green space. The park’s garden features more than 3,700 species of plants and 30 sculptures, and the restored 1840s home in the park is home to educational and gardening programs for adults and children. • The Georgia Academy of General Dentistry (GAGD) announced that eight GDA dentists received their Mastership Awards and three GDA dentists received their Fellowship Awards at the convocation ceremony of the Academy of General Dentistry Annual Meeting in Baltimore last summer. Masterships were awarded to Drs. Robert Brooks, Kevin Dancy, Brad Dixon, Phillip Durden, Travis Hampton, Rebecca Hobbs, Thomas Jagor, and

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Ricky Lane. Fellowships were awarded to Drs. Marlyn Betancourt, Shawn Lottier, and Wade McIntyre. Fellows must maintain three years of continuous membership in the AGD, complete 500 hours of approved CE, and pass a comprehensive written exam on all aspects of dentistry. Mastership is awarded to Fellows who have completed an additional 600 hours of CE in the 16 disciplines of dentistry, including 400 hours in participation courses. • Dr. George Coletti, a Decatur oral surgeon, has authored the historical novel Stone Mountain: The Granite Sentinel. Dr. Coletti’s grandparents came to Stone Mountain in 1922 and purchased the Wayside Inn located at the foot of the famous granite outcropping. His uncle Elias worked on all three Stone Mountain carvings and was famed for his many rescues of individuals and animals from the steep side of the mountain. Dr. Coletti, who assisted his uncle on several rescues, received his own degree of fame in 1957 for single

Dr. George Coletti presenting a copy of his historical novel Stone Mountain: The Granite Sentinel (touching on the years before and during the Civil War) to Major General Peter Boylan, President of Georgia Military College. Dr. Coletti is on the GMC Foundation board.

handedly rescuing a man named Glenn Duncan. He subsequently received a scholarship to the University of Georgia from Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Duncan for his heroism. Read more about the book at www.thegranitesentinel.com.

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