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Fall/Winter 2011 Volume 8 Number 2

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Report on Progress: UTSD Is ‘Open to Health’ Where it came from $6.6M



Dental Industry and Associations


Friends of UTSD

$5.7M Alumni Gifts

• The school’s first endowed professorship in biomaterials research



Community Outreach


Research Funding



• Naming a building (the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center) — a first for the School of Dentistry • The school’s first endowed chair, benefiting the Department of Orthodontics

Where it’s going Restricted Gifts

By Rhonda Moran Whitmeyer, UT School of Dentistry The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston has had new buildings before – the last in 1955 – but when the school moves to 314,000 square feet of new space in May 2012, this time it will go with more scholarships, more faculty endowments and more research and outreach funds than ever before in its 106-year history, thanks to the success of the school’s Open to Health initiative. To date, Open to Health has raised nearly $17 million, representing 1,244 gift commitments from more than 800 separate donors. The widely varied gifts have included:


UTSD Building Fund

• 10 new faculty endowments supporting positions in pediatric dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, general dentistry, dental ethics, research, and guest lecturers in periodontics • 12 new scholarship funds, providing 18 students with support in Fiscal Year 2012 • Nearly $2.8 million in research funding from private grants, to go along with more than $12 million in federal, state and contractual grants. continued on page 4


Faculty Endowments

With Record-Setting Gift, Dr. Garrett Challenges UTSD Alumni By Rhonda Moran Whitmeyer, UT School of Dentistry When Fred Garrett was growing up in Kansas in the 1940s, his schoolteacher parents worked hard to make a living in the public school system, setting an example that would shape his life. Now 76, Fred Garrett, DDS, MS, is a board-certified orthodontist and clinical professor at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, where he and his wife, Dianne, have established the first endowed chair in the school’s 106-year history. Representing a $500,000 commitment, the Fred A. and Dianne F. Garrett Endowed Chair in Orthodontics is dedicated to Fred’s parents, Frank A. and Rosa Lee Garrett, “and all the other educators who, through their personal sacrifices, provided me with an education and the guidance to become a successful orthodontist,” Fred Garrett wrote into the documents establishing the gift. When awarded, the funds will be used at the discretion of the department chair to enhance the Department of Orthodontics in ways not otherwise funded by UTSD, continued on page 4

Dr. and Mrs. Fred Garrett (left) have created the first endowed chair in UTSD’s history. Pictured with them are Orthodontics Department Chair Jeryl English, DDS, MS (center), and Dean John A. Valenza, DDS ‘81.

In this issue: • How to Become a UTSD Patient • Naming Opportunities • Donor Wall Design in New Building

Know Someone to Refer?

UT School of Dentistry Seeking New Patients, All Ages Becoming a patient at The University of Texas School of Special Patient Clinic: This clinic is for patients who have speDentistry (UTSD) at Houston is one of the best ways to get the cial needs, such as mental or physical disabilities or complicating most value for your dollar. The school, located at 6516 M.D. medical problems. Treatment is provided by dental students unAnderson Blvd. in the Texas Medical Center, has three types of der faculty supervision. A referral form must be signed by the paclinics – student clinics, graduate clinics and the faculty practice, tient’s dentist or physician indicating a need for this type of care. UT★Dentists. Patients are sometimes referred to this clinic when they come Associate Dean for Patient Care Robert Cederberg, DDS, said for their first assessment at UTSD, or they are referred from the students particularly need patients who graduate clinics. Currently, the Special have moderate dental needs, rather than Patient Clinic has a three-month waitextremes. ing list for appointments. Except for UT★Dentists, which functions Graduate Clinics: The care is like a community dental office, the path delivered by new graduate dentists to becoming a patient at UTSD begins by (residents) in consultation with exmaking an appointment to be assessed by a perienced faculty dentists. Residents faculty dentist, who will determine whether have opted to gain more experience your dental needs match the students’ capaby spending one to three years in a bilities. If you need the higher level of care residency program leading to either a available in the graduate clinics, referral certificate or master’s degree in general information will be provided. dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthoStudent Clinics: The care is delivered by dontics, endodontics, periodontics, students under supervision of licensed facprosthodontics or oral and maxilulty dentists and dental hygienists. Payment lofacial surgery. Some clinics (not all) is by cash, credit card or money order only accept insurance and Medicaid. Fees UT School of Dentistry is seeking new patients of all – no personal checks – but the fees are the are about two-thirds what you’d pay a ages for a full range of dental services. lowest available, typically priced about 70 private dentist, but higher than you’d percent lower than a private dentist would pay in the student clinics. charge. Because of our educational mission, the work proceeds at UT★Dentists (Faculty Practice): Within the School of Dena slower pace than in a private dental office, and multiple visits tistry is a fully equipped dental office staffed by members of the may be required. Children and adults are accepted as patients. UTSD faculty, including a full range of dental specialists. Fees Urgent Care Clinic: This emergency care clinic at UTSD operhere are in line with those charged by private dentists or specialates on a first-come, first-served basis and accepts only the numists. Most insurance is accepted. UT School of Dentistry is part ber of patients the students can treat within clinic hours that day. of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston The clinic is staffed by dental students and supervised by UTSD (UTHealth). For more information about the school, visit www. UT faculty. Payment is by cash, credit card or money order. SD

For Information & Appointments Student Clinics Adults and children age 13 and over: Call 713-500-4000, Option 2, or use the online registration tool:

For general appointments, call 713-500-5815

For children ages 5-12: 713-500-4334

• General Dentistry (AEGD): 713-500-7171

For children under age 5: 713-500-8220

Urgent Care Clinics Call 713-500-4000, Option 1 for current days and hours of operation

Special Patient Clinic Call 713-500-4296 for a referral form 2.

Graduate Clinics For appointments with specific programs, call: • Endodontics (root canals): 713-400-4221 • General Practice Residency (hospital dentistry): 713-500-5888 • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: 713-500-4125 • Orthodontics (braces): 713-500-4190 • Periodontics (gums): 713-500-4048 • Prosthodontics (implants/dentures): 713-500-4347

UT★Dentists (Faculty Practice) To make an appointment, call 713-500-4444

Special Display in New Building to Honor Donors of $10K or More On the first floor of the new dental school building, a special “Donor Recognition Wall” will feature names of those who contributed $10,000 or more. Current plans call for the display to have a backdrop of pink granite harvested from the old UT School of Dentistry building. In front of the granite will be metallic name plaques with slight differences in Artist’s rendering of Donor Wall in new building. finish to heighten contrast. Special lighting will enhance a “3D” effect and create a sense of movement to the slightly curved display. Five levels is the daughter of UT★Dentists Executive Director Stephen of giving will be denoted by the size of each plaque, from Laman, DDS ’86. $10,000 up to the largest gifts. It’s not too late to make a gift that will be recognized on this The wall’s overall design concept was the work of the highly visible display. For more information, contact ExecuUTHealth Creative Services team, with the selected version of tive Director of Development John Greer at 713-500-4023, UT the wall spearheaded by graphic designer Lauren Laman. She, or visit SD

New Building’s Historic Naming Opportunities Remain The generosity of our University of Texas School of Dentistry alumni and the dental and philanthropic communities will be recognized in our new building at 7500 Cambridge St., both on a special “Donor Wall” and, as appropriate, by naming key clinical areas, public spaces, classrooms and dozens of operatories to recognize donors to the UTSD Building Fund. It’s not too late to be part of this unique moment in Gifts of $2 million or more Library and Learning Commons – Fourth floor The Research Complex – Fifth floor in the UT Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (adjacent and connected to the dental school) Pre-Clinical Laboratory – Third floor Simulation Clinic – Third floor Gifts of $1 million or more Major clinical areas/Graduate Clinics – First and second floors Dean’s Office suite – Sixth floor Student Center – Third floor Gifts of $500,000 or more Urgent Care Clinic – First floor Treatment Planning Clinic – First floor Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics – Fifth floor Laboratory areas – First, second and third floors

UTSD’s history. A gift to the Building Fund can be designated to honor or remember the person of your choice. The following spaces are available for naming, with contribution levels required by UT System. For more information contact John Greer in the Office of Development, 713-500-4380, or UT visit SD Gifts of $250,000 or more Department office suites – Fourth, fifth and sixth floors Gifts of $100,000 or more Classroom spaces – Fourth floor (only one remaining) Associate dean office suites – Third, fourth and sixth floors Conference rooms – Fifth floor (only one remaining) Alumni Circle – Fourth floor Gifts of $50,000 or more Departmental conference rooms – Fourth, fifth and sixth floors Gifts of $25,000 or more Individual clinical operatories – First, second and third floors All gifts of $10,000 or more Recognition on Donor Wall – First floor



With a total price tag of $155 million, the Dentistry within the Texas Medical Center, the community and new dental school building is believed to be throughout the state.” continued from page 1 the largest single-project capital outlay ever Valenza noted that UTSD has benefitted from the support of for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston visionary UTHealth presidents, including James T. Willerson, (UTHealth). Major funding for the new building came from state MD; Larry R. Kaiser, MD, and the current President ad interim ($71 million in tuition revenue Giuseppe Colasurdo, MD. “The bonds, $63 million from the support from these three presidents, Permanent University Fund) Kevin Dillon and others has been and local sources, including $9 the difference-maker in our collecmillion raised through Open to tive success. Until the health science Health. center got behind this effort, it had Open to Health launched in no legs,” Valenza said. Dillon is 2006 under former Dean CathUTHealth’s executive vice president erine M. Flaitz, DDS, MS, and and chief financial officer. two distinguished alumni volThe drive gained further credibilunteers: Houston endodontist ity with the receipt of $1 million gifts At the UT Research Park groundbreaking in August 2007, the first Open Stephen F. Schwartz, DDS, MS to Health volunteer chair, Dr. Stephen Schwartz, and former Dean from two alumni, Dr. R.G. “Wick” Catherine Flaitz, DDS, MS, happened to be photographed with some (‘68, ’70) as chair and Houston Alexander of Arlington and Dr. B.J. who would eventually become major donors. From left are Dr. B.J. general dentist S. Jerry Long, Westbrook of Houston. Since then, Westbrook, Dr. Jack Harris, Dr. Denton Cooley, Schwartz, Flaitz and Dr. DDS ’66, as vice chair. the momentum has been growing W. Kenneth Horwitz. Photo by John Everett. The initiative sought to raise ever stronger, with a record-setting awareness of the need – not only for a new building – but for tools gift this year from heart surgeon Denton A. Cooley, MD, in to recruit and retain top-notch students, faculty and researchers. memory of his father, Ralph C. Cooley, DDS, a 1908 alumnus of The drive to make UTSD the premier dental school in the nation the school. continues under current Dean John A. Valenza, DDS ’81, and With 2012 setting up to be a landmark year in the school’s hisvolunteer Chair W.R. “Bill” Birdwell, DDS ’73, of Bryan. tory, Birdwell, the current Open to Health chair, encouraged his Flaitz said the grassroots movement that led to Open to Health fellow alumni to be part of it. smoldered for years and then, under the right conditions, spread “What an opportunity we’ve been given – that during our lifelike wildfire. “We were able to engage a wide range of stakeholders times we have a chance to give of our resources to say ‘thank you’ about the significance of oral health and speak to them directly for our dental education,” he said. “How can we not be overcome about a vision that was so much more than a building,” she said. with gratitude for the dental school that made it possible for us “A major impetus to the success of this initiative was the 2005 to provide for our families, our patients, and to be held in high Centennial that allowed us to spotlight the value of the School of esteem in our communities? This is our moment in time to make continued on page 8

Open to Health Timeline


Legislature approves $60M in tuition revenue bonds, and with $18M from UT System’s Permanent University Fund, the new building project is a “go.” Former Dean Catherine M. Flaitz, DDS, MS, and former UTHealth President James Willerson, MD, largely credited for spearheading the effort.

The drive is named Open to Health, with five key funding goals: new building, scholarships, endowments, research and community outreach.

UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) formally breaks ground on the UT Research Park, which includes the new dental school, on the south campus of the Texas Medical Center. Arlington orthodontist R.G. “Wick” Alexander, DDS ‘62, MSD ‘64, donates a record $1M for the new school’s orthodontic clinic.

Fondren Foundation gives $850K to the Building Fund, supporting the Special Patient Clinic; Susman Family Foundation pledges $500K in support for pediatric dental care through the school’s outreach efforts.

Dr. and Mrs. Claude Nabers and family establish the school’s second-ever visiting professorship, supporting lectures in periodontics.

New UTHealth President Larry R. Kaiser, MD, affirms support for $155M replacement building.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure makes its first-ever research grant to a dentist, Dr. Charles Streckfus, for his work in salivary diagnostics.

Spring 2005 Summer 2006

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October 2008 May 2009

Endodontist Stephen F. Schwartz, DDS ‘68, MS ’70 of Houston named volunteer chair of a new fundraising drive. Houston general dentist S. Jerry Long, DDS ’66 is named vice chair.

Flaitz and Schwartz travel the state, presenting the campaign to alumni and friends of the school.

Inspired by the groundbreaking, Houston general dentist B.J. Westbrook, DDS ’54, contributes $1M to the project in memory of former Dean Frederick C. Elliott, DDS. The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation gives $500K for the Mobile Dental Van’s work in East Texas.

The Cullen Foundation gives $1.5M toward clinical areas in the new building.

Scholarship gifts from friends and alumni of the school create five new endowed funds in support of DDS students. Out-going UTHealth President Willerson confirms plan to ask UT Regents for additional funding.

Dr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Wade create professorship in pediatric dentistry through their estate plan, the first such planned gift to the school.

John A. Valenza, DDS ’81, is named interim dean.


such as student travel to Garrett is a Fellow of the American College educational events, givof Dentists and the International College of continued from page 1 ing the department chair Dentists. He is a member of Omicron Kappa “a way to make everything run smoothly Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and when times are down,” Garrett said. “It will was Washington University’s Orthodontic help the chair maintain the quality you want Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus to have.” of 1984. Garrett has been on the UTSD faculty since He is a past president of the Southwestern 1968, teaching one day a week while mainSociety of Orthodontists and was honored taining a practice in with their Martin Sugar Land. He’s a E. Dewey Memorial “I’ve really, truly adopted graduate of WashAward for service to Texas, and they’ve adopted ington University the specialty. He is me, and it’s amazing to School of Dentistry also a recipient of the me, with all the wonderful, in St. Louis, Mo., successful people we’ve had American Associawhere he earned his graduate from UT School of tion of Orthodontists’ dental degree magna James E. Brophy Dentistry, that we haven’t cum laude in 1958, Award for national had anyone endow a chair followed by a master service. Garrett has before now.” –Fred Garrett, DDS, MS served 18 years on the of science degree in orthodontics in 1963. American AssociaIn between, he served three years in the U.S. tion of Orthodontists Foundation Board and Navy Dental Corps in Hawaii, where he met is their current national campaign chairman. Dianne on a blind date. They celebrated their He will receive the Eugene and Pauline Blair 50th wedding anniversary last year. Distinguished Service Award at the AAOF’s “I’ve been [at UTSD] so long, people asannual meeting in May 2012. sume I’m a graduate,” said Garrett, whose At UTSD, he has twice served as interim actual alma mater – once known as the oldest chair or program director of the Department dental school west of Mississippi – closed in of Orthodontics, and he was presented the de1991. “This endowed chair is the first ever partment’s Yellen-Schoverling Award in 1995. funded at this school, and it did not come from With the closing of Washington Univeran alumnus. I hope this will encourage some sity’s dental school, Garrett expanded his loyof the Texas alumni to step up.” alty to UT. “I’ve really, truly adopted Texas,

Chair? Professorship? What’s the Difference? Endowed funds in support of academic positions within The University of Texas System, including the School of Dentistry, are named in a way similar to academic titles, and have great flexibility. The five levels of endowed funds are:

Professorship: $100,000 to $249,999

Distinguished Professorship: $250,000 to $499,999

Chair: $500,000 to $999,999

Distinguished Chair: $1 million to $1,999,999

University Chair: $2 million and up The names reflect levels of giving and do not signify the academic title of the holder. For example, a faculty professor may hold a “chair” endowment, while a department chair may hold a “professorship” endowment. Academic endowments enhance a school’s ability to recruit and retain top faculty. To learn more about this type of gift, contact UTSD’s Executive Director of Development John Greer, 713-5004380, or visit

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American Association of Endodontists Foundation’s Education Fund makes its first-ever $100K gift, to match alumni donations and create UTSD’s first endowed professorship in endodontics.

June 2009 August 2009 UT System Regents approve revised building project: A $155M facility with six stories, 300,000 square feet, to be built in one phase.

UTSD celebrates beginning of construction with a gala evening, VIP reception and “Stake-Out” event. Keynote speaker W.R. “Bill” Birdwell, DDS ’73 receives standing ovation.

December, 2009 Spring 2010 UTHealth commits to building 14,000 square foot conference center adjacent to new dental school.

Endowed fund in ethics created by Dr. W. Kenneth Horwitz ’61– a first in the school’s history.

Greater Houston Dental Society’s $100K gift names the new building’s key conference room.

Denton A. Cooley, MD, makes the largest single gift in the history of the School of Dentistry, naming the new conference center and creating a distinguished professorship in biomaterials, both honoring his father, UTSD alumnus Ralph C. Cooley, DDS 1908.

April 2010 May 2010

July 2010 September 2010

May 2011 June 2011

With “Molar Bear” as mascot, the “Making Room” effort draws contributions from UTSD employees

Dr. Schwartz steps down as Open to Health chair after helping secure $11M. Dr. Birdwell accepts the post for the remainder of the campaign.

School drops “Dental Branch” and returns to former name: “UT School of Dentistry.” Valenza named dean; first alumnus to serve.

Delta Dental’s $350K gift establishes assessment and research clinic in new building.

July 2011 July 2011 Dental Derby competition among alumni brings in more than $200K.

Two separate gift commitments of $500K help create the Fred and Dianne Garrett Endowed Chair in Orthodontics, and a similar position for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry from an anonymous donor’s estate.

August 2011 September 2011 On its fifth anniversary, Open to Health initiative credited for nearly $17M in gifts and grants.


In Memoriam

Getting Ready to Roll: UTSD’s ‘Move Team’ Starts Planning

Edward F. Roque, DDS ’68, died Nov. 2, 2011. A high school track and football star, he graduated from the University of Florida with a chemical engineering degree and took a job with Shell Development in Houston, working there nearly 12 years before deciding to enter dentistry. After graduation from UTSD, he set up practices around the Houston area and eventually retired from an office in Clear Lake/Webster. He is survived by his wife, Leslie; three children; four stepchildren; and many other relatives.

University of Texas School of Dentistry Dean John Valenza, DDS, has established a “Move Team” committee to organize and guide the move to the new building in spring 2012. Highlights from the team’s first few meetings: • UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has purchased UTSD’s current site and plans to build there. • Most telephones in the new building will use voice over IP technology and touch screens. All School of Dentistry phone numbers will change to a “486” prefix, replacing “500” currently in use. The area code will remain “713” and the last four digits will remain the same for each user. The new phone system will dramatically increase the number of available lines, easing congestion and allowing options not currently possible.

Marshall D. Fuchs, DDS ’74, died Oct. 31, 2011 at age 64. A native of Lockhart, he built a thriving practice in family and cosmetic dentistry in Bellaire. According to an obituary in the Houston Chronicle, he was a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and participated in a program that provided presentations to businesses and schools to educate people on the customs and challenges experienced on trail rides in the days of the “Old West.” He is survived by his wife, Diana; mother, Caroline Frances Schiwitz Fuchs; three children and a grandson.

• Community partners have been asking about the old dental equipment. Most of it will be traded in to A-dec, but a few items may be made available, as the budget allows. UTSD is keeping a list of requests. • The offsite clinics are staying put. The General Practice Residency (GPR) and Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) programs will remain at their current location in the UT Professional Building, 6410 Fannin, Suite 310; the Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Clinic will remain, for now, in the Houston Medical Center building at 6655 Travis St., Suite 460, and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic will remain in Smith Tower, 6550 Fannin, Suite 2237.

Homero “Homer” Perez Jr., DDS ’99 of Georgetown died Oct. 9, 2011 at the age of 41. He was co-owner of Smile Center Dental and enjoyed outdoor activities such as snow skiing, golf and scuba diving — a passion that led him to become a certified master diver. Surviving relatives include his parents, Homer and Agnes Perez and his sister. Daingerfield resident Wesley L. “Buddy” Ballard, DDS ’58, died at home Sept. 9, 2011. He was 77. While a student at UT School of Dentistry, he was involved in student affairs and was active in the Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity. After honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Dental Corps, Ballard moved to Daingerfield in 1961 and began a 35-year practice, retiring in 1996. He was the first doctor in Daingerfield to have a non-segregated waiting room for his patients. He is survived by his wife, Laura Sue Ballard of Daingerfield, three children and two grandchildren. continued on page 7



• The new dental school will have a WiFi-equipped, landscaped courtyard out back graced by afternoon shade from the building next door, UT’s Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (BBSB).Furniture in the new building will be installed in January. All surplus items from the old building will be sent to UTHealth’s Operations Center Building (OCB) for auction. • Metro bus 87 serves that area, and other buses may be added. School of Dentistry students and employees can catch the UT Shuttle in the circle drive of the BBSB. UTHealth will operate the surface parking lot across from the new building. A parkUT ing paystation and ATM will be in the first-floor lobby. SD


These donors gave $1,000 or more to The University of Texas School of Dentistry between July 1, 2011 and Oct. 31, 2011. All gifts are counted as part of the Open to Health initiative. For more information on ways to support growth at the school, contact John Greer, executive director of development, at 713-500-4380, John.T.Greer@uth. or visit

Song Ahn, DDS

Anthony C. Garza, DDS

Dwight D. Peccora, DDS

Michael J. Anton, DDS

Mr. and Mrs. John T. Greer

Jackson L. Porter II, DDS

Randall B. Bailey, DDS

Dr. Peter and Mrs. Grace Holland

Charles M. Repa, DDS

James R. Ballinger, DDS

Charles R. Hoopingarner, DDS

Edward F. Rod, Jr., DDS

J. Philip Davis, Jr., DDS

Howell Family Foundation

K. Robert Seaberg, DDS

DDS Associates

Michael R. Loudon, DDS

Curtis S. Seelbach, DDS

Delta Dental of California

Ninth District Dental Society

Andrew H. Smith, Jr., DDS

Joseph J. Dusek, DDS

Albert A. Norris, Jr., DDS

John D. Smith, Jr., DDS

Fannin Dental Associates, Karen A. Walters, DDS

Kathy L. O’Keefe-Herrin, DDS, MS

Stryker Craniomaxillofacial

James P. Ferguson, Jr., DDS

James W. Orr, DDS

UTSD Class of 2010

Jacqueline S. Park DDS

John A. Valenza, DDS

Ian S. Pearce, DDS

T. Bradford Willis, DDS, MSD

Gary N. Frey, DDS Fred A. Garrett, DDS, MS

Ways to Give Making a gift to The University of Texas School of Dentistry can be accomplished any number of ways — all designed with the donor’s comfort and security in mind while providing lasting impact for the school. As with any sizeable gift transaction, we encourage donors to consult with their financial advisors in advance. Gifts or Pledges of Cash: A gift of cash is the simplest and fastest way to help the school and can be applied to any of the initiative goals: building capital, research, faculty endowment, student scholarships or community outreach. Pledges of cash gifts may be made over a period of up to five years. Pledges to endowed funds have specific requirements, which can be explained in a conversation with the Office of Development. Gifts of Securities, Real Estate, and Other Property: Gifts of negotiable property, such as real estate, stocks, bonds, oil and gas royalties and mineral rights, are all acceptable and sometimes of great tax advantage to the donor. In most cases, the university will immediately convert such gifts to cash, with the full amount of proceeds then applied to your intended purpose.

Bequests and Planned Gifts: Many donors find a greater ability to give through planned gifts, such as a bequest in an estate, or by creating a trust that provides income throughout the donor’s life, with the principal going to the School of Dentistry, or vice versa. Planned gifts can also reduce tax burdens on estates and individuals. The UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has planned-giving advisors who work with the School of Dentistry to create the appropriate vehicle for practically any purpose. Gifts ‘in Honor of’ or ‘in Memory of:’ A gift may be made in honor of or in memory of an individual. These gifts allow donors to express appreciation for mentors, colleagues or loved ones. The School of Dentistry’s Development Office can help with acknowledgements and appropriate recognition of such gifts. Contact Executive Director of Development John Greer at 713-5004380 or John.T.Greer@ for more information, or visit UT SD John Greer

In Memoriam continued from page 6 William “Bill” Worrell, DDS ‘44 of Brenham, died Aug. 22, 2011 at age 91. He attended North Texas State University on a football scholarship. After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, he set up a dental practice but got called back into active duty for the Korean Conflict. He was instrumental in introducing the use of mouthpieces in Houston sports and served as team dentist for the Rice Owls from 1954 to 1964, the University of Houston Cougars for 20 years, the Houston Oilers in the 1960s and the Houston Rockets for 25 years. Worrell was a member of the National Cutting Horse Hall of Fame and Tejas Vaqueros. He is survived by his wife, Charlene (Hickman) Worrell, three children, three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Orthodontist David G. Hurr, DDS ’66, MS ’69, of Liberty (brother of John R. Hurr, DDS ’67) died Aug. 9, 2011 at age 69 after practicing 42 years in Baytown. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent many happy hours bow hunting. He loved music, enjoyed dancing and reading, and was a skilled whistler. He is survived by his four daughters, three grandchildren and a sister. Jackson, Tenn. periodontist Frederick Birmingham, DDS ‘62, died July 28, 2011 at age 79. He served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel. He returned to Jackson and practiced periodontics from 1980 to 1998. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Mooney Birmingham, four children and seven grandchildren. Michael P. Huckman, DDS ’68, of Beeville died July 2, 2011, having practiced dentistry from August 1968 until the day before his death. For more than 20 years, he was the supervising dentist in the Department of Dental Hygiene at Coastal Bend College. He is survived by his wife, Jerry, three children and six grandchildren. James Henry Addison, DDS, of Dallas died Feb. 15, 2011. He was a 1974 graduate of UTSD.



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a difference. Please join me in being a part of something so much bigger than ourselves.” continued from page 4 Houston general dentist and Open to Health Vice Chair Jerry Long agreed. “From the moment dentistry said ‘yes’ to me through my acceptance letter to The University of Texas Dental Branch, I’ve had a love affair with the profession,” he said. “And what better way to give back, than to make a contribution to the institution where it all began? Our future colleagues deserve the same opportunities we’ve enjoyed for the past With former UTHealth President Larry R. Kaiser, MD (left) are 45 years. current Open to Health leaders S. Jerry Long, DDS ’66, vice “I chose dentistry chair; W.R. “Bill” Birdwell, DDS ’73, chair; and Dean John A. as a career because Valenza, DDS ’81. Photo by John Everett. of the legacy of the profession. A meaningful contribution to the Open to Health campaign will help ensure an even greater tomorrow for our school and its future graduates.” For more information about Open to Health or other ways to be a part of UTSD history, visit or contact John Greer, execuUT tive director of development, at 713-500-4380, SD


and they’ve adopted me,” he said, continued from page 1 “and it’s amazing to me, with all the wonderful, successful people we’ve had graduate from UT School of Dentistry, that we haven’t had anyone endow a chair before now.” He and Dianne hope their historymaking gift will inspire others to consider supporting education by supporting The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. “Education is at the heart of every profession,” he said, “so I dedicate this endowment to my parents and all the other educators who, through their personal sacrifices, provided me with an education and the guidance to become a UT successful orthodontist.” SD Keep in touch

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