Fall 2017

Our Local and Global Impact

Reasons 72-95 why we love this school.

By Helene Ragovin, with additional reporting by Laura Ferguson

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From down the street to overseas, Tufts dental students, faculty and alums are making a world of difference.

72. Chicago, Illinois

The American Dental Association has had one female executive director in 150 years: Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, D81, appointed in 2009. O’Loughlin has been on the Tufts Alumni Council, served two terms as a university trustee and was awarded the Dean’s Medal in 2006.


73. Dallas, Texas

Lawrence Wolinsky, D80, has been dean of Texas A&M University College of Dentistry since 2011. He was previously an associate dean at the UCLA School of Dentistry.


74. Birmingham, Alabama

Charles “Scotty” McCallum, D51, H88, was dean of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry from 1962 to 1977. In 1987, he became the third president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


75. Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

Before his retirement in 2014, Major General Gerard Caron, D78, was the highest-ranking dentist in the U.S. Air Force. He was the commander of the 79th medical wing and the assistant surgeon general for dental services.


76. Burlington, Vermont

After World War I stranded German Erna Neumann, D1918, in the U.S., she became one of the first female dentists in Vermont.


77. Portland, Maine

After serving as associate professor and associate dean for clinical affairs at Tufts, James Hanley, DA75, DG79, became the first dean of the University of New England College of Dental Medicine. He died in 2015, shortly after receiving the Dental Alumni Association’s lifetime achievement award.


78-80. Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica

Three sites for service-learning trips in 2015-16, where students provided basic treatment and screenings, and taught kids about preventive care.


81. Malden

In the late ’90s, Tufts medical students opened the Sharewood Project, a free, student- run treatment center in Chinatown, and dental students soon joined them. The clinic eventually moved to Malden, Massachusetts, where it continues today.


82. Chinatown

Dental student groups and individuals have volunteered at myriad outreach events near the school, including at Tai Tung Village and Castle Square apartments, the ABCD Chinese Church Head Start program, the Oak Street Fair and the Chinatown Wang YMCA.


83. The Fenway

Dental students trained at the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children, which opened in 1914 to provide free dental care to low-income children. Forsyth served more than 150,000 kids in its first decade. The site was also home to the program later known as the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, which prepared generations of professionals.


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84. Nearly 80%

The portion of free dental care in Massachusetts provided under the direction of the dental school by the 1920s.


85. Cambridge

Mary Crutchfield Thompson, D30, the third African-American woman to graduate from the dental school, ran a clinic serving low-income patients from her home on Windsor Street during the 1930s and ’40s.


86. Dorchester

In 1967, dental faculty and students joined their medical school counterparts in pioneering one of the nation’s first community health clinics at the Columbia Point housing complex. The Geiger Gibson Community Health Center remains in operation.


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87. Dental Central

The scope of service activities is now so broad that a separate website, tuftsdentalcentral.com, keeps the school community up to date.


88. $5.7 Million

The value of services, including cancer screenings and dental care in elementary schools, provided free to Boston residents by the dental school in 2016.


89-91. France, Italy, Spain

Tufts students participate in exchange programs with the dental schools at the University of Strasbourg, University of Milano-Bicocca and University of Catalonia.


92. Nigeria

Among the D68 class were two nuns from the Medical Missionaries of Mary, Sister M. Jean Clare Eason and Sister M. Stephen Julie Lawlor. After graduation, they provided dental services to the poor in several East African countries, South America and the U.S.


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93. The Globetrotting Noshir Mehta

As associate dean for global relations, Mehta, DG73, DI77 has helped create a network of student exchange and service learning sites, and forged relationships between Tufts and 30 dental schools worldwide. “Tufts has always relied on being an international school,” he said, recalling that he was even aware of its reputation as a dental student in India more than 45 years ago. “The more international we are in research, education, continuing education and attracting students, the better it is for us.”


94. Greece

With 144 alums, Greece is the country outside North America with the most Tufts dentists.


95. Zambia

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The very first dentist in Zambia? That would be TEMBA MUDENDA, D71, who was instrumental in developing advanced dental training in the country. Mudenda would rise through the governmental ranks to become a respected advocate for compassionate and accessible health care. “That is my strength,” he said. “The community is treated as a patient.”

Zambia has also been a frequent site of dental service trips. In 2006, PATRICIA CAMPBELL—the dental school’s first executive associate dean, now executive vice president of the university—traveled to

Photo: John Morgan and Mary Lee

Africa with a team to develop a rural health-care partnership, and took part in a dental mission in the village of Muchila. She and Professor John Morgan now own a store in Rockport, Massachusetts called Ubuntu that sells home accessories made by Zambian women, with proceeds benefiting their community.

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