Fall 2017

Our Tufts Dental Trailblazers

Reasons 42-57 why we love this school.

By Helene Ragovin, with additional reporting by Laura Ferguson


ALBION MANLY DUDLEY and E.G. BARTON, both D1869, were the school’s first students to earn dental degrees. Dudley, a Civil War veteran, was also a professor.


ANNIE FELTON REYNOLDS, D1890, was the first woman to graduate from the school (and with honors). At the ball following commencement, she led the march ahead of her 26 male classmates.

Jessie Gideon Garnett. Photo Courtesy of: Ella Garnett


ALFRED LEROY JOHNSON, D1904, was a pioneer in dental education who became dean of Harvard’s dental school.


JESSIE GIDEON GARNETT, D1919, was the first African-American female graduate, and Boston’s first black woman dentist. Her Roxbury office was also a rest stop for soldiers from a WWII all-black infantry unit.

Abraham Nizel. Photo Courtesy of: Carole Palmer


ABRAHAM NIZEL, A38, D40, DG52, joined the faculty in 1946 and authored three classic texts on dentistry and nutrition.


STANLEY SCHWARTZ, A44, D46, was the country’s first state-level chief forensic dental officer, serving in Massachusetts from 1976 to 1990. A longtime Tufts teacher, he rose to prominence after identifying dozens of victims of a 1973 plane crash at Logan airport.

Hilde Tillman. Photo: Anna Miller


Clinical Professor Emerita HILDE TILLMAN, D49, on the faculty for more than 50 years, is a pioneer of geriatric dentistry. She started Tufts’ program more than 30 years ago, when few were planning for the wave of aging Baby Boomers, and received a Dean’s Medal in 2016.


GERALD SHKLAR, MSD52, was a professor of oral pathology from 1961 to 1971. A leading authority on the detection of oral cancer, he is credited with original findings linking oral disease to other systemic illnesses.


GERADINE MORROW, D56, H92, rose through several professional leadership roles in Alaska. She was named the American Dental Association’s first female trustee in 1984 and appointed its first woman president in 1991.


CHESTER SOLIZ, D61, grew up in the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian community on Cape Cod and became the first Wampanoag to earn a doctorate.

Carole Palmer. Photo: Alonso Nichols


Professor of comprehensive care CAROLE PALMER, GA69, coauthor of Diet and Nutrition in Oral Health, has been honored widely, most recently by the American Society for Nutrition.


GEORGE WHITE and ANTHI TSAMTSOURIS, DG73, DG76, helped pediatric dentistry grow, bringing specialized care for children from a dozen chairs to a full-fledged clinic. White founded the first peer-reviewed journal for pediatric dentistry.

Maria Papageorge. Photo: Alonso Nichols


MARIA PAPAGEORGE, D82, DG86, MSD86, in 1998 became the country’s first female chair of a program in oral and maxillofacial surgery, a historically male-dominated field. She is also associate dean of hospital affairs.


NANCY ARBREE, MSD96, former associate dean for academic affairs and professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, became the first female president of the American Association of Prosthodontists in 2003.

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