Fall 2018

Our Tufts Dental Family Makes this School What It Is

A message from the president of the Tufts Dental Alumni Association.

This past April, I assumed the honor and privilege of being your alumni association president for the 2018-19 academic year. I would like to congratulate my predecessor, Peiman Mahdavi, D91, DG92, DG94, on a job well done. As your new president, I look forward to partnering with Dean Huw Thomas, and with my fellow board members, to continue the good work and progress of those who have come before me.
This is a very special move for me. Tufts Dental has been a very important part of my life since I matriculated in 1981, and not only because I received an excellent dental education and OMS training here. I also met my wife, Sophia, in the seventh-floor student lounge in 1982—this clearly was not a benefit mentioned in the course catalog. Our daughter, Karina, is also receiving a world-class education at the School of Dental Medicine as a fourth-year student.

Along the way, I have also met many wonderful alumni, classmates, residents, faculty, staff, and students—a warm and dedicated extended family. Sophia and I have been coming back for Tufts events for over thirty years, and we both treat this school like family.

The principles and skills I use at work every day are those that I learned at Tufts. I will always give my alma mater credit for the success I have enjoyed in life. Thanks to you, our alumni family, our alma mater enjoys a global reputation of delivering the highest-quality dental education to our students and postgraduates. Your generosity and support of the school and the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association have helped many students in need realize their dreams through scholarships, grants, and loans. It has allowed us to expand the school and equip its learning centers and patient-care facilities with cutting-edge technologies to facilitate learning and improve patient care. On behalf of the Executive Council, thank you, so very much.

We have a great brand here at Tufts Dental, and it is in the best interest of all of us to keep it strong. This year, we celebrate 150 years of dental education. We should be very proud of this accomplishment. To help assure the next 150, I hope you will continue to support our alumni association and our school, whether through your time, talent, or treasure (or all three, please).

I look forward to meeting many of you at upcoming alumni events and I will value your thoughts and suggestions to help improve our alumni association. Feel free to contact me at the email address below.

RICHARD J. CATRAMBONE, D85, DG89, D19P
President, Tufts University Dental Alumni Association
richarddmdmd@yahoo.com

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