Spring 2015

A Legacy of Inspired Teaching

Norman Diamond prize fund is the largest in dental school history

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Friends and family of Norman H. Diamond with David Malouf, third from right, the first recipient of the Diamond prize. Photo: J.D. Sloan

300W_Diamond headshotNorman H. Diamond, D57, DG64, A90P, put patients at ease in the exam chair and made colleagues laugh with his gentle humor. He was also a legendary teacher at the School of Dental Medicine.

“He had the gift to translate his knowledge and pass it along to those eager to learn,” says David Malouf, A04, D10, DG14, the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Norman H. Diamond, D57, DG64, A90P, Endowed Prize Fund for Excellence in Orthodontics.

An endowment fund for the prize was established after Diamond died in 2013, and more than 140 donors from the dental school community and the Diamond family have contributed to date. The prize is awarded annually to a graduating orthodontics resident who demonstrates those qualities for which Diamond was known: excellence in orthodontics and a high level of professionalism, leadership and collegiality among peers.

The prize fund, which had an initial goal of $25,000, has passed the $50,000 mark, making it the largest in the history of the dental school. It is also the school’s first prize fund for postdoctoral residents.

Malouf, who got to know Diamond during his orthodontics rotation at the dental school, wants to carry forward another part of his legacy. “I hope to one day teach,” he says. “And if I could be half the teacher Norm Diamond was, then I would be ecstatic.” —Heather Stephenson

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