Former ADA president, California dental school dean dies

Arthur Dugoni, DDS, the first and only person in the country to have a dental school named after them while holding the position of dean, died Sept. 23 in his Palo Alto, Calif., home at age 95, according to ADA News.

Dr. Dugoni served as the dean of Stockton, Calif.-based University of the Pacific's school of dentistry from 1978 to 2006. In 2004, the dental school was named the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

In addition to his deanship, Dr. Dugoni served as the American Dental Association's president from 1988-89 and received the organization's Distinguished Service Award. He was also the president of the California Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association and the American Board of Orthodontics.

"Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni understood the importance of collaboration and organized dentistry to improve the health of our communities and the future of our great profession," Nader Nadershahi, DDS, the dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, told ADA News. "He inspired so many through his dedication, passion and personal example of leadership. His service left each organization better than when he left them. His impact on the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry will ripple through generations with so many of our graduates touched by the commitment to excellence and the humanistic educational model."

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