March 2, 2010 |
Joseph W. Foote, 61, of Ardmore, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, died Friday of lymphoma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In a recent tribute to Dr. Foote, a colleague, Peter Quinn, wrote: "During his 30-year career, hundreds of dentists and physicians referred complex patients to him. He was nationally recognized for his particular expertise in microsurgical repair of maxillofacial nerve injuries and was clearly the 'doctor...
June 25, 2012 |
Phoebe Starfield Leboy, 75, of Narberth, a groundbreaking academic activist who retired in 2005 as a professor at the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, died of Lou Gehrig's disease on Saturday, June 16, at her home. She was chair of Penn's Faculty Senate in 1981-82 and chair of the biochemistry department at the dental school from 1992 to 1995. In retirement, she was the national president in 2008-09 of the Association for Women in Science. Three of her Penn faculty colleagues, Sherri Adams, Susan Margulies, and Susan Volk issued an appreciation upon her death, which recalled her arrival on the faculty in 1967.
January 8, 1995 |
Dental pioneer Samuel R. Rossman, 85, an endodontist and a devoted family man and enthusiastic traveler, died yesterday at his home in Wyncote. Dr. Rossman, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Temple University's School of Dental Medicine in 1933 and set up practice in South Philadelphia. He was attached to the British Eighth Army between 1942 and 1944 during World War II. He was a captain, and cared for the teeth of 1,200 soldiers with captured German equipment and an airplane pilot's seat for a dental chair.
January 20, 1989 |
Raymond Fonseca, 40, a University of Michigan professor and an expert on oral surgery, has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine. Fonseca, who will assume the post July 1, will be the first black dean of the school. He replaces Malcolm Lynch, who has served as acting dean since November 1987. The dental school, which has a $24.4 million annual budget, enrolls 371 students and has 58 full-time faculty members. Founded in 1878, it is the nation's third-oldest dental school.
April 17, 1992 |
Ford W. Stevens, 85, a dentist and inventor of the gold acrylic tooth crown, died Monday at St. Mary Hospital in Langhorne. Dr. Stevens had a general dental practice in Center City for 50 years, until his retirement in 1982. He invented the gold acrylic crown in 1946, after having experimented with acrylic plastic while in the Army during World War II. He was a major in the U.S. Army dental corps. He returned to Philadelphia after the war and in 1959 founded the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry.
July 8, 2004 |
When Center City periodontist Leonard Abrams, 73, was not biking miles and miles with a group of his beloved friends who called themselves the AKs, after a Yiddish term for old-timers, he was scuba diving, skiing, or teaching and practicing dentistry. Hours after cycling 35 miles, Dr. Abrams died Tuesday of heart failure at Temple University Hospital. Philanthropist Stanley Tuttleman, after whom the IMAX theater at the Franklin Institute is named, said: "Leonard created a new life for me at 69 when he introduced me to biking in 1989.
April 25, 1990 |
Dr. Bruce Kyle DeMartino, a dentist who broke new ground in the field of dental anesthesiology, died April 18. He was 50 and lived in South Philadelphia. From 1975 until his health began to fail about three years ago, DeMartino's practice, Anesthesia Associates Ltd., was located in the Medical Arts Tower at 16th and Walnut streets. He came to Philadelphia after graduating from Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta. He began his career as an instructor on fixed partial prosthetics at Temple University, where he returned years later as a lecturer.
August 8, 1999 |
Benedict Kimmelman, 84, a dentist for 62 years who made house calls to his homebound patients, died of heart failure Thursday at his home in Melrose Park. Dr. Kimmelman was characterized by his family as a socially responsible person, whether it was treating patients at home or comforting fallen comrades in war. For the last 25 years of practice, which lasted until illness sidelined him in January, he packed his special kit and headed for homes of patients unable to visit his Center City office.
February 19, 1996 |
Dr. Bertha Eastwood Ashworth, 91, of the Pennswood Village retirement community in Middletown Township, a retired orthodontist, died Wednesday at the community's health-care center. Dr. Ashworth was born in Weldon, now known as Glenside, and graduated from Abington High School in 1922. She then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, the University of Michigan Dental School, and the Dewey School of Orthodontics at Columbia University. Before her 1980 retirement, she maintained a private practice for many years in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
September 1, 1987 |
In 1977, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that professional corporations could advertise, Dr. Bertram Lurie spotted the opportunity that led him to his post as director of a $5-million-a-year, low-cost, dental brace chain, The Orthodontist. "I was a dentist with a small private practice in Hatboro and Northeast Philadelphia, when the court opened the door to marketing," Lurie recalls. The lowering of the advertising barrier, plus changes in dental techniques and the technology for straightening teeth made it practical for orthodontists to have bigger practices, Lurie realized.