March 20, 1988 |
It was a Friday, dentist Richard DeForno recalled, when the police walked into his office carrying a large plastic container. Inside, sloshing around in a couple of quarts of formaldehyde, was a human skull. They stuck it in DeForno's refrigerator. Later, after the staff had left for the day, DeForno began an examination of the skull, which would give Caln Township police clues in identifying a decomposed body found off Route 282. His goal was to provide a complete dental portrait of the skull, including a bite impression, which can be as identifying as a fingerprint.
February 14, 2002 |
Samuel S. Platt Jr., 80, a retired Haddonfield dentist and World War II veteran who was awarded the Silver Star for treating the wounded in a German town under heavy artillery fire, died of complications from pneumonia Tuesday at his home at the Evergreens retirement community in Moorestown. Dr. Platt earned military decorations, including one of the Army's highest honors, as a young second lieutenant in charge of a medical corps serving throughout Europe during the war. On Feb. 18, 1945, Dr. Platt led his unit into Schankweiler, Germany, and helped treat and evacuate the wounded while under fire.
December 5, 1990 |
For a self-described "one-chair dentist" who referred all but routine cases to specialists, David S. Link managed to earn himself a measure of celebrity. Active in several service projects in the Main Line communities along City Avenue, Link over three decades parlayed his small Wynnefield practice into a call-in dental-health radio program as well as posts as the official dentist for St. Joseph's University and the Philadelphia 76ers. He counted among his friends doctors, broadcasters and Julius Erving, the 76ers retired star forward.
November 23, 1990 |
Dr. Dallas C. Hess, a Jenkintown dentist whose plain, simple, unapologetic approach to life drew patients and pals to him, died Wednesday. He was 64 and lived in Meadowbrook, Montgomery County. It followed that Dallas Hess would become a dentist. His father, Lawrence Hess, was a prominent member of the dental profession, a professor at Temple University's Dental School and active in the dental societies. When he started out in the profession, it used to get his goat once in a while when one of the older heads would refer to him as "Larry's kid. " He certainly wasn't anyone but his own man to people who knew Dallas Hess.
September 7, 1989 |
Dr. Victor Dunston, a West Philadelphia dentist who played taped jazz to put his patients at ease as he placed them into his chair, died Saturday of a heart attack in Amherst, Va. He was 63 and lived in West Philadelphia. "Victor loved his practice, loved his patients," said Lonnetta Dunston, his former wife. "After a stroke in 1983, doctors told him he would have to give everything up due to the precarious state of his health. " But Dunston refused to call it quits. Working along with his doctors and therapists, he managed to recover most of his motor skills, although he still had problems with his speech.
July 11, 2015 |
Walter Gaskill, 92, of Jenkintown, a decorated World War II veteran and a longtime dentist in Northeast Philadelphia, died Monday, July 6, of complications from a stroke at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gaskill practiced dentistry for a half-century, initially from the basement of his home on Large Street and later from offices at 7958 Bustleton Ave. and in Cheltenham. "He was the dentist of 50 years who bartered his expertise many times for baked goods when his patients couldn't pay their bill.
September 3, 1987 |
Heeeere's Johnny, up to his tort in a $5 million lawsuit by a Long Island dentist who doesn't think the dentist jokes told by the talk show king are funny. Johnny Carson hit a nerve, dentist Michael Mendelson of Melville, N.Y., said in court papers filed yesterday, when he told viewers of his April 18, 1986, show: "Imagine dentists going out of business. I haven't been so happy about a group disbanding since the Gestapo. " Mendelson fired off a letter to Carson demanding a "smirk-free public apology.
August 3, 2012 |
Kenneth C. Fordham Sr., 83, a Radnor dentist from 1954 to 2004, died of complications from dementia on Tuesday, July 17, at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. He had moved from Strafford to Florida in 2006. Born in Regensburg, Germany, Dr. Fordham graduated from Vineland (N.J.) High School in 1946, earned a bachelor's in biology at Ursinus College in 1949, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1953. He served in the Army Dental Corps in West Germany in 1953-54.
April 17, 2015 |
A Berwyn dentist has been arrested and charged with illegally prescribing narcotics to his wife, other staff members, and a juvenile, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Chad Gretzula, 44, and his wife, Rebecca, 32, of Yellow Springs Road in Malvern, were arrested Tuesday for the distribution of narcotics at the dental office where they worked. He is charged with 174 counts of possessing a controlled substance, theft, reckless endangerment, and related charges.
August 26, 2010
A Delaware County dentist has been indicted in the alleged filing of inaccurate tax returns, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Richard P. Kaufman, 60, of Glen Mills, has been charged with obstructing administration of Internal Revenue laws, making false claims, and failing to file tax returns. According to the indictment, Kaufman has not filed a legitimate tax return since 1992. It says he attempted to hide income from the IRS by changing bank accounts, transferring property into the name of another person, submitting false documents, and making false claims totaling $7 million in federal income withholdings for 2008.