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.
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 8, 2013 |
Melvin B. Fuerst, 88, of Center City, a New York dentist whose love of Philadelphia drew him back here in retirement, died Monday, Aug. 5, of respiratory arrest at his home. Dr. Fuerst grew up in Brooklyn, practiced dentistry in Baldwin, N.Y., for almost 40 years, and retired in 1981 to Philadelphia. He came to love the city while studying at the University of Pennsylvania, both as an undergraduate and a dental student, in the mid-1940s. He knew all the Penn fight songs because he served as manager of the football team.
February 3, 2011
Cletus M. Bonds III, 61, of Lionville, a dentist, died of a heart attack Sunday, Jan. 31, at Chester County Hospital. Dr. Bonds grew up in Alabama and Kentucky, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky. He earned a dental degree from the University of Louisville, where he met his future wife, Ellen Ginter, who was an undergraduate. After serving in the Navy in California, Dr. Bonds established a dental practice in Lionville in 1980. Besides maintaining his practice, he was chief of the clinical dental service at Brandywine Hospital for the last 27 years.
February 23, 2013 |
Anthony M. "Sonny" DiDio, 85, a dentist for generations of families in the Fox Chase section of Northeast Philadelphia, died Saturday, Jan. 26, of prostate cancer at a nursing-care facility in Montgomery County. Dr. DiDio grew up in North Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School. He completed a semester at Temple University, then enlisted in the Army. He was commissioned a second lieutenant at Fort Benning, Ga., where he was a weapons instructor. He left the service in 1948 and returned to Temple, where he studied dentistry.
October 28, 2013 |
Gerald B. Melman, 81, a Mount Holly dentist from 1959 to 1998, died of heart failure Sunday, Oct. 20, at his home there. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Melman graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1949, earned a bachelor's in mathematics and in 1955 his dental degree, both from Temple University. While working as an Air Force dentist in northeastern France, he met and married his wife, Josette. In 1957, the Melmans returned to Philadelphia, where he worked in a dental clinic before beginning his Mount Holly practice in 1959 in a rented office on Main Street.