Dr. Denton A. Cooley, a world-famous heart surgeon and founder and President Emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, made a large gift to the University of Texas at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry in memory of his father, the late Dr. Ralph C. Cooley. Dr. Cooley was a 1908 alumnus of the school.
Numerous media outlets covered the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Oral Health Access to Services report, Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, on July 13, 2011. Among them were the Los Angeles Times and Fox Broadcasting stations like KVVU Las Vegas and WTVT Tampa Bay.
Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz, Director of Eastman Institute for Oral Health, was presented with the Foundations of Excellence in Research Award from the New York State Dental Foundation. The award is in recognition of Dr. Meyerowitz’s commitment to applying creative, science-based methods to foster greater understanding of and to improve overall oral health.
Dr. William H. Crawford, Jr., former Dean of University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, died on June 18, 2011. Dr. Crawford was named Dean in 1977 and served in that position until 1990. During his 13 years of leadership, the school underwent several changes, including renovations to the Norris Dental Science Center, the creation of the Special Patients Clinic and the Sterilizer Monitoring Service, and the opening of the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology on the Health Sciences campus.
The Journal of Dental Education, August 2011