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A Remembrance: Dr. Denis Patrick Lynch

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Denis Patrick LynchDenis Patrick Lynch, D.D.S., Ph.D. passed away in May 2019 at the age of 67. Dr. Lynch was born in Kansas City, KS. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry (UCSF SOD) with a D.D.S. in 1976, where he also completed an internship in the Division of Oral Medicine, Department of Oral Biology. He completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in 1978 and received his Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Pathology in 1986 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

In 1981, Dr. Lynch joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, eventually serving as Executive Associate Dean. In 1993, he joined the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry as Executive Associate Dean and served as both Professor of Dentistry and Professor of Medicine until 2002. He served as Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Marquette University School of Dentistry (Marquette SOD) from 2002 to 2015. He was Professor in the Department of Surgical Sciences at Marquette SOD and Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 2015 until his passing.

Dr. Lynch was an accomplished and decorated educator. He authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and was the co-author of the book, The Mouth: Diagnosis and Treatment. In 2009 Dr. Lynch was the 72nd recipient of the UCSF Dental Alumni Association Medal of Honor. He was awarded a University Doctorate, honors causa, from the Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timisoara, Romania. Dr. Lynch was inducted into the Irish 100, comprised of the 100 most influential educators with Irish heritage in the United States. He was an examiner for the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 

Dr. Lynch was an active member of Psi Omega, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the American Dental Education Association, the Chicago Dental Society, the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Dental Forum of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Odontological Academy, the American Association for Dental Research, the International Association for Dental Research and Sigma Xi. He was also an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Friends of St. Patrick.

Published on Feb. 12, 2020

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