The University of Texas School of Dentistry at
Houston (UTSD) has awarded honorary alumnus status to
Clinical Professor Fred Garrett, D.D.S., M.S., in recognition of his 50 years
of service to the school—a part of UT Health Science Center at Houston
orthodontist, Dr. Garrett began teaching in the Graduate Orthodontic Program in
1968 and saw his 50th class of orthodontic residents graduate Aug.
10, 2019 in a special ceremony in the Texas Medical Center. Members of that
class include Mason Borth, D.D.S., M.S.D.; Alexander Edelmann, D.D.S., M.S.D.;
Nathan Larson, D.M.D., M.S.D.; Marian McCarty, D.D.S., M.S.D.; Alissa Morris,
D.M.D., M.S.D.; Hailee Rask D.M.D., M.S.; and Sonny Wong D.D.S., M.S.D.
School of Dentistry
Dean John Valenza, D.D.S., used the occasion to recognize the unsuspecting
“Dr. Garrett’s alma
mater, Washington University School of Dentistry, closed in 1991,” Dr. Valenza
says. “Since then, he’s found himself to be an alum without a school, even
though he has always had UTSD Houston as a place to call home. So on behalf of
the residents, students, faculty, and staff, Fred, I would like to officially
welcome you as an alumnus of UTSD.”
It was the first
honorary degree the school has ever bestowed on a dental professional, Dr. Valenza
says, but the extraordinary honor recognizes decades of devotion. Dr. Garrett
has served on the UTHealth Development Board and UTSD’s Advisory Board, and he
twice led the Department of Orthodontics as Interim Chair and Program Director.
With a gift of $500,000 in 2011, he and his wife Dianne created the first
endowed chair in UTSD’s history.
Dr. Garrett thanked Dr.
Valenza and UTHealth President Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., for the unexpected
recognition. “It has been a real honor and pleasure to teach on the orthodontic
faculty for the past 50 years, and for Dianne and I to have been able to endow
the school’s first chair,” he says. “I really do consider UTSD as my dental
Jeryl English, D.D.S.,
M.S., Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthodontics, said Dr. Garrett
has been an outstanding clinician and teacher in the orthodontic program for
half a century.
“Clinical practice and
teaching have been the focal points of his career, both of which he continues
to pursue,” Dr. English says. “When you meet people like Dr. Garrett, who are
dedicated to improving the orthodontic specialty, it improves everyone.”
Over the years, Dr. Garrett’s
colleagues have honored him with the Dale B. Wade Award of Excellence in
Orthodontics from The American Board of Orthodontics in 2008, the Eugene and
Pauline Blair Distinguished Service Award from the AAO Foundation in 2012 and
the James E. Brophy AAO Distinguished Service Award in 2002.
Earlier this year, Dr. Garrett
was a special honoree and history maker at UTHealth Houston’s annual STAR
Awards Luncheon, where faculty and staff are recognized for leadership and
length of service to the university.
Courtesy of Rhonda Whitmeyer,
Communications Manager, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
Published on Oct. 9, 2019