Alumni Celebrate and Reconnect during Reunion Weekend
Written by Adam Zewe
More than 350 alumni from across the country returned to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) to reconnect with former classmates and see the high-tech dental school facility during All Alumni Reunion Weekend on June 7 through June 9.
During the opening reception on June 7, alumni gathered in the Grand Atrium to catch up and relive their dental school days. Anthony Petto, DDS '93, looked forward to seeing his classmates who returned for their 20th reunion. "As you look back at years past, you see dental school as part of your roots. To be able to come back and see what a great school it is, I think that is important," remarks Petto.
Alumni enjoyed taking pictures in an old-fashioned photo booth and laughed out loud as a wandering magician performed tricks. For Anna Goodrich, DDS '87, who came to the reunion from North Carolina, the opening reception offered a great opportunity to have fun while seeing the facility where her son, Matthew, DDS '15, studies dentistry. "This is a chance to see how other dentists are treating the profession. Plus, it's always fun to see your old classmates, especially after 30 years," Goodrich states.
The opening reception was especially momentous for Ralph Jacobson, DDS '63, who traveled from Florida to attend his 50th reunion. The facility has completely transformed since his dental school days, and the new building is extremely impressive, remarks Jacobson. "I'm proud of the education that I received here. It prepared us all really well for our dental careers," he says.
The opening reception also featured special remarks by UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, and Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent. A special ceremony recognized Pat Mulford, RDH '74, winner of the Linda DeVore Dental Hygiene Alumnus Award, and J. Thomas Soliday, DDS '63, recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. "What an amazing profession we have in dentistry. It is such a privilege to serve our patients. . .I am proud to be a dentist, especially one from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry," states Dr. Soliday.
On Saturday, a group of alumni embarked on a boat cruise through the Baltimore Inner Harbor. After the cruise, an Ice-Cream Social offered hungry alumni and their families a sweet way to cool off.
The busy weekend continued on Sunday. The Alumni Association Board of Directors met and named Guy Alexander, DDS '82, president for 2013-2014. "As alumni, the School of Dentistry has done a lot for us. It's given us our education and our start in life. What we do in practice reflects back on the institution," Dr. Alexander remarks.
The morning also featured a special Grand Classes Brunch honoring the Class of 1963 and all earlier classes. Dean Stohler thanked the members of the Grand Classes for their support of the school. He expressed pride that so many members of the Class of 1963 continue to practice dentistry and set a shining example for future dentists. "The pressures on the next generation of dentists are huge. We need you in order to save dentistry. We need you to continue to support the values that dentistry stands upon."
Click the yellow "Play" button below to see a photo slideshow from All Alumni Reunion Weekend.
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