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Dean Stohler Honored by Pierre Fauchard Academy

Written by Adam Zewe

The Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA) presented Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, with the annual Distinguished Service Award during the American Dental Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on Oct. 10. The award recognizes his dedication to advancing the field of dentistry and dental education.

The academy, an international dental honor society, commends Dean Stohler for his efforts to bring the PFA International Hall-of-Fame to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD). The Hall-of-Fame of Dentistry honors 20 historical leaders in the field, including Pierre Fauchard, a Frenchman who originated modern dentistry, as well as UMSOD founders Dr. Horace Hayden and Dr. Chapin Harris. "Because of the Dean's blessing, we have our Hall-of-Fame right outside his office. It gives students an opportunity to see the greats of dentistry and be inspired by their achievements," remarks PFA President Dr. Joseph Harris.

Dean Stohler collaborated with the PFA to create a permanent home for the Hall-of-Fame. The wall display, which was unveiled on June 2, includes a commemoration of Dr. Joseph Cappuccio, a deceased dental school faculty member and PFA trustee who spearheaded the Hall-of-Fame creation. "Although I received the award, it really honors Dr. Cappuccio. He had the vision of bringing the Hall-of-Fame to the school. On his death bed, he made sure I would never forget to make his wish happen," states Dean Stohler.

Now that the Hall-of-Fame has a permanent home, the academy plans to induct new members more frequently, Dr. Harris says. A PFA committee has chosen the next inductee, who will be announced later this year. "We have a lot of pride in our Hall-of-Fame. It signifies the greats in dentistry, but Dean Stohler and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry are planting the seeds of greatness in their students," he concludes.

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