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UMSOD Bids Farewell to Two Long-time Faculty Members

Written by Adam Zewe

The UMSOD family said farewell to two long-time faculty members on May 14, Dr. John Richard Bradbury and Dr. Morton Wood, both of whom will retire after the end of the academic year. Faculty, staff and students offered best wishes to Dr. Bradbury and Dr. Wood during an ice cream social in their honor.

Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, and Ashraf Fouad, DDS, MS, chairman of the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, both congratulated Drs. Bradbury and Wood during the event. "Rick Bradbury and Mort Wood are the pillars of their department. They have made a huge impact on our students," remarks Dean Stohler.

Dr. Bradbury and Dr. Wood expressed sadness at the prospect of leaving so many wonderful colleagues, friends and students. They reflected on their long and rewarding careers at UMSOD. "Mort and I have taught everyone except Hayden and Harris," Dr. Bradbury joked. However, they both agreed that retirement will hold many new adventures. Dozens of faculty, staff and students lined up to convey their gratitude to the two seasoned professors.

"When I was in school here, they were both wonderful instructors. I came back to teach, and they quickly became my friends. This place won't be the same without them," states Dr. Andrea Morgan, director of student advocacy and cultural affairs.

"They were both two of my favorite teachers. As a student, I learned an awful lot from them. They're great representatives of this school and we are really going to miss them," remarks Dr. Doug Barnes, director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Bradbury joined the faculty in 1974. He held numerous positions throughout his tenure at UMSOD, including director of preclinical dental anatomy and occlusion and director of fixed partial prosthodontics. Currently, he serves as director of operative dentistry. Dr. Bradbury, who continues to practice general dentistry, also mentors junior faculty in course development and administration.

Dr. Wood, a UMSOD alumnus who graduated in 1969, returned to teach in 1975. He began his career as instructor of the dental anatomy and occlusion courses and rose to the position of chairman of the Department of Restorative Dentistry, a post he held from 1997 through 2005. He currently serves as associate professor of operative dentistry. Dr. Wood, who has remained in faculty practice throughout his tenure, has performed extensive research on materials and resins and was instrumental in the development of the Maryland Bridge.

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