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Patricia Mulford to Receive Linda DeVore Award

Written by Paul Drehoff

Patricia R. Mulford, RDH '74, MS, has been selected to receive the Linda DeVore Dental Hygiene Alumnus Award. The University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) Linda DeVore Dental Hygiene Alumnus Award is presented to a dental hygiene graduate who represents the integrity, intellectual curiosity, community-mindedness and leadership epitomized by Ms. DeVore. Nominees are judged based on their education and training, record of exceptional work experience, activism within the profession and impact on the future of dental hygiene.

Ms. Mulford earned her dental hygiene degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1974 as a member of the program's third graduating class. She began teaching in the dental hygiene program in 1975 and soon became a course coordinator. She worked with Linda DeVore as a fellow faculty member throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. She received a master of science degree in adult and continuing education from Johns Hopkins University in 1980. During her seven years of teaching, Ms. Mulford was very active in the Maryland Dental Hygienists' Association, serving as chairman of the legislative and continuing education committees, and ultimately as MDHA President.

"I am very pleased Pat is receiving this honor; she embodies all of the qualities a recipient of the Linda DeVore Award should possess," said Betty Howard, RDH '83, UMSOD Alumni Board member.

After relocating to the Eastern Shore in 1982, Ms. Mulford worked in a number of private practices from Easton to Ocean City. In 2006, she returned to her role as educator as a part-time faculty member in the University's dental hygiene Eastern Shore distance learning program. She has published articles on oral health education and is an active health care advocate locally and globally, organizing health fairs and leading missions to places as far away as Vietnam and the Dominican Republic.

"I am honored to be chosen to receive this award," says Ms. Mulford. "I always admired Linda for her ability to mentor students and for her teaching ability. Linda had very strong clinical skills. She had a keen sense of listening, synthesizing the situation and bringing solid recommendations to the table. The award is truly a career highlight."

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