The IU School of Dentistry’s 69th annual Fall Dental Alumni Conference honored six leaders in dentistry and drew hundreds of dental graduates back to their alma mater for a fun-filled weekend that highlighted a new dental school laboratory named in honor of the Indiana Dental Association.
The conference, held Sept. 16-17 on the IUPUI campus, showcased the Indiana Preclinical Laboratory, a suite of laboratories occupying the dental school’s recently renovated lower level.
The IDA lab salutes Indiana’s dental practitioners, whose steadfast support of the project helped make the renovations possible.
In front of an audience that included hundreds of the school’s graduates, Dr. John Williams Jr., dean of the IU School of Dentistry, led a lab dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday evening that included representatives of the IDA, IU dental school, and the school’s alumni board.
Dean Williams recognized the IDA for making the lead gift to the preclinical lab project and for the ongoing generosity of its membership to uplift and support dental education in the Hoosier state.
The dental laboratory now stands among the nation’s finest – it is equipped with world-class instrumentation and technology to give IU’s students of dentistry the most comprehensive and contemporary preclinical education possible.
The IDA Preclinical Laboratory serves as one of the first tangible outcomes of a three-year strategic plan launched by the dental school in March 2010. Included among the plan’s top priorities is the creation of new facilities for dental education, patient care, and research.
More details about the lab are in this recent news release.
Assisting Dean Williams in the ribbon-cutting were Deans Emeriti Dr. H. William Gilmore, Zionsville, Ind., and Dr. Lawrence Goldblatt, Indianapolis; IUSD Alumni Association President Dr. Kenneth Hyde, Valparaiso, Ind.; and IDA representatives Dr. Terry Schechner, president, Valparaiso; Mr. Douglas Bush, executive director, Greenwood, Ind.; and Dr. James Shupe, Fort Wayne, Ind.
The fall conference also turned the spotlight on six individuals who were honored by the IUSD Alumni Association for their outstanding contributions to dentistry.
During a banquet Friday night IUSD Alumni Association President Dr. Kenneth Hyde acknowledged incoming association president Dr. Michael Luarde, Fort Wayne, who presented the 2011 awards to the following individuals:
Martin R. Szakaly, DDS’78
South Bend, Ind.
Dr. Skakaly’s recent presidency of the Indiana Dental Association was the latest step in a career that has always included organized dentistry as a top priority. On his journey to the presidency of the state organization, this South Bend practitioner faithfully served his local component, the North Central Dental Society; he held each of the society’s officer positions.
He has also served as an IDA trustee and represented the IDA as a delegate to the American Dental Association.
As incoming IDA president last year, Dr. Szakaly embraced effective communications as his most important goal. He appointed an ad hoc committee to study ways in which the IDA could enhance communications on every level for a membership that is composed of both new and long-established dentists having diverse needs. The results are a comprehensive new IDA website designed to appeal to Indiana’s busy dental practitioners as well as members of the public.
Dr. Carl Richard Altenhof
Working primarily with a group of northwest Indiana dentists as a young graduate of Loyola University’s dental school, Dr. Altenhof was involved in the pioneering phase of a project that ultimately led to the formation in 1975 of the Indiana University Northwest campus’s Dental Hygiene Program. He then devoted more than a decade of service as a part-time instructor on the IUN campus.
This Portage, Ind., practitioner has shown a deep commitment to governmental affairs. He has served since 1982 as a member of the Indiana Dental Association Governmental Affairs Committee, a group he formerly chaired.
He and two associates proposed legislation on behalf of the IDA that would require advertisers in the state to identify individuals and organizations that paid for and received benefits from the advertisement. The bill was signed into law, and the legislation served as a model for the formation of legislation in several other states.
B. Charles Kerkhove, DDS’62, M’65
Distinguished Alumnus in Pediatric Dentistry
A diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Kerkhove has pursued all avenues of dentistry – education, private practice, community outreach, and organized dentistry.
After serving briefly on the full-time IU faculty, he complemented his Greenwood practice with a part-time teaching position for another 25 years. He has also touched the lives of IUSD students through the American College of Dentists’ Maynard Hine Scholarship Lecture, co-sponsorship of the White Coat Ceremony, and a seminar series that helped to integrate ethics into the dental curriculum.
A fellow of the American College of Dentists, Dr. Kerkhove was named the 84th national president of this prestigious organization in 2004 – an extraordinary honor bestowed on only two other IU graduates.
Dr. Kerkhove helped establish the Wheeler Mission Ministries dental clinic for homeless persons in Indianapolis, and he has traveled with medical-dental teams to El Salvador, Peru, and Uzbekistan.
Dr. Lawrence I. Goldblatt, MSD’73
and Judy S. Goldblatt
Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Lawrence Goldblatt was honored and his wife, Judy Goldblatt, memorialized with a special award highlighting the couple’s long and distinguished record of service to the school.
From 1997 to 2010, the Goldblatts – Larry as IU’s dean of dentistry and Judy as IUSD’s first lady – represented the school with a deep sense of pride in and dedication to their mission.
IUSD lost one of its most ardent spokespersons with the passing of Judy Goldblatt earlier this year. She loved engaging people in conversations about the school’s good works, and she thrived on representing IUSD side by side with her husband.
Judy also devoted a substantial amount of time to assisting her fellow citizens. She worked tirelessly, for example, to register underserved voters in Indianapolis’s impoverished neighborhoods.
As dean, Dr. Goldblatt galvanized a community service-learning program that has helped thousands of Hoosiers as well as persons on three continents and has drawn high praise from the university and campus.
IUSD welcomed him back as a full-time professor in 2011, after he completed a sabbatical that he used in part to pursue his work in Kenya through the IU-Moi University collaboration.
Douglas M. Bush
Certificate of Appreciation
Douglas Bush was recognized for his far-reaching interest in the welfare of Indiana’s future dentists.
“Doug has done an extraordinary job since he joined the IDA in 1996, shortly before I returned to IUSD as dean,” says Dr. Larry Goldblatt. “During the years that I worked with Doug in our respective leadership roles, he represented organized dentistry in Indiana and nationally in an exemplary fashion, not only in what we traditionally think of as practice issues but also in facilitating the understanding and synergy between the practicing profession and dental education. Under his leadership and our partnership, great strides were made in the practicing profession’s understanding of the subtleties and long-term impact of dental education and, in turn, dental education’s understanding of the impact academic decisions make – not only on the future professional lives of our students but also on their future patients.”
Mr. Bush is a past president of the American Society of Constituent Dental Executives and a founding director of the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance.
September 21, 2011