UMKC held its annual Alumni Awards Celebration luncheon at Swinney Gymnasium on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The School of Dentistry hosted a reception to honor its alumni award recipients (listed below) at the School on Thursday, April 18, from 4:30–6:00 p.m..
Russell Tabata (D.D.S. ’67)
Bill French Alumni Service Award
Dr. Tabata, as the leader of the UMKC School of Dentistry’s Hawaiian alumni group, dedicates hours to recruiting, interviewing and recommending prospective Hawaiian dental students to his alma mater. He stays in touch while they are in school at UMKC and helps them when they return to Hawaii to practice. The Hawaiian alumni connection and dedication to UMKC dates back to World War II, when the University of Kansas City Dental School was one of few schools that would accept students of Japanese ancestry.
Dr. Lynn Jackson Brown (B.S. ’66, D.D.S. ’69)
Dental Alumni Achievement Award
A dentist, economist, epidemiologist, researcher, consultant, author and editor, Dr. L. Jackson Brown is a true Renaissance man. Brown began what would be two decades of government service in health care research. In 1991, he was named director of the Division of Epidemiology and Oral Disease Prevention at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Ann Brunick (M.S.D.H. ’86)
Dental Hygiene Achievement Award
Ann Brunick is recognized and respected among her peers for her national reputation as an educator, scholar and leader. As the author of several articles and book chapters and co-author of the central textbook, Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation, now in its third edition (fourth edition is in progress), Brunick is known for her perceptive and learned approach to understanding the needs of patients and colleagues alike. She is chair and professor of the Dental Hygiene Department at the University of South Dakota.