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In Memoriam




























Remembering Dr. Bernard Butterworth, Former Head of Anatomy
Remembering Dr. John R. McFarland
Remembering Mark Merriweather
Remembering Dr. William Gronniger
Honoring the Passing of Dr. Felix Quiason
Remembering Dr. Glenn Soesbe
In Memoriam : Dr. Sanford Plainfield
In Memoriam — Dr. Gary J. Newman

Remembering Dr. Bernard Butterworth, Former Head of Anatomy
Dr. Bernard Butterworth, 87, of Independence, Mo., passed away Feb 11, 2010, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Dr Butterworth spent much of his long and distinguished career serving the UMKC School of Dentistry as the director of its Anatomy Department in the 1970s and 1980s. Dr. Butterworth co-authored the book Ethnodentistry & Dental Folklore with William Carter, D.D.S., Joseph Carter, Ph.D., and John Carter, D.D.S.

The family welcomes the dental school community to attend a celebration of his life and career Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m., New Walnut Park Congregation, 1137 S Pearl St., Independence, MO 64050-4553. Phone: 816-521-4072

Donations in memory of Dr. Butterworth can be made to the UMKC School of Dentistry’s general scholarship fund. Call: (816) 235-2095.

To read more about Dr. Butterworth’s life and career, visit

In the most recent edition of the Explorer, Dr. John R. Ward, Class of 1978 was MISTAKENLY listed as deceased.

We would like everyone to know that Dr. Ward is alive and well and still practicing in Hugoton, KS.

The School of Dentistry sends it’s most sincere apology for this error.

Remembering Dr. John R. McFarland

Dr. John R. McFarland, 75, died of cancer December 26 at his home in Topeka, Kan. Dr. McFarland graduated from the University of Kansas City, School of Dentistry in 1961. He began his practice in Topeka in June 1961 and in 1977 collaborated with three other dentists to form the Gage Dental Group.

To read an obituary honoring Dr. McFarland visit:

Remembering Mark Merriweather

Mark Merriweather, 62, passed away in Frisco, Texas, on December 22, 2009, after a 10-year battle with cancer. He was born April 4, 1948 in New Haven, Conn. He graduated from Smith Center High School and the University of Kansas. A 1972 graduate of the UMKC School of Dentistry, Dr. Merriweather also earned an MBA degree from the University of Dallas, Graduate School of Management. He was a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the American Academy of Implantology. In addition to his professional dental career, Dr. Merriweather was vice president of operations for Bright Now Dental, Inc., Dallas-Fort Worth market, the company's largest market segment. Dr. Merriweather was formerly senior dental director and market manager for Monarch Dental Corporation, which was acquired by Bright Now! in 2003. He collected classic cars and loved his Saluki dogs. Mark was preceded in death by his father Nyrle K. Merriweather and his stepfather, Linton C. Lull. He is survived by his wife, Patrice Wheeler; daughter, Lindsay Mack; mother, Betty Lull; and two brothers, Tim and Chris Merriweather. Private family services were held.

Remembering Dr. William Gronniger

William “Guy” Gronniger (DDS ’68) of Smithville, Mo., passed away September 18, 2009, among family and friends after a 26-month battle with brain cancer.

To read touching tributes to Dr. Gronniger’s life, visit:

Honoring the Passing of Dr. Felix Quiason

Dr. Felix Quiason, UMKC associate professor of endodontics, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2009, at Research Medical Center. Dr. Quiason joined the School of Dentistry endodontic faculty in 2001. His outgoing personality and his eternal optimism and courage in the face of daunting health challenges earned him the sincere affection and admiration of his students, colleagues and patients. His daily presence will be greatly missed, but his impact on our lives will be long remembered.

To read the obituary for Dr. Quiason, visit the Kansas City Star website:

Remembering Dr. Glenn Soesbe

Glenn T. Soesbe (DDS ’68), aged 67, died on Sunday, August 23, 2009, near Madrid, New Mexico. Dr. Soesbe had practiced periodontal surgery in San Antonio for 25 years before moving to the Albuquerque area 10 years ago, where he continued to practice until his death.

To read an obituary for Dr. Soesbe, visit:


Reprinted from the San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sanford Plainfield, (DDS ’47) passed away peacefully at his home in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday May 2, 2009, after surviving the death of his wife, Ruth, by less than two months. Sanford was born on July 25, 1922, in Providence, R.I. He married the love of his life, Ruth, in 1946. They settled in Berkeley where they lived the rest of their lives, and where their two sons, Mark and Kim, were born and raised. Sanford established a private dental practice in Alameda where he cared for generations of patients for close to 50 years. He taught for nearly 30 years on the faculty of the Dental School at UC Medical Center. He achieved great renown in his professional life through his membership in a variety of professional organizations, his numerous publications and his pioneering work in the field of implantology. In his community work, he founded the first free clinic for the homeless in San Francisco, worked very early on in the Civil Rights Movement, and became a docent at the California Academy of Sciences. Above all, he loved his family. Sanford is survived by his sons, Kim and Mark; his daughters-in law, Maureen and Vicky; his grandchildren, Fernando, Samuel, Julian, Joel and Sebastian; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Virginia; and his nephews, Craig and Richie. Our family is grateful to Darlene, Keisha, Sandra, Toni, Theresa and, above all, to Doris for lovingly caring for both Ruth and Sanford. Memorial Services were held Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito.


Dr. Gary J. Newman passed away December 2, 2006. He was born August 14, 1940 in Topeka, Kan. Gary leaves his loving wife Wanda; two sons: Jon, and his wife, Linda, and Todd, and his wife, Mary; and three grandchildren: Lolly, Ivy and Theodore.

A selfless man of limitless compassion, Gary gave of himself and expected nothing in return. Above all, he loved his family. “His life was gentle, and the elements of nature so mix'd in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world, ‘This was a man!’” William Shakespeare.

A graduate of Washburn University in Topeka, Dr. Newman received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1966. Dr. Newman practiced dentistry in Topeka for over 40 years, and was a cattle rancher for many years. He belonged to the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy of Dentists. A member of the Topeka and Kansas Dental Associations and the American Dental Association, he served as president of the Topeka Dental Association and held all offices of the Kansas Dental Association, including president. He was awarded many honors, including the Man of the Year award by the KDA. Dr. Newman served in various positions in the American Dental Association, including the ADA Board of Trustees, and represented the KDA as a delegate to the ADA for 14 years. He served as president of the UMKC Dental School Alumni Association in 2002, and currently served as chairman of the Rinehart Foundation. Dr. Newman was past-president of Topeka Friends of the Zoo and donated his time to provide dental work for zoo animals. He belonged to St. David's Episcopal Church and served on its Vestry.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, James Newman; his mother, Lydia Newman, and his stepmother, Thelma Newman. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, at Grace Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UMKC School of Dentistry Rinehart Foundation, 650 E. 25th St., Kansas City, Mo. 64108.

(Adapted from the article published in the Kansas City Star, 12/4/2006)

Thomas Tsuda, DDS ’35
Honolulu, Hawaii

Lyman Riney, DDS ’40
Bentonville, Ark.

Haw Tung Wong, DDS ’46
Honolulu, Hawaii

Morton Holmes, Jr., DDS ’47
Englewood, Colo.

Jack Spencer Moore, DDS ’50
Austin, Texas

Richard S Alley, Sr., DDS ’52
San Antonio, Texas

Floyd Trindle, DDS ’52
Yukon, Okla.

Roland F Kimball, DDS ’53
Springfield, Mo.

Eric Motley, DDS ’53
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Paul Dutton, DDS ’56
Littleton, Colo.

Charles F Vieth, Jr., DDS ’56
Blue Springs, Mo.

Paul S Hoe, DDS ’58
Honolulu, Hawaii

Charles (Sam) Kemper, DDS ’58
Springfield, Mo.

Robert Owens, DDS ’58
Clovis, Calif.

Edward Mosby, DDS ’60
Kansas City, Mo.

William O Feuerborn, DDS ‘60
San Antonio, TX

Jerry Marshall, DDS ‘60
Edmond, OK

Leo Konecny, DDS ‘61
Derby, KS

Deanna D Price, DH ‘61
Lake Ozark, MO

Al Stuart, DDS ‘62
Wichita, KS

Walter Carrick, DDS ‘63
Spivey, KS

Joe L Hernandez, DDS ‘63
Santa Fe, NM

Jerome M Laham, DDS ‘63
Andover, KS

William Bonham, DDS ‘64
Oklahoma City, OK

Mark R Trotter, DDS ‘80
Raymore, MO

Kimsey Harville, DDS ‘81
Lee’s Summit

Susan J Weyers, DDS ‘86
Scottsdale, AZ


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Hilary Wheat, Director of Development 816-235-2173

Karen Wilson, Coordinator, Continuing Dental Education 816-235-2142

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