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New Orthodontic Scholarship Awarded

The Dr. Sperry Zervas scholarship was recently awarded to an entire class of residents in the UMKC Graduate Orthodontic Program to enhance their education in orthodontics.

Graduating from the University Of Kansas City School Of Dentistry in 1955, Dr. Zervas was a member of the distinguished class that produced Dr. David Moore and Dr. Norman Schwartz. Along with Dr. Moore, he served with the U.S. Air force for two years in Anchorage, Alaska. After his discharge from the military in 1957, he established his practice in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, practicing general dentistry until 1966. At that time, he entered the UMKC graduate orthodontic program, receiving his M.S. degree in 1968 and returned to Bartlesville to practice orthodontics until his death in 2008. He distinguished himself by serving his community and profession through various organizations and touched the lives of hundreds, creating beautiful smiles through his professional skills. His true passion and joy was the close relationships that he formed with his patients, and seeing the transformation that orthodontics created in them, not only in appearance, but the self esteem and self confidence that resulted from treatment. He also was a devoted husband, father of two, friend and mentor to many.


New Orthodontic Scholarship Awarded

The Dr. Sperry Zervas scholarship was recently awarded to an entire class of residents in the UMKC Graduate Orthodontic Program to enhance their education in orthodontics.

Graduating from the University Of Kansas City School Of Dentistry in 1955, Dr. Zervas was a member of the distinguished class that produced Dr. David Moore and Dr. Norman Schwartz. Along with Dr. Moore, he served with the U.S. Air force for two years in Anchorage, Alaska. After his discharge from the military in 1957, he established his practice in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, practicing general dentistry until 1966. At that time, he entered the UMKC graduate orthodontic program, receiving his M.S. degree in 1968 and returned to Bartlesville to practice orthodontics until his death in 2008. He distinguished himself by serving his community and profession through various organizations and touched the lives of hundreds, creating beautiful smiles through his professional skills. His true passion and joy was the close relationships that he formed with his patients, and seeing the transformation that orthodontics created in them, not only in appearance, but the self esteem and self confidence that resulted from treatment. He also was a devoted husband, father of two, friend and mentor to many.


More News

Gerald K Johnson (DDS ’59), Little Rock, Ark., retired 20 years ago. His wife, Jackie Knight (DH ’58), died in 2007. Gerald has since remarried, to Linda Reeves in 2011. They enjoy farming and travel.

Marvin H. Bean (DDS ’54) retired in 1992. He has moved to Overland Park, Kan., and lives at Silvercrest, an independent living facility.

Donald M. Reinhardt (DDS ’54) Mission, Texas, has been married to Helen Bentson for eight years. They love to travel. He is very active in his church, the Lions Club and Boy Scouts.

James Burgess (DDS ’59), Greenwood, Ark., tells us that his class meets every year in a different place. In September 2013 they met in Kansas

Douglas C. Woodbury (DDS ’54), Salt Lake City, Utah, retired in 2008. He has seven children, 34 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. His youngest son, Spencer, graduated from Creighton University with his dental degree in 1995 and took over his practice.

John Riddlebarger (DDS ’59), Bartlesville, Okla., writes that he and his wife, Sue, are retired. They are still very busy with volunteer activities such as Meals on Wheels. They are planning a class reunion for September.

Marvin W. Reed (DDS ’59), Oak Hill, Va., lives in northern Virginia with his wife and two sons. He has been retired since 1998. His time is divided between golf, genealogy, travel and their four grandchildren.

Norman Buckman, DDS ’53, (Potomac, Md.) has retired but is still very active physically and mentally. He travels, plays tennis twice a week, walks three miles daily and swims most days. He plays bridge, and his major hobby is DVD (Film) production.

John L. (Jack) Sanders, DDS ’58, (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) holds the distinction of professor emeritus at the University of Southern California.

Charley Baker, DDS ’53, (Norman, Okla.) was 86 years old when he passed away. His wife, Phyllis, says she is alive and well at age 86. They have four married children, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. They travelled oversees seven times, and Charley did dentistry on the poor using straight chairs and flashlights and helped spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

William R. Dannahower, DDS ’53, (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) served 12 years on the Florida Board of Dentistry and three as chairman. He was mayor of Ft. Pierce, Fla. for 14 years. He received the Service Award for the Florida Dental Association in 1983 and the U.S. Public Health Service Award in 1966. His wife, Lucia, passed away in April 2008.

John Dietrich, DDS ’53, (Mission Hills, Kan.) says he is enjoying retirement and still playing golf. He and his wife went to Greece and Turkey and cruised the Greek Islands this year. He’s also enjoying their five grandchildren in Kansas City and Boulder, Colo.

Troy Garrett, DDS ’53, (Mountainburg, Ark.) retired in 1987. His hobbies include growing, showing and judging roses. He recently moved to Arkansas.

Robert Menchetti, DDS ’58, (Kansas City, Mo.) was the AAS Rep for 10 years. He also served as the treasurer of the Rinehart Foundation for 15 years. For his service and philanthropy, he has received two Rinehart Medallions. He was on the faculty of the UMKC School of Dentistry and held the position of Team 1 coordinator for 10 years. In 1996 he was recognized by the UMKC Dental Alumni Association as the Alum of the Year.

Robert Lindsey, DDS ’52, (Pryor, OK) Mary Ellen, died 7-12-2009.

Leslie Burrows, DDS ’57, (Hilands Ranch, CO) Jean Burrows died on 7-16-2011.

Norman (Woody) Glasscock, DDS ’57, (Yorktown, VA) Retired for 16 years.

Jesse Harris, DDS ’57, (Wichita, KS) Retired since 2003 and still playing golf. Belongs to Crestview Country Club. Wife has dementia, otherwise doing fine.

Kenneth Head, DDS ’57, (Paola, KS) Usually goes to Scottsdale for the winter, “But who needed it this year?”

Alexander Suenaga, DDS ’57, (Honolulu, HI) “Life is great with me.”

William H. Poyser, DDS ’51, (Prairie Village, Kan.)  has been retired for 21 years, has been married for 59 years, has two children and does volunteer work.

Don Allen Adams, DDS ’56, (Grand Junction, Colo.) USAF’ 57, earned Distinguished Rifle Gold #7th. He’s been a missionary dentist, volunteering in the jungles of Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador from 1966 to 1976. He also had short terms in Mexico and Siberia. He retired in 1997 and has 10,000 hours volunteering, including at an indigent clinic in Grand Junction, Colo.

Jackson D. Haraway, DDS ’56, ( Stonewall, Okla.) retired in August 2006 after practicing 50 years in Ada, Okla. He and his wife, Betty, celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 25, 2010. They are both healthy (just senile) and their three children are successful.

Dr. Richard W. Goop (Chanute, Kan.) is still doing some dental work. He mostly does dentures, but no T.E. or root canals.

Dr. Donald Yowell (Delphos, Kan.) retired in May 2009. He remarried in 1988. He spends time fishing, hunting and going to grandchildren’s ballgames.

Alumni & Development Contact Info

Becky Higgins, Advancement Officer, 816-235-2022 higginsre@umkc.edu

Hilary Wheat, Director of Development 816-235-2173 wheath@umkc.edu

Karen Wilson, Coordinator, Continuing Dental Education 816-235-2142
wilsonkd@umkc.edu

UMKC School of Dentistry
650 East 25th Street – 4th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64105

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