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Dr. R. Wayne Thompson Receives UMKC Alumni Achievement Award

The UMKC Alumni Awards Banquet was held Thursday, April 16, 2009 on campus at Pierson Hall. These awards are a UMKC Alumni Association tradition to honor alumni who are making a difference. Dr. R. Wayne Thompson (DDS ’67, MSORT ’72) was the Dental Alumni Achievement Honoree. Dr. Thompson’s roots in rural Kansas and his education at the UMKC School of Dentistry have led him to prominence in his service to the profession. Since 2007, he has served as an ADA Trustee, devoting hours of service to organized dentistry. He is a past president of the Kansas Dental Association, and has been recognized as Kansas Dentist of the Year by his peers. He has volunteered as a leader at UMKC, helping to found the UMKC Orthodontic Alumni Association, and is past chair of the Rinehart Foundation. He is also president-elect of the UMKC Dental Alumni Association.

The UMKC School of Dentistry expresses its sincere gratitude to Dr. Thompson for his continued work on behalf of the School and the profession.

Dr. Jack Brown to Receive ADA Distinguished Service Award
The American Dental Association has announced that L. Jackson Brown (DDS ’69) will be awarded the 2011 Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Trustees Dr. Brown will be presented with the award at the ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas.

During his career Dr. Brown spent 11 years with the ADA, stepping down in 2007. After ending his tenure with the ADA, he started a consulting firm, L. Jackson Brown Consulting LLC, and was named editor of the Journal of Dental Education, the monthly peer-reviewed publication of the American Dental Education Association.

To learn more about Dr. Brown and his career, visit the ADA website at:


Dr. John Haynes, Kansas City, received the Distinguished Service award from the Missouri Dental Association in recognition of his many years of service and dedication at the UMKC School of Dentistry.

Dr. Haynes has been influential in the development of every dentist in Missouri since his appointment as a clinical instructor in pediatric dentistry in 1962 and in his current role as pediatric dentistry department chair, for which he has served since 1992.In addition to teaching, he continues to serve the University with his involvement in student activities and the UMKC Dental Alumni Association.

Among numerous honors, Dr. Haynes was the 1992 UMKC School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year, after having served as president of the Dental Alumni Association in 1988. He received the Elmer F. Pierson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and in 2004, was recognized as the University of Missouri Kansas City Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Haynes served as Supreme President of the Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity 1984-1986 and was named outstanding chapter advisor 2001-2003.

Dr. Haynes is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, for which he served as president in 2003 and in 2004, president of the ACD Foundation.

He is a 1960 graduate of the UMKC School of Dentistry and received his masters in education from UMKC in 1971. Dr. Haynes says the successes of his students are his greatest rewards.

Dr. Haynes and his wife, Judy, live in Kansas City. They have two children and one grandson.

At a recent Alumni gathering at an MU fooball game,
Dr. John Haynes was spotted being inducted as an honorary
“Golden Girl”. He’s received so many well deserved honors
lately - now a “Golden Girl”. What’s next?


More News

Jack Copeland DDS, 1961- Retired in 2007 after 47 years of practice and enjoys intarsia and scroll sawing.

Pete Steinhauer, DDS ’62, (Boulder, CO) U.S. Navy 1965-1967- 3rd Marine Division, Vietnam. Private practice in Boulder, CO 1967-1997. Past president: Colorado Society of Oral Surgeons, Rocky Mt. Society of Oral Surgeons. Speaker of the House for the Colorado Dental Association. Resent, University of Colorado 1994-2006. He is still married to Julianne, 54 years and has 10 grandchildren. He has done volunteer oral surgery in Vietnam annually for the past 22 years. Enjoys golf with Pete Spence, “Living the good life.”

George R. Myers, DDS ‘65, (Hilton Head Island, SC) Serves as an Oral Surgeon at Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Hilton Head Island, SC.

Charles J. Purma, DDS ’67, (Scott City, KS) Is still practicing 3-4 days a week. He has also started to plan for retirement in a year or two.

Larry Rush, DDS ’67, (Colorado Springs, CO) is still working but actively pursuing a sale/transition. He has been married 44 years, 3 sons, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He is currently considering a move to Costa Rica.

Larry Sheldon, DDS ’67, (Olathe, KS) Retired.

Ronald L. Shipman, DDS 67, (Cleveland, OK) Retired from practice in Sapulpa, OK in 1995 and moved back to hometown of Cleveland, OK in 1996. He taught math at Cleveland High School for 13 years. Retired again and now serving as Mayor of Cleveland, OK.

Gweldon L. Long, DDS ’61, (Maryville, Mo.) enjoys spending winters in Palm Desert, Calif., and summers in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Larry Jacobson, DDS ’61 (Kansas City, Mo.) is enjoying practicing periodontics.
Jack Copeland, DDS ’61, (Glendora, Calif.) retired in 2007 after 47 years of practice and enjoys intarsia and scroll sawing.

James R. Whitehead, DDS ’61, (Tulsa, Okla) survived 10th & Troost!

Tom Berry, DDS ’61, (Denver, Colo.) is still teaching at the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine. Judy and Tom have two sons and three grandchildren who live in the Denver area.

Harry Jett, DDS ’61, (Salina, Kan.) and his wife, Ann, have been retired for 11 years. If he were doing it all over, he would work as long as he could.

Lawrence J. Purcell, DDS ’61, (Littleton, Colo.) retired from private practice in 2004. He has volunteered one day a week as a dentist at an inner city health center in downtown Denver, Colo., since his retirement.

Herschel L. Stroud, DDS ’61, (Topeka, Kan.) retired in 1997 and now lectures nationwide on civil war medicine. He also sings in a barbershop quartet. He plays the trumpet and sings in the 15-piece big band Kings of Swing. Herschel celebrated his 80th birthday in September 2010 and will celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary in February 2011. He enjoys travel in Hispanic countries.

Floyd R. Harris, DDS ’66, (Lowell, Ark.) retired four years ago. He is living on Beaver Lake in northwestern Arkansas with a grass landing strip in his front yard and his Glastar (home-built plane) tucked away inside!

Michael L. Milford, DDS ’66, (Dodge City, Kan.) retired Jan 1, 2010.

J. Konrad Rock, DDS ’66, (Lake City, Colo.) retired in November 2007 and moved to Lake City, Colo., where they live full time.

Peter Robinson, DDS ’66, (Winnetka, Ill.) received the title of dean emeritus (University of Connecticut) in 2007 and professor emeritus in 2009. He moved from Connecticut to Winnetka, Ill., in 2010.

Dr. Donald S. Linhart (Mission, Kan.) is retired.

Dr. Russell Riggs (Rogers, Ark.) is retired, a full-time volunteer, and a newlywed.

Dr. Roderick A. MacDonald (Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada) is retired and still healthy. He enjoys woodworking, golfing and chauffeuring grandchildren.

Dr. Erbin E. Jones (Arlington, Texas) retired in 2006.

Dr. Frank Ferson (Salina, Kan.) retired January 1, 2009.

Dr. Theron C. Johnson (Tucsan, Ariz.) is retired.

Dr. James W. Schatz (Springfield, Mo.) retired in 2000. He enjoys volunteering and has seven grandchildren. He says that he putters around and enjoys attending basketball and baseball games. He does genealogy research and has published a book about 300 years of his father’s family.

Dr. A.P. Soldan-Els Jr. (Independence, Mo.) retired from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1996 and is a professor emeritis. During his career he was honored as Instructor of the Year (8 years) Distinguished Teacher (9 years) and received Classes of ’94 and ’96 Teacher Award. He served as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Jackie, have been married for 55 years and have two children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Edward J. Lamb (Olympia, Wash.) has been retired since 1999. He is playing a lot of golf and has a hole- in-one about every other year.  He spends six months in Washington State and five to six months in Arizona at Sun City West. He RVs and does some boating to Canada and Alaska.

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Hilary Wheat, Director of Development 816-235-2173

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