Class Notes

Classes of the 1960s

James K. Hocott (DDS ’60) is recovered after breaking a hip this summer.

Robert A. McPherson (DDS ’60, Ortho ’67) practiced orthodontics 47 years in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He sold his practice in 2004 and then ran a pecan farm till 2013. He and his wife of 64 years enjoy their four children, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Continue reading

New Researchers, New Hope for All Ages

Meet three new faculty on the UMKC School of Dentistry team who are making an impact

By STACY DOWNS

The UMKC School of Dentistry has proven itself as an internationally known research powerhouse in the past decade, especially when it comes to studying bone and muscle deterioration as we all grow older, as well as possible remedies.

Three new researchers are studying what can make all ages heal — starting from in the womb — and treatments that could span the generations. Continue reading

Endowed Class Scholarships

Class of 1943 – Sept Scholarship $17,134.93
Class of 1947 Scholarship $21,305.05
Class of 1949 Scholarship $24,516.55
Class of 1950 Scholarship $19,715.94
Class of 1955 Scholarship $10,000.00
Class of 1956 Scholarship $15,986.44
Class of 1957 Scholarship $28,645.75
Class of 1958 Scholarship $18,439.72
Class of 1959 Scholarship $43,171.63
Class of 1960 Scholarship $39,541.82
Class of 1962 Scholarship $61,836.53
Class of 1963 Scholarship $24,706.62
Class of 1964 Scholarship $23,401.97
Class of 1965 – David L Moore Award $21,009.76
Class of 1965 Scholarship $57,773.30
Class of 1966 Scholarship $42,527.73
Class of 1967 Scholarship $74,374.55
Class of 1968 Scholarship $79,156.06
Class of 1969 Scholarship $38,243.17
Class of 1970 Scholarship $155,571.56
Class of 1972 Scholarship $83,170.09
Class of 1973 Scholarship $59,346.28
Class of 1974 Scholarship $18,437.93
Class of 1975 Scholarship $21,453.10
Class of 1976 Scholarship $28,583.33
Class of 1977 Scholarship $75,560.77
Class of 1978 Scholarship $19,638.22
Class of 1979 Scholarship $51,694.17
Class of 1980 Scholarship $26,847.07
Class of 1981 Scholarship $38,394.06
Class of 1982 Scholarship $19,854.81
Class of 1983 Scholarship $41,031.11
Class of 1984 Scholarship $49,658.26
Class of 1985 Scholarship $35,042.43
Class of 1986 Scholarship $33,217.81
Class of 1987 – Dr. Daniel Cruz Memorial Scholarship $83,643.33
Class of 1988 Scholarship $24,398.00
Class of 1991 Scholarship $15,958.00
Class of 1992 Scholarship $25,399.17
Class of 1994 Scholarship $11,649.49
Class of 1996 Scholarship $15,581.42
Class of 2000 Scholarship $23,356.78
Class of 2002 – Heidi Garren Everley Scholarship $13,070.37
Class of 2014 – Ji Blanchfield  Scholarship $29,898.24
Not yet endowed scholarships **
Class of 1951 Scholarship $1,000.00
Class of 1952 Scholarship $5,530.00
Class of 1953 Scholarship $2,220.00
Class of 1954 Scholarship $7,093.56
Class of 1961 Scholarship $4,925.00
Class of 1971 Scholarship $8,826.00
Class of 1989 Scholarship $6,310.00
Class of 1990 Scholarship $1,100.00
Class of 1993 Scholarship $6,050.00
Class of 1995 Scholarship $8,650.00
Class of 1997 Scholarship $1,200.00
Class of 1998 Scholarship $4,407.80
Class of 1999 Scholarship $7,625.00
Class of 2001 Scholarship $1,750.00
Class of 2003 Scholarship $3,785.00
Class of 2004 Scholarship $1,000.00
Class of 2005 Scholarship $4,200.00
Class of 2006 Scholarship $850.00
Class of 2007 Scholarship $3,550.00
Class of 2008 Scholarship $600.00
Class of 2009 Scholarship $1,700.00
Class of 2010 Scholarship $300.00
Class of 2012 Scholarship $2,921.57
Class of 2017 Scholarship $3,099.36
** When your class fund reaches $10,000, we look forward to making your first award.

 

Taking the Reins at AGD

Congratulations to the School of Dentistry’s Dr. Connie L. White, who is the new president of the Academy of General Dentistry. She was installed this month during the academy’s annual meeting, held in Chicago this year.

“I am confident that, together, we can accomplish a lot during my year as president,” Dr. White said. “I want to work with everyone to create a mosaic of impactful change. Academia, mentoring young people, and my love of dentistry and learning have been my life. They’re how I found AGD, and I have shared my love of AGD with every student I have known for just over 40 years of teaching and practice.”

At the School of Dentistry, Dr. White is associate professor, interim dean for clinical programs and assistant dean for community relations and communications earned her DDS (’81) and bachelor’s degree in chemistry (’77) at UMKC. She also earned her certificate in oral medicine in 1989.

When she started teaching, Dr. White became involved in the Missouri Academy of General Dentistry as its liaison to the School of Dentistry. For the academy’s national organization, she most recently was vice president, and its secretary before that. Now, she said, she wants to use her term as president to help dentists improve the care they give, and to help them be involved with and benefit from the academy.

In addition to having a general practice and teaching for decades at UMKC, Dr. White holds fellowships in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International. She also is active in the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and the Greater KC Dental Society.

The Power of Giving

Generous support from scores of individuals, foundations and alumni combines to make a difference and improve educational programs

By Patricia O’Dell

Shanon Black first became interested in the UMKC School of Dentistry while attending Haskell Indian Nations University. She had considered pursuing a medical degree, but once she learned of the impact of dentistry on overall health, she changed direction. Continue reading