Dr. Richard G. Stevenson III is 2011 Alumnus of the Year
Dr. Richard G. Stevenson III of the DDS Class of 1986 was recently named the UCLA School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year in recognition of his outstanding contributions to organized dentistry, the school, the community and the UCLA Dental Alumni Association.
Dr. Stevenson is a professor of clinical dentistry and the chair of the Division of Restorative Dentistry.
Dr. Stevenson’s longtime colleagues, Dr. William Morgan and Dr. Robert Krasny, had the honor of introducing him at the Alumni Reunion and Luncheon on May 14, 2011.
Dr. Morgan described Dr. Stevenson as a person who “gives his best effort, strives for excellence and gets it. Rich is an outstanding teacher who brings out the best in each individual.” Speaking about Dr. Stevenson’s role as chair of the Division of Restorative Dentistry, Dr. Morgan said, “He is focused on the teaching quality of the faculty and is always encouraging them to improve their skills. He understands that excellent teachers must first be excellent clinicians, and he energizes other peoples’ careers.” Dr. Morgan also noted that Dr. Stevenson’s leadership as secretary of the Academy of Operative Dentistry and the Academy of R.V. Tucker-Cast Gold Study Clubs extends his influence beyond the dental school to the rest of the world.
Dr. Morgan’s remarks focused on what Dr. Stevenson has done. Dr. Bob Krasny focused on “what he represents.” Dr. Stevenson, he explained, was tapped by the dental school’s legendary educator Dr. Wolcott. “He emulated Wolcott,” Krasne explained, “and he surpassed all expectations.” He continued, “Dr. Stevenson has been inspirational to students as he practices quality dentistry with his hands and his heart.”
Dr. Stevenson exhibits a depth of commitment to teaching that has not gone unnoticed by the dental students who have selected him as faculty of the year eight times. Dr. Stevenson also won the Wolcott Award from Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society, and the Golden Apple teaching award from the American Dental Association for inspiring careers in dental education.
In accepting the award, Dr. Stevenson asserted how incredibly lucky he felt to be a part of “the best dental school in the world.” He paid tribute to the former and current faculty members who helped him become a better teacher, and noted that he has “more energy in teaching now” than he had on his first day, January 6, 1991. Dr. Stevenson composed a poem for the occasion of his honor in which he shared the sentiment, “through teaching, I learn; through giving; I receive.”
Bob and Marion Wilson are 2011 Honorary Alumni of the Year
The UCLA Dental Alumni Association recognized longtime UCLA philanthropists and dental school supporters Robert (Bob) and Marion Wilson as the 2011 Honorary Alumni of the Year on May 14, 2011. Due to a prior commitment, Bob and Marion were unable to attend the UCLA Dental Alumni Reunion Luncheon and Awards Reception. Their son, also a committed supporter of the dental school, accepted the honor on their behalf.
To read Dean No-Hee park's speech, "Bob and Marion Wilson: Passionate Humanitarians," click here.
Class of 1971 concludes successful fundraising campaign
In the fall of 2010, the School of Dentistry Class of 1971 along with their class advisor, Professor Emeritus Dr. Jim Freed, launched a giving campaign to celebrate their 40th reunion and to commemorate their role in establishing the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center.
Since its creation in 1969, the Venice clinic has grown to be one of the largest providers of high-quality, affordable dental care in West Los Angeles, serving thousands of patients each year. The clinic is also home to training programs for predoctoral students and residents.
By Alumni Day on May 14, 2011, the class had exceeded its original goal of raising $15,000 to enhance patient care, education and clinical training for students and residents, and to support associated operations for the dental center. In recognition of their generosity, the school will name an open operatory at the clinic for the Class of 1971.