2016 Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Tom Rauth - Class of 1973

Dr. Tom Rauth, one of the School of Dentistry’s most beloved alums, has practiced dentistry for the past 40 years. He received his DDS degree from UCLA in 1973.  Following graduation, Tom went on to obtain his Master of Science in Dentistry degree and a certificate in Endodontics in 1975 from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Upon his return to the Los Angeles area, Tom joined an endodontic practice in Santa Monica and also taught at the School of Dentistry from 1975 to 1978. He then established his current Santa Monica practice in 1978. Tom maintained his relationship with the School over the years and is currently a member of the Board of Counselors.

In addition, Tom Rauth served as the Chair of the Apollonian Society – the School’s membership based philanthropic society which is dedicated to enhancing the student experience and the School’s reputation for excellence. With his visionary leadership and support, the Apollonian Society contributed funds which exceeded $2 million in his tenure. Among his other top achievements include the establishment of the White Coat Ceremony for first year students, support of patient care subsidy funds, and the purchase of computers, endodontic surgical microscopes and digital cameras for the student clinic. 

Furthermore, Tom helped to lead the signature campaign for the School’s 50th Anniversary, the Alumni & Friends Presidential Endowed Chair Campaign. Having this $1 Million chair campaign successfully completed brings the number of endowed chairs up to 10 at the school. For his dedication and loyalty to the School of Dentistry, the Alumni Affairs Association and the entire UCLA Dentistry community, wishes to recognize Dr. Tom Rauth as the 2016 Alumnus of the Year – a well-deserved honor.