In Memoriam: Dr. James Fisk Mulick

Posted on: Tuesday, 01/22/2019

Dr. James Fisk Mulick, a retired lecturer of orthodontics, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, at 90 years old. Dr. Mulick taught orthodontics at UCLA for more than 40 years. Most notably, he was a founding father of the UCLA School of Dentistry’s craniofacial program. Over the course of three decades and with selfless dedication, he treated thousands of children with craniofacial concerns and trained hundreds of health care professionals, including many UCLA orthodontics faculty members and residents. He never asked for anything in return during his time at UCLA, and will always be remembered as a hero, organizing the comprehensive treatment for these children and their families.

Dr. Mulick received his D.D.S. degree at the University of the Pacific and an orthodontics certificate and a Master of Science in dentistry degree from the University of Washington. In addition to his positions at UCLA as well as running a successful private practice in the San Fernando Valley, he consulted at several hospitals throughout the region on cleft palate cases and held a variety of positions in local, state, and national orthodontics and dental organizations.

Dr. Mulick leaves a commendable legacy within the UCLA section of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry, and represents the best of what the programs stand for – compassionate care for the children who are most vulnerable.