Alumni News

Posted on: Wednesday, 10/21/2015

2016 Alumnus of the Year - Dr. Tom Rauth '73

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 will bring 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.

DDS Alum Named to All-Century Water Polo Team

Dr. Russell Webb, DDS Class of 1978, was named to the Pac-12 All-Century Water Polo team. The all-century team is comprised of seven driver/attackers, seven field/utility/2M and two goalkeepers. He was honored with five other Bruins.

Dr. Webb played water polo for UCLA from 1963-68. Following graduation in 1968, he was a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Water Polo team and the 1972 Olympic Team, which won the bronze medal. He is a member of the UCLA and USA water polo Halls of Fame. He graduated from the DDS program in 1978 and received an Oral Surgery certificate in 1981. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the School's Board of Counselors.

Alum Becomes President of Academy of Osseointegration

Dr. Russell Nishimura, DDS Class of 1986, was elected to President of the Academy of Osseointegration’s 2015-2016 Board of Directors. He was appointed at the organization’s annual business meeting.

Nishimura received his Bachelor of Science degree at UCLA and completed post-graduate programs in Hospital Dentistry (1987), Prosthodontics (1989), and Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the UCLA School of Dentistry. At one point, he was a Professor of Restorative Dentistry and taught fixed prosthodontics, operative and esthetic dentistry, later retiring as Professor Emeritus.  He currently maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry in Westlake Village.