Reconnecting at Reunion and Alumni Day

June 8, 2017

More than 100 alumni and friends came back to Harvard School of Dental Medicine on Alumni Day, Friday, June 2, to reconnect with their classmates, faculty and mentors. Attendees included graduates of the reunion classes of 1957, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007, along with other alumni, friends and family.

The program featured a presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards; a historical overview of items from HSDM’s 150-year history; a panel representing five decades of HSDM dental education; and the Dean’s State of the School address. A special luncheon was held following the program to recognize Dean Bruce Donoff’s 50th reunion and 25th year as dean.

Recognizing excellence

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented each year to individuals who have made significant contributions during their careers that honor the mission of the School. The Distinguished DMD Alumni award for the 50th reunion class was presented to Edward M. Mopsik, DMD67, for his work as a respected clinician, educator and mentor who has given back to the profession and community through patient care, teaching, and volunteer service.

The Distinguished DMD Alumni award for the 25th reunion class was awarded to Carlos Garcia-Velez, DMD92, MPH92, PD94, for his work as an accomplished periodontist and a leader in providing care to the underserved, protecting the rights of animals, advancing the arts, and preserving history.

The Distinguished Advance Graduate Education Alumni award was presented to Peter Polverini, DMSc77, PD77, for his work as a scientist, educator and scholar who has advanced research, scientific rigor, and innovation in dental education.

Reflecting on the student experience

A lively panel moderated by Vice Dean John DaSilva, DMD87, MPH87, PD89, PD91, featured five decades of HSDM classes. The panelists reflected on their experience as students, and the impact of their HSDM education on their careers. Panelists included: Dean Bruce Donoff, DMD67, MD73; Linda Niessen, DMD77, MPH77, PD82; Christopher Fox, DMD87, DMSc91, PD91; Ladan Basiripour, DMD93; and current student Samuel Lee, DMD2018 Candidate.

Honoring a legacy of leadership

The afternoon concluded with a luncheon honoring Dean Donoff’s many years with HSDM – from his days as a student, to his career as an oral surgeon, and his longtime leadership as dean. Speakers included Walter Guralnick, DMD41, Leonard Kaban, DMD69, MD73, and the Dean’s wife Mady Donoff. All spoke fondly, and poignantly about the Dean and his career, his accomplishments, and his steadfast commitment to the School over the past fifty years.

View a slideshow from Alumni Day 2017. 

See also: Alumni Event