CELEBRATING DR. JOHN HAYNES' AMAZING CAREER
in recognition of Dr. John Haynes' (D.D.S. '60, M.A. '71) installation as the 2003-04 president of the American College of Dentists at its Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., in October, and in honor of his more than 40 years of service as a UMKC School of Dentistry faculty member, the school invited alumni and friends to offer their memories and thoughts about this remarkable man. From near and far, lifelong colleagues as well as recent graduates expressed their admiration and gratitude for their remarkable friend and mentor.
Dr. Haynes was my pediatric
instructor from 1976-80; poor man had to control a uncooperative
kid in the chair and myself, one scared dental student. Must
say he did it with grace and did not make me feel like a total
idiot. I thank you for your patience in teaching me and your
professional manner that I have tried to emulate. I was able
to speak with Dr. Haynes in K.C. at the American College of
Dentist Meeting when the ADA met in Kansas City. You have
been a most honorable man and make me proud to be in the profession.
Charles Poeschl (D.D.S. '80) St. Louis, Mo.
Dr. Haynes was always one of my favorite instructors and he always seemed a "friend" to all students! My favorite saying and the one for which I am sure he is known "Shoot your best stick." I have fond memories of and great admiration for Dr. Haynes. I congratulate him on all his accomplishments and all honors he has received. Thank you for paying tribute to a wonderful man. May God continue to bless him and his family. David P. Phillips (D.D.S. '71) Ft. Smith, Ark.
Way to go, John! Please convey
to Dr. John Haynes the personal regards and congratulations
from his classmate, George Latta (D.D.S. '60, M.S. '71)
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.
I remember Dr. Haynes was the kind of faculty member that you could talk to as a friend. Because of that, he did not have to demand respect, he commanded it. Now, over twenty years later, he remains one of the instructors that I have a clear visual image of. I would like to congratulate him on the way that he has touched the lives of thousands of dentists who have gone through the school. Earl Larson (D.D.S. '82) Chesterfield, Mo.
When I hear Dr. John Haynes name or see him at one of the University hospitality rooms, I always think of seeing someone from home. He is always so welcoming and seems genuinely glad to see you whether you are in Kansas City or New Orleans or any other occasion. I think Dr. Haynes has an uncanny ability to remember names and people. He never seems to be at a loss for someone's name or where they practice and live. He is so loyal to our school and such a good ambassador for us. I am so glad that he is being recognized for all he has done to make UMKC School of Dentistry the outstanding school it is. Thank you Dr. Haynes! Frank J. Holtz (D.D.S. '65) Abilene, Kan.
Dr. Haynes is the ultimate dental
educator. His compassion toward students and patients is his
ultimate asset. He is always positive and looks for the best
in everyone. He was a pleasure to work with and has earned
every honor he may be accorded. Congratulations! and best
wishes for the future. John (D.D.S. '65) and Barbara Gilbert,
Overland Park, Kan.
One of the things I remember most about Dr. Haynes was his positive attitude while we were in school and after we graduated. You could always receive a warm welcome, "How ya doin'?" He is always interested in you and if one of your children went to UMKC Dental School he was always asking for an update. John is always ready to help and if he can't he will help you find a person who can. A very deserving person. It would be interesting to know just how many people Dr. John knows. If he ever has a down day, he must go into a dark room and bang on the wall or a punching bag, but you know what? You will never find that dark room because he won't tell you where it is. Congratulations John, we are very proud of you. We are always anxious to see and hear that cheerful greeting. James W. Van Blaricum III (D.D.S. '61) Pratt, Kan.
I met John while in the Dental
Hygiene program from 1962-1964. John is such an upbeat and
fun person to know. I always enjoy being in his presence.
Congratulations to John on his professional achievements and
his forty years as a "stellar" teacher. Bravo! I
wish John continued success. God Bless! With deep admiration, Jane Krizer (DH '64) Oklahoma City, Okla.
Since graduation and before in 1983 (this is coming from student #83063) Dr. Haynes has always been a pleasing presence. Whether in pedo clinic or the outside alumni world at every golf tournament or function he has always welcomed me with open arms and a hug, a handshake. And always made me feel at home. I remember getting my first pedodontic patient, "Yolanda," off one of the buses headed for the clinic as soon as possible so we could play the magic wand game and put the tooth to sleep with a little pinch. Then wrapping the fence and carrot stick on the tooth and making the tooth jewelry all those kids loved so much. He taught us all patience, and I relish those days again with Dr Haynes and Yolanda. I drank a lot of chocolate milk back then and appreciate the heck out of all the tricks he taught me so I could play games with my Lowery Clinic kids all the rest of the a.m. and listen to the wonderful screams of the pedo clinic from the rest of the class not so lucky to know the "10 minute" rule with their pedodontic patients from far away in the "canteen". Yolanda was so disappointed that there was not another molar to make tooth jewelry with and I could see her to clean her teeth "just not next week on Thursday". Jane M. Grove (D.D.S. '83) Kansas City North, Mo.
My first contact with Dr Haynes was in the fall of 1966. I was a 2nd year student beginning the clinical part of my dental education. Back in those days, we called it Pedodontics. The Chairman of Pedodontics was Dr. Iwersen. Most of the younger dental students tried to avoid him. Pedodontic patients terrified me. Fortunately, Dr Haynes made things a lot better. We students would memorize his schedule and appoint our patients at those times when Dr Haynes was in the clinic. With the help of Dr Haynes, I managed to fulfill the requirements for Pedodontics and graduate on time. I realize that it is a bit late, but I want to say, "Thanks, Dr Haynes, for everything." Jay D. Lagree (D.D.S. '70, M.S.) Clifton, Texas
It is a pleasure to share with you one of my fondest memories of Dental School, which describes a phrase that all of us who benefited from Dr. Haynes tutelage can relate to. "What's all this hucklebuck?" has joined my vocabulary ever since the first time I heard him say it in a friendly but firm way. In the 20 some years since I've graduated and become an endodontist, I can't count the number of times that phrase has graced a North Carolina child's ear. God Bless you, Dr. Haynes. All the Best! Jeri (Ross) Bills (D.D.S. '82) Cary, N.C.
I recall when I was a DH student at the old 10th and Troost school that Dr. Haynes was always kind, had a good word for everyone and was very helpful. Julie (Sharp) Winklepleck (DH '63) Merritt Island, Fla.
Dr. Haynes was very helpful when I was making my mind up about where to go when I finished with school. He knew that the area I was thinking about in Alaska would probably require me to learn how to use the papoose procedure on children, and he advised me against taking on that position. I knew he had a pretty good idea of my capabilities and I took his suggestion gratefully. Where I am in Oregon, I am lucky to have a pediatric dentist, so that we almost never have used the papoose, and I really hope I never have to. He is always such a friendly and happy person to run into in the halls of the Dental School. Very supportive, and even though I wasn't in a fraternity, I know he was a wonderful participator and supporter of fraternity events. Thanks Dr. Haynes. Kaci Solt (D.D.S. '00) Madras, Ore.
Dr. John Haynes is one of the great memories I have from my days here as a student from 1969 to 1973 and is a national dental treasure. His effervescent attitude, knowledge and gift for successfully dealing with students allowed me to personally learn as much pediatric dentistry as I could hold in those days. I knew that he would shoot me the straight facts in a way that wouldn't hold back any punches and also in a way that would encourage me to "give it a try." It was a great honor for me to have an office right next to his when I returned here as a faculty member last year. And it was great to discover that he still had that same wonderful attitude. He continues to give himself selflessly to the institution and the students, and it's a great pleasure to share thoughts about current events, the Chiefs and the school as we bump into each other during the day. But I'd really like to knock out the wall between our two offices so I'd have more space but, if I did that, I wouldn't be able to count on John sharing his salted-in-the-shell peanuts with me that he always brings back from a Royals game. James C. Kulild (D.D.S. '73) UMKC School of Dentistry faculty
My comfort and abilities dealing with my "little" patients are DIRECTLY attributed to Dr Haynes. He instilled the necessary abilities to "heal" these guys physically and emotionally. Mark Kamer (D.D.S. '78) Manchester, Mo.
I graduated in 1984 from UMKC. Dr. Haynes was in charge of seeing pedo patients that were seen in several of the teams at that time. Dr. Haynes was just great as an instructor and as a person. He would take time to talk with the students as well as the patients. His positive attitude was a breath of fresh air for me. As I have grown older, I realize what it takes to have that kind of attitude each day. It is tough, but Dr. Haynes never had a bad day that I ever experienced. Our greatest treasure short of our God and family is time out of our lives. Dr. Haynes gave away his treasure each day during his entire career to students and patients. He did it with a smile on his face and respect in his voice. That says a lot about the character of the man. Mark L. Dake (D.D.S. '84) West Plains, Mo.
Infectious smile, fierce dedication, outstanding participation in life - these are only a few things that come to mind when I think of Dr. John Haynes. Dr. Haynes has been both a mentor and close friend for many years. Throughout my dental school experience, he was a constant source of support, both academically and personally. He is one of the most generous and committed people I have ever met, whether in dentistry, in an organization, or just life in general. Dr. Haynes inspires us all to be better clinicians, better participators, better people. I am certainly a better dentist and a better person for having known him. Nicole Gust (D.D.S. '01) St. Louis, Mo.
Please do not use this if I have mistaken the wrong individual as it has been over 20 years since I can remember anything, and since I do histopathology (in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology) at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, my mind may be really shot. At any rate, I do remember a John Haynes when I was a student working on rotation in the Pedo department. And if this is the same person who came by just to shoot the breeze (we would even talk about friends in the family, Wayne Reeves, who worked there in his way back when), all I have to say is this was a good memory. Dr. Haynes was a genuine and authentic good guy and I won't forget him. SB Williams (D.D.S. '83) Washington, D.C.
How does one begin to write about the many wonderful memories John Haynes brings to mind? He has touched the lives of so many people in so many ways. The mention of his name brings a smile to the faces of everyone who has had the honor to know him.As a first year dental student I found myself wondering through the halls of the school of dentistry somewhat lost and terrifically overwhelmed. Dr. Haynes' caring and personable demeanor was of great comfort to me as I began on my journey of dental education. Throughout the four years of dental school he became an increasingly valued friend and mentor. How could anyone be so caring and genuinely involved in his profession? One had to think at first that this was just a very responsible attitude toward his job. As I got to know John more personally I realized that it was not just a job but a true passion to his students, UMKC and friends. Never have I met a more devoted dentist. He loves dentistry in so many ways while many of us do well to only focus on only one aspect of dentistry. Two of my most cherished memories of Dr. Haynes are serving as president of the ZIP fraternity under his leadership and being a teaching assistant in his space maintenance laboratory. As I served in these positions, I didn't give nearly as much as I gained from his wisdom. Our discussions of life and "teeth" have served me well. John, your mentoring and friendship mean more to me than you will ever know! Congratulations on your induction as president of the American College of Dentists. Your contributions this year will be memorable. Also, thanks for 40 wonderful years of dental education and mentoring. Fondly, Steven Hechler (D.D.S. '84) Overland Park, Kan.
Dr. Haynes has always represented to me the consummate professional: he puts the patient's needs first, and he continuously gives back to his profession thru volunteerism. In school he taught us that people skills were as important as technical skills in getting the best treatment outcomes for our patients of all sizes. In the organized dentistry arena, he teaches us that people skills are also important: you can disagree without being disagreeable, and keep a sense of humor even when debate heats up. I'm proud of having attended UMKC and proud to say Dr. Haynes was one of our best professors. Vic Barry (D.D.S. '77) Seattle, Wash.
Congratulations on becoming the 2003-04 president of the American College of Dentists, and on your 40th anniversary as a faculty member at the school. And to think that I knew you back when Judy and I were attending Dental Hygiene school. By the way, thank you for taking our class picture at our 40th Dental Hygiene reunion. Hi to Judy! I know the two of you will have a wonderful time in San Francisco. Wish all of Judy's classmates could all be there for your recognition! Vicki Flesher Martin (DH '61) Parsons, Kan.
I rarely saw Dr. Haynes angry. I saw him take a problem and try and find a positive solution. He usually had a smile on his face and his energy was infectious. Dr. Haynes will be remembered for the rest of my life. William M. Payne (D.D.S. '79) McPherson, Kan.
John Haynes has been a living compass for me as a person and as a professional. I remember looking over the dividers in the dental clinic to watch John work with scared little patients. John didn't approach them cold and clinical but warmly as though he was their best friend. There was always a smile and kind word for the kids and students. It was apparent early on that he put the care in caring. I have never talked with John that I haven't laughed or seen someone laugh. John is always the first person to volunteer if something needed to be organized or a task needed to be completed. His friendship with Dr. Iwersen was a lesson on what it means to be a good loyal friend. His love for his family is transparent when he talks about them. I am proud and honored to know him as a friend. God bless you John Haynes. Bill Doyle (D.D.S. '77) Midwest City, Okla.
Dr. Haynes was my first "module instructor" when we moved from 10th and Troost to the new location at 25th and Cherry. I was delighted and amazed when I stopped by the school to visit my son a few years ago to find him working in the exact same cubicle where I first worked. Then around the corner came Dr. Haynes and said "Hello Bob, does this bring back memories?" Yes, indeed ... wonderful memories! Bob Smith (D.D.S. '72) Prairie Village, Kan.
I knew Dr. Haynes only as a graduate student and always wished that I had more time to learn from him. He is a "no nonsense" practitioner who shares all he has with his students, which makes him a top notch educator as well. Dr. Haynes sense of whimsy and love of baseball always started the year out with a much needed note of fun and a "we're in this together" spirit. Dr. Haynes, the next time you are near Des Moines stop in and we'll go to the Bob Feller museum. Old Bob Feller is still making appearances ... for a price I suppose. Every time I drive by that sign I remember you and you take on Iowa as I was contemplating setting up my practice. Thanks for everything! Take care, Bob Wade (PED '01) Des Moines, Iowa
It has been my pleasure to work with John Haynes these past ten years and share in his enthusiasm for the School of Dentistry and the students going through our programs each year. It is because of folks like John that I can honestly say I enjoy coming into work each day. Thank you John for the image you project about the SOD, and your unfailing support of this institution!! Cindy Amyot EdD (DH '92, M.S. '93) UMKC School of Dentistry faculty
I have known Dr. John Haynes since his UMKC Dental School days, and have always respected and sometimes been in awe by his frank comments and opinions. However, in his later years, I have been impressed by his changing style. He can now, with great diplomatic art, tell a person where to go and have them anticipate the journey. The American College of Dentists will thrive under your leadership and best wishes on your 40th anniversary as a UMKC Dental School faculty member. Lum (D.D.S. '54) & Mary Lou Young Camdenton, Mo.
I would like to express my appreciation of what I have learned from Dr. Haynes during my clinical rotation at Pediatric Department. He had taught us a lot of things during our rotation, however, I would like to share one example where he taught us the importance of how to behave in front of a child patient. He showed us what was the appropriate manner in front of a child patient. At that stage of my dental career, it was totally different ball game treating a children as compare to treating an adult patient. I was amazed how well he can handled and made those "crying" children smile again. Foeng T. Tham, J.D. (D.D.S. '91) Las Vegas, Nev.
Dr. Haynes is one of the great teachers I remember from my dental school days. I know he influenced my decision to become a Pediatric dentist.. I am privileged to call him a friend. Congratulations John !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! H. Edward Martin, M.S. (D.D.S. '69, M.S.PED '74) Overland Park, Kan.
Dr. Haynes not only was a fun-loving teacher, he was cheerful, energetic and playful as a father. That was my feeling when I was student at UMKC. I', sorry that I cannot attend the alumni function in San Francisco to shake his hand and hug him, but God willing I may later be in KCMO wishing him the best, long, healthy life, well deserved. Keep smiling Dr. Haynes with your baby face. Hossain Nasry (D.D.S. '90) Tucson, Ariz.
Congratulations from The Zambia Six-Year Molar Focus School in Chipata, Zambia. I was so very proud, honored and privileged to have one of my favorite dental school professors be installed as president of the American College of Dentist. I am most impressed and amazed at how far you have come from the basement at 10th and Troost in 1964-5. You, Dr. Art Iwersen and Dr. Jack Wells were my advisers along the way to the Pedo award in 1965. I later withdrew from the Pedo graduate program and returned to practice in Texas. I have been most fortunate in my life, with some tragedies, through the years and wanted to pay back a bit to the world and to God's Children in dire need. Teethsavers International is entering its fourth year after some 13 countries in Asia and Africa, with varying success and many failures. Our school offers a six-month certificate and the first class of graduates are Registered and Licensed by the Zambia Medical Council as Oral Health Educators. This very recent recognition and licensure has been my goal, the past two years or so, to establish a New Health Delivery System for Dentistry. Our people teach and treat (ART) in villages and decaying urban slums. We only teach 1) Where to find the six-year molars. Behind the baby molars. 2) How to clean the six-year molars. Eight times, back and forth - straight and flat - before bed. Focus ages 6,7,8 and 9 - Responsible adult brushes, as child learns. I want you, Sir, to know that your influence lives on through people like me, especially those of us who are going to spend the rest of our lives, as you have, doing something that will outlive us. Dr. Hamilton Robinson also lives on through me. Dr. Robinson taught me one of the most valuable lesson of my 66 years. He interrupted our senior lecture many times with "Remember, all we can do is give you a license to learn." I took his message to heart in dental and non-dental endeavors. One half of our course is non-dental and the number one requirement for admission, other than 12 grades, is heart and love. We are a compassion-based organization. I do hope you know how very much I enjoyed sending you this message, with such wonderful memories of you at 10th and Troost. I am So Happy for You - a Good Guy Won!! Jack Rudd, Director, (D.D.S. '60) Chipata, Zambia
If I live to be a hundred years old and someone mentions John Haynes, this is what I will remember most about him. I did fairly well in pre-clinical during my student days at UMKC. But when I "hit the floor" the summer of my third year, it was like being taken out of a warm bed and thrown in a tub of ice water. I struggled through the third and fourth years and probably had my biggest problem with pedo. For some reason I just did not mix well with kids and always felt intimidated by the pedo faculty, especially Dr. Iwersen. Dr. Haynes was easier to work with and he continued to encourage me to "hang in there" and constantly assured me that I would make it. Finally, make it I did, and the last week before graduation, John pulled me aside and told me that he was proud of me and I should be proud of myself for sticking with it and graduating on time. He also told me that I had come further than anyone in my class! I was so happy, I almost cried! Then, as he started to walk away, he turned and said, "But you still have a long way to go, you know what I mean?" James A. Dryden (D.D.S. '66, MSEND '72) UMKC School of Dentistry faculty
Dr John Haynes was my pedodontics instructor at UMKC School of Dentistry 1973-77. He is an excellent instructor. He always takes time to talk with you, even in 2003. I have the highest respect for his achievements in dental education and as a colleague. It is an honor to know Dr. John Haynes. He will do a fine job as president of the American College of Dentists. Kenneth J Weinand (D.D.S. '77) Independence, Mo.
I want to express my congratulations upon your being honored as the president of the American College of Dentists. I have always been impressed by your selfless servant's heart. You are a true gentleman, and I count it a privilege to have known you through the years. I also appreciate your humble spirit and your friendship, as well as the countless hours you have spent in advancing and improving our profession. I wish you the best my friend!!! Have a great meeting in San Francisco. Logan Childers (D.D.S. '66, PED '69) Independence, Mo.
I congratulate Dr. Haynes on his new position and for the momentous years of service. He has always been a very kind and energetic professor that made you feel like learning, but knowing it would be okay if you did not catch something right away with the kids. I have had the opportunity to consult with him since I graduated, and he is always concerned about my welfare. I consider Dr. Haynes a very deserving and accomplished practitioner. M. Conrad Journee (D.D.S. '97) Liberty, Mo.
I would like to say thanks to Dr. Haynes for providing a learning atmosphere that was full of advice from his years of experience and at the same time relaxed and fun! I graduated with the class of 2002. He is highly regarded among our class. He has a way of making you feel like a colleague even though you are his student. He's very down-to-earth and approachable. Those are rare qualities in a teacher. Our school is so very fortunate to have a teacher like Dr. Haynes. Hopefully his passion and zeal for his career will rub off on future students as it did on me. Thank you Dr. Haynes for your years of dedication to this demanding and rewarding profession. Stacy E. Becker-Walker (D.D.S. '02) Arnold, Mo.
My memories about Dr. Haynes are centered on the clinic floor, where, as a student, you tried to find "the answer" to your patient's clinical case. Dr. Haynes gave you the answer. He was there to help guide you in a caring, compassionate way. Both the patients and the students benefited from his kind and willingly given advice. Thank you Dr. Haynes! Tim Morgan (D.D.S. '79) Quincy, Ill.
Dr. John Haynes was always the most fair and encouraging instructor we had at the University of Kansas City School of Dentistry. He was always positive toward all of the students. He kept us going and full of hope. As many students as he has taught through the years, he seems to remember each of us as he encounters us at state dental meetings throughout the country. That is a gift we all appreciate. He is a great representative of the University in a wonderful way. Thank you for honoring him in this way. Dick K. Powell (D.D.S. '67) Stillwater, Okla.
This is a congratulation letter from Steve and Shivaun McArtor. We graduated in 1999. You remember, the perfect students. I got an email from UMKC SOD the other day reporting that you will be installed as the president of the American College of Dentist. This is a great honor to a well-deserving individual. I know that you were one of our favorite instructors and increased my love of dentistry, especially with children. Shivaun and I just had a baby boy on Aug 4th. Chase is doing great and we are getting him ready for dental school, so please stick around for a long time at the SOD. We live in Fort Collins, Colorado, so if you are ever in the area, please look us up and we hope to see you at a meeting in KC. Go Royals! Again, Congrats! Steve and Shivaun McArtor (D.D.S. '99) Fort Collins, Colo.
To me, Dr. Haynes was always a fresh reminder that being a good dentist/student/citizen wasn't always just about academics. Although, he stressed doing your best and striving to achieve academically, he also led by example that there was more to life than the classroom. I don't believe Dr. Haynes missed any extracurricular activities that I ever attended at the SOD. It seemed as though he was everywhere! I know that it made me a better person to have him as an example to follow. Laura J. Huyett (D.D.S. '00) Kansas City, Kan.
I would like to express my congratulations
to Dr.Haynes for his selection as President of the ACD. I
am a 1979 UMKC graduate who had the pleasure of being one
of Dr Haynes students. I am presently staff endodontist and
Navy Captain at the Naval Mdical Center, Portsmouth, Va. Please
forward this email to Dr Haynes! Respectfully, Robert
E Blundell Jr. (D.D.S. '79) Portsmouth, Va.
I first met Dr. Haynes when I toured the UMKC SOD as a prospective student. I remember that day like it was yesterday, mainly because of the lasting impression that he makes on those who have had the opportunity to know him. That is one of the many great traits of Dr. Haynes. I did not really get to know him well until I attended to the SOD. I had the great opportunity to work with him closely in some of the many active roles he played at the school. Whatever it was - a ballgame, a Tri-Fraternity gathering, or an alumni event - you could always bet that the first and last face you saw was that of John Haynes. Of all the people I have met over the years he has meant the most to me in this profession. He would always lend an eager ear and take every student's interest at heart. It is not only a great pleasure to call Dr. Haynes an impressive mentor, but also a truly great friend. Matt A. Niewald (D.D.S. '01) Chillicothe, Mo.