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Dr. R. Wayne Thompson Receives UMKC Alumni Achievement Award

The UMKC Alumni Awards Banquet was held Thursday, April 16, 2009 on campus at Pierson Hall. These awards are a UMKC Alumni Association tradition to honor alumni who are making a difference. Dr. R. Wayne Thompson (DDS ’67, MSORT ’72) was the Dental Alumni Achievement Honoree. Dr. Thompson’s roots in rural Kansas and his education at the UMKC School of Dentistry have led him to prominence in his service to the profession. Since 2007, he has served as an ADA Trustee, devoting hours of service to organized dentistry. He is a past president of the Kansas Dental Association, and has been recognized as Kansas Dentist of the Year by his peers. He has volunteered as a leader at UMKC, helping to found the UMKC Orthodontic Alumni Association, and is past chair of the Rinehart Foundation. He is also president-elect of the UMKC Dental Alumni Association.

The UMKC School of Dentistry expresses its sincere gratitude to Dr. Thompson for his continued work on behalf of the School and the profession.

Dr. Jack Brown to Receive ADA Distinguished Service Award
The American Dental Association has announced that L. Jackson Brown (DDS ’69) will be awarded the 2011 Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Trustees Dr. Brown will be presented with the award at the ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas.

During his career Dr. Brown spent 11 years with the ADA, stepping down in 2007. After ending his tenure with the ADA, he started a consulting firm, L. Jackson Brown Consulting LLC, and was named editor of the Journal of Dental Education, the monthly peer-reviewed publication of the American Dental Education Association.

To learn more about Dr. Brown and his career, visit the ADA website at:


Dr. John Haynes, Kansas City, received the Distinguished Service award from the Missouri Dental Association in recognition of his many years of service and dedication at the UMKC School of Dentistry.

Dr. Haynes has been influential in the development of every dentist in Missouri since his appointment as a clinical instructor in pediatric dentistry in 1962 and in his current role as pediatric dentistry department chair, for which he has served since 1992.In addition to teaching, he continues to serve the University with his involvement in student activities and the UMKC Dental Alumni Association.

Among numerous honors, Dr. Haynes was the 1992 UMKC School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year, after having served as president of the Dental Alumni Association in 1988. He received the Elmer F. Pierson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and in 2004, was recognized as the University of Missouri Kansas City Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Haynes served as Supreme President of the Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity 1984-1986 and was named outstanding chapter advisor 2001-2003.

Dr. Haynes is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, for which he served as president in 2003 and in 2004, president of the ACD Foundation.

He is a 1960 graduate of the UMKC School of Dentistry and received his masters in education from UMKC in 1971. Dr. Haynes says the successes of his students are his greatest rewards.

Dr. Haynes and his wife, Judy, live in Kansas City. They have two children and one grandson.

At a recent Alumni gathering at an MU fooball game,
Dr. John Haynes was spotted being inducted as an honorary
“Golden Girl”. He’s received so many well deserved honors
lately - now a “Golden Girl”. What’s next?

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Gary Grantham (DDS ’69) and his wife, Cheryl, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by taking their two sons and four grandchildren to Ixtapa, Mexico. Travel has always been one of their passions. They have visited 74 countries and all seven continents. Most of their travel has been since Dr. Grantham retired in 1998 after serving 30 years in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. He is proud to have served his country as a Navy Captain for 14 of his 30 years with the Navy and Marine Corps. He was fortunate enough to be awarded the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals. Since retiring, he has been doing volunteer work as a naturalist leading nature and birding walks for several different organizations.
Dr. and Mrs. Grantham at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

John Kiesendahl (DDS ’67), UMKC adjunct assistant professor of dental morphology and occlusion in the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences, was named the Laboratory Instructor of the Year in 2014 and 2015 from the Classes of 2017 and 2018, respectively. He received the 2014 Samuel E. Hayes Award for service and was the first recipient of the John Haynes Leadership Through Service Award presented at the Pouring from the Heart fundraising gala during the 2015 Midwest Dental Conference. He also was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. “I am grateful, honored and overwhelmed to have received these awards.”

George Myers (DDS ’65) and his wife, Andrea, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 19, 2015. He is retired but still performs oral surgery at the local Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head, S.C., where they treat low income, uninsured people who live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie Island.

John Wittrock (DDS ’60) brags that his classmate, Roger Felt (DDS ’60), is still practicing and seeing patients at age 93. Dr. Felt has a practice in Layton, Utah.

Richard Bennett (DDS ’64), Emporia, Kan., retired Dec. 31, 2012. His son, Brenton, joined the practice in 1989, as well as Michelle Malone (DDS ’10). “I am in good health. All of my nonessential organs are gone. My wife, Rosie, passed away four years ago. My father practiced dentistry for 50 years, counting the dental school years and years of active practice. We represent 135 years of dentistry. I couldn’t be more proud. I have eight grandchildren, and I hope at least one goes for dentistry.”

L. Jackson Brown (DDS ’69), Leesburg, Va., has three sons (two lawyers and one physician) and 10 grandchildren (five girls and five boys). He just celebrated his 47th wedding anniversary. He’s living life semi-retired: running a consulting firm with 20 years as a PHS officer, Director, Division of Epidemiology & Oral Disease Prevention; NICDR Director, Health Policy Analysis; and ADEA Editor, Journal of Dental Education. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the ADA, Distinguished Service Medal from U.S. PHS, and Presidential Citation from ADEA. He was named the UMKC School of Dentistry’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

George (Mike) Allison (DDS ’64) Great Bend, Kan., reports that he is still mayor of Great Bend. His wife, Sally, passed away in 2009.

Richard McKinney (DDS ’64) Clovis, N.M., has been married for 22 years to Carol Deane. He’s still practicing three days a week. His practice is now For Sale. They plan to retire and move to Ruidoso, N.M., in the mountains!

Karl E. Voldeng (DDS ’64, Ort ’70), Scottsdale, Ariz., retired in 2011 from his orthodontic practice in Scottsdale. He and his wife, Mina, have three grown children. He stays active with civic organizations, hikes with his wife and their Aussie dog, horseback riding, biking, snow shoeing and fly fishing. Their favorite place is Telluride, Colo.

Ron Grout (DDS ’69) Highlands Ranch, Colo., is still practicing full time and enjoys what he is doing. He has worked with his son in dentistry since 1996. His son graduated from UCLA in 1995. They have quite a rivalry between KU and UCLA during basketball season. He plans to continue working another three to five years.

George Karr (DDS ’60), Rolla, Mo., has been retired since 2004. His wife died four years ago. He attends church weekly and is in the Rolla Rotary Club.

Robert C. Beaver (DDS ’64), Andover, Kan., will have been married to Helen Louise for 55 years in August. He is still working four days a week. They enjoy traveling in their 1929 and 1931 Model A cars. Their farthest driving trips have been Galveston, Green Bay and Vancouver. They have three grown children and six granddaughters.

Richard Brown (DDS ’64), Westminister, Colo., practiced dentistry in Colorado for 40 years. He sold his practice in 2011 and now enjoys retirement. He served six years as president of the Denver Dental Society of Adams County. His first wife, Tam, passed away in 1983. He married his hygienist of 39 years, Sharon Moore, in 2005. They have enjoyed climbing, hiking, racing sailboats at Dillon reservoir in the summer, and sailing San Francisco Bay in the winter. They continue to sail a remote-control sailboat and still travel.

J. Michael Allen (DDS ’64), Orlando, Fla., still practices and serves as dental director of Orange Blossom Family Healthcare Center in Orlando.

Robert C. Lee (DDS ’64), Lake Quivira, Kan., retired in 2004. He enjoys traveling, golfing, and Dixieland band music. He plays piano, trumpet, trombone and banjo. He also sings in professional ensembles. In his spare time he is a master gardener.

Samuel J. Higdon (DDS ’64), Portland, Ore., has devoted his practice to the management of temporomandibular disorders for 30 years. He is the author and illustrator of a patient education aide, “Illustrated Anatomy of the Temporomandibular Joint in Function/ Dysfunction,” now in an expanded 2nd edition.

Jerry Fankhauser (DDS ’69), Springfield, Mo., sold his practice in 2012 and is working part time. He has been married 46 years and has one son. He is still an active scuba diver.

Ken Lyle (DDS ’69), Manhattan, Kan., retired from practice in 2012 after 40 years. He and his wife try to spend as much time as possible with their seven grandchildren.

Ben K. Sherman (DDS ’69), Silver City, N.M., received a Fellowship in the International College of Dentistry and a Masters in the Academy of General Dentistry. His son, John, graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 2002 and took over his practice.

Donald W. Ogburn, DDS ’63, (Nevada, Mo.) reports that he and his wife will celebrate 50 years of marriage in November. They have two great children and three very special grandsons.

Robert Peterson, DDS ’63, (Kansas City, Mo.) has been involved with real estate and volunteers at the World War I Museum and at a primary public school as a tutor since he retired from the UMKC School of Dentistry.

Joel Hamilton, DDS ’63, (Hot Springs, Ark.) relocated to Hot Springs in January 2011 and has opened a new practice. John Ladas, DDS ’68, (Blue Springs, Mo.) is married to Jill and has five children. He sold his practice in 2008 and works part time as an assistant clinical professor at UMKC School of Dentistry.

Grant Cookson, DDS ’63, (Parkville, Mo.) retired in1997 and is enjoying each and every day. He helped plan the Class of 1963’s reunion at the Midwest Dental Conference in 2013.

Howard Eppinger, DDS ’63, (Loudon, Tenn.) says he loves the Smokies and the weather is great most of the time. He plays golf two to three times a week and is doing some woodworking. His wife, Pat, reads a lot, works puzzles and shops. He says Tennessee is a great place to live and retire.

Thomas Hoyne, DDS ’63, (Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.) retired from private practice in 2000 after 37 years. He is currently a senior trustee of the Missouri Archaeological Society. His archaeological specialty is “Late Archaic Sedalia Phase” circa 1500 B.C.

Ron Riley, DDS ’64, UMKC clinical assistant professor of endodontics, was presented with the UMKC Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award by UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton and UMKC Alumni Association President Jerry Lonergan at the “Celebrating Excellence” ceremony, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The honor is awarded annually to an outstanding teacher in each of these academic units: the Schools of Dentistry, Law and Medicine and the Bloch School of Management.

Peter Robinson, DDS ’66, (Winnetka, Ill.) is teaching periodontics part-time at the University of Illinois-Chicago and holds the position of professor of periodontics at the University of Illinois. His other accomplishments include dean emeritus and professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut.

Bob Gross, DDS ’68, (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) retired last year from his oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. He spent 15 years in academics at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and LSU Medical Center.

Thomas Munger III, DDS ’68, (Anchorage, Alaska) still maintains two offices by himself. One office is located in Anchorage and one in Homer. He enjoys fishing at Homer.

Jack Copeland DDS, 1961- Retired in 2007 after 47 years of practice and enjoys intarsia and scroll sawing.

Pete Steinhauer, DDS ’62, (Boulder, CO) U.S. Navy 1965-1967- 3rd Marine Division, Vietnam. Private practice in Boulder, CO 1967-1997. Past president: Colorado Society of Oral Surgeons, Rocky Mt. Society of Oral Surgeons. Speaker of the House for the Colorado Dental Association. Resent, University of Colorado 1994-2006. He is still married to Julianne, 54 years and has 10 grandchildren. He has done volunteer oral surgery in Vietnam annually for the past 22 years. Enjoys golf with Pete Spence, “Living the good life.”

George R. Myers, DDS ‘65, (Hilton Head Island, SC) Serves as an Oral Surgeon at Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Hilton Head Island, SC.

Charles J. Purma, DDS ’67, (Scott City, KS) Is still practicing 3-4 days a week. He has also started to plan for retirement in a year or two.

Larry Rush, DDS ’67, (Colorado Springs, CO) is still working but actively pursuing a sale/transition. He has been married 44 years, 3 sons, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He is currently considering a move to Costa Rica.

Larry Sheldon, DDS ’67, (Olathe, KS) Retired.

Ronald L. Shipman, DDS 67, (Cleveland, OK) Retired from practice in Sapulpa, OK in 1995 and moved back to hometown of Cleveland, OK in 1996. He taught math at Cleveland High School for 13 years. Retired again and now serving as Mayor of Cleveland, OK.

Gweldon L. Long, DDS ’61, (Maryville, Mo.) enjoys spending winters in Palm Desert, Calif., and summers in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Larry Jacobson, DDS ’61 (Kansas City, Mo.) is enjoying practicing periodontics.
Jack Copeland, DDS ’61, (Glendora, Calif.) retired in 2007 after 47 years of practice and enjoys intarsia and scroll sawing.

James R. Whitehead, DDS ’61, (Tulsa, Okla) survived 10th & Troost!

Tom Berry, DDS ’61, (Denver, Colo.) is still teaching at the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine. Judy and Tom have two sons and three grandchildren who live in the Denver area.

Harry Jett, DDS ’61, (Salina, Kan.) and his wife, Ann, have been retired for 11 years. If he were doing it all over, he would work as long as he could.

Lawrence J. Purcell, DDS ’61, (Littleton, Colo.) retired from private practice in 2004. He has volunteered one day a week as a dentist at an inner city health center in downtown Denver, Colo., since his retirement.

Herschel L. Stroud, DDS ’61, (Topeka, Kan.) retired in 1997 and now lectures nationwide on civil war medicine. He also sings in a barbershop quartet. He plays the trumpet and sings in the 15-piece big band Kings of Swing. Herschel celebrated his 80th birthday in September 2010 and will celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary in February 2011. He enjoys travel in Hispanic countries.

Floyd R. Harris, DDS ’66, (Lowell, Ark.) retired four years ago. He is living on Beaver Lake in northwestern Arkansas with a grass landing strip in his front yard and his Glastar (home-built plane) tucked away inside!

Michael L. Milford, DDS ’66, (Dodge City, Kan.) retired Jan 1, 2010.

J. Konrad Rock, DDS ’66, (Lake City, Colo.) retired in November 2007 and moved to Lake City, Colo., where they live full time.

Peter Robinson, DDS ’66, (Winnetka, Ill.) received the title of dean emeritus (University of Connecticut) in 2007 and professor emeritus in 2009. He moved from Connecticut to Winnetka, Ill., in 2010.

Dr. Donald S. Linhart (Mission, Kan.) is retired.

Dr. Russell Riggs (Rogers, Ark.) is retired, a full-time volunteer, and a newlywed.

Dr. Roderick A. MacDonald (Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada) is retired and still healthy. He enjoys woodworking, golfing and chauffeuring grandchildren.

Dr. Erbin E. Jones (Arlington, Texas) retired in 2006.

Dr. Frank Ferson (Salina, Kan.) retired January 1, 2009.

Dr. Theron C. Johnson (Tucsan, Ariz.) is retired.

Dr. James W. Schatz (Springfield, Mo.) retired in 2000. He enjoys volunteering and has seven grandchildren. He says that he putters around and enjoys attending basketball and baseball games. He does genealogy research and has published a book about 300 years of his father’s family.

Dr. A.P. Soldan-Els Jr. (Independence, Mo.) retired from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1996 and is a professor emeritis. During his career he was honored as Instructor of the Year (8 years) Distinguished Teacher (9 years) and received Classes of ’94 and ’96 Teacher Award. He served as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Jackie, have been married for 55 years and have two children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Edward J. Lamb (Olympia, Wash.) has been retired since 1999. He is playing a lot of golf and has a hole- in-one about every other year.  He spends six months in Washington State and five to six months in Arizona at Sun City West. He RVs and does some boating to Canada and Alaska.

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