Richard E. McPhee, DDS, MS
Biologic & Materials Sciences
Richard McPhee, DDS, MS, professor of dentistry in the School of Dentistry, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1993.A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. McPhee studied electrical engineering at the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, and attended the University of Detroit before earning the DDS degree at the University of Michigan in 1966. In 1969, he received an MS degree in restorative dentistry from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
Dr. McPhee joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as assistant professor of dentistry in 1969; he was promoted to associate professor in 1975, and to professor in 1978. He held joint appointments in the Department of Prosthodontics and the Department of Biomaterials at the School of Dentistry.
He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and received the Kingery Prosthodontics Honor Award as well as a Quest for Technology Award. Dr. McPhee has served the School and the University through membership on a number of committees, including those governing admissions, curriculum, student affairs, the library, energy conservation, and multidisciplinary studies. He has also been a member of some 20 graduate student thesis committees. Dr. McPhee's service has extended to membership and offices in professional societies, including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics, the American and the International Associations for Dental Research, and the Intersociety Color Council. He has been on the executive council of the American Association of Dental Schools, and served on the executive committee and as president of the Francis B. Vedder Society of Crown and Bridge.
Known for his dedication to teaching, Dr. McPhee has been singled out by second-year dental students on two occasions, in 1984 and 1985, as Instructor of the Year. He has also contributed through research, particularly in the areas of porcelain, ceramo-metal, and ceramic restorations and techniques. Results of his studies have been published as articles in scientific and professional journals, as well as in manuals and chapters in several texts. Dr. McPhee has also developed nearly 20 television teaching tapes, primarily in restorative materials and procedures.
In support of his promotion to professor, Dr. McPhee was repeatedly characterized as a "devoted worker" and a "dedicated teacher," who endeavored to "improve teaching and advance his profession through research." Another of his colleagues pointed out that his background in engineering added a new dimension in "helping solve departmental problems, research, and dentistry in general."