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Biologic and Materials Sciences and Division of Prosthodontics

William C. Godwin


William C. Godwin, DDS, MS
Biologic & Materials Sciences
Professor Emeritus

William C. Godwin, DDS, MS, Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics, completed his phased retirement on January 31, 1989. Dr. Godwin was an officer in the Air Force from 1943 to 1947 where he received the purple heart, air medal, and silver star. He attended Wayne University, entered the School of Dentistry and received his DDS in 1951, and his MS degree in 1954 in Prosthodontics. Dr. Godwin was named assistant professor in the School of Dentistry in 1955, associate professor in 1956, and professor in 1964. He maintained his private practice until 1983. 

Dr. Godwin's teaching has been primarily in undergraduate prosthodontics, and in continuing education courses. Dr. Godwin has supervised the construction of mouthguards for the University of Michigan football and hockey players. He has encouraged dentists in various towns throughout the state to provide mouthguards for high school athletes and has been successful in this endeavor. Dr. Godwin has authored numerous articles and has participated in many symposia on intra oral protection and related subjects promoting the prevention of oral facial injuries to athletes. He served as Vice-President of the Ann Arbor Hockey Association, and President of the Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey League, and was dental consultant to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at The University of Michigan. Dr. Godwin was consulting editor for the American Dental Association (ADA) Journal, and chair of the Michigan State Dental Association Committee on Mouth Protection. He was awarded the Governor's Trophy in Health Sciences in 1962 and a Certificate of Merit from The University of Michigan in 1982. 

Dr. Godwin's dedication and excellence as a preclinical and clinical teacher lead to his receiving the Paul Gibbons Award as outstanding teacher of the year in 1976. His research activity has included the development of a mouthguard to protect the dentition of athletes in contact sports. Beyond this he has been instrumental in the development of model programs to provide athletes with custom filled mouthguards.