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Alumni Reunite for Homecoming Weekend Activities

Eighteen graduates of the Dental Class of 1963 returned to Ann Arbor during Homecoming Weekend to receive Emeritus medallions and pins marking the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the School of Dentistry. Photo by Melissa Squires
Dr. Bud Straffon receives his emeritus medallion from Dr. Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, associate dean for Academic Affairs. Photo by Melissa Squires

It was a special time for everyone.

In mid October, graduates of the Dental and Dental Hygiene Classes of 1963 returned to the University of Michigan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the School of Dentistry.

Dean Laurie McCauley, who kicked off the School’s Homecoming Weekend activities for the first time since becoming dean, welcomed graduates and their spouses.

"You are a vital part of our tradition of excellence."
Dean McCauley

“Welcome back. Welcome home,” she said at the start of the emeritus medallion and pinning ceremony held in the recently renovated Kellogg Auditorium. The auditorium was a familiar site to the alumni who attended many lectures there as students in the late 1950s and early 1960s. “Though years have passed since your graduation, this is still your home. We’re glad you could be here,” she said.

McCauley presented a snapshot of the School today including information about students, faculty, research and alumni. She told the Classes of 1963, “You excelled as students. You have left your mark as alumni of our School and continue to do so. You are a vital part of our tradition of excellence.”

Five dental hygiene alumnae also received an emeritus medallion marking the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

Eighteen members of the Dental Class and five graduates of the Dental Hygiene Class of 1963 were then called by name and received a medallion that was placed around their neck by Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, associate dean for Academic Affairs. Each also received congratulations from McCauley, had their photo taken with the new dean, and received an emeritus pin from Dr. Dennis Lopatin, senior associate dean. Class photos were taken moments later.

Afterwards, alumni and their spouses toured the Dr. Roy Roberts Preclinical Laboratory, renewed friendships during a luncheon in the Sindecuse Museum Atrium, and witnessed the induction of the late Dr. James R. Hayward into the School’s Hall of Honor and the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Wendy Kerschbaum.

Dr. James R. Hayward Inducted into Hall of Honor

After Dr. Joseph Helman (left) presented the late Dr. James R. Hayward for induction into the School’s Hall of Honor, Dr. James S. Hayward (center) and his brother, Ralph, expressed their family’s appreciation for the honor. Photo by Melissa Squires

World-renowned oral surgeon Dr. James Rogers Hayward was inducted into the School’s Hall of Honor. Established in 2003, Hall of Honor inductees are posthumously honored for their lifetime contributions to the dental or dental hygiene professions.

During a nearly 30-year career at the U-M School of Dentistry and the Medical School, Dr. Hayward helped develop oral surgery training standards and protocols. He was known worldwide as an extraordinarily gifted surgeon who emphasized knowledge, preparation, and excellence in clinics and classrooms.

“Dr. Hayward was a giant in our profession,” said Dr. Joseph Helman, chair of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry, who presented Hayward for induction. “Dr. Hayward and Dr. Chalmers Lyons helped to make Michigan’s oral surgery program the greatest oral surgery program anywhere in the world.”

After receiving a replica of the Hall of Honor plaque, Dr. James S. Hayward (DDS 1973), said the induction “was an honor for our family. The University of Michigan and the School of Dentistry provided many opportunities for my dad to succeed.”

Dr. James S. Hayward, Martha Hayward and Ralph Hayward stand near the plaque that honors the achievements of the late Dr. James R. Hayward.Photo by Melissa Squires

Wendy Kerschbaum Receives Distinguished Service Award

Congratulating Wendy Kerschbaum (second from right) after receiving the Distinguished Service Award were (left to right): Anne Gwozdek, Lisa Dodge, Dean Laurie McCauley, Kerschbaum and Janet Kinney. Photo by Melissa Squires

“This award is such a wonderful way to wrap up a career that was more rewarding than I ever imagined when I began teaching here at the School of Dentistry, part time, in the 1970s,” said Prof. Wendy Kerschbaum after receiving the Distinguished Service Award. “This award means so much to me because it’s from colleagues and friends who I have worked with for so many years.”

Kerschbaum directed the School’s dental hygiene program from 1988 to 2012. Presenting the award, Dean Laurie McCauley read a tribute to Kerschbaum written by Janet Kinney, the new director of the dental hygiene program, and Anne Gwozdek, director of the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program.

Kerschbaum was described as “forward thinking” and “the consummate representative of the U-M School of Dentistry. Her achievements always brought a new level of respect and recognition to the School.”

Gala Celebration for Graduates

Nearly 200 alumni from the dental and dental hygiene classes (who graduated in years ending in 3 and 8) and their spouses celebrated on campus during a Friday evening gala at the Michigan League.The highlight of the evening was an appearance by the U-M Fan Fare Band that fired up the crowd prior to Saturday’s game against Indiana.

Dr. Laurie McCauley spoke to dental and dental hygiene graduates and their spouses during a gala celebration at the Michigan League. Photo by Melissa Squires
Dean Laurie McCauley talked to several School of Dentistry alumni following the gala celebration at the Michigan League. Photo by Melissa Squires
The U-M Fan Fare Band got the crowd ready for the Michigan game against Indiana. Photo by Melissa Squires