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Sally Holden (1934-2015)

Ann Arbor, MI — July 22, 2015 — Professor Sally Holden, who taught dental hygiene at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for more than 30 years, passed away June 14.  She was 81.

In addition to being an educator, Holden was a consultant to the Michigan State Board of Dental Examiners, the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association and the New York Public Health Department in Buffalo.  She was active in organized dentistry as a member of the Michigan Registered Dental Assistant Examination Committee and held professional memberships in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Michigan Association of Dental Hygiene Educators.

After receiving her dental hygiene degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Holden returned to Colorado to work with the Denver public schools for two years as a dental hygienist.  She earned a master’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1970, and a certificate in dental auxiliary faculty training in 1977 from the University of Washington.

She joined U-M as a research associate in 1969, became an instructor two years later, and was named an associate professor in 1977.  She retired in August 1999.

While teaching at the School of Dentistry, Holden co-authored Dental Anatomy Workbook with faculty member Dr. Richard Charlick, which was published in 1974 and updated in 1993.  She mentioned in the Spring & Summer 2000 issue of the school’s alumni magazine, DentalUM, that the project “was a success because other workbooks were published in subsequent years that were modeled after ours.”  She also wrote Head and Neck Anatomy, a 400-page workbook in 1985.  It was updated in 1995.