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Drs. Bob Boyd, Tom Indresano and Dennis Shinbori Honored with Medallions of Distinction at Annual Alumni Meeting

Drs. Boyd, Indresano and Shinbori (from left to right), 2012 Medallion of Distinction Winners.

March  13, 2012

More than 1,600 alumni and supporters of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry gathered in San Francisco for the 113th Annual Alumni Meeting held March 9-10, 2012. The meeting, one of the largest alumni gatherings in recent memory, featured numerous continuing education courses, alumni recognition opportunities, reunion dinners and social events capped off with the festive 2012 Legacy Ball: Cirque Dugoni.

During the Alumni Recognition Luncheon held at the Fairmont Hotel on March 9, Drs. Robert Boyd, Thomas Indresano and Dennis Shinbori - all faculty members at the school - were awarded the Alumni Association's highest honor, the Medallion of Distinction. This recognition is given to recognize service, support and dedication to the dental school, the Alumni Association, the profession of dentistry or to society in general.

Dr. Robert Boyd is professor and chair of the Orthodontics Department at the Dugoni School, a position he has held since 1996. In his time as leader of the Orthodontics Department, he has overseen the expansion of the residency class size to eight members; guided the clinic remodel; and facilitated the introduction of the Invisalign ApplianceTM into the clinic.

Boyd is a published author; a global speaker in high demand; and a champion of dental research for both orthodontics and periodontics. He also holds the position of the Dr. Frederick T. West Endowed Chair, in which he is responsible for procuring the speaker for the annual Frederick T. West Lectureship, a continuing education program for orthodontics.

Dr. Thomas Indresano is professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) at the dental school. He is the inaugural director of the school's OMFS program, which has become one of the most respective and competitive programs in the country. He has served as a mentor for numerous residents, and is a strong leader for his department.

Indresano currently serves as president of the American Society of TMJ Surgeons; is the author of hundreds of publications; and is responsible for numerous research grants at the Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Dr. Dennis Shinbori is a member of the Class of 1975 and served as the Annual Meeting Program Chair for the 2012 meeting. He is currently a clinical associate professor in the Department of Removable Prosthodontics, and has held the title of dental school faculty member for 37 years.

Shinbori is highly active in organized dentistry, and this year is reprising his role as chair of the American Dental Association Committee of Scientific Sessions, a position he held in 1993 and 1998. He also maintains a private practice in San Francisco.

Numerous classes hosted reunion dinners on March 9. Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002 held events at restaurants and hotels throughout the city.

Class of 1977 check presentation.

Class of 1977 representatives present their class gift of $280,760 at the Alumni Luncheon.

During the Alumni Recognition Luncheon, alumni showed their generosity and Pacific Dugoni spirit through the presentation of class gifts to benefit the Pacific Dugoni Annual Fund, endowments and other programs at the school.

The Class of 1977 donated $280,760 and received the Boxton Bowl, awarded to the class with the largest reunion gift and the McDowell Bowl for highest amount of Dean's Fund giving over the last five years. The Class of 2007 received the Tocchini Bowl for the highest percent of a class participating in a class gift and the Redig Bowl for the highest percent in the Dean's Fund Leadership Club.

The Class of 1952 won the Dugoni Bowl for the highest percent of a class in the Endowment & Legacy Society. The Sloman Bowl was awarded to the Class of 1967 to recognize the highest percentage of a class attending the reunion.

The weekend also featured the 2012 Legacy Ball: Cirque Dugoni, held March 10 at the San Francisco Galleria and Design Center. The Legacy Ball is an annual opportunity for the dental school to thank and honor its many donors and supporters. Guests enjoyed an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music and dancing, as well as dynamic entertainment to go along with the event's "cirque" theme.

This year, the school hosted a special "Construction Kickoff"-themed reception on March 9 for all alumni and guests. The reception focused on the school's new building in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco. Major renovations will soon begin on the structure that will become the dental school's future home. Guests enjoyed themed cocktails, a photobooth with construction props, and a faux wall-bashing ceremony led by the new Alumni Association President Dr. Gene Santucci; Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr.; University President Pamela Eibeck; and Dr. Stephen Rose '79, president of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation.

On March 10, alumni were invited to tour the future home of the dental school on Fifth Street in SoMa. Shuttles ran from the Fairmont Hotel to the new building, where school leaders were on hand to share renderings and draft floor plans and answer questions.

For those interested in attending next year's alumni weekend, the 114th Annual Alumni Meeting will be held March 8-9, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Special Events

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