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Alumni Association Honors Dean Ferrillo, Gary Mitchell and Jackie Speier with Medallions of Distinction

Dean Ferrillo and Representative Speier

March  10, 2011

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry alumni recently gathered in San Francisco for the Annual Alumni Meeting, a weekend-long event held each March. The 112th annual meeting featured continuing education courses, alumni recognition, reunion dinners and the 2011 Legacy Ball to celebrate philanthropy and honor donors.

During the Friday Alumni Luncheon held at the Fairmont Hotel, Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., Gary Mitchell and Congresswoman Jackie Speier 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.

Dean Ferrillo

Dean Ferrillo

Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr.

Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. became dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2006. He recently returned from serving for several months as interim provost at University of the Pacific in Stockton. In just five years, Ferrillo has made a distinctive mark on the dental school and provided thoughtful oversight for the school's numerous projects and endeavors. His impact and influence are seen in many areas including the school's fundraising, strategic planning, curriculum changes, technological advances and student leadership.

Ferrillo is constantly working to initiate collaborations and relationships with international dental schools on behalf of the Dugoni School. He is currently president of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations and helped launched the new Global Initiative in Dental Education Program. His guidance will also be instrumental in the coming years as the dental school seeks new facilities in San Francisco and plans for a new campaign to support the project.

"Thank you for welcoming me into this great community," said Ferrillo. "Receiving this award is very important because it shows I am really part of the family. Thank you for everything you have given me."

Mr. Gary Mitchell

Gary Mitchell became a member of the board of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation in 1998 and has held the position of president since 2007. Since 1998, he has also been president of Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance, which serves dentists and other businessowners throughout the western United States. He joined Mitchell & Mitchell in 1986. He purchased his father's practice in 1998.

Upon becoming a member of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation board, Mitchell became directly involved in the school's fundraising efforts. He supports a variety of funds including the Dean's Fund for Excellence, the Mitchell Family Endowment, Kids in the Klinic Endowment, Tau Kappa Omega Student Scholarship and the Classroom Technology Endowment. Mitchell attends numerous dental school functions each year, and his support has ensured the success of many events and campaigns.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Congressional Representative Jackie Speier has served her constituents since 1980 when she was elected as San Mateo County Supervisor. She was a member of the California State Legislature from 1986 to 2004. In 2008 she was elected to Congress to represent California's 12th District, serving southwest San Francisco and most of San Mateo County. She has authored more than 300 bills signed into law. Her legislative concerns include childhood cancer, consumer protection, education, energy and the environment, health care reform, transportation and infrastructure.

Speier has been an advocate of the Dugoni School of Dentistry for many years. She has attended and contributed to several dental school benefit events and was even a Pacific dental clinic patient herself as a child.

Alumni Reunions and Celebrations

Class gift

The Class of 2001 presents their class gift.

Numerous dental school classes hosted reunion dinners on March 4. Classes of 1951, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001 held events at restaurants and hotels throughout the city.

During the March 4 awards luncheon, alumni showed tremendous generosity through the presentation of class gifts to benefit the Dean's Fund for Excellence, endowments and other programs at the school.

The Class of 1971 donated $308,220 and received the Boxton Bowl, awarded to the class with the largest reunion gift. The Class of 2001 received the Tocchini Bowl for the highest percent of a class participating in a class gift and the McDowell Bowl for highest amount of Dean's Fund giving over the last five years. The Class of 1966 won the Dugoni Bowl for the highest percent of a class in the Endowment & Legacy Society and the Redig Bowl for the highest percent in the Dean's Fund Leadership Club. The Sloman Bowl was awarded to the Class of 1951 to recognize the highest percentage of a class attending the reunion.

The weekend also featured the 2011 Legacy Ball, held March 5 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The Legacy Ball is an annual opportunity for the dental school to thank and honor its many donors and supporters. This year, guests enjoyed an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music and dancing, as well as the museum's current exhibit featuring the art of Bali.

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Special Events, Alumni

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu