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Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Receives ADA Presidential Citation, Steps Down as President of the ADA Foundation

Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni receives the Presidential Citation at the ADA Annual Session. (Photo by EZ Event Photography, courtesy ADA News. © 2010 American Dental Association)

October  21, 2010

In recognition of his years of outstanding service and devotion to organized dentistry, including his recent leadership of the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Orthodontics Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni was awarded the Presidential Citation from ADA President Dr. Ronald L. Tankersley on Oct. 12.

Dugoni received the Citation during the ADA Annual Session held in Orlando, Fla.  The event brings together thousands of leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry each year.

The American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) has announced that Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni will be stepping down as president of the organization after six years of service. Dr. David Whiston, who served as Association president from 1997 to 1998, will succeed him. The ADAF is dentistry's premier philanthropic organization.

"We are so grateful and appreciative of his service," said Jeff Beutler, interim chief executive officer for the ADAF. "Not only for his leadership during that time, but for his mentoring of ADAF staff and volunteers, which will have a positive effect for years to come."

During his leadership, Dugoni continued to bring dental practitioners, educators, researchers, manufacturers, dental trade associations and laboratory groups together to work for the betterment of oral health for all people. His proudest achievement has been the success of the "Our Legacy — Our Future" campaign. A fundraising effort with a goal of raising $1 billion to support dental education, the campaign has so far received more than $560 million, with 55% of the 141 partners reporting to date.

"Now more than ever, I am deeply proud of our profession and all that we have accomplished together," Dugoni said during his presentation to the ADAF House of Delegates meeting on Oct. 9. "I am grateful to you my professional colleagues for asking me often to serve our profession over these past 60 years. I tried hard not to disappoint you. A first-century Roman poet wrote 'To be able to look back on one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.' I now can look back and realize I have lived 170 years."

To better serve the public and the Foundation's goals in support of its four pillars of education, research, access to care and charitable assistance, Dugoni led recent actions by the board of directors to constitute the Foundation with new bylaws and enhanced governance, including four vice presidents, its own audit committee, interim chief executive and financial officers.

An exemplary educator, practitioner and leader, Dugoni became dean of Pacific's dental school in 1978 and is one of the most respected figures in the dental profession. He has served as president of the ADA, the American Association of Dental Schools, the American Board of Orthodontics and the California Dental Association. Dugoni was a member of the Council of the FDI World Dental Federation for nine years and served as treasurer and member of the FDI Executive Committee for six years.

Although Dugoni concluded his deanship at the Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2006, he continues to be involved with the school and the university.

Throughout his career, Dugoni has received countless awards and citations. In 2004, he became the first and only person in the United States or Canada to have a dental school named in his honor while holding the position of dean. He was elected to the prestigious FDI World Dental Federation List of Honour in 1998, which is limited to 30 individuals worldwide. Dugoni has presented more than 1,000 lectures, papers, clinics and essays and is the author of more than 175 published articles.

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Special Events

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