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Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Dean Emeritus Arthur A. Dugoni attends a special ceremony for recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

May  30, 2008

The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) Foundation honored Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus, with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 10 in New York. NECO presents the awards annually to distinguished American citizens of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world. Past Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients include six Presidents of the United States, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, leaders of industry, artists and others whose work has made a lasting impact on humanity. Dugoni accepted the award during a special ceremony held on Ellis Island.

"Receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor was an awesome, overwhelming experience," said Dugoni. "I was emotionally touched by the realization that my grandparents and parents came through Ellis Island and came to this country to find a better place for themselves, their children and future generations. I am truly honored and deeply humbled to have received this award."

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 is currently president of the American Dental Association Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the ADA, and 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 Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2006, he continues to be involved with the school and the university as dean emeritus, professor of orthodontics and senior executive for development.

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

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