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UI dental alumni honor alumnus, educator of the year

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association honors two UI College of Dentistry graduates this weekend at the association's annual meeting.

The organization's Alumnus of the Year award goes to John C. Montgomery, D.D.S. Its Educator of the Year award recognizes Clemens A. Full, D.D.S. The award winners, both of Iowa City, will be honored at a ceremony Friday, Oct. 2.

Montgomery received a certificate in oral surgery from the UI College of Dentistry in 1959, having previously earned D.D.S. and master's degrees from the University of Missouri. He became chief of oral surgery for the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, and later was an instructor at the University of Nebraska. He returned to the UI to serve on the oral surgery faculty from 1963 until 1971, when he became professor and chairman of surgery at the University of Florida's College of Dentistry.

In 1974 he again joined the UI College of Dentistry as professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and executive associate dean, a post he held until his 1997 retirement. At various times he served acting or interim roles as dean, head of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and head of hospital dentistry at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He also established and directed the Oral and Maxillofacial Implant Center. He continues to play an active role with the college as senior advisor to the dean.

Montgomery's career has included leadership roles with the Midwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Iowa Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the executive committee of the American Association of Dental Schools.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and a fellow of the American and international colleges of dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also is a member of the American Association of Dental Schools, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association (IDA), and the UI Dental Alumni Association. His many honors include president's awards from the Pierre Fauchard Academy (1997) and the IDA (1986). He was the IDA's guest of honor in 1997.

Full grew up on a farm near Granville and served four years in the Air Force, earned a bachelor's degree from Loras College in Dubuque and worked as an analytic chemist before enrolling in dental school at the UI. He received his D.D.S. degree in 1963 and remained at the UI to earn a master's degree in pediatric dentistry. He joined the UI College of Dentistry faculty in 1965.

Full went on to head the University Hospital School's pediatric dentistry service and the dental college's postdoctoral pediatric dentistry program. He also created an oral rehabilitation program at the UIHC and developed surgical and orthodontic procedures.

His work brought him four Outstanding Instructor awards from the College of Dentistry. In 1978 he received a personal development award to support teaching and research at the University of London. Other professional activities took him to Egypt and Nicaragua.

Full served as president of both the Iowa Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Iowa Society of Dentistry for Children. He is a member of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He also organized the Southeastern Society of Dentistry for Children, a program to help general practitioners improve their knowledge of pediatric dentistry.