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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 26, 2003

UI College Of Dentistry Alumni Present Annual Awards

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and the UI Dental Alumni Association will honor two alumni and a longtime administrator for their service to the college and the dental profession. The awards will be presented Oct. 3 as part of the college's annual alumni meeting.

Phillip Lainson, D.D.S., a 1962 graduate of the college and UI professor of periodontics, will receive the 2003 Alumnus of the Year Award. John Doering, D.D.S., a 1970 graduate and UI professor of family dentistry, will be honored as the 2003 Educator of the Year. This year, the college and alumni also will present the Honorary Award to Joe Brennan, former associate dean for finance and facilities, who retired this summer after 30 years with the college.

"These three individuals have earned the esteem of their peers and truly helped make our college what it is today," said David Johnsen, D.D.S., College of Dentistry Dean. "They are outstanding role models, and we are glad for this opportunity to honor their dedication and hard work."

An Iowa native who grew up in Council Bluffs and Des Moines, Lainson earned his undergraduate and dental degrees at the UI, then served with the U.S. Air Force. He returned to the UI to join the dental faculty and pursue specialty training in periodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with the gums and other supporting structures for teeth. By 1976 he had been promoted to full professor and named head of the Department of Periodontics, a position he held until 1998. He then served as graduate director for the department and today is director of the periodontics clerkship program for third-year dental students. He will retire next year after 39 years on the faculty.

Doering, originally from Fort Madison, Iowa, also served with the Air Force after completing his dental degree, later becoming a private practitioner in Colorado. He was recruited back to the UI in 1974 to help develop a new program that would become the college's Department of Family Dentistry. He earned a master's degree in higher education administration from the UI and served as assistant executive director of the California Dental Association before again returning to the UI faculty as vice chair of family dentistry. He directed a national conference on comprehensive patient care hosted by the college and helped to develop the UI Advanced Education in General Dentistry, a program he directed from 1985-1997.

Originally from Emmetsburg, Iowa, Brennan joined the UI in the early 1960s, holding several jobs before being named business manager for the College of Dentistry in 1973. His position evolved as Brennan assumed greater administrative responsibilities, becoming assistant dean in 1981 and associate dean eight years later. He retired this summer, but continues to assist part-time with a facilities assessment and accreditation processes.

The awards presentation is one of many social and continuing education events hosted by the College of Dentistry Oct. 3-5. Special events will reunite dental classes celebrating graduation anniversaries, from the 60-year reunion of the Class of 1943 to the five-year reunion for 1998 graduates.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5123 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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