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University of Iowa News Release

April 28, 2006

Johnson Named Walton Professor Of Endodontics

William T. Johnson, D.D.S., professor and head of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry Department of Endodontics, has been named the Richard E. Walton Professor of Endodontics.

The professorship honors Richard E. Walton, D.M.D., a UI professor of endodontics who served as chair of the department from 1983-1996.

A named, endowed professorship recognizes distinguished faculty and provides an annual amount of funding in partial support of salary or teaching, research or scholarship expenses. The Walton professorship was established through gifts to the UI Foundation in a campaign led by Keith Krell, D.D.S., of Des Moines, a UI adjunct professor of endodontics and a 1981 graduate of the college.

"The Walton Professorship is our first named professorship in honor of a current faculty member," said David Johnsen, D.D.S., dean of the UI College of Dentistry. "It is most fitting that the name of the professorship and its first recipient are both of unquestioned national stature."

Johnson joined the UI College of Dentistry in 1991 as director of the postgraduate education program in endodontics, and he has served as head of the department since 2003. He has served as president of the American Board of Endodontics, the certifying board for the specialty of endodontics, and as director of the American Association of Endodontics. He is the editor of the textbook, "Atlas of Endodontics," which is used widely in this country and internationally. He also currently serves as editor of the Year Book of Dentistry and as a reviewer for the Journal Of Endodontics.

Johnson earned a D.D.S. degree at the UI in 1975, and he received certification in endodontics at the UI in 1981. Prior to joining the UI faculty in 1991, he was chair of the Department of Endodontics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln.

Walton is recognized as an innovative dental educator and a mentor for UI faculty and pre- and postdoctoral students. Through his efforts, many faculty and students participating in endodontics research activities have received national recognition. His book, "Principles and Practice of Endodontics," has been widely used and referenced for more than 16 years. A UI faculty member since 1983, Walton entered phased retirement in 2005.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visit its Web site at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Writer: Andrea Schreiber