CHAPEL HILL – The Stout Orthodontic and Pediatric Dentistry Clinics at the UNC-CH School of Dentistry were dedicated in honor of Dr. Frank Stout and his wife, Carol, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 22, 2002.
Participating in the ribbon cutting were the Stouts’ son, Cam Stout, UNC-CH Provost Robert Shelton, School of Dentistry Dean John Stamm, Mike Roberts, chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and Camilla Tulloch, chair of the Department of Orthodontics.
The Stouts have been long-time supporters of UNC-CH. While serving on the steering committee for the School of Dentistry’s Campaign for Excellence in the early 1990s, Dr. Stout recognized the School’s need for financial support, so he and Mrs. Stout made a generous contribution to help create new orthodontic and pediatric dentistry clinics at the School.
The Stouts’ goal in making their contribution was to improve the educational experience of orthodontic and pediatric dentistry students by establishing new clinics in which they treat patients. Both the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Department of Orthodontics enjoy a reputation as international leaders in their respective fields, but the previous clinics had become dated and inadequate. A gift benefiting orthodontics and pediatric dentistry was especially appealing for Dr. Stout because of his interest in both fields.
Dr. Stout said he was amazed by the new facilities. “The clinics are truly world-class, and we were bowled over with how beautiful they are,” he said.
Located on the second floor of Brauer Hall, the new 21,447-square-foot orthodontic and pediatric dentistry clinics were completed and opened in the fall of 2000, but the official dedication ceremony occurred only recently.
“We gathered a close, small group of friends to belatedly christen the clinic,” Dr. Stout said. “It revived all the wonderful feelings we had back in 1994 when we made our gift. We felt so proud again – about the whole idea behind it and about the way it had been accomplished.”
Dr. Stout earned his undergraduate (1965) and DDS (1968) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his master’s in orthodontics from Boston University.
Stout returned to North Carolina in 1970 to establish an orthodontics practice in Fayetteville, NC. He practiced there for 28 years until his retirement, but he continues to work on a part-time basis in his former practice, now known as Stout-Booth Orthodontics. Dr. Stout also owns Stout Properties, a real estate development and management firm, with his son, Cam.
The Stouts split their time between residences in Fayetteville and Wrightsville Beach.