James Eagle Jr., clinical professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry, retired on December 31, 2002 . A member of the UNC DDS Class of 1966, he set up practice in Spencer , NC where he worked until joining the School of Dentistry faculty in 1989.
At the School he served as director of Comprehensive Care and provided coverage in the Comprehensive Care and Urgent Care clinics. He was also an active participant in the Dental Faculty Practice. In addition to clinical teaching duties he was responsible for the 3rd and 4th year DDS practice management course.
Over the years, students have honored Eagle with back to back Richard F. Hunt Memorial Awards for Excellence in Teaching (1992 and 1993) and five certificates of appreciation. In 1998 he was the recipient of the School’s Employee of the Year award and recognized by the American College of Dentists Carolina Chapter with an award for excellence in teaching.
Eagle and his wife, Pat, are building a new home and plan to be the site managers for the construction crews contracted to do the work. “Pat knows exactly how she wants things done and she [we] will be there every day to insure that the work is done to her specifications,” Eagle said with a wry smile.