Ethel McKee Earl, former director of the Dental Assisting Program for 19 years, died May 29, 2005. She was 85. Ethel Earl was named Dental Assisting Program Coordinator in 1966 and became the Director in 1973. She retired in June 1985. During her years of service at the UNC School of Dentistry, Ms. Earl served as a faculty member in the Dental Auxiliary Teacher Education Program, Teacher Training Institutes for Dental Assisting and was a contributing author to a series of dental assisting manuals which accompanied the textbook The Dental Assistant by Roger Barton. These manuals were used extensively for over two decades in the Dental Assisting Correspondence Course. Ms. Earl also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Dental Assistants Association and as a consultant to the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.