The Phillip Caldwell and John Christensen Graduate Fellowship Fund within the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry is now an endowment, officials from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry announced at an early October reception.
The fund became endowed at the $100,000 level and will provide support for graduate education for future pediatric dentists, said Dr. J. Timothy Wright, department chair and Dr. James W. Bawden distinguished professor of pediatric dentistry.
Drs. Robert Moran and Richard Brooks, School of Dentistry classmates and DDS graduates of the School, established the fellowship fund to honor the teaching excellence of Drs. Caldwell and Christensen, both of whom have educated hundreds of students and residents at the School. Moran and Brooks have a private practice in Cary.
More than 35 individuals contributed to the fellowship fund honoring Caldwell and Christensen.
Both honorees are graduates of the School of Dentistry’s graduate program in pediatric dentistry. Christensen also completed the School’s graduate program in orthodontics. Caldwell has practiced pediatric dentistry in Fayetteville since 1974, and Christensen has practiced both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics dentistry in Durham since 1986.
“They have imparted their warm interpersonal approach to teaching and their highly effective educational styles to help prepare students to provide excellent oral health care to children for over 20 years,” said Wright.
Dean John N. Williams, the honorees and their family members, fund contributors, Moran, Brooks, Wright and members of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry attended the reception.