We are deeply saddened to report that Dr. Jim Bawden passed away peacefully on June 23, 2011. Iowa born and educated (DDS, MS and PhD), Jim was 82 years old. A pediatric dentist, he joined the dental faculty at UNC-CH in 1961. Jim served as Dean of the UNC School of Dentistry from 1966 to 1974. He was a researcher, a scholar, and a clinician, and in all these endeavors was an outstanding leader. Jim was a pioneer in the investigation of fluorides in preventive dentistry and was a visionary helping develop programs that addressed access to care for children less than three years of age that changed oral health care for children across the nation. Jim’s legacy in dentistry and his influence on the UNC School of Dentistry will remain with us and he will be missed very much.