McFall, Former Periodontics Professor, Passes Away

Dr. Walter T. McFall, former professor in the UNC School of Dentistry Department of Periodontics, passed away on Friday, December 16.

The Georgia native came to Chapel Hill by way of Tennessee and Asheville before enrolling at UNC for college. He earned his bachelor’s degree in dentistry before pursuing his D.D.S. degree, which he completed in 1958. Dr. McFall began work at UNC, but soon decided he wanted to pursue a master’s of science degree in periodontics from the University of Washington. He completed that degree in 1961, after which he returned to the School of Dentistry faculty in periodontics.

During his time at UNC, Dr. McFall led the formation of the graduate program in periodontics at the school, which remained one of his proudest accomplishments. He also served on many school, University and professional committees in addition to his full-time professor appointment. He held elected positions in the UNC Dental Alumni Association, the Dental Foundation of North Carolina and the American Academy of Periodontics.

Dr. McFall is survived by his wife, Charlotte; and his daughter Anne Snowden McFall and her husband Spencer Whiting of Jacksonville, Fla.; and his son Walter T. McFall IV, and his wife Melany Denny McFall; and his grandson Walter T. McFall V (Quint) of Chapel Hill. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 28 at 3 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill.