Awards, Dental Foundation

Honoring the Dental Foundation of North Carolina, Dental Alumni Association Award Recipients

The Dental Foundation of North Carolina (DFNC) and the UNC Dental Alumni Association (UNCDAA) each annually honor individuals for various accomplishments. Each organization’s Board of Directors names these recipients, and later the recipients are honored in the spring.

The UNCDAA Distinguished Service Award was awarded to Joe Camp, D.D.S ’64. The award honors exceptional service to the school and the profession of dentistry as well as a significant impact on the UNCDAA. Camp has been in private practice in Charlotte since 1972, and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Endodontics.

The UNCDAA John C. Brauer Award recipient was Dr. Mike Roberts. This award, named for the school’s first dean, recognizes outstanding service to the school over a lifetime of service. Eligible candidates are senior faculty/administrators of the school, or alumni and friends who have made outstanding contributions to the school. Roberts, Henson Distinguished Professor and associate chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, previously served as the department’s graduate program director for five years before becoming department chair, a role he held from (1994-2004). For the last 10 years, Roberts has acted as the associate chair of the department.

UNCDAA Honorary Lifetime Membership was awarded to Dr. C. Lee Sockwell and Dean Jane Weintraub. This honor is given to a non-alumnus who the UNCDAA Board wishes to recognize for outstanding service to the school. Dr. Sockwell served on the school’s Department of Operative Dentistry faculty for many years, and is still a well-known, well-loved retired faculty member. Dean Weintraub joined the school in 2011 as dean, and previously had been a member of the school’s faculty from 1988-96.

The DFNC Class of 1958 Distinguished Service Award recipient was Dr. Gary Slade, John W. Stamm Distinguished Professor. The award, established by the school’s D.D.S. Class of 1958, recognizes research conducted by a school faculty member that has the greatest potential for direct contributions to the practice of dentistry and dental health. Slade was selected for his paper titled “Effects of Fluoridated Drinking Water on Dental Caries in Australian Adults,” which was published in the Journal of Dental Research.

A new award presented by the DFNC was the Four Corners Study Club Faculty Mentoring Award. The study club, named for Dean Smith’s famous offense, was established by Billy Williams, D.D.S. ’85, and Kenny Morgan, Jr., D.D.S. ’85. The club’s current membership established this award in 2013 to recognize outstanding mentoring practices provided to UNC School of Dentistry faculty by full-time faculty members. This inaugural recipient was Professor Rebecca Wilder, director of faculty development. She has been instrumental in organizing the school’s mentoring program and, under her leadership, the program has seen great success.

The DFNC Distinguished Service Award was awarded to B.C. Raynor, D.D.S. ’67, and Margaret Raynor, a 1967 graduate of the UNC School of Nursing. This award recognizes a lifetime of outstanding contributions to DFNC and the school through leadership, contributions made to dentistry, civic leadership and service to the community, among other qualifications. The Raynors have endowed five scholarships to support D.D.S. students, and also named the Dr. B.C. and Mrs. Margaret Raynor Café and Dining Area. The couple is generous with their time and financial support, not only to the UNC School of Dentistry, but also to the UNC School of Nursing and the University as a whole.