I grew up in the Northwest graduating from Bremerton High School and the University of Washington. After five years as a Naval Aviator I decided to become a dentist, returning to the University of Washington for my Periodontal specialty training and Masters in Oral Biology. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made as dentistry has allowed me to be of service to others as a major university graduate program director, a lecturer in many countries, conduct basic research and provide advanced periodontal and implant care for many patients for over forty years. However, without question the most rewarding aspect of my career has been the patients I have privileged to know and care for. I was also recruited to the University of Southern California in 1972 to work on a PhD in Molecular Biology.
I have served on several committees of the American Academy of Periodontology and I am also former President of the Western Society of Periodontology. I continue to be a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a recipient of numerous academic awards.
I now practice part-time spending my “semi-retirement” gardening, as a mentor in leadership courses at Western Washington University, playing golf, service in our church and continuing to develop my culinary skills.