New Dentistry Chair Honors Mentors' Efforts

A college education opens up our minds to many new ideas, but no one would argue that our education ends on graduation day. We continue to learn, often by sharing information and experiences with professional colleagues. When Lloyd Chapman began his orthodontia career in the 1940s, he studied with mentors like Arnold Stoller and Donald McEwen, volunteer lecturers at the University of Washington who were helping to pave the way for a new specialty in dentistry.

We're honored and grateful that the Chapmans chose to establish this endowed chair here at the School of Dentistry.

"Knowledge should be made available equally to everyone, and it should be used to help people. Stoller and McEwen were sterling examples of those principles, and we want them to be remembered," says Chapman.

To honor his mentors, Chapman and his wife, Kay, donated $1 million to endow the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health at the UW School of Dentistry. The chair will be awarded to a nationally recognized dentistry faculty member for research, teaching and professional activities.

"We're honored and grateful that the Chapmans chose to establish this endowed chair here at the School of Dentistry," says James C. Steiner, acting dean of the school. "Continual advances in dentistry make it necessary for professionals in the field to share information with our students. This endowed chair will help us recruit and retain the most outstanding professionals to our faculty.

Chapman, who earned his degree at the University of Toronto, practiced orthodontics for approximately 30 years in Vancouver, B.C., and Bellevue. He became a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and continued the tradition of sharing professional information in every way he could. This spirit of sharing is essential to professional development and advancing the field of dentistry, he says. "I hope that the UW uses this gift to continue its good programs and help people.

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