Alumni Awards

Alumni of the Year Award
Alumni of the Year Award
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The UCLA Dentistry Alumni Award goes to Bruins whose accomplishments serve as a beacon for others. The Award honors individuals whose achievements have made substantial contributions to their profession and community. Learn about past winners and nominate a dental bruin today. 

Alumni of the Year Award

The UCLA School of Dentistry is proud to relaunch its tradition of recognizing distinguished alumni for their special contributions and achievements. Nominations are now open for the 2021 Alumni of the Year Award.

The award recipient will be publicly announced in May 2021 and will join a list of individuals who have made sterling contributions in the advancement of dentistry, education, leadership, and public service. 

Award Criteria

Please consider the following as you submit your nomination:

1. The nominee must show participation, service and leadership in the advancement of dentistry and dental health at the local, state, national or international level. 

2. The nominee must show participation and leadership in public service and/or community service at the local, state, national or international level. 

3. The nominee must be of good moral character and have made outstanding contributions to the dental profession in one or more of the following categories: art, science, scientific literature, organized dentistry, public service, outstanding service or contributions to the UCLA School of Dentistry.

Nomination Process

The 2021 Application period is now closed. Thank you for submitting your nominations. 

1. All nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2021 using our online nomination form

2. Any member of the community (alumni, colleagues, friends, family, office staff, etc.) can nominate a UCLA Dentistry alumnus (degree or certificate holder)

3. Each nomination package must contain a nominating statement as to why the nominee is worthy of such recognition. Supporting documentation is optional but preferred

4. Current members of the Dental Alumni Association Board are not eligible for this award

5. Previous recipients are not eligible for this award 

6. The honoree will be announced publicly in May 2021

Past Award Recipients

Past recipients of UCLA Dentistry Alumnus of the Year Awards have contributed significantly in their communities, distinguished themselves as public servants and volunteers, and set new standards of excellence in the dentistry profession or their alumni network.

Past Award Recipients

  • 1987 Jean Savage, DDS '71
  • 1988 Stuart White, DDS ’68
  • 1989 Roger Lent, DDS ’73
  • 1990 Glenn Clark, DDS ’74
  • 1991 Michael Gary Newman, DDS ’72
  • 1992 Arthur Hand, DDS ’68
  • 1995 Ronald Taylor, DDS '69
  • 1995 Ronald Tremmel, DDS ’69
  • 1997 Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS ’76, MPH ’80
  • 1998 Samuel Aanestad, DDS '73
  • 1999 Kent Farnsworth, DDS '70
  • 2000 Robert Merin, DDS’70
  • 2001 Jack Broussard, DDS ’76
  • 2002 Ronald Mito, DDS ’76, GP ’77
  • 2003 Russell Webb, DDS ’78, OS ’81
  • 2004 John Yagiela, DDS '71
  • 2005 Naomi Ellison, DDS ’81
  • 2006 Alan Felsenfeld, DDS ’74
  • 2007 William Morgan, DDS ’73
  • 2008 Carol Bibb, DDS ’78
  • 2009 Melanie Gullet, DDS ’83
  • 2010 Edmond Hewlett, DDS ’80, AP ’03
  • 2011 Richard Stevenson III, DDS ’86
  • 2012 Gary Parker, DDS ’77, GP ’78, OS ’82
  • 2013 Gregory Prince, DDS ’73, PhD ’75
  • 2014 Douglas Yoon, DDS ’83 & Adam Chen, DDS ’83
  • 2021 To be determined

Contact Us

Erik Martinez
Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations
(310) 206-0215
emartinez@support.ucla.edu