Scholarship honors late Dr. DePaola
October 21, 2013
By Kimber Solana, ADA News staff
—In memory of the late Dr. Dominick DePaola, a renowned dental educator and researcher, the American Dental Education Association established a scholarship to help train future academic leaders.
The scholarship was established in collaboration with the American Association for Dental Research with a commitment from the Colgate-Palmolive Co.
The $15,000 scholarship award is given to an academic dental institution faculty member, who has shown potential for leadership, to participate in the ADEA Leadership Institute. The yearlong program seeks to prepare the scholar for a leadership position in an academic dental institution.
“We are pleased to support this important scholarship in the name of such an influential leader,” said Dr. Fotinos S. Panagakos, global director of Scientific Affairs at Colgate-Palmolive Co., in a press release.
Dr. DePaola died unexpectedly April 16 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 70. He was highly regarded for his research on nutrition as it relates to oral health and disease—work that earned him an honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association, the only dentist so honored.
Throughout his career, Dr. DePaola published more than 80 scholarly articles and textbook chapters. He also gave more than 1,000 national and international lectures. In addition, he was the first person to hold both the ADEA and AADR presidencies. At the time of his death, he was academic dean of the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“Dom was a warm, inspiring leader who lives on through the countless lives he touched during his decades of service to academic dentistry and patient care,” said Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, ADEA president and CEO. “We are proud to honor his commitment to academic dentistry with this scholarship to help develop future academic leaders.”