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Dr. Riddle-Fletcher, National Dental Association president, dies at 55

July 08, 2014 Baltimore—Dr. Alison Riddle-Fletcher, the 2014-15 president of the National Dental Association, died July 1. She was 55 years old.

A 1987 graduate of Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C., Dr. Riddle-Fletcher was a leader in organized dentistry, becoming the 90th president of the NDA.

"NDA has lost a dedicated and dynamic leader, and the world has lost an amazing human being," Robert S. Johns, NDA executive director said in a message to its members. "She leaves behind a legacy of commitment, service and strength, and her champion's spirit will forever be part of the fabric of the NDA."

Dr. Riddle-Fletcher, a third generation dentist, practiced general dentistry in Baltimore with her husband, Dr. Nathan Fletcher. Prior to her installation as NDA's president, she served with the NDA's Gulf State Dental Association, the NDA's Maryland Dental Society and as the parliamentarian of the NDA House of Delegates.

Dr. Riddle-Fletcher received several community service awards for her work, including the Mayor's Citation for Service and the Conscientious Dentist Certificate for her service with the Baltimore City Public Health Department.

"The American Dental Association and the dental community sends its condolences to the family of Dr. Alison P. Riddle-Fletcher, D.D.S., upon her untimely passing," said ADA President Charles H. Norman. "Dr. Riddle-Fletcher dedicated her life to helping others on a local and national level. Her contributions to her community and dentistry will be missed."

A celebration of life event for family and friends is scheduled for Aug. 2 at the New Psalmist Baptist Church, 6020 Marian Drive in Baltimore.