Boston University professor gives $3M to dental school
May 19, 2015
— The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine announced May 18 it would establish an endowed full scholarship in honor of the late Dr. Oreste Zanni, who gave to the school more than $3 million from his estate.
The scholarship will be awarded to a resident enrolled in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics. In addition, a treatment center in the dental school's proposed clinical facility will be named The Dr. Oreste Zanni Post-doctoral Periodontic Patient Treatment Center.
"We are so very grateful for this generous bequest, which speaks to Dr. Zanni's love of the profession of dentistry, his affection for his alma mater, and the importance he placed on education," said Dr. Jeffrey W. Hutter, BU dental school dean.
Dr. Zanni was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. in biology from Merrimack College in 1968 and a D.D.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1973. Dr. Zanni was a clinical associate professor and clinic director in the Department of Periodontology at BU's school of dental medicine.
In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Zanni received the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the residents enrolled in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics at BU's school of dental medicine. In 2008 and 2009, he received the Educator Award from the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Zanni died July 15, 2013, after suffering a heart attack. He was 66 years old.