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Dr. George S. Payne, former ADA trustee, dies

Santa Rosa, Calif.—Dr. George S. Payne, former ADA trustee (1990-94), died Sept. 12 surrounded by his family following a battle with cancer. He was 79.

"George Payne could best be described with one word—integrity," said Dr. Arthur Dugoni, dean emeritus, professor of orthodontics and senior executive in development at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. "He was a great trustee, a great educator and a wonderful family man. He decided not to run for ADA president—would have been a terrific president. He will be missed."

Added Dr. Russell Webb, ADA 13th District trustee: "He certainly did a lot for CDA and California dentistry."

In addition to his tenure on the ADA Board of Trustees, Dr. Payne served terms as president of the California Dental Association, the California State Society of Orthodontics and Northern California Component of the Edward H. Angle Society.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1951 then served as an assistant battalion surgeon to the 23rd Infantry Regiment in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the war, Dr. Payne earned his dental degree from the University of California-San Francisco School of Dentistry, where he also completed his training in orthodontics. UCSF invited him to become a faculty member in 1959, a post he held until 1970. 

Dr. Payne was generous in his contributions to his local community, having served as assistant scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts, Troop 32; president of Rotary International, Santa Rosa East; chairman of Santa Rosa Planning Commission; and chairman of the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation.

He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 54 years; daughter Janice; sons Warren; John; Brian, a dentist; and nine grandchildren.

Dr. Payne will be remembered Oct. 3 at a private memorial service. Donations in his name can be made to the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, Calif. 95401-4395.