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ADA Presents Distinguished Service Award to Dr. William Calnon

October 12, 2018

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HONOLULU — The American Dental Association (ADA) Board of Trustees will award William Calnon, D.D.S., the ADA Distinguished Service Award at ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting, Oct. 18-22 in Honolulu. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor given by the ADA Board of Trustees.

Dr. Calnon previously served as president of the ADA, and now serves as president and interim executive director of the ADA Foundation. He is also president of the Eastman Dental Center Foundation, an executive committee member of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network and a professor of dentistry at the University of Rochester. He is a past president of the New York State Dental Association, Seventh District Dental Society and Monroe County Dental Society. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Calnon opened his Rochester, New York-based practice in 1981. 

“This award is the highest honor conferred by the ADA Board of Trustees, and I am proud that he is being recognized for his countless contributions to dentistry in this way,” said Joseph P. Crowley, D.D.S., ADA president.

“I can think of no one who deserves the Distinguished Service Award more than Bill Calnon,” said Gary Roberts, D.D.S., immediate past president of the ADA and a member of the ADA Foundation Board of Directors. “Bill has been a shining beacon of what it means to be a leader because he leads through example. He undertakes every task with his whole heart, which inevitably leads to success. His leadership abilities are only exceeded by his humility and good humor. There is no better choice for this award.”

In reaction to the award, Dr. Calnon said, “I hope it’s because I have made a difference. As a leader you never look for accolades, but just hope that your leadership style is effective.”

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