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Dr. Charles L. Siroky, past ADA trustee and VP, dies at 76

September 11, 2013

By Kimber Solana, ADA News staff

Dr. Charles L. Siroky
Phoenix—Dr. Charles L. Siroky, a past ADA vice president and trustee who represented the 14th District, died Sept. 9. He was 76 years old.

A 1962 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Dr. Siroky spent about five decades taking on various leadership roles in the dental profession and education.

“We all feel that his priority was faith, family and then dentistry,” said Kathy Malone, Dr. Siroky's daughter. “I can't think of any dentist that was more charitable with his time and talents to give back to the dental community.”

Dr. Siroky represented the 14th District (Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) as an ADA trustee from 1995-99 after serving as vice president from 1993-94.

He served four years in the U.S. Army Dental Corp before moving to Arizona to practice endodontics for 48 years.

“He was prepared to work another two years but because of a sudden partial loss of his eyesight, he was forced to retire,” Ms. Malone said.

Dr. Siroky wanted to be a dentist from a very young age.

“In 8th grade he called the American Dental Association and asked what courses he needed to focus on in high school and college,” she said.

In addition to his service at the ADA, he was a member of the American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Academy of Dentistry International and the American Association of Endodontists.

He served as president for the Central Arizona Dental Society, the Arizona Dental Association and the Rotary Club of Phoenix.

Most recently, he was serving a 3-year term as the speaker of the International Council of the International College of Dentists, where he was a member since 1985. He was president of the ICD in 2011.

Funeral services for Dr. Siroky are set for 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E. Lincoln Dr. in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife Gayle of 53 years; daughter Kathy; sons Gary, Charley and Larry; and 12 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dr. Siroky's name to the International College of Dentists Global Visionary Fund for Dental Education and Humanitarian Care Projects, G3535 Beecher Road, Suite G, Flint, Mich., 48532; or the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation's AZ Dental Mission of Mercy, 3193 N. Drinkwater Dr., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251.