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Bone tissue expert Donald Enlow dies

July 23, 2014

Donald H. Enlow, Ph.D.
Milton, Wis.—Donald H. Enlow, Ph.D., an esteemed dental researcher and bone tissue expert, died July 5 at age 87.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Dr. Enlow’s research impacted multiple disciplines including orthodontics and other dental specialties. His work also had significance in the fields of anthropology, biology and paleontology.

Dr. Enlow authored a wealth of papers and books, including the “Essentials of Facial Growth,” on the growth and structure of bone and how they relate to human facial development and dentistry.

He amassed a collection of about 100,000 bone specimen slides useful in bone morphology and histology that he gifted to the Hard Tissue Research Unit at New York University College of Dentistry. In 2006, New York University College of Dentistry held the Donald H. Enlow International Research Symposium in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Enlow’s first published paper, a seminal reference on comparative bone biology and paleontology, in the Texas Journal of Science.

Dr. Enlow earned a master’s degree in 1951 from University of Houston and a Ph.D. in anatomy in 1955 from Texas A&M University. Later, he became an assistant professor of biology at West Texas State University. He held other academic positions in the Anatomy Department of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and West Virginia University School of Medicine. In 1977, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was the Thomas Hill Distinguished Professor and Chairman of Orthodontics until 1989 and where he also served for three years as acting dean of the dental school at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

The family held a private memorial service July 16.  In lieu of flowers, the family preferred contributions to the Donald H. Enlow Scholarship Fund at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, care of the Department of Development/Alumni Relations Office, 2124 Cornell Road, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106.