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UIC dental school publishes book celebrating its proud past

May 19, 2014

By Kimber Solana

American Dental Association
Roaring Twenties: A photo of a University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry clinic in the 1920s.

Recounting the rich history of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, the dental school published a color, 226-page book titled "Celebrating a Proud Past."

The book includes hundreds of photos with supplementing text, a section with notable faculty of the past and another portion highlighting current faculty, alumni, staff and friends of the school.

The book is dedicated to all the stakeholders, including faculty, administrators, patients, donors and students, who have led to the success of the dental school, said Dr. Bruce Graham, who was dean from 2000-13.

"Leadership is a constant theme throughout our history," said Dr. Graham. "From being the first dental school in the nation to have electric-driven dental engines and floor-mounted units, to inventions including the high-speed handpiece and ammoniated toothpaste, to founding national dental organizations, to setting the baseline standard for oral radiation safety, and even to inventing Flag Day, leadership always has been the word defining our college."

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry evolved from the Columbian Dental College, which was founded in 1891 in Chicago and informally affiliated with the University of Illinois in 1901. It changed its name to the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1905 and was charted as an official college of the university in 1913.The school celebrated its centennial last year. It kept that name until 1982 when it was changed to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

American Dental Association
History book: The cover of "Celebrating a Proud Past," a 226-page book on the history of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

The book includes sections for each of the dental school's specialty departments, interesting facts about the college and a list of award-winners.

In addition, the book contains articles about changes in the facility, curriculum and research mission; the importance of private support; social life at the school; student organizations; African-Americans and women in the dental profession; and reflections by retired staff members.

To purchase a copy of "Celebrating a Proud Past" (available for $40), contact William S. Bike, of the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, at 1-312-996-8495 or