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New biography highlights the life and times of Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni

August 28, 2015

Bio: This is the cover for "Quest for Excellence: The Arthur A. Dugoni Story," a new biography on Dr. Dugoni, a former ADA president and longtime dean of the University of the Pacific dental school.
From growing up in a struggling immigrant family that endured the challenges of two world wars to becoming one of the most respected figures in dental education, a new biography explores the life of Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni.
"Quest for Excellence: The Arthur A. Dugoni Story" — released in April — was written by San Francisco journalist and author Martin Brown, who compiled and wrote the 300-page book's 21 chapters from more than two years of interviews.
"Art has had a fascinating life filled with twists and turns that will surprise and delight readers of this work," said Mr. Brown in a press release.
Dr. Dugoni, 90, served as dean from 1978 to 2006 of the University of the Pacific dental school, which was renamed the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2004 in his honor.
The biography includes little-known stories of Dr. Dugoni's family and childhood days in San Francisco's predominantly Italian neighborhood of North Beach, how he met his wife during World War II, his personal rise at a successful private practice and his years leading organized dentistry. Dr. Dugoni served the ADA as trustee 1984-87; treasurer, 1987-88; and president 1988-89. He also served as ADA Foundation president from 2003-10.
"After he retired as dean I realized we had an opportunity to collect a much more complete understanding of his life, his remarkable marriage of 65 plus years and the wonderful family he created with Kaye," said Mr. Brown.
During Dr. Dugoni's 28 years as dean, the school credits him with developing and managing many innovations, including enhancing the humanistic model of education.

"At Pacific we build people, and along the way they become doctors," is one of his famous mantras, according to the school. Today, Dr. Dugoni continues to be involved with the university as dean emeritus and professor of orthodontics.
The biography is available through or by contacting the school's Alumni Association at 1-415-929-6423 or The book is $35 plus $10 shipping and handling. Signed copies are available upon request.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the school's Alumni Association.