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Texas Dental Association president dies at 61

January 09, 2015

Dr. McCarley

Photo courtesy of the Texas Dental Association

McKinney, Texas
— Dr. David H. McCarley, president of the Texas Dental Association, died on Jan. 4. He was 61.

Dr. McCarley served in multiple leadership roles in organized dentistry at the local, state and national level. He was a member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs from 2008-12; a member of the ADA House Standing Committee on Credentials, Rules and Order in 2012; a member of the ADA Standing Committee on Council on Constitution and Bylaws from 2008-11; and was president for the Fourth District Dental Society from 1985-90, according to an obituary posted on the TDA website.

Dr. McCarley received his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1981 after obtaining a bachelor's degree in microbiology at Texas Tech University. He was a founding member of the TDA Young Dentist Committee in 1988 and served until 1992, when he became the youngest person ever elected to the TDA Board of Directors, according to the obituary.

Dr. McCarley enjoyed spending time with his wife, Lee Ann, and their five children and four grandchildren, according to the TDA website. He enjoyed traveling and working with horses on his family's ranch.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation. Visit the website to make a donation online or call 1-800-832-1145