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Former CDBP chair dies at 61

June 10, 2015

By Kelly Soderlund

Dr. James Richeson
Dr. Richeson
Chevy Chase, Md. — Dr. James G. Richeson, former chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, died May 30. He was 61.

Dr. Richeson served in a number of leadership positions within organized dentistry, in addition to the private practice he has owned in Washington, D.C., since 1981. Most recently, he served on the ADA’s Code Maintenance Committee, representing the Academy of General Dentistry, of which he was president of in 2002-03. He chaired the CMC in 2013.

“Being friends with Jim since my first year of dental school, I know that he loved people,” said Dr. Dave Preble, vice president of the ADA Practice Institute. “His family above all; his friends like brothers and sisters; and all who came into contact with him like they were genuinely important to him. I miss him already.”

Dr. Richeson was a member of CDBP from 2008-12 and was named council chair in 2011. In 1997-98, he was the president of the District of Columbia Dental Society.

Dr. Richeson graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in 1976 and received his D.D.S. from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1980, where he would later serve as a clinical instructor and lecturer.

He is survived by his wife, Anne “Nancy” Richeson and daughter, Suzanne Richeson. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Loyola Retreat House, P.O. Box 9, Faulkner, MD 20632-0009.