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Former ADA President Frank Shuler dies

January 20, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

Palmyra, Wisc. — Dr. Frank Shuler, former ADA president and president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, died Jan. 15. He was 90.

Longtime leader: Dr. Frank Shuler is photographed at his desk on the executive floor of the ADA Headquarters in Chicago in the late 1970s.
Dr. Shuler ran his dental office for 40 years in Clinton, Wisconsin, after graduating in 1952 from the Marqeutte University School of Dentistry.

A longtime supporter and leader in organized dentistry, Dr. Shuler was president of the Rock County Association and Wisconsin Dental Association before serving on the ADA Board of Trustees for eight years and then as ADA president from 1976-77. For his dedication and leadership, the Wisconsin Dental Association honored Dr. Shuler with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

Colleagues recalled seeing him at Wisconsin Dental Association and ADA annual meetings for many years after he served.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Frank Shuler," said Wisconsin Dental Association Executive Director Mark Paget. "He remains an integral part of our history as someone who focused on encouraging members to be active in confronting the problems of the profession, a theme that continues today."

Dr. Shuler also served as president of the Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board and was a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He was one of the organizers of Wisconsin Delta Dental, and served on its board for many years, said his brother, Dr. Carl Shuler, who practiced alongside his brother for 30 years.

Dr. Carl Shuler described his brother as a "family man," diligent and willing to step up and take the lead in organizing community projects and activities related to organized dentistry.
Dr. Shuler served his community through membership in Kiwanis, the American Legion and other volunteer service groups. An avid woodworker, Dr. Shuler routinely made gifts for his children and grandchildren. In 2016, he witnessed his beloved Chicago Cubs win the World Series, his family said.

Dr. Shuler is survived by his wife, Jean, four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.