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Dr. Loren J. Feldner, former CODA, ADPAC chair, dies

January 28, 2019

By Kimber Solana

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Dr. Feldner
Dr. Loren J. Feldner, a dental educator and leader in organized dentistry, died Jan. 17. He was 58 years old.
    
Dr. Feldner was most recently elected to serve as chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation and previously served as chair of the American Dental Political Action Committee.
    
"Dr. Feldner's dedication to dental education and accreditation was expressed in his leadership and commitment to the work of the commission," said Dr. Arthur C. Jee, CODA interim chair. "Loren's enthusiastic approach to CODA's mission and his professional and collegial engagement with fellow commissioners will be missed tremendously. Dr. Loren Feldner was the consummate CODA commissioner."
    
Dr. Susan Becker Doroshow, ADA 8th District trustee, described Dr. Feldner's passion for legislative action and his ability to make connections with local, state and national elected officials as "legendary."
    
"I discovered first-hand just how far Loren was willing to go for opportunities to make these connections," Dr. Doroshow said, adding she had invited Dr. Feldner to a local Chamber of Commerce's annual "Legislative Forum" breakfast, attended by local and state officials, with rare appearances by a U.S. representative or Senate staffer.
    
"Loren drove more than 40 miles, crosstown in rush hour traffic, for nothing more than a few nods and waves to the county commissioners and state legislators," Dr. Doroshow said. "After breakfast, I apologized up and down for wasting his morning. He cheerily replied, 'Oh no — it's all good. They all saw us here!'"
    
Born in Tinley Park, Illinois, Dr. Feldner earned his dental degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1986. He practiced dentistry in Orland Park, Illinois, for 33 years.
    
In addition, Dr. Feldner was a clinical professor at his alma mater and earned a master's degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Along with serving as chair of CODA and ADPAC, Dr. Feldner acted as director of the Chicago Dental Society and held numerous offices in the Illinois State Dental Society.
    
According to his obituary, he filled his life with adventure, including boating, snowmobiling, racecar driving and traveling with his daughter.
    
"Loren was a generous man with an uncanny knack for making people feel good about life and themselves," Dr. Doroshow said. "His energy and optimism were infectious. He was modest, funny, unfailingly optimistic and kind. Quick with a joke or to laugh at one, but never at anyone's expense but his own. Dr. Loren Feldner lived his life with an unwavering belief that the things we do — for our families, our patients, our country — can and do make a difference."
    
Dr. Feldner is survived by his daughter Alexandra Lauren Feldner, siblings Duane (Meg) Feldner and Janeen (Robert) Pikula, and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
    
Funeral services for Dr. Feldner were held Jan. 26 at St. Alexander Church in Tinley Park, Illinois.
    
To honor Dr. Feldner, donate to Folds of Honor Dept. 13, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74182, foldsofhonor.org or the Chicago Dental Society Foundation, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, cds.org/smile/cds-foundation.