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Former ADA president, Dr. S. Timothy Rose, dies

September 30, 2019

By Kimber Solana

Appleton, Wis. — Dr. S. Timothy Rose, who served as ADA president from 1998-99, died Sept. 24. He was 77 years old.

Dr. Rose
Dr. Rose
A strong proponent of organized dentistry, Dr. Rose also served as president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology and as a trustee of ADA’s 9th District, chairing various committees.

As ADA president before the start of the 21st century, one of Dr. Rose’s focuses in his term was to encourage the profession to take an unflinching look into its future and anticipate new challenges by developing innovative solutions.
One of his first official acts was to create and convene a Future of Dentistry Committee, which he said would enhance, not supplant, the ADA’s strategic plans.
“We may not agree with all of the findings and proposed solutions,” Dr. Rose said in his address to the ADA House of Delegates as president. “But we must agree at the onset that we will use the findings of this project in their totality to help lead our profession into the next century.”
Dr. Rose was also a driving force in getting the ADA and the profession up-to-speed in electronic communications, including bolstering the role of the ADA’s website.

“[] is the gateway to information and information exchange,” said Dr. Rose in a 1998 ADA News interview. “It will include the ability to interact with colleagues, to gain significant scientific information, to conduct electronic commerce, to use the Internet and to do a host of other activities. We’re at the early stages, but we’re moving down that road.”

Born on March 12, 1942, in Charleston, West Virginia, Dr. Rose is a 1967 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He became the first dentist in a family where his grandfather and uncles were physicians. After graduation, he served as a major in the U.S. Army Dental Corps from 1967-70 in Germany and returned to Ohio State to pursue his periodontal training.

Dr. Rose and his wife, Virginia, ultimately settled in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he began his periodontal practice.

Beyond dentistry, Dr. Rose’s interests included vintage automobiles, antiques, refereeing college-level football, and serving in various community leadership roles, including on the board of directors of his local chamber of commerce and American Cancer Society chapter.

Dr. Rose is survived by his wife; his three children: Catherine, Thomas and James; 10 grandchildren; and two sisters, Susanna Schelbert and Deborah Moore. He is preceded in death by his father, Stanley; his mother, Margaret; and his son, Christopher.

A celebration of life will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Oct. 12 at his home in Appleton, Wisconsin, along with an informal service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a memorial fund at