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Honorary members receive their due

Orlando, Fla.—The ADA Board of Trustees conferred honorary membership Oct. 12 on Mary K. McCue, Dr. Burton Conrod and Dr. Raphael Baldacci Filho Jr. for their dedication to the profession of dentistry.

Dr. Raphael Baldacci Filho Jr. and Dr. Burton Conrod display their honorary membership certificates at the House of Delegates Oct. 12
Honored: Pictured from left, Dr. Raphael Baldacci Filho Jr. and Dr. Burton Conrod display their honorary membership certificates at the House of Delegates Oct. 12. Photo by EZ Event Photography

Each year the Association bestows honorary memberships on those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry.

Since 2000, Mary McCue has served as the executive director of the Montana Dental Association but her dedication to dentistry really began when the organization hired her as its lobbyist in 1990. In his nomination letter, Dr. Roger L. Kiesling, incoming 11th District trustee, wrote that her “abilities as executive director, legal counsel and lobbyist have been superior in every way as she has successfully guided the Montana Dental Association through some difficult challenges with limited resources.”

Two of Ms. McCue’s most notable accomplishments are the work she did in helping defeat state denturists’ challenge to broaden their scope of practice in relation to implants. That alone, Dr. Kiesling said, saved the association “tens of thousands of dollars.”

She has also worked tirelessly on behalf of mental health and helping patients with special needs find treatment in all aspects of health care.

Known for dedication to workforce and global health issues, Dr. Burton Conrod has been a force in organized dentistry for more than 30 years.

In 2007, the Nova Scotia native became the first Canadian to hold the FDI World Dental Federation’s highest office when he was installed as president.

Mary McCue
  Not attending the ceremony is Mary McCue.

“People really gravitate to him and respect him,” said Dr. John O’Keefe, editor of the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. “He’s a really approachable leader, a great listener with an amazing sense of humor. He commands respect among the CDA staff and we just love the guy.”

An avid gardener, hunter and fly-fisherman, Dr. Conrod is a general dentist who practices with his wife, Dr. Connie Conrod, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. From 2000-2001 he served as president of the Canadian Dental Association and in 2006 received the Distinguished Service Award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

In 2007, Dr. Conrod told the JCDA that he credited George Weber, former CDA executive director, with getting him involved in global dentistry.

“He opened my eyes to health care needs around the world and the positive effect that global organizations can have.”

A native of Caçapava, San Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Raphael Baldacci Filho has balanced dental education and Brazilian politics since 1955.

Among the many achievements he is credited with, most notable are his efforts to get the Sao Paulo Dental Association’s new headquarters built—a labor of love that began in 1988 and took more than 10 years to complete. In 2002, the organization renamed the building in his honor.