Pediatric Dentistry Loses Two Founders of Modern Pediatric Dentistry in One Month
Pediatric Dentistry has lost two founders of modern pediatric dentistry in one month, Professor Gerald Wright who developed the basics of behavior management in dentistry for children and Professor Milton Houpt whose research in dental conscious sedation for children remain classics and are required reading for postgraduate study and ongoing clinical trials.
They started out together at University of Toronto Dental School as undergraduate classmates and they left the profession and this world together.
Both were devoted IAPD Board of Director members and they will be greatly missed.
Full Biography: Professor Milton Houpt
The International Association of Paediatric Dentistry mourns the passing of one of its most esteemed and respected members, Professor Milton Houpt.
Dr. Milton Houpt has passed away in New York surrounded by the love of his family on November 28, 2019.
Dr. Milton Houpt was Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Dentistry at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. As part of his training, he earned the Master of Dental Science (1968), Master of Education (1970), and Doctor of Philosophy (1971) degrees, all from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1968, he attained a Certificate of Specialty in Pediatric Dentistry and in 1982 he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Houpt served on the editorial boards of six national refereed journals and for seven years, he served as Editor in Chief of Pediatric Dentistry, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and after was designated Editor Emeritus of that journal.
He was internationally respected as a revered academic and researcher. Dr. Houpt was an intellectual giant, author or co-author of some 117 scientific journal papers and the recipient of many honors.
Dr. Houpt served as a consultant to the American Dental Association, the USA National Dental Examination Board, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Resources and Service Administration. For seven years, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Houpt believed in the IAPD’s mission and was a trusted advisor and counsel for the organization. He served on the IAPD Board of Directors as Honorary Editor during the years 2009-2015.
In 2017, the IAPD Board of Directors bestowed upon Prof. Houpt Honorary Membership which is awarded to a limited number of distinguished people who have made extraordinary contributions to realize the objectives of the Association.
Dr. Houpt was respected and admired by the hundreds of dental and graduate students he trained. Many of them continued in his footsteps becoming department chairs, researchers and leaders of pediatric dentistry.
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