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UI dental alumni honor alumnus, educator of the year
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association
honors two UI College of Dentistry graduates this weekend at the association's
The organization's Alumnus of the Year award goes to John C. Montgomery,
D.D.S. Its Educator of the Year award recognizes Clemens A. Full, D.D.S.
The award winners, both of Iowa City, will be honored at a ceremony Friday,
Montgomery received a certificate in oral surgery from the UI College
of Dentistry in 1959, having previously earned D.D.S. and master's degrees
from the University of Missouri. He became chief of oral surgery for the
U.S. Air Force Hospital at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas,
and later was an instructor at the University of Nebraska. He returned
to the UI to serve on the oral surgery faculty from 1963 until 1971, when
he became professor and chairman of surgery at the University of Florida's
College of Dentistry.
In 1974 he again joined the UI College of Dentistry as professor of
oral and maxillofacial surgery and executive associate dean, a post he
held until his 1997 retirement. At various times he served acting or interim
roles as dean, head of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and head of hospital
dentistry at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He also established and directed
the Oral and Maxillofacial Implant Center. He continues to play an active
role with the college as senior advisor to the dean.
Montgomery's career has included leadership roles with the Midwest Society
of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Iowa Society of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgeons, and the executive committee of the American Association of Dental
He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
and a fellow of the American and international colleges of dentists, and
the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also is a member of the American Association
of Dental Schools, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons,
the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association (IDA), and
the UI Dental Alumni Association. His many honors include president's awards
from the Pierre Fauchard Academy (1997) and the IDA (1986). He was the
IDA's guest of honor in 1997.
Full grew up on a farm near Granville and served four years in the Air
Force, earned a bachelor's degree from Loras College in Dubuque and worked
as an analytic chemist before enrolling in dental school at the UI. He
received his D.D.S. degree in 1963 and remained at the UI to earn a master's
degree in pediatric dentistry. He joined the UI College of Dentistry faculty
Full went on to head the University Hospital School's pediatric dentistry
service and the dental college's postdoctoral pediatric dentistry program.
He also created an oral rehabilitation program at the UIHC and developed
surgical and orthodontic procedures.
His work brought him four Outstanding Instructor awards from the College
of Dentistry. In 1978 he received a personal development award to support
teaching and research at the University of London. Other professional activities
took him to Egypt and Nicaragua.
Full served as president of both the Iowa Society of Pediatric Dentistry
and the Iowa Society of Dentistry for Children. He is a member of the American
Association of Pediatric Dentistry and a diplomate of the American Board
of Pediatric Dentistry. He also organized the Southeastern Society of Dentistry
for Children, a program to help general practitioners improve their knowledge
of pediatric dentistry.