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Release: Oct. 26, 1999
University of Iowa dental alumni receive awards during
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa Dental
Alumni Association honored three award winners during the groups 82nd
annual meeting and reunion Oct. 22-23 in Iowa City.
The alumni association has named Michael J. Till,
D.D.S. of Minneapolis, 1999 Alumnus of the Year. James L. Fuller, D.D.S. of
Iowa City, is 1999 Educator of the Year, and Robert W. Harpster, M.P.A. of
Des Moines, is 1999 Honorary Alumnus of the Year. The honorees were recognized
at an Oct. 23 alumni dinner.
Till, currently dean of the University of Minnesota
College of Dentistry in Minneapolis, received a dental degree in 1961 and
a masters degree in 1963, both from the UI College of Dentistry. The
Independence, Iowa native attended Loras College in Dubuque before coming
to the UI. He taught abroad for several years after completing his dental
education, then joined the Minnesota dental faculty in 1970. He went on to
serve as chair of pediatric dentistry and in 1997 was named dean.
Till was one of the first dentists to be chosen as
a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. He also has served as director
of the American Dental Political Action Committee and a trustee for the American
Dental Association. He is past president of the Minnesota Dental Association
and the Minnesota Association of Pediatric Dentists, a board member of the
Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and
a fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentistry.
Fuller is a professor emeritus of operative dentistry
at the UI College of Dentistry. Originally from Burlington, he received a
dental degree from the College in 1962, then practiced in Winfield, Iowa.
He returned to the UI as a part-time instructor, eventually completing a masters
degree and assuming a full-time faculty appointment. He has written extensively
on issues in dental education and helped to develop an admissions interview
for prospective students a version of which is still used today.
Fullers professional activities have included
membership in the Dental Anatomy and Occlusion Section of the National Board
Examinations, plus the American Association of Dental Schools Council of Faculties.
He also served on the External Review Committee of the University of Montreal
College of Dentistry.
Harpster is executive director of the Des Moines-based
Iowa Dental Association (IDA). Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he earned
bachelors and masters degrees in public administration from American
University. He moved to Iowa in 1970 and in 1989 was named director of the
1,500 member IDA. Before joining the organization, he was managing director
of Investors Management Group and CEO of the League of Iowa Cities.
Harpster has received nine state gubernatorial appointments
and presidential appointments to the White House Conference on Balanced Growth
and Economic Development, and the National Rural Community Facilities Conference.
His other service activities include membership on the Drake University Curriculum
Review Committee and state vice-presidency of the American Society of Public
Administrators. He also has been a member of the Board of Governors for the
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and the board of directors for the
Arthritis Foundation, Iowa Chapter.