CONTACT: C. LINDON LARSON
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Oct. 8, 2002
UI dental alumni honor Leary, Boyer at annual meeting
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and the UI Dental Alumni Association
will present top honors to Mike Leary, D.D.S., and Dan Boyer, D.D.S., at the
alumni association's annual meeting on the UI campus.
Leary, a 1968 graduate of the College and UI professor of family dentistry,
will receive the Alumnus of the Year Award. Boyer, a 1970 alumnus and UI professor
emeritus of operative dentistry, will be honored as Educator of the Year.
The awards will be presented during an alumni banquet Oct. 11.
Born and raised in Keota, Iowa, Leary taught high school math and science
before deciding to pursue dentistry. After graduating from dental school at
the UI, he completed a general practice residency with the U.S. Army at William
Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. He remained a reservist upon
completing his Army duty and also would go on to serve 25 years with the Iowa
Army National Guard.
Leary practiced in Washington, Iowa and in 1975 joined his alma mater as
an adjunct faculty member. He entered specialty training in prosthodontics
at the UI and received a full-time faculty appointment upon completing the
program. Next year he begins phased retirement from the UI.
Students and colleagues have recognized Leary's enthusiasm for teaching and
practice with awards that include Instructor of the Year from the UI dental
class of 1992 and the Outstanding Service Award from the Iowa Dental Association.
He also has twice received the Army Meritorious Service Medal.
Leary and his wife, Karolyn, have two children, James Paul and Kecia, both
currently students at the UI.
Boyer, originally from Hartley, Iowa, discovered an interest in research
while in dental school at the UI and decided to pursue an academic career.
After finishing his dental degree, he earned a doctorate in polymer chemistry
at the Polytechnic Institute of New York. His scientific work would focus
on dental materials.
In 1974, Boyer and his wife, Marcia, returned to Iowa when he accepted a
faculty position with the College of Dentistry's operative dentistry department.
He became a respected teacher who helped develop the College's educational
facilities, including the Simulation Clinic that today lets beginning dental
students learn procedures in a realistic clinical environment.
During his career, Boyer served as acting head of operative dentistry at
the UI and a consultant to the American Dental Association Council on Scientific
Affairs and Joint Commission on National Board Examinations. He also was a
reviewer for the Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics; the
Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry; Dental Materials; and the Journal of Dental
Now retired, he and his wife live in Santa Barbara, Calif.