In Memoriam

The UF College of Dentistry mourns the loss of our faculty, alumni and friends.

Thomas PorterThomas Porter, D.M.D. | August 2, 1952 – February 23, 2024

  • Clinical Professor in the UF Department of Community Dentistry & Behavioral Sciences from June 1991 to June 2021
  • Program Director for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program in St. Petersburg from its inception in 1991 until his retirement.

Dr. William "Jerry" Jacson

William Gerald “Jerry” Jackson, D.M.D.| August 14, 1952 – December 22, 2023
DMD Class of 1982, UF College of Dentistry


Dr. Randall Rigsby

Randall “Randy” P. Rigsby, D.M.D. | October 8, 1953 – June 5, 2023
DMD Class of 1982, UF College of Dentistry

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Brian Decker photo

Brian Curtis Decker, D.M.D. | August 12, 1957 – May 14, 2023
DMD Class of 1986, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor and Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor, UF College of Dentistry

 

 

 

 


Dr. Bruce Scarola photo

Dr. Bruce Scarola | June 13, 1958 – May 6, 2023
DMD 1983


Dr. Gregory E. Smith

Gregory E. Smith, D.D.S. | June 5, 1940 – May 1, 2023
Emeritus Professor, UF College of Dentistry


Dr. Nicklaus J. Minden

Nicklaus J. Minden, D.M.D. | March 2, 1945 – February 7, 2023
Emeritus Associate Professor, UF College of Dentistry


Dr. Michael A. Chanatry

Michael A. Chanatry, D.D.S. | December 11, 1950 – February 2, 2023
UF Periodontic Dental Residency, Class of 1983

 


Dr. Charles Cox

Charles G. Cox, D.M.D. | June 15, 1953 – November 21, 2022
President and Valedictorian, DMD Class of 1978


Photo Dr. Robert Ford

Robert “Bob” Ford | February 29, 1948 – August 21, 2022
DMD Class of 1982

 

 


Frank Vertucci

Frank J. Vertucci, D.M.D. | June 20, 2022
Emeritus Professor, UF College of Dentistry


Wallace Mealiea

Wallace Mealiea, Jr., Ph.D. | 1940 – June 3, 2022
Emeritus Professor, UF College of Dentistry


Maxwell Rudie

Maxwell “Max” Nolen Rudie | August 30, 1988 – February 24, 2022
UF Pediatric Dental Residency, Class of 2019


Donald McNeal

Donald McNeal, DMD | December 1, 2021
Emeritus Professor, UF College of Dentistry


Photo of Rochelle Lopyan

Rochelle Lopyan | May 16, 1950 – November 25, 2021
DMD Class of 1980


Anusavice

Kenneth Anusavice, D.M.D., Ph.D. | September 30, 2021
Emeritus Professor, UF College of Dentistry


Willard (Will) Lee Watson Jr.

Willard “Will” Lee Watson, Jr. | October 1, 1953 — September 8, 2021
DMD Class of 1982 & Former Faculty Member


Dr. Henry Sweeny

Dr. Henry “Bo” Sweeny, Jr. | 1973 — 2021
DMD Class of 2003, UF College of Dentistry


David Guirguis

David Guirguis, D.M.D. | 1996 – August 7, 2020
DMD Class of 2021, UF College of Dentistry


Dr. Stephen L. New

Dr. Stephen L. New | June 21, 1950 — July 19, 2020
UF DMD Class of 1976


Dr. Henry Gremillion

Dr. Henry Gremillion | Passed away May 18, 2020
UF College of Dentistry Faculty Member from 1991 to 2008


Photo of Dr. Heft

Dr. Marc Heft | June 10, 1948 — February 8, 2020
UF College of Dentistry Faculty Member from 1984 to 2020


Dr. Clark Hodge

Dr. Clark Hodge | August 3, 1936 — August 9, 2018
UF College of Dentistry Faculty Member


George W. Starks

Dr. George W. Starks | November 20, 1923 — July 29, 2018
Faculty Member, UF College of Dentistry


Dr. Don L. Allen

Dr. Don L. Allen | Passed away June 22, 2018
UF College of Dentistry Dean from 1974 to 1982