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Alumni Weekend Draws Hundreds of Dentistry Grads

April 17, 2017

UCSF Alumni Weekend — dental
Distinguished guests at the Dental Alumni Association luncheon, part of the 2017 UCSF Alumni Weekend. Photo by Elisabeth Fall

UCSF Alumni Weekend drew more than 500 School of Dentistry alumni to events April 7-8 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

The highlight of the weekend was the recognition luncheon on April 7, at which Antonio Ragadio, DDS, and Jeffory Eaton, DDS, were awarded the UCSF Dental Alumni Association Medal of Honor. More than 300 alumni and friends attended the ceremony, which also paid tribute to the class of 1967, celebrating its 50th reunion.

“I’m delighted to acknowledge Drs. Ragadio and Eaton for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their communities,” said LaJuan Hall, DDS (D’94), immediate past president of the Dental Alumni Association.

Students at DAA Scientific Session 2017

Participants in the Dental Alumni Association's student research competition

The association’s 121st Scientific Session was dedicated to the late John C. Greene, DMD, dean emeritus of the School of Dentistry who passed away in October 2016. Six students were winners in the DAA student research competition: Nick Chang (mentor: Daniel Fried), sixth place; Bronwyn Hagan (Jeffrey Bush), fifth; Kei Katsura (Pamela Den Besten), fourth; Grace Zhu (Rich Schneider), third; Sarah Wong (Ralph Marcucio), second; and Manabu Manandhar (Sarah Knox), first.

African-American dental alumni group
African-American dental alumni hosted an event for alumni and current students.

Coinciding with Alumni Weekend, an independently held dinner party by the School of Dentistry’s African-American alumni group drew alumni and current students alike for an evening of fun and fellowship.

Overall, close to 1,700 alumni across UCSF attended this year’s Alumni Weekend.