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American College of Dentists Inducts Six from UTSD Faculty, Alumni

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 10:27am

Among UT School of Dentistry faculty and alumni recently inducted into the American College of Dentists were (from left)   Drs. Ray Koeppen, Jay Welch, Karen Walters, Karen Frazer and Boyd Shepherd. Not pictured: Dr. Jeryl English.

Among UT School of Dentistry faculty and alumni recently inducted into the American College of Dentists were (from left)   Drs. Ray Koeppen, Jay Welch, Karen Walters, Karen Frazer and Boyd Shepherd. Not pictured: Dr. Jeryl English.

The newsletter of the Texas Section of the American College of Dentists arrived in local mailboxes recently, and the back page featured the names and photos of University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston alumni and faculty inducted as ACD Fellows at the 2013 Convocation in New Orleans.

Faculty inductees include Raymond Koeppen, DDS, chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics; Clinical Associate Professor and Professional Resource Center Co-Director Boyd Shepherd, DDS ’88, JD; Associate Professor J.G. “Jay” Welch, DDS ’81; Department of Orthodontics Chair and Professor Jeryl English, DDS; and alumni Karen Walters, DDS ’78, of Houston; Robert Wiggins, DDS ’89, of Abilene; and Karen Frazer, DDS ’85, of Austin.

The American College of Dentists (ACD) is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. Its members have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society. The organization was founded in 1920 by the then leaders of dentistry to elevate the standards of dentistry, to encourage graduate study, and to grant fellowship to those who have done meritorious work.

The American College of Dentists is nonprofit and apolitical, and has long been regarded as the "conscience of dentistry."