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  1. Shown left to right: Dr. Brett Pelok, President of the Dental Alumni Society; College of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson; Dr. Ernst Svensson; and former Dental Alumni Society President Matt Kirlough


Dr. Ernest Svensson Wins Distinguished Alumni Award

The Dental Alumni Society honors a College of Dentistry alumnus each year with the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented at Post College Assembly. The award is given to alumni who demonstrate good character, and who have given outstanding service or other contributions to the College of Dentistry, to the fields of art and science, or to organized dentistry.

This year's Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Dr. Ernest Svensson.  A graduate of the class of ’59, Dr. Svensson has been for the past 36 years a full-time faculty member in the College of Dentistry's Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry.  Prior to his service at the college, he spent 15 years as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force, completing his prosthodontic training at Andrews Air Force base in Washington, D.C., in 1971. 

Since 1979, he has been the primary organizer of the Carl O. Boucher Prosthodontic Conference. He also has served as the secretary for that conference and its organization for more than 25 years, and he has been honored with an endowment fund that provides compensation for the speaker at the annual Boucher Conference. A respected educator and faculty member in the College of Dentistry, he has served as an instructor in the graduate prosthodontic program since 1987, while also serving as program director from 2004 to 2009. 

In a speech honoring Dr. Svensson as this year's Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Dr. Ed McGlumphy, one of Dr. Svensson's former students and a current faculty member, remarked, “In 1981, I remember my freshman class being more than a little afraid of our handsome, ex-military RPD design course director who barked out commands like ' no I-bars on the canines, please' and 'stress beakers are stress makers.' It didn’t take us long to figure out that behind that gruff exterior, Dr. Svensson had a heart of gold."

Dr. McGlumphy added, "Dr. Lisa Knobloch ('91, '94,) a current faculty member in the college and a former resident of Dr. Svensson's, said he's forgotten more about prosthodontics than she'll ever know. Another former resident, Dr. Marco Padilla ('88), calls him the 'heart and soul of the program.'  Still another former student, Dr. Greg Wall ('91), refers to him simply as 'our rock.'  His patients, students, and residents would all agree that he embodies the philosophy that says 'they don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.'  I present Dr. Svensson to you today -- a true gentleman, an outstanding role model as a husband, father, and grandfather -- and a health care provider, a consummate dental educator, and someone who truly does care.” 

The College of Dentistry congratulates Dr. Ernst Svensson for his lifetime of service in dentistry, and for being an accomplished and inspirational alumnus, colleague, and friend.


[June 2011]