Honourary Member of CAPD/ACDP
1921 to April 17, 2020
By Dr. Victor Legault:
It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Dr. Guy Benoit, in Montreal on April 17, 2020. He would have reached 100 years of age on March 19, 2021.
Guy was born and raised in Montreal, where Antonio Benoit, his father, had 7 children and operated a “lumber and mill work” company, on St-Timothée Street, downtown Montreal. Guy studied at Collège Brébeuf where he excelled at hockey and lacrosse before entering dental school at the Université de Montréal, and graduating with a DDS degree in 1947. Family memorabilia reveal that, at that time, the Dental Faculty charged 260$Can. per year for tuition, and the academic results were regularly sent to the student’s father !
With a grant from the Kellogg’s Foundation, Guy proceeded to Northwestern University, where he specialized in Pediatric Dentistry, directed by Drs. Maury Massler and Isaac Schour.
Back to Montreal in 1948, he opened his office on Cherrier Street, and married Dr. Pauline Rivard on July 2, 1949, the only female graduate from U de M in 1948!! They had a family of 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Guy maintained his pedo practice until 1991, while Pauline shortly headed the City of Montreal Dental Health Programme from 1948 to 1950.
Guy was a quiet and generous man, a meticulous pediatric dentist whose priority was his patient’s oral health, long before his specialty was officially recognized by the Quebec Order of Dentists in 1972.
Along with Drs. Roberta Dundass (U McGill) and Georges Perreault (U de M), he spearheaded the development of Pediatric Dentistry in Quebec.
Dr. Guy Benoit will be remembered as an esteemed colleague, a fierce tennis player, and a fine gourmet who occasionally appreciated a great restaurant, but preferred his wife’s cuisine !
May he rest in Peace.
Passed away December 16, 2019
Dr. Paul MacDonald recalled that he, Sam Cheung, Michael Sigal and Brian Denyar all graduated from The University of Toronto in 1982 with a Diploma in Pedodontics.
“Following his McGill graduation, Brian operated a general practice in Montreal for 14 years. When offered a chance to pursue studies in paediatric dentistry at University of Toronto under legendary Dr. Norm Levine, Brian moved with his family to Oakville, Ontario. After graduation from UofT, Brian continued to be a part-time clinical instructor while providing specialty care for children and young special needs adults in his Toronto office. Additionally, Brian would go on to help provide pediatric dental care in the Hamilton and Bracebridge communities.
Brian was an accomplished athlete. He played hockey for McGill and countless Oldtimer's teams. His skiing adventures were shared with his "Liz" and three children he adored. Leisure time was often spent either walking a Florida beach or lakeside at the family home in Bracebridge, crossword in hand and one of his Labrador retrievers at his side.”
Dr. Michael Sigal added “I was having major health issues during my time as a resident in Pediatric Dentistry. Brian was always there for me then as the mature member of our class having already been in practice and moving here with his wife and children. He cared about everyone, his patients, co-residents and academic staff. Brian was very supportive and was always ready to sit down and have a chat about something - usually drinking a Pepsi no matter the time of day.
Dr. WaSham Cheung wrote “I was a classmate of Brian in the graduate program at U of T. Brian was always a very pleasant, helpful, and considerate person. What strikes me most was his sense of humour. He could easily lighten up our arduous clinics and seminars with his humourous comments. I know he was a very active fellow; he was an avid skier and hockey player. I remember when Brian and I had a week of rotation together at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He kindly offered me a ride to Ottawa from Toronto. We shared many interesting personal stories on our trip. Brian, it's a pleasure to be your colleague. You will be missed. Hope you rest in peace.
Dr. Howard McIsaac added “Brian associated in my office for many years after completing his paedo specialty. He was a very good clinician, friendly with the staff and all of his patients. He always came prepared to work bringing along his two favorite things…diet Pepsi and his beloved Labrador dogs. Today they would be considered as therapy dogs for patients and/or the dentist. Brian enjoyed driving his red DatsunZ and would leave the office on Fridays to join his family in Muskoka…and he loved to drive fast!
After suffering his initial stroke, Brian was no longer able to work. He spent his time puttering in the garden and restoring old furniture. Brian loved working with children and I am sure he would still be working if his health allowed.
I miss the friendship and our long telephone conversations. My sincere sympathy to Liz and his children.
The December issue of IAPDWorld called Dr. Milton Houpt one of the founders of Modern Pediatric Dentistry and commented that his research in dental conscious sedation for children remains one of those ‘classics’ and is required reading for postgraduate study and ongoing clinical trials.
Dr. Houpt was Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Dentistry at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. As part of his training, he earned the Master of Dental Science (1968), Master of Education (1970), and Doctor of Philosophy (1971) degrees, all from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1968, he attained a Certificate of Specialty in Pediatric Dentistry and in 1982 he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
He was internationally respected as a revered academic and researcher
Dr. Houpt was an intellectual giant, author or co-author of some 117 scientific journal papers and the recipient of many honors. Dr. Houpt served as a consultant to the American Dental Association, the USA National Dental Examination Board, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Resources and Service Administration. For seven years, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Houpt believed in the IAPD’s mission and was a trusted advisor and counsel for the organization. He served on the IAPD Board of Directors as Honorary Editor during the years 2009-2015. In 2017, the IAPD Board of Directors bestowed upon Prof. Houpt Honorary Membership.
Dr. Franklin Pulver, a past professor of Paediatric Dentistry at U of T noted that…
Milton graduated from undergraduate Dentistry at UoT with Dr. Norm Levine. I had graduated under grad at UoT in 1958 and then from Paediatric Dentistry in 1962 from UMich. I bought Dr. Bob Rapp's practice in Toronto when Dr. Rapp returned to UMich to teach.
When I bought Dr. Rapp's practice there was this young guy working as a GP limited to kids. It was Miltie Houpt. He was actually thinking of quitting Dentistry and was accepted into the Engineering program in Ann Arbour. He completed 1 1/2 years of Engineering and then went back to do Paediatric Dentistry and ended up at University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Rapp who had become the Head there. He completed his Paediatric Dentistry and then went on to do a Ph.D.
He was a gentle, Gentleman. He was very smart and always had many irons in the fire. He became Head at University of New Jersey. He was the Editor of the Journal of Paediatric Dentistry and attended the IAPD regularly and often gave lectures. He was thoughtful and he went to a different drummer in his thinking and was ahead of his time.
Dr. Ari Kupietzky, DMD, Msc (Israel) is the Secretary General of the IAPD. He is Visiting professor
Department of Pediatric Dentistry Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Newark, New Jersey, USA and a Faculty member of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, The Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel.
I remember the first time meeting Dr. Houpt as a graduate student beginning my residency. I was called into his office and actually was very nervous. He was very to the point, wishing me success but at the same time relayed a message that much effort would be required to complete the pediatric residency program. And he was right!
We were trained by him to be not only good clinicians but also scientists. For the rest of my professional life I continued to both respect and admire the great person he was. He demanded of his students but at the same time gave so much of his time to help us succeed. He was the most honest and straight person I have ever encountered.
Dr. Houpt was respected and admired by the hundreds of dental and graduate students he trained. Many of them continued in his footsteps becoming department chairs, researchers and leaders of pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Houpt was my mentor, colleague, and friend. He was an inspiration throughout my professional career. His expertise on conscious sedation motivated me to focus on this aspect of behavior management in pediatric dentistry. He was always in the background offering support, guidance, and advice twenty years after I graduated. I owe my success to him. I eventually co-authored a textbook on behavior management and became the secretary general of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry.
And by the way, although he told me around ten years ago to call him Milt, I couldn't do it, it was Dr. Houpt!
Honourary Member of CAPD/ACDP
1935 - October 30, 2019
It is with sadness that we share news that Dr. Gerald (Gerry) Zanvil Wright – professor emeritus at Schulich Dentistry and a passionate local and international advocate of dental training in pediatric practice - passed away at home surrounded by the love of his family on October 30, 2019. A tribute to Dr. Wright will appear in the End-of-Year issue of The Mirror.
He was always a Winnipeg north ender, the poor side of town, and throughout his career he helped those who had seen hardship in life.
After graduating from U of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in 1960, he returned to Winnipeg to practice and was encouraged by Dr. Wilf Feasby to study pediatric dentistry. In 1971, having graduated from pediatric dentistry at Indiana University, he joined Dr. Feasby, now located at Western University, and began an illustrious academic career.
As a DDS, MSD, FRCD (C), Dip. American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, he was an internationally respected clinician, writer and Professor Emeritus at Western University. He was a member of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and became the Chair of the Division of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry.
His innovations led to the creation of several programs, including being founder and director of Operation Belarus, a project to improve dentistry in Belarus.
With colleagues at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, he also developed the Mustang Dental Conference and at the end of his academic career he was responsible for creating the Qualifying Program (later known as the International Program) for landed immigrants who were trained as dentists outside of Canada. He edited/authored numerous scientific articles and five books, including writing the leading text on behaviour management of children in the dental office; the newly revised edition will be titled Wright’s Behaviour Management in Dentistry for Children in his honour.
As a matter of note, Dr. Wright was the Keynote Speaker at the 2012 Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Conference on the topic of Behaviour Management.
He served on the Board of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, was an Examiner of the Royal College of Dentistry and worked with dentists around the world as Secretary General of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry (IAPD. Among his initiatives was creating Dentists for All Children, which helped academics in low-income nations, and the IAPD International lecture program.
Dr. Wright was a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, at Baylor College in Texas, at Sydney University in Australia, at Ulm University in Germany, and Trinity College in Ireland. For his work in Belarus, he received a Doctor Honoris Causa. In 2001, he was awarded the Medal of Paris for his work with children around the world. In Romania, he was referred to as the father of modern pediatric dentistry. In 2003, he received the A.J. Herman Fellowship from the University of Western Australia for enriching their understanding of how to help less fortunate countries improve the dental health of children.
In his retirement Dr. Wright was also busy in London, with Temple Israel, with his weekly hiking group, painting and with daily work outs at the Y. He also logged a lot of miles back and forth to Stratford.
Dr. Wright was an Honourary Member of the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
A message from Dr. Raymond Lee, President of CAPD/ACDP
It was with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Gerald (Gerry) Zanvil Wright on October 30, 2019.
As we all know, Gerry was truly one of the pioneers and "grandfathers" of Paediatric Dentistry in Canada, and a leader around the World. I, as many of us were, was privileged to have "GZ" as a teacher, colleague and mentor for all these years. I fondly remember when he asked me to his office after clinic in 4th year at the University of Western Ontario. I thought that I was in major trouble for something I said or did, which would not have been surprising. Gerry simply wanted to pull me aside and suggest that I pursue Paedo. You can imagine how that small gesture, on his personal time, made me feel. The encouragement from such a true "giant" was invaluable. That moment and his ongoing support since then has truly shaped my life as I know it. Thank you, sir!
Many of us were at his memorial service in London. It was so Gerry, the north Winnipeg boy. Precise, succinct and orderly on one hand. And loving, sentimental and funny on the other. Gerry is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his three sons, Michael, Charles and Jeffrey, who all spoke so lovingly and eloquently. Gerry had a great life, and I am glad to know that he is resting in peace now.
Thank you GZ. From all of us. RIP my friend.
C’est avec grande tristesse et un serrement au cœur que nous vous informons du décès du Dr Gerald (Gerry) Zanvil Wright le 30 octobre 2019.
Comme nous le savons tous, Gerry était l’un des véritables pionniers et « grands-pères » de la dentisterie pédiatrique au Canada, un chef de file de renommée mondiale. J’ai eu le privilège, comme bon nombre d’entre nous, d’avoir eu « GZ » comme professeur, collègue et mentor pendant toutes ces années. Je garde un souvenir impérissable du jour où il m’a fait venir à son bureau après sa clinique de quatrième année à l’Université Western Ontario. Je pensais que j’aurais de graves ennuis à cause de ce que j’avais dit ou fait, ce qui n’aurait pas été surprenant. Gerry voulait simplement me prendre à part et me suggérer de poursuivre mes études en dentisterie pédiatrique. Vous pouvez imaginer à quel point ce petit geste tout à fait désintéressé m’a fait plaisir. Cet encouragement de la part d’un tel « géant » était inestimable. Ce moment et son soutien indéfectible par la suite ont vraiment façonné la vie que je mène aujourd’hui. Merci Monsieur Wright !
Nombreux sont ceux d’entre nous qui ont assisté à la cérémonie commémorative à London. C’était tellement à son image, celle du Gerry de Winnipeg Nord : précis, succinct et ordonné d’une part et affectueux, sentimental et amusant d’autre part. Gerry laisse dans le deuil son épouse Nancy et ses trois fils, Michael, Charles et Jeffrey, qui lui ont tous rendu hommage avec amour et éloquence. Gerry a eu une très belle vie, et je suis heureux qu’il repose maintenant en paix.
Merci GZ. De la part de nous tous. Adieu cher ami.
Honourary Member of CAPD/ACDP
1922 - July 22, 2019
We learned last week that Dr. Gordon Nikiforuk, who was made an Honourary Member of the Academy in 2001, passed away last week. We have reprinted the tribute to Dr. Nikiforuk from Daniel Haas, the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto.
In the next issue of The Mirror, CAPD/ACDP will also pay tribute to Dr. Nikiforuk with memories from his colleagues.
CAPD/ACDP shares in the sadness of Dr. Nikiforuk's passing and on behalf of all members, extends sincere condolences to Dr. Nikiforuk's family.
Dr. Raymond Lee, President
Dr. Ross Anderson, Executive Director
In Memoriam: Dr. Gordon Nikiforuk
Dean Daniel Haas, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
Dear faculty, staff, and instructors,
It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that former dean and faculty member Dr. Gordon Nikiforuk passed away last week.
Dr. Nikiforuk graduated with a DDS from the University of Toronto in 1947. He then went on to obtain a Masters of Science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana in 1954, with a specialization in paediatric dentistry. As the specialization was only recognized in the United States in 1947, Dr. Nikiforuk was one of the first to be conferred this specialization degree in North America.
Dr. Nikiforuk returned to the Faculty of Dentistry in January of 1970 as a Professor and Assistant Director of the Post-Graduate Division, Biological Sciences. In July 1970, Dr. Nikiforuk was named Dean of the Faculty, a post he held until 1977. He continued to teach at the Faculty until his retirement in 1989, but returned as an Associate of Dentistry until 1993. Over the years, Dr. Nikiforuk had an enormous impact on the school and generations of students, and even helped champion the creation of U of T’s paediatric dentistry specialization program, the first of its kind in Canada, which began in the early 1960s.
In 1990, Dr. Nikiforuk received the Faculty of Dentistry’s highest honour, the Award of Distinction. In 1997, Colgate-Palmolive Canada Inc. established an award in Dr. Nikiforuk’s honour, in recognition of the vital role he played in teaching preventive dentistry until his retirement in 1989.
Dr. Nikiforuk is survived by his wife Marge and his sons, Chris and Andrew.
September 16, 1939 - October 24, 2017
CAPD/ACDP regrets to inform you that Dr. Donald Cheung recently passed away suddenly in Montreal. A short time ago he celebrated 50 years as a dentist. He had been a long time member of our Academy and had practiced in Sherwood Park (near Edmonton) and also Vancouver. There will be no funeral.
CAPD/ACDP extends our very sincere condolences to Dr. Cheung’s family, as well as his many friends and associates.
On Behalf of the CAPD/ACDP Executive Committee
A tribute from Dr. Dennis Bedard:
I had known Donald since 1976 when he was a part time instructor in the Pedo department at the Faculty of Dentistry, U of A. He taught there for a number of years after graduating from Pedo in 1971, again from the U of A as at that time they had a graduate program in Pedo.
Dr. Cheung on his last trip to Nicaragua
Donald had immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong to attend McGill University to study dentistry. He graduated in 1967 at which time he moved to Alberta. He had a private practice in Sherwood Park, about 15 minutes east of Edmonton. He sold his practice in 2003 and moved to Vancouver where he practiced for another year.
Donald was instrumental in setting up care for the Special needs patients in Edmonton working at Rosecrest Home, a facility for special needs with complicating medical issues. He was also the staff dentist for a number of years at Eric Cormack Centre for special needs adults, again with compromised medical issues. He had a number of special needs patients in his practice.
Donald and I used to travel to AAPD conventions together. We had become very good friends. I asked him if he would be interested in working on one of our dental missions, he said yes. He was 61 at the time. He enjoyed himself and continued to travel with us for 5 years providing dental services to the less fortunate of the country.
Donald was a very fast operator. I remember him at school, preaching that a pediatric dentist’s gift was speed and communication. I did not realize just how fast he was until I saw him doing restorative work in difficult situations in Guatemala. His speed never compromised his results. He was gifted with this talent.
Donald liked to have fun. He had many stories to tell. He was generous with his time and donations. I was honored to have him as colleague and a friend. He will be missed.
Donald is survived by his loving wife, Linda, daughters, Tracy (Kevin), Jennifer (David), stepsons, Scott (Stephanie) and Jarret along with 8 grandchildren.