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Dr. William E. Brown
Dr. William E. Brown

Founding OU College of Dentistry dies

Dr. William E. Brown, founding dean of the University of Oklahoma, College of Dentistry, died Jan. 16. He was 98.

“Dr. Brown was a phenomenal individual, who laid an incredible foundation for the outstanding program we have here today,” said Dr. Raymond A. Cohlmia, College of Dentistry dean.

Brown originally was from Benton Harbor, Michigan, and earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

After graduation, he joined his father’s dental practice, then pursued specialty training in pediatric dentistry, ultimately establishing a pediatric dentistry practice in Ann Arbor, which continued for 15 years.

He was recruited to the University of Oklahoma in 1969 to initiate a facility and curriculum plan for what would become Oklahoma’s premier dental school, the OU College of Dentistry. The college officially opened its doors in 1972, and saw its first dental class of 24 students graduate in 1976. Brown served as dean from 1969 to 1987, and was acting provost for OU Health Sciences Center from 1973 to 1975. He successfully recruited high-caliber dental educators in order to develop a dental program that became the standard of excellence in dental education.

Brown retired in 1987 and returned to his home state of Michigan after serving as founding dean for 18 years. In retirement, Brown was part of the Oklahoma City Red Cross volunteers serving on site during the aftermath of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.

Center to host World Cancer Day event

Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine will host its second annual community World Cancer Day event on Feb. 4.

World Cancer Day is an annual, international observance. The Stephenson event will feature health screenings, a lunch and learn, browsing tables and guest speakers, including experts in oncology and related fields.

Activities will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus at Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center, 655 Research Parkway.

Among activities of the day, OU Medicine Breast Health Network will offer mammograms onsite. Appointments are preferred; schedule a mammogram by calling toll-free 800-422-4626, ext. 49760. Staff will offer head and neck cancer check, and OU Physicians Health and Wellness personnel will conduct biometric health screenings, which include checks for blood pressure, blood glucose testing and other basic screening checks.

There is no cost to participate in these activities, but reservations are required by calling 405-271-1112. Validated parking is available in the attached parking garage for event attendees.

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