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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-86
Legends - Dr. Ralph J Werner (1922-2005)


PG Students, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, India

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Sachdeva GS, Baweja PS. Legends - Dr. Ralph J Werner (1922-2005). J Conserv Dent 2006;9:85-6

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Sachdeva GS, Baweja PS. Legends - Dr. Ralph J Werner (1922-2005). J Conserv Dent [serial online] 2006 [cited 2020 Oct 30];9:85-6. Available from: https://www.jcd.org.in/text.asp?2006/9/2/85/42364
Dr Ralph J Werner [Figure 1] was born on 26th September 1922 in Bloomer, Wisconsin. He graduated from University of Minnesota College of Dentistry in 1945. Immediately after his graduation he responded to the army call and joined US Navy. After serving the US Navy for 2 yrs he started private practice with a dentist who was closely associated with Dr G.V Black study club. After mastering the operative instructions Dr Werner became associated with American academy of gold foil operators. He was a consummate craftsman and a mentor. It was here that his clinical skills were nationally recognized by way of operative demonstrations at various schools throughout the country.

Werner academic life was very successful. Soon he became the president of gold foil academy and became intimately linked with most operative departments of the active dental schools throughout the country.

Ultimately, the Gold Foil Academy helped to launch the creation of the Academy of Operative Dentistry in order to provide a broader expression for operative interests. Dr Werner was the founding secretary-treasurer for that group. This responsibility brought him in contact with even more teachers, practitioners and military personnel interested in the field of Operative Dentistry. Throughout all these years, Dr Werner was avidly attending seminars, intramural faculty retreats and post-graduate courses, and a member of many outstanding academies. He has presented many lectures and clinical demonstrations as well as being deeply involved in teaching and organized dentistry.

Dr Werner's interests were amazingly diverse. His activity in professional organizations included the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators, the American Dental Association, the University of Minnesota' School of Dentistry Century Club and Dental Alumni Society, the Minnesota Prosthodontic Society, the Northwest District Dental Society of the Wisconsin Dental Association, the Minnesota Academy of Gnathological Research, the GV Black Dental Study Club, the American Association of Dental Schools, the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the Association of Dentistry International and the Dental Insultants. In addition, he was a-fellow of both The American and International College of Dentists and The Midwest Academy of prosthodontics. Ralph also contributed greatly to his community. He was a member of the Masonic Temple and Lions Club and maintained a seat on the Board of Directors of the Peoples State Bank in Bloomer, Wisconsin for more than 30 years, serving as chairman from 1981 to 2004. Somehow, Ralph also found time to travel, golf, snow and water ski, enjoy boating and fishing, maintain an active interest in history and raise a family with care and love.

Dr Werner, a scientist and a teacher of true distinction passed away on January 4, 2005. During his illustrious career, he performed great work in the field of dentistry and provided several innovations to the profession.

Dr Werner has left an incredible mark on the profession of dentistry. His valuable accomplishment will be carved into the history of dentistry forever.

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Gurmeet Singh Sachdeva
PG Students, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai
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