Dr. Dexter E. Barnes ('69)
2017 Honorary Lifetime Member Award Recipient
Dr. Barnes (“Deck” to all who know him) has compiled stellar credentials in dentistry, including presidency of the Washington State Dental Association, the Washington State Oral Health Foundation, and most recently the International College of Dentists (ICD). He is also a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American College of Dentists.
These and other accomplishments earned him recognition as our Dental Alumni Association’s 1998 Distinguished Alumnus. Yet in his service to our School of Dentistry, he has had a unique impact that will be recognized with this year’s Honorary Lifetime Member Award.
This year marked the 47th Ernest M. Jones Memorial Lectureship, our School’s signature annual continuing-education event. For more than two-thirds of that span, Dr. Barnes has chaired the Jones Lectureship speaker selection committee. He has worked personally to secure speakers including many dentistry’s most renowned educators, such as Dr. Gordon Christensen and Dr. John Kois. The Lectures have drawn crowds of more than 1,000 with the 2005 event featuring Drs. David Mathews, Vincent Kokich and Frank Spear drawing a record 1,400 to Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.
Over the years, the lectureship has become the Pacific Northwest’s premier dental education event, establishing the Jones Lectureship as a “must” calendar item for Washington dentists and their staffs.
Beyond the Jones Lectureship, Dr. Barnes’ work for our School includes service on the Alumni Association’s Executive Committee. As ICD president, he also helped channel support to our annual White Coat Ceremony.
“Deck Barnes has been a powerful voice in organized dentistry,” says Dean Joel Berg. “However, his impact on our School through Jones Lectureship has been equally powerful, and it’s very gratifying to see him honored by the Dean’s Club for this service.”
Retrieved from: Spring 2017 Edition of The Univerisity of Washington Dental Alumni Association Vol. 43, No. 1