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Frank W. Comstock
Regent's Proceedings 153

Frank William Comstock, D.D.S., M.S., Professor of Dentistry and Director of Clinics in the School of Dentistry, will retire from active faculty status as of December 31, 1984, following 34 years as an outstanding clinician, teacher and administrator.

Born May 26, 1920, in Monroe, Michigan, Dr. Comstock graduated from Monroe High School in 1938. He then began a 45-year association with The University of Michigan, earning the A.B. degree in 1942, the D.D.S. degree in 1950, and the M.S. degree in operative dentistry in 1955. His education was interrupted by World War II when, in 1942, he joined the Marines and participated in five landings in the South Pacific over the next three years. He received a Navy Unit Citation and a Presidential Unit Citation for his military service.

He began his teaching career at the School of Dentistry in 1950 as a clinical instructor, rising through the ranks to professor in 1967. He is a co-author of a textbook on operative dentistry widely used throughout the country. In addition to teaching, he served on a variety of school committees and has been affiliated with several professional dental organizations. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society.

Dr. Comstock was instrumental in establishing the dental assistant utilization program in 1961 in line with the educational goals of fourhanded dentistry and maximum dental productivity. In connection with this interest, he served several years on the Dental Assistant Advisory Committee at Washtenaw Community College, helping that school set up its training program.

In his role as Director of Clinics, a position he assumed in 1969, he came to know thousands of students as he administered the enormous logistic task of dovetailing assignments of students, patients, staff and clinic facilities for a large dental school. Prior to assuming administrative responsibility for the clinics, Dr. Comstock taught in the Department of Operative Dentistry, and for 15 years was in charge of the graduate restorative program which deals with complex dental cases. His excellent teaching skills were heralded in 1969 when he was named recipient of the Paul Gibbons Award, the highest student-bestowed teaching honor at the School of Dentistry.

The Regents now salute this distinguished health educator for his dedicated service by naming him Professor Emeritus of Dentistry.