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Harvey W Schield Jr

Regents' Proceedings 133

HARVEY WILLIAM SCHIELD, JR., Professor of Dentistry, has retired from active faculty status as of July 31, 1981, after 29 years of service as an outstanding teacher and administrator at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Born in Detroit in 1925, Dr. Schield served in World War II with the 44th infantry regimental combat team, which landed at Normandy on D-Day. Among the many service awards he received was the Bronze Star for gallantry in action.

In 1949 he earned the B.A. degree from Albion College and in 1952 the D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He received the M.S. degree in operative dentistry at the U-M in 1956.

Dr. Schield began his outstanding teaching career at the School of Dentistry in 1952 as clinical instructor and by 1969 had been named professor and co-chairperson of the preclinical area of the dentistry program. He served as head of the area from 1977 until his retirement. From 1954 until 1969, he maintained a private dental practice in Ann Arbor in addition to teaching.

In his position as head of the preclinical area, he carried the major responsibility for introducing the basic technics of restorative dentistry to freshman and sophomore students. They paid tribute to his personal influence and outstanding teaching abilities by choosing him Instructor of the Year on four different occasions.
During his career, he was active in various professional dental organizations, including the Michigan Dental Association, the Washtenaw District Dental Society, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, dental honor society, and was a member of other organizations.

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