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Memoir

John F. Corcoran Jr.
Regent's Proceedings 29

John F. Corcoran, Jr., D.D.S., professor of dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics, School of Dentistry, retired from active faculty status on June 30, 1996.

Dr. Corcoran received his B.S. degree in 1963, his D.D.S. degree in 1967, and his M.S. degree in endodontics in 1971, all from the University of Michigan. He joined the School of Dentistry faculty as a clinical instructor in 1967 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1971, associate professor in 1979, and professor in 1984.

In 1979, Dr. Corcoran was appointed acting chair of the Department of Endodontics. He was named chair of the department in 1980 and served in that capacity until 1987, when the Department of Endodontics was combined with occlusion, operative dentistry, and practice management to form the Department of Cariology and General Dentistry. He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society and has certification from the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Corcoran has served the school and the University through membership on a number of committees, including those governing graduate dental education, human subjects, research, resuscitation and emergency procedures, scholarships and promotions, and student table clinics. He has directed the graduate program in endodontics since 1979. Dr. Corcoran's service has extended to membership and offices in professional societies, including the American Association of Dental Research, the American Association of Dental Schools, the Michigan and American Associations of Endodontists, the Michigan and American Dental Associations, and the Washtenaw District Dental Society.

Known for his dedication to teaching, Dr. Corcoran has chaired the master's thesis research for over 35 students. He has also developed videotapes and teaching manuals to complement the School of Dentistry's curriculum in endodontics. He has been a lecturer at major meetings and study clubs, both nationally and internationally. His main research interests have included studies on endodontic filling materials and wound healing and root repair techniques.

The Regents now salute this distinguished health sciences educator by naming John F. Corcoran, Jr., professor emeritus of dentistry.