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Paul Harold Jeserich
Regent's Proceedings 32

Paul Harold Jeserich, Dean of the School of Dentistry, who concluded his retirement furlough at the end of June, first became associated with the University fifty-three years ago when he entered the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts in the Class of 1914. He did not decide to enter the dental profession, however, until he had worked for a number of years after college.

Returning to Ann Arbor, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1924, remained to teach for three years in the Dental School and, after a term of private practice joined the dental faculty permanently in 1933. His professorship dates from 1935. From 1935 to 1946, he directed the Operative Clinic of his School; from 1937 until his retirement, he was in charge of the graduate and postgraduate education program sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. He was appointed Dean in 1950.

Dr. Jeserich united a devotion to the highest standards of technical proficiency with a responsible social concern for the general availability of dental care. The chief testimony to his talents as dental educator is, and will remain, the professional excellence of the University's Dental School graduates, which has long been acknowledged among practitioners generally, and which was specifically attested by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association two years ago. More personal honors were conferred on Dr. Jeserich by the American Dental Association, which elected him president in 1959, by the Royal College of Surgeons (London), which elected him to its dental section in the same year, and by other professional associations near and far. His high sense of civic and social responsibility was illustrated by his many services to local, state, and national agencies including the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital and the Joint Council of the Health Professions to Improve the Health Care of the Aged.

The Regents of the University, who now appoint Dr. Jeserich Dean Emeritus of the School of Dentistry, Director Emeritus of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Institute: Graduate and Postgraduate Dentistry, and Professor Emeritus of Dentistry, express their respectful gratitude to him for his able and dedicated labors. Warmly extending to him the privileges accorded to the emeritus faculty, they trust that he will long retain his associations within the University community.