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Memoir

Philip Jay
Regent's Proceedings 1333

Philip Jay, who has spent some forty-five years investigating the causes of dental caries and the ready means of preventing it, has recently attained the age of seventy and formally retired from the dental faculty.

A native of Detroit, Dr. Jay came to The University of Michigan for his professional education, earning a dental degree in 1923 and a Master of Science degree in the following year. He joined then the medical faculty of the University of Rochester as a Research Associate in Bacteriology and began to publish the series of scientific studies, which are the written record of his creative accomplishments in preventive dentistry.

In 1929 he returned to The University of Michigan as a research associate supported by state and Rackham funds. In 1938 he was appointed an assistant professor, and in 1948 he attained a full professorship.

Having early discovered that low-carbohydrate diets had a remarkable potential for preventing caries, he refined upon this knowledge until it became an assured basis for generally practicable procedures of arresting tooth decay. During the latter part of his career, he also marshaled evidence for the efficacy of fluorides as a caries-reducing agent.

Among the honors, which sought Dr. Jay were an honorary doctorate from Washington University, the annual gold medal of the Pierre Fauchard Academy (conferred in 1957), and the first Distinguished Service Award given by the Michigan Public Health Association (conferred in 1964). The sincerest form of flattery, imitation, was tendered him throughout the United States, wherever systematic programs of caries control were instituted. Intramural, his faculty colleagues expressed their respect for his practical judgment by electing him to the Senate Advisory Committee of the University, the Executive Committee of his School, and numbers of other deliberative offices. In his every personal contact-whether with the general public, with practicing dentists, with fellow faculty members or with students-his authority, sincerity, and courtesy made themselves felt.

The Regents of the University now warmly commend Dr. Jay as research scientist and missionary, as scholar and gentleman. And they extend to him their cordial personal good wishes as they appoint him to the rank for which he is now eligible: Professor Emeritus of Dentistry.