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Raymond H. Sawusch
Regent's Proceedings 451

Raymond H. Sawusch, D.D.S., M.S., Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Pedodontics, retired from active faculty status on September 30, 1985, after serving 27 years on the faculty of The University of Michigan.

Born on September 22, 1929, in Detroit, Professor Sawusch graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1947. He entered the university later that year receiving his D.D.S. degree in 1953. For the next three years he served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Upon discharge from active duty in 1956, Professor Sawusch returned to the School of Dentistry with a teaching fellowship to work on his M.S. degree in pedodontics. At the same time, he opened a part-time private practice in Ann Arbor, which he maintained throughout his teaching career. That career began with an instructorship in pedodontics in 1958 when he received the M.S. degree. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1961, associate professor in 1965, and professor in 1971. He was also an assistant professor in the service of dentistry and dental oral surgery at the University Hospital in 1963.

Throughout his teaching career, Professor Sawusch distinguished himself as a talented lecturer and clinical instructor. He worked in every segment of the educational program, organizing lecture and clinical courses in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate pedodontics. As an outstanding clinician, Professor Sawusch provided a challenging clinical experience for his students and exhibited the patience necessary to help them improve their clinical abilities.

Active in research and service to his profession, Professor Sawusch has completed projects in such areas as the use of chloropromazine for the control of the dental patient who is a behavior problem, pulpal capping agents, clinical evaluation of an amalgam alloy, and pulp management procedures for the immature first permanent molar. He has also presented a long list of special lectures and clinics at various locations throughout the United States, and has been an active member of both civic and professional organizations. Among them are the Washtenaw District Dental Society, the Michigan Society of Dentistry for Children, the K.A. Easlick Society, the American Academy of Pedodontics, Diplomate of the American Board of Pedodontics, the American Association of Pedodontic Board Diplomates, the Michigan Association of the Professions, the American Association of the Professions, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (dental honorary society). In most of these organizations, Professor Sawusch has served in various offices and on many committees and has also given generously of his time on a number of committees within the School of Dentistry.

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