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Memoir

Robert Edward Doerr
Regent's Proceedings 966

Robert E. Doerr, D.D.S., M.S., Professor of Dentistry, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1986, following 35 years of distinguished service at The University of Michigan.

A native of Traverse City, he received a B.S. degree from Western Michigan University in 1943. He then enlisted in the service, where he was ultimately commissioned lieutenant. He entered The University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1946, received a D.D.S. degree in 1950, and the M.S. degree in 1953. During those years, he established a part-time private practice while serving as a full-time instructor. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1953, associate professor in 1957, and professor in 1961. He also served as secretary to the faculty that year and, in September of 1962, was appointed associate dean. During his 22-year tenure as associate dean, Dr. Doerr helped guide the School of Dentistry through a sustained period of growth, which culminated in the planning and construction of a new, $20 million dental school building complex, completed in 1971. In 1981-82, he was appointed interim dean, leading the school through the transitional period after Dean Mann's retirement.

Over the years, Dr. Doerr has served on numerous committees in many capacities at the School of Dentistry, throughout the university, and in professional and community organizations. He has held major positions in national, state, and local dental societies, and has served as president of the Michigan Dental Association and editor of the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. He received the Pierre Fauchard Academy's award for outstanding contributions to dental education, dentistry, and dental journalism in 1982 and the American Association of Dental Editors Distinguished Service Award in 1983. He has made over 100 formal presentations throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe, and has served as a dental education consultant to the Pan American Health Organization. His approximately 95 publications include Operative Dentistry, which he co-authored in 1966, as well as numerous journal articles and editorials.

Dr. Doerr's academic and research interests first centered on high and ultra-speed rotary instruments. More recently, he has specialized in dental curriculum, evaluation, and individualized instruction and self-pacing for dental students. These interests lead to his co-authorship of a proposal that resulted in the awarding of a five-year, $4,300,000 grant to the School in 1972.

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