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Memoir

Donald Louis Hellman
Regent's Proceedings 382

Donald L. Hellman, Assistant Professor of Dentistry, retired on June 30, 1979 following thirty years as a dedicated teacher and clinician in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the School of Dentistry.

Born in Fremont, Michigan, he attended Grand Rapids Junior College before coming to The University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he earned his D.D.S. degree in 1932. During World War II, he left his private dental practice to serve for three and one-half years as a Major in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Following military service, he resumed the private practice and, in addition, in 1949 became an Instructor in the School of Dentistry on a half-time basis. In 1969, he was promoted to Assistant Professor after having attended the graduate program at the School.

Dr. Hellman was a gifted and well-liked teacher who possessed that rare ability to communicate effectively with the developing student mind. As testimony to his influence on students, he was twice selected for the Paul Gibbons Award, first in 1973 and again in 1976. The Gibbons Award is the highest honor students can confer on a teacher in the School of Dentistry and is awarded by senior dental students to single out a faculty member for outstanding contributions to their dental education. Dr. Hellman's skill and knowledge as a dentist and his emphathetic understanding of student's needs combined to make him an outstanding clinical teacher. He leaves behind him a legacy of highest standards in the practice of dentistry.

The Regents now salute this distinguished health educator for his dedicated service by naming him Assistant Professor Emeritus of Dentistry.