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Alumni Association Names New President, Honors Four Leaders with Medallions of Distinction

March  13, 2014

Dr. Artemiz Seif-Adkins was voted in as president of the association. The Alumni Association installed a new president and honored several leaders with its highest award during the Alumni Recognition Luncheon held recently at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The March 7 luncheon was held as part of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's 115th Annual Alumni Meeting held over the weekend of March 7-9, 2014.

Dr. Artemiz Seif-Adkins was voted in as president of the association. A graduate of the Class of 2004, Seif-Adkins is a long-time member and supporter of the school's Alumni Association and a mentor to recent alumni. She operates a dental practice, Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She and her husband Garrett Adkins also reside in Scottsdale.  

The association also presented its most prestigious award, the Medallion of Distinction. The award honors individuals for their service, support and dedication to the dental school, the Alumni Association, the dentistry profession and the community. This year's recipients were Mr. Michael Carroll, Mr. Jim Mair, Dr. Joseph Levy and Dr. Shannon Wong.   

Mr. Michael Carroll, winner of the Medallion of DistinctionMr. Michael Carroll

In 1963, Mike Carroll founded Carroll & Company, a business firm that provides consulting services to professionals in Northern California, specializing in the appraisal, sale and acquisition of professional practices. Due to his business relationships with our alumni, he became involved with our school and served for ten years as a board member of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation. Carroll brought his heart and soul to the PDF by chairing numerous fund-raising events over the years, including golf events and wine auction fundraiser to benefit the Kids in the Klinic endowment. His involvement helped raise more than a half million dollars for the Kids in the Klinic endowment, which now has surpassed $2 million, in support of care for underserved children.   

Daughters of Dr. Joseph Levy accept the Medallion of Distinction on his behalfDr. Joseph Levy (1928 - 2009)

Dr. Joseph Levy was a distinguished faculty member who began his career at Pacific in 1973 as a professor in pharmacology. At the time of his passing, he was professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and was well-known for being a passionate and brilliant teacher. Levy possessed an in-depth knowledge of pharmacology, therapeutics and human physiology and is greatly missed in our school community. Although he did not seek recognition, he was a sought-after lecturer throughout the world and received numerous scholarships, award and fellowships during his career, including Pacific's Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his master's degree from UCLA and postdoctoral training at the University of Washington. Levy is survived by his wife, Joanne, two daughters and a grandson.   

Mr. Jim Mair, winner of the Medallion of DistinctionMr. Jim Mair

Jim Mair is a University of the Pacific Regent and CEO/founder of South Bay Development Company, specializing in Northern California commercial real estate. To that end, he was instrumental in the process of selecting, acquiring and renovating our new school facility on Fifth Street. The building's acquisition was called "the best office real estate deal in San Francisco in 2011" by the San Francisco Business Times. His sage advice was crucial to the success of each phase taken by the University and School of Dentistry to accomplish the successful completion of our new home in downtown San Francisco, beginning with his guidance and facilitation regarding the divesting of both the Post Street housing building and the Webster Street school building. Each step of the way Mair was extremely supportive, and we are most grateful. In addition, he has assisted with many other financial operations of the Board of Regents and the University. Mair holds a bachelor's degree from University of the Pacific, Eberhardt School of Business, and an MBA from Santa Clara University; both degrees are in business administration. He and his wife, Gretchen, a graduate of University of the Pacific herself, have two grown daughters, also Pacific graduates.   

Taylor Wilcox accepting the Medallion of Distinction on behalf of Dr. Shannon WongDr. Shannon Wong (1937-2013)

Hired by our dental school in 1975 to teach in the Department of Endodontics, Dr. Shannon Wong was associate professor in the department at the time of his passing. A graduate of Fresno State College, he earned his DDS degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1962. He served in the Air Force for thirteen years, earning a Bronze Star and reaching the rank of Colonel. During his time of service, he earned an MS and an Endodontics degree at the University of Texas, Houston. Wong won a number of teaching awards during his Pacific career, including the AEGD Award, the IDS Award, and twice, the Lucien Szymd Memorial Award for teaching excellence. Wong was a deeply dedicated instructor, a respected colleague among faculty, and was known throughout the school for his warm and caring nature. He is survived by his wife, Taylor Wilcox. 

Category Type: Alumni, Honors and Awards

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