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Drs. Fredekind, Haden Honored with Medallion of Distinction During Alumni Weekend

2010 Medallion of Distinction winners Drs. Richard Fredekind and Karl Haden.

March  17, 2010

Alumni from across the country recently gathered for the 111th Annual Alumni Meeting, a weekend-long event held each spring in San Francisco. The weekend featured continuing education courses, alumni recognition, reunion dinners and the 2010 Legacy Ball to celebrate philanthropy and honor donors.

During the Friday afternoon Alumni Luncheon held at the Fairmont Hotel, Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. presented this year's two Medallion of Distinction winners, Drs. Richard Fredekind and N. Karl Haden, with the Alumni Association's highest honors. This special recognition is given to honor their many years of service and support to the dental school.


Serving as professor and associate dean for Clinical Services, Fredekind has been a member of the Dugoni School of Dentistry family since 1984 when he joined the dental school faculty as an assistant clinical professor. Over the past 25 years, Fredekind has demonstrated a strong commitment to countless students, faculty, staff and patients.

Fredekind has chaired or served on numerous committees, authored articles for dental publications and received various teaching awards. He continues to be a project director of the Future of the Clinic Information System (FOCIS) project, and recently helped the dental school implement a new, paperless clinic information system — throughout all clinics — to improve the way dentistry is taught and how patients are treated.


Dr. Karl Haden is the founder and president of the Academy of Academic Leadership. For over 15 years he has consulted with clients in academic healthcare — including the Dugoni School of Dentistry — to provide expertise in areas such as leadership development, organizational change, strategic planning and curriculum development.

Haden has been instrumental in developing the school's strategic plan, and has consulted with both the Alumni Association and Pacific Dugoni Foundation to help these organizations with their strategic planning. For the past two years, Haden helped the dental school launch a new initiative, the Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, to foster career development in the areas of learning, teaching and leadership.


Numerous dental school classes hosted reunion dinners on March 12. Classes of 1960, 1965, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2000 held events at various restaurants throughout the city.

During the March 12 awards luncheon, alumni showed tremendous generosity through the presentation of class gifts to benefit the Dean's Fund for Excellence, endowments and other programs at the school. The Class of 1985 donated $323,138 and received the Boxton Bowl, awarded to the class with the largest reunion gift. The Class of 1955 donated $153,375 and received the Tocchini Bowl for the highest percent of a class participating in a class gift. The Class of 1965 won the Dugoni Bowl for the highest percent of a class in the Endowment & Legacy Society, while the Class of 1995 won the Redig Bowl for the highest percent in the Dean's Fund Leadership Club. The Sloman Bowl was awarded to the Class of 1960 to recognize the highest percent of a class attending the reunion.

The weekend also featured the 2010 Legacy Ball, held March 13 at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The Legacy Ball is an opportunity for the dental school to thank and honor its many donors and supporters. This year, guests enjoyed an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music, dancing and the opportunity to see the museum exhibit of works from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

Category Type: Alumni, Honors and Awards, Special Events

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