October 22, 2013
Dr. Shannon Wong, associate professor of Endodontics at the Dugoni School of Dentistry, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday October 17 after fighting an aggressive cancer with courage and dignity. He had been teaching at the school for decades.
A graduate of Fresno State College in 1958, Dr. Wong earned his DDS from University of California, San Francisco in 1962. He then joined the United States Air Force, in which he served until 1975, earning a Bronze Star along the way and leaving with the rank of Colonel. During the time of his service, he managed to simultaneously earn an MS and an Endodontics degree at the University of Texas, Houston, in 1972.
During his long career of teaching dental students and working with patients, he also participated in organized dentistry; among other roles he served on the Endodontic Committee of the Western Regional Examining Board, as well as OKU Chapter President. Outside of organized dentistry, he was a consultant for the Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals, and more recently was on the advisory board of Ergonomic Dental Technologies.
He won a number of teaching awards during his time at the dental school, most notably the Distinguished Faculty Member Award from the American College of Dentists, Northern California Section. He was honored with the Lucien Szymd Memorial Award for teaching excellence in both 1998 and 2012.
"Personally, it is hard to believe we will never again see him in an elevator, in his office, or on the clinic floor," commented Dr. Alan Gluskin, professor and chair of the Department of Endodontics. "Shannon was a very warm, compassionate, and caring individual whom I always found to be knowledgeable, deeply dedicated, and invested in the welfare of our students and school. Shannon will be sorely missed by everyone whom he touched over the years."
In honor of Dr. Wong's life and career, there will be a memorial held in his memory at the School of Dentistry. Please join his colleagues and friends on Wednesday, November 6 at 1:00 pm in Room 103 to remember and honor Dr. Wong.
Those interested in making a gift to support the school or the Department of Endodontics in memory of Dr. Wong may contact Kevin Wessler at 415.929.6406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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