New Biography Highlights The Life and Times of Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni

July 29, 2015


Many in the Dugoni School of Dentistry family have stories to tell about Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni's impact on their professional and personal lives. However, a new biography delves far deeper than personal anecdotes and short articles, and introduces us to a tale that has mostly gone untold.

Quest for Excellence: The Arthur A. Dugoni Story focuses its twenty-one chapters and more than 300 pages on Art's life, beginning with a struggling immigrant family who endured the challenges of two world wars and a devastating depression, to his personal rise at a highly successful private practice, the impact he has made on the future of dental education and his years leading organized dentistry. For 28 years, Dr. Dugoni served as dean of University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, which was re-named in his honor in 2004.

The biography was written by San Francisco journalist and author Martin Brown, a friend and admirer of Dr. Dugoni, who compiled the work from more than two years of interviews.

"Art has had a fascinating life filled with twists and turns that will surprise and delight readers of this work," explains Brown. "After he retired as dean I realized we had an opportunity to collect a much more complete understanding of his life, his remarkable marriage of sixty-five plus years and the wonderful family he created with Kaye."

"The biography provides some fascinating answers to the mystique of Art, with little-known stories of his colorful family and childhood days in San Francisco's predominantly Italian neighborhood of North Beach ... his falling hopelessly in love with Kaye during the uncertain days of World War II ... and much more," wrote Phil Gilbertson, Provost Emeritus of University of the Pacific, after reading the work.

The biography is available in a hardcover edition through

Orders may also be placed through the school's Alumni Association by calling 415.929.6423 or sending an email to The book is available for $35 plus $10 for shipping and handling. Copies are available to be signed by Dr. Dugoni upon request.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Alumni Association.

Plans are also in the works for an audio version of the book narrated by Broadway theater actor Nic Rouleau, Dr. Dugoni's grandson.