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Letters to the Editor

The Beacon Shines
Dear Editor:
This alumni news magazine is an outstanding example of determination and good leadership. It is newsworthy, informative, upbeat and certainly evidences an effort to pull the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School family together with a single focus.

I deeply appreciate the article, "Farewell, Friend," since the title alone says it all. I certainly consider the dental alumni relationship one of the high points of my life and will continue to cherish the friendships in the years ahead. We cannot let this solid base for relationships dwindle away and become a thing of the past. Best wishes and deep appreciation.

Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., M.D.

Dear Editor:
It was with great excitement and pride that I received this second issue of the Beacon. You and your staff, along with Joe Battaglia, have created a journal of which all of UMDNJ can be proud. It symbolizes the best of our profession and our University. As past Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, I shared the first edition with the board at a meeting last year. They all agreed on the Beacon's quality and timeliness.

I read the article on Stan Bergen, "Farewell, Friend," with tears in my eyes. It was well balanced and very fitting. The Editorial page, President's Message, and information about our heroes such as Bill Cinotti, George Mardirossian, Norm Betts, and our dean, Bob Saporito, informs us and binds us together as a cohesive fraternity in dentistry. Bravo!

Arnold H. Rosenheck, D.M.D.

Dear Editor:
I write to extend my congratulations on your great success in reviving an alumni publication. The quality of the Beacon is very high, and I am sure it will help rally more alumni support for New Jersey Dental School!

Congratulations, and keep up the fine work!

Michael C. Alfano, D.M.D. ('71)

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Dear Editor:
The alumni newsmagazine for the Dental Alumni Association of UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School was indeed veryenjoyable reading. Thank you again, and I wish you continued success in your professional and academic endeavors.

Harold L. Paz, M.D.
Dean, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Special Thanks
Dear Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 35 NJDS alumni and their families who volunteered at the 1998 Special Olympics, Special Smiles event during the last weekend of May. The event could not have been the tremendous success that it was without the great support from NJDA members and NJDS alumni. It also demonstrated the great things that can be accomplished when dental school faculty, students, and alumni come together and work toward a common goal.

In all, more than 1,000 athletes visited the Special Smiles tent, and more than 800 dental examinations were performed over the two days. Although the temperatures were in the 90s and there was high humidity, the alumni volunteers never wavered from their mission of attempting to bring improved dental care and oral health education to athletes in need. Truly a remarkable effort by all involved!

It was truly an out-standing weekend that touched the hearts of all that attended. Again, I wish to extend a hearty thank you to all NJDS alumni volunteers, and I look forward to seeing everyone at next year's program.

Martin Giniger, D.M.D., Ph.D.
UMDNJ Special Olympics, Special Smiles Coordinator

Friendships Renewed
Dear Editor:
To all those who assisted in the production of the Beacon, Spring 1998 issue, I give my sincere appreciation. I have already started to receive calls from NJDS "friends of the past."

I agree with the editor's comment that the Dental Alumni Association "is in very capable hands," referring to Carolyn Dennis-Phillips.

Jane Verillo

Praise for Latex-Safe Pioneer
Dear Editor:
I recently read the article, "Laying Off Latex," in the Fall 1997 issue. It was brought to my attention by my dentists. Like Dr. Ellen Patterson, I am highly allergic to latex andsuffer catastrophic consequences when exposed. It has become an obstacle in my life and caused much anxiety and pain.

I salute Dr. Patterson for her courage in dealing with this life-threatening allergy, and I commend her for creating a latex-safe environment.

Maria Kucinski



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      The Beacon welcomes letters to the editor and suggestions for future articles. Letters may be edited for style, clarity, and length. Send letters to: Carolyn Dennis-Phillips, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School, Office of Alumni Affairs, 110 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07103-2425.