Editing staff and publisher


On October 8, 1999 volume 5 of the Beacon was mailed to the NJDS Alumni. This is the last Beacon issue published in the 20th Century.

The Alumni Association wishes you, your family, and your friends a very joyus and safe holiday season.


Table of contents:


A Promise Made, A Promise Kept: Thirteen years ago, three Newark teenagers pledged to support each other's goal of dental and medical school. Today, Dr. George Jenkins ('99) and his friends celebrate a dream realized.

More Frank Talk: Part two of the life story of Dr. Frank E. Frates, Jr.

Dental Alumni Association Mysteries Presents­The Case of the Swollen Lip: A Hazlet policeman's lip mysteriously balloons to two or three times its normal size. Dr. Frank Miele, Jr. ('66) thought like a detective to solve this baffling case.

A More-Than-Able Dentist for the Developmentally Disabled: Dr. Mary Ann Gataletto ('86) practices "the toughest kind of dentistry" at a facility for the developmentally disabled in Pennsylvania.

Women in Dentistry­A Panel Discussion: A panel, moderated by Beacon editor Arthur J. Crosta ('67), discusses the impact women dentists have on the profession.

OPBDS: A Successful Merger: Three departments were blended into one 11 years ago: the Department of Oral Pathology, Biology and Diagnostic Sciences. The result has been a strong, vibrant department that seeks to develop life-long learners.

Nick's Knack for Excellence: Dr. Bill Nicholas's ('66) reputation for excellence and, at times, toughness, is well known. The results of his unique approach to dental education: better dentists.


From the Editor's Desk

President's Message

Around Campus

1998 Annual Campaign Honor Roll

NJDS Class Notes

Buccal Bits & Lingual Views

Calendar of Events

The Last word: A message from the Dean