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From the Editor's Desk, Volume 6

When Hurricane Floyd's flood waters swamped Manville, New Jersey, last September, UMDNJ-NJDS alumnus Roman Hnatiw's home was in the path of the deluge. Roman's collection of vacuum tube radios and phonographs, which he had personally restored, was destroyed.

In December, his family suffered a far greater loss. Roman succumbed to cancer at the age of 48.

A member of the Class of 1976, Roman was unique. He personified what a health care
professional should be. He was a credit to himself, his family, his school, and his profession.

After graduation, Roman practiced for about five years in Chicago prior to returning to his roots in New Jersey. He divided his time between his private practice in Manville and his teaching at NJDS, where he was an associate professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Community Health. "Roman was a good soul," says Dr. Michael Sanders, his department chairman. "He made a point of giving a lot of himself." And Roman had the respect of his students and his colleagues. "He was just a nice guy, a basic, straightforward individual who loved to help people," recalls Dr. Raymond Rossi ('84).

Roman's quality of magnanimity was most apparent in Manville, where he served a multicultural community. With his linguistic abilities, he was able to converse with his patients in German, Polish, or Ukrainian. Roman provided care to this diverse population regardless of their ability to pay. He just took care of their needs and hoped for the best. His benevolence was intercontinental as well. Roman made regular trips to the Ukraine, where he volunteered his dental treatment to the needy.

In this age of the "me first" attitude, Roman offered a view of humanity only a few achieve. He was someone the alumni could boast about and attempt to emulate. We have lost one of our finest.


Arthur J. Crosta, D.M.D. ('67), Editor

 

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