Our Living Legacy

Legacy can be defined as something handed down from one generation to another. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.”

At the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, we see legacy in action every day as faculty and staff work with students to pass along time-tested techniques and as they also discover new knowledge through research and best practices.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Contact Point, which includes articles about our legacy and our future. We profile alumnus Frank A. Brucia ’44A and the new loyalty society launched in his name, explore some hot topics about the future of our profession, share news about global collaborations and show how our alumni are making an impact in the field of sports dentistry.

Speaking of sports, one of our great legacy events—the 20th Annual Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic—was held in October at The Olympic Club. This event raises funds to provide oral health education and treatment for underserved children. We thank all of you who were able to join us on the links or otherwise support the cause.

As we take time to reflect on our successful past, it is also important for us to evolve and grow as an organization. This will ensure our legacy stays strong for future generations. Our legacy is not carved in stone; rather it is an ongoing, living treasure that we are all part of each day as members of the Dugoni School family.


Nader A. Nadershahi ’94, DDS, MBA, EdD