Dean’s Medals recognize two professor emeritae for decades of contributions to the school, accomplishments in oral health
BOSTON (Dec. 16, 2016)—Two legends in the Tufts and dental medicine communities will be honored with Dean’s Medals from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine at a ceremony today. The medals celebrate the contributions Hilde H. Tillman, D.M.D. and Esther M. Wilkins, R.D.H., D.M.D., both Tufts alumnae and faculty emeritae, have made to the Tufts and dental medicine and education communities.
“Drs. Tillman and Wilkins enrolled in dental school when not even 2 percent of practicing dentists were women. Now, more than 50 percent of the dental students at Tufts are women,” said Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. “Drs. Tillman and Wilkins have been leaders in dental medicine, at Tufts, in their communities, nationally and internationally.”
“Dr. Tillman’s ongoing work with the school and our local communities exemplifies the leadership principles of passion and humanitarianism that we embody in our students,” he continued. “And Dr. Wilkins was a true pioneer, a devoted educator and a friend to everyone at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.”
Established in 1996, the Dean’s Medal recognizes individuals who have demonstrated loyalty, service and generosity. It is the highest honor bestowed by the dean of a school at Tufts University and is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to their school and the greater community.
About Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Founded in 1868, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) is committed to leadership in education, patient care, research, and community service. Students obtain an interdisciplinary education, integrated with medicine, with access to training in dental specialties. Clinics managed at TUSDM provide quality comprehensive care to more than 18,000 diverse individuals annually, including those with special needs. Nationally and internationally, the School promotes health and educational programs and researches new procedures, materials and technologies to improve oral health.