December 13, 2012
Dr. D Walter Cohen Selected for 2013 Gies Award
Philadelphia – The ADEAGies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), recently announced that Dr. D. Walter Cohen (C’47, D’50), Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Penn Dental Medicine, is among those individuals being recognized with a 2013 William J. Gies Award. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., honor individuals and organizations exemplifying dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation, and achievement in dental education, research, and leadership.
Dr. Cohen will receive the Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement – Dental Educator. Dr. Cohen first joined the Penn Dental Medicine faculty in 1951, and through his tenure, he built a legacy of leadership in the field of periodontics, eventually serving as professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontics. From 1972 to 1983, Dr. Cohen served as Dean of Penn Dental Medicine.
“Walter has contributed so much to the fields of dental medicine, periodontology and dental education that Penn Dental Medicine and dentistry in general are deeply indebted to him. He is truly deserving of this very appropriate special recognition,” says Dr. Denis Kinane, Morton Amsterdam Dean of Penn Dental Medicine.
The eight 2013 Gies Awards will be presented March 18 at a celebration to be held in conjunction with the 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, taking place March 16-19, in Seattle. The 2013 honorees were selected by a panel of judges consisting of the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees.