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June 05, 2006

Thomas Evans Achievement Award Honors Jay S. Seibert (D’53)

The late Dr. Jay S. Seibert (D’53), a highly respected Penn Dental Medicine faculty member and alumnus, has been honored by the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society with its highest award of recognition – the Thomas Evans Achievement Award. This special tribute was made at the reunion dinner held as part of the Ivy League Bone Symposium, the 50th anniversary celebration of Penn’s periodontics and periodontal prosthesis program, which took place June 1 – 3 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia. Dr. Seibert’s son, Thomas (D’86, GD’88), accepted the award on behalf of his family.

The Evans Award honors alumni who have shown innovation, excellence, and leadership in the profession of oral heath care nationally and internationally. Dr. Seibert was nominated for the award by Dr. Arnold S. Weisgold (GD’65), Adjunct Professor of Periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine.

A highly regarded educator, Dr. Seibert held a variety of leadership roles at Penn Dental Medicine from 1973 until his death in 1998. He served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontics from 1973 to 1975 and from 1979 until 1982, and was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Predoctoral Program from 1975 to 1979 and from 1982 to 1984. In addition, Dr. Seibert led the postdoctoral periodontics program from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1990 until his passing.

While at Penn Dental Medicine, Dr. Seibert was also honored with the University’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1976 and the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society’s Alumni Award of Merit in 1986.

Dr. Seibert’s dental career also included 20 years within the military, serving from 1953 to 1973 in the Army Dental Corps and rising from first lieutenant and to a full colonel. Between 1967 and 1973, he was Chief of Periodontics at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Among numerous honors while in the Army, Dr. Seibert received the Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit.

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