August 28, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 32

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Kuebker retires as chair of prosthodontics department

Dr. Kuebker

Dr. William Kuebker, chairman and professor, Department of Prosthodontics, will retire from his position at the end of this month. Dr. Kuebker has been a faculty member in prosthodontics since 1975 and became department chair in 1995. He has been named professor emeritus, effective at the time of his retirement.

He received his D.D.S. degree from Northwestern University Dental School and a Master of Science degree in prosthodontics from the Washington University School of Dentistry. Dr. Kuebker joined The University of Texas System in 1970, as clinical associate professor at the U.T. Dental Branch at Houston. At the time, Colonel Kuebker was stationed at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, as assistant chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics for Residency Training.

During his long and distinguished career in prosthodontics, Dr. Kuebker won numerous awards and authored or contributed to many publications. In addition to his medals for meritorious service from the United States Air Force, he has served as president of the American College of Prosthodontics, the American College of Prosthodontics Education Foundation and the Federation of Prosthodontic Organizations. He also served as president of the local chapter of the honorary dental fraternity Omicron Kappa Upsilon. In 1994 he received the first Distinguished Service Award presented by the American College of Prosthodontics and served six years as a consultant to the American Dental Associationís Commission for Dental Accreditation.

Dr. Kuebkerís recent publications include a textbook written with Drs. K. L. Stewart and K. D. Rudd and chapters in three other textbooks. He has participated in the Health Science Centerís "Mouth Guard Day" since the early 1980s. As co-director of the departmentís South Texas/Border Initiative Advanced Prosthodontics Program in Laredo, he helped develop "Laredo Free Mouth Guard Day."

Dr. Kuebker said, "The Laredo mouth guard program has really helped our dentists and staff members become better acquainted with their counterparts in Laredo. This has contributed to the excellent acceptance of our prosthodontic program in Laredo, and the program has provided an excellent service for the young athletes participating in the program."

After retiring, Dr. Kuebker and his wife, Joan, plan to do more traveling and spend more time with their family.

In reflecting on his years at the Dental School, Dr. Kuebker said, "What I will miss most is my daily interaction with all the talented and dedicated individuals with whom I had the opportunity to work during the past 25 years. And any successes I may have had as chair of the department can be directly attributed to the initiative, hard work and cooperative spirit of our faculty and staff."

Dr. Edmund Cavazos, associate professor in prosthodontics, will serve as interim chair starting Sept. 1.