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Three Families Endow First Professorship in General Dentistry

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 3:40pm

Pictured with UT School of Dentistry Dean John Valenza, DDS, are three couples who, together, created the Doan-Huynh-Le Professorship in General Dentistry. They are Clinical Assistant Professor Don Le, DDS and wife, Cindy Le, PhD; Kim Loan T. Nguyen, DDS ’96, and husband T. Alex Huynh, DDS ’91; and Kim-Loan T. Nguyen, DDS ’96 with husband Anthony S. Doan, DDS ’97. Photo by Dwight C. Andrews.

Pictured with UT School of Dentistry Dean John Valenza, DDS, are three couples who, together, created the Doan-Huynh-Le Professorship in General Dentistry. They are Clinical Assistant Professor Don Le, DDS and wife, Cindy Le, PhD; Kim Loan T. Nguyen, DDS ’96, and husband T. Alex Huynh, DDS ’91; and Kim-Loan T. Nguyen, DDS ’96 with husband Anthony S. Doan, DDS ’97. Photo by Dwight C. Andrews.

Three couples have pitched in to create a new endowed professorship at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston this year.

The Doan-Huynh-Le Professorship in General Dentistry is the first endowed professorship in the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health and was awarded to department Chair Richard "Rick" Bebermeyer, DDS, a 29-year UTSD faculty veteran. 

The contributors include Anthony Doan, DDS '97, and his wife, Kim-Loan Nguyen, DDS '96; Alex Huynh, DDS '91, and his wife Kim Loan Nguyen, DDS  '96 (though the wives’ names are similar, they are not related); and Don Le, DDS, and wife Cindy Le, PhD.

Doan, Huynh and their wives are all UTSD alumni and former students of Bebermeyer’s.  The third couple, Don and Cindy Le, did not attend UTSD but Don Le, a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry, has been a tireless supporter of UTSD, serving as a volunteer clinical assistant professor for three years. In 2012, he was honored with the Dean’s Excellence Award for Volunteer Faculty.  As a member of the Advisory Council, Don Le also assists with the school’s fundraising activities and worked with the other couples to initiate the professorship.

The three families said they wanted to leave a lasting legacy that would embody their values and commitments. In particular, they said they wanted to give back to general dentistry because that’s where they learned the skills they use daily in their respective dental practices. 

Bebermeyer said he was honored be the first holder of a professorship funded by his former students, now counted as friends.

“They’re the most wonderful, warm and benevolent people,” Bebermeyer said. “This professorship is a real shot in the arm for the department. Endowed professorships really help take the faculty and this school to the next level.”

Bebermeyer will relinquish the professorship when he retires in January.