Former OHSU dental school dean Jack Clinton, DMD, who retired in 2012, passed away January 3, 2022.

Oregon Health and Science University announced that former School of Dentistry dean Jack Clinton, DMD, passed away on January 3, 2022.

Clinton served as the OHSU School of Dentistry dean from 2004 to 2012. Clinton’s leadership and service were highly regarded within the school and the dental community. 

“The School of Dentistry lost a leader, mentor, teacher, and friend last week,” said Ronald Sakaguchi, DDS, PhD, MBA, dean of the OHSU School of Dentistry. “Many of the programs available at the school today were initiated and built by Dean Clinton. He was a dedicated promoter of dentistry in the Pacific Northwest, a dynamic leader of the school, and a compassionate instructor and mentor. We will miss him greatly.”

He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Dentistry (now OHSU) in 1964 and was hired on as a clinical instructor. 

Before becoming the dean in 2004, Clinton served as interim dean and held numerous positions, including associate dean for clinical affairs and associate dean of student affairs.

Clinton created and supported key programs, including the creation of the Dental Careers Institute for those considering a career in dentistry, implementing DMD group practice clinics named after the Portland bridges, the White Coat Ceremony, student outreach rotations, the General Practice Residency, the Hospital Dental Service, and the adoption of the axiUm electronic dental record.

Clinton is survived by his wife of 60 years, his daughter, his son, and 3 grandchildren. His family is planning a celebration of life to be held this spring.

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