I recently shared some news with our faculty and staff about a treasured member of our school family, Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni.
When I started in July 2006, Art was very kind during my entire transition. He graciously stayed to lend an ear and provide valuable input as Dean Emeritus. He was supposed to take a sabbatical that year, but chose to remain to help in the transition. Over the last three years, Art has been, and continues to be, an important mentor to me personally, as well as to the entire Dugoni School of Dentistry family. I consider him my personal “Consigliori,” a term you may be aware of if you are a fan of Italian culture.
Art is now going to take a well-deserved sabbatical beginning July 1, 2009. I know he will enjoy spending more time with Kaye and the entire Dugoni family, including his children and grandchildren. In fact, they will soon be traveling to Italy on a family trip. Art informs me he also has plans to spend time chronicling his collection of slides and writing articles and perhaps even a book on humanism and education.
I want to recognize Art, who continues to be an important source of inspiration to the students, faculty, staff and alumni at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He gave us 28 years as dean, not to mention the 62 years in all that he has served in various capacities with the school. Art has made an incredible mark on dental education and the profession. I will miss seeing him around the school hallways, but he will remain close to my heart. I will continue to meet with him periodically during the year.
Please wish him the very best if you see him before his trip to Italy, and congratulate him on this much-earned break.