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Pediatric Dentistry

In Memoriam

James Wyatt Bawden
1930 - Jun 23, 2011

Dr. Jim Bawden

We are deeply saddened to report that Dr. Jim Bawden passed away peacefully on June 23, 2011 Jim Bawden was born April 23, 1930 in St Louis and completed his DDS, MS, PhD and Pediatric Dentistry specialty education at the University of Iowa. After serving as a Dental Officer in the United States Navy Dental Corps from 1954-1956 Jim entered private practice in Glenwood Springs Colorado. In 1958 Jim returned to the University of Iowa to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and then joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry in 1961 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. He was promoted to Professor in 1965 and became the second Dean of the School of Dentistry serving from 1966 to 1974. Jim became an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in 1977 and served in a variety of roles in leadership during the remainder of his professional career. Jim was a passionate man who immersed himself into teaching, patient care and research. He published over 127 peer reviewed manuscripts with some of his most exciting work coming at the end of his career when he was working on Calcium-sensing mechanisms during enamel formation. Jim was a pioneer in the investigation of fluorides in preventive dentistry. Jim's first research funding from the National Institutes of health was awarded in 1961 and his last grant was funded in 1996. Students revered Jim because he was not only a fervent teacher but he was a great student advocate and mentor. He remained engaged in teaching and patient care throughout his career. One of Jim's most notable qualities was his skill as a leader and his ability to develop consensus. As a result of these qualities he helped was instrumental in leading initiatives on such topics as fluoride supplementation dosage schedules and helping develop programs that addressed access to care for children less than three years of age that changed oral health care for children across the nation. Jim's legacy in dentistry and his influence on the UNC School of Dentistry will remain with us and he will be missed very much.


Sandy Cole Marks, Sr.
1910 - 2005

Dr. Marks Sandy

Sandy Marks (1963) died just days short of his 95th birthday in November 2005. A native of Apex, he attended Davidson College for two years and graduated from Atlanta Southern Dental College. He practiced in Wilmington, NC until 1948, Sandy and wife “Kitty” went to the mission field as missionaries in the Belgian Congo with the American Presbyterian Congo Mission. While there, he was instrumental in starting a Dental School to train Congolese dental nurses. Sandy returned to the US in 1961 and completed our graduate program, receiving his MS in 1963. After two years on the staff at Howard University, he returned and taught at the UNC School of Dentistry until his retirement in 1976. Following his retirement, he became more involved with the Medical Benevolence Foundation and the opening of a post-graduate clinic for training dental graduates in Zaire (formerly Belgian Congo). In 1997, in recognition of his life achievements, he was inducted into the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller as a Knight of Merit.

Sandy was a leader in his community and organized dentistry before his unselfish years of service as a dentist/missionary. As a faculty member and leader in the UNC Craniofacial Team, he was a beloved teacher for several generations of graduate students. Shortly before his death, Sandy was honored with a University-Named Fellowship to honor his name at UNC-CH. The first Sandy Cole Marks Craniofacial Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry was named in January, 2006.


Miles Aubrey Crenshaw
March 22, 1932 – August 2, 2004

Dr. Crenshaw

Dr. Miles Aubrey Crenshaw, Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Dentistry and Marine Science at the University of North Carolina had a distinguished career as a UNC Faculty member for 35 years. He was an internationally recognized authority on the development of mineralized tissues ranging from shellfish to human teeth and bones. Miles was a critical thinker and exacting scientist who mentored students that ranged from high school to Ph.D. degree candidates. Many of these students have gone on to become leaders in both dentistry and basic science research providing the ultimate testimony to Miles' skill and commitment as a dental educator. His research investigating mineralized tissues was funded by the National Institutes of Health for many years and he made major contributions to the scientific literature. His discoveries markedly advanced our understanding of the formation of enamel, the role of fluoride in mineralization, and the basic biological mechanisms involved in the development of dentin and bone.