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Operative Dentistry

Dr. Clifford M. Sturdevant -- 
Endowment Fund for Clinical Research in Operative Dentistry

More information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Ed Swift , Chair of Operative Dentistry (919-966-2770), or Mr. Paul Gardner, Associate Dean of Advancement (919-966-6984), or Ms. Tami Hansbrough, Associate Director (919-966-4563), of the Dental Foundation of North Carolina.

Dr. Clifford M. Sturdevant No one individual has embodied the spirit of clinical excellence more than Clifford M. Sturdevant.  His unyielding pursuit of excellence and love for dentistry have had a profound impact on all who have known him.

Dr. Clifford Sturdevant, or "Dr. Cliff" as he affectionately is known to his many friends, received his D.D.S. degree in 1943, graduating with honors from Atlanta-Southern Dental College, now Emory University.  Dr. Cliff came to Chapel Hill in 1950 with his father, Dr. Roger E. Sturdevant, who was the first Chair of Operative Dentistry.  In fact, he taught the first freshman class admitted to the School of Dentistry at UNC.  In 1959, Dr. Cliff was appointed Chair of Operative Dentistry and served in that capacity for 20 years.  In 1980, Dr. Cliff was the first member of the Dental School faculty to retire with 30 years of dedicated service.

Dr. Cliff is known world-wide as a leader in dental education and as an authority on operative dentistry.  Among his most noteworthy accomplishments was his "fathering" the textbook, Sturdevant's Art and Science of Operative Dentistry.  Written jointly by past and current department members and now in its fourth edition, this textbook is still today recognized as the leading textbook in Operative Dentistry.  However, of equal importance was Dr. Cliff's establishment at UNC of one of the first clinical research programs in Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials in the country in the late 1960s.  Through Dr. Cliff's foresight and vision, establishment of this internationally recognized Clinical Research Program has dramatically impacted the teaching and practice of Operative Dentistry and is a source of continued pride for the School of Dentistry at UNC.

Dr. Cliff truly has been a friend of dentistry as all who have known him would avow.  His tireless efforts helped vault the UNC School of Dentistry to the forefront in dental education.  Through a lifetime of dedicated service and unswerving commitment to clinical dentistry, he has established a legacy of clinical excellence that has been the hallmark of this Dental School in the past and to which we can aspire in the future.

Why develop an endowment fund?  Clinical research in Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials has never been more exciting or important than it is now.  Looking into the future, there are numerous significant clinical topics to investigate.  Present and future studies in the Clinical Research Program in Operative Dentistry will include further evaluation of computer-generated (CAD/CAM) restorations and other amalgam alternatives, examination in greater depth of new advanced dentin bonding systems as well as the many clinical factors affecting dentin adhesion, documentation of the safety and efficacy of new vital bleaching systems, and evaluation of the clinical performance of new glass ionomer/resin "hybrid" materials.  The significance of these efforts to the general practitioner easily can be appreciated.  For example, the evaluation of the new glass ionomer/resin "hybrid" materials may reveal a more ideal restorative material for the treatment of root surface lesions.  This work is especially important when considering the restorative needs of our aging population.

However, in the presence of ever-dwindling state, federal, and corporate financial support, clinical studies like these are becoming increasingly difficult to fund.  The primary purpose of the Clifford M. Sturdevant Endowment Fund for Clinical Research in Operative Dentistry is to provide ongoing funding to help support the costs involved in day-to-day operation of the Operative Dentistry Clinical Research Unit.  This fund helps to ensure that the valuable clinical research in Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials that has been conducted in the past will continue to be pursued in the future.

Ways to participate in the Endowment Fund.  Below is a brief summary of the ways you may contribute to the Clifford M. Sturdevant Endowment Fund:

Gifts of Cash:  Gifts of cash offer a convenient, tax-deductible way of giving.  Checks should be made payable to the "UNC Dental Foundation -- Sturdevant Fund - 2060" and mailed to the Dental Foundation of North Carolina, Inc., UNC School of Dentistry, Campus Box 7451, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7451.

Securities, Real Estate, and Personal Property:  Under current tax law, donors can reap significant tax benefits through gifts made of appreciated securities, real estate, or personal property.  Please contact the Dental Foundation of North Carolina, School of Dentistry (919-966-4563) for stock transfer instructions, property gifts, or more information regarding tax benefits.

Donor Recognition:  The following levels of giving are recognized by the University and School of Dentistry through the Chancellors' Club:  a gift of $2,000 per year qualifies the donor for membership in the 1793 Society; a gift of $5,000 per year is recognized through the Carolina Society; and a gift of $10,000 or more per year places the donor in the Chancellors' Circle.