Fall 2004 Table of Contents
News from the College
University of the Pacific Names Its San Francisco Dental School in Honor of Dean Arthur A. Dugoni

On August 28, Dean Alfano joined 1,600 guests from across the nation, including 22 deans of U.S. dental schools and other leaders in the profession, public officials, corporate executives, and faculty, students, and staff, in celebrating the naming of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in honor of Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, its Dean for 26 years. In naming the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Pacific became the first university in the U.S. or Canada to name its dental school after a current dean.

“To describe Art Dugoni as a ‘dean’s dean,’ is an understatement,” said Dean Alfano. “Art’s intellect, integrity, and commitment to innovation in dental education have made him a living legend. Throughout his 56-year career in dentistry and dental education, Art, a native of San Francisco, has educated and inspired more than 6,000 dental students and countless dental professionals. By combining a focus on humanism with excellence in clinical education, research, and care, he has led the School of Dentistry at Pacific to national renown. In the process, he has succeeded in fostering extraordinary alumni devotion, attracting impressive private and public philanthropy, and earning the immense gratitude of the citizens of San Francisco. Art has been president of the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, and several other organizations. And, in the event anyone thinks he is slowing down, he is now President of the ADA Foundation, fast at work on his dream of raising $1.0 billion for dental education. I am extremely proud to be among his numerous professional colleagues, friends, and family in saluting him on this wonderful occasion.”

University of the Pacific Dean Arthur A. Dugoni discusses a display about his career with Dr. Peter Cohen, Dean of the School of Health Professions, Wichita State University.


Bill Cosby showed off his Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry t-shirt as he entered the stage at Davies Symphony Hall.

Dr. Eugene Sekiguchi, ADA Immediate Past President, congratulates Dean Dugoni.