Maurice J. Oringer, Class of 1928
A pioneer in the struggle against oral cancer for more than 50 years,
Dr. Maurice J. Oringer began his efforts to raise professional and
public awareness of the deadliness of the disease at a time when many
dentists weren't routinely doing oral cancer exams. Dr. Oringer used
electrosurgery, a technique he invented, to remove suspected cancerous
tissue for examination without the fear of spreading the disease through
severed blood vessels. His 1957 lecture presented at the Greater New
York Dental Meeting, "Electrosurgical Biopsy: A Safe and Simple
Technique," was covered in the New York World-Telegram's
"Science and Medicine" section.
In 1964, as a consultant to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie,
Dr. Oringer helped to create an oral cancer prevention and detection
clinic, making St. Francis the only hospital in New York at the time
to have such a facility. For the next 40 years he continued to lecture
extensively on oral cancer at programs sponsored by the New York State
Department of Health, the American Dental Association, the American
Cancer Society, and many other organizations.
A loyal alumnus, Dr. Oringer created a scholarship fund at his alma
mater in 2000 so that students would be able to concentrate on their
studies without suffering under the weight of heavy financial debt,
part-time jobs, and other distractions.
In January, Dean Alfano held
a memorial service at NYUCD to celebrate Dr. Oringer's vision and
dedication to improved public health, calling him a "giant in
the campaign against oral cancer." A relative of Dr. Oringer's
composed a verse for the occasion which says it all:
Dr. Maurice J. Oringer:
Yes, you were a pioneer.
Yes, you were a crusader.
Yes, you were a lecturer.
Yes, you were a humanitarian.
Yes, you were a philanthropist.
We are all grateful. We do thank you.
We will carry on your crusade.
You will not be forgotten!
With respect and sorrow, we record the passing of four additional
Dr. Neal W. Chilton, Class of 1943
Dr. Ira S. Colby, Class of 1941
Dr. Joseph Myron Lichtenstein, Class of 1940
Dr. Marvin Weiss, Class of 1948