Dr. Edward G. Kaufman, Dean Emeritus
Dr. Edward G. Kaufman, Dean Emeritus of the College of Dentistry, passed
away in May. He was 86. Dr. Kaufman served as dean of the NYU College of
Dentistry from 1985 to 1998. He was associated with NYUCD as a student,
faculty member and administrator for over 50 years.
Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Dr. Kaufman was educated at UCLA and NYU's Washington Square College (now the College
of Arts and Sciences). He received his DDS degree from NYU in 1943. Following service in the U.S. Army Dental
Corps, he returned to NYU, where he joined the dental faculty in 1946.
As dean of the nation's largest dental school, Dr. Kaufman proved himself an innovator during a decade when a
significant number of other dental schools were closing their doors. He raised NYUCD's admissions standards;
increased the College's endowment and research grants; and enacted numerous community outreach programs to help the
less fortunate. In his more than half a century of service to NYUCD, Dr. Kaufman introduced major curriculum
initiatives in the basic and clinical sciences, including a comprehensive care approach to dental education,
business-management training and computer-assisted learning for students. He increased the number of women and
minority students on campus, and he dramatically expanded the College's international studies programs.
Ed Kaufman was consistently guided by a commitment to academic excellence, improved access to care for New York's
poor, and increased resources for dental education. For his dedication to quality and the highest standards of
patient care; for his immense loyalty and devotion to NYU, its College of Dentistry and the dental profession;
and for the impact he made on so many lives, Ed Kaufman's memory is insured a lasting place of honor at the NYU
College of Dentistry.
Dr. Abraham Kobren
A former Assistant Dean for Admissions at NYUCD, Dr. Kobren was also President of the American Dental
Association from 1985 to 1986 and is widely considered to be one of the finest gentlemen to ever enter the
profession of dentistry.
Dr. Herbert Schilder, Class 1953
A renowned endodontist, Dr. Schilder received the NYU College of Dentistry Alumni Achievement Award in 1991. He
had a long and distinguished career at Boston University and a highly-successful private practice.
He was the inventor of a widely-used technique in endodontics which bears his name.
John T. Breslin, Class of 1960
Leo Rothstein, Class of 1933