Celebrating Our Community
“It’s Been A Wonderful Life”: Retirement Celebration Honors Dr. Francis V. Panno

Dr. Francis V. Panno

The Alfano Commons was filled to capacity in January as members from every sector of the NYU dental and nursing communities gathered to pay tribute to Dr. Francis V. Panno, who was retiring to become Professor Emeritus of Prosthodontics after nearly four decades of service. Dr. Panno’s positions at the College have included 22 years as Professor and Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics and Head of the Division of Restorative and Prosthodontic Sciences, and over six years as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Panno also served as a member of the University Senate and the Faculty Council.

“It’s been a wonderful life,” said Dr. Panno, and, not unlike the Jimmy Stewart character in the film of that name, he had the opportunity to hear a range of friends and colleagues talk about the impact he has had on NYUCD and on their lives.

Dr. Panno touched the lives of people across the campus. Some of his notable achievements include seamlessly integrating the four-year DDS program and the Advanced Placement DDS Program; implementing a competency-based curriculum; guiding the design of the College’s newly renovated clinics and sterilization facility; and, most recently, helping to advance the dentistry-nursing alliance at NYU.

In remarks by Herman Robert Fox Dean Charles N. Bertolami, Executive Vice Dean Richard I. Vogel, Assistant Dean Jack Wiggin, and Dr. Panno’s executive assistant, Ms. Donna Richman, one theme emerged again and again -- that of Frank Panno as a devoted friend, confidante, mentor, and advocate for students and colleagues alike.

The Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing express deep appreciation to Dr. Panno for his outstanding service, and offer him warmest best wishes for continuing success and fulfillment in the years ahead.