In Remembrance
Dr. Harry Blechman, Former Dean

Portrait photo by Leo Sorel

Dr. Harry Blechman, a former Dean of NYUCD from 1968 to 1975, passed away in January 2008.

Dr. Blechman was associated with NYUCD as a student, faculty member, and administrator for over 50 years, including serving for many years as Chair of the Department of Endodontics. A Past President of the American Association of Endodontists, he received the AAE’s highest honor, the Edgar D. Coolidge Award. He was also a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and served as President of the American Board of Endodontics from 1975 to 1976.

Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg, Professor and Chair of the Quartararo Department of Endodontics, recalls Dr. Blechman as “a dynamic lecturer and Chair of the Department of Microbiology at NYUCD.”

“As a lecturer,” says Dr. Rosenberg, he had a rapid-fire style of delivery. It was a challenge for students to keep pace while taking notes. This was long before lecture material was posted on Web sites. Dr. Blechman became Dean during a difficult period of student unrest, but was able to guide NYUCD through the times with dignity and wisdom. As Chair of the Department of Endodontics, Dr. Blechman brought his vast knowledge of microbiology to the curriculum. He was a gifted educator, a scholar, administrator, and mentor. His memory is ensured a lasting place of honor at the NYU College of Dentistry.”