Former Mayor David N. Dinkens
Mr. Stanley M. Bergman accepts the Strusser Award
Urging the Class of 2002 to actively exercise their rights and obligations
as citizens, former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins delivered
a rousing keynote address to an audience of nearly 3,000 guests
who joined together on May 24, 2002, to celebrate the educational
achievements of over 400 candidates who received the D.D.S. degree,
the A.A.S. degree in dental hygiene, the B.S. degree in dental health
education, and certificates in the postgraduate dental specialties.
Only hours earlier, Mayor Dinkins had graciously agreed to pinch
hit for the scheduled speaker, United States Congressman Charles
B. Rangel, who was called to Washington, D.C., for an important
highest honor, the David B. Kriser Medal, on behalf of Congressman
Rangel, Mayor Dinkins paid tribute to his longtime political ally
and good friend, calling him a distinguished legislator, human
rights champion, and New Yorkers New Yorker.
M. Bergman Receives Strusser Award
An added highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Harry
Strusser Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to public
health to Mr. Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the Board, CEO, and
president of Henry Schein, Inc., the largest distributor of health
care products and services to office-based practices in the combined
North American and European markets.
the award, Dean Alfano cited Mr. Bergmans notable support
of American dental education and his international humanitarian
efforts, including his support for NYUCDs health care missions
in South Africa and Tanzania; his rapid response to the events of
September 11, when he rushed delivery of essential medical supplies
to Ground Zero, thereby enabling NYUCD volunteers and many others
to provide urgently needed care to victims of the terrorist attacks;
his example of corporate commitment to improve the oral health of
communities near and far; and his special generosity to NYUCD.