Grants and Philanthropy
The Gift of a Lifetime: Dr. Maurice Oringer's Extraordinary Generosity Continues to Support His Alma Mater

Dr. Maurice Oringer

When Dr. Maurice Oringer, '28, returned to NYUCD in 1998 for a welcoming reception for former Dean Michael C. Alfano, he was already committed to NYUCD's success in dental education, research, and patient care, having been a loyal and generous supporter of his alma mater for many years.

But on that day, Dr. Oringer became an even more avid supporter of the College and a leading advocate for the vision outlined by Dean Alfano - that NYUCD would become the dental education institution with the greatest impact globally on the health of society.

With his excitement and passion for the College at a new level, Dr. Oringer established a scholarship fund so that students would be able to apply themselves 100 percent to their dental studies, and he arranged to complete its funding by naming NYUCD as a beneficiary in his estate plans. In this way, Dr. Oringer's values of scholarship and service would be perpetuated and would serve as a model for students and young professionals for generations to come.

Dr. Oringer's sense of public service was legendary in the dental profession. A pioneer in raising awareness of the importance of early detection of oral cancer, Dr. Oringer was one of the first proponents of routine oral cancer exams. The NYU College of Dentistry, in particular, has promoted the importance of routine oral cancer screening of dental patients. And now, the Fund established by Dr. Oringer ensures that his legacy of public service will live on, even though Dr. Oringer passed away in 2004.

Through a bequest, you, too, can make a meaningful gift to NYUCD. To learn more about how to create your own legacy, please contact Assistant Dean Rita Startup at 212.998.9920 or email her directly at