A Clinical Professor
of Pediatric Dentistry at NYU for the past 21 years, Dr. Colchamiro
had earlier devoted 25 years to working with needy city children
at the Guggenheim Dental Clinic at NYU, followed by 14 years with
the New York City Department of Health as part of the New York City
Evaluation Unit in the Office of Professional Standards and Review,
where she rose to become administrator of the New York City Medicaid
program covering all health care.
One of only two women
to graduate from Tufts University’s dental school during World
War II, Dr. Colchamiro went on to earn an MPH degree from Columbia
University. Dr. Colchamiro is a fellow of the American College of
Dentists, a fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry,
a former trustee of the American Fund for Dental Health, and a recipient
of the Columbia University Distinguished Service Award, the Lucy
Hobbs Taylor Award presented by the American Association of Women
Dentists, the Humanitarian Award of the Academy of General Dentistry,
and the Tufts University Meritorious Service Award.
In accepting the award
on her behalf, Dr. Stephen Colchamiro, a nephew, spoke admiringly
of his aunt’s ability to “do things quietly, efficiently,
and with enormous results.” He noted that if Esther had been
present, she would have responded with a brief, modest, “thank-you,”
and then invited everyone to enjoy her home-baked cookies.