Celebrating Our Community
Celebrating the Life of Dr. Jonathan A. Ship

Dean Bertolami presents Mrs. Shari Ship with a book commemorating
Dr. Ship’s life.

Hundreds of friends, colleagues, students, family members, and patients of the late Dr. Jonathan A. Ship came together on October 26, 2008, to celebrate the memory of a great teacher, mentor, scientist, clinician, family man, and beloved friend, who passed away in April. The program honored Jon's family: his wife, Shari;, his children, Nina, Zach, and Max; his mother, Gabriella; his brother, Jordan; and his sister, Sara.

Dr. Louis Terracio, Associate Dean for Research, welcomed guests and introduced a video of Jon's life that exemplified his leadership, humanity, humor, and joy in living.

Dean Charles N. Bertolami called Dr. Ship a "hero," a word that perfectly captured Jon's spirit. "A hero," said Dean Bertolami, quoting Time magazine writer William C. Adriaanse, "is a person who does something for others that they cannot do for themselves in times when others would not do it."

Speakers came from around the country and around the world to celebrate Jon's life and legacy. They included Dr. Bruce Baum, Chief, Gene Transfer Section, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/NIH; Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Director, NIDCR; Dr. Peter J. Polverini, Dean, University of Michigan School of Dentistry; Dr. Joan A. Phelan, Chair, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine, NYUCD; Mr. Rene Lopez, former administrator of NYUCD's Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; Dr. Angus W.G. Walls, Professor, Restorative Dentistry, Newcastle University School of Dental Sciences; Dr. A. Ross Kerr, Director, Oral Mucosal Disease Service, NYUCD; Dr. David A. Sirois, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, NYUCD; Dr. Eric D'Hondt, former student, University of Michigan School of Dentistry; Dr. Martin S. Greenberg, Professor and Chair, Oral Medicine, and Associate Dean, Hospital Affairs, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine; Dr. Ron Craig, PEARL Network Executive Management Team and Director, Information Dissemination Core, NYUCD; and, by video, Dr. Michael C. Alfano, Executive Vice President of NYU and former Dean of NYUCD; and Dr. Michael A. Siegel, Professor and Chair, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine.

The program concluded with a moving musical tribute performed by Jon's nephew, Will Levenson, accompanied on the piano by Andrew Hertz, and the presentation to Mrs. Shari Ship of a book dedicated to Jon's life and memory that had been compiled by Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. To view a video of the memorial service, please go to