Dr. I. N. (Nick) Quartararo, who retired as a Clinical Professor of Endodontics, effective January 1, 2011, has been a pillar of the NYUCD community and the dental profession for nearly 60 years. Since graduating from NYUCD in 1952, he has thrived professionally as an endodontist in private practice and as a member of the NYUCD faculty, and has been heralded within the world of organized dentistry, by New York University, and by its College of Dentistry.
Dr. Quartararo has served as President of The Dental Society of the State of New York, Delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Dental Association (ADA), member of the ADA's Council on Dental Practice, and Chairman of the ADA Advisory Committee on Chemical Dependency in the Profession. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of The Dental Society of the State of New York.
But it is at his alma mater, where he has served on the faculty in both part-time and full-time positions since 1952, that Nick Quartararo has truly become an icon, as reflected in the naming in 1997 of the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics in his honor.
"Nick has been a peerless mentor to generations of postdoctoral endodontics students," says Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg, Professor and Chairman of the Quartararo Department of Endodontics. "Patiently and compassionately guiding endodontics residents through all the exploding knowledge and the complexities of their specialty, he has taught them above all to focus on the core of their calling: tending to those in their care."
In addition to his exemplary service to NYUCD and the dental profession, Dr. Quartararo has been a passionate advocate for alumni interests and involvement, and has served as President of the NYUCD Alumni Association, Chairman of NYUCD's Centennial Celebration, and member of the Dean's Advisory Committee, among other distinctions. His commitment to the welfare of alumni has been recognized with the University's Meritorious Service Award, its Sesqui-centennial Crystal Award, and with the most prestigious distinction conferred by NYU on an alumnus, appointment as a Trustee of NYU's Board of Trustees, where he represented NYUCD from 1989 to 1995.
In his letter to Dr. Rosenberg announcing his retirement, Dr. Quartararo wrote, "The time is right for me to take leave of my second family."
"Everyone at NYUCD is honored to be a part of that second family," said Dean Bertolami, "and we join in wishing Dr. Quartararo and his family good health, happiness, and much satisfaction in the years ahead."