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LSUSD Captures History With Loyola Photographs

In the spirit of preserving the memory of early dental graduates who laid the foundation of professional dentistry in Louisiana, LSU School of Dentistry began an effort in 1996 to restore, archive, and display a collection of historical dental class composites. Donated to the school when the Loyola University School of Dentistry closed its doors in 1971, the collection includes cherished photographs from as far back as 1917 up to the composite of the last Loyola class, which graduated in 1971. Although a number of class composites have been salvaged from the archives of the New Orleans Dental College, Tulane University School of Dentistry, and Loyola University School of Dentistry, the LSUSD collection remains incomplete. 

The 1996 renovation and dedication of a seminar room at LSUSD honoring the late Marie Burns Copping spurred the effort to restore and present the photos for public viewing. Many fondly remember Mrs. Copping, who for many years worked in the department of student affairs at the Loyola School of Dentistry. She made an indelible mark on those who knew her. Kind, supportive, and loving are only a few of the words used to describe her. The renovation presented the ideal opportunity to display the photos prominently as a testament to the many lives she touched. The Marie Burns Copping Room and adjoining hall, where the photos are displayed, is located in E.E. Jeansonne Clinic Building, Room 2309.

In response to appeals for donations of the missing photos, several Loyola dental graduates have offered their class composites so that they could be reproduced and displayed in "Marie's Room."

In addition to the class composites, LSUSD is seeking all of the yearbooks for the Loyola University School of Dentistry and any other historical photos or items of interest. To donate to the collection, please call the LSUSD Office of Alumni Relations at (504) 619-8367.

 Missing Loyola Composites:

1921 1965
1932 1966
1934 1967
1947 1968
1964 1969
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