Dr. Robert H. Sundin's Contributions are
News has arrived that Robert H. Sundin, DDS,
M.A, and fellow in the American College of
Dentists, passed away on November 15, in Saint
George, Utah, after a long struggle with
Parkinson's disease. Many of you will remember Dr.
Sundin for his illustrious 15-year career in the
Department of General Dentistry at LSUSD.
His smile, quick wit, leadership, and
dedication to excellence in dental education
hallmarked his tenure at LSUSD. His obituary can be
found at http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20091117/OBITUARIES/911170335/Robert-Hartwig-Sundin
After practicing general
dentistry for 21 years in Decatur, Michigan, Dr.
Sundin joined our faculty in 1970. Two years
later, he was named chairman of the Department of
General Dentistry. In collaboration with LSU
Medical School, he headed the effort by the dental
school to develop a two-year hospital-residency
program in general dentistry.
was among the first clinicians to participate in
the Committee on In-Service Training that began in
1971 as a way to provide faculty with the advanced
training in education and in 1975, he received the
Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from
the University of New Orleans. In 1977, he
became director of extramural programs responsible
for developing and implementing new extramural
training experiences for the students. He
was promoted to professor of General Dentistry in
1978. Dr. Sundin played a key role in
establishing the Office of Continuing Dental
Education and Alumni Affairs and was the first
director of alumni affairs. He retired in 1986 as
lifelong commitment to dentistry is evidenced by
his work after retirement when he helped establish
dental clinics in Nairobi, Kenya (1988), Lilongwe,
Malawi (1990), and Moscow, Russia (1990 and
Please keep his family in your prayers
during this time of sorrow.