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Gaylord receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. William C. Gaylord

"A Renaissance man" is just one attribute used by colleagues to describe the Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association's 2009 Distinguished Alumnus, Dr. William C. "Bill" Gaylord. 

Other descriptors include "a man of many talents and skills" and "a natural leader."

Gaylord received the prestigious alumni award during the Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association Homecoming Reception at the Adolphus Hotel on Jan. 22.

He inherited his dedication to the dental profession and community from his father, Dr. Robert Gaylord, founder of the graduate department of orthodontics at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. Gaylord and his father both are recognized for their positive influence and mentoring in leading numerous individuals to the specialty of orthodontics. 

Gaylord received his dental degree in 1964 from Baylor College of Dentistry and a master's degree in orthodontics in 1966 from the St. Louis University College of Dentistry.  He served from 1966 to 1968 as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps. Gaylord then moved to Flagstaff, Ariz., where he and his wife, Carole, currently reside, and where he maintains a private orthodontic practice. He has always been available to present stimulating guest lectures to the residents of Baylor over the last several years.

Gaylord has been a member of the American Association of Orthodontics since 1965 and just completed a successful term in 2008 as president, an office held in 1973 by his father.  Gaylord also has been a member and served in the American Dental Association, Arizona State Dental Association, Northern Arizona Dental Society, Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists, Arizona Orthodontic Society and St. Louis University Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation. 

Dr. and Mrs. Gaylord
                    Bill and Carole "Bunny" Gaylord
His community involvement includes the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce as well as local educational advisory committees and programs. His love of winter sports has involved him in ski associations, official committees and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Gaylord has received many professional and civic honors. In 1971, he was named an honorary member of the Baylor Orthodontic Alumni Association. In 1984, he received the St. Louis University Orthodontic Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a fellow of both the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. In 1996, Gaylord received the Arizona State Dental Association Service Award and, in 2008, the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation Merit Award. In 1987, he was named the Arizona Daily Sun Co-Citizen of the Year. He was a co-recipient in 1985 of the Evelyn and Art Masbruch Award for ski race officiating. He received the Halstead Memorial Award in 2005 for volunteer services to the sport of skiing in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association-Rocky Mountain Division.

In addition to his outstanding leadership and people skills on local, statewide and national levels, one colleague summed up Gaylord's greatest asset as "his heart."