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Celebrating 36 years of service

Dr. James S. Cole

Dr. James S. Cole, dean, receives a Waterford vase, which symbolizes the San Diego oceanfront where he and his wife, Barbara, will retire. He also holds a hardbound photo book, which commemorates his tenure at the college.

Photo by Lindsay Baronoskie

Faculty, staff bid Cole formal farewell at retirement reception

After nearly four decades at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. James S. Cole, dean, officially begins his retirement at the end of the Aug. 31 workday.

On Aug. 4, faculty and staff attended a program and reception where they shared anecdotes and celebrated the qualities that have contributed to Cole’s successful 11-year tenure as dean. The most telltale characteristics that speakers recounted are Cole’s ability to listen actively, remain calm, demonstrate compassion and carefully weigh all options before making decisions.

Speakers’ comments, including those from Cole’s children — Katy Bové and James “Andy” Cole — brought heartwarming and comical memories into play. 

Other speakers included: Master of Ceremonies Dr. Dean Hudson, associate dean for clinical affairs; Dr. Charles Berry, associate dean for academic affairs; Juanna Moore, associate dean for finance and administration; Dr. John Wright, Regents Professor and chair of diagnostic sciences; and Robert J. Bigham, president and treasurer of the Baylor Oral Health Foundation.

All seats were filled in Room 605, with additional faculty and staff lining the auditorium’s walls and streaming out into the lobby, where a simulcast of the program appeared on a large video screen. A reception followed the event.

For those who wish to relive the occasion, take a few moments to check out the links below.

Dr. James S. Cole video tribute and program video: This link directs you to a video recap of the speakers and what they had to say about the college’s outgoing dean, featuring a special video production from Media Resources and the Office of Communications & Institutional Advancement.

Dr. James S. Cole reception slideshow: This link directs you to a slideshow of the reception following the program, by the Office of Communications & Institutional Advancement.