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Getting to know our Hall of Fame inductees: Q&A with Binnie and Blanton

Dr. Bill Binnie Dr. Patricia Blanton
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Binnie offers his take on the not-so-slow pace of retirement in St. Andrews, Scotland, and Blanton shares some of her goals for 2012

On Jan. 20, Emeritus Professors Dr. Patricia Blanton and Dr. Bill Binnie were inducted into the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry Hall of Fame.

The ceremony, held during the health science center’s convocation in College Station, Texas, took on special significance for Binnie, as Blanton was a member of the search committee that recommended his original appointment as professor and chair of oral pathology back in 1979.

“She is obviously a lady of great taste and judgment!” says Binnie, who went on to become chair of diagnostic sciences, where he incorporated oral and maxillofacial radiology and the Oral Diagnosis Clinic with oral pathology. He served as interim vice president of academic affairs for the Texas A&M Health Science Center from 2000 to 2003, eventually retiring as vice president in 2006.

It’s safe to say Binnie has devoted his entire career to academics and the dental profession, serving in various capacities for Baylor University Medical Center, the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, the University of Nairobi, the World Health Organization, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and a laundry list of others.

Blanton has always maintained a close relationship with TAMHSC-BCD and the dental education community. She chaired the Department of Gross Anatomy in the ’80s, served the BCD Alumni Association as president, CODA as a site visitor and the National Institutes of Health as a study section chair.

Currently, Blanton's priorities are her Dallas-based periodontic and implantology practice as well as serving in leadership positions with the American Dental Association and the American College of Dentists. When she's not seeing patients or representing these national-level organizations, she spends any free time traversing the globe, presenting continuing education courses in head and neck anatomy.

It’s been decades since Blanton and Binnie first began their association with the college, and from the looks of it, it’s a connection that will continue for years to come. In the days surrounding convocation, the two Hall-of-Famers took time to reflect on goals, the role TAMHSC-BCD has played in their lives and — in Binnie’s case — the not-so-slow pace of retirement. 

Read the Q&A with Binnie

Read the Q&A with Blanton