Awards & Honors
The 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award was bestowed on a dentist who has spent more than six decades in association with his dental alma mater.
Dr. Paul P. Taylor ’44 is a beloved mentor to scores of pediatric dentists whom he has touched through HSC-BCD’s graduate program in pediatric dentistry. He founded the program in the 1960s and chaired the Department of Pediatric Dentistry until his retirement in 1986.
After dental school, Taylor completed a graduate degree in pediatric dentistry from the University of Michigan dental school. He served in the Korean conflict and entered private practice in Dallas. Once back in Dallas, he served for many years as director of the dental training programs at both Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, where an endowment has been established in his name.
Taylor was nominated for the Distinguished Alumni Award by Dr. Eugene Kouri ’61, ’66, a board member of HSC-BCD’s Alumni Association and graduate of the dental school’s pediatric dentistry program.
“He is just an outstanding individual,” says Kouri. “We owe him, as far as our professional lives are concerned, so much gratitude and appreciation. He helped us to become the practitioners we are today. He’s always been our outstanding alum and someone we look up to.”
At the award presentation, Dr. James S. Cole, dean, extolled Taylor’s valuable contributions. “Few individuals are as esteemed as Dr. Taylor, and his impact on pediatric dentistry at the dental school is enormous,” said Cole. “We are all better off for his longstanding devotion and efforts on behalf of our students and patients. Dr. Taylor also happens to be an extremely likeable person who brings smiles to the faces of people he encounters”
Taylor has served as chairman of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, was chairman and vice chairman of the Pediatric Dentists Section of the American Dental Association and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 from the Dallas County Dental Society. He was inducted to the BCD Hall of Fame in 1999.