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Gutmanns emeritus status

Marylou GutmannRetired HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry professors Marylou Gutmann and Dr. James Gutmann are celebrating a distinguished honor they received nearly at the same time: both have been named emeritus professors.

Marylou Gutmann was formally awarded professor emeritus status by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Dec. 4. James Gutmann was named professor emeritus on Jan. 22.

Marylou Gutmann says it is especially rewarding to both of them that they received the recognition at the same time.

“It’s an incredible honor to have received this recognition from the university,” she says.

Marylou Gutmann retired from HSC-BCD in May 2008 as professor and graduate program director at the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene. In her 15 years at the college, she received the Teacher of the Year Award in both 2003 and 2008. She also received the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association Teaching Excellence Award in 1995.

She has written more than 30 articles and five textbook chapters in dental hygiene. Her research focus is on curriculum development in family violence awareness, to which she still contributes. She made a presentation to the senior dental hygiene students about family violence in February.

“Retirement agrees with me,” she says. “Whenever I see someone from the dental school, they always say how relaxed I look. Well, it’s true. I am enjoying spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren, volunteering at the Holy Trinity Center and traveling.”

James GutmannDr. James Gutmann retired from the college in February 2002 as professor in restorative sciences and director of the graduate program in endodontics. He came to HSC-BCD in 1982 as professor and chair of the endodontics department.

He has served in many leadership positions within his profession, including president of the American Association of Endodontists from 2000-2001. He holds honorary memberships in dental societies on five continents and is a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International. He has co-authored three textbooks and was named one of Dallas’ top dentists in D Magazine from 2004-2008.

When he learned of his award, he expressed his gratitude but also immediately thought of his students.

“I am truly humbled by this accolade and am grateful to all the students that I had the privilege to mentor over the years,” he says. “Hopefully those past students and future ones will keep in mind one thing I tried to teach all and that is, ‘always strive for excellence, and do not accept mediocrity.’”