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HSC-BCD remembers Dr. Thomas Stanford

The Stanfords Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry mourns the loss of Dr. Thomas Stanford, associate professor and director of undergraduate periodontics.

Stanford passed away Aug. 18 at the age of 66 after a short battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare, degenerative brain disorder. He is remembered as a dedicated teacher and good friend.

“Dr. Stanford was a mainstay of our faculty, and he will be sorely missed,” says Dr. James S. Cole, HSC-BCD dean. “His death is a great loss to the college and a personal loss to many of us who knew him as a friend as well as a colleague.”

“Dr. Stanford’s quiet, good-humored approach to even the most daunting tasks earned the respect of his peers, his students and all levels of administration,” continues Cole.

Stanford joined the dental faculty in 1993 following a 25-year career in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, where he spent time at Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

In 2005, Stanford received the Award for Outstanding Teaching in Periodontics from the American Academy of Periodontology. He was voted Teacher of the Year at HSC-BCD in 1999 and was nominated for that honor eight times during his career at the dental school. In testament to the students’ admiration for Stanford, a scholarship fund in his memory has been created at HSC-BCD thanks to the efforts of David Hoffman, a third-year dental student.

Dr. William Hallmon, professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontics, describes Stanford as a great teacher, educator and professional role model.“

He contributed significantly to his specialty in organized dentistry locally, regionally and nationally,” says Hallmon. “His reputation for service and leadership at the college and in the Department of Periodontics is without peer.”

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A Houston native, Stanford earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, in 1964 and a doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1968. He received a master’s degree in special studies from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1974.

His research has focused on the areas of periodontal instrumentation, site-specific antimicrobial therapy, gingival crevicular fluid IL-1 beta as a marker for changes in the periodontium and the pre-malignant potential of lichen planus.

Throughout his teaching career, Stanford presented invited lectures nationally and internationally and provided leadership for numerous professional and scholarly organizations.

“His legacy will live on in the many students and peers with whom he was associated,” says Hallmon.

In perpetuation of Stanford’s legacy of teaching excellence, donations can be made to the Dr. Thomas Stanford Memorial Scholarship fund. Contributions can be sent to the Office of Communications and Development, Rm 522. Contact Lori Dees at Ext. 8471 or ldees@bcd.tamhsc.edu for more information.