Four professors granted emeritus status

January 5th, 2022

The granting of emeritus status is a high honor for those working in academia, a sign of gratitude from a university to its distinguished, longtime professors.

Four recent retirees from Texas A&M College of Dentistry received emeritus designation by Texas A&M University: Drs. Paul Dechow, Mark Gannaway, John Goodman and Lawrence Wolinsky.

Dr. Paul Dechow

Dechow: Dr. Paul Dechow taught 29 courses since 1986, was course director of 19 different courses and received 36 extramural grants for scholarly activity. His record of service includes 11 departmental committees, nearly 70 committees at the college level and 15 committees at the university level. Dechow also was instrumental in developing the evidence-based dentistry courses that are embedded throughout the curriculum.

Dr. Mark Gannaway

Gannaway: Dr. Mark Gannaway joined the College of Dentistry in 1999 and served in a variety of roles over a 20-year career. He was the director of several programs, including the Comprehensive Care Program and the Great Expectations Mentoring Program, and gave hundreds of lectures during his time at the college. Over those two decades he also offered quality dental care in private practice and at the Dallas Regional VA Hospital.

Dr. John Goodman

Goodman: Dr. John Goodman earned his dental degree from Baylor University College of Dentistry in 1968. In 1979, he returned to the DFW area to establish a private practice and also began working with the college. In addition to clinical teaching, Goodman served in a variety of directorship and committee positions. He also oversaw many prosthodontic residents’ treatments and advised dozens of students for their master’s thesis presentations.

Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky

Wolinsky: Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky was a faculty member in the Department of Periodontics since joining the college in 2011 and serving as dean. Under his leadership, he improved standards for predoctoral teaching performance, graduate education and participation in scholarship, journal rankings of publications, and increasing grant funding. External NIH research funding in the department increased by $10 million under his encouragement.



— Caleb Vierkant