Dentist, Eastman Dental Center board president, avid golfer dies

August 15, 2005

Dr. Wilfred A. Springer, a local dentist and life-long supporter of oral health initiatives in the Rochester community and in the nation, died on June 29, 2005. He was a general dentist and practiced at the Medical Arts Building until 1975 when he became a partner of the Westfall Dental Group until his retirement in 1987. He was an active member of the New York State Dental Society, serving as its president, and he was vice president of the American Dental Association. Dr. Springer spent the later part of his career in support of the Eastman Dental Center (EDC) serving as board president from 1997, when the center merged with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), until the present. He joined the URMC Board in 1997 and served on the finance committee during his tenure. “Bill Springer served the dental center as a board member, board president, and interim director,” said Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz, director of the Eastman Dental Center and professor and chair of the Eastman Department of Dentistry. “Because of his dedication during the merger with the University, his ability to forge close personal relationships, and his determination, the Center has maintained its world-wide reputation in addition to reaping the benefits of being an important part the University of Rochester Medical Center.” “No volunteer in the history of Eastman Dental Center has done more for the organization than Bill Springer,” added Louis Langie, Jr., EDC Foundation, Inc. treasurer and board member. Dr. Springer’s dedication to the oral health profession began in 1946 when he received his dental degree from the University of Buffalo. He was a fellow in both the international and American colleges of dentists. He also was given the highly coveted Greenwood Award by the Seventh District Dental Society. In addition to his professional experience, Dr. Springer participated in a variety of civic and social activities. He was an avid golfer and was a 57-year member of Oak Hill Country Club. Dr. Springer and his wife, Liz, were always a close team with one eye to the future, respect for the past, and a deep commitment to a profession, which they both served well for many years. Dr. Springer is predeceased by his son, Kevin, and survived by his wife Elizabeth (Liz), children Peter Springer, Charles (Joan) Hawley, Mark (Carol) Hawley, and Kathryn (Raphael Ruiz) Hawley of Madrid, Spain; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Dr. Wilfred A. Springer

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