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November 2012 Volume XLVIII Number 6

lalmuglalmugShantanu Lal, D.D.S. received the 2012 International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Lion Dental Research award for "outstanding and innovative research in basic dental science for the improvement of public dental health". The award was presented at the IADR meeting in Brazil and highlights the collaboration between the Center for Womens Health, Division of Cardiology and the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the Columbia University Medical Center.

The study examined 200 mother-child pairs and concluded that bleeding gums are associated with overweight and obesity, especially in mothers. Moreover, misperception of oral health and bodyweight is more common among both women and children as BMI increases.

Lal, lead author and Director for Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia Universitys College of Dental Medicine, sees an opportunity for "creative strategies and collaborations" to overcome the obesity epidemic in various healthcare settings including the dental clinic. The research findings and abstract entitled, "Increased Gingival Bleeding Reported by Mothers At-Risk for Cardiovascular Disease" will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of

Dental Research.


On Sept. 14, 2012, Dr. Dennis McTigue received the Ohio Dental Association Achievement Award for his contributions to the dental profession at this years Callahan Celebration of Excellence, held in conjunction with the 146th ODA Annual Session in Columbus, Ohio.

AAPD Past President Rhea Haugseth, on a recent visit to Turkey, visited the
recipients of the 2012 Paul P. Taylor award.

Pictured (l-r) are: Prof. Dr. Oya Aktören, Ph.D.; Dr.Yeliz ven, Ph.D.; Dr.Arzu Pinar Erdem; Prof. Dr. Elif Sepet.              


Dr. Indru Punwani, a faculty member in the University of Illinois College of Dentistry for 40 years, Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry for 31 years, and Director of the Postgraduate Pediatric Dentistry Program for 29 years, retired from his position in July 2012.




Dr. Ted Aspes

Dr. Ted Aspes, 66, died at home in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 29, 2012, after a valiant fight against brain cancer. He was surrounded by his adoring family: wife Judy, his love of 43 years, son Adam and his wife Wendi of Atlanta, and son Jason of Singapore. Aspes grew

up in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Minnie and Abraham Aspes.

He earned both his B.A. and D.D.S. degrees at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and it was there that he met Judy. Following dental school, he served as a Captain in the Air Force at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga. He did a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in Augusta.

In 1975 he moved to Atlanta, and established his practice in Smyrna, Ga., where he worked for over 33 years. Though best known for Julia Roberts’ smile, he treated many thousands of patients during his career and was honored to be treating the children of many of his former patients. His manner was calm, kind and assuring and he made sure that going to his office was always fun. He hand crafted one-of-

a-kind wooden marble mazes that enthralled his patients, as well as their parents. Though Aspes was a sports fan, he always preferred playing to watching. He played tennis, golf, softball, water volleyball and ran 20-plus consecutive Peachtree Road Races. Aspes never forgot his working-class Brooklyn roots and took pride in caring for his yard and tinkering until he found (sometimes unorthodox) ways to solve a problem. He believed in hard work and a positive attitude and that was never more apparent than throughout his illness. Through many complications and difficulties he persevered, maintained hope and always had a smile on his face. Of all his many accomplishments, he was most proud of his family. They watched in awe as his optimistic attitude prevailed for almost four years. In addition to Judy, Adam, Wendi and Jason, he is survived by his sister, Lila Holdridge of California, Jasons wife, Susie, and grandsons Asher, Levi and Shai of Singapore, grandson Hudson and granddaughter Maya of Atlanta. 

Dr. John Sanders "Sandy" Pike


Dr. John Sanders "Sandy" Pike, a resident of Lenbrook Health Care Center for the last two and one half years, died peacefully at his residence, on Aug. 27, 2012, after an extended illness. Pike was born in St. Charles (Moreland), in Coweta County, Ga., on November 6, 1927. He was the oldest son of Mary Frances Powledge and James Sanders Pike. He attended Moreland High School and graduated from Georgia Military Academy (Woodward Academy), College Park, Georgia in 1944. He graduated from Emory University in 1948 with a degree in Biology and was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity and the Glee Club. After graduation he taught for a year at GMA before entering Emory University School of Dentistry. In dental school he was a member of Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity. Following graduation from dental school in 1953, he entered the United States Navy Dental Corps with the rank of LTJG. He served on the U.S.S. Bennington until his discharge in 1955. On Dec. 21, 1954, he married the love of his life, his longtime girlfriend, Mary Elizabeth Upshaw, of Atlanta, Ga. For over 50 years, they celebrated their wedding anniversary at The Greenbrier, in White Sulfur Springs, W.V., the place where they had spent their honeymoon. After being discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1955, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, where he received a Masters Degree in Pedodontics (pediatric dentistry) under Dr. Ralph L. Ireland. In 1957, he joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, N.C., as associate professor of Pedodontics. He also had a private practice for four years in the Intramural Clinic of the School of Dentistry. In 1961, he and Mary moved to Atlanta and he began his private practice with Mary at his side as his assistant. He also taught part time at the Emory University School of Dentistry. After practicing for 47 years, they retired in 2008. Sandy and Mary lived for 44 years in their restored 1788 house that they moved from the square in Washington, Georgia, in 1966 to Marietta, Georgia. He was a life-long member of Moreland United Methodist Church and was an associate member of the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church of Charleston, S.C. He was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club, the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association and the American College of Dentistry. He was a member and past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Georgia Society of Dentistry for Children and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He was an honorary member of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina and the Huguenot Society of Georgia. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Harry Richard Pike, Thomas Sibley Pike and James Donald Pike. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Elizabeth Upshaw Pike and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to thank all of the many health care professionals who took such wonderful care of Sandy on the 3rd floor of Lenbrook Health Care Center, and at Piedmont Hospital, over the last two and one half years. A very special thank you goes to Ms. Kathleen Mwangi Parker and Mr. Julius Kanuhi, for their kindness, love, devotion and special care they gave Sandy, at his home in Marietta and at Lenbrook.