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

Dr. Stanford passed away Aug. 18 at age 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,” said Dr. James S. Cole, HSC-BCD dean. “His death is a great loss to the College and a personal loss to many of use who knew him as a friend as well as a colleague.”

Dr. Stanford joined the dental faculty in 1993 following a 25-year career in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. In 2005, he 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 nominated for that honor eight times during his career at the dental school.

In testament to the students’ admiration for Dr. Stanford, David Hoffman, a third-year dental student, is leading efforts to fund a scholarship at HSC-BCD in his memory.

Contributions to the Dr. Thomas Stanford Memorial Scholarship fund may be sent to the Office of Communications and Development at HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry, 3302 Gaston Ave., Dallas, TX 75246. Contact Susan Mitchell Jackson at (214) 828-8214 or smitchelljackson@dentistry.tamhsc.edu for more information.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its six components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, and the School of Rural Public Health.

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