Patient donates $2M to UF's College of Dentistry


Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:59 a.m.

A gift from a grateful patient has brought smiles to faculty in the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

Edward T. Quinn, a business entrepreneur from Longwood, has made a $2 million gift to honor oral surgeon M. Franklin Dolwick.

The gift will create a chair in oral and maxillofacial surgery named for Dolwick and it is eligible to receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds from the state of Florida trust fund for major gifts.

"Dr. Dolwick has dedicated his life to this profession and to his patients," Quinn said. "I was also his patient, and how he treated me, and all of his patients, became the driving force behind my desire to honor him in this way."

Dolwick is a pioneer in developing diagnostic and surgical procedures to treat temporomandibular joint disorders. Twenty-two of his 35 years as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon have been spent in resident education and patient care at UF.

Dolwick said he is both honored and humbled by Quinn's gift.

The permanently endowed position is the largest ever established within the College of Medicine. The recipient will be named by the dean, and will have an academic rank of associate or full professor.

Diane Chun can be reached at 352-374-5041 or chund@gvillesun.com

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