Too many members of the dental community have been affected by cancer. We will walk in honor and memory of all of our colleagues who are fighting or have lost their battles with cancer.
Dr. Thomas F. Winkler
Dr. Thomas Winkler was one of dentistry’s most outstanding leaders. He was involved for years in the Yankee Dental Congress, serving as Scientific Chair and introducing the first hands-on courses. His volunteer activities for the Massachusetts Dental Society were recognized with the Armand Nalband Award.
Tom was a teacher and mentor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in the endodontics department for more than 40 years. He influenced the careers of many students and was loved for his selfless devotion to them. He also served for 10 years as a Trustee of Tufts University, representing the dental school.
Tom was president of many organizations, most notably the American College of Dentists.
Most of all, however, Tom will be remembered for his generosity, warmth, and compassionate caring for others.
Tribute by Dr. Barbara Kay
Dr. June Warren Lee
Dr. June Warren Lee was who she was. There was absolutely no pretension. Her colors were solid and brilliant and true. Unwavering devotion and dedication to family, to friends, to her profession—and the ability to blend them all into one amazing rainbow.
A more loyal, hard-working volunteer was hard to find. She rolled up her sleeves and dug in with the rest of the MDS staff and volunteers and always brought along her entourage comprised of Bill, Jaime, Dan, and Josh—it was a real family affair. As a member of the YDC Program Committee, she came with reams of reports on speakers she had scouted and then followed up with them as she said she would. As a co-chair with Bill on Social and Cultural, she did massive amounts of research and came to the first meeting armed with pages of ideas and the concern that they provide then-MDS President Dr. Alan Gold with the kind of program of which he could be proud.
But when it was time to be “presidential” in her position as General Chair, she assumed that role with aplomb. She welcomed the leadership from the National Dental Society to Yankee and she made sure that the stars of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) became stars at MDS.
She wanted to be the best that she could be, not just for herself, but also for Yankee, for the Society, for the AGD, for her family, and for her friends.
June, we saw your true colors shining through. And that’s why we love you. Your true colors—Beautiful like a rainbow.
Tribute by Ms. Marlene Petro
Dr. Jitka Janicek
Dr. Jitka Janicek attended Tufts University for both her dental and dental specialty training; she completed the endodontic residency program in 1989 and the International Student Program in 1991. She then became a well-respected endodontist on the North Shore of Massachusetts. In the summer of 2000, she relocated to Cape Cod with her family and joined Professional Endodontics. For 23 years, she gave back to the dental community by spending time in the Tufts post-graduate endodontic program as an assistant clinical professor, where she was a mentor and inspiration to many students, especially her son, Milos (EG Endo 2008).
Jitka will be remembered as a wonderful mother, loving wife, fighting spirit, and driven professional. She had an incredible work ethic and applied a meticulous pursuit of perfection to every undertaking.
She held too many positive qualities to list. She had the ability to inspire and motivate those around her. She brought light to any situation, always making others laugh with her quick wit and contagious smile.
Jitka could easily put life into perspective, and understood the importance of enjoying family and living each day to the fullest. Together with her husband and son, she achieved the "American dream" and all that the phrase implies. She spent her life dedicated to her family's happiness and success.
She will be deeply missed and her legacy lives on in her husband Milos, son Milos, and daughter-in-law, Erin. She is a guardian angel for her two grandchildren, Milos and Lilyana, who were born in January. She is also survived by her loving, extended family in the Czech Republic.
Tribute by Dr. Milos Janicek
Dr. Daniel Mahoney
Dr. Daniel Mahoney was an inspiration to us all and was sadly taken from our lives at such a vibrant time in his life. His dedication to his patients, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Cape Cod District Dental Society, and Eastern Dentists Insurance Company will always be remembered.
Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund do so much for so many, it is a pleasure to be a part of their cause.
Tribute by Dr. Robert Kittredge