A Brief History of the College of Diplomates
In 1964, 15 years following the first examination given by the American Board of Pedodontics and with 118 pediatric dentists certified, the College of Diplomates was organized. The first breakfast meeting of the Diplomates was held September 1, 1964 in the Chase-Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. The first slate of officers was elected: President Norman Olsen, President-Elect Robert Andrews, Vice President Charles Boyers and Secretary Paul Starkey. The first annual breakfast meeting of the Association of Pedodontic Diplomates was held on November 4, 1965 in the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada at which time the Constitution and By-laws were approved.
The following objectives of the Association taken from Article 11 of the Constitution were approved: The objectives of this Association shall be the advancement and the science and practice of Pedodontics through mutual cooperation and study, support of the objectives of the American Board of Pedodontics and the encouragement of candidates for the Board Examination.
Ever since the organization of the College, a meeting has been held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. This provides an opportunity for Diplomates to meet others, become acquainted and exchange information. It also provides an opportunity for new Diplomates to be introduced and congratulated on their accomplishments of board certification.
Following a proposal by Dr. Samuel D. Harris to form a foundation for the College, the College of Diplomates Foundation was incorporated in 1984. Dr. Harris made significant monetary gifts to place the Foundation on a sound financial basis and in 1986 the first of the yearly symposiums was presented: "An Evaluation of the Criteria Used to Determine Arch Perimeter Problems" by speaker Robert M. Little, DDS. The scholarly paper presented to the plenary session and the results of the workshop were published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry to provide the information to all members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The journal publication of the symposium plenary session has continued over the years.
In 1986 the College's name was changed from the Association of Pedodontic Diplomates to the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. After nearly 50 years of existence, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry can be proud of its accomplishments. It has faithfully met its objectives through the dedication and hard work of its members, with virtually every one of them contributing in some fashion.
Source: History 1963-1990 College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
by Paul E. Starkey, DDS
Professor Emeritus, Indiana University