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Black Dental Medicine History

Dr. Pride

Written by Laurel Graham, Head of the Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library:


Dedication to Dr. Theodore A. Pride from the 1968 yearbook:


Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Theodore Pride went to Emmett Scott High School in his home town and then to South Carolina State College from which he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1952. The years from 1952 to 1954, were spent as a Sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. After serving Uncle Sam, he saw action in an even more perilous position, that of a teacher in our nation’s public schools. In 1956, Dr. Pride witnessed the realization of an earlier goal when he enrolled in Howard University to study dental medicine. Upon graduation in 1960, and a year’s internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, he again returned to teaching, this time in the position of Assistant Instructor in the Oral Diagnosis Department of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Currently on the staff of two hospitals and Chief of the Oral Medicine and Diagnosis Service at Mercy Douglas Hospital, Dr. Pride is one of the finest examples of the successful integration of full time teaching and a flourishing private practice.


It is doubtful that any other instructor has made us so aware of practical considerations in the interpretation of oral findings and their relationship to individual patients, and the beautiful reality of financial reward for ideal and thorough dentistry.


With deepest appreciation and profound respect, we, the class of

1968, dedicate this yearbook to Dr. Theodore A. Pride, a teacher.

A portrait of Dr. Theodore A. Pride.

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