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It is with a very heavy heart that I report to you of the sudden passing of Dr. Robert (Bob) Barsley this past Saturday, September 28, 2019. Below is his obituary ( Dr. Robert Emmett Barsley, DDS, JD, age 67, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at his home in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He was the son of the late Paul and Ethel Barsley. An internationally renowned and well-published expert consultant and sought-after lecturer in the field of forensics, Dr. Barsley was a Professor and Division Head at the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans and served as Director of Hospital and Community Dentistry for the LSUSD Department of Oral Health Services. A 1977 graduate of LSUSD, Dr. Barsley became a full-time faculty member in 1982. He graduated from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1987 and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar that same year. As a member of DMORT Region VI, he served an extended tour of duty in the dental section of the hurricanes Katrina and Rita morgues in St. Gabriel and Carville, Louisiana, where he directed scores of dentists from all over the United States in identifying the hundreds of victims brought to the morgue. This six-month detail, using virtually all forms of forensic science, resulted in nearly all of the bodies being identified and returned to their families for burial. In addition, he was a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for which he served as its 65th president and received the Reidar Sognnaes Award for Excellence in Forensic Dentistry. In 2015, Dr. Barsley was awarded both the LSU School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year Award and the New Orleans Dental Association Honor Dentist Award. He was beloved by his friends, and his generous spirit and thoughtful nature endeared him to all who knew him. Dr. Barsley leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Gwen Ballard Barsley, and their daughter Emily. He is also survived by his sisters Paula Gatlin and Liz LaPlante (Tim), his brother-in-law Edward Ballard and sisters-in-law Sandra Moore (Bob) and Donna Devall (Tony), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service in Dr. Barsley’s honor is scheduled for Sunday, October 27, at the Ponchatoula Jr. High auditorium. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Oaks Foundation online at or mailed to P.O.Box 1239, Hammond, LA 70404.
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AAFS Odontolgy Section is looking for contributions for the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, February 17-22, 2020. The 2020 meeting theme is “Crossing Borders; International, Interdisciplinary, Intelligence, Inclusiveness, Integrity, and Independence.” With this year’s theme in mind please start thinking about abstract topics, or nominations for the section awards. The AAFS 2020 abstract submission information is posted on the AAFS website and the August 1, 2019, deadline for submissions is less than a month away! Please visit for more information.

Right now, in the United States, there is a problem that every dentist can help with. As of July 1, 2014 there were 8,118 unidentified people reported by medical examiners and coroners to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Over eight thousand decedents are waiting to be identified, with countless more family members grieving for their loved ones.

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