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Dr. Richard M. Weledniger It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Richard M. Weledniger, DDS, on Monday, November 14, 2016, surrounded by his family at home. We are all aware of Richard’s dental acumen, his varied and multiple Fellowships (AAFS, ICOI, AADE etc.), his mentorship and teaching skills as an assistant clinical professor at NYUCD and Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, his multiple attending staff positions at NY area hospitals, his hard work as editor of the ASFO newsletter and as Treasurer of the NYSFD, member of DMORT Region 2, and consultant for New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner The list could go on. But… there was much more to Richard that you may not have known. Richard loved to travel; he loved cruising and trips to his tropical Caribbean paradise on St. Bart’s.  He was a computer and electronics wiz, a website designer, and gizmos and gadgets were his specialty. Food (did I mention Open Table), Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream with a side of orange juice (no pulp please), profiteroles, Sauvignon Blanc, and his delicate stomach (no garlic please). Richard had a strong sense of volunteerism, he was a techie’s techie, and he was always first in line. He never walked, but rather, ran thru airports. He had a tremendous work ethic and organizational skills (despite a desk that was piled to the ceiling with paperwork). Richard had a thirst for knowledge and a love of photography from both sides of the lens. He was a sharp businessman and author. His mother, his wife Bette, daughters Risa and Leslie, and five grandchildren survive him. He was a family man and wonderful provider. Richard was a dear friend and he will be missed…but always remembered with a smile. Roy Sonkin
Message from President David Senn As we prepare for the Thanksgiving season it seems appropriate for the leadership of the ASFO to express our thankfulness to you, the members, for allowing us the honor of being stewards for your organization. So on behalf of the officers and board of governors, I sincerely thank you. I am pleased to report that the Research & Grant Chairperson, Kathleen Kasper has informed us that she has received multiple applications. Two types of grants are available, one for new investigators and another for more experienced researchers. Detailed information is available on this website under the Research & Grants tab. You will also find a new Newsletter on the website published in October. The newsletter contains a wealth of information including an interesting new Case of the Month provided by Peter Loomis, a thoughtful analysis of the Freeman-Pretty survey by Richard Fixott, comprehensive information on Forensic Dentistry in New York from John Demas, and an exploration of the Dentist’s role in Identifying Missing Persons and Disaster Victims by Lindsey Lewandowski. Also in the newsletter you can find an extensive listing of opportunities for education in forensic odontology and a stimulating analysis of the ASFO’s social media presence. On a sad note there is also an obituary with information about the loss of one of forensic odontology’s founding fathers and longtime leader, Dr. Paul Stimson…a profound loss. We are looking forward to our February 14, 2017 meeting in New Orleans. President-Elect and Program Chairman Eric Wilson has promised us an interesting Valentine’s Day program. Again, I thank you for the honor of serving as your President. Best regards, David
Former ASFO President Passes at age of 80 Dr. Philip Jay Levine, DDS, D-ABFO 1934-2015 Dr. Philip Jay Levine, 80, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 after a valiant fight with cancer. He fought to the very end with a determination to survive and possessed a positive attitude throughout his ordeal. Phil was born in Nashville, TN and moved with his parents to Mobile, AL. He graduated from Murphy High School in 1951. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, his Masters from George Peabody College, and his Doctorate of Dentistry from the University of Tennessee. He later received as MS (1995) and MSM (2005) from Troy University. His private practice in general dentistry brought him to Pensacola in 1963 where he began his practice and treated his patients with utmost professional care for nearly 40 years. His practice later developed into that of an Endodontic dentist and then into Forensic Dentistry. For those of us in the forensic dental field Phil was a mentor to many and possessed a very positive and supportive spirit. He received certification from the American Board of Forensic Odontology in 1992. He was also a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and served as President of the American Society of Forensic Odontology in 200-2001. Dr. P.J. Levine truly made a difference in this world and he will be missed by all that knew him and loved him.
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Passing of Dr. Gerald Reynolds, March 7, 1929-September 22, 2014 Forensic Odontology lost a true friend to all and a man highly devoted to applied research in the field. Dr. Gerald Reynolds will also be remembered for establishing the ASFO Gerald Reynolds Research Grant which is available to new investigators. Obituary: Gerald M. Reynolds, DDS went to sleep in the Lord peacefully on Monday, September 22, 2014. A prominent dentist in the Yuba City area from 1969 until 1991 when he and his wife Carolyn semi-retired to Penn Valley. Born in Los Angeles to Earl Robert & Maud Reynolds, he completed his undergraduate work at La Sierra College of Riverside, CA and his MS in Pharmacology at Howard University in Washington DC. He taught sciences at Takoma Academy while attending school and finished his dental degree at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA in 1969. Dr. Reynolds served in the U.S. Army and finished his career in the Naval Reserves as a Lt. Commander. He held memberships and offices in many local and national dental societies and organizations. Dr. Reynolds earned much recognition and numerous awards for outstanding achievement in the field of Forensic Odontology from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He developed an instrument for identifying human bite-marks. This technology has been used in many criminal cases. He is a past president of the American Society of Forensic Odontology and he was active in the passing of California Assembly Bill #81 in 1978 whereby all California's 58 counties could share missing persons medical records. Dr. Reynolds is survived by his beloved wife, Carolyn (Evens) of Penn Valley and five children, Cheryl Wilson (Don) of Bemidji, MN, Garry Jr. (Eileen) of Sacramento, CA, Glenn (Barbara) of Bemidji, MN, Thomas of Bemidji, MN and Robert (Heidi) of Bemidji, MN. His three step-children, Karen Chamberlain (Donald) of Chattanooga, TN, Marjorie Ermshar of Penn Valley, CA and Dr. Eric Jon Knutson DDS (Denise) of Sacramento, CA. He has ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.    

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The ASFO received notice from the New Zealand Society of Forensic Odontology this past Wednesday that Professor Jules Kieser of New Zealand has passed away. Dr. Kieser was known extremely well throughout the world for many and varied academic and educational endeavors including enourmous contributions related to forensic odontology. A quote from the Secretary of the New Zealand Society of Forensic Odontology stated, “He was a very important part of our society and was one of those rare people who was of the world and an academic but at the same time approachable, grounded and kind in every way to everyone he met. Jules had a way of making everyone special.” The ASFO and the international community of forensic odontologists deeply mourn the loss of Dr. Keiser and what he has truly meant to all of us. Dick Weems President, American Society of Forensic Odontology
2014 Volume 32, Number 1 (May)  Newsletter is now available!  Click here to access it.
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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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