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.