Dr. Gerald (Gerry) Wright

Posted: 12/19/2019

It is with a heavy heart we announce that Dr. ​Gerald (Gerry) Z. Wright of ​London, Ontario, Canada, has passed away. Board certified August 9, 1974, Dr. Wright served as a Director for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) from 1979-1986. 

Dr. Wright received his training at Indiana University. As a DDS, MSD, FRCD (C), and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, he was an internationally respected clinician, writer and Professor Emeritus at Western University. He was a member of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and became the Chair of the Division of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. 
His innovations led to the creation of several programs, including being founder and director of Operation Belarus, a project to improve dentistry in Belarus.

With colleagues at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, he also developed the Mustang Dental Conference and at the end of his academic career he was responsible for creating the Qualifying Program (later known as the International Program) for landed immigrants who were trained as dentists outside of Canada.  He edited/authored numerous scientific articles and five books, including writing the leading text on behaviour management of children in the dental office; the newly revised edition will be titled Wright’s Behaviour Management in Dentistry for Children in his honour.

He served on the Board of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, was an Examiner of the Royal College of Dentistry and worked with dentists around the world as Secretary General of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry (IAPD). Among his initiatives was creating Dentists for All Children, which helped academics in low-income nations, and the IAPD International lecture program.

Read Dr. Wright's full obituary here

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