VCU School of Dentistry alumni living in and around Utah gathered to reconnect with classmates at the annual Utah Dental Association Convention in February. Although the food and camaraderie were wonderful, the real highlight of the event was special guest Dr. Marshall P. Brownstein.
Brownstein recently retired after a 40-year-long career in dental education, including 30 years at the VCU School of Dentistry. Beginning in 1975, Brownstein served as the assistant dean of admissions and student affairs as well as an associate professor of pediatric dentistry. During his lengthy tenure, he met and mentored hundreds of aspiring young dental students, many of whom were present at the Utah event. And those students have not forgotten him.
During the evening, Gloria Callihan, associate dean for development and alumni relations, announced the creation of the Marshall P. Brownstein, D.D.S. Endowed Scholarship. Just as Brownstein fostered the development of budding dentists at VCU, the scholarship, which will be awarded annually, will support deserving dental students.
Several of Brownstein’s protégés pledged their support for the scholarship bearing their mentor’s name, resulting in nearly $30,000 to kick-start the fund. “It was heartwarming to feel the love in the room for Dr. Brownstein,” remarked Callihan. “We know that his legacy will live on through this scholarship.”