Instead, his dentistry career took him opposite a nation environment adult clinics and programs, building larger opportunities for students.
He spent 22 years training and practicing during a UC San Francisco School of Dentistry. Bird was instrumental in formulating a school’s Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Program, that only graduated a initial class.
“He was unequivocally meddlesome in assisting people achieve, be a best they could be, in whatever they were perplexing to do,” pronounced his mother of 30 years, Doni Bird.
Bird was surrounded by family when he died Jul 18 during his Glen Ellen home. The means was pancreatic cancer. He was 78.
Bird was innate in 1934 in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Frederic and Alice Bird. He warranted a dentistry grade in 1961 from a Stritch School of Dentistry during Loyola University in Chicago.
Bird entered a U.S. Public Health Service, that led him on a 23-year tour environment adult clinics and programs opposite a country, from farming Native American reservations in South Dakota to Lower Manhattan in New York.
He set adult a dental partner module during a Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., destined during training and Native American students. He changed to Gallup, N.M., where he destined a Indian Health Service’s ubiquitous use chateau program.
It was in Gallup when he began to fly. Bird got his pilot’s permit so he could fly to reservations opposite Arizona and New Mexico, rather than requiring others to travel.
A loyal generalist, Bird undertook “mini residencies” in ubiquitous surgery, periodontics, orthodontics, physic dentistry and prosthodontics.
He warranted a master’s and doctorate in open health from Harvard University.
He was vital in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1980 when he met a dental hygienist during a Chicago trade conference.
Though he was armed with an considerable résumé, Bird’s cowboy boots and peaceful appearance brought him behind to earth, pronounced his wife, a Sonoma County local vital in Glen Ellen.
“I was a commander and he was a pilot, we desired German shepherds and had one — they were his favorite dogs,” Doni Bird said.
The integrate married 3 months later.
On their one-year anniversary, Bird cumulative for a integrate prohibited atmosphere balloon piloting lessons. Turns out, she had a same idea.
“I said, ‘I have a surprise,’ he said, ‘I have a surprise,’” Doni Bird said. “Turns out we both called a same association and done back-to-back appointments.”
Bird excelled during this new pursuit, only as he’d excelled during all else. He won a automobile during a prohibited atmosphere balloon competition and helped run a Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
He also became a approved clergyman of Parellia Natural Horsemanship.
The Birds changed to Glen Ellen in 1989, and Bird began training during UCSF.
Bird’s reign during a university enclosed 6 years as associate vanguard for hospital administration and 7 as halt chair of a Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences.
Since 2002, he ran a school’s community-based programs for dental students. In that role, he determined internships with some-more than 24 village clinics, building a module that gave students first-hand knowledge treating underserved patients.
He late in 2011 though continued operative as a health sciences clinical highbrow emeritus.
“He was ardent in training for aircraft, training horses, training people,” Doni Bird said. “He was really kind, really sensitive, really gentle, really smart.”
In further to his wife, Bird is survived by his daughter Jennifer Schmidt of Houston; sons David Bird of Albuquerque, Keith Bird of Middletown and sister Blanche Burroughs of Albuquerque.
A jubilee of Bird’s life will be hold during 1 p.m. Wednesday during Duggan’s Mission Chapel, 525 W. Napa St. in Sonoma.
Memorial donations might be done to a UCSF School of Dentistry Department of Restorative and Preventive Dental Sciences, 707 Parnassus, San Francisco 94143 or to a Parelli Natural Horsemanship, 7 Parelli Way, Pagosa Springs, Colo. 81147.
— Julie Johnson