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Medical College of Virginia Dental Class of 1951 newsletters

Identifier: 2001.Nov.10

Scope and Contents

The newsletter is for and by the membership of the Medical College of Virginia's dentistry class of 1951. It contains personal information shared among class members including personal and professional accomplishments, membership roster, photographs, and observations of the dental field.

Additional materials were added to the collection in 2011 relating to the 60th class reunion celebration. These materials include thank you letters from the alumni and family members who attended the reunion; copies of "the Military Salute to the DDS Class of 1951," a booklet detailing the event including speakers' remarks, photographs, and a large foldout image of the commemorative plaque honoring the class; and a commemorative coin commissioned to mark the occasion. Also of note is a University College of Medicine (UCM) pin sent by Lucille Lewis Armstrong, wife of 1951 class member Dr. Thomas W. Armstrong, Jr. The pin belonged to her father, Maryan Buford Lewis, DDS, a 1905 UCM graduate.


  • Creation: 1952-2011


Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Biographical/Historical information

"Painless Publication" is a class newsletter for the Medical College of Virginia's Dentistry Class of 1951. This class was unique in that it was the first class to graduate under Dean Harry Lyons and all of the members were World War II veterans.

Each class member, in alphabetical order, edits the yearly publication. In 1993, the cycle renewed much to the amazement of the class members. Each class member was encouraged to write a short synopsis of the year before. These synopses include personal and professional accomplishments, photographs, newspaper clippings, retirements, and more recently obituaries of class members. The final newsletter was published in 2011.

In 2011, the class celebrated its 60th anniversary. To mark the occasion the VCU School of Dentistry and Tompkins-McCaw Library honored the members of the class and the surviving spouses on April 16, 2011. The celebration was attended by the alumni and guests, current dental students, and the faculty and staff of the dental school and library. The day's events included an open house at the library, followed by a Military Salute to the DDS Class of 1951 and reception held in the Lyons and Perkinson buildings of the dental school. The culminating event was the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the dental school honoring the Class of 1951's "service to the nation, support of the school, and inspiring class camaraderie." Class members were later sent a commemorative coin, designed by Sara Stires, DDS Class of 2011, and booklet about the event as mementos of the occasion.


0.9 Linear Feet (3 document cases.)

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The collection follows the original arrangement with issues listed in chronological order. Materials accrued in 2011 have been added to the end of the collection.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Dr. Lewis T. Rogers and the reunion committee of the Dental Class of 1951 on the occasion of their 50th reunion. Materials added in 2011 were donated by the School of Dentistry.

A Guide to the Medical College of Virginia Dental Class of 1951 Newsletter, 1952-2011
A Collection in Special Collections and Archives, Health Sciences Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Accession number 2001.Nov.10
Jody Romero
2005 By Virginia Commonwealth University. All Rights Reserved.
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