MASO Mourns Loss of Colleague and Friend, Robert “Bob” Williams 1945 - 2019
Dr. Robert E. “Bob” Williams, DMD, MA, of Towson, Maryland, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 3, 2019.
Dr. Williams served as Secretary of the Board and MASO Director for six years, and he was Editor of MASO’s Journal for the past 13 years. He served as Co-General Chair of the 2018 AAO Annual Session, as MASO’s representative to the AAO’s Global Strategic Planning Committee, and MASO representative to the AAO’s Advocacy Conference. He also served as President of the Maryland State Society of Orthodontists in 1995-96.
He was awarded the Gerald A. Devlin Award from MASO in 2009. It was announced on May 6 at the AAO Annual Session in Los Angeles that Dr. Williams will posthumously be awarded the James E. Brophy Distinguished Service Award at the AAO Annual Session in 2020 in Atlanta. The Brophy Award is the highest service award bestowed by the AAO.
Following the completion of his orthodontic residency in 1971, Dr. Williams presented his graduate thesis as part of the scientific program at the AAO’s Annual Session. He then served on active duty for six years as Chief of the Orthodontic Service on Okinawa, Japan and Augsburg, Germany where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for establishing the first military Children’s Dental Clinic in Europe.
After his discharge from active duty, Dr. Williams began his full-time teaching career in the Orthodontic Department at the University of Maryland Dental School where he was Director of the Undergraduate Orthodontic Clinic, and also provided the entire didactic and clinical instruction for the Dental School’s Accelerated Training Program. During this time he also served as the Chief of Professional Services for the US Army’s 92nd Field Hospital.
In 1983, Dr. Williams transitioned from academics to private practice, but he maintained his commitment to orthodontic education by providing both didactic instruction and clinical supervision in Maryland’s Orthodontic Department. He served as the thesis advisor for 14 graduate orthodontic theses. During this time he was also a member of the Cleft Palate Team of Kernan Hospital in Baltimore for 27 years.
In addition to his professional service, Dr. Williams served in several leadership positions in both the Boy Scouts and his local church. As Scoutmaster, he assisted 21 young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout and he led 14 scouts in an international exchange program with Kawasaki, Japan. He was a District Chairman and he received the District Award of Merit. He served two terms as Elder on the Session of Towson Presbyterian Church, and two years as Moderator of the Board of Deacons.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, of Towson; brother, Dave, of Randallstown; son Gareth and daughter-in-law Amy of Silver Spring, and granddaughters Catrin and Hannah.
A memorial service will be held at Towson Presbyterian Church, located at 400 W Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204 on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Towson Presbyterian Church or the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Any member who would like to share a personal story, memory or photograph of Dr. Williams for publication in the Fall issue of the Journal, please send your information to email@example.com by June 1, 2019.
Meet the New MASO Executive Director
Jane Treiber was appointed new Executive Director for the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists on January 1, 2019 replacing long-time ED Anita Field, who recently announced her retirement. Ms. Treiber has been employed by Accent on Management since July 1.
She has more than 25 years’ experience in association management with trade associations and professional societies. Some of her recent clients include the American Institute of Architects, Dayton Chapter; the International Door Association; and the American College of Surgeons, Ohio Chapter. In addition, she was employed by Wright State University School of Medicine as Director of Communications and Alumni Affairs for several years.
Ms. Treiber is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband, Gregg, and has two children who reside in Columbus, Ohio and Charlotte, North Carolina.
She is excited to work with MASO and continue MASO’s long tradition of excellence and service to the AAO and its members.
The Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists shall:
- Promote the ethical delivery of quality orthodontic care by providing its members with educational opportunities and information regarding advances in orthodontic treatment and technology.
- Be an advocate for, and a representative of, all constituent members of the AAO for the purpose of making regional decisions regarding policy, budget, member services, public information and communication.