American Association of Dental Schools First Annual Meeting
Held March 5-7, 1924 at the Congress Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, the first annual meeting of the American Association of Dental Schools was packed with lectures, reports, a symposium and a round table conference. Interestingly enough, many topics are still relevant today.
Upon looking at the list of Officers and Committee, one can see the name of A. W. Thornton from Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Alexander Walker Thornton, it turns out, was Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry from 1920 to 1927. Born in Perth, Ontario, Dr. Thornton first came to McGill in 1913 as Chairman of the Dental Executive of the Faculty of Medicine. In 1920, the school become the Faculty of Dentistry and he became its first dean.
Dr. Thornton was described as a distinguished public speaker with an interest in politics. He however refused nomination to both federal and provincial Houses of Parliament. He was a fellow of the American College of Dentists, president of the Rotary Club of Montreal in the early 1920’s, and president of the American Association of Dental Schools in 1926.
Source: Rogers, Mervyn A. A History of the McGill Dental School. Montreal: Faculty of Dentistry, McGill U, 1980. Print.