Having initially served as Editor of the Newsletter, eventually combing this with the post of Secretary, I was installed as President of the Society at the May meeting, held in my home town of Harrogate, in 2001. By this time I had already relinquished my post of Head of Restorative Dentistry and Senior Lecturer at Leeds having just taken early retirement. I returned as a part-time clinical tutor for 2 years, finally retiring completely in March 2003.
The title of my Presidential Meeting in 2001 was “Old Myths – New Perceptions” which allowed comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the restorative field. Personally, one particular pleasing aspect of the meeting was that 3 former undergraduate colleagues from our the Royal Dental School days, who had all entered the academic field of Restorative Dentistry, agreed to participate.
The social side of the programme commenced with a Civic Reception, held at the Royal Pump Rooms and hosted by the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Pat Marsh. Following a short walk through the Valley Gardens the Annual Dinner was held at the recently refurbished Sun Pavilion. Despite this being her last full day in Office the Mayor was still with us at 3am (the Mayoral Car having been sent away twice). This was despite the first event for her following day was scheduled for 9.30am and last due to finish at midnight! What stamina!!
Following retirement I have travelled extensively throughout the world. Too many countries to mention but the highlights being New Zealand, Peru - especially Machu Picchu and more recently China.
In all a fulfilling career which I enjoyed but an even more enjoyable retirement!