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The Passing of Dr. Donald Woodside


July 23, 2013
by University of Toronto - Faculty of Dentistry



I regret to inform you that  Dr. Donald Woodside died on Friday, July 19th at his family cottage in Nova Scotia.  He was surrounded by his family.  There is no further information at this time on funeral arrangements.  The following information shows the scope and impact of Dr. Woodside’s work internationally,

DONALD G. WOODSIDE, C.M., D.D.S., M.SC.(D), F.R.C.D.(C),PH.D.(h.c.), F.R.C.S., F.D.S. (Eng.), FDSRCS (Ed)(ad hom)

Dr. Donald G. Woodside received his D.D.S. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, where he was awarded the Gold Medal in Dentistry; and he received his M.Sc. in Orthodontics from the University of Toronto.  From 1962-93, he was Professor and Head of the Discipline of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. 

His published work ranged through the areas of both human and experimental mandibular growth and the clinical use of functional appliances.  He was the 1987 co-recipient of the S.I.D.O. Award for the most outstanding article in the international orthodontic literature during the previous two years.

Dr. Woodside was the recipient of many international awards in orthodontics and an invited honorary lecturer throughout the world.  He has been both Mershon and Salzmann honorary lecturer for the American Association of Orthodontics. In 1989 he received an honorary doctorate from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and in 1990 he received the Ketcham Award from the American Association of Orthodontists.  In 1991 he was the Sheldon Friel Memorial Lecturer for the European Orthodontic Congress.  In 1994 he received a Fellowship in Dental Surgery-by-Election from the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England, and he is a recipient of the Canadian Dental Association Distinguished Service Award.

In 2005, Dr. Woodside was awarded a Fellowship in Dental Surgery ad hominem of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as part of the 500th Anniversary Celebrations of the founding of the College. Dr. Woodside was also elected to Honorary Membership in the World Federation of Orthodontics during its meeting in Paris in September of 2005.

Dr. Woodside was a Fellow in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow in the American College of Dentists.  He was also an honorary member of the Italian Orthodontic Society, the British Society for the Study of Orthodontics, the Dutch Society of Orthodontists, the South African Society of Orthodontists, the Taiwan Association of Orthodontists and the Ontario Association of Orthodontists. In 1996 he was named a Member of the Order of Canada which is the highest civilian honour awarded by the Government of Canada. In 2003 he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

In addition to his research and teaching Dr. Woodside maintained a private orthodontic practice in Toronto until recently.

Daniel Haas,

Dean