Staff, students past and present gathered together with many other colleagues and friends at Horton Grange on the University Campus to pay tribute to Donald Spence. A drinks reception was held in the main building after which everyone sat down in the restaurant for the meal. After dinner Professor Philip Lumley, Head of the School of Dentistry gave the address and outlined Donald’s long and illustrious career at the School. Donald joined back in the sixties after a short time working for British Rail. He started out as an instructor technician in Prosthetics and also a time in Orthodontics. Donald also helped many staff in his role as a research technician. Donald gained an MSc by research and then became Admissions Officer followed by Welfare Tutor to the Student body. Donald also had a major role in the organisation and roll out of the dental programmes and the move to modularisation of the course.
He is a popular member of staff and will be missed as he retires at the end of this month. Donald has influenced many people who have passed through the dental school and readers of the Blog may have many memories and may wish to leave comments or memories. We wish Donald a happy retirement and we leave you with some more pictures of his retirement dinner.