Primus 2011 - In Memoriam

In Memoriam


Kourken A. Daglian '43

Dr. Kourken A. Daglian passed away at the age of 93, on February 26, 2011. After earning his DDS at Columbia, Dr. Daglian, who specialized in head and neck injuries, practiced oral surgery for 45 years on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, as well as at his campus office in Atchley Pavilion. A member of the SDOS (now CDM), Oral Surgery faculty from 1945 to 1990, he held an appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Dental Medicine at the time of his retirement. Dr. Daglian will be remembered for his delightful sense of humor, his kindness and a zest for life, which he shared with his family, friends and patients. He is survived by his wife, Marliese, and children: Kourken Thomas, Susan, Melanie and Krikor.


Robert Gotttsegen '43, Perio '48

Dr. Robert Gottsegen, a pioneer in the field of periodontal dentistry, died on February 28, 2011. Born in New York on June 21, 1919, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1939.

During WW II, he entered an accelerated 3-year program at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery (now CDM), earning his DDS in 1943. After an internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital, he served in the United States Army, where he received a commendation Medal, European Theatre of Operations. Following two years as a Public Health Service/NIH Research Fellow in Dentistry, he became a member of the first class in Columbia’s Advanced Specialty Training Program in Periodontics, from which he graduated in 1948. Dr. Gottsegen soon established a private practice limited to periodontics in New York City and was later appointed Director of Postgraduate Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. He was given the same title when he later joined the SDOS faculty at Columbia, where he spent the remainder of his academic career. On retirement, he received the title of Professor Emeritus of the University.

Dr. Gottsegen held office in: the American Society of Periodontists, the Executive Council of the American Academy of Periodontology, and the American Board of Periodontology, and was Consultant to the National Commission on Diabetes. He was president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) from 1970 to 1971, receiving its Gold Medal Award in 1988; was honored as a Fellow of the AAP, received the SDOS Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Isadore Hirschfeld Award of the Northeastern Society of Periodontists. He was a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the New York Academy of Dentistry. His research interests included: the connection of diabetes to periodontal disease, systems of health care delivery, and metabolic influences on periodontal disease. Above all, Dr. Gottsegen was a teacher and mentor to hundreds of Columbia students. His clinical demonstrations were dental works of art, his knowledge of the relevant literature was encyclopedic, and he was in demand as a lecturer at other schools and in many foreign countries, presenting more than 650 courses over 38 years.

A connoisseur of fine wines and dining, he had a lifelong passion for travel, visual arts, music and theatre and being with his 6 beloved grandchildren, Jessica, Liza, Sam, Ben, Kate & Gardner. Predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Rita Gillette, he is survived by his sons, David, Daniel & Jonathan.

Contributions may be made in Dr. Gottsegen’s memory to CDM or to the American Academy of Periondontics.


Irwin D. Mandel '45

Dr. Irwin D. Mandel, Professor Emeritus of Dental Medicine at CDM, passed away on May 26, 2011.

Dr. Mandel was born on April 9, 1922. After graduating from the College of the City of New York in 1942, Dr. Mandel earned his dental degree in 1945 from Columbia, where, except for two stints in the Navy Dental Corps (1945-46 and 1952-54), he spent his entire career. Beginning in 1946, he worked as a research assistant at the school and in his part-time private practice. By 1968, Dr. Mandel devoted himself full-time to research and teaching. He founded, and was director of the Division of Preventive Dentistry at Columbia, the first department of its type in the country. He was also founding director of the Center for Clinical Research in Dentistry and was Associate Dean for Research for nearly 50 years before attaining emeritus status in 1992. A past president of the American Association for Dental Research, his many awards include the first Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research from the American Dental Association (1985), the Award for Leadership in Periodontology from Tufts University (1971), the International Award from the University of Connecticut (1979), the Jarvie-Burkhardt International Award from the New York State Dental Association (1990), and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (1991). Dr. Mandel held honorary degrees from Columbia University (1996: Doctor of Science honoris causa), the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (1981) and the University of Göteborg, Sweden (1994). A Dental School symposium for Columbia University’s 250th anniversary celebration honoring him as one of the “Columbians Ahead of Their Time.”

Dr. Mandel conducted pioneering research on the role of dental plaque in tooth decay and periodontal disease, and is also known for studies of salivary composition related to dental disease and systemic disease. As a teacher, researcher, and author of 225 scientific articles and 18 books or book chapters, Irwin D. Mandel played a major role in shifting the focus of dentistry from repair to prevention. For nearly 50 years, he was Chief Dental Advisor to Consumers Union and its publications, consultant and spokesperson for the American Dental Association, Associate Editor of the Journal of Dental Research, a grants reviewer for the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, an active writer and reviewer for the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health (2000), and served as preventive dentistry consultant to NASA’s manned mission to Mars project.

Generations of dental students at Columbia were influenced by Dr. Mandel’s insistence on the need to translate research findings into improved clinical care. His prodigious intellect, sharp wit, and devotion to Columbia and the profession of dentistry will long be remembered. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, his daughters, Nora and Carol, and his son Richard.

Dr. Mandel’s family has requested donations in his memory be sent to the College of Dental Medicine, Irwin D. Mandel Research Fund.


Paul Tannenbaum '61, Perio '67

Dr. Paul Tannenbaum died in a skiing accident on February 2, 2011. Born in Brooklyn on April 30, 1936, he earned his DDS in 1961 before serving for two years as a lieutenant in the Dental Corps of the United States Navy. In 1963, he attended Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences to study Graduate Biostatistics, returning to Columbia in 1967 for a certificate in Periodontology. He published numerous scientific papers on the crystalline chemistry of bone mineral while he was a research fellow and consultant at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Tannenbaum was a gifted and beloved teacher at Columbia University School of Dental & Oral Surgery (now CDM) for over 30 years.

He was a member and chair of numerous committees at the American Academy of Periodontology, was president of the New York Academy of Dentistry and of the Columbia Periodontal Alumni Association. Most recently, he served as a board examiner for the American Board of Periodontology, where he was also chairman. Dr. Tannenbaum maintained a private practice in periodontics in Manhattan with his friend and mentor, Dr. Robert Gottsegen, with Dr. Susan Karabin ‘81, Perio ‘84, and with Dr. Edward Gottesman.

An avid photographer, Dr. Tannenbaum traveled the world searching out natural beauty. During the past year alone, he visited Antarctica, Africa, and Europe. Dr. Tannenbaum is survived by two sons, Stephen and Daniel, from his marriage to Willma Reichek, by six beloved grandchildren: William, Beatrice, Dorothy, Julia, Pablo, and Sofia, and by Jane Cates, his companion of fourteen years.

Donations in memory of Dr. Tannenbaum can be directed to the Dr. Paul J. Tannenbaum Fund at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.


In Memoriam

Juditta S. Angliss, Hyg ’36
Robert L. Downes, DDS, Ortho ’37
Arthur S. Freese ’39

Isidore M. Samuels ’39
Irving L. Maislen, DDS, Ortho ’40
Emanuel S. Knishkowy ‘41
Kourken A. Daglian ‘43

Bernice O’Connell Dunn, Hyg ’43
Robert Gottsegen ‘43, Perio ‘48

Irwin P. Heide ‘43

Paul A. Most ‘43
Chester Schept ‘43
Edgar Gattegno ‘45

Irving D. Halbrecht ‘45
Irwin D. Mandel '45

Martin A. Garber ‘46

Ruth N. Kahn, Hyg '46

Julius Lieberman '46

John D. Piro ‘46
Raymond H. Russell ‘47
Philip P. McManus ‘50
Eugene A. Cohen ‘51

Rosalie Mandle Crane, Hyg ‘51
Kenneth K. Murakami ‘51

Leonard A. Sarvela, Jr., DDS, OMFS ‘52

A. Raymond Tannenbaum, DDS, Ortho ‘52

John D. Suomi, DDS, Ortho '53

Abraham M. Blechman, DDS, Ortho ‘54
Arthur M. Mettelman ‘54
Morton S. Brod '55

Cornelius A. McGlennon, DDS, Ortho ‘55

Thomas W. Portway '56
Solomon Snyder, DDS, Peds ‘56
Herbert I. Oshrain, DDS, Perio ‘58
Leon Levy, DDS,Perio ‘59
Stuart S. Osleeb ‘60
Paul J. Tannenbaum ‘61, Perio ‘67

Richard A. Donelli '63

Frank A. Cavedo, Jr., DDS, Ortho '64
John L. Cuskley ‘65
Herbert N. Appel, DDS, Ortho ‘66
Jack Brandon, DDS, Ortho ‘68
Michael A. Rubin ‘69

Joseph L. Wasileski '69
Robert F. McIntyre ‘71
Albert A. Pilvelis, Jr., DDS, Ortho ‘71
Ellen G. Holliday Azzaretti ‘81
Eric P. Schoenlein ‘85, Ortho ‘86
Frank J. Tabacchini, DDS, Ortho ‘85
Tomas J. Barrios ‘90