Allan Gibson Brodie, 1897-1976 President of the IADR, 1947-1948 Allan Gibson Brodie,a very distinguished teacher, administrator, and researcher in the fields of growth and development of the face and of orthodontics,died on the evening of Jan 2, 1976 in his 79th year. Born Oct 31, 1897 in New York City, Allan Brodie attended public schools in New Jersey and then went to Philadelphia to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania where he received his DDS degree in 1919. He began practicing dentistry in Newark in 1920 and married Vera Elizabeth Smock in 1923. He studied at the Angle School of Orthodontics in Pasadena, Calif, 1925-1926. After this, he returned to Newark and began his career in orthodontic practice. But in 1929 Brodie was called to the University of Illinois College of Dentistry to organize a department of orthodontics of which he later became head. He received his MS degree in anatomy and histology from the university in 1934. Six years later he received his PhD in anatomy from the same institution. At first he held a nominal assistant professorship in orthodontics, 1929-1931, but was promoted to full professor in 1931 and continued to head the department of orthodontics, 1936-1966. This was for a period of 30 years in which time the red brick tower at 808 Wood St, Chicago, became an edifice in international orthodontic
research. He was acting dean of the college, 1944-1947, then became dean and remained so until 1955. Throughout his career, Allan Brodie was a devoted student of Edward H. Angle and as such recreated the entire office of his mentor in a special memorial room in the tower of the orthodontic department. He maintained his interest in clinical practice and concomitantly was an excellent lecturer and research worker with 120 graduate students. Toward them he was a strict disciplinarian tempered with compassion. For his outstanding career in the field, he was made a Joske Memorial orator in Melbourne, Australia in 1954 and a Fullbright Professor of Orthodontics, University of Nijmegen in 1966. He was also a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Institute of Dental Research as well as being on the Research Scholarship Board of the National Institutes of Health. He received many specific honors which are as follows: co-founder and associate editor, The Angle Orthodontist, 1930; Angle Memorial Lecture, 1940; George Villain Prize, Laureate, FDI, 1947; Callahan Gold Medal, Ohio State Dental Society, 1957; Ketcham Award, American Association of Orthodontists, 1959; and Grieve Memorial Lecturer, Canadian Dental Association, 1962. Brodie was president of these groups: Chicago Association of Orthodontics, International Society of Craniofacial Biology, Sigma Xi-Chicago Professional Campus Chapter, Chicago Section of IADR, and Annual Midwest Seminar of Dental Medicine (co-founder and its president, 19481966) . In addition to these honors, Allan Gibson Brodie found considerable pleasure in being elected the 25th president of the IADR. His inaugural address delivered June 20, 1948 in Rochester, NY was titled, "Our Common Field of Research." A living memorial is being dedicated in Allan Brodie's name. A white oak that started as a seedling in the year of his birth, 1897, will bear his name as another colleague in the forest of IADR past-president trees. -J. Roy Blayney and Frank J. Orland, Zoller Memorial Dental Clinic, University of Chicago
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