Global Health Nexus, Spring 1999

Mrs. Adele Block Honors Her Dentist with a Gift to Establish the Dr. Harold Litvak Fellowship

A gift of $100,000 from Mrs. Adele Block has established an endowed fellowship in honor of Dr. Harold Litvak, her dentist and a long-standing faculty member of the College of Dentistry. The commitment will fund the Dr. Harold Litvak Junior Fellowship in Prosthodontics, Dr. Litvak's area of expertise. A 1962 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Litvak earned a certificate in prosthodontics in 1967 and an M.S.D. degree in 1969, both from New York University College of Dentistry, where he currently serves as clinical professor of restorative and prosthodontic sciences. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a fellow and past president of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics and the Northeastern Gnathological Society, and a fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, among many other professional associations.

The inaugural Dr. Harold Litvak Junior Fellowship in Prosthodontics has been awarded to Dr. Domenic Caluori, a second-year student in the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics. A native of Switzerland, Dr. Caluori received his dental degree from Temple University School of Dentistry, where he graduated magna cum laude. Already a published author (The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry), Dr. Caluori was one of only six students to win an American College of Prosthodontics' scholarship during his first year as a postgraduate student at NYU.

As a member of the family that owns the Block Drug Company, Inc., a major producer of oral and general health products, Mrs. Block knows firsthand the value of oral health care and recognizes the great sacrifices made by young men and women to finance their dental education.

Dean Michael C. Alfano called the gift a fitting tribute to Dr. Litvak, who has been a member of the faculty for 30 years. He added, "I am especially pleased that Mrs. Block's gift is the first major grant to be awarded to the College of Dentistry during my tenure as dean. She and her husband Leonard and their family have always been very kind to me, and their continued generosity in honor of Dr. Litvak is deeply appreciated." Prior to coming to NYU, Dean Alfano was the senior vice president for research and technology at the Block Drug Company.