Dedication of James J. Fritts, D.D.S. Clinical Care Center

I Want To Be a Dentist, Too

In closing, let me return briefly to Chancellor Hine, whose aspiration was always to be a dentist. He once said, "I was never 'pushed' into the profession, during elementary school when friends would say they wanted to be firefighters or race car drivers, I would always say I wanted to be a dentist."

I think about this new facility, the faculty and staff who will serve as teachers and mentors here, the generations of students who will be educated here, the tens of thousands of patients who will be treated here, and my own experience working with colleagues in the School of Dentistry, and a part of me shares Dr. Hine's childhood dream. I want to be a dentist, too.