Robert JF Butler
Robert J F Butler had a long and influential dental career that spanned military service, public service and corporate service. After retiring from the Australian Navy Dental Corps, Rob became the inaugural Deputy Director at the newly opened Westmead Centre Dental Clinical School in 1980 and progressed to the position of Director in 1990. In December 1993, Rob left Westmead to become Executive Director of the ADA, a position he held for ten years until his retirement in July 2003.
Naturally, with such breadth and longevity in dentistry in Australia, Rob is fondly remembered by many whose careers he supported and influenced through the years, as exemplified by tributes received from ICD Fellows. From Ian Meyers OAM, “His immense contributions, influence and impact on the profession over many years cannot be understated. Rob was a great advisor and mentor to many, including myself, and I was very fortunate to benefit on many occasions from his wisdom and guidance. His passing is very sad news.”
From Dr David Sheen, “I owe lots to Rob. When doing my two years as “researcher” at the Westmead Dental Clinical School, 1983-1985, Rob was very supportive of my work and the person I could always bounce ideas off. So sensible, friendly and encouraging. When he became aware that I wanted to set up a program of support for The Eritrean Dental Program, he put me in touch with Colin Wall, then CEO of the ADA, such that the ADA became the project manager. This allowed me to access funding from AusAID and have the ADA Treasurer manage the program funds. Without that support, the Eritrean program would not have been as successful as it was. I shall remember Rob with great fondness. A great contributor to our profession in so many ways.”
From Ron and Jackie Robinson, “We owe a great deal to Rob. Although Keith Lester brought us to Australia, it was Rob who influenced our career pathways the most. Rob was Deputy Director at Westmead when we joined the staff in October 1981. It was Rob who created the position of “Student Patient Coordinator” that Jackie initially filled and later Rob appointed Jackie as Deputy Director. When Ron left Westmead in 2001, Rob employed him as a contractor to develop the first website for the ADA. He subsequently appointed Ron as the first IT Manager for the ADA. We are deeply indebted to Rob. We valued his support throughout our careers and his friendship in later years.”
Rob was respected by those who worked with him at the highest levels of organised dentistry. From Clive Ross CNZM, “Rob was an exceptional leader in his own right - steady, considered, understanding , fair and sound in his judgment and he contributed hugely to every organization he was involved in. We have all lost a very dear friend and colleague.”
Rob was made an Honorary Life Member of Section VIII in 2014 during Section VIII’s 50th anniversary induction ceremony in Sydney.
The Section VIII Admin Officer, Dr Ron Robinson, is in the process of contacting all Fellows who registered for the dinner and induction.
The ICD centenary dinner and induction ceremony scheduled in Perth on October 30 is still planned to proceed.
Fellows will be notified should a change become necessary.
Enquiries: Ron Robinson, Administrative Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CENTENERY DINNER & INDUCTION CEREMONY IN PERTH
SATURDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2021
6:00 pm - 10:30 PM
Argyle Ballroom, Parmelia Hilton Perth
Changeover of Section VIII Board Officers
President Rick Sawers AM (SA)
President-Elect Tom Tseng (NSW)
Registrar Petrina Bowden (QLD)
Editor Jenny Ball (WA)
Regents Ian Meyers OAM (QLD)
Graeme Ting (New Zealand)
Robert Adams (VIC)
Internatl Councillors Clive Ross CNZM (New Zealand)
Jackie Robinson (NSW)
In the normal course of events, Section VIII has a changeover of Board officers every two years coinciding with the Australian Dental Congress. The changeover is actioned at the conclusion of the annual face-to-face Board meeting and the official ceremony takes place within the Australian induction ceremony that evening. As these are not normal times, the Board amended the process for the 2021 changeover of officers. The changeover was actioned at the end of the Board’s virtual meeting on 6 March 2021. The official ceremony for the changeover of officers will be conducted at the induction ceremony and dinner to be held in Perth on 30 October 2021.
The Board reviewed its structure and succession planning in 2018. The positions of Vice-President and Treasurer were combined into the position of President-Elect. The Immediate Past President no longer sits on the Board but serves in an advisory capacity to the new President.
Stepping down from the Board this year are 2019 – 2021 President Keith Watkins (VIC) and Immediate Past President John Owens AM (WA). The Board would also like to acknowledge Tom Tseng’s years of service as Section VIII Registrar since 2014 and Petrina Bowden’s commitment as Editor since 2017.
Honoring the World’s Leading Dentists since 1920
The International College of Dentists is a leading honorary dental organisation dedicated to the recognition of outstanding professional achievement and meritorious service and the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of all humankind. All members of the College regardless of their native language or country of residence, adhere to one universal motto, Recognizing Service and the Opportunity to Serve.
Conceived in 1920, the College currently has over 12,000 members in 122 countries who have been awarded the prestigious title of Fellow in the ICD. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only. A nominated dentist must pass a rigorous, peer review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”
All Fellows are encouraged to nominate dentists who are deserving of the recognition of ICD Fellowship. Nomination forms can be downloaded from this website. Enquires: email@example.com.
Board of Regents 2021-2023, Section VIII (as at 06/03/2021)
Local Organising Committees 2021-2023 (as at 6/3/2021)
Section VIII Membership (as at 24/3/2021)
The Australasian Section of ICD currently has 779 members comprised of:
Masters are Fellows in good standing who at the time of their nomination have rendered extraordinarily conspicuous and outstanding service to the College. The awarding of the status of Master is considered a rare distinction. The numbers admitted to this status are such as not to lessen the honour so conferred. Approval of the International Council or its Executive Committee must be obtained before Mastership is awarded having received prior nomination from the Section. Drs Clive Ross CNZM and Jackie Robinson are currently the only Master Fellows in Section VIII.
Section VIII Honorary Life Members
Honorary Life Members are Active or Retired Fellows in good standing who have made an outstanding contribution to our Section of ICD and to the profession and community in our region. Honorary Life Membership is only conferred after careful investigation has revealed a Fellow to be fully worthy of such a high honour.
Our current Honorary Life Members are:
- Robert Butler, VIC
- David Crum ONZM, New Zealand
- W Donald Heffron CBE, NSW
- Peter Noblet AM, SA
- John Owen AM, WA
- Jackie Robinson, NSW
- Ron Robinson, NSW
- Clive Ross CNZM, New Zealand
- Jenny Smyth AM, QLD
- Tom N Speed, New Zealand
- David Thomson, QLD
Section VIII Honorary Fellows
Honorary Fellows are individuals, other than members of the College and not necessarily dentists, who have rendered conspicuous service to the cause of dental science, have contributed to the promotion of the dental profession or have otherwise significantly advanced the dental profession within the Section.
Honorary Fellowship is conferred after careful investigation has revealed said person fully worthy of such high honour.
Our current Honorary Fellows are:
- Laynesh Gebrehiwot, Eritrea
- Peter Lazar AM, NSW
- Keith Mentiplay, NSW
- Eric Reynolds AO, VIC
- Wendy Toulmin AM, NSW
- Alastair Sloan, VIC
- Cathy Snelling, SA
- Margie Steffens OAM, SA
- Janet Wallace, NSW
CLICK HERE for the current Section VIII database.