Fred Berry named Teacher of the Year for School of Dentistry
Fred Berry, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry
Fred Berry, DDS, professor, restorative dentistry, was recognized as “School of Dentistry Teacher of the Year, 2006.” In addition, the dental class of 2006 selected Dr. Berry to receive this year’s Pierre Fauchard Academy Teacher of the Year Award.
Five days a week he commutes to Loma Linda from Dana Point. “Dr. Robert Kinzer recruited me to teach at Loma Linda,” he says. “He was a trusted mentor and friend, and I owe much of my career path to his guidance.”
Dr. Berry joined the School of Dentistry faculty in 1988, and he serves as a professor in the department of restorative dentistry.
He has been active in numerous professional organizations and has received many honors and awards including Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society, and Sigma Xi Research Honor Society, and he is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American College of Dentists. Dr. Berry has also published numerous professional articles and has made many professional presentations.
While these accomplishments are noteworthy, it is Dr. Berry’s effectiveness as an educator for which he received recognition as School of Dentistry Teacher of the Year. Dental and dental hygiene students become acquainted with Dr. Berry in the dental materials courses he teaches.
He is well-known for his “Berry Productions” in which he presents principles and concepts of dental materials in humorous videotapes.
Dr. Berry consistently receives positive scores in students’ evaluations of his courses.
The following are typical of the feedback regarding Dr. Berry’s teaching: “Wonderful Christian man who encourages others to partake in the fulfillment of knowing God.” “Dr. Berry is great! I only wish we had him more often!” “Awesome, kind, Christian teacher!” “Always makes class interesting and fun!”
Dr. Berry earned the DDS degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962. He established a successful private practice in general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, in which he was active for the next 23 years. Dr. Berry was recruited to teach in Delaware Technical Community College in 1978, and in 1984 Temple University School of Dentistry recruited him to teach in the operative dentistry department as a part-time faculty member.
Dr. Berry’s love of teaching led him to transition into full-time faculty service in 1986, joining the LLUSD faculty two years later.
Dr. Berry has served this community of students as a classroom teacher and clinical mentor of excellence in the art and science of dentistry.
By Nancy Yuen