Lawrence Meskin, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H.

The Santa Fe Group fondly remembers Dr. Larry Meskin, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H. Dr. Meskin was a founding member of the Santa Fe Group. His passion for the organization’s mission and vision was key to the success and influence achieved throughout the years.

Dr. Meskin served as Professor and Director of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado, School of Dentistry. He previously served as Dean of University of Colorado, School of Dentistry. In addition to a distinguished career in dental education, he served for eleven years as Editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association. He was Chairman of the Editorial Board of Dental Abstracts and a contributor to a number of medical and dental journals. During his practice and academic tenure, he served on numerous committees and advisory boards, representing a variety of constituencies that all sought to improve the oral health of the public.

His major interests resided in the areas of development of dental public policy, financing of dental education, and advocacy for the early detection of oral cancer. Dr. Meskin received many national and international awards and honors in recognition of his contributions to professional dentistry and the health of the public in life. Dr. Meskin was beloved for his willingness to give generously of his time and talent to mentor health professionals from around the globe. Most importantly he was devoted to his family, and he was a colleague, mentor and friend to many of us.