Boston University Faculty honored at Red Sox Disability Awareness Night

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Dr. Harold Turner and the late Dean Spencer N. Frankl will be honored with the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award on June 7 at Fenway Park in a ceremony to be held immediately before the Red Sox game begins. Disability Awareness Night (DAN) has been hosted by EP Global Communications since 2002 and partners with over 40 Major and Minor League Baseball clubs and other major sports franchises across the country to honor individuals who have contributed to expanded awareness of the 54 million Americans with disabilities. DAN is a national awareness campaign made possible in part by generous sponsorship of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance and its SpecialCare Program.

Drs. Turner and Frankl are being recognized for their tireless efforts to train dentists in the treatment of patients with special needs of all ages. More than 40 years ago the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) became a vital resource and teaching center for special care dentistry. Dr. Turner, a retired faculty member, credits Dean Frankl for the success of the program. “Spencer was a true humanitarian and for him, working on behalf of special needs patients was a labor of love.”

President and CEO of EP Global Communications Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr. nominated Drs. Turner and Frankl for this award. “The Disability and Special Needs Community owes a debt of gratitude to Drs. Turner and Frankl. Both are true champions of people with special needs and pioneers in the field of Special Care Dentistry” said Mr. Valenzano.

He added, “Thousands of people with physical and intellectual disabilities have benefited from the therapeutic innovations and gentle care these men used. They also were great teachers, using their skills to help develop young, bright dentists, showing them the value of giving back to society. We mourn the loss of Dr. Spencer Frankl but honor his lifetime of accomplishments as part of the Boston University Community. No less can be said for Dr. Harold Turner, a great dentist and even greater humanitarian.”

Dean ad interim of BUGSDM Jeffrey Hutter commends EP Global for this award: “We are very proud of our colleagues being honored in this way. To single out these two men among all those who work on behalf of those with disabilities is a testament to the magnitude of their contributions.”

The awards will be presented by Vice President of EP Global Communications Matt Valenzano. Along with Dr. Turner, Mrs. Rhoda Frankl will accept the award on behalf of Dean Frankl, who passed away last October.

The mission of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine is to provide excellent education to dental professionals throughout their careers; to shape the future of dental medicine and dental education through research; to offer excellent health care services to the community; to participate in community activities; and to foster a respectful and supportive environment.