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Stanley Lotzkar, D.D.S., MPH, died on January 15, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. He was 88. Dr. Lotzkar, a public health dentist, earned his undergraduate degree from City College, New York in 1944, his dental degree from New York University in 1950 and the Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965. He was certified as a diplomate in Dental Public Health in 1965 and served as the Executive Secretary of the American Board of Dental Public Health from 1982 until 2003. He was a Pharmacist's Mate 2/c in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946.
Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Lotzkar entered the United States Public Health Service where he served, first attached to the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska and Maryland, followed by research and administration in dental public health until his retirement in 1971.
Following his military career, Dr. Lotzkar was a professor of Community Dentistry at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He served as Chairman of the Department of Community Dentistry from 1976-82. After his retirement in 1989 he was appointed professor emeritus. He was a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the American Public Health Association and a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society and in 1969 was awarded the New York University College of Dentistry Alumni Lecture Award. The Lotzkar fund was established by the American Board of Dental Public Health in honor of his retirement as Executive Secretary in 2003 to advance the specialty of Dental Public Health.
Dr. Lotzkar enjoyed growing orchids, photography, Gator sports, and travel, and was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and husband and especially enjoyed traveling with his wife to many parts of the world. He was a long time member of Congregation B'nai Israel in Gainesville.
Born October 15, 1924 in New York, New York to Miriam and Morris Lotzkar, he spent his early years in the Bronx, New York. He is predeceased by a son, Michael David Lotzkar (2006) and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis Gassman Lotzkar; sister, Francis; children, Robert Steven Lotzkar, Richard Alan Lotzkar and grandchildren, Jessica and Benjamin.
Funeral Services will be conducted Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., in Congregation B'nai Israel, 3830 NW 16th Blvd., with Rabbi David Kaiman officiating. Interment will follow in B'nai Israel Cemetery, corner of East University Avenue and Waldo Road. Funeral arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorials to Congregation B'nai Israel, 3830 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2013