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CAROLE N., January 10, 2012.
Born in Washington, D.C., Dr. Hildebrand has been a Philadelphia resident since 1970. After completing dental school in West Virginia, she came to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in Periodontology. She completed both that degree and a Master's in Psychoeducational Processes at Temple University in Philadelphia. She then stayed on at Temple as an instructor in the Department of Periodontology, and became a full professor in the department in 1981. Some of her most valued time was spent with her students, and she cherished throughout her career the many long-term relationships, both personal and professional, that she had with these individuals. They will remember her as a very special person.
Her pursuit of education never stopped. For the remainder of her career, she participated in any new educational programs when there were new developments or procedures relating in any manner to her field, including a fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She was recognized last year in Philadelphia Magazine as a top doctor in her field.
She had begun practicing dentistry part-time in the late 1960's , limiting her focus by 1972 to Periodontology in her own office in Center City Philadelphia; in 1984 she had left teaching and begun a full-time Periodontal practice in a new office in the same area.
She also gave generously of her time, to "give-back" to the field that she loved and believed in so completely. She served regularly and singularly on many of the Boards and Committees of the Periodontal Associations, serving in 1989-1990 as President of the Pennsylvania Society of Periodontists. She also was prolific in publishing and lecturing, earning Fellowship and Leadership awards from the American Academy of Periodontology.
Dr. Hildebrand's presence will be greatly missed in her community. Her friends and family will never be able to fill the huge chasm that the demise of this loving, caring, supportive person also leaves in her personal community. She is survived by one biological cousin, John Wise, and her large adopted family in North Carolina. In Philadelphia she is survived by Lois Brown, a member of that adopted family. Services and Interment were private. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in the future (time and date will be forthcoming).
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Perelman Center at Penn Medicine (215-898-0578) , designated for Patient Care and Support in the Oncology and Pulmonology Departments.

Published on Philly.com on Jan. 15, 2012
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