Stephen R. Matteson

Dr. Stephen R. Matteson

Dr. Stephen R. Matteson was born on October 2, 1937 in Orange, NJ and died on January 6, 2014 at the age of 76 in San Antonio, TX. He grew up in Maplewood, NJ and attended Rutgers University.

Dr. Matteson, Professor, Dept. of Developmental Dentistry, received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962. After two years as a general dentistry officer in the United States Air Force in North Carolina, he returned to his native state of New Jersey and practiced general dentistry for ten years. In 1973, he sold his practice and completed a residency in Oral Radiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He then joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and served as Director of Radiology from 1975 to 1988. In the 1980s, Dr. Matteson was appointed to lead the panel developing the original FDA-sponsored radiographic selection criteria for dentistry. He was recruited as Chair of the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science at The University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio Dental School in 1988 and served as Department Chair until 2000 when he retired and was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2002.

Dr. Matteson returned for a second career in academics and service to the profession in 2005. He was a key figure in helping to establish the Dental School's Evidence-Based Practice CATs program at and was also appointed Editor of the Texas Dental Journal. As editor, Dr. Matteson won multiple national and international awards including the American Dental Association's Golden Apple Award, the International College of Dentists Outstanding ICD Publication in 2011 and the Golden Pen Award in 2012 . Dr. Matteson was also serving on the Board of Directors of the Texas Dental Association at the time of his death.

Dr. Matteson served as President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the national Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental honor society. He was a member of the International College of Dentists and was also founding director and President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Steve's national leadership efforts were key in obtaining specialty status for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. His research focused on radiographic diagnosis. He published over 60 articles in the scientific literature and served as Radiology Section Editor of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology. At the time of his death, he was continuing his clinical involvement by participating in a group practice of oral and maxillofacial radiology. Dr. Matteson will be remembered for his many contributions to the dental profession and for the distinction he brought to UTHSCSA.

Dr. Matteson was living in San Antonio with his wife, Dr. Mary Ann Matteson, Professor Emeritus at the UTHSCSA School of Nursing. He loved being with his three children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in San Antonio. He was most proud that they had good hearts and were caring and compassionate people. His passions were singing, golf, boating, photography and North Carolina basketball.

Dr. Matteson was predeceased by his parents, Roderick Westcott Matteson and Mary Elizabeth DeVoe Matteson, and his sisters, Barbara Matteson Wagner and Susan Baecker Matteson. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Binns Matteson, sons Stephen, Jr. (Chip), his daughters, Caroline and Erin, and their mother Sarah Mahoney Matteson; Peter Christopher, his wife Katherine, and daughter, Lydia; and daughter Anne Matteson Goodwin, her daughter, Mattie, son Walter Parks Goodwin, V, and their father Walter Parks Goodwin, IV, all of San Antonio; brother David R. Matteson and wife Gisela of Avila, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 315 East Pecan Street, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm with interment at the St. Mark's columbarium, followed by a reception at the church. Flowers are appreciated; memorial donations may be sent to Haven for Hope, 1 Haven for Hope Way, San Antonio, TX 78207.

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Published in Express-News on Jan. 10, 2014