Dr. Charles Lawrence Siroky

Siroky, Dr. Charles Lawrence
Dr. Charles L. "Charley" Siroky passed away peacefully in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 76 on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, with his immediate family by his side. He is survived by his wife Gayle; children Kathryn "Kathy" Siroky Malone, Charles M. "Charley" (Tammi) Siroky, Gary (Elizabeth) Siroky, and Lawrence "Larry" (Robyn) Siroky; twin brothers Daniel "Dan" (Debbie) Siroky and David "Dave" (Bonnie) Siroky; and grandchildren Robert, Kimberly, and Brian Malone; Ryan and Ella Siroky; Megan, Annie, Michael, and Matthew Siroky; and Griffin, Connor, and Olivia Siroky. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles J. and Mary Jane Siroky. Dr. Siroky was born August 21, 1937 in Waukegan, Illinois. His family moved to Sedona, Arizona in 1953, where he met his future wife Gayle while they both attended Flagstaff High School. He and Gayle attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where he completed his pre-dentistry program before being admitted a year early to the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1958. He graduated with honors in 1962, and was awarded admission to ATE and OKU dental school honoraries and Phi Kappa Phi all university honorary. Following graduation he served four years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, where he practiced dentistry for three years in Nuremberg, Germany, and one year in Ft. Irwin, California. Following his honorable discharge in 1966, Dr. Siroky and his family settled in Phoenix, where he set up a private practice in endodontics. He was in practice for 48 years, retiring in 2009 at the age of 71. Dr. Siroky dedicated a large portion of his career, both pre- and post-retirement, to the support of the dental profession through organized dentistry. He served as President of the Arizona Dental Association, 14th District Trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA), and in 1993, Second Vice President of the ADA. He also served as President of the American Association of Endodontists Foundation and was a member of four prestigious honorary dental organizations: the American College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International College of Dentists (ICD). He was most active in the ICD, serving at both the national and international levels, and as President in 2011. During that time, he traveled world-wide speaking to nearly 12,000 Fellows. He was currently serving a three-year term as Speaker of the ICD Council. His commitment to his profession came second only to his faith and his family. For many years Dr. Siroky and Gayle regularly attended St. Paul's Church in Phoenix, where he served as Senior and Junior Warden, Vestryman, Lay Reader, and Chalice Bearer. Upon the repurposing of St. Paul's, they began attending Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, where he served on the Vestry as a Lay Reader and Chalice Bearer. When spending time at their second home in Flagstaff, he served as a Chalice Bearer and Lay Reader at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, the church where he and Gayle were married 53 years ago. Dr. Siroky also served as President of the Rotary Club of Phoenix, volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital Mercy Care Dental Clinic, mentored local dental students, and received countless awards and honors for his unwavering commitment to his community and profession. He didn't have a lot of free time - but when he did, you were guaranteed to find him on the golf course, shredding through fresh powder on his favorite ski slopes, enjoying his mountain retreat in Flagstaff, or proudly following the diverse activities of his 12 grandchildren, either in person or streaming online.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Charles Siroky will be held Saturday, September 21 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dr. Siroky's honor to one of two charities that were close to his heart: the International College of Dentists' Global Visionary Fund for Dental Education and Humanitarian Care Projects, G3535 Beecher
Road, Suite G, Flint, Michigan, 48532-2700; or Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation's Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy, 3193 North Drinkwater Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85251, azmom.org. Arrangements by Messinger Indian School Mortuary.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Sept. 15 to Sept. 18, 2013