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Donald E. Arens DDS, MSD

Professor Emeritus Indiana University

Donald E. Arens 78, passed away on September 25, 2012. Born November 7, 1933, Donald was loved and will be missed by his wife Bobbi Arens his son, Eddie Arens, daughters, Pam Neargardner, Patti Coyle, & Kristi Arens, daughter-in-law, Julie Arens, son-in-laws, Keith Neargardner & Jeff Coyle, grandchildren, Nikki Neargardner, Jenne, Payton & Jaclyn Arens, Eddie, Katie & Bobby Coyle & Charlie Dobson, brother, Bob Arens, sister-in-laws, Dolly Arens & Sharon Nelson, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful giving man who was admired by friends, colleagues and patients.

Donald or "Red" began his life and education in Brooklyn, New York. His schooling was at St.Johns Prep and St. Johns University. He cherished the time with his parents and brother before making a life changing move to Indiana on a football scholarship at Indiana University, Bloomington. He enjoyed the brotherhood of fraternity life while living at the Phi Kappa Psi house graduating from IU in 1956 with a degree in Zoology. His education continued at Indiana University School of Dentistry, graduating with his DDS degree in 1959, at which time he opened a private practice. He then received his MSD degree in 1972 limiting his private practice to Endodontics.

Donald began his family by marrying Bobbi Sue Cauble and they were blessed with their four children and 8 grandchildren He was a devoted father and grandfather who inspired their education, encouraged outside activities and had many memorable vacations.

Don thoroughly enjoyed friendships through his participation in many organizations and hobbies. He especially enjoyed being with his Junto colleagues and sharing his wisdom and jokes with it's members.

He enjoyed golf with friends as a member of the Country Club of Indianapolis in Indiana and Admirals Cove in Jupiter Florida.

His interests also included both deep sea fishing and fly fishing . Also had utter devotion to I.U. athletic programs Especially Football and basketball. He had insatiable interests in history, military, politics, people and their culture and languages.

"Doc" as he was fondly referred to, went on in his profession to become Professor Emeritus of Endodontics at IU, Professor of Endodontics at Nova Southeastern School of Dental Medicine and Visiting Professor at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He served as President Continuing Education, Chair and President of the Nomination Committee, Chair for the Indiana Section of the American College of Dentists; Donald was founder and first President of the Harry Healey Study Club, President of the American Association of Endodontists, President of the American Association of Esthetic Dentistry and sat on the Board of Directors as well as serving as President of the International Federation of Endodontic Association.

He authored and or co-authored countless journals, chapters and text books, most all of which are still being used today and published in several different languages.

He traveled the world but enjoyed being home with family and friends. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, God Bless!

Family and friends will gather on Friday, September 28th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 29th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church.

You are invited to visit for further information about Don. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Indiana University Foundation for the Varsity Club P.O. Box 500, Bloomington, Indiana 47402.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Sept. 27, 2012
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