Michael Laurence Barnett

Obituary
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    - HEATHER
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1943 - 2017
Barnett, Dr. Michael Laurence of Princeton, New Jersey died peacefully on November 22, 2017 after complications from heart surgery. He was born October 27, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to his parents, Abraham and Martha Barnett, nee Arkawy. Michael graduated from Columbia College and the Columbia University School of Oral and Dental Surgery. He did post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He served as a captain in the US Army during the Vietnam war. Over his long career, he was an Assistant and/or Associate Professor at the New Jersey Dental School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the University of Louisville, Kentucky School of Dentistry. He served as Chairman of the Department of Dentistry at Morristown Medical Center where he directed the dental residency program and developed a hospital-based program for the dental treatment of developmentally disabled children and adults. He retired from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (as successor to Warner Lambert Company) as the Senior Director of Dental Affairs and Oral Technology Development. In his retirement, he maintained an active consulting practice in dental research and oral hygiene fields. Dr. Barnett was the recipient of numerous grants over his career and frequently spoke and published research in the dental field. Dr. Barnett served on the Boards of numerous organizations, including the American Dental Association ADA Health Foundation, Friends of the National Institute of Dental Research, Community Without Walls, Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, and the Princeton Landing Homeowners Association, and contributed generously of his time and money as an active member to numerous professional and cultural organizations. As a lifelong French horn player, Michael was a music lover and supporter of the arts, and, a world traveler known by those around him for his dry sense of humor and incredible smile. He is survived by many cousins. A funeral service will be held graveside on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, New York. Donations may be made in his memory to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra or the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation.
Published on NYTimes.com from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2017
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