Notable Names

 Recognizing African American students, faculty, and staff at University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Celebrating the Past, Looking Forward to Our Future

ULSD DMD Students

Harold Rogers Howard
DMD '70
1st African AmericanGraduate, ULSD



Leon French
DMD '77




Phillip Williams
DMD '77



Madeline Maupin Hicks
DMD '75
1st African AmericanFemale Graduate
Current ULSD Faculty


Sherry C.Babbage Melisizwe
DMD '81
Current ULSD Faculty and 2021 ULSD Alumni Fellow


Susie J. Riley
DMD '79

Vernon Graves

DMD '79

Roycelyn Gray
DMD '91, Endodontics '96
1st African American Graduate of the Postgraduate Endodontics Program


ULSD Dental Hygiene Program


S. Shelby, RDH & C. Jackson, RDH
DH  '73 

1st African American Graduates, Dental Hygiene Program, ULSD


Ryan O. Irvine, BSDH, MPH, DH Class '86 

1st African American Male Graduate, Dental Hygiene Program, ULSD


Linda P. Hart Lewis, EDDA, RDH, BS, MEd, DH Class '85 

1st African American:

Faculty, Dental Hygiene Program, ULSD '93

Chair Diversity & Inclusion Committee, ULSD '07

Professor - Term, Retired, Dental Hygiene Program and ULSD '16 


ULSD Faculty

Gordon D. Mattison, DMD, MS; Endodontist  

1st African American Faculty, ULSD '76, '79-'86


Kathy L. Jefferson, DDS; Endodontist  

1st African American Female Faculty, ULSD Late 80’s


Lamont R. Gholston, DMD, MPH, MSD; Orthodontist

1st African American:

Faculty, Community Dentistry and practicing Orthodontist, ULSD '80-'85 

Dental Director, Louisville-Jefferson County Department of Health, (via contract of services with ULSD) '80-'85


ULSD Staff


Rachel Miller Quick, BS, MEd, Class of '04

1st African American Dental Hygiene Academic Advisor, ULSD '05-'15


Audra N. French, MSW; Social Work

1st African AmericanAssistant Director of Student Affairs Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, ULSD '20


Research by L. Hart Lewis, S. Babbage Melisizwe, R. Benningfield, A. French, L. Gholston, R. Gray, R. Irvine, M. Maupin Hicks, L. O'Hare, R. Quick, F. Williams, February 2022