FRED TALBOT WIDDOP AM October 15, 1932-April 26, 2021
MDSc, BDSc, BSc Melb, LDS, FRACDS, FICD, FADI, FPFA
Dr Fred Widdop had a storied profession. A polymath, who was an completed sportsman, arts lover, particularly the theatre and literature, clinician, scientist, orator, and a devoted household man. In his early days as a dental graduate, he toyed with directing theatre as a profession, and he accomplished a part-time BSc in arithmetic and physiology on the College of Melbourne. His life may have efficiently taken many paths, but it surely was the group’s acquire that he devoted his skills to public dental well being.
Australia thanked him for his “service to dentistry and to the advance of public dental well being as an administrator, researcher and educator”, by making him a member of the Order of Australia in 2002. Beforehand, he had been awarded honorary life membership of the Australian Dental Affiliation at state and federal ranges in recognition of his conspicuous and steady service to dentistry. That excellent service was additional recognised by award of fellowships with the Academy of Dentistry Worldwide (1988), the Worldwide Faculty of Dentistry (1988), and the Pierre Fauchard Academy (1991). He was an inaugural fellow of the Royal Australasian Faculty of Dental Surgeons (1969).
Fred’s prodigious tutorial and sporting presents made themselves obvious throughout his college life. Citing his matriculation 12 months at Essendon Grammar as a single instance – in 1947, he starred within the soccer staff; captained the primary XI premiership cricket staff; received the Senior Championship Trophy in athletics for setting information in dash and lengthy bounce; was awarded the faculty dux prize; and he was awarded prizes in languages in addition to arithmetic and science. All of this when he had solely simply turned 15 and was refused admission to college for being too younger. He was obliged to do one other matriculation 12 months in numerous topics, receiving honour board distinctions at College Excessive Faculty.
Fred Widdop was one of the vital distinguished members of any career, given his excellent service, each throughout the ADA constructions and past. His experience and judgment had been acknowledged by his engagement as a marketing consultant for the Division of Veterans Affairs and the Well being Insurance coverage Fee. His service as an knowledgeable on advisory panels for the Nationwide Well being and Medical Analysis Council and the Worldwide Dental Federation was acknowledged internationally, and he served with distinction on quite a few different committees and boards. Most notably, he was chairman of the Australian Dental Analysis Basis, and a director of the general public sector company in Victoria, Dental Well being Providers Victoria (1995-2004).
Fred was additionally a faithful household man and beloved spending time watching his three youngsters play soccer and netball on the weekends. He was often the one male attending netball video games at weekends within the Nineteen Seventies – as driver for your complete staff, supporter and post-match treat-buyer. He beloved phrase performs and puzzles, famously making ready “Easter treasure hunts” for his youngsters that required appreciable mental vitality and persistence earlier than any rewards had been forthcoming. The problem of this exercise was not all the time universally properly obtained by his youngsters, who maybe would have most popular the chocolate reward with out the excessive diploma of mental rigour.
Fred had a wonderful status as a common dentist in non-public observe. In step with his imaginative and prescient for best-practice dentistry to be accessed by all, he labored at his observe in Dandenong from the early Nineteen Sixties for his total profession. He was a pioneer in the usage of tooth-bonding strategies, which preserved tooth construction and diminished the necessity for extra complicated and costly restorative strategies. As a clinician scientist on this subject, his opinions had been extremely valued, notably as the only real Australian dental marketing consultant for 3M concerning biomaterials. He was additionally pre-eminent within the improvement of gerodontics, and in 1991 was editor of the primary guide of its type in Australia specializing in the influence of an ageing inhabitants on dental providers. His experience in these areas was acknowledged by invites to lecture nationally and internationally. In 1996, he initiated and edited A Concentrate on Points for Younger Dentists, which was additionally the primary useful resource of its type.
He was elected to the Victorian ADA council In 1975 after which served on govt committee from 1979-90, together with phrases as president (1983-84) and honorary secretary for 5 years. He served as chairman of many standing committees and was a main writer of the structure and lots of different skilled and advocacy paperwork.