John D. Montgomery
When Glenn Mead hung out his shingle to apply dentistry below it was June 29, 1977.
Forty-5 years afterwards Mead is only a single of two dentists in his class of 1977 however practising.
Right after graduating from Heavner Large School in 1970 the long run dentist went to college at Japanese Oklahoma Condition Junior College in Wilburton for a pair of decades just before enrolling at East Central College in Ada.
Considerably less than a semester into his Eu vocation, Mead received his acceptance letter to the OU College or university of Dentistry.
Mead experienced attained out to the Dean of the School by letter inquiring about dentistry.
The Dean corresponded again and a meeting in between the two was arranged.
“We achieved on the 3rd tale of an previous residence,” Mead mentioned. “We talked about a whole lot of things. I was a younger buck who didn’t know just about anything. He appreciated that I inquired and stored in contact.
“He claimed it was not only about very good grades but that they required properly rounded candidates and not just taking science.”
To apply students had been essential to acquire a dental aptitude check and individuals ended up only presented in Norman.
Mead stated the powers that be ultimately relented and mentioned if he obtained 10 students to choose it they could take it at Jap.
Mead went to operate recruiting his fellow classmates who had aspirations of finding out drugs or regulation.
“I told them if they did poorly no one would ever know because it was a dental aptitude check. I did not have a auto so there was no way I could get to Norman.”
He pulled it off and had ample little ones to have the take a look at supplied extra conveniently situated.
“It was a traditional example of if you really don’t question you never ever know what can materialize,” he stated.
Out of the 300 who utilized for dental school in his course 24 had been picked.
Mead recalled as graduation neared he and Ann, whom he dated in substantial college, imagined about likely again to Heaver.
“But there ended up two youthful graduates from Baylor a 12 months earlier, one particular heading to Heavner and the other to Poteau,” he reported.
Mead traveled all around southeastern Oklahoma likely to sites like Idabel seeking for a place to go into apply.
“But we favored the Oklahoma Metropolis place and Dr. Shadid was retiring in Purcell. He was offering his observe so Bill Skaggs and I went in with each other to obtain it.”
Skaggs experienced gone to Creighton University’s dental school and obtained out the exact same calendar year as Mead did at OU. They had two offices.
Skaggs only practiced here for two a long time before relocating to Norman in which he specialized in upper echelon patients accomplishing cosmetic dentistry.
Mead purchased out Skaggs and at that time was the only dentist in McClain County.