Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oral histories on the docket: Mahler and Morton

We'll be spending all day today capturing two more interviews for the OHSU Oral History Program. Here's a preview of our current candidates:

David B. Mahler, Ph.D.
Dr. Mahler was born in Yonkers, NY, in 1923. He attended the University of Michigan and received a BS and MS in Aeronautical Engineering. He then changed his focus and received a PhD in Dental Materials & Engineering Mechanics, also from Michigan.

He joined OHSU in 1956 as chair of Dept. of Dental Materials, a position he held until 1989.

His research has focused on dental amalgam, with both laboratory and clinical research projects that led to the improvement of clinical amalgam restorations still in use today.

Over the years, he has been presented with several awards including the Souder Award (the “highest honor in the field of dental materials research” in 1967), the Hollenback Memorial Prize (“for research that has contributed substantially to the advancement of restorative dentistry” in 1988), and the Fauchard Academy, Japanese Section Award for excellence in biomaterials Research (1987).

On top of all that, Dr. Mahler is also a dedicated fly fisherman.

William Morton, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Dr. Morton was born in Boston in 1929 and came West to attend the University of Puget Sound. He received his BS in 1952 and went on to pursue his medical degree at the University of Washington Medical School. He interned at The Doctors Hospital in Seattle and completed a residency in medicine at San Mateo Community Hospital (1958-1959).

Morton then turned his attention to public health, receiving his MPH from University of Michigan in 1960 and his PhD in 1962. He was on faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School for five years before coming to Oregon in 1967 as associate professor in the Dept. of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

In 1974, Morton was named chief of the Environmental Health division at UOHSC. His high-profile research projects included a study of cancer risk in housewives in Eugene, OR, and the potential hazards of non-ionizing radiation, primarily from television and radio transmission towers. He has been a strong advocate for worker protection from occupational hazards, and is rarely afraid to speak his mind on matters of social justice.

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