Monday, April 19, 2010

Wall display is Wall display

A Friday morning dental appointment gave me the perfect excuse to visit the solarium on the second floor of the OHSU School of Dentistry, where in full light and great warmth a display on "Notable Alumni" features the father-son duo, Thomas P. Wall, D.M.D., and Thomas Wall, Ph.D.

The elder Wall was a 1934 graduate of the North Pacific College who went on to practice in the Seattle area. According to the exhibit text (prepared by J. Henry Clarke, D.M.D.), Wall received a degree from the Ohio State University School of Journalism and "served as editor of the Journal of the Seattle District Dental Society for many years, receiving numerous awards."

Wall Senior is perhaps better known as a pioneer in the use of clinical hypnosis in dentistry. He was one of the first members of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis; that group established the "Thomas P. Wall Award for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Hypnosis" in 1991. Wall was also president of the Washington Academy of Hypnosis.

Way cooler, from the perspective of an exhibition curator, is Wall's invention of the Tommee Tippee sippy cup, one of which is on display.

Wall the younger is a clinical psychologist practicing in the Seattle area. The materials in the display were loaned by the Wall family. For those who cannot make it down to SOD in person, I've included some photos here. (Click on any image for larger versions)

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