Creighton Honors Former Dental Dean
The late Benjamin L. Lynch, D.D.S., former faculty member and dean of Creighton University’s School of Dentistry, was honored during a reception at the University’s School of Dentistry Reunion Weekend and Spring Dental Assembly on April 23. A plaque of his likeness was placed on the Faculty Wall of Honor at the Boyne Dental School. Attending the ceremony were members of his family, dental school faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as colleagues that knew him over the years.
Lynch, a graduate of Creighton, received his Bachelor of Science in dentistry in 1945, his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1947 and a Master of Arts in education in 1953, all from the University. In 1954, only six years after his initial appointment as assistant instructor in oral surgery, he became dean. During his seven-year tenure, Lynch focused on elevating the local and national reputation of Creighton’s dental program.
He received Creighton University’s Alumni Merit Award in 1978 and was very active in dental alumni activities, including serving on the Dental Alumni Advisory Board. Active in many professional organizations, he was a fellow of the American College of Dentists, past president of the Omaha District Dental Society and founding member of the American College of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeons, to mention a few.
He had six children, several who attended Creighton University.