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Former Creighton University Dental School Dean Dies

Former Creighton University Dental School Dean Dies

Robert V. Vining, D.D.S, of Lincoln, Neb., former dean of Creighton University’s School of Dentistry and one- time associate vice president for health sciences, died Feb. 21. He was 90.

Vining came to Creighton in 1952 as a member of the dental faculty and served as the chair of the department of operative dentistry from 1956 to 1958. After 14 years of conducting dental research with dental supply companies, he returned to Creighton in 1972 as dean of the School of Dentistry until 1983, when he was promoted to associate vice president for health sciences. He held that post until 1985, when he returned to full-time teaching in the department of removable prosthodontics.

During his 11-year tenure as dean, he was credited with designing and restructuring the school’s senior clinical practice program under a new department of comprehensive dental care.

In 1986 he was promoted to the status of Dean Emeritus and received two awards from the senior dental class for clinical excellence and professionalism. He also was named as an Honorary Alumnus of the School of Dentistry in 1995.

“Bob was a tireless and competent clinician who was beloved as a teacher and as a dean. He was always focused on bringing the best educational experience to students and making sure they received the most comprehensive clinical experience possible,” said Wayne W. Barkmeier, D.D.S., M.S., current dean of the School of Dentistry and former colleague of Vining.

Vining earned a bachelors of science and doctor of dental science degree from the University of Iowa.