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Dr. Jerry Katz Named Outstanding Alumnus for 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 4:41pm

Jerry P. Katz, DDS ’68 (left) of Austin receives the UTSD Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumnus Award from the 2012 winner, Dean John A. Valenza, DDS ’81.

Jerry P. Katz, DDS ’68 (left) of Austin receives the UTSD Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumnus Award from the 2012 winner, Dean John A. Valenza, DDS ’81.

Austin general dentist Jerry P. Katz, DDS, of the Class of 1968 is The University of Texas School of Dentistry Alumni Association’s choice for Outstanding Alumnus of 2013.  The award was presented by the 2012 winner, UTSD Dean John A. Valenza, DDS ’81, at the annual Alumni Roundup in September.

Katz was one of 12 nominees that included Rita M. Cammarata, DDS ’96, of Houston; C. Steve Caldwell, DDS ’78, ’81, El Paso; James “Jim” Foster, DDS ’87, Weslaco; C. Michael Jones, DDS ’70, Dallas;  Nina S. Leifeste, DDS ’88, Orange;  J. Brad Loeffelholz, DDS ’81, Fort Worth; John M. Stovall, DDS ’65, Crockett; Glenn R. Walters, DDS, ’66, San Antonio; J. G. “Jay” Welch, DDS ’81, Texas City;  B.J. Westbrook, DDS ’54, Channelview; and David C. Woodburn, DDS ’72, Amarillo.

Katz earned a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1964, before graduating from UTSD. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and he has been active in organized dentistry at the local, state and national levels throughout his career.

As the son of parents with impaired hearing, much of Katz’s volunteer work has been in support of the deaf.  He has been on the Travis County Services for the Deaf Board of Directors since 1995, having also served on the board of the Travis County Community Center of the Deaf and as the part-time dentist for the Texas School for the Deaf. 

He is currently president of the UTSD Alumni Association and a board member of the Alumni Foundation Board.  He also serves of the UTSD Advisory Council and Continuing Education Advisory Council.

He and his wife, Carrin, have two sons, David and Stephen, who is a fourth-year dental student at UTSD.

Jerry Katz is a member and former president of the Capital Area Dental Society and the Central Texas Academy of General Dentistry, and a current member and officer of the Texas Dental Association.  He is a member of the American Dental Association and past president of the Texas Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Other health causes have had his support as well, including serving on the advisory boards of the Austin Community College School of Dental Hygiene, the City of Austin Medical Assistance Program, and St. David’s Hospital Foundation. He performed oral cancer screenings for the Jack T. Clark Foundation and volunteered for TDA Missions of Mercy in Georgetown and Round Rock, also working as a Smiles Foundation volunteer. He has worked with the St. David’s/Capitol Area Dental Society Mobile Dental Van, and he co-chaired Temple Beth Shalom in Austin’s Undercover Project for the Needy.