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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Growing Up in Anaconda; Service in World War II; Cultural Diversity; Dental School Years; Dentistry and the Color Blind; Dean Harold Noyes; Creating the University of Oregon Dental School; Assistant to the Dean; Becoming Dean; Implementing Changes; Relations with University Presidents; Gold Speculation; Becoming a University; Hospital Dental Service; Dental Careers Institute; Town-Gown Relations; Affirmative Action; Sister School in Sapporo; Reflections on a Career; Index


Louis G. Terkla, D.M.D., talks about his early years in Montana, his service in the Army Infantry during World War II, and his education. He discusses his many years at the University of Oregon Dental School as a faculty member and in the school administration as Assistant to the Dean and then Dean. Terkla discusses at length about the consolidation of the three schools into the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in the mid 1970s and about his relations with the various presidents of the University. Dr. Terkla was born in Anaconda, Montana and educated at the University of Montana and University of Oregon Dental School (DMD, 1952). He joined the faculty of UODS in 1952, was named Assistant to the Dean in 1961, and became dean in 1967. Terkla served as dean from 1967 until 1984.


Transcript of oral history interview with Louis G. Terkla, D.M.D., conducted on December 15, 1998 by Joan Ash


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Dentistry


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