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Legends of the PCSO

Honoring Our PCSO Predecessors
Last year, the PCSO Nominating and Awards Committee discussed new ways to honor and showcase
deceased PCSO members who have made significant contributions to the field of orthodontics and
our association. The committee believes that with so many movers and shakers in our specialty having
come from PCSO, we owe it to our current and future members to remind them of this rich heritage.
Each year, the committee will put forward two names for recognition as PCSO Legends. Potential
honorees are solicited from past presidents, leaders, and educators as well as retired members with
significant contributions to the profession. Each honoree will be highlighted in a special section of the
Bulletin as well as at the PCSO Annual Session.
In this issue, we honor Dr. Robert M. Ricketts and Dr. Ronald H. Roth, pioneers and history makers in our
specialty. Drs. Ronald Jawor and Straty Righellis have contributed articles that highlight their careers
and contributions. PCSO is proud to feature them as the 2019 Legends of the PCSO.

Robert M. Ricketts, 1920-2003

Dr. Ronald Jawor
Irvine, CA

Every now and then, a scholar emerges in our
specialty of orthodontics with new insight that
greatly expands the base of knowledge that becomes the stepping stone for others to follow. Dr.
Robert M. Ricketts is one such esteemed scholar.
The concepts and principles that he developed are
as valid today as they were yesterday. His writings
continue to stimulate students, educators, researchers, and practitioners alike, promoting the
advancements of the profession of dentistry and
particularly the specialty of orthodontics.
Dr. Ricketts-"Rick" to many-started his life on
a farm in Kokomo, Indiana, with humble beginnings and achievements. He credited "the farm"
as the source of his American work ethic, quick
laughter, and down-to-earth sense of humor. He
attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry and graduated with honors in 1945. He then
joined the US Navy as a dentist for two years, and
eventually went on to earn his master's degree
from the University of Illinois Graduate School
of Orthodontics, under the direction of Dr. Allan
G. Brodie, in 1950. Dr. Ricketts devoted his life to
lecturing, teaching, and practicing orthodontics.
His contributions to the specialty began in the

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