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2014 December

Christmas Salute to Ilion Dentists

By Aileen Carney Sweeney
December 2014

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The Tooth Fairy

Dentist: a licensed practitioner who is skilled in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth and who makes and inserts false teeth. - Mirriam Webster Dictionary

Did you leave your teeth under your pillow for The Tooth Fairy when you were a child?

Elmer The Tooth Fairy
Elmer - The Tooth Fairy Dentist

"Elmer is a retired dentist that always enjoyed seeing children in his office. Now, he volunteers to go to the elementary schools and promote good dental hygiene. By wearing this Tooth Fairy outfit and carrying a wand, the children are sure to always remember Elmer's lesson about brushing teeth properly. The original, one-of-a-kind, Elmer the Tooth Fairy doll, was created or the Collection of the Masters by, Master Doll Artist, Annie Wahl."

 

Ilion Graduate Dentists
Ilion Graduate Dentists

Ilion Graduate Dentists

Tooth-to-Tattoo Ratio: a visual inspection to determine your mental status where a higher ratio, of more teeth than tattoos, indicates a better mental status.

If you want to keep your tooth-to-tattoo ratio high, you need the care of a licensed dentist.

These Ilion graduates specialized in taking care of your teeth, pearlies, choppers, toothiepegs, grills, fangs, ivories and tusks.

 

While you learn about these accomplished graduates, you can listen to Spike Jones and His City Slickers performing "All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)".

Bomber Dental Trivia

  • Dr. Ward G. Gordon was a member of the Class of 1912. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He served in the Army as a lieutenant in World War 1 and practiced dentistry in Detroit for more than 50 years. He died August 7, 1968 in Detroit. Dr. Gordon was the brother of Ilion High history teacher, Miss Ruth 'Goosie' Gordon.

  • Dr. Raymond Russell's father, Homer Russell IHS 1911, was also a dentist

  • Two of the featured dentists are children of former IHS Athletic Directors - Joseph Sorge and Nick Pannes.

  • Two dentists were neighbors in high school on Harriet Avenue - Dr. Bonvino and Dr. Angelichio.

  • Five of the dentists established their practices in Ilion - Dr. Anderson, Dr. Homer Russell and his son, Dr. Raymond Russell, Dr. Angelichio and Dr. Bonvino. Dr. Pannes began her practice with Ilion dentist Dr. Stephen May before she returned to Army service. Dr. Bonvino still practices in his hometown.

  • Eight of the eleven featured dentists attended Dental School at the University of Buffalo.

  • Three of the featured dentists are grandchildren of Dr. Theodore Carney, IHS 1936, in whose memory this site was dedicated in 1997.

  • Stephen May DDS took over Dr. James Anderson's practice when Dr. Anderson retired. Dr. May supported Ilion graduates, during their training, by inviting them to observe his patients' care and earn hours of observation time.

  • Homer Bremer DDS graduated from Ilion in 1905 and the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

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Visit each individual dentist's biography link, in the features below, to like and/or share his or her ornament image and biography on facebook.

You can also copy the URLs and paste them into your facebook timeline.

Dr. James Anderson Class of 1936
Dr. James Anderson Class of 1936

1936 - Dr. James S. Anderson

James S. Anderson was born, in 1918 in Ilion, NY, the son of the James and Charlotte Anderson. Dr. Anderson graduated from Ilion High School in 1936. During World War II, Dr. Anderson was a Second Lieutenant and a navigator on a Liberator plane. James Anderson attended the University of Buffalo and graduated, in an accelerated program, from the School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Anderson married Phyllis Spouse and returned to his hometown, Ilion, to begin his dental practice. Throughout his life and career in Ilion, Dr. Anderson has held positions on many boards and continued to serve his community. He was featured as a distinguished alumnus in the Ilion Alumni site 2014 July Cover Story. They raised their children, Laurie, Phillip and Christine at their family home, on Brook Street, in Ilion. Dr. Anderson and his wife, Phyllis, live in Ilion at Forge Hill Estates.

 

1942 - Dr. Raymond Russell

Dr. Raymond Russell was born on October 14, 1924 in Ilion the son of the late Homer and Marie (Wagner) Russell. Dr. Russell graduated from Ilion in 1942. He practiced dentistry, in Ilion, for over 52 years. He was the son of a dentist, Dr. Homer Russell who graduated from Ilion with the Class of 1911. Raymond graduated from Union College and from Columbia University with a Doctorate in Dentistry. He began his dental practice with his father, in Ilion, in 1947. He served with the Air Force during the Korean War and was discharged as a captain.

Dr. Raymond Russell married Willma (Billy) Simmons in 1947. They raised their family, daughters Sharon, Pamela and sons Michael, Stephen and Chip, in their home on 28 John Street. He loved spending his summers at his family camp, Ledgewood on Piseco Lake, which he built in 1965. Ray was a member of The Church of Annunciation in Ilion and served on the Ilion Planning Commission. He was an active member of the NYS Dental Society. He spent many years as a member of the Ilion Little Theater. Dr. Russell passed away on Monday April 25, 2011 at the age of 86.

Dr. Raymond Russell Class of 1942
Dr. Raymond Russell Class of 1942

 

Dr. Anthony 'Tony' Angelichio Class of 1961
Dr. Anthony Angelichio Class of 1961

1961 - Dr. Anthony V. Angelichio

Dr. Anthony Angelichio was born on March 12, 1943, in Herkimer, the son of Vito and Frances (Licari) Angelichio. He attended Herkimer Schools and graduated from Ilion High School in 1961. He was also a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1968. Dr. Angelichio started his dental practice in Ilion in 1968 and served local valley residents for over forty-three years. 'Doc' was also a Football official for many years.

Dr. Angelichio married Donna Furman, IHS Class of 1958, on June 28, 1973. They raised their family, sons Ronald, Michael and Anthony Angelichio, Jr., and daughter Jamie (Laura) Carter at their home on West Street in Ilion. He was the Class Page Editor for the IHS Alumni site - Class of 1961 starting in 1997. Dr. Angelichio passed away, on his birthday, Monday, March 12, 2012.

 

1963 - Dr. Vincent Bonvino

Dr. Vincent Bonvino is the son of the late Vincent and Mary Bonvino. His family home was at 37 Harriet Avenue in Ilion. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1963. He graduated from Utica College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1970. Dr. Bonvino began his dental practice in Ilion. He is still in practice, at 12 Central Plaza, in Ilion.

Dr. Vincent Bonvino married Carol Marie Burrell July 11, 1968. They reside in Herkimer, NY where they raised their family. Their daughter, Dr. Alysia Bonvino, is also a dentist and graduated from Ithaca College and the State University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1998. Her dental residency was spent at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center.

Dr. Vincent Bonvino Class of 1963
Dr. Vincent Bonvino Class of 1963

 

Dr. John Menard Class of 1969
Dr. John Menard Class of 1969

1969 - Dr. John Menard

Dr. John Menard was born the son of Norman and Elizabeth Menard of Ilion. He grew up on Remington Place and graduated with the Ilion Class of 1969. He earned a $3,000 Gannett Newspaper boy Scholarship and graduated from Colgate University. He earned his Doctorate at the State University of New York School of Dentistry at Buffalo. In 1979, Dr. Menard joined the dental practice of Dr. James L. Francis in Clinton, NY. In 1994, they moved the practice to its present location here on East Park Row in Clinton. Dr. Menard's staff, "...old and new, is proud to have been 'filling' the dental needs of local residents for several generations."

Dr. John Menard married Christine Monahan, IHS Class of 1969, in August 1977. Since 1979, they have resided in Clinton NY where they raised their daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah Menard. Dr. Menard's wife, Christine, is the daughter of Ilion Chemistry teacher, John Monohan and Ilion school library aide, Helen Monohan.

 

1974 - Dr. Kevin Sorge

Dr. Kevin Sorge is the son of the late Joseph and Rose Mary (Tyburski) Sorge. His family home was on upper Otsego Street in Ilion. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1974. Dr. Sorge is a graduate of State University of New York College at Brockport where he earned his Bachelor of Science in biology and health science as well as his Master of Science in biology/immunology from SUNY Brockport and George Mason University. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the School of Dental Medicine University at Buffalo. He has also worked for New York State Department of Correctional & Community Services at their Mid-State Correctional Facility.

Dr. Sorge and his wife, Dr. Margaret Madonian, also a dentist, are residents of Manlius, NY. More information about Dr. Kevin Sorge's dental practice is available on his web site at drkevinsorge.com. Dr. Sorge's father, Joseph Sorge, was Athletic Director at Ilion High School.

Dr. Kevin Sorge Class of 1974
Dr. Kevin Sorge Class of 1974

 

Dr. Dianne Pannes Class of 1986
Dr. Dianne Pannes Class of 1986

1986 - Dianne Pannes

Dr. Dianne D. Pannes is the daughter of Nicholas and Helen Pannes. Dianne grew up at 332 Otsego Street Ilion. She graduated from Ilion in 1986 where her father was the Athletic Director. She graduated from Cornell University. She joined the ROTC program while an undergraduate. She earned her Doctorate at the State University of New York School of Dentistry at Buffalo. Dr. Pannes began her dental career, in Ilion with local dentist, Stephen May DDS. Dr. Pannes is now a Colonel in the Army Medical Department.

Dr. Pannes married on February 29, 2000 and she and her husband, Dave, renew their wedding vows annually. In July 2013, Dr. Dianne Pannes became the first female Dental Activity Command (DENTAC) commander at Fort Stewart. She once maintained an Army Strong Stories Blog where you can even find a photograph of Nick Pannes Vancouver Olympics.

 

1995 - Dr. Mark Donahue

Dr. Mark Donahue is the son of Peter Donahue and Kathleen (Carney) Donahue (retired Ilion High Math teacher). Both of his parents were Ilion High School Class of 1966 graduates. Mark grew up with his siblings, Paul, Kate and Sarah Donahue, on South Fifth Avenue, Ilion. He attended St. Lawrence University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. He continued his studies in Dental School at the University of Buffalo and graduated in 2003. After Dental School, Dr. Donahue completed a residency program at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Buffalo.

Dr. Mark Donahue and his wife Mary and their children; Kayleigh, Elionor, Shawn, Meagan and Kevin, reside in Amherst. He is a partner in the dental practice at Sheridan Family Dentistry, in Tonawanda, NY. Dr. Mark Donahue is the grandson of Dr. Theodore Carney IHS 1936.

Dr. Mark Donahue Class of 1995
Dr. Mark Donahue Class of 1995

 

Dr. Erin Carvin Brown Class of 2001
Dr. Erin (Carvin) Brown Class of 2001

2001 - Erin Carvin

Dr. Erin (Carvin) Brown is the daughter of HCCC Biology Professor Ronald Carvin and Dianne Carvin. She was a top scholar at Ilion High School and graduated in 2001. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Hartwick College in 2005. She earned her Doctorate at the State University of New York School of Dentistry at Buffalo in 2009.

Dr. Erin (Carvin) Brown is the Chief Dental Officer at the Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS), a non-profit public health organization. Erin's sister is Dr. Cassandra Carvin-Thomas, Owner/Veterinarian at Mohawk Valley Veterinary Services, State Route 5, Herkimer, NY.

 

2004 - Dr. Bridget Sweeney

Dr. Bridget Sweeney is the daughter of Aileen Carney Sweeney IHS 1974 and Richard Sweeney. Bridget grew up with her siblings, Mary, Erin and Sean Sweeney, on Old Forge Road, Ilion. Dr. Sweeney is a 2004 graduate of Ilion High School. She attended Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She continued her studies in Dental School at the University of Buffalo and graduated cum laude in 2012. Fellow dentist, Dr. Mark Donahue, Bridget's cousin and IHS graduate 1995, presented Bridget with her Commencement Doctoral hood during the UB graduation ceremony.

Dr. Bridget Sweeney completed a residency program at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse. She began her dental practice with Dr. Kurt Gromley in Sherrill, NY. Dr. Bridget Sweeney is currently with a dental practice in Auborn, NY. Bridget is the granddaughter of Dr. Theodore Carney IHS 1936.

Bridget Sweeney Class of 2004
Dr. Bridget Sweeney Class of 2004

 

Dr. Erin Sweeney Class of 2008
Future Dr. Erin Sweeney Class of 2008

2008 - Erin Sweeney

The future Dr. Erin Sweeney is the daughter of Aileen Carney Sweeney IHS 1974 and Richard Sweeney. Erin grew up with her siblings, Mary, Bridget and Sean Sweeney, on Old Forge Road, Ilion. Erin was Salutatorian of her 2008 Class at Ilion High School. She attended the State University College of Environment Sciences and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse and earned a Bachelors Degree in Biotechnology. Erin is a third-year student at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

When Erin graduates from dental school in 2016, fellow dentist and sister, Bridget Sweeney, will present Erin with her Commencement Doctoral hood during the UB graduation ceremony. Erin is the granddaughter of Dr. Theodore Carney IHS 1936 and great grandniece of Anna Carney, IHS Valedictorian 1908.


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