Martin Brown



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Born in San Francisco in 1925, Art Dugoni's immigrant parents and grandparents taught him that in America, the "impossible" was always possible.

With an early life shadowed by the Great Depression and the Second World War, he entered the Navy's V-12 officer's program at Gonzaga University as a pre-dent student, in 1943. There, he met a strikingly: beautiful seventeen-year-old named Katherine Groo. For Art, it was love at first sight.

After the war, Art found himself back home, enrolled in the College of Physician & Surgeons; it was here his life's mission began to take shape. Art's first friend at the school was Dean Ernest Sloman, one of the giants of dentistry that helped to shape his future. Wid1 the support and guidance of other faculty: Kingsbury, West, Sweet, Young, True, and Tocchini, he learned never to expect anything less from himself than the very best he could do.

Art's quest for excellence faced countless personal and professional challenges. But he drew great strengd1 from colleagues, students, and admirers in addition to seven loving children, a small army of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the beautiful woman who graced his life for seventy-two years.


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University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry


San Francisco, California


Dentistry | Higher Education

Quest for Excellence: The Arthur A. Dugoni Story