Profiles in Giving
The Best of Friends
When Dr. Daniel Green learned he would be the first professor to fill the new Winkler Professorship in Endodontics, he felt proud of the recognition of his research, teaching, and leadership. But he was pleased for another reason, too.
“Tom Winkler and I were very close, personal friends—he was one of my best friends,” Green says. “That makes the honor very special.”
Green met Dr. Thomas F. Winkler III, A62, D66, D10P, DG12P, shortly after arriving at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1996. Green joined the school as chair of the Department of Endodontics and director of postgraduate endodontics, positions he still holds.
Green and Winkler shared a love of their specialty, which focuses on the dental pulp and treatments such as root canal therapy. The two men quickly became friends. Winkler introduced Green to the woman who would become his wife, and Green served as a mentor for Winkler’s daughter, Elizabeth Winkler Jones, D10, DG12, after she decided to specialize in endodontics. “He’s so bright and charming and enigmatic, the kind of person others always gravitate to,” she says. “So when he told me I would be a good endodontist, that made all the difference. From that moment on, I wanted to do my very best to prove him right. He brings that out in every single one of his residents.”
The professorship named after Winkler, who passed away in 2012, was bestowed upon Green to honor his many years of dedicated service to Tufts and the endodontic community. He has served as the executive director of the International Association of Dental Research and as editor of the Journal of Endodontics.
“During his 17 years at Tufts, Dr. Green has emulated the level of service fostered by the professorship’s namesake, Dr. Thomas Winkler III,” says Dean Huw Thomas. “Dan’s experience and expertise are exemplary, and he shares both with all to the betterment of our school.”
Winkler’s deep commitment to the Tufts dental community was evident through his philanthropy and the time he devoted to the school. He served as a university trustee from 2000 to 2010 and as a chair of the board of advisors to the dental school from 2003 to 2010. He received the dental school Dean’s Medal in 2008 in recognition of his 40 years of service as a mentor, volunteer clinical professor, and board representative.