Past president of the Chicago Dental Society Dr. Leo R. Finley Jr. died Friday in his home in Orland Park. He was 73.
Dr. Finley served as president of CDS in 1989-90, and served the American Dental Association as 8th District trustee in 1998.
Visitation will be today, Aug. 29, from 3-9 p.m. at Thornridge Funeral Home (Janusz Family Funeral Service), 14318 S. LaGrange Rd., Orland Park. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 30, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, with interment at Good Shepherd Cemetery.
It was requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Finley enjoyed a long career in dentistry, managing a busy practice in Chicago’s south suburbs. He was also active in organized dentistry on the local, state and national levels for more than 40 years.
At CDS, Dr. Finley held all offices in his South Suburban Branch before his term as president in 1972-73. He was later elected to the CDS Board of Directors, and ultimately served as president of CDS in 1989-90, which coincided with the 125th Midwinter Meeting.
At the state level, Dr. Finley was elected vice speaker of the Illinois State Dental Society’s House of Delegates and chaired the Dent-IL-PAC Governor’s Club.
At the national level, Dr. Finley represented Illinois dentists at the ADA House of Delegates, 1986-88 and 1996-97. He was elected 8th District Trustee in 1998.
Dr. Finley ran an unsuccessful campaign for president of the ADA in 2002. He told the CDS Review at that time, “In the past 39 years, I have been privileged to work with many volunteers in my capacity as committee member or officer and have made many close friends across the country. I’ve enjoyed seeing how our organization has changed and grown. My role in making some of those changes possible has been the most satisfying moments of my career.”
Dr. Finley was both a graduate of the Chicago College of Dental Surgery/Loyola University, Class of 1963, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served with the Dental Corps as a captain, 1963-65.
He returned to Chicago at the end of his service to start his practice and to teach at the Loyola University Dental School through 1969.
Dr. Finley is survived by his wife of 50 years, Alicia; their children Leo III (Brenda), Timothy (Donna), Allen (Laurie), Suzanne Duntz and Paul (Laura); 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
CDS received this obituary from the University of Illinois College
of Dentistry. Dr. Driskell is pictured on the right with his wife,
Naomi, in an undated photo.
Dr. Claude E. Driskell, a premier expert on the history of
African-American dentists, particularly in Chicago, and who
practiced dentistry in Chicago's Roseland community for 55 years,
died on May 23 at age 83.
Born in Chicago on Jan. 13, 1926, Claude Evans Driskell was a
decorated World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He earned a
Bachelor of Science degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago in
1950 before entering the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
College of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS degree in 1954.
Dr. Driskell served as a dental journalist for and served a term as
President of the Lincoln Dental Society (LDS), the largest
African-American dental society in Illinois, and also was a dental
journalist for the National Dental Association (NDA), the largest
African-American dental association in the United States. He earned
numerous citations and awards from the LDS and NDA for excellence
in dental journalism.
He served as editor of the LDS publication from 1966 to 1980,
Assistant Director of Publicity for the NDA from 1969 to 1972,
Director of Publicity for the NDA in 1972, and Assistant Editor of
the NDA Journal from 1976 to 1982. Dr. Driskell was the author of
the book The History of Chicago Black Dental Professionals,
Dr. Driskell wrote four chapters in the book Essays on Earl Renfroe-A Man of
Firsts, which was published in 2001. The book is a biography
of Dr. Earl W. Renfroe, a world-renowned orthodontist who was the
first African-American Department Head at the UIC College of
Dentistry. The book won an international Apex Award for
Publications Excellence from Communications Concepts, a writing and
publishing think-tank based outside Washington, DC.
"Dr. Driskell did this work while continuing to practice dentistry
full time," noted Dr. Richard Perry, former President of the
Illinois State Dental Society. "I think that's a great example of
school spirit-sacrificing personal time for the good of the
"Grateful for the work that Dr. Driskell and others had put into
Essays on Earl Renfroe,
the Renfroe family established an endowed scholarship that will
provide funding for minority students at the College in
perpetuity," said UIC College of Dentistry Assistant Dean for
Advancement and Alumni Affairs Mark J. Valentino.
A dental consultant and supervising dentist of the Dental Hygienist
Supportive Health Service of the Chicago Board of Education in the
mid-1970s, Dr. Driskell also was instrumental in the fight to
obtain dental insurance for Chicago teachers. In the early 1970s,
he served as faculty member at Chicago State University and the
Illinois Institute of Technology. He also served as Attending
Dental Surgeon at the Department of Stomatology at Michigan Avenue
Hospital in the 1960s.
A member of the Original Forty Club, a prominent African-American
professionals' organization, Dr. Driskell served as the
organization's historian and was the author of the club's 75th
anniversary book. He also was a Fellow in the Academy of General
Dentistry and the Academy of the International Biographical
At the UIC College of Dentistry, he served as an advisor to the
Dean's Committee on Black Students in the early 1970s..
Dr. Driskell is survived by his wife, Naomi Roberts Driskell,
daughter of Bishop William Roberts, founder of the Church of God in
Christ in Illinois, whom he married in 1953. They had five adult
children: Yvette Russell, wife of Al; Isaiah, husband of Barbara;
Ruth Davis, wife of Fredric; Reginald, husband of Gale; and Elaine
Chenier-Johnson, wife of Melvin. He also is survived by nine
grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and
his sister, Helen Driskell-Evans.
Dr. Driskell lived in the South Shore community of Chicago's South
Side. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago.
Editor emeritus of the CDS Review and World War II
veteran Grant A. MacLean died June 6 in Sun City, AZ. He was
A respected dentist and editor, Dr. MacLean led the transition from
the Fortnightly Review to
the CDS Review in 1973,
and was repeatedly honored for his efforts.
The late Karl Richardson said of Dr. MacLean upon his retirement in
A retrospective study of Grant's editorials over the
past dozen years is an amply rewarding experience in sound comment
on, shrewd analysis of, and vigorous advice and guidance to
organized dentistry. Grant's record is evident and eloquent. To
have so highly merited the acclaim and recognition of his
colleagues in dental journalism and his many readers is certainly
an achievement of which any editor would be proud.
Dr. MacLean was born in Detroit but raised in Evanston, and
graduated from Illinois State University. He married in 1942 and
shortly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps; he served in World War
II, including two years in the South Pacific. His first Marine
division landed on Guadalcanal.
Upon returning to the U.S. in 1945, Dr. MacLean returned to school
for a specialty degree in orthodontics.
Dr. MacLean was appointed editor of the Fortnightly Review in 1972
and lead the staff through a redesign when they renamed and
relaunched their publication as the CDS Review in 1973. During Dr.
MacLean's 12-year tenure, he and the magazine were honored with
- The 1974 Golden Scroll Award for improvements in the format,
layout and overall appearance of the CDS Review;
- The 1976 Golden Pen Award for an article about Dr. Robert
- A 1977 Special Citation for an outstanding collection of
- A 1978 Honorable Mention for the Golden Pen Award; and
- The 1979 Golden Scroll Award for outstanding cover design.
Lamacki said Dr. MacLean made many contributions to the profession
and dental journalism, adding that Dr. MacLean was "a true
old-world style gentleman at all times."
While serving as editor, Dr. MacLean was also president of the
Illinois State Dental Society in 1977. Dr. MacLean was also active
with other CDS activities, including the first Children's Dental
Health Day, when more than 12,000 people received care at McCormick
Place, and the launch of closed circuit television at the Midwinter
Dr. MacLean retired to Arizona in 1983.
He is survived by his wife of seven years, Peggy; sons, Rev. Grant
A. (Carol) MacLean, Jr. and Craig (Annette) MacLean; step-children,
Debby (William) Radio, Susan (Ronald) Hendee and John (Melissa)
Scott; sister, Sarah Jane MacLean; brother, James MacLean, Donald
MacLean, 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held June 17 at the Congregational Church of
CDS has learned that Dr. Richard Kozal, president of the
association from 1982-1983, passed away on March 11 at age
The American Dental Association has posted an
obituary. Services will be held in Mesquite, Nevada, where Dr.
Kozal lived. Friends and colleagues may also sign the
online memorial guestbook.