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.