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  • August 2, 2021

CDS, Organized Dentistry Loses a Champion After the Passing of Dr. Walter Lamacki

With great sadness, we report the passing of a champion of the Chicago Dental Society and of organized dentistry.

Dr. Walter F. Lamacki, long-time editor of the CDS Review and past president of CDS, passed away on Tuesday, July 27.

A stalwart member of the Englewood Branch for more than 50 years, Wally graduated from Loyola University – Chicago School of Dentistry in 1961. He was a dedicated doctor and perpetual servant who throughout his career volunteered for various officer positions with CDS, the Illinois State Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

"If you've ever attended an Englewood Branch meeting, then you must know Wally Lamacki," remembered Kathryn Bielik, a long-time member of the Englewood Branch who was befriended by Wally 28 years ago. "Wally was a welcoming, encouraging Englewood Branch member. His commitment and dedication to the dental profession were admirable. Wally will be fondly remembered and greatly missed." "When I entered practice and (worked) with him on committees as a young dentist - when Wally was CDS president and an ADA trustee – I got to see him as a true person, as a true leader," said Joseph Unger, Englewood Branch director. "Wally just had a very kind heart; he knew how to reach out to everybody."

Wally's last post was as esteemed editor of the CDS Review, a position he relished and where his insights and willingness to tackle important issues were on display issue after issue.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2, at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago, immediately followed by Mass at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Chicago Dental Society Foundation: 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60611.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Gloria Lamacki and family in care of the Chicago Dental Society, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Chicago 60611.

His published obituary is included below.

Dr. Walter Francis Lamacki, 85, died July 27, 2021.

Beloved husband of Gloria nee Kempa for 60 years. Loving father of Kimberly (John) McGuire, Gregory (Andrea) Lamacki, and Leslie (John) Murphy. Proud and loving grandfather of Amanda Lamacki, Joshua McGuire, Alexandra Lamacki, Madeline McGuire, Cole Murphy, Clare Murphy, and Grace McGuire. Son of the late Walter and Frances (Halun) Lamacki and much loved big brother of the late Robert D. Lamacki. Also survived by niece Rachel Reinhofer and nephew Matthew Lamacki. godfather of 6. Graduate of Lindblom High School and Loyola School of Dentistry Chicago 1961. Captain, U.S. Army Dental Corps. Committed member and officer of many dental organizations including Polish Dental Arts Club, Englewood Branch of the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois Dental Association, American College of Dentistry, past Trustee of the American Dental Association, and Past President of the Chicago Dental Society 1985. Relishing the written word, Wally was the longest serving editor of The Chicago Dental Society Review. When not practicing dentistry or spending time with many long-time friends and family, he could be found shopping, reading, redecorating, cheering for the Bears and Cubs, or playing handball at the old Lake Shore Club or the Union League Club of Chicago.