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Not even a bolt of lightning could stop David G. Dickerhoff, DDS ’82, MAGD, from talking about the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD). 

“I am very appreciative of the things the dental school has done for me,” he said.

A few days earlier, lightning had struck his practice in Fayetteville, N.C., knocking out about 35 personal computers, 20 or so landlines, all the radiology equipment, and the security system. Although technicians and workers were still milling about his offices, Dickerhoff was willing to chat via cellphone about why giving back to his alma mater is important to him. 

“I grew up in Cumberland and still root for the Orioles, the Terrapins, and the Ravens,” he said. “I still consider myself a Maryland boy even though I have lived in North Carolina since 1991. And I am very appreciative of the things the dental school has done for me.” 

Throughout the years, he and his wife, Janice Dickerhoff, who have sons ages 18 and 21, have remained committed to the notion of giving back. In 2019, the couple made a major multiyear pledge to UMSOD’s Annual Fund and are supporters of the Dean’s Innovation Fund and the Dean’s Scholarship for Leadership & Excellence. 

"I have always felt that Maryland gave me an incredible start to my dental education,” David Dickerhoff said. “Because of that, I have tried to give back."

Read more about Dickerhoff’s journey and dedication to his alma mater, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, in the February 2022 issue of SPOTLIGHT newsletter. 




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