J. David and Beverly Allen Establish Professorship

Portrait of the Allens in front of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building

Beverly Allen 68C and J. David Allen 67C 70D 75DR have created a professorship in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

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Sam E. Farish, associate professor and chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, is the inaugural holder of the J. David and Beverly Allen Family Professorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

J. David Allen 67C 70D 75DR serves on Emory’s Board of Trustees and has received the Emory Medal.

Allen opened his solo practice in 1975 and was the founder and managing partner of Oral Surgery Associates, from which he retired in 2006 to start his own health care consulting company. He served as president of the Georgia Dental Association, the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

In 2007, Allen chaired the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was named by Georgia Trend magazine as one the 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2008. Allen is a trustee of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Board and recently became the first chair of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation.

The gift to establish the professorship is the latest example of the Allens’ philanthropy. Together they founded the Ina T. Allen Geriatric Dental Center at Wesley Woods in 1989.

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