Longtime Faculty Member Stephen Wotman’s Estate to Fund Public Health Professorship
$1.5 million commitment is made to Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine
CLEVELAND – A $1.5 million commitment from former dean and faculty member Stephen Wotman, DDS, to Case Western Reserve University will establish the Wotman Chair for Public Health at the university’s School of Dental Medicine.
Shortly before his death in October, Wotman informed the university that he wanted to celebrate his career by establishing the school’s second endowed chair. He was able to attend a private celebration of his generosity on Oct. 12, a few days before his death from an illness. A memorial service for Wotman took place Nov. 10 at Amasa Stone Chapel at Case Western Reserve.
“Stephen was an important mentor and friend to many and is missed, both professionally and personally,” said Jerold S. Goldberg, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “His vision, energy, and commitment are largely responsible for the strong public health orientation that is emblematic of our school today. He worked hard to ensure the quality of the faculty and students, and he played an important role in planning and implementing our current curriculum.”
Wotman came to the School of Dental Medicine from Columbia University. He was also the principal investigator on the first National Institutes of Health-funded dental practice-based research network grant.