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Dental Graduates of 1951

The Dental Class of ’51


In December 1951, thirty-three students at the Birmingham School of Dentistry became Licentiates in Dental Surgery and were released onto an unsuspecting world. Some two dozen had served in the armed forces during World War II and today would have been designated as ‘mature students’. Their amalgamation with the students coming direct from schools or colleges was happy and painless!


Since 1951, there have been reunions at intervals and it was thought by many that this gathering, the tenth and golden anniversary would be the last.


Fifteen of us, accompanied by spouses, meant that twenty-six people gathered in the ‘As you like it’ room of the Shakespeare Hotel at Stratford-upon-Avon. After a period of refreshment and reminiscence, dinner was served and not in silence! It was a great evening and, needless to say, it has been agreed that we do it again in two years time.


Bobs Whitehead and David Storrar have been responsible for all the arrangements of this and of some previous reunions, and everyone is most grateful for their noble efforts. More to the point, perhaps, is that everyone is relieved that they expressed their willingness to take on the next reunion.


Audrey Welton, had to leave before the group photo in order to honour another commitment.


Peter Duffield

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