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Former Loyola endodontics chair dies


Dr. Smulson
Skokie, Ill.—Dr. Marshall H. Smulson, who chaired the endodontics department at the Loyola University School of Dentistry for 31 years, died Jan. 20.

He was 90 years old. 

Dr. Smulson's passing marked a long life where he played many roles: father, son, husband, Shakespearean play actor, soldier, dentist, endodontist, teacher and choir director, among many others.

"In a positive and uplifting way, he touched a multitude of lives," Dr. Paul Smulson said during the eulogy he gave at his father's funeral.

Dr. Marshall Smulson attended Loyola's dental school after serving four years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated in 1950 and began working as a general dentist.

Dr. Smulson went on to teach at Loyola while practicing as an endodontist in Rockford, Ill. He started the dental school choir at Loyola and gave nine commencement speeches throughout his life; most notably the last one before the Loyola School of Dentistry closed in 1993.

Dr. Smulson was married to his wife Alice for 64 years and together they had four sons, three of whom became dentists. Dr. Paul Smulson is an oral surgeon in Chicago; Dr. Dan Smulson is a periodontist in McHenry, Ill.; and the late Dr. Jim Smulson was also a dentist.

His oldest son, Walter Smulson, is a retired chairman of the math department at Loyola Academy. Dr. Marshall Smulson also lived to see his legacy continue, when his granddaughter, Dr. Randi Smulson, received her dental degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.