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March 6, 2006

Farmingdale State Professor To Receive Award from Pace University

Dr. Henry J. Dondero Photo by K.S. Coley
Dr. Henry J. Dondero
Photo by K.S. Coley

Farmingdale State University of New York Professor, Dr. Henry J. Dondero has been notified that hewill be awarded the 2006 Dyson Distinguished Alumnus by Pace University in June 2006. Dr. Dondero graduated from Pace in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  The Dyson Distinguished Achievement Awards honors some of the most accomplished leaders, alumni and educators who demonstrate their continued dedication to enhancing the arts and sciences education at Pace University and in the community.

A resident of Glen Cove, Dr. Dondero is a Forensic Odontologist with the Nassau County Medical Examiner in East Meadow and a member of the Dental ID Team for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York. In 1979 he began teaching at Farmingdale State and in 1990, after 21 years of Private Dental Practice, he was appointed to the full time faculty lecturing in Oral Pathology, Pharmacology and Dental Materials. He is also a supervising dentist in Farmingdale State's Dental Hygiene Care Center.

Dr. Dondero was instrumental in the identification of victims of the World Trade Center tragedy. As one of twenty-four Tour Commanders in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York he was responsible for the operations of the Dental ID Team on his assigned shift and was one of the  few individuals permitted to certify a dental identification.

In the fall of 2004, Dr. Dondero along with his fellow Tour Commanders, was honored by the German Academy of Forensic Odontostomatology for his efforts identifying the victims of September 11.

He has presented many papers dealing with forensic dentistry and victim identification. His most recent presentation, "A Comparison of the Quality of Color Produced by Photographic Film and Digital Imaging as a Function of Degrees Kelvin" was made in February 2006 at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting.

Dr. Dondero began his education and career in the U.S. Army and was selected to attend Leadership Training School and the Military Police Academy at Fort Gordon, Georgia. After two years of service as a criminal investigator, Dr. Dondero earned his B.S. in Biology from Pace College, his M.S. in Biology and his D.D.S. from New York University.  He continued his post-doctorate education through courses in Oral Pathology, Microscopic Pathology, Forensic Odontology, Forensic Anthropology, and Forensic Pathology.  Dr. Dondero is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Society of Forensic Odontologists and the New York Society of Forensic Dentistry