Veteran dental technician dies

Veteran dental technician Dr John Attenborough has died.

Recently rewarded for his ‘outstanding services to dental technology’, the son of the founder of Nottingham’s Attenborough Dental was born in 1926 and his years in the lab span decades.

Last year he was presented with the E.A. Dennison award – which recognised his ‘services to dental technology’ – at a ceremony at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

In 2003, the company celebrated its 90th anniversary with a dinner which was attended by Dr Attenborough who had, at the time, devoted a staggering 53 years service. It was hailed as a ‘wonderful celebration of loyalty, tradition, and continuity of knowledge and service’.

Dr Attenborough retired as director 10 years ago but continued to provide a wealth of experience as a consultant to the company.

Dr John Leonard Attenborough BDS ULond LDS RCS Eng 1926-2009

o    1st January 1926     Born, Nottingham
o    1937 – 1943     Educated at Oakham School, Rutland
o    1943 – 1947     Guy’s Hospital, peers include John MacLean, Jack Tulley, Prof Jack Rowe. Bombed out of lodgings in Forest Hill, also near miss V1 flying bomb on a commuter train at Croydon, train wrecked. 10% extra marks allegedly given for V1 exploding outside during anatomy exam. The exam continued when order restored and rubble cleared. V2 rocket blew in windows of Guys dental lab when working late doing a balanced  set up on a Fenn articulator
o    1948        Qualified BDS ULond 1947, LDS RCS Eng
o    1948        House Surgeon to Mr. Messenger, Guys Dental Hospital
o    1948 – 1950    National Service, Royal Army Dental Corps
o    1948 – 1949     Officer in Charge Lark Hill Dental Centre (now DDA) with 5th brigade Royal Horse Artillery
o    1949 – 1950    Office in Command Gibraltar Garrison Surgery, learnt to ski in Sierra Nevada on Mulhacen
o    1948 – 1950    Played rugby for REME, training battalion (wing forward)
o    1950    Released, honorary rank Captain Royal Army Dental Corps, joined family run dental laboratory C. & L.E. Attenborough Ltd
o    1951        Advisor on Orthodontic appliances. Member of BSSO.
o    1951    Researched stellite castings. Set up first British laboratory using British materials and equipment and trained technicians on their use for cobalt chrome
o    1955        Founded East Midland sub-aqua club, trained Nottingham City and
Nottinghamshuire County police divers, the first in the UK
o    1959    Replaced unsatisfactory acrylic crowns with the older technique of high fused Prisma porcelain helped by some older technicians with 40-year memories and self wound platinum wire furnaces. Updated later to vacuum firing and medium / low fusing temperatures
o    1960        Gave dry ski training classes for Central Council of Physical Recreation
o    1963        Founded Peak Ski Club
o    1964    Invitation life membership of the Ski Club of Great Britain for work as representative
o    1965    Introduced VMK / Degudent bonded crowns in the UK and trained technicians on this technique
Clinical demonstrations committee secretary for BDA Annual Conference held in Nottingham
o    1966    Theatre assistant to Tom Battersley, Nottingham Oral surgeon in the use and design of implants for internal fixation of maxillo-facial fractures.       
o    1970        Set up orthodontic service for Nottinghamshire County Council
o    1970        BDA East Midlands Branch social committee secretary. Branch Treasurer   
o    1973 – 1974    President BDA East Midlands Branch
o    1977 – 1981    Chairman Daybrook House plc a social welfare organisation
o    1982 – 1999    Managing Director C & L.E. Attenborough Ltd
o    1982        Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council Orthodontic Service
o    1999 – present    Consultant to C. & L.E. Attenborough Ltd. Still advise on technical procedures,
case design and final check cases before despatch
o    2004        Diploma for Implant Treatment in Difficult Cases, Guys Hospital
o    2006        GDC Registered Dental Technician and Dental Surgeon
o    2007        Recipient of E.A. Dennison Award for services to Dental Technology   
o    Interests         Gardening, fly fishing, golf, bowls

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