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Pacific legend Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni enjoys a festive 95th birthday

Arthur A. Dugoni

Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni celebrates his 95th birthday. Dugoni served as dean of Pacific’s dental school from 1978 to 2006.

Jul 2, 2020
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Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, one of the true icons in University of the Pacific history, celebrated his 95th birthday with family, friends and colleagues during two recent events.

Dr. Dugoni served as dean of Pacific’s dental school from 1978 to 2006. In 2004, he became the first person in the United States to have a dental school named after him while still holding the position of dean.

Family and friends gathered outside the Bay Area retirement home where he lives for one celebration.

“We had a Rat Pack tribute singer there to entertain because Dad loves that music,” said Jim Dugoni, the youngest of Arthur and Kaye Dugoni’s seven children and a development officer for the dental school. “We moved it outside because of COVID-19. Everyone had a wonderful time.”

More than 200 faculty, staff and alumni wished Dr. Dugoni a happy 95th live on Zoom, including some pre-recorded birthday tributes.

His passion for the dental profession and the university he loves remains strong.

"At Pacific we build people, and along the way they become doctors," is an Arthur A. Dugoni sentiment stated often over the years.

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