LEGEROS--Racquel Z., PhD. Racquel Z. LeGeros, PhD. It is with profound sadness that the students, faculty, and staff of the New York University College of Dentistry record the passing of one of its most distinguished, respected, and beloved faculty members, Dr. Racquel Z. LeGeros, professor and associate chair of the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics and the Linkow Professor of Implant Dentistry. Dr. LeGeros served the NYU College of Dentistry with great distinction for more than 50 years. She was a pioneer in the field of calcium phosphate research in teeth and bones, calcification's impact on oral and systemic function, and calcium phosphate biomaterials for bone and soft tissue repair, replacement, and regeneration. Throughout her tenure at NYU, Dr. LeGeros was continuously funded by federal and industry sources; her most recent grant was to study a novel treatment developed by her to treat osteoporosis. In 1995, she received a major grant from the NIH to establish the NYU Research Center in Minority Oral Health. In recent years, in addition to her focus on the prevention and reversal of bone loss due to osteoporosis, she was investigating innovative compounds to treat tooth sensitivity that would also reverse tooth decay. Dr. LeGeros made over 100 trips abroad to present her research to colleagues at overseas universities and congresses, in the process helping to found a scientific community dedicated to calcium phosphate research and its dental and medical applications. Beyond all of her professional accomplishments, Dr. LeGeros was a beloved teacher, colleague, mentor, and friend, whose generosity, warmth, and kindness touched all who were privileged to know her. To her husband and our colleague, Dr. John LeGeros, and their entire family, we extend profound sympathy on her loss.
Charles N. Bertolami,
DDS, DMedSc Herman Robert Fox Dean New York
University College of Dentistry
Published in The New York Times on January 27, 2013