ADA Presidents Album
Doctor Abel, of Los Angeles, became the ninety-eighth president of the Association at the 1961 meeting in Philadelphia. He presided over the 1962 meeting, the theme of which was "Better Dental Health in the Americas." Much of the program was simultaneously translated into Spanish and Portuguese for the benefit of the hundreds of Latin American dentists in attendance. Doctor Abel, an orthodontist, was a member of the Board of Trustees for six years. He served many years as a member of the House of Delegates. He was president and treasurer of the Southern California State Dental Association, president of the Los Angeles Dental Society, and a director of the American Association of Orthodontists. Doctor Abel was an instructor at the University of California Extension Division. He was born in Wisconsin in 1906 and died in 1972.
American Dental Association, "ADA President 1961-1962: John Reinhart Abel" (1977). ADA Presidents. 2.