ADA Presidents Album
Doctor Merritt, of New York City, became the seventyseventh president of the Association at the 1939 meeting in Milwaukee. In his presidential address, Doctor Merritt recommended expansion of the Association's activities, especially in dental health education and in research. Doctor Merritt, a periodontist, served as president of the New York Academy of Dentistry, the American Academy of Periodontology, and the American College of Dentists. He helped to found six dental journals, the Columbia University School of Dentistry, the International Association for Dental Research, the Children's Aid Society Dental Clinic, and the Guggenheim Dental Clinic. Dental awards and honors received by Doctor Merritt included: Jarvie Gold Medal, Alfred G. Fones Memorial Award, Fauchard Gold Medal, Callahan Gold Medal, Henry Spenadel Gold Medal, and the William John Gies Award. He was born in Massachusetts in l 870 and died in 1961.
American Dental Association, "ADA President 1939-1940: Arthur Hastings Merritt" (1977). ADA Presidents. 73.