ADA Presidents Album
Doctor Shira, of Boston, became the one-hundred-and-twelfth president of the Association at the 1975 meeting in Chicago. The meeting was held concurrently with the sixty-third World Dental Congress of the Federation Dentaire Internationale. Doctor Shira was dean and professor of oral surgery at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Previously he was assistant surgeon general and chief of the Army Dental Corps, with the rank of major general. He served as president of the American Society of Oral Surgeons, the American Board of Oral Surgery, and the Canal Zone Dental Association. He served as editor of the Journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, and chairman of the ADA Council on Dental Therapeutics. He was a lecturer and clinician at dental meetings in all fifty states and at least twenty-four foreign countries, and he was a prolific author of dental articles. Doctor Shira received the Association's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award, in 1977. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1910.
American Dental Association, "ADA President 1975-1976: Robert B. Shira" (1977). ADA Presidents. 95.