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UB Dental Alumni Association Names New Officers

By Mara McGinnis

Release Date: March 10, 1998

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Alumni Association, composed of more than 4,000 graduates of the UB School of Dental Medicine, has elected officers for the 1998 term.

Paul R. DiBenedetto, of Amherst, a 1979 graduate of the UB dental school, was chosen president.

A former president and current member of the Fonzi Dental Study Club, DiBenedetto also is a co-chair for the annual Greater Niagara Frontier Dental Meeting.

A graduate of Niagara University, DiBenedetto is member of the American Dental Association, Dental Society of the State of New York, the Eighth District Dental Society and the Erie County Dental Society.

He maintains a private practice in Cheektowaga.

Michael D. Ehlers, who graduated from the dental school in 1985, will serve as president-elect. A clinical instructor of restorative dentistry at UB, he resides and practices in Boston, N.Y.

Richard J. Lynch, a 1983 dental school graduate and former president of the dental alumni association, was elected treasurer.

Lynch received his bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from UB in 1979. Since 1987, he has chaired the Education Committee of the UB Alumni Association. He is a member of the Association of General Dentistry, Erie County Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

A partner in the Western New York Dental Group, P.C., Lynch practices and resides in Williamsville.