Dr. Arthur Gold, D.M.D. (January 1914-October 1998) was a pioneer in the field of periodontology. He established the first periodontal practice in Springfield, Massachusetts, in addition to serving as staff member of several area hospitals. Throughout his life, Dr. Gold received many awards and participated in various organizations in the Springfield community.
A native of New York City, NY, he was educated in the Springfield, Massachusetts, school system, after which he attended the University of Pennsylvania, transferring to the University of Massachusetts where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. His Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree was awarded from Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Gold served as an officer in the Dental Corps in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate Periodontology of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He was a past president of the Massachusetts Periodontal Society, the Valley District Dental Society, and the Massachusetts Dental Society.
Dr. Gold received numerous awards, including the Harvard School of Dental Medicine distinguished Alumnus Award. He belonged to OKU, the national dental honor society. He was a fellow of the American College of Dentists, a life member of Alpha Omega Fraternity and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, which presented him a Certificate of Appreciation “in recognition of his lengthy and significant service to the Journal of Periodontology, and thus to the art and science of dentistry.” He served on numerous committees for that Academy. In 1994, he received the “Award of Excellence for outstanding and dedicated service to the dentistry profession” by the Pioneer Valley Dentists of Massachusetts.
He was a leader of the local Jewish community, organizing support for Jewish causes and was a founder of the Hadassah Hospital School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem, Israel.
His civic activities included: president and secretary of Sinai Temple, trustee of the Jewish Nursing Home, corporator of Baystate Medical Center, president of Crestview Country Club, chairman of the United Way Campaign, and member of several Masonic organizations. In addition, he was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in April of 1981. As a member of B’Nai Brith in Boca Raton, Florida, for fifty-nine years, he was also past president of B’Nai Brith of Boca Lago Unit #3293, a former member of the Board of Governors of Boca Lago Country Club, a board member of the Life Long Learning Society of Florida Atlantic University. He was a board member of B’Nai Brith, the American Society of Retired Dentists, and a member of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton.
Dr. Arthur Gold will long be remembered for his many contributions, his professional achievements, and his distinguished career.