Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80, according to the story.
Chicago Dental Society President Cheryl Watson-Lowry, the society’s second female African-American president, describes Dr. Bluitt Foster’s mentorship qualities in an obituary published in the CDS Review:
“As the first female and African-American female president of the Chicago Dental Society, Juliann Bluitt inspired me and countless others to pursue our dreams without limitation. She not only served as a role model to so many of us but was also a pioneer in multiple arenas.”
After earning her dental degree from Howard University in 1962, she dedicated her professional efforts as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, then later joined Northwestern University’s dental school as a dental educator and assistant dean.
Bart Barnes illustrates in his story how Dr. Bluitt Foster “encouraged and supported an increase in the number of female dental students”.
“It was expected that women would not be good in operating a dental practice because they didn’t have business experience,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. “But women have been managing time, money and resources for years.”
Read more about Dr. Bluitt Foster’s early years in Washington and her legacy in dentistry: here.
Learn about her career in Chicago and achievements as the first female president of the Chicago Dental Society: here.
All dentists — and people in general — can take #Thursdayinspiration from Dr. Kadambari “Kady” Rawal. “I enjoy wearing all the hats!” says this ray of light in the profession. The Boston-based thirtysomething earned The Lucy Hobbs Project Women to Watch Award in 2016 from Benco Dental, and this year received commendations as a recipient […]
Thirty-one days. Not nearly enough time to spotlight every woman in history who has sacrificed, pioneered, challenged, innovated, mentored and made today possible. Women’s History Month does provide the impetus to honor them, learn more ( https://womenshistory.si.edu/ ) and most importantly, continue the path of positive reinforcement. The Lucy Hobbs Project does this through the community of dentistry. Annually, […]
Dedication and gratitude — qualities Youstina Youssef, a dental student at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine says the white coat she wears in the photo above, signify in her life.
“This white coat symbolizes not only my dedication to this profession, but also my gratitude for strong women who continue to push forward regardless of the walls set against them,” Youstina says.
“If you know me, you know that this photo here speaks wonders to my soul. On my left, the woman (Gehan Elsousi) who bore me, brought me into this world and introduced me to life. On my right, the grandest of mothers (Gamalat Tadrous). The one who helped raise me, helped mold me into the woman I am today. The tears that run down their faces are ones I’ll treasure for the rest of my days.”
A D.M.D. candidate in the class of 2020, Youstina shares her story #lhpshareyourstory and the legacy of determination that led her to the profession of dentistry.
“I imagine Lucy Hobbs experienced a similar sensation becoming the first female to graduate from a dental school. She was denied and rejected from numerous opportunities solely based on her gender. Yet, she relentlessly pursued her goal.
My story bears a similar spirit. My mother is a single mother. She sacrificed her comfort in Egypt to move to America and give me the best life she possibly could. Soon after marrying and having me in Egypt, she moved to the States with my father who had been living here. Unfortunately, she was sent back to Egypt to stay with her family not too long after for “financial reasons”.”
‘Stranded in a new land’
Youstina describes the intimidating path her mother Gehan Elsousi faced back then.
“Upon her return to America, she was not received at the airport, which left her stranded in a new land, with no knowledge of the English language or American culture, but most importantly, with a child in her arms. She picked herself up from rejection and pushed on.”
Her grandmother Gamalat Tadrous is no less heroic.
“Years later my grandmother decided to make a similar move and left behind her husband and five of her children to help raise me while my mother worked to support us. These two women have taught me a great deal about sacrifice and have ingrained in me the power of perseverance.”
Thankful for a welcome into the world of dentistry
Youstina received her invitation to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine less than 24 hours before orientation from Dr. Jeanette Sabir-Holloway, the school’s director of outreach, recruitment and admissions.
“Teary-eyed and full-hearted, I packed my bags and set off to chase my childhood dreams. And for that I say from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
Annually, Benco Dental pays tribute to the first woman in the U.S. to receive a dental degree – Dr. Lucy Hobbs — by honoring six pioneering women in the dental profession with an award created in her name: The Lucy Hobbs Project™ Awards.
At Benco’s annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration (Save the Date for October 3 – 5, 2019 in Chicago!), the dental community is invited to honor award recipients in six categories:
Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change,
Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in dentistry,
Mentor: An advisor who recognizes the importance of supporting, educating and encouraging others,
Innovator: A groundbreaker who demonstrates a willingness to implement new technologies and business processes without fear of potential failure,
Humanitarian: An altruist who works tirelessly for a cause that benefits the well-being of others, and
Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and integrates them into patient care.
Individuals and organizations are invited to submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted.
Dentistry is just as much art as it is science, and Michael Paquette’s career began on the aesthetic side of the ledger, when he worked as a draftsman designing dental offices at only 17 years old. After earning his undergraduate degree from Michigan’s Ferris State University, he shifted to dental sales for 11 years, then […]
Public invited to free Meet-up tonight at Riff Music Lounge; Nominations open for Project’s Awards The Lucy Hobbs Project® will host a Meet-up, an evening of cocktails and networking, tonight, February 21 at the Riff Music Lounge, 2239 South Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60616. All are welcome. Tonight’s free event will spotlight details […]
February event addresses The Opioid Crisis: What We Don’t Fix Cannot Heal and honors 15 support specialists A few days remain to nominate dental support specialists local to Columbus, Ohio for an upcoming honor. The support team surrounding a dentist is critical for creating success in the practice. The Lucy Hobbs Project, powered by Benco […]
What an amazing day it was at The 6th Annual Lucy Hobbs Celebration in San Francisco. From inspiring keynotes and breakout sessions, to food, fun and new friendships, outstanding women in dentistry were the toast of the town! Lending a new perspective to the profession, women continue to impact dentistry in ways that transcend the […]
As Joyce Forbes, 24, prepares for an adventure this week that will take her 3,000 miles from her studies at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, her enthusiasm is contagious. “It’s hard to verbalize my excitement! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am overjoyed. Overall, I have a strong feeling of gratefulness that […]
Last year Dr. Winifred J. Booker (shown) earned The Lucy Hobbs Project Humanitarian Award. Here’s HER story: “By teaching oral health in schools, we’re putting children on the right path to daily care. I’m proud to share ‘Lessons in a Lunchbox’ with my peers to make a difference, one healthy smile at a time,” says Dr. Winifred J. Booker. […]