Great Things Newsletter

Honoring a Legacy of Commitment to Excellence

One cannot speak of the history of the School of Dentistry without referencing Dean Emeritus H. Robert Steiman. His career has been intertwined with the School for more than 40 years. In 1967, he joined the Department of Physiology, and graduated from the School of Dentistry with his D.D.S. in 1973. Upon completion of a residency program in Endodontics in 1979, Steiman joined the School’s Department of Endodontics, which he then went on to chair for 21 years.

Dean Ermeritus H. Robert Steiman

Dean Emeritus H. Robert Steiman

In 2000, Steiman was named interim dean, which led to him ultimately being named dean of the School of Dentistry. While in this position, Steiman pursued new levels of excellence, leadership and innovation in fulfilling the School’s mission of education, patient care, service and research. He guided the School through strategic planning, a successful accreditation review and the relocation of the School to its new facility at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. As a change agent, he helped position the dental school for future growth in educating an increased number of dental professionals, and in expanding care for even more underserved patients.

During his tenure as dean, Steiman accomplished a great deal, but he will no doubt be best remembered by all alumni as an exceptional teacher and friend. Many alumni have fond memories of him, and he can usually recount a story about every one of them. His love for the School and commitment to its students and alumni is unquestionable.

In recognition and deep appreciation of his years of service, the School of Dentistry has established the H. Robert Steiman Endowed Fund. Through the establishment of this named fund, he will have a lasting legacy at the School of Dentistry.  Fundraising has already begun on this project, with a phase I goal of raising $500,000 within the next five years.  For more information on how you can support the fund, contact Ann Fisher at 313-993-1250 or