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Pat Alden

Pat Alden

Hello Everyone!

My name is Pat Alden, and I will be representing the Iowa Dental Hygienists’ Association as President for the next year.  I attended the University of Iowa Dental Hygiene program, graduating in December, 1979.

I grew up in southeast Iowa and practiced clinically in Burlington for fourteen years.  My husband and I moved to Dyersville twenty years ago, where we raised our three amazing children.  Three years ago, I retired from clinical dental hygiene and have been working at Northwest Iowa Community College as a health science tutor and adjunct instructor in anatomy and physiology.  If anyone would have told me 35 years ago, that not only would I have to remember the “Krebs cycle” but would actually be teaching it, I would have never believed it…it only goes to show that you never know where life can take you!


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Nancy Thompson retirementName: Nancy Thompson

Nancy began her tenure at the University of Iowa as a faculty member in the College of Dentistry in 1980 and moved to the Department of Preventive Medicine in 1995.  Nancy has been a faculty member in our department since 1999 and witnessed the transition of the College of Public Health from a department to a college. She received the Jean Jew Women’s Rights Award in 2010 and was awarded the faith and learning award from Geneva Campus Ministry in 2012. Nancy has served the department and college in a variety of ways, including her most recent role as president of the CPH Faculty Council from 2013-14. Over the years, many in the department and college have enjoyed a bouquet or two of peonies or irises that Nancy grows in her flower garden and shares with others. Rumor has it that she and her husband and son will head off on their next adventure, which is sounding like a 100 mile hike through the Maine wilderness. We thank Nancy for her years of service to the department and college and wish her well on her retirement.~ Ms. Edith A Parker, DrPH, Professor and Head Department of Community and Behavioral Health, University of Iowa College of Public Health


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