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Ben Zuber Swanson, Jr., DDS, MPhil (#47273947)
 member for 5 years, 7 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo Ben Swanson (or Ben Zuber Swanson, Jr.) is a life-long collector who has concentrated on vintage items related to his profession of dentistry for the past 45 years. He has amassed a collection of some 40,000 images and 3-dimensional artifacts. In addition to his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree he holds a masters degree (MPhil) in the history of dentistry from the prestigious Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London. He is a past president of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry and was the founding executive director of the National Museum of Dentistry, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ben also had a career in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a dentist and retired as a full colonel.

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Ann Day
RE: Dr Jay Albion Heidbrink
Dear Dr. Ben, I am a dental hygienist and find it strange that I was drawn to take a photo of a somewhat famous dentist's tombstone there. I have actually done that before and find out later they were dentists. I am glad you will be adding more info about Dr. Jay. Nice photos!
Added by Ann Day on Nov 23, 2015 11:27 PM
Judy Reamy
James Jackson
Thanks for sponsoring. I can transfer if you want him.
Added by Judy Reamy on Oct 24, 2015 5:01 AM
James Bianco
Joseph Dennis Wadsworth
Thank you so much Ben for your kind words and your recent edits for this family. Your work on historical dentistry is amazing! Keep up the wonderful work and thanks again. All the best, Jim
Added by James Bianco on Sep 14, 2015 3:15 PM
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society
Dr. Frank WESTON memorial
Would you like me to transfer the management of memorial #114543507 to you? As a society, we are not related, but for you to sponsor the memorial makes me think you have a better interest.
Added by La Crosse Area Genealogic... on Aug 23, 2015 12:52 PM
David Edsall
RE: Susan Perkins Marsh, Memorial# 89749925
Ben - Didn't Susan die at Woodstock, VT, where she is buried? David
Added by David Edsall on Aug 23, 2015 1:21 AM
David Edsall
RE: Susan Perkins Marsh, Memorial# 89749925
The only reservation I had was the retention of her double married name which was originally taken from her gravestone - Arnold being from a prior marriage; that belongs in her bio. (See Find-a-Grave FAQs). Otherwise, no problem. Thank you for providing the links to her parents and her husbands. Best wishes, David
Added by David Edsall on Aug 23, 2015 1:09 AM
s schultz
RE: Edit
Thanks, doesn't look like we're related but it's such an unusual name I thought I'd check. Ours went from Backhaus, to Backus and a few other forms thereof. Have a great weekend!
Added by s schultz on Aug 22, 2015 7:16 AM
s schultz
Good morning, you sent me an edit on Elisha Backus Perkins. I was wondering where you found his middle name and if you know if it's a "family" name. I ask because it's one of our family names and I don't think I had Elisha in our tree. Thanks for your help. S
Added by s schultz on Aug 21, 2015 7:39 AM
Leo Mandel
I have transferred Leo Mandel to you. I added a newspaper clipping, but I am happy to delete it if you prefer.
Added by Katie on Jul 23, 2015 3:25 PM
Coral Tyson King
My pleasure! If there are any more that you wish to manage, let me know.
Added by Coral Tyson King on Jul 18, 2015 7:12 PM
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