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Ben Zuber Swanson, Jr., DDS, MPhil (#47273947)
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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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Bonnie Miller
RE: Annie Ankele Girardey Ganahl
Hi Ben,

You're welcome. I replied to your email - let me know if you didn't get it.
Added by Bonnie Miller on Feb 15, 2017 8:05 PM
Brian Szafranski
Dr. George Burwell Snow, DDS
Thank you for adding information for Dr. Snow. Could you add additional info? Dr. Snow founded Snow Dental Company, later known as Buffalo Dental Manufacturing Company of Buffalo, NY. He's also named on over two dozen US patents, which were mostly dentistry inventions. Thank you in advance!

/Brian S.
Elma, NY USA
>Western NY manufacturing history columnist

Added by Brian Szafranski on Jan 27, 2017 2:12 PM
Lo Marie
Samuel Sackett
Thank you for sponsoring this memorial. I am humbled at your generosity on this site.


Lo Marie
Added by Lo Marie on Jan 18, 2017 5:31 PM
Dave H
Bella Delziel Memorial
Hi Ben,

Thanks for sponsoring the memorial. Would you like it transferred to you?

Added by Dave H on Oct 12, 2016 8:55 AM
Michael Blankenship
RE: Dr Pinkard
Hello Dr. Swanson, I am the author of a book about Dr. Pinkard. If you might be interested in having a copy it is available from the Franklin County Historical Society. Thanks for the additional photo I will try to do the rearranging to get it below Dr. Pinkard's portrait. Best regards.
Added by Michael Blankenship on Oct 01, 2016 8:32 PM
Marie Bonafonte
RE: Dr George Wesley Spencer
I did read the PA one and very interesting. In fact, after reading it, I did a little searching for him and found his LW&T which directs re-interment after his estate was settled and whatever cemetery his wife was eventually planning to have herself buried. Looks like he died in May and probate was started in June from the various probate listings that I found for Pittsburgh.
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Sep 21, 2016 6:50 AM
Marie Bonafonte
Dr George Wesley Spencer
I received your information and thank you for it. I am not related to this person or his family - just a volunteer walking in cemeteries and then noting information on When I find a number of burials in one area that seem related, I do try to take the additional step to check on relationships and then link, if there is a relationship. So, unfortunately, I'm not able to provide any additional information other than what is already noted. However, you did mention that there is another burial designation for Dr. Spencer in PA - it would be helpful to know the other cemetery's name so that I can make mention in his NY memorial. The other thought is that I could transfer his family memorials to you since it looks like you have serious interest in Dr. Spencer. Let me know. Marie
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Sep 20, 2016 12:28 PM
Rodney Belcher
John Watling
Thank you so much for sponsoring Dr. Watling's memorial. I tried to have it be "famous" but Findagrave didn't agree with me! Thanks for recognizing this dental pioneer!
Added by Rodney Belcher on Aug 09, 2016 12:57 PM
Sharron Cohen
Elmer Hodgdon
Thanks for sponsoring Elmer Hodgdon's Memorial page (123112572). I'd be happy to do a transfer, if you'd like. Sharron Cohen
Added by Sharron Cohen on Jul 02, 2016 2:53 PM
Shan Clark
Philander Ring
Hi Ben,
I received a message that you have sponsored the memorial I created for Philander. It is the first time since I started as a member on Find a Grave that one of my memorials has been sponsored. Thank you!

I would love to know your connection to Philander.

My best,
Shan Clark
Added by Shan Clark on Jun 09, 2016 7:44 AM
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