In Memoriam: Gregory S. Golden, DDS

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Source: John P. Kenney, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Board of Directors Representative

Forensic science, and odontology in particular, lost a great colleague, scientist, and mentor with the passing of Greg Golden of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, on August 21. Greg was a colleague, friend, and mentor to many in the odontology community. He served in various positions with the AAFS, including trustee of the Forensic Sciences Foundation, Guest Editor for the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Chair of the Odontology Section, and as a Diplomate and Director of the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO). Greg combined a private practice of general dentistry with his position of Chief Odontologist for San Bernadino County, CA. He consulted for several other southern California counties on bitemarks and did much important work in fluorescent and ultraviolet photography. He was a key member of the faculty of the Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry held at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Greg was part of the California contingent of dentists who assisted at the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal from the San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Office for that effort, as well as commendations from the California Department of Justice for his work with the Computer Assisted Postmortem Identification Program. Greg was an avid photographer, hunter, and aviator—a true Renaissance man. He will be deeply missed by his wide circle of friends in every section of the AAFS.