Dr. Tim Curry, MDA Distinguished Service Award

Presented to a member with a long history of exemplary service and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry.

Tim CurryDr. Timothy Curry, a retired general dentist in St. Joseph, Mo., has been named the 2022 Missouri Dental Association (MDA) Distinguished Service Award winner. He was honored at the Association’s annual awards banquet hosted during its House of Delegates in Jefferson City, November 4, 2022.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member with a long history of exemplary service and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry.

This commitment and dedication are evidenced by Dr. Curry’s 46 consecutive years of membership and during this tenure, service in numerous leadership roles.

Dr. Curry served in every leadership role of the Northwest Dental Society, and as its Trustee to the MDA Board. He also was a delegate to both the Missouri and American Dental Association House of Delegates.

In 2019, Dr. Curry was co-chair of the Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) in St. Joseph, which is a large-scale dental clinic that provides free oral healthcare to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford or access care. MOMOM is a project of the Missouri Dental Association Foundation. At this one-day clinic, more than $631,000 in free dental care was provided to more than 500 patients. For 25 years, he has provided charitable care through the Donated Dental Service program and has served on Missouri advisory board for Dental Lifeline Network, the organization that sponsors the program. 

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Curry has been involved in his community since moving to St. Joseph after dental school. He has been an active member of the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Social Welfare Board and The Cathedral of St. Joseph. Specifically for the Social Welfare Board, Dr. Curry was instrumental in adding dental services and a dental clinic to its offerings in 1981 and volunteered countless hours to provide dental care to its clients.

Dr. Curry received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1976. After graduation he and his wife of 48 years, Susan, moved back to their hometown of St. Joseph where they raised two daughters Elizabeth and Laura. He practiced general dentistry there until his retirement in June 2021.

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