Originally created 04/18/99

Dr. Carl W. Fairhurst



PARRISH, Fla. -- Dr. Carl W. Fairhurst, of 146 Lantana Circle, died Wednesday, April 7, 1999. He was 72.

A memorial service will be at noon Friday, April 23, at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry.

Dr. Fairhurst, a native of St. Joseph, Mo., was a regent professor emeritus at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Rehabilitation. He was a veteran of World War II and received his master's of science degree from Marquette University. He received his doctorate in 1966 from Northwestern University. He has held academic appointments at both Marquette University School of Dentistry and Medical College of Georgia. He served as director of dental materials research and general manager of research and development for the S.S. White Dental Products Co. During his tenure at MCG, he was responsible for the initiation, development and growth of the Dental Materials Section. Since 1974, he was responsible for providing a focus of fundamental research activity in metals and ceramics used as dental restorative materials.

He was recognized by the National Institutes of Health for outstanding caliber of his scientific achievements MERIT award. Also, in recognition of his research efforts, he was presented with the Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group of the International Association for Dental Research and the Hollenback Award for lifetime achievement by the Academy of Operative Dentistry.

Dr. Fairhurst was awarded the title of regents professor in 1979, the first dental faculty member at the School of Dentistry to receive the recognition. He retired from the Medical College in 1994.

The family said: "He had a love and respect for nature and was an accomplished boatsman, fisherman and ornithologist. He will be greatly missed."

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Eva Mertz-Fairhurst; a daughter, Pam Santarlasci; and a grandchild.