“Charlie had such an incredible heart. He was a model of a true servant leader. Those around him were compelled to follow his example. His legacy will live on in the lives he has touched so deeply,” remembered CDA President Carol Summerhays, DDS, who nominated Dr. Charles (Charlie) Goldstein as the inaugural recipient of the CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award.
Established in 2008, the CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award recognizes California dentists who have distinguished themselves by outstanding, unselﬁsh leadership and contributions to fellow human beings in the ﬁeld of dentistry. Dentists like Dr. Goldstein, who was presented with the award at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family, friends and colleagues on Saturday, May 10, 2008. Sadly, Dr. Goldstein passed away the following day.
Dr. Goldstein was chosen for his leadership to the profession of dentistry, his efforts with the University of Southern California (USC) Mobile Dental Clinic program, and a career of other philanthropic oral health activities that have helped 500,000 underserved men, women and children.
Dr. Harold C. Slavkin, DDS, former dean of the USC School of Dentistry said of Dr. Goldstein, “His entire life was dedicated to championing the cause of the poor and working poor in California. Through ‘service-learning’ our residents, dental students and dental hygiene students have learned clinical dentistry and experienced the needs of the underserved.”
In addition to the presentation at his home, Dr. Summerhays presented the Humanitarian Award posthumously to Dr. Goldstein’s daughter at the CDA House of Delegates meeting in November.
As a reflection of Dr. Goldstein’s efforts, a $2,500 contribution was given by the CDA Foundation to the USC Mobile Clinic in Dr. Goldstein’s name.