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$1 million trust for dentistry creates faculty practice space at USC

by James Lytle

Retired dentist G. Donald Montgomery has established a $1 million trust for the School of Dentistry. His gift will be used to construct a faculty-practice space within a four-story wing to be added to the dental school’s building. It will be called the G. Donald Montgomery Faculty Practice.

“Monty is one of the most talented dentists I have ever known and truly a generous person,” said dental school dean Howard Landesman. “Over the years, he’s contributed to almost every area of the school.”

Montgomery earned his D.D.S. degree at USC in 1925. He began his practice in downtown Los Angeles, later moving to the mid-Wilshire area. In 1938, he opened his offices in Beverly Hills.

He is a presidential member of Dentistry Associates, a presidential member of USC Associates and a Golden Life member of the dental school’s Century Club.

Through the years, the Montgomery family has made gifts to USC exceeding $4 million.

* In 1990, Montgomery completed funding of the G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Dean’s Chair at the dental school. Landesman is the current chairholder.

* In 1988, the couple established a $250,000 trust for two endowed scholarships, one at the dental school and another in the Law School.

* The Montgomerys established the dental school’s Donald James Montgomery Memorial Loan Fund in memory of their son, who died in a car accident.

* Following his wife’s death in 1989, Montgomery endowed a $100,000 scholarship in her name at USC’s Town and Gown.

* A 1993 gift from Montgomery made it possible for the dental school to purchase and equip a new vehicle for its mobile dental clinic.

* A recent $500,000 gift to the School of Medicine helped to endow a fund for Alzheimer’s disease treatment and research.

“We are very grateful,” Landesman said, “that this latest gift will assist us in expanding our present facility and enhance the educational opportunities available to our students and faculty.”

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