January 8th 2020

Vale Dr Sydney Warneke

Sad news, Dr Sydney Warneke has passed away.

Sydney's dental history is a long and fulfilling one of a quite unique specialist practice extending far beyond most of his contemporaries' time for retirement.

Likewise he devoted great service to dentistry at large. He served on ADAVB Council for ten years before becoming President of the Branch (twice). He was awarded the Branch’s highest honour, Honorary Life Membership in 1990. Since then he has served on various committees of the Branch in a broad range of responsibilities. He was President of the very successful 27th Australian Dental Congress held in Melbourne in March 1993. He also served terms as President of 10 different organisations in dentistry including the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and the Australian Prosthodontic Society.

He completed 32 years of practice as Senior Maxillofacial Prosthodontist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and 25 years as Head of the Dental Oncology Unit of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His activities at these Hospitals were devoted to the dental care and rehabilitation of cancer patients with oral and dental problems associated with their disease and treatment. In 2003 he was presented with the ADAVB's Dentistry Achievement Award for Hospital Dentistry and in 2006 an ADA Meritorious Service Award. 

He was awarded the title of AM in 1998 for ‘service to dentistry and in particular to organisations in dentistry, and in the field of dental oncology and oral cancer rehabilitation’.

He will be missed.

Keith Watkins

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