Alexandria, Va., USA – The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) is pleased to announce that longtime member Dr. Sheila M. Riggs and Mr. Scott A. Riggs have generously committed a $50,000 estate gift to AADOCR and become the second members of the AADOCR Legacy Society. The $50,000 gift is unrestricted in use.
The AADOCR Legacy Society consists of individuals who have committed future assets, through estate and planned giving, to AADOCR, thereby ensuring support for future initiatives and growth of the Association. It was established in 2016, thanks to a generous legacy gift from longstanding members Sharon K. Grayden and AADOCR Past President Stephen C. Bayne.
Dr. Sheila Riggs, an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, is recognized as an academic and policy leader with an established record in developing and implementing innovative results through a balanced portfolio of peer-reviewed research and hands-on community engagement. She has navigated a uniquely influential career as a dentist, epidemiologist, academic, corporate executive and policy advocate. Dr. Riggs currently serves on the AADOCR Development Committee and as Secretary and Councilor of the AADOCR Minnesota Section.
While Mr. Scott A. Riggs is not in healthcare, he is inspired by the stories Sheila shares about breakthroughs in dental research. "I knew little about the creation of new healthcare knowledge before meeting Sheila,” said Mr. Riggs. “But my eyes have become open to how important it is to effectively improve our nation's health."
“We extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. Sheila M. Riggs and Mr. Scott A. Riggs for this substantial, charitable gift to the AADOCR,” said AADOCR President Mark Herzberg, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. “This gift will enable AADOCR to continue working towards its mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being as AADOCR enters its 50th Anniversary in 2022.”