Prof. Louis Rose
When I think of Adi Garfunkel, I see the twinkle in his eye, his warm smile, and his obvious love of life that immediately drew you to him. Adi was an incredible teacher who could explain a complex idea in a way that made it both interesting and relevant.
His contribution to dentistry was immense and his humanity put him in a class by himself. I first met Adi at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. At that time, he was a Fellow in immunology and was also involved in postgraduate work in oral medicine. I was overseeing a combined program at Penn and the Medical College of Pennsylvania, introducing the oral-systemic link to both medical and dental residents. Our paths crossed when Adi taught the residents in my program. He made a lasting impression on them and on me as well.
In 1976, I was in Israel, with my wife Claire, for a program sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania. Adi spent a considerable amount of time making sure we felt welcome and comfortable. Some years later, I was fortunate enough to lecture in Romania with Adi, where he was the ultimate hosts. Those experiences, among others, solidified our friendship and our working relationship, both of which lasted until his untimely death.
Adi proudly served as Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Hebrew University for 25 years. He will long be remembered for what he accomplished for Hebrew University and for his impact on the high quality of education in Israel and beyond, as he lectured and published worldwide for so many years.
Adi will certainly be remembered for his warmth, humanity, and courage. I miss him dearly. May his memory be for a blessing!
Prof. Louis Rose
Editor-in-Chief Compendium USA, an AEGIS Publication; Președinte Colegiul Internațional Științific Actualități Stomatologice