In Memoriam Prof. Georges Krygier, DDS, DSc (1938-2019) A visionary for international periodontology and founder of the IAP

Authors: Thomas E. Van Dyke


When I began my postgraduate training at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo; now the University at Buffalo, UB), I had a brief introduction to the graduate of the program that year, Georges Krygier. Little did I know at the time how significantly our paths would merge almost 20 years later, working together to advance the agenda of the International Academy of Periodontology. Georges, along with several leading periodontists around the world, founded the Academy several years before. The vision of the Academy was brilliant then and remains brilliant today. At the time, I was recruited to be a member of the next generation of leaders of the Academy to carry the vision forward. We worked together for 15 great years. The early years of the Academy were lean, and our travels to bring educational programs to various parts of the world were difficult, but Georges was committed to the Academy and played a central role in its ultimate success.

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