Dr. William H. Ware Age 82, a long time Mill Valley resident, beloved mentor and lifelong teacher to several generations of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, died on August 24, 2008 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, in San Francisco, due to complications following hip surgery. His pioneering efforts in the field of growth center costochondral graft transplantation for temporomandibular joint reconstruction typified his many significant contributions to the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery during a distinguished career. He was an internationally recognized expert in the fields of orthognathic and temporomandibular joint surgery. Dr. Ware was a devoted teacher, the role he most cherished. His dental and surgical protégés, patients and friends honored this dedication, in 1990, by establishing the William H. Ware Visiting Lectureship, and again, in 2007, by founding the William H. Ware Endowed Chair in Orthognathic and Reconstructive Surgery, in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He began his continuous professional career at UCSF as Instructor in Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery, in 1957; was appointed Professor of Oral Biology and Oral Surgery, in 1970; served as Professor in and Chairman of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1976 to 1983, and held the position of Professor Emeritus therein until his death. He was also Chief of Service for Head and Neck Surgery at the former Ralph K. Davies Medical Center, in San Francisco, from 1983 until retirement, in 1993. A memorial tea-dance party, for family and friends to gather in celebration of his life, will take place on December 20th, in Mill Valley. See williamhware.com for more of the obituary.
Source: Marin Independent Journal from Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, 2008