Oct. 3, 1943 – Dec. 20, 2019
Dr. Robert B. Joynt, a much-honored professor and administrator in the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, died Dec. 20 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 76.
Born in Utica, he was a 1965 graduate of Utica College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, then attended UB Dental School, graduating in 1970.
He joined the UB Dental School faculty in 1970 as a teaching fellow and was in private practice in Albion when he became a full-time faculty member in 1972.
From 1980 to 2007, he was the professor who led students from classroom work to the dentist’s chair. He was director of preclinical courses in operative dentistry and the introductory course in clinical operative dentistry.
An associate professor of operative dentistry, he also served as the school’s director of admissions. He retired in 2008.
Highly regarded as a teacher, Dr. Joynt received numerous awards at the school. He was honored as Educator of the Year in the yearbook in 1983, 1998 and 2002. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Student Dental Association in 1984 and 1985. The school’s yearbook was dedicated to him in 2009.
He was given the Richard A. Powell Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990 and 2008 and the Charles Lipani Award for service to the school in 1994. He also received the School of Dental Medicine Alumni Honor Award in 2008.
In announcing that award, the Dental School Alumni Association magazine noted that “perhaps his most significant single mark on the UB dental community is his three decades of service in the admissions process, during which he may have ushered in almost half of the school’s living alumni. He helped restructure admissions procedures, allowing more efficient use of faculty time, and computerized the process with custom software ... ”
Following his retirement, the Class of 1989 raised money to designate a conference room in the Dental School in his honor.
He was the author of numerous research papers and was a contributor to the “Atlas of Operative Dentistry.”
A talented artist with a pen, for many years he did the calligraphy on the Dental Pledge that each student would sign upon crossing the stage at graduation ceremonies.
He served from 1984 to 1994 on the Medina Central School Board of Education, three of them as president.
Dedicated to his family, he was an adventurous cook and a Buffalo Sabres fan. He also made stained glass lamps, researched genealogy and refinished antiques.
A longtime resident of Medina, he moved to Clarence in 2018.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Cathy Houserman, retired principal of Medina Elementary School; a son, Dr. Michael; two daughters, Anne and Catherine; a brother, David; a sister, Susanne Torres; and a grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.