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The American Board of Orthodontics presents the 2015 O.B. Vaughan Special Recognition Award to Drs. James J. Baldwin and Jerome H. Sklaroff


BaldwinSkarloffThe American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) awarded Dr. James J. Baldwin of Indianapolis, IN and Dr. Jerome H. Sklaroff of Philadelphia, PA, the O.B. Vaughan Special Recognition Award of the American Board of Orthodontics on May 16, 2015 at the annual luncheon of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, which was held in conjunction with the 2015 Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in San Francisco, CA.

The O.B. Vaughan Special Recognition Award is named in honor of Dr. O.B. Vaughan, an ABO past president. The ABO established this award to acknowledge those who have made significant contributions to orthodontic education and furthered the ideals of the ABO.

In 2014, Dr. Baldwin, retired from 58 years of continuous service as a part-time professor of orthodontics and member of the graduate faculty at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. He also held a part-time appointment at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Baldwin served as a referee for the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and The Angle Orthodontist.

Dr. Baldwin has received many prestigious awards, starting with his membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society. More recently, he was awarded life membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and was selected as the Honor Dentist of the Indianapolis District Dental Society. In May 2000, the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation presented Dr. Baldwin with the Louise Ada Jarabak Memorial International Teachers and Research Award. Dr. Baldwin also received the Dale B. Wade Award for Excellence in Orthodontics from the ABO in 2006. He has been a Diplomate of the ABO since 1966.

In the mid-1950s, Dr. Baldwin introduced Dr. Charles Burstone to the physical principles of statics and equilibrium. From this foundation, they jointly derived the original principles for orthodontic biomechanics, which was presented to the Angle Midwest Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists in 1960. Recent publications and textbook chapters include Pre- Prosthetic Alignment of a Compensated Class in Malocclusion in a Partially Edentulous Adult, Case Studies in Orthodontics 2000; and Adjunctive Orthodontic Therapy: Biological, Mechanical and Treatment Considerations, Textbook of Orthodontics, SE Bishara 2001.

Dr. Baldwin earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from DePauw University in 1947 and his master’s degree in physics from Yale University in 1948. In 1954, Dr. Baldwin earned his DDS from the University of Indiana. In 1960, he completed his master’s degree and certificate in orthodontics at the University of Indiana.

Dr. Sklaroff has been both a practicing orthodontist in his native Philadelphia and a teacher who has inspired students for 64 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry. He received his master’s degree in orthodontics from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Sklaroff, who has been a member of the American Association of Orthodontists since 1951, joined the graduate orthodontic faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. At that time he was 30 years old, making him the youngest member of the faculty. A full professor since 1990, Dr. Sklaroff has lectured undergraduates, conducted seminars for graduate students, and held continuing-education courses for dentists and orthodontists. At 92, he is now the oldest member of the faculty and currently conducts three graduate seminars weekly.

Dr. Sklaroff is also a World War II veteran and served was a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.