Dr. Albenesius receives a retirement plaque from Dr. Bob Gellin.
Dr. Albenesius receives a retirement plaque from Dr. Bob Gellin.

On Feb. 28, Dr. Richard J. Albenesius ended a distinguished career in the service of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine that spanned some 34 years of tireless and dedicated employment. Following his graduation in 1983 from the MUSC College of Dental Medicine, Dr. “A” as he is affectionately called by students, faculty, and patients alike began his teaching career as a parttime instructor in the Division of Oral Medicine, Radiology and Emergency Service. In 1989, Dr. Albenesius sold his dental practice in order to continue working in the Division of Oral Medicine as a full-time faculty member.

Over the ensuing years, Dr. “A” earned the distinction of being a student favorite and was voted the Most Approachable Clinical Instructor, an honor that was bestowed upon him on more than one occasion. Such well-earned popularity in combination with his genuine pride of being a graduate of the College of Dental Medicine made Dr. “A” the ideal person to serve as chair of the University Alumni Affairs Committee, a position he held from 1995 until his retirement in 2017.

Other accomplishments and service include: in 1990 was awarded fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry; from 1992 to 2015 served as a board member for Trident Technical College dental assisting/hygiene program; from 2009 to 2011 was president of the MUSC faculty senate; and in 2014 was national president of the Psi Omega dental fraternity.

In reflecting back over Dr. Albenesius’ career, it is obvious that through his active involvement in positions of leadership within a myriad of local, state and national dental organizations, he represented the MUSC College of Dental Medicine in the best light.

By Associate Professor Charlie Ferguson and Professor Robert Gellin (Perio Residency ’85), Department of Stomatology chair and Division of Periodontics director