A native of Oconee County, South Carolina, Dr. Neill Webster Macaulay graduated from the Atlanta Southern Dental College in 1926 and that same year entered private dental practice in Columbia, which he maintained until his retirement in 1958.
Throughout his career, Dr. Macaulay was widely recognized as a leading advocate for the profession of dentistry. He was an active member of the South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA), being one of only a few members to have held each of the association’s executive positions for at least one term.
While serving as SCDA’s president in 1956-57, he recognized the need for a comprehensive school of dentistry in South Carolina and thereafter served as a strong advocate in establishing the state’s only dental school at MUSC.
In 1968, Dr. Macaulay was elected to serve on MUSC’s Board of Trustees, a position he held until 1979. In 1973, he donated his growing collection of dental artifacts to the Medical University. Two years later, in 1975, the university opened a new museum of dental history to house this collection and dedicated it in his honor.
Although Dr. Macaulay was known as many things – a dentist, author, historian and a leader within the profession – many knew him best as a devoted mentor who helped open the door for young South Carolinians seeking a career in dentistry.
In the days before South Carolina had its own dental college, Dr. Macaulay worked to help the state’s aspiring young dentists gain entry at one of the other schools throughout the region.
Dr. Macaulay guided hundreds of students – known as “The Macaulay Boys” – not only into dental school but also throughout many of their careers. In so doing, he made an indelible mark on the state’s dental community for much of the 21st century, an impact that continues today.
Over the next 11 months we will complete the building renovation, redesign and install new exhibits, and celebrate with a rededication ceremony, honoring not only Dr. Macaulay, but all those who made the project possible.
As a member of the Southern Regional Education Plan, Dr. Neill Macaulay helped South Carolina dental students attend other states’ dental schools before the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC was established. If you or someone you know went to dental school thanks to Dr. Macaulay’s influence or advice, please let us know.