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Posted by dentalinsider on February 15, 2007

Congressman, Dentist “Charlie” Norwood Dies

Dentist/Rep. Charles Norwood, who rose to leadership in Congress from the practice of dentistry to champion patient rights, died at his home Feb. 13 after an eight-year battle with disease. He was 65 years old.
“The country has lost a great leader today, and dentistry’s greatest advocate for the profession and patients will be sorely missed,” said ADA President Kathleen Roth. “Charlie Norwood was a well respected, honored statesman but always a dentist first. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
“Today, dentistry lost one of its giants and America lost a great congressman,” said Dr. James B. Bramson, ADA executive director. “Charlie could always cut through the clutter and tell it straight. He worked tirelessly to protect patients and help ease the burdens of small businesses. We will miss him greatly.”
Rep. Norwood, a Republican who described himself as “a gung-ho conservative,” represented Georgia’s 10th congressional district since 1995 and was re-elected in November 2006 in a landslide. He returned to Congress as feisty as ever, while battling cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
In a last act as a member of Congress, Rep. Norwood ordered reintroduction of the 1999 bipartisan Norwood-Dingell Patient’s Bill of Rights legislation that fell short of final passage after gaining approval from the House of Representatives and the Senate in separate sessions of Congress. He received the ADA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Award, for his “reach across the political aisle” in support of ADA-backed patient rights legislation.
The ADA Foundation is accepting memorial contributions in memory of Dr. Norwood and will forward these contributions to a charity designated by the family. All contributions will be acknowledged by the ADA Foundation and the Norwood family.

Source – American Dental Association e Gram

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