Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tributes after Death of Highly-Respected Dentist

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tributes after Death of Highly-Respected Dentist

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Byline: Tim Stickings Reporter tim.stickings@trinitymirror.co.uk

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Newcastle dentist and university professor who "changed the way dental services are provided in the UK".

Emeritus Professor Jimmy Steele was head of Newcastle University's School of Dental Sciences for seven years and spearheaded medical research for the Government which aimed to transform the quality of dental care in Britain.

The 55-year-old, who died 22 months after being diagnosed with glioblastoma and whose wife Katie Bushby is also a Newcastle University professor, was awarded a CBE for services to dentistry in 2012 and worked on two of the UK Government's 10-yearly Adult Dental Health Surveys.

University vice chancellor, Professor Chris Day, said: "Jimmy was hugely respected around the world as a leader in his field and will be sadly missed by all of those who knew him both professionally and personally.

Professor Jimmy Steele "His strong background in research and education led him to take on a number of national leadership roles which were pivotal in shaping dental services across the UK to enable the best care for patients.

"Jimmy was passionate about finding ways to improve the quality of care for patients and making a difference to people's lives. He was also an outstanding teacher, I will always remember the warmth he showed when sharing his knowledge with the hundreds of students he has inspired over the years."

Prof Steele, who worked at Newcastle University for 28 years in all, received a prestigious John Tomes Medal by the British Dental Association, in recognition of his work to improve dental care. Away from his dental work he enjoyed bird-watching and good restaurants, running regular 'Fish Days' for charity auctions where he would teach his students to make a seafood meal.

Professor David Burn, pro-vice chancellor for the Faculty of Medical Sciences, said: "Everyone has been saddened to hear of Jimmy's passing. …

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