Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Former dentist King to be honored with marker

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018

A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating Huntington dentist Dr. Otto U. King, the first general secretary and editor of the American Dental Association, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20. The marker dedication will begin at 11:30 a.m. at 322 N. Jefferson Street, located next to Smith Furniture. Parking for the event will be available along the side streets in the area.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for this state historical marker. The marker examines Dr. King’s contributions to dentistry and advancements in the field in the 20th Century. The text for the state marker, entitled “Dr. Otto U. King, 1873-1951,” reads:

“Huntington dentist Dr. Otto King was essential in leading the American Dental Association as its first General Secretary and Editor, 1913-1927. He founded The Journal of the American Dental Association, first published in this city by Whitelock Press. JADA facilitates the international exchange of dental research and professionalization of the field of dentistry.”

“Dr. King advocated for better dental education, preventative dentistry, and free dental care for children. As a member of Committee on Dentistry, Council of National Defense, he mobilized dentists for WWI service to treat oral trauma inflicted by trench warfare. Promoted free care of recruits barred due to dental issues. King also co-founded the American College of Dentists in 1920.”

For more information about the Indiana Historical Marker Program and other resources about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at www.IN.gov/history or call (317) 232-2535. For more information about the marker dedication ceremony commemorating Dr. Otto U. King, contact Dr. John Regan, DDS, MAGD, FACD, LLC at johnregandds@gmail.com.

This is the 11th standing state historical marker installed in Huntington County. For information on other state markers in the county, see www.in.gov/history/markers/3819.htm#huntington.