Health Sciences Library Celebrates Donation of the Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin Collection

A distinctive collection of dental books and journals featuring the scholarly contributions of former Dean of the CU School of Dentistry Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin has been donated to the Health Sciences Library by Estelle Meskin.  Dr. Meskin, who died unexpectedly in 2007, served as Dean of the School from 1981 to 1987, after which he served as CU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, and led the Dental School’s continuing education program.

Dr. Meskin was a founding member of the Santa Fe Group, an organization of internationally recognized scholars and leaders with a common interest in improving oral health and which works to advocate for innovative solutions to problems in health care services and delivery.

Dr. Meskin earned his dental degree from the University of Detroit in 1961, and prior to coming to CU taught at the University of Minnesota for 20 years.  He served as Editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association from 1990 through 2001, was Chair of the Editorial Board of Dental Abstracts, and across a highly distinguished career published over 200 scholarly articles.  Among the items in the collection are editorials, articles and monographs that Dr. Meskin authored.  Key interests during his academic career were public policy and dentistry, and dental education financing.

About the donation, Estelle Meskin has said, “Larry was one of the outstanding leaders and mentors within the dental profession, and he was a real visionary in dental education.  I’m thrilled the Library will provide a permanent place for and access to Larry’s scholarship.”

According to Library Director Jerry Perry, “On behalf of the Library’s community of users, we thank Estelle and the entire Meskin family, and are pleased and honored to accept Dr. Meskin’s collection.  He was a key figure in the University’s history, and was deeply loved and respected.  We are happy to provide a focal point on campus for our users to consult his work.”  The collection is located in the Library’s Special Collections Room, on the 3rd floor.

For additional information about the Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin Collection, please contact Jerry Perry, Director, at 303-724-2133 or

[Jerry Perry,  Health Sciences Library Director]