||Dr. William C. Godwin, DDS, MS, Professor
Emeritus, Biologic & Materials Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics, University of
Michigan School of Dentistry, 1011 North University Avenue, Ann
Arbor, MI 48109, Phone 734 763 5280 Fax 734 763 3453
C. Godwin, DDS, MS, Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics, completed
his phased retirement on January 31, 1989. Dr. Godwin was an officer in the Air Force from
1943 to 1947 where he received the purple heart, air medal, and silver star. He attended
Wayne University, entered the School of Dentistry and received his DDS in 1951, and his MS
degree in 1954 in Prosthodontics. Dr. Godwin was named assistant professor in the School
of Dentistry in 1955, associate professor in 1956, and professor in 1964. He maintained
his private practice until 1983.
Dr. Godwin's teaching has been primarily in
undergraduate prosthodontics, and in continuing education courses. Dr. Godwin has
supervised the construction of mouthguards for the University of Michigan football and
hockey players. He has encouraged dentists in various towns throughout the state to
provide mouthguards for high school athletes and has been successful in this endeavor. Dr.
Godwin has authored numerous articles and has participated in many symposia on intra oral
protection and related subjects promoting the prevention of oral facial injuries to
athletes. He served as Vice-President of the Ann Arbor Hockey Association, and President
of the Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey League, and was dental consultant to the Department of
Intercollegiate Athletics at The University of Michigan. Dr. Godwin was consulting editor
for the American Dental Association (ADA) Journal, and chair of the Michigan State Dental
Association Committee on Mouth Protection. He was awarded the Governor's Trophy in Health
Sciences in 1962 and a Certificate of Merit from The University of Michigan in 1982.
Dr. Godwin's dedication and excellence as a preclinical and clinical teacher lead to
his receiving the Paul Gibbons Award as outstanding teacher of the year in 1976. His
research activity has included the development of a mouthguard to protect the dentition of
athletes in contact sports. Beyond this he has been instrumental in the development of
model programs to provide athletes with custom filled mouthguards.