The Edmond Sun

June 17, 2013

Local dentist leads national group

Waugh becomes first Oklahoman to be organization’s president

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Dr. W. Scott Waugh was elected as the president of the American College of Dentists for 2013 as part of the College’s 92nd Annual Meeting and Convocation in San Francisco.

He is the first Oklahoman to be selected and will serve for one year, traveling throughout the United States and visiting other state’s dental associations and dental schools while representing the American Dental College.  

Waugh  was the recipient of the Oklahoma Dentist of the Year Award in 2009. In addition he has received The Thomas Jefferson Award and Dan Brannin awards from the Oklahoma Dental Association. He has served as president of the Oklahoma Dental Association and Oklahoma County Dental Association. He has practiced family dentistry in Edmond for more than 39 years.

Waugh is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Baylor College of Dentistry.

Before beginning his dental practice in Edmond, which is now known as Edmond Family Dental Designs, Waugh was awarded the Silver Star for service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  

Waugh was in Vietnam for 18 months and received the Combat Medics Badge, The Silver Star, Army Accommodation Medal three times, Air Combat Medal two times, National Defense Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal. This year, April 2013, he received additional recognition and an Accommodation Medal from the surgeon general for outstanding service and bravery in the Vietnam confict.  

According to Sheri, his wife of 41 years, Waugh has been active in the Edmond community since opening his practice in 1974.

He was a soccer coach for 12 years and received the Friend of Youth Award in Edmond in 1989. He also has been an Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce member since 1975, Kiwanis Club and Key Club sponsor from 1975-81. He served on the YMCA Board of Directors for five  years, Olympic Festival of Edmond Organizer from 1988-89, Edmond Community Service Day for Dental Services founder and chairman from 1986-87. Waugh has also served as a past chairman of the Board of Elders of Peach Lutheran Church.

Recently Waugh helped organize the statewide program “Mission of Mercy,” MOMs, which provides a day for free dental services throughout the state each year. Waugh remained on the board and served within the EARC Association from 1976-87.

Waugh has lived in Edmond for 39 years and he and his wife have three children who are all married, and he is now enjoying spoiling six grandchildren.

The ACD is the oldest national honorary dental society. It was founded in 1920 by a group of dental leaders who were concerned for the future of dentistry and wanted it to be a profession that had strong educational standards as well as leadership and ethics in dentistry.