It was with great sadness that on November 30, 2011, Dr. George Peacock passed away at the age of 73. Dr. Peacock’s impact on the dental community, and on his community in general, was enormous. A native of Cobourg, Ontario, Dr. Peacock earned his DDS from the University of Alberta in 1962. He returned to Saskatoon and practised dentistry for 14 years.
In 1976, Dr. Peacock was appointed secretary-registrar-treasurer of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan, a position he held until his retirement in 2004. Throughout his career, Dr. Peacock always enjoyed being active in the administrative aspects of his profession. He was a Life Member and past-president of the Saskatoon Dental Society and the Western Canada Dental Society, and a Life Member and past-president of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. He also chaired and served on several committees for CDA. In 1990 he received CDA’s Distinguished Service Award and in 1999 he earned Honourary Membership–the highest award extended to its members.
Dr. Peacock was a master fellow and past-president of the International College of Dentists (Canada), a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American International College of Dentists, as well as an honourary fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Peacock was quite involved with the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan, where he lectured for over 25 years. He was also proud to be an Honorary Member of both the Saskatchewan Dental Assistants and Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists Associations.
On a personal note, he was a well-respected teacher, mentor, administrator, colleague and friend. George will be fondly remembered for his soft spoken manner, his subtle sense of humour, his “digital-like” memory, and his ability to craft and interpret bylaws. Thank you George for your contributions to the dental profession provincially and nationally and to the community in general. Your tremendous influence will live on!
Dr. Peacock is survived by his loving wife Emily, whom he married in 1963, and his 5 sons, Cameron, Bryan, Gregory, James and Brent.
– Prepared by Jerod Orb, executive director of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan