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Dental Society Honors Dr. Forbes For Dedication

By Staff | Nov 10, 2010

Dr. Bruce W. Forbes, center, is honored by Marshall-Wetzel-Tyler Dental Society Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Kelvin Feather, left, and President Dr. David Bridgeman.

On Oct. 21, members and guests of the Marshall-Wetzel-Tyler Dental Society met at Quinet’s Court Restaurant in New Martinsville to honor one of their long time members who recently retired from the practice of dentistry.

Dr. Bruce W. Forbes began his private practice in the arts and science of dentistry in 1960 after returning home from three years of service with the United States Army in Stuttgart, Germany. As a member of the army dental corp, Captain Forbes commanded the base dental clinic at Nellingen.

During the evening celebration, Dr. David Bridgeman, president of MWT Dental Society, paid tribute by highlighting some of the more memorable achievements and events over Dr. Forbes’ 53 years of service to his profession, patients, community, and country. Dr. Forbes had a thriving practice in New Martinsville and served many thousands of patients over those years.

Throughout his practice years, Dr. Forbes maintained memberships in the American Dental Association, the West Virginia Dental Association, the Marshall-Wetzel-Tyler Dental Society, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, and the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators. In 2001, he was honored with induction as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

Dr. Forbes is a graduate of Magnolia High School, West Liberty State College, and Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. Dr. Forbes has been a member and strong supporter of the alumni organizations of both universities, as well as an ardent supporter of Magnolia High School and the New Martinsville Band Patrons, in particular.

Dr. Forbes’ civic involvement has included the New Martinsville Jaycees, the New Martinsville Lions Club, the New Martinsville Yacht Club, and, currently, the New Martinsville Rotary Club. He has been a long time member of the New Martinsville United Methodist Church.

Dr. Forbes feels blessed to have been able to serve his profession for so many years and takes great pride in the fact that his daughter, Dr. Diane Forbes, continues the practice he started so many years ago.