Dr. Walter Teteruck
Dr. Walter R. Teteruck
1934 - 2015
Dr. Walter R. Teteruck of London, Ontario, quietly passed away on August 13, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Loving husband to Nadine (predeceased), brother to Linda (Al), father to Robert and father-in-law to Karen, grandfather to Brandon and Sasha and partner to Elizabeth, he will be truly missed.
Born in Toronto in 1934 to Ephraim (Frank) and Julia, he graduated McGill dental school in 1961. After completing speciality training at the University of Indiana, he taught dentistry at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. In 1967 he moved his family back to Canada, where he helped found and inaugurate the new dental school at the University of Western Ontario in London. As a professor, he taught at the dental school for over 30 years and after his “retirement" he started and directed the department of Continuing Dental Education at Western.
He taught countless dental practitioners over the course of his long career and wrote and developed numerous books and research papers. He was recognized and respected throughout the world as a leader in dental education. He was recognized by his peers throughout his career, winning numerous honours including awards from the Academy of Dentistry International and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
He is fondly remembered for his kindness and dedication to helping individuals in whatever their needs. He is also remembered for his passion for automobiles (which in his younger years he rallied) and for living life to its fullest. He will be truly missed and fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched.
The family would like to express its sincere appreciation to Dr. Joy Mangel, Dr. Olga Vujovic, and the staff in the Critical Care Unit at Victoria Hospital.
Visitation on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London. A celebration of life will be conducted at St. George’s Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Rd. N., London, on Tuesday, August 18 at 11 a.m. Interment Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
August 15, 2015, 3:13 pm
Dear Rob, Linda, and Elizabeth:
It was with the deepest sadness that I read, today, of the passing of my friend and highly respective colleague, your dad, brother, and partner. Only a few short weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting him in his beautiful home. Wally's contributions to our profession through, particularly, the Dental Aptitude Testing Program and the establishment and conduct of Canada's premier Continuing Dental Education Program, have been without peer. And the services to our Faculty/School since 1967 have been nothing short of magnificent. He will be sorely missed.
Please permit me to convey to you and to all other members of the family, my most profound and heartfelt sympathy.
August 15, 2015, 6:42 pm
I am truly saddened to learn of Dr. Teteruck's passing. He was certainly one of the best instructors I've ever had, and I hear his voice often in my head to this day as I start a crown prep. As Dr. Teteruck once joked "Santa needs a new sleigh!" May the new sleigh come with extra horsepower and heated seats! Thank you Sir.
Brian and Mary Henderson
August 16, 2015, 4:58 pm
Brian and Mary Henderson, friends of Linda Teteruck, extend their sincere condolences to the family and wish Linda strength with the loss of her dear brother.
Ed and Diane Loyens
August 17, 2015, 8:13 am
Beth, our sincere condolences on the loss of your partner and friend. Thinking of you and Walter's family at this sad time.
August 17, 2015, 6:07 pm
His fight was a courageous one and I was privileged to be a part of it. To Rob, Linda
August 17, 2015, 9:34 pm
Some people make the world a better place just by being who they are. That certainly was Dr Walter tetruck a man of vision and boundless energy and a true friend .
So many memories-so many good times! So many continuous education together I always had a great discussion with wally in all parts of life . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.
Janice Kulyk Keefer
August 18, 2015, 8:24 am
We are saddened to hear of Walter's death, though heartened by the thought of what a rich, responsible and highly productive life he led.
Having only just flown back from Vancouver, where we attended a family wedding, we are, alas, unable to be with you for the funeral today, but send our love and deepest condolences,
Janice, Michael and family
Robert Kulyk (Joey) - Montreal
August 19, 2015, 1:23 pm
Dear Linda and Robbie, I am so sorry to hear about Walter’s passing. He accomplished so much in the field of dentistry and is legacy will live on. I have wonderful memories when I was young of driving with my parents to London and spending time with Nadine, Wally, and Robbie. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Dr. Carlo Pavan
August 31, 2015, 3:25 pm
Was away... I am sorry to hear this- a practical person in a difficult profession. A genuine gentleman. Always willing to share a moment with others.
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