Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Harold V. Simpson, II, DDS
Dr. Harold Simpson is a Past TAPD President who served two terms, one in 1993-1994 and again in 2012-2013.
Please join us in congratulating him for the 2019/2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Name: Harold V. Simpson, II, DDS
Position: President – Twice!
Number of years in practice: 40
Where you went to dental school and completed residency: Dental School – UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Residency – Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas
Number of years as a TAPD member: 40
What made you decide to get involved as a TAPD member: Encouraged to join by Dr. Susie Seale & Dr. Paul Taylor
What have you learned in your time as a TAPD member: Every member can contribute and make a profound difference!
What surprised you the most about the legislative process: Unpredictable, slow, but with a just cause, commitment, compassion, teamwork, a masterful legislative advisor (Charlie Schnabel), excellent secretary (Monica), a small dedicated group can make a big difference!!
What are you most proud of about TAPD: The TAPD gets things done that truly benefit Texas children and every member has a voice and an opportunity to participate.
What do you see in the future for pediatric dentistry: Continuing the role of very early education for expectant parents and young parents, statewide, to help prevent caries and improve overall childhood health.
What advice would you give to a graduating pediatric resident: Know that you have acquired a unique skill set to benefit the children and adolescents you treat. Do the best you can… the kids are not perfect, and neither are we, as dentists. You have worked hard and now have a gift… God bless you in your career and life! If Texas is your home, stay involved in TAPD!!
I truly appreciate this – above any other professional recognition I could possibly receive – not that there is anything else coming anytime soon! Brett, Danny, Bill Steinhauer, Steve White, Susie Seale, Jim Shoptaw, Bob Offutt and many more were TAPD’s early voices of positive changes for all Texas youth and most vulnerable dental population. Thanks to all of you!
My best contribution to TAPD resulted from my close friendship with Charlie Schnabel. Many years ago, the TAPD leadership was looking for a legislative advisor. I had known Charlie for many years as an excellent quail hunter and pretty fair lobbyist- having been secretary of the Texas Senate for 22 years. He personally knew everyone who was anyone in Texas Government! Once we had Charlie on our team, TAPD’s legislative accomplishments were unmatched by any other state pediatric dental association in the nation! Thank you Charlie for your longstanding devotion to TAPD!
I love the TAPD! It’s our ORG! It’s your organization! It’s small enough that everyone has a voice and well respected and influential enough to get things done! And we have! And will continue to! Thank you!!
When you are sitting through these meetings and you think, “Why don’t they discuss this problem?” or “I wonder if we could do this?” Please make your thoughts heard! Monica Fairchild publishes when and where the board meetings will occur. Come to a board meeting and make your thoughts, concerns heard. They are informal and as welcoming as a board meeting can be.
This organization, more than any I have ever been around, is membership driven. So please, become involved, stay involved. How you and future generations practice dentistry literally depends on it! Thank you!!