Dr. Dushkin received his DDS (1979) from McGill University and then went on to complete a one-year residency program in pediatric dentistry at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. As a general practitioner, he limited his practice to children.
Jerry has always been active in organized dentistry. In dental school, he was the student representative to the Quebec Order (college) of Dentists. Upon graduation he joined the Mount Royal /Alpha Omega dental society where he served on the Board of Directors and then served on its Executive. He also sat on the board of directors and the Executive of both the Quebec Dental Surgeons Association and the Canadian Dental Association where he was awarded the Certificate of Merit. Along the way, he served on numerous committees both as a member and chairman.
Dr. Dushkin was a proud Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy of Dentistry International, the International College of Dentistry and the American College of Dentistry. He served as a Governor for more than 30 years for Camp B’nai Brith and for many years on the dental advisory board of “Spectrum Quebec”.
In his spare time, Jerry enjoyed cycling, snowshoeing, and running.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.
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We lost a gentil member of our profession far too soon this week.
Jerry leadership on the world stage was always marked by his own quiet way to to find a resolution to any conflict .
He loved life and and lived life, dinning with friends and colleagues but his true passion was Patty and the children .
He gave up a thriving clinical practice at an early age to treasure family time. Rest easy my friend.
– Dr. Barry Dolman (PFA Chair for Canada)
I am devastated. The Canadian PFA Past and Present Leaders were so looking forward to celebrating Jerry’s induction as International PFA President. We were so proud of all that Jerry had accomplished. He was a true leader and ambassador for our country. On a personal note, I will never forget the generosity and kindness Jerry extended to me, taking me under his wing and mentoring me to take over his position. He emailed me all his letters to our Fellows, to ensure I would be successful. When I came to Montreal for a Quebec installation event, he took me out for dinner with Patti, the Quebec Chair, and his wife. It was a spectacular restaurant, and we had the best table, with a lovely view. Jerry had gone to the restaurant the night before, handpicked our table, to ensure that our dinner event would be perfect. The last time I saw Jerry was in Little Rock, Arkansas at our Board meeting. We were all panicked, worried about getting flights home, with the threat of airport closures. Jerry just smiled at me and said, “Don’t worry about it. If you can’t get back to Toronto, you’ll come to Florida and stay with me and Patti.” Jerry always had my back. He was a true friend and mentor. He was kind and generous and always smiling. I will miss him dearly.
– Dr. Lisa Bentley (PFA Trustee for Canada)
My condolences go out to Jerry’s family and friends. He was an example to all the PFA fellows of leadership, service, and friendship. Our dental community will miss him greatly.
– Dr. Trista Felty DMD (PFA Canada – British Columbia Chair)
He was also among the funniest people I’ve ever met, easily able to entertain in three languages. If you walked into any room he was in, it was easy to find him because he always was sure to be the centre of attention.
Someone else mentioned that he took them to a great Montreal restaurant and made sure they were well taken care of. One of the amazing things about Jerry is that he knew Montreal’s restaurants and their strengths and weaknesses as well as any professional restaurant critic. If you were unsure where to go any evening, all you needed to do was ask Jerry and he would steer you to the perfect spot in any price range you desired.
I will miss him.