The Yellen-Schoverling Award was instituted by the respective families after Doctor Yellen’s death, to honor an individual who contributed significantly to Orthodontic Education.

Doctor A. P. Westfall hired Doctor Milton Yellen and Doctor William J. Schoverling to assist him in designing the curriculum and clinical program for the postdoctoral program. Doctors Yellen and Schoverling were recent graduates of the graduate program at the University of Washington in Seattle. These three dedicated men were primarily responsible for the original postdoctoral program in orthodontics at the University of Texas Dental Branch.

Doctors Yellen and Schoverling were both graduates of the Texas Dental College and the University of Washington in Seattle in 1951 and 1952, respectfully. While at the University of Washington they were under Doctor Alton Moore and Doctor Richard Reidel. They both practiced in Houston and taught in the Orthodontic Department until their deaths in 1983 and 1985.


“The Yellen-Schoverling Award is given each year by the University of Texas Orthodontic Alumni Association to honor the person who reflects the qualities and character of those men after whom the award is named and strives to carry on the ideals that were evident in their lives.The person who receives this award –

  1. offers continuing commitment toward, and contributions to, enhance excellence in orthodontics, through example and teaching;
  2. contributes to his/her respective community;
  3. and is involved with and supports the University of Texas Orthodontic Alumni Association.”

Past recipients:

1984 – Dr. Dan C. West

1985 – Dr. Tom B. King

1986 – Dr. Elwood L. Mooney

1987 – Dr. Moody Alexander

1988 – Dr. Bonham Magness

1989 – Dr. O.B. Vaughan

1990 – Dr. Richard Ressling

1991 – Dr. Jim Bob Barkley

1992 – Dr. Don Mayer

1993 – Dr. Bill Milligan

1994 – Dr. Stan Ault

1995 – Dr. Fred Garrett

1996 – Dr. R.G. “Wick” Alexander

1997 – Dr. Robert W. Magness

1998 – Dr. Bud Belanger

1999 – Dr. Mel DeSoto

2000 – Dr. David Turner

2001 – Dr. Ron Tietz

2002 – Dr. Sam Winkelmann

2003 – Dr. Carroll Sherman

2004 – Dr. Robert Minkoff

2005 – Dr. John Corbett

2006 – Dr. Jeryl English

2007 – Dr. Robert Orr

2008 – Dr. Ron Gallerano

2009 – Dr. Larry Tadlock

2010 – Dr. Buddy Kastrop

2011 – Dr. Hank Bussa

2012 – Dr. Philip Corbin

2013 – Dr. John St. Clair

2014 – Dr. Elizabeth Long

2015 -Dr. Carl Gullick

2016 – Dr. Ana Salas Lopez

2017 – Dr. Randy Ellis