Celebrate 100 Years of NESO
“…nowhere could we have had the privilege of being part of a higher caliber, more sincerely devoted group of people than those who have guided the destiny of this society…”
NESO 100 Years Ago
On October 21 1921, NESO Founders met at New York Academy of Medicine to organize a society of Orthodontists. The name was New York Society of Orthodontists.
Martin Dewey Leuman M. Waugh
William C. Fisher Henry C. Ferris
Joseph D. Eby Victor Hugo Jackson
J. Lowe Young CWB Wheeler
The First Annual Meeting was held at the Vanderbilt Hotel , December 8, 1921. At the time, there were 35 orthodontists in city of NY and 12 in other cities in NY. They established an Initiation fee of $25, with Annual Dues of $10.
By 1946, the region extended to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, eastern Maritime Provinces of Canada and became the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists.
Celebrate the long and progressive history of NESO and the members and leadership, past and present, who supported its vision and mission from December 1921 to November 2021.
“It is not our number that is our source of pride. From our membership have come many of the leaders in our specialty and in the great profession of Dentistry. As the largest constituent of the American Association of Orthodontists, our society has born that role with responsibility and propriety. Never, within my memory, has it ever used its size as a means of power or influence.
What and who is responsible for this. There are trite or stereotyped phrases of praise that are frequently used in such circumstances. This is not in order. There are some clear and positive reasons. Initially, of course is that of our heritage, the wonderful and devoted people who started our society and carried it through its early period. There is another great factor, however, that I can only describe from my own experience. Like several of us, I have had the extremely good fortune to be active in some of our finest professional organizations. I can tell you that nowhere could we have had the privilege of being part of a higher caliber, more sincerely devoted group of people than those who have guided the destiny of this society.” Read more
– Wilbur J. Prezzano, B.S., D.D.S, White Plains, NY (President, NESO 1960). Presented at the 50th Anniversary Fall meeting of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists at the New York Hilton, New York, NY. November 5, 1971.