Award History

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.