KCH Dentists 1984 Reunion

On the evening of Saturday 28th November 2009, the 1984 Dental Graduates of King’s College held a 25th anniversary reunion at the Chapters Restaurant, King’s College Strand Campus.

There was an excellent attendance, with 42 of the original 48 students travelling from all over the UK and abroad to be there. Two had come from Canada, two from the USA, one from Greece, one from South Africa and two from Hong Kong.

For many of us it was the first time we had met in 25 years, so naturally there was some apprehension about how well we would be able to renew old friendships. In the event we need not have worried, as we seemed to be able to pick up just where we had left off and the evening flew by all too quickly. We had great fun reminiscing about our undergraduate days, looking at photos from that time and catching up on what we had been doing since then.

It was interesting to hear of the different career paths we had followed since leaving King’s. Many had gone on to achieve notable success in Academic Dentistry, Maxillofacial Surgery, Specialist Practice and General Practice both here in the UK and abroad, whilst others had left the profession to successfully pursue careers in other fields or simply to retire!

Following dinner we remembered Mark Spurway, who had tragically died in 1998. We promised that we would keep in touch and get together again in at most five years time, although with so many renewed friendships, in many cases it will be much sooner. We now have our own Facebook page, Classofeightyfour Kchds.

Following our reunion we found that the fund to which we had all contributed to cover the cost of the event had a surplus of £364. Everyone has agreed that their share of the total should be donated to the King’s College Annual Fund on behalf of the King’s College Dental Graduates of 1984.

I would like to thank the King’s College Alumni Office and King’s College Catering Services, without whom the organisation of such a successful and memorable event would have been much more difficult.

Adrian Walley.

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