Dr. Thomas Diekwisch, a noted educator and researcher in the field of oral biology, earned his D.M.D. and doctorates in anatomy and philosophy in Germany, completed a fellowship in craniofacial biology at the University of Southern California, and taught at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Texas. Dr. Diekwisch today is the head of the oral biology department at the College of Dentistry of the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as the director of the college’s Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics.
The Brodie Lab was named for noted orthodontist Dr. Allan G. Brodie (1897-1976), who left an indelible mark on the university and the profession. He earned his dental degree in 1919 and began practice in 1920 in New Jersey. In 1925 and 1926, he studied at the Angle School of Orthodontics in California, under another luminary in the field, Dr. Edward Angle, often called the father of orthodontics. In 1929, after three more years of practice in New Jersey, he was called to Chicago to set up the University of Illinois’ graduate orthodontics department.
Highly accomplished, Dr. Brodie nevertheless found the time to earn both an MS and a PhD in anatomy from the university. His doctorate was the conclusion of his monumental work on the morphogenetic pattern of the human face from three months to eight years old, a work which at the time was considered a milestone in orthodontic research.
Dr. Brodie was one of the founders of the Angle Society of Orthodontists and served as its first secretary. He also belonged to several other professional associations for dentists and orthodontists. He headed the University of Illinois’ graduate orthodontics program from the time he established it until 1966, when he retired; he also served as dean of the university’s college of dentistry from 1944 until 1955.