The Academy of General Dentistry announces Dr. William R. “Roy” Thompson, of Murfreesboro, received the organization’s Humanitarian Award during the AGD 2014 annual meeting and exhibits June 26-29 in Detroit.
The AGD Humanitarian Award honors an individual who engages in voluntary service and who demonstrates consistent commitment to enhancing the image of general dentistry through quality dental care and civic leadership. Only 16 of the AGD’s 38,000 members have received this award since its inception in 1982.
In 2009, Thompson joined the board of Nashville’s Interfaith Dental Clinic, which delivers low-cost, comprehensive dental care to low-income and uninsured individuals in middle Tennessee. During his tenure on the board, he has been instrumental in raising more than $1.5 million and establishing a satellite location in Rutherford County. He currently is the clinic’s board chairman.
“We are proud to recognize Dr. Thompson for his determination to bring quality oral health care to underserved populations,” says AGD President W. Carter Brown, DMD, FAGD. “His dedication to helping those in need is truly inspirational.”
Thompson graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1978 and has practiced general dentistry in Murfreesboro since that time. He teaches for a local dental assisting program, and his office has been a site for the program’s clinical rotations for more than 15 years. He also is one of the primary legislative advocates for dentistry in Tennessee.
Thompson has served both the AGD and the American Dental Association on the local, state and national levels. He is a past president of both the Tennessee AGD and the Tennessee Dental Association, and he served as the liaison between the TDA and the Tennessee Board of Dentistry for four years. He is a member of the AGD Annual Meetings Council and was chair of the 2013 Local Advisory Committee. He currently chairs the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.
Thompson also has served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Murfreesboro and on the board of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon counties. He and his wife of 35 years, Margrey Thompson, attend North Boulevard Church of Christ, where he served for eight years as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and currently is a Sunday school class leader. The Thompsons have three children, Heather, 26, Dylan, 22, and Molly, 20.
Margrey Thompson and her family are from Lebanon.