ESTHER WILKINS ’38, AUTHOR OF DEFINITIVE DENTAL HYGIENE TEXT, CREATES $100,000 SCHOLARSHIP
Esther Wilkins ’38 RDH, DMD, who turned 94 in December, owes the beginning of an illustrious career to Simmons. The science major, who still teaches at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, inadvertently wrote the definitive textbook on dental hygiene.
Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist started as Dr. Wilkins’ attempt to coordinate and organize the classes she was teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle. The text is now in its ninth edition.
Wilkins recently won a lifetime alumni achievement award from Tufts. The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine has designated its highest distinction the Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006, the City of Boston declared December 9 Esther M. Wilkins Day.
“All these things happened in my life because of my science background at Simmons,” Wilkins said.
Wilkins’s Simmons education was the result of careful planning and sacrifice. The commuter student took a walk, a train, and a subway to get to Simmons each day. “I know a scholarship would have helped me,” Wilkins said.
In this spirit, Wilkins has created the $100,000 Esther M. Wilkins Endowed Scholarship.
“There are plenty of students who could use some help,” she said. “Money counts.”