Busby receives the 2013 Denny Pratt Volunteer of the Year Award

July 22, 2013
John Busby

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — “Was there ever anyone who ever helped you? Did anyone ever give you a break and give you an opportunity you might not have had without their help? Volunteering is just a way to pay tribute to the ones before you and to return the favor,” said John Busby D.D.S., president and managing partner of Affiliated Dentists S.C., in Madison, Wis., and the 2013 Denny Pratt Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.

“A lot of people have helped me with so many things,” said Busby. “Volunteering is a way of helping another generation with opportunities to grow personally and professionally. UW-Platteville has been the vehicle that allows me to do that.”

Busby is still heavily involved with UW-Platteville, as he is on the Foundation Board of Directors, an active member of the development committee, host of UW-Platteville golf events in Door County, and host of a reception for the Chancellor at his home. He and continues to be a great advocate of UW-Platteville, encouraging alumni to attend events and support UW-Platteville. Busby has established two scholarships at UW-Platteville; the Busby Family Entrepreneurial Scholarship for Platteville High School and also the John Busby D.D.S. and Affiliated Dentists Dental Scholarship. He participates in several golf outings to raise money for other UW-Platteville scholarships.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Busby. “Not only is it wonderful to be recognized by my alma mater, but Denny Pratt was my eighth grade social studies teacher at Platteville Junior High School.”

He can be found at Homecoming as he hosts a party every year at the Rendezvous tent.

Busby is a 1976 UW-Platteville biology graduate in the pre-dental program. While attending UW-Platteville, Busby was active in ROTC, played basketball, was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and was a campus ambassador.

“I had a great experience when I was attending UW-Platteville. Professionally and academically, UW-Platteville was like a launching pad for me,” said Busby. “I had the opportunity to do a lot of things beyond UW-Platteville, and volunteering is just one of the ways I can give back. Hopefully, future generations of students have a portion of the experience that I did, because the experience I had was superb.”

He was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1974 and graduated from the Marquette University School of Dentistry on the Army Health Professions Scholarship. He completed a five-year family practice residency at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Busby served in the Army from 1978-1983 and in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1997, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

His father, Dean Emeritus Ed Busby, was a professor of engineering at UW-Platteville and retired as the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science dean in 1988 after 22 years of teaching. Ed and Lois Busby received the UW-Platteville Distinguished Service Award from the UW-Platteville Foundation in 2007.

“My father had an incredibly strong influence in my life and he believed in giving back,” he said. “I have an incredibly self-serving interest, and with the new engineering building that has been proposed, I would like to have it named after my father.”

Busby is currently the vice president of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation and is a member of the Fellow Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association and Dane County Dental Association.

“The best part about volunteering is feeling like you’ve made a difference,” he said. “It is not a direct difference but intangible. Working with UW-Platteville I feel like I’m helping the university ultimately move towards the goal of enriching students lives.”

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu


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