Arc of Howard Co. honors dentist Henry Fasteau


June 04, 1998|By Geri Hastings | Geri Hastings,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DR. HENRY FASTEAU, a dentist who for many years has provided excellent services to people with developmental disabilities, received the Outstanding Professional award at the awards banquet of the Arc of Howard County Inc. on Friday.

The Arc, a United Way agency, provides advocacy and support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Awards were presented to organizations and individuals who have helped make life more productive for disabled citizens.

According to the presentation, Fasteau, who lives in Glenwood and practices in Dorsey Hall, was nominated for the award because "he and his staff are patient and kind and take the extra time and effort that some people may need."

Some of his patients have multiple disabilities, and have lived in institutions for many years. Some health care professionals might shy away from these people, but Fasteau and his staff have gone the extra mile to make these consumers feel comfortable.

Fasteau, a native of Silver Spring, graduated from George Washington University and the University of Maryland Dental School.

He served a one-year residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.

In addition, he has a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, a distinction held by only about 1,000 dentists worldwide.

His wife, Barbara, who manages his dental office, describes Fasteau as "a perpetual student and a perpetual helper."

She is his No. 1 fan. Describing the qualities of her husband of 16 years, his love of dentistry and his interest in all his patients, Barbara Fasteau remembered a phone call to the office some years ago in which the caller asked, "Do you treat retarded citizens?"

She said her husband's reply was just as she would have expected.

"Of course. We treat everybody."

Fasteau has always treated disabled patients and believes "that a health care professional has an obligation to treat all patients, regardless of disabilities."

He credits his success in working with clients from the Arc to "a real team effort by his wonderful staff," and credits dental hygienist Debbie Pesce, in particular, as a staff member who has gone out of her way to make sure each Arc client has a successful visit.

While all the hygienists in his office do a great job, he says, the counselors from the Arc routinely request Pesce's services.

As Fasteau received his plaque at the banquet, his wife, their children, Melissa, 9, and Stephen, 7, his mother, Arnette, and his sister, Alberta Fisher, and her husband, David, and Pesce, led the applause.

It's just beginning

Many high school seniors have left for the ocean. Many graduation parties have taken place. Graduation ceremonies are now just a memory.

But what memories!

Glenelg and River Hill high schools had beautiful ceremonies that captured the essence of each school.

Glenelg's ceremony, the more formal of the two, emphasized tradition, while River Hill's focused on newness and change.

It was wonderful to see so many Glenelg graduates at the River Hill graduation. They came to support and cheer on former classmates separated from them by redistricting.

The warmth of the late spring afternoon contributed to the

festive atmosphere at Merriweather Post Pavilion, where River Hill's first commencement was held.

River Hill senior Sarah Johnson delivered an eloquent commencement address that stressed the relationship of hard work to achievement.

She cited many historical figures who succeeded, despite being told that they would never amount to anything.

After the musical selection, "My Wish for You" -- performed by the River Hill High School Concert Choir -- Caitlin Bair and Christine Glatsky enlivened the evening with a humorous dialogue about the Class of 1998's two years at the new school.

River Hill's first graduating class of 185 students amassed more than $2 million in school and community scholarships.

To name just a few, Erik Cannon received McDonald's Crew Excellence Scholarship; Tim Gilday received the Sam Walton Scholarship; and Glatsky was awarded the Howard County Professional Firefighters Scholarship.

Erik McCoy received the Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. of Columbia scholarship, and Courtney Weglein received the Council of Administrative and Supervisory Employees of Baltimore Public Schools Scholarship.

Chris Martin was awarded a National Merit Scholarship to Carleton College, and Sam Salganik was awarded a National Merit -- Times Mirror Scholarship.

William Allen received a Navy ROTC Scholarship, to be used at any college in the United States that has an ROTC program. He has chosen to join the Naval ROTC Program at Georgia Tech, and study engineering.

Competing against more than 12,000 students from across the United States, Bair has won a National Honor Society scholarship sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Each high school NHS chapter was allowed to nominate two students for the award, based on leadership, scholastic achievement, character and service.

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