Newell H. Yaple, D.D.S. ’50, Oral Surgeon, Scholar, Educator, Humanitarian

Newell was born in 1932 in Chillicothe, graduated from West High School in 1950, attended Duke University from 1950-52, Ohio State University from 1952-53, graduated from OSU College of Dentistry, Cum Laude, in 1957.

His internship and residency years were spent at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and he took Post-graduate study from New York University College of Dentistry from 1958-59. Upon completion of his oral surgery training at Bellevue Hospital, his education opened the door for him to practice anywhere in the country. However, he chose to return to Columbus where he opened his office for the practice of oral surgery in 1962 to serve the people on the Westside.

He was a talented, respected and compassionate oral surgeon who was always kind to his classmates and members of their families, often providing free service to those in need. Beginning in the Columbus Dental Society, Newell worked to improve the profession. His dedication and reputation as an innovative thinker led to more and more appointments to various councils and committees.

He eventually served as president of the Columbus Dental Society, the Ohio Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the Ohio Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. In his Distinguished Dentist Award letter, it read: “Dr. Yaple has dedicated an illustrious career to the development, inspiration, and caring for his patients, students, colleagues, and friends. He has epitomized the integrity, skill, and compassion that are the foundations for the profession.”

Newell is still passionate about dentistry, but his recent retirement has afforded him the opportunity to enjoy those activities there never seemed to be enough time for before. He is an active member and volunteer of Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton, Florida and volunteers one day a week to answer phones and interview, in person, those who come to the church seeking financial assistance.

He and his wife, Mary, have built a home in Palmetto, Florida where they can spend their leisure time fishing, boating and traveling.