Stanley E. Rye

February 21, 1947December 1, 2018

Dr. Stan Rye of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on December 1st, 2018. Dr. Rye was born in Miami, Florida to Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Rye on February 21st, 1947. After serving in the Air Force in Vietnam, Dr. Rye received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Miami in 1974. In 1978, he graduated with honors from Emory University School of Dentistry, achieving a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He then completed a residency program in prosthodontics at Emory University School of Postgraduate Dentistry. Since 1980, Dr. Rye was in private practice and taught prosthodontics at the graduate level. He also provided Prosthodontic services at the Atlanta Clear Choice Centers since 2014. Professionally, he gained wide respect as an authority in treating complex reconstructive cases. Dr. Rye has been a recognized leader in the field of dental implants and has lectured nationally on the subject. He was a past president of the American College of Prosthodontists, Georgia Section, and an active member in many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, Academy of Osseointegration and the American Dental Association, to name a few. Dr. Rye had many interests including advancements in dental technologies, all types of photography and music. Having survived previous medical challenges, he had a deep faith in God and appreciation for the blessings of each day. He was dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible for his patients who meant so much to him. He loved his family with all his heart and cherished every moment spent together. Dr. Rye is preceded in death by his father, Atwell D. Rye, mother, Mabel Rye, and brother, Alan Rye. He is survived by his wife, Pam Rye; daughters, Jessica Rye Weston (Chris) and Chelsea Rye Brueder (Michael); grandchildren, Anna, Logan and Bennett Weston; brothers and sisters, Bernice Degen (Bill), Frances Ladner, Robert Murray Rye and Jon Mueller, and Stacey Lohr.

Plans for an Atlanta memorial service are postponed pending additional information. An update will be posted on the H.M. Patterson & Son – Oglethorpe Hill website.

Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon, Michigan is handling arrangements scheduled Saturday, December 15th, with visitation at 1:00 p.m., service at 2:00 p.m. and graveside interment immediately after. Anyone interested in attending may obtain additional information on the Eickhoff website or contact Dr. Rye’s office by email at

Memorials may be given to the Georgia Dental Association’s Foundation for Oral Health (includes GDA’s Mission of Mercy), established to provide dental care to thousands of adults in need:

ATTN: Foundation for Oral Health GEORGIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, #17-200 Atlanta, GA 30328 (404) 636-7553


  • Georgia Dental Association’s Foundation for Oral Health (includes GDA’s Mission of Mercy)


  • Visitation Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2018

Stanley E. Rye

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Pat McNabb

January 2, 2019

I was looking for the best and found him in Stan Rye - he changed my life, giving me the confidence I needed to have very complicated and successful dental work. He was a trusted professional and a very great human being, we always had humorous and insightfull discussions.

He will be missed but I am sure he is in a better place than he ever imagined.

Anissa CHU

December 18, 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Dr. Rye’s passing. We will miss him not only as our trusted dentist for over 20 years but for so many other reasons.
...his caring and dedication when he prioritized work we needed during our short visits back to the US and even following up with us when we were home abroad.
...his warmth, in telling my mother that he considered our family part of his.
...his passion beyond his work in the beautiful music we heard in the office, which he compiled himself.
...and of course, who can forget his amazing and impressive magnifying equipment on his head. We’ll miss seeing that unique “Dr. Rye look”.
These are just a few of the unique memories and experiences Dr. Rye shared with us.
We are blessed to have had Dr. Rye in our lives and will remember him fondly.
From James, Teresa, Anissa and Boris to Pam and your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Howard Smith

December 17, 2018

What can I say? Stan was our family dentist for over 40 years. I used to kid him that my family paid for his childrens' college. He would then reply with "why am I still working then?" I can honestly say I looked forward to going to see him, because I knew I would have the opportunity to laugh. Stan had such a great sense of humor. My Dad and I would actually prepare jokes in advance because we knew Stan liked a good joke. It is certainly the end of an era. I called it "dentistry and a show". Pam is definitely a saint for putting up with him, but I know that there is an empty space in her life now that will never be the same. I give my wholehearted condolences and want the Rye family to know just how much he meant to the Smith Family. He was one of a kind. Going to the dentist will truly never been the same.

Bobbie Ann Reynolds

December 14, 2018

Dr. Rye took care of our entire family. My boys looked forward to going to the dentist as they knew they were in good hands with Dr. Rye. My oldest Graham was normally petrified to go the dentist, but not with Dr. Rye as he was different and he had a special way to help put patients at ease. He was always so nice to all of us and very funny.

He will be forever missed as they don’t make doctors like Dr. Rye with his expertise and eagerness to take care of his patients.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pam
and the entire family. We feel very blessed to have had Dr. Rye take care of our family.

Raymond, Bobbie Ann, Graham, and Matthew Reynolds

Wayne & Lea Floyd

December 9, 2018

Pam & Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Dr. Rye. He was so good to us both and treated us like family. With his quick wit he always had a joke or two to share which helped calm me down. His care and concern for our dental care was always obvious and we are so thankful he was our dentist. We will truly miss him. Pam our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you and give you strength at this difficult time.
Love & peace,
Wayne & Lea Floyd

Carol Wolff

December 8, 2018

My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Rye’s family.
He was a mentor and teacher to me and helped me so much when we were all learning about implants back in the early 90’s! He always had a joke and made you smile - that is what I will always remember!

Diana McGhee

December 8, 2018

Dr. Rye has been my prosthodontist for over 15 years. I was so saddened to hear that this jovial, humorous, skilled and caring dental professional had transitioned. Because of his care and concern for my overall health, he literally saved my life on one occasion by identifying my unusual elevated blood pressure and told me to go directly to the emergency room. Dr. Rye treated our entire family and appreciated the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee that I would sometimes take for him. My prayers are with Pam and the entire family. We will miss him dearly.

Chuck Meiers

December 8, 2018

Stan came into our family's lives 15 years ago as our dentist - but he became so much more important. There are people you meet in the course of your life who leave an indelible impact not because of what they DO, but because of who they ARE.

Make no mistake, Stan was the best of the best in regards to his profession - a perfectionist at the cutting edge who joyfully taught others all that he knew while applying his considerable expertise to ensure all his patients were as healthy as they could be.

But who he was for us far surpassed what he did. He is one of the most engaging, kind, intelligent, witty men we have ever known, a true joy to be with. I will forever remember his sense of humor and his laugh - it brightened every conversation. Thank you Stan. It was a true privilege to have had you in our lives.

John Doris

December 7, 2018

Without question Stanley was one of the nicest ,and most talented dentist I have had the pleasure to work with on difficult cases . He was my own personal dentist and restored my mouth over20 years ago. My wife and I are so saddened by his premature passing,
Dr Rye’s wife ,daughters and extended family are in our thoughts and prayers.
John and Carol Doris


December 7, 2018

Dr Rye always brought a smile to my face when I would get a service call to repair his equipment. He was always the kindest man to me. My condolences to the family. I will miss his smile and laugh.