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.

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 Plans for an Atlanta memorial service in January are pending additional information. An update will be posted after the funeral service on the Eickhoff and H.M. Patterson & Son – Oglethorpe Hill websites.

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


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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.

Ellen Sellers (Hagen)

December 6, 2018

I am so saddened to hear of Stan's passing. It has been many, many years since I have been in contact with him but I have always considered him a good old friend. I will never forget working with him, George, Herm and Larry while they were in their Prosthodontic Residency at Emory. Oh, how much fun we used to have! No one could make me laugh the way Stan used to! I also had the privilege of working with him as his Saturday assistant for awhile. He was such a fun, smart and kind man (even to this day I have never had anyone write such a glowing letter of recommendation, 37 years later I still have kept a copy of it!)
Sending love and heart felt sympathy to Pam and the family. I will always cherish our Emory memories and knowing Stan!

Jamie Howell

December 5, 2018

What am I going to do without my dentist and friend? Dr. Rye was more than a dentist to me. He was my comedic relief and the one who I often asked life advice from. He literally changed my life when he and Dr Cohen performed a miraculous bone graft with dental implants (he often lectured on my case). He and Pam always fought insurance companies for me after countless denials and would go above and beyond so I could get my dental care. He was my hero, friend and most wonderful dentist. All of my love, support and prayers to his family.

Anne Dorow

December 5, 2018

I started to work with Stan when he started lecturing for 3i. He was an amazing man as he had so much to share and teach. The clinicians that attended his lectures remembered his tips and tricks as he presented with fact but also with a great sense of humor. He could make anyone laugh and I looked forward to speaking with him as he could lighten up even my worst day. I will continue to remember him as he was, a man who was so smart that he understood that laughter was truly the best medicine. He will be missed.

Teddie Dominy

December 5, 2018

In 1986 I began working with Dr. Rye as his Dental Hygienist and took "maternity leave" in the summer of 1992 to have my twin daughters. Up until his passing I always heard him ask me, "When are you coming back from Maternity leave?"
I can recall so many fond memories. One of these being when he was our guest back home in middle Georgia for a Deer Hunting weekend with my husband. Only Dr. Rye would be wearing what looked like "starched, fresh from the dry cleaners" camouflage! He was always a Class Act, no matter what the situation.
As all of us know, he was the best at telling jokes and being comical in a good clean way.
However, his humor did not stand in the way of providing excellent dentistry to his patients, often very complicated cases. My daughters, Mother and myself are devastated at this tremendous loss. God Bless you Pam, Jessica and Chelsea. I will miss my dear friend!