OBITUARY

Leonard I. Linkow

February 25, 1926January 26, 2017

Dr. Leonard I Linkow (February 25, 1926- January 26, 2017)

Dr Leonard Linkow, who took the dentistry profession by storm after revolutionizing the earliest known forms of dental implants, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon.

The Brooklyn born dentist, graduated from NYU Dental School and is responsible for changing the course of dentistry in one lifetime. He is known as the “Father of Dental Implants.” He is the only dentist to ever be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Linkow was recruited to be on the NY Giants baseball team but decided to enter the U.S Army from May 15, 1945-May 16, 1946. He placed his first dental implant in 1952, four months after he graduated from dental school. He set a path for countless physicians after trailblazing through generations of doubters and non-believers by sharing and proving his results with patients and colleagues alike. It takes a certain bravery to go against the norm in a field like oral surgery. Dr Linkow, having been the first to use titanium blade implants, asserting that there would be enough jawbone resorption throughout the characteristically designed grooves of these resilient implants after surgery, gave thousands of people their confidence back with the final touch of some beautifully filed porcelain and a real reason to smile. Weather it’s subperiosteal over endosteal, or a blade over a screw, his foresights into the direction of how artificial teeth should come to use were nothing short of a miracle. People with periodontal diseases, injuries or other reasons would find refuge under his steady and stealth hands. He was known to perform many operations a day with little to no breaks.

In 1992, NYU, his alma mater created the first and only endowed chair in implantology (which bears his name in perpetuity). Dr. Linkow has published 22 books translated in 7 languages, authored more than 100 clinical articles, and has six institutes named after him, some of which include The Linkow International Institute of Oral Implantology in Bari, Italy; The Linkow International Institute of Oral Implantology in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Linkow Implant Institute-Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica. He holds 36 US patents in dental implants. He was Knighted in the Saint Thomas Church in NYC and has a street named after him in Koppel-Graffenhausen, Germany. In 50+ years of practice, Dr. Linkow has treated more than 100,000 patients. He was one of the three founding fathers of the first esthetic dental society, and he helped create the American Society of Dental Esthetics. Leonard Linkow.

His hobbies included nature, music, planting, teaching, astronomy, writing, and traveling.

He was fascinated with the stars and believed in the idea that your soul finally gets to see what’s out there in the “cosmos” when you pass on.

He leaves behind his wife Cecilia, ex-wife Rosita, daughter Sheree Mandelbaum, son-in-law Nathan, four grandchildren, Stephanie Fieldston and her husband Todd, Steven Foxx, Michael Foxx, and Jennifer Mandelbaum and great-grandchild Alexa Fieldston. He was predeceased by his daughter, Robin Foxx.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 at Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston, NJ. Interment to follow at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, NJ.

In lieu of flowers or food, please make a donation to support Dr. Linkow’s vision and the field of dentistry: The NYU College of Dentistry, Dr. Leonard I. Linkow Fund, 345 East 24th Street Suite (1025 Schwartz), New York, NY 10010. Call Marsha Metrinko 212-998-9629 or E-mail marsha.metrinko@nyu.edu to make a donation over the phone.Thank you for your contributions and for your healing power.

This legend of a man will be greatly missed.

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 29, 2017
REMEMBERING

Leonard I. Linkow

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P. Jason King

April 27, 2017

I just learned of his passing, he was truly one of the finest men I have ever met. He did my entire mouth and told me many times that I would always be in his memory as a patient he wouldn't want again. He was always kidding around with me. I was saddened when he decided to retire. My wife and I will have Cecilia and his family in our prayers. Not only do I have a great smile due to him but am a better person for knowing him. Jason King

Barbara Peterson

April 16, 2017

Dr. Amilkar Ariza

April 15, 2017

My "father" as I called him. I just knew today of your departure from this world. Even though I am very sad, I am so happy to have been blessed of knowing you, working beside you and learn from you. You were my academic and personal inspiration and I really loved you my friend. From Colombia my deepest condolences to his family, I would have loved to be with you in January.

Bruce fischl

March 11, 2017

Lenny was my oldest and dearest friend. We were friends since he was ten and I was nine. Bruce L.Fischl

steve rosen

March 8, 2017

you were my dentist as a kid and the reason i became a dentist. flat out i thought u were so cool. you gave me my first job and taught me so much. tx for everything my condolences to your family. rest in peace my friend

Joe Druck

March 4, 2017

Lenny may you rest in peace. I felt honoured to be your friend. Thank you for all you have done for me. I shall always be greatful to you. You were one of a kind.

Haris Goldman

February 28, 2017

I met Dr Linkow in 1971 and had been involved with him ever since.I watched him do countless surgeries, attended many many lectures,had numerous dinners with him. I learned so much of my implant knowledge from him and owe him a huge debt of gratitude for helping me
get into the implant business. His love for his daughters was second to none! He was a great leader,teacher,friend and will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched.My deepest condolences
to the family members and close friends
that are still here to cherish his memory.

Frederic Giauque

February 28, 2017

RIP my dear friend and mentor. I miss you.

Barbara Peterson

February 26, 2017

I managed the office from 1971 to 1975. During that time my whole life changed and i am the person i am today only because of this exposure. I was privileged to see the work, the courage and stamina this man had. I am still friends witb Dr. Kohen and Virginia Edwards, his assistant. They have become life long friends. He was one of a kind!

Francis DuCoin

January 31, 2017

There only was and there will only be one Dr. Lenny Linkow. His vision, determination, passion and hard work changed dentistry and thus helped millions of people. He was a great leader, and friend, and will be greatly missed, but always - always - remembered. Thank you Lenny, we all owe you so much. May your soul rest in peace.