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Who We Are

Delta Sigma Delta is an organization of dentists and dental students brought together with the common goal of promoting excellence in the dental profession. We currently have 33 dental school chapters, and 42 alumni chapters. At the school level, members have a great study support group, social events, education opportunities and do community service projects. Fellowship continues at the alumni level in graduate chapters all around the country.

On November 15, 1882, seven dental students in Ann Arbor, Michigan met and founded the first dental fraternity in the world. For a name, they transposed the initials of the D.D.S. degree, to D.S.D. and substituted the Greek letters ΔΣΔ. Delta Sigma Delta was born and this new chapter became known as Alpha Chapter. Upon graduation, these these men continued their bond by creating the Supreme (or Alumni) Chapter, from which developed the many Graduate Chapters. After 130 years, we are 75 chapters strong in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.

A message from our current Supreme Historian:
Thomas Lakars, DDS (Chicago, IL)

Greetings to our Delta Sig family and those interested in this quality organization. As fraternity historian, I edit chapter newsletters and photos to compose our quarterly magazine Desmos, a continuous historical record of fraternity activities since the magazine’s inception in 1894. Desmos is mailed in hard copy to our ~ 28,500 international members and also posted on our website, to facilitate electronic communications between chapters and members.

In January 1964, I was initiated into the Rho Chapter of student-members at the University of Illinois. Since graduating as a dentist in 1967, I have enjoyed Life Membership, including fraternity service as the deputy-advisor for Rho Chapter for 43 years. A wonderful fraternity enjoyed by young dental students, graduate practitioners and retired-dentist members, ΔΣΔ spans the ages.

Delta Sigma Delta Educational Foundation

The Educational Foundation grants loans of up to $10,000 to student members of the Fraternity who are in their 3rd or 4th year of dental school or those in accredited dental specialty training. The information for qualification and the loan application can be obtained by clicking on the link provided and should be read carefully. Applications are accepted only between January 1st and April 30th each year and must be sent by mail, not electronically. Loans are approved by a vote of the Foundation Trustees.

Student Loan Application

The application should be mailed to the Foundation address shown on the form. The administrator is Dr. David Hertel who can be reached at drdeh652(at) or 440-821-4323 (personal cell).

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