ACOMS lost a friend, a colleague, and a fellow Regent this past week. Dr. Patrick Vezeau passed away on Monday September 11, 2017.
Pat was a private practice oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in South Dakota and Iowa. His path to South Dakota started at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Following service his country in the U.S. Navy as a general dentist, he completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Iowa and entered private practice.
Pat’s professional life involved more than just the typical private practice. He was an active member of a rural hospital in a community that needed individuals to step up and care for trauma patients. He lectured and authored articles in journals and textbooks. Pat was the chair of the committees which authored and constructed the AAOMS OMSITE and AAOMS OMSSAT exams. When ABOMS took over the OMS in-service testing he was the inaugural ABOMS “item editor” who oversaw item construction for the qualifying exam, recertification exam and residency in-service examination for the first several years. I can attest that for those years there were months that he spent hours every weekend reviewing, providing feedback and editing items.
In recent years Pat became a pilot and obtained his commercial license. He excelled in everything he did. Those who knew Pat recognized that he was extremely intelligent, dedicated, trust-worthy, and caring to all those he interacted with. He had a genuine nature about him that was evident when you spent time with him. Pat encompassed what every OMFS should be. He did the right thing because it was the right thing to do. As a friend, you realized how much he cared for people, especially his family. He was always excited to tell you about what they were doing and their accomplishments.
Those who knew Pat will miss him dearly. He wanted to make the world a better place to be. He achieved that and so much more. Those who did not have an opportunity to get to know him missed the pleasure of knowing a truly genuine soul.