In Memoriam
Peter E. Dawson, DDS
Christian Medical & Dental Associations Board of Trustees

Dr. Peter E. Dawson, renowned clinician, teacher, author and founder of the Dawson Academy, died on Saturday, July 27 at the age of 89. Known around the world for his work in restorative dentistry, occlusion, and diagnosing and treating temporomandibular disorders, Dr. Dawson is widely considered one of the most influential clinicians and teachers in dental history. For the last eight years, he proudly served as a member of CMDA’s Board of Trustees. He was integral in the development of CMDA’s Dental Ministries and events like the Emerging Leaders in Dentistry Symposium. Through his endowment, the Peter E. Dawson Chair of Dentistry was created, and his generous financial support helped start CMDA’s Dental Residency (+) program.

A 1954 graduate of the Emory University School of Dentistry, Dr. Peter Dawson practiced restorative and prosthodontic dentistry for more than 50 years. He combined active practice with a very busy teaching/lecturing schedule at national and international meetings, as well as at several universities. In addition, he founded the Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Study and developed a complete curriculum for advanced postgraduate study. Satellite Dawson Academies are now located in several states and many foreign countries. He authored five textbooks and hundreds of articles. He was a leader in developing diagnostic and treatment protocols for TMJ disorders and orofacial pain. Together with his wife Jodie, they raised four children and eight grandchildren.

Show Your Support

  • Visitation: Thursday, August 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. M L King Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
  • Service: Friday, August 30 at 1 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Fellowship, 3800 17th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713
  • Condolences may be written at
  • At the family’s request, contributions in memory of Dr. Dawson may be sent to Christian Medical & Dental Associations’ Dental Ministry program at or mailed to P.O. Box 7500, Bristol, TN 37621 referencing Dr. Dawson.

As Pete became involved with CMDA, around 2012, he was interviewed by our CEO Dr. David Stevens. Following is a link to that interview—enjoy!

Download Dr. Dawson's CV here: