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Legacies of Greatness Fundraiser to feature prominent dentist

The National Panhellenic Council at Austin Peay State University will host a Legacies of Greatness Fundraiser to benefit the Jennifer Meningall Endowment with featured speaker Dr. Walter R. Owens, a prominent dentist in Nashville.

The fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. Admission is $5 at the door. The community is invited.
The National Panhellenic Council at Austin Peay State University will host a Legacies of Greatness Fundraiser to benefit the Jennifer Meningall Endowment with featured speaker Dr. Walter R. Owens, a prominent dentist in Nashville.

The fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. Admission is $5 at the door. The community is invited.

Through his community service programs, Owens has assisted young people and their families in learning about survival strategies, interacting with role models and developing their skills for critical thinking. His speaking topic is “Leaving your Legacy.”

Owens received his early education in Nashville and is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in zoology. He earned a D.D.S. degree in 1975 from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Owens served in the U.S. and overseas with the U.S. Army and served as an instructor at Meharry Medical College Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology. He has served the National Dental Association for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees and House of Delegates and in a local capacity as president of Capital City Dental Society. Owens recently retired from private practice after 25 years of service to the east Nashville community.

Owens currently serves as president-elect of the National Dental Association, senior development officer for Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, executive secretary for the Pan-Tennessee Dental Association, liaison to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry, member of the TennCare Advisory Committee, member of the Peer Review Committee for the state of Tennessee, area director for Middle Tennessee Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc., treasurer chi boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, member of the board of directors of Dental Services of Massachusetts and a fellow in the American College of Dentists.

He also was integral in creating many programs that currently serve the state of Tennessee and its citizens.

Owens, a Nashville native, has two sons. -- Tabitha Gilliland