Obituary: Dr. Ronald Mullen
Ronald Mullen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, growing up in Rosetown, where he excelled in academics and athletics. He obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan, his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Alberta and his Masters of Science in Dentistry in Orthodontics degree from Northwestern.
In 1957, Dr. Mullen was the third orthodontist located in Edmonton, where he divided his time between private practice and academics at the University of Alberta. Always the innovator, Dr. Mullen along with Drs. Haryett and Dr. Pawliuk co-founded the Post-Graduate Program in Orthodontics at the University of Alberta. In 1972 Ronald, Jack Little and Sam Hoshizaki founded Empire Orthodontics, the first group orthodontic practice in Western Canada.
Dr. Mullen was a contributor to his profession, holding numerous executive positions; he was President of the CAO from 1976 to 1978; for many years was Chief Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists; Orthodontic Consultant for Health Canada; and chair of the ADA Orthodontic Screening Committee. He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Ron also volunteered in the community, belonged to Probus, and was an active Rotarian with 50 years of perfect attendance.
Dr. Mullen peacefully passed away on April 22, 2019. He is survived by his wife Betty, sister Shirleymae, children Lynne and Jim and numerous grandchildren. The CAO extends its condolences to the Mullen family during this time of loss.