Friday, April 21, 2006

Luncheon: National Genealogical Society

Saturday, September 2, Luncheon sponsored by the National Genealogical Society (NGS)

Speaker: Buford J. Suffridge, Jr.

Was Grandpa Really Grandpa?
This talk will not be about the science of DNA, but will give a brief overview explaining how DNA can be utilized as another aid in genealogical research; yet it is not a panacea as many believe. He will share some historical examples of its use in a few high profile (and one personal) cases. . .

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The presentation will be accompanied by PowerPoint visuals. He has previously made the presentation to several genealogical societies and other audiences.

Buford shared this aim for his luncheon talk, "I will make this an entertaining, as well as informative, talk and look forward to giving the presentation." As a science major, he has literally studied the DNA structure practically since it was discovered in 1954, and finds this "new science" combining DNA and genealogy absolutely fascinating.

Speaker Bio
After reading the biographical material that Buford shared, I needed to stop and take a breath. Some selected abstracts from his detailed bio follow. This man does not sit still!

Buford is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Social Fraternity. He attended the UofA School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia. Continuing his education, he attended the UofA Graduate School, Department of Geography. The next educational step was the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry where he graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. His employment background includes the North Carolina Department of Public Health, an active duty Lieutenant in the Naval Reserves, a general dentistry practice, and then on to the Orthodontic residency program at St. Louis University Medical Center where he graduated with a Master of Science degree with a specialty in orthodontics; thelatter was his full-time career until 2000.

Then he became the teacher, in the Orthodontic Graduate Program at The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, as an Assistant Professor. He still practices orthodontics on a part-time basis in Arkansas. After his two years of active duty with the U.S. Navy, he continued in the reserves and retired as a Captain. The further reserve duty carries an impressive list of accomplishments and the official decorations that accompany such service.

As if all this background is not enough to tell you that he is an interesting and educated man, he is a 1997 graduate of the Missouri School of Auctioneering, a licensed auctioneer in Arkansas, and a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course. He is a member of Perryville Masonic Lodge #238, F. & A.M., the Arkansas Scottish Rite and Scimitar Shrine Temple, Little Rock, Arkansas and has been a member of the West Little Rock Lions Club since 1974, having served twice as president and edits the monthly club bulletin, The Lions Mouth.

As a correspondent for the Perry County Edition of the Petit Jean Country Headlight, for the past six years he has written "Glimpses From The Past" a weekly column. He is a member of the Perry County Historical and Genealogical Society and is serving his second two-year term as president. He was co-editor of the book, Perry County, Arkansas, Its Land & People. He is a lifetime member of the Methodist Church.

His wife, Lynda Sue (Childers) Suffridge, worked as a librarian for the Arkansas History Commission and for the Arkansas House of Representatives. She has been active with several genealogical societies and is currently a member of the NGS Board of Directors. (Lynda’s bio doesn’t stop here, but since Buford is the speaker, he gets more space!)

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