National Alumni Society Member
Name: Randall Palmore
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): B.S. in Biology from UAB 1979/School of Dentistry, DMD 1983/Masters of Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) 2010
Hometown: Pinson, AL
Current town: Pinson, AL
Current employer and job: Self employed “Dentist” at The Dental Health Center in Pinson, AL
What is your favorite UAB memory? Coaching our dental intramural softball team that won the “Campus Championship”.
How has UAB impacted your life? My education there has opened up so many opportunities and given me the skills necessary to help other people.
What made you choose your current profession? Always interested in the health ﬁeld and felt like dentistry best suited my lifestyle and gifts.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? Spend it with my wonderful family.
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? Computers and the internet.
If you could go back to any age, what age and why? 18, I had a blast my senior year in High School at Pinson Valley.
Which historical ﬁgure do you most identify with and why? Abraham Lincoln. He achieved great things in his life through impossible circumstances and the difﬁcult obstacles he overcame.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world… What would it be and why? Poverty in the world, people without their basic needs of life being met have little hope and a poor quality of life.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? Wisdom
What traits do you most value in your friends? Honesty and dependability
Who would you want to portray you in life? The late Andy Grifﬁth
What is your motto in life? Try to always greet people with a friendly smile and treat others with respect and dignity.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Life is not just about you.
If you could start a charity, or non-proﬁt organization, what would it be and why? A program to help less fortunate people who are missing some or all of their teeth to regain a beautiful smile and sense of worth.
Student Alumni Society Member
Name: Steve Smith
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: DMD, School of Dentistry
Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Why did you choose to attend UAB? UAB School of Dentistry is a nationally acclaimed dental school and it just happens to be located in a great town. Birmingham has always been a second home to me, as I spent summers at nearby Camp Winnataska.
Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? Dr. Madelyn Coar in the endodontics department is a wonderful teacher because not only is she a respected Endodontist, but she is also a former grade school teacher who can adjust her teaching style to exactly what the class needs.
What is your favorite UAB memory? Watching my classmates compete in the Gurney Derby each year during homecoming. Scrubs are quite restrictive of movement, but somehow they make it work. The white coat ceremony was also a great memory because it marked our class’ entry into the dental profession.
What is your current state of mind? I’ll let you know when I figure it out.
What do you do for fun? Golf, Waterskiing, and Sailing. Usually as long as I am outside with good weather and friends I am having a good time.
Who are your heroes in real life? At this time in my life I would have to say my parents and my wife. My parents helped to shape me into the person I am today, while my wife has supported me and given me encouragement through dental school.
If you were given more time in each day, what would you do? Run or Bike. Anytime I add more exercise to my day, it gives me more energy for the next.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Teleportation. I love to travel to new places, but it would be great if I could go from place to place without the time it takes in between.
What is the best invention of your lifetime and why? Handheld internet devices. I like to call smartphones “peripheral brains” because they can retrieve information that doesn’t quite fit between the ears.