School of Dentistry: In Memoriam

In Memoriam

PAUL E. MCLERRAN, DDS Class of 1974, passed away on September 7, 2021, a day after his 74th birthday. He was a member of the first graduating class for the School of Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio.

The Giddings, Texas, native spent 10 years practicing dentistry in San Antonio after graduating from the new dental school. After a neuromuscular impairment forced Dr. McLerran to leave dentistry, he professionally reinvented himself, earning prestigious designations in commercial real estate and financial planning. After a brief time in commercial real estate, in 1987 he established McLerran & Associates, a dental practice brokerage firm, which he led for the next 24 years before retiring to spend more time with his family.

Dr. McLerran is survived by Carolyn, his wife of 46 years; two children, David and Allison (husband Michael Kennedy); two granddaughters, Juliette and Rafaelle; brothers, Ross and Scott; sister, Judy Prehn; and many nieces and nephews.

TODD R. EHRLICH, DDS Class of 1998, FAGD, of Spicewood, Texas, passed away on October 26, 2021, at the age of 52. He grew up in El Paso and earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Texas A&M University in 1993.

He went on to attend the top-ranked School of Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Ehrlich graduated Magna Cum Laude and was president of his class. He also served as president of the dental school’s alumni association. He developed a successful cosmetic and family dental practice, Smile Designs, in Austin. In addition, Dr. Ehrlich had his own training center, The Digital Enamel Education Center, which is designated as an official training center for DentsplySirona. He was one of the top CEREC trainers in the country and traveled around the world to instruct others.

Dr. Ehrlich is survived by his wife, Kristine; sons, Christian and Carson; mother, Sydney Millburn; and siblings, Linda Gudmundson, Brad Pike, Mark Ehrlich and Paige de Bruyn.

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In the 2021 issue of Salute

Salute is the official magazine for the alumni and friends of the School of Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Read and share inspiring stories highlighting our dental alumni, faculty and students who are revolutionizing education, research, patient care and critical services in the communities they serve.

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