Alumni National Awards


HendricksGary A. Hendricks, D.D.S., Dent ’85
Cumberland, Wis.

What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). Dr. Gary Hendricks’ favorite Bible verse tells us a lot about a man who has been involved in mission work in the Dominican Republic for more than 20 years and served as a Marquette preceptor at Chippewa Valley Technical College dental clinic for nearly a decade.

Recently retired from private practice at Cumberland Family Dental, Gary, along with his wife Ann, has devoted much of his free time to Servidores Mundiales, a faith-based organization in the Dominican Republic. Since 2002, it has been providing dental services to a dozen small communities in the impoverished Los Anones region. When not working in the clinic, Gary can be found visiting area schools in the region, offering free dental health to the students.

Closer to home, Gary served as president of both the Northwest District Dental Association and the Five County Dental Society. He has also served at countless Mission of Mercy events in Wisconsin and has held leadership positions in both the Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus.

For Gary, success is a team approach. “In life, family and dentistry, I have been able to surround myself with great people who have helped me achieve my goals, dreams and aspirations,” he says. He also credits Marquette University with “providing the foundation to achieve my goals and giving me the opportunity to serve others and share my ability and knowledge in dentistry.”

Name someone (past or present) with whom you'd like to have dinner.
I would love to have dinner again with my dad. He was a World War II veteran. He had his own business for over 50 years. He did so much volunteer work in the community. He is truly my role model in life.

Name a Marquette faculty or staff member who had an impact on you, and how.
Second year technique lab was a challenging and stressful year. Dr. Ken Waliszewski was the main instructor in the lab, and he was both encouraging and kind. He was patient with us throughout that very difficult year. I learned so much from him.

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