Interview with Stanley Saxe, December 3, 2015

Project: Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project

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Dr. Stanley Saxe introduces himself and his family. He discusses his family's migration from Russia to America and his parents' life and work in the tobacco industry. He also describes his childhood in Malden, Massachusetts. From quotas limiting the number of Jewish students accepted to universities to the anti-Semitic rhetoric of public figures such as Charles E. Coughlin and Henry Ford, Saxe remembers the discrimination that he and his family experienced during the 1930s in Boston.

Saxe describes his move to Seattle in order to pursue a post-doctoral opportunity in periodontics at the University of Washington. While in Seattle, Saxe was invited to join the newly established College of Dentistry at the University of Kentucky. Saxes describes the biggest differences in regard to his Jewish practices between Boston, Seattle, and Lexington, particularly due to location relative to community centers and the values of each Jewish community. He also shares the story about how he was invited to attend holiday services at Ohavay Zion Synagogue by a friend when he first moved to Lexington, and he has been a member ever since. Saxe describes the shift to a more tolerant opinion about the role of women at Ohavay Zion Synagogue and his involvement with the establishment of a Havurah, or an egalitarian and alternative service, in the 1970s. Saxe outlines the many roles he has played in the Lexington Jewish community, including his time with the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass.

Saxe describes his work at the University of Kentucky, including his chairmanship of the department of periodontics, the establishment of courses in geriatric dentistry, and a major research project investigating the relationship between mercury dental fillings and the development of Alzheimer's disease with the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. Discrimination within the American Academy of Periodontology led to the creation of a new professional organization for periodontists, the American Society of Periodontists in 1960.

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2015oh472_jk013

Interviewee Name

Stanley Saxe

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Janice Crane

Interview Date

2015-12-03

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Saxe, Stanley Interview by Janice Crane. 03 Dec. 2015. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Saxe, S. (2015, December 03). Interview by J. Crane. Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Saxe, Stanley, interview by Janice Crane. December 03, 2015, Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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