Barthold Engraving Commemorates Retirement of Restorative Dentistry Adjunct Lecturer Charles Cottone
Department of Restorative Dentistry CLT David Barthold crafted this 4” x 6” copper engraving to commemorate the retirement at age 89 of department Adjunct Lecturer Charles Cottone at the end of the 2012 fall semester. Barthold, who is an accomplished artist, also currently serves as president of the City Tech Alumni Association.
A native of Brooklyn, Cottone served as a dental technician in the United States Navy during World War II. After graduating from the New York School of Mechanical Dentistry in 1946, he spent the first 20 years of his career working for one dentist, Dr. V.O. Lucia, who was an innovator in the field. He then owned and operated his own dental laboratory in Farmingdale, NY, until his recent retirement.
In 1980, Cottone was one of the first graduates of the Master Dental Technologists program at NYU, which offers the highest degree a dental technician can earn. He also holds two degrees from New York City College of Technology (an AAS in Dental Laboratory Technology, 1981, and a BA in Teacher Education, 2004) and became an adjunct lecturer and instructor at City Tech in 1995.
“Cottone was perhaps the most distinguished and beloved instructor ever to teach in the restorative dentistry department,” says Barthold. “He was unfailingly good-humored and generous of spirit, and brought a genuine love of his work into the classroom. He passed his knowledge on to many generations of dental technicians, and will be remembered fondly, and missed, for years to come.”