Barnett, Dr. Michael Laurence, 74


Barnett, Dr. Michael Laurence of Princeton,
New Jersey died peacefully on November 22, 2017
after complications from heart surgery. He was
born October 27, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to his
parents, Abraham and Martha Barnett, nee Arkawy.
Michael graduated from Columbia College
and the Columbia University School of Oral and
Dental Surgery. He did post-doctoral fellowships at
the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
He served as a captain in the US Army during
the Vietnam war. Over his long career, he was an
Assistant and/or Associate Professor at the New
Jersey Dental School at the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey, the State University of
New York at Buffalo, and the University of Louisville,
Kentucky School of Dentistry.
He served as Chairman of the Department of
Dentistry at Morristown Medical Center where he
directed the dental residency program and developed
a hospital-based program for the dental treatment of
developmentally disabled children and adults.
He retired from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (as
successor to Warner Lambert Company) as the
Senior Director of Dental Affairs and Oral Technology
Development. In his retirement, he maintained an
active consulting practice in dental research and oral
hygiene fields.
Dr. Barnett was the recipient of numerous grants
over his career and frequently spoke and published
research in the dental field. Dr. Barnett served on
the Boards of numerous organizations, including
the American Dental Association ADA Health
Foundation, Friends of the National Institute of Dental
Research, Community Without Walls, Princeton
Healthcare System Foundation, and the Princeton
Landing Homeowners Association, and contributed
generously of his time and money as an active
member to numerous professional and cultural
As a lifelong French horn player, Michael was a
music lover and supporter of the arts, and, a world
traveler known by those around him for his dry sense
of humor and incredible smile. He is survived by
many cousins.
A funeral service will be held graveside on Sunday,
November 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Lebanon
Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, New York. Donations
may be made in his memory to the New Jersey
Symphony Orchestra or the Princeton Healthcare
System Foundation.
Barnett, Dr. Michael Laurence