Nancy Gurzick, RDH, BS, MA Obituary

Nancy Gurzick passed July 20th 2017 at age 62. 

Nancy was a dedicated professional, volunteer and mentor to students of the American Dental Hygienist Association, American Dental Education Association, Perio Study Club, Michigan Oral Health Coalition and Michigan Dental Hygienist Association. She also loved her local community and spent over a decade volunteering for Troy Family for Safe Homes, Athens PTO, Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence, Troy Athens Athletic Boosters, Athens Theater Company, and Athens High School All-night Party Committee. And we’ve probably forgotten some.

For several years, Nancy was a beloved professor of Dental Hygiene at Mott Community College, Delta College, and Baker College of Auburn Hills. She found great joy in mentoring students and future leaders of Dental Hygiene practice. Most recently, she worked as a talented and invaluable Dental Policy Specialist for the State of Michigan.

Also a talented writer, Nancy co-wrote and edited a local parents’ Network Newsletter for many years, wrote copy and newsletters for her various professional and volunteer organizations, wrote exam questions for a textbook on dental hygiene clinical practice, and wrote public health policy for Healthy Kids Dental, which has expanded dental health care access to over a hundred thousand children and families across the state of Michigan.

What Nancy loved more than anything was to make others smile, not just as a dental hygienist, but as a holiday and birthday host, an event planner and creative craft worker.

Nancy dedicated her life to others, working tirelessly to create memorable experiences and smiles that never fade. She is irreplaceable. And she is loved by so many.