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Welcome to the informational web site for the Baylor College of Dentistry Orthodontic Alumni Website!  The Orthodontic Department at the Baylor College of Dentistry was created through the efforts of Dr. Robert Gaylord and Dr. Tom Matthews in 1961, with the first graduating class presented in 1963.  Since that time over 250 Orthodontists have received their training within the department.  In September 1996, Baylor College of Dentistry became a member of The Texas A&M University System, and today is a component of The A&M System Health Science Center. 
Within the site you will find information on other Alumni, the annual meeting and information about the Orthodontic Department. As it is with most websites, there are always updates being made.  If you have any corrections, or have something you would like added, please send a message to the webmaster at

*The department is now part of Texas A&M, but on this site will be referred to as Baylor College of Dentistry.

Robert E. Gaylord

May 12, 1914 - May 5, 2001


Robert E. Gayord

Dr. Gaylord had a dream. He envisioned the creation of the greatest orthodontic program in the world. This program was to be founded on the principles, ethics and philosophies of two great men, Drs. Robert E. Gaylord and Tom Matthews. Since the department’s inception in 1961, Dr. Gaylord devoted tireless efforts to the development of a department with an impeccable reputation and international respect, known for developing orthodontists who were devoted to being “the best of the best”.

Through the years, Dr. Gaylord wore many different hats in his leadership role. He received numerous distinguished awards, all of which were richly deserved. In honor of the fulfillment of his dream we, the Alumni, have dedicated and given his name to our annual meeting. Words and actions such as these do not adequately express the depth of our gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the Baylor Orthodontic Alumni family.

The legacy of our “Blue Chief” will continue to be upheld by the way each of us conducts our lives, both personally and professionally. Dr. Gaylord, you are missed, but never forgotten.