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Dr. Edward Mathein


Dr. Edward Mathein practiced dentistry in Jackson for 50 years. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School, earned an Associate in Science from Jackson Community College, and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Detroit. He also attended the L.D. Pankey Dental Research Institute from 1986-1996.

Though officially retired from Mathein, Slete and Associates, DDS, PC, he missed working with people. Today Mathein offers his services at the Center for Family Health Dental Clinic.

Both of Mathein’s parents attended Jackson Junior College in the late 1920s and ‘30s, so he knew the strong reputation in academics. “I think because of the strong underpinning I got in my prerequisites, I probably wouldn’t have been accepted as well as I was in dental school, because I didn’t have the B.S. degree.”

But, even without a bachelor’s, the dental school reviewed his transcripts and found his experience with Jackson College was so strong, that Mathein would be able to handle the rigor.

Active in his profession, Dr. Mathein was president of the Jackson District Dental Society in 1979-1980; Michigan Dental Association Ethics chair, 1986-1997; American Dental Association, 1967-Present; Chicago Dental Society, 1975-Present; Academy of General Dentistry, 1971-Present; and was Jackson County United Way Dental Professionals chair from 1980-1981 and 2008-Present.

In the community, he has served on the board of directors for the Jackson Jaycees; Jackson County/Michigan Heart Association fund-raising co-chair in 1996-1997; Starr Commonwealth Jackson Division Advisory Council chair in 1997-1998; Jackson County Intermediate School District Health Professions Advisory Council from 1978-2006; JCC Alumni Association board member 1983-1990 and president from 1989-1990; JCC Foundation board member from 1990-1997 and president from 1995-1997. He received the Dr. Ethelene Jones Crockett Distinguished Alumni Award from the College in 1996. He was nominated for Jackson Citizen of the Year, 1996.

Dr. Mathein has served as a Jackson College Trustee since 1998 and was Board Chair from 2008-2012. Additionally, he has represented the College on the Michigan Community College Association Board since 2008 and was the MCCA state treasurer from 2008-2012.

“This is such a different world out here than when I came here. It has expanded and offers so many opportunities to so many people in this community. It is invaluable,” he said.