IU dental student and former U.S. fighter pilot Timothy Downing prepares for career #2 to take flight

The last thing a typical retiree is thinking about when hanging up the work hat is launching into a second full-time career that requires at least four more grueling years in higher education before one can even get started, but then again there’s nothing even remotely typical about second-year IU dental student Timothy Downing: After 20 years as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot, this retired military man is up for the utterly different challenge of getting himself through dental school, even though it means he must spend the school week apart from his family in West Lafayette so that his children don’t have to be uprooted from their school and friends.

Ric Burrous of IU Communications recently focused the spotlight on Tim – a man who took part in a Discovery Channel profile on pilots that land jets on aircraft carriers (Tim’s landed more than 500) and who once took five years to build a dollhouse for his then much-younger daughter so that he could install oak floors, working lights, and individual shingles on the roof. For the full story, published in the January 29, 2013, issue of Inside IUPUI, choose this link: Ex-Navy Pilot Turns Retirement into Budding Dental Career.


February 1, 2013

Tim with his wife, Brenda, and their children: Elizabeth, 14, and William, 12
Tim with his wife, Brenda, and their children: Elizabeth, 14, and William, 12
Tim became interested in dentistry in the Navy, when he saw the important role that good oral health played in the well-being of military personnel.
Tim became interested in dentistry in the Navy, when he saw the important role that good oral health played in the well-being of military personnel.