IUSD Honors Passing of Dr. Charles Burstone, DDS,

Former IUSD Orthodontics Chair and Pioneer in Biomechanics 


The IU School of Dentistry honors the passing of Dr. Charles Burstone, a 1955 graduate of IUSD’s orthodontics master’s degree program and chair of IU’s orthodontic department from 1961 to 1970. Charlie later established and chaired the orthodontics department at the University of Connecticut when it opened its dental school in the 1970s.

Early in his career, Charlie became fascinated with the science behind orthodontics. His research in tooth movement, the segmented arch technique, biomechanics, orthodontic wires, friction and diagnosis produced classic papers that are the basis for much of the current literature in these areas.

 After he retired as an academic chair in 1994, Charlie continued to support orthodontics education, especially IU's Department of Orthodontics and Oral Facial Genetics, by endowing the biennial Charles J. Burstone Orthodontics Biomechanics Symposium in 2008. This year’s prestigious Burstone Symposium will be held Oct. 23-24, 2015, in Indianapolis.

 Charlie was a prolific author, with 24 books and book chapters and more than 40 other publications to his credit. He also held a number of patents and has been honored with awards from numerous countries, including Japan, South Africa, Chile, Denmark and Scotland.

 Charlie died in early February while lecturing in Korea. During his time in South Korea in the early 1950s, he photographed the Korean people extensively. In 2008, the National Folk Museum in Seoul curated Charlie’s photographs into an exhibit, documentary film and book entitled Korea 1952.

 Charlie helped make IUSD one of the major orthodontic institutions in the world. We honor his life and service to advancing the science of orthodontics and dental education.