A Tribute to Dr. Jack Prost

Dr. Jack Prost

We have the sad task of announcing that Dr. Jack Prost has recently passed away. Dr. Prost had a welcoming smile for patients and volunteers alike at the Samaritan House Dental Clinic, which he helped found in March of 1996.  Together with Dr. Bert Kotin, Dr. Prost also led and guided the operations of the San Mateo Dental Clinic, which provides emergency and urgent dental services to people in San Mateo who need  help and have nowhere else to turn.

Dr. Prost was born in New Jersey, graduated from Indiana University in 1951, practiced Dentistry in New York, and then moved to San Mateo in 1961 where he served as a member of the County’s Dental Society for 53 years.  He was Chairman of the Auxiliary Committee in 1971, member/Chairman of the Ethics Committee, and served for 2 years in the Emergency 24 Hour Dental Service Committee. In 2000, the Dental Society awarded him with a Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Prost was recently recognized at Samaritan House’s Volunteer Appreciation Event as the “Volunteer of the Year 2015”.  “My dad,  Dr. Jack Prost,  was thrilled to be honored at your Volunteer Appreciation Event,” says Dr. Prost’s daughter, Jennifer Prost. He continued to volunteer for Samaritan House and Life Line up to a month before his passing.

In lieu of having a memorial, Dr. Prost’s family has requested donations be sent to Samaritan House’s Free Health Clinics, in honor of a service that Dr. Prost held dear to his heart.  Jack touched a lot of people with his gentleness, his smile and his wit.  He will be greatly missed.

To make a donation on behalf of Dr. Jack Prost, click the button below and specify “San Mateo Free Dental Clinic” in the designation category. 

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