Family expands School of Dentistry scholarship for dental hygiene students

The Susan Brockmann-Bell Memorial Scholarship has been helping students at UMKC since 1997


Jan. 13, 2015

The family of the late Susan Brockmann-Bell, a former student and faculty member at the UMKC School of Dentistry, has given an additional $20,000 to the memorial scholarship endowment they set up in her honor 18 years ago.

The Susan Brockmann-Bell Memorial Scholarship is given annually to dental hygiene students who demonstrate exceptional clinical skills and compassion toward patients, and who exemplify the qualities that Susan possessed: honesty, integrity, and a sense of humor.

The scholarship has been providing financial help to dental hygiene students at the bachelor’s and master’s level at the School of Dentistry since 1997.

“We believe very strongly in its purpose,” said Lillian Brockmann, Susan’s mother. “We want to continue to help new students. My daughter loved the school and she loved teaching.”

Susan graduated from UMKC with a master’s degree in dental hygiene education in 1985. She joined the faculty in the Division of Dental Hygiene upon graduation, where she taught until 1992. She married and moved to Boston where she taught at Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. Shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Susan was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Following complications, Susan passed away in 1996.

Susan’s brother, Dr. William Brockmann, is a clinical associate professor in the School of Dentistry. His wife Lorraine is an associate professor there. William Brockmann said his younger sister would be pleased to know that students are getting a chance at school thanks to the scholarship named in her honor.

“She loved it here,” he said. “She’s the reason I’m here teaching.”

School of Dentistry Dean Marsha Pyle thanked the family for their additional gift.

“We are grateful to the Brockmann family for honoring Susan Brockmann-Bell with a student scholarship named in her memory,” Pyle said. “Through donations like this, the school can help excellent dental hygiene students who show great promise for their careers and who exemplify the qualities of honesty, integrity, maturity and a sense of humor and bring that to their work and to patient care.”