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Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient of 2005. David W. Nunez, D.D.S. is a Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Air Force. Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’83

"It turned out to be a good move. I was close to home; family was still there to support me; and the classes at TSC were small enough that you really had a personal relationship with each instructor. They knew you and what your potential was."

David W. Nunez studied biology at TSC in 1981 prior to earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the UT Health Science Center in Houston in 1989. He went on to study pathology at Baylor College of Medicine and earned a master’s degree in pathology from George Washington University School of Medicine. He served his residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology – diseases of the head and neck – at the National Naval Medical Center Hospital in Bethesda, MD.

After five years in private practice, Nunez entered the military. In 2001, he was awarded a joint service commendation medal from the Department of Defense for his exceptional performance and service following the 9-11 attack. Stationed at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon he was among those forensic specialists called to help identify victims.


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