Dr. Robert Payne is recognized for years of humanitarian service.
By Sid Riley
"These awards merely demonstrate my inability to say ‘No’," Dr. Payne states in his normal humble manner. However, those who know and work with him know that is not the case. This is an example of a skilled professional who feels a sincere, Christian responsibility for using his time and abilities to help those in need around the world.
At the annual national meeting of the American Dental Association in San Antonio, Texas last week, his peers recognized the humanitarian work of Dr. Payne by designating him as one of only ten association members nation wide deserving of their humanitarian award.
Dr. Payne has participated in numerous missions in underdeveloped areas of the Caribbean and other parts of the world. He has provided free dental care and has assisted in the creation of new, permanent dental clinics in these areas. Locally, he has repeatedly led programs to provide free dental care through work with County Health Services. Dr. Payne has always given of himself to help his fellow man.
Dr. Payne was also one of the few American Dentists given the International Service Award by the International Dental Association during the San Antonio event. This is a well deserved, significant honor bestowed on one of the leading dentists in Jackson County. We are fortunate to have him in our community.