For many of Dr. Wayne Stuart Lyn’s family, friends, and colleagues, it was his smile that they will most remember.
“Everyone commented on his smile,” said Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, D04 and Practice Coordinator of the Clarendon Group Practice at TUSDM. “He was always happy, energetic. His smile made you smile.”
Dr. Lyn, D03 and a practicing prosthodontist in La Jolla, Calif., died suddenly on July 20, 2013 in Las Vegas. He was 37 years old. His death has affected many members of the TUSDM community, including Dr. Maragliano-Muniz, who was his former classmate at Tufts and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
“It was shocking,” she said. “Everyone who knew him loved him.”
Originally from San Jose, Dr. Lyn received his B.S. in Neuroscience from UCLA. He graduated with his D.M.D. from Tufts in 2003, where he received recognition on the Dean’s Honor Roll for his performance on Part 1 of the National Dental Board Examination. He was also the recipient of the Dr. Richard Delson, D70, Endowed Prize Fund for Excellence in Periodontology and Prosthodontics in 2002 and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Senior Student Award. He returned to UCLA to complete a Prosthodontics Certificate Program in 2006. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz said Dr. Lyn enjoyed tutoring other students in the program, bringing thoughtfulness and care to everything he did.
“His clinical skills were incredible,” she said. “And he was always available to help other students, always checked in on how the others were doing. He was so giving of himself and never asked for anything in return.”
Dr. Lyn lived in San Marcos, Calif. with his wife, Kristine and their two children Nicole and Dante. Friends described him as an exceptionally focused person; Dr. Maragliano-Muniz remembered how in the span of a year, he had bought a house, started his practice in La Jolla and had his first child. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Lyn was beloved by his patients, known as a gentle, capable practitioner with excellent chairside manner.
“His patients were lucky to have him,” Dr. Maragliano-Muniz said , “His personality matched his skills, which is something you don’t always see.”
Dr. Lyn is survived by his wife and children. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a memorial fund for his family. Information on how to make a contribution can be found here.
The TUSDM community shares in the sorrow of Dr. Lyn’s passing. He will be remembered as a sunny, driven young man who was a role model to those around him.
“He was my hero,” Dr. Maragliano-Muniz said. “Everyone wanted to be like Wayne. He gave me something to aspire to.”