Long-time School of Dental Medicine faculty member Bernard Tandler passes away

Long-time School of Dental Medicine faculty member Bernard Tandler passed away on Feb. 24 at the age of 88. Tandler enjoyed an impressive career as a research biologist and educator, receiving numerous awards and accolades for his notable accomplishments. 

“Dr. Tandler was a leader in the field of salivary gland biology and ultrastructure as well as being an outstanding educator,” said Aaron Weinberg, chair and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “We have lost a true powerhouse, but his legacy will live on through his groundbreaking research and contributions to dental education.”

Tandler received a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, master’s degree from Columbia University, PhD from Cornell University and honorary Doctor of Dental Medicine from Universita di Cagliari. In addition to Case Western Reserve University, he worked and taught at Cornell University; Sloan Kettering Institute; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Universita di Cagliari, Italy; Kyushu Dental University, Japan; and Texas Tech University.

Tandler is survived by his daughter Janice, son Evan, and brother Murray and his family. Contributions in honor of his memory may be directed to Hospice of the Western Reserve or the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.