Dr. Jeffrey Golub-Evans, 72, had career in dentistry
Published 10:38 pm, Wednesday, August 7, 2013
He was the founder and director of the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.
Described as a Renaissance man by his friends and colleagues, his passion for arts, culture, and travel instilled his professional work with extraordinary depth. His joie de vivre and legendary storytelling ability made him a much-loved figure in the lives of many.
Though widely sought after for his smile artistry, he always found time for his family, friends and many activities, which included sculpting, hiking, kayaking, yoga, concerts and theatre. In addition, he was a celebrated mixed-media artist and printmaker, with paintings in galleries in New York City and abroad.
He was born on May 2, 1941, in New York City, the son of artist Eva Brown and attorney Irving Golub. A 1963 graduate of Hamilton College, he spoke French fluently and spent his final year of college in Paris studying French literature, his major. In 1966, he received a degree from the New York University College of Dentistry.
Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and participated in a dental training rotation at Walter Reed Army Hospital, gaining experience in all areas of dentistry, including crown and bridge, oral surgery and endodontics. He subsequently spent a year in Vietnam as a M.A.S.H. unit team member, as well as running his own dental clinic.
Upon returning, he began his private dental practice at 57 E. 72nd St., later moving to 128 E. 71st St., the Dental Duplex. In 1975, he married Laine Jastram and had two children with her, Kristina and Chad.
He parlayed his artistic talents into becoming one of the most revered cosmetic dentists in the country, replete with a celebrity clientele. Vogue Magazine famously lauded him as the "guru of cosmetic dentistry." He was invited to travel the world to teach his brand of high-art cosmetic dentistry, which utilized the latest bonding and veneer technologies.
In collaboration with his artistic sensibilities, he created a new genre of cosmetic dentistry called "smile design." In addition, he created dental costuming for Broadway and Hollywood productions.
He was past president of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and was founding president of the New York Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
In 2001, he married Alecia Adams and took residence in Warren, where they raised their daughter, Eva. This property and new community became his sanctuary.
A dedicated, doting father who lived life to the fullest, he and his family could be found enjoying New York Knickerbocker basketball games, concerts at Tanglewood in the Berkshires, the Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and dancing at Midsummer Night's Swing at Lincoln Center.
A memorial service will take place in Manhattan in the coming weeks. Details will be posted at www.facebook.com/drjeffgolubevans.
Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of arrangements.