Robert J. "Jerry" Strader, DDS, MSD, FACD, Brig. Gen., U.S. Army (retired)
Robert Jerry Strader, Sr., D.D.S., M.S.D., F.A.C.D., was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Abilene Christian University, graduating in 1955 with a degree in Business Administration. In 1959 he graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He received a Master's Degree in Dentistry from Baylor University Dental School in Dallas, Texas in 1966. He received a Masters Degree from Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law in 2003. He served 25 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Abilene Christian University. He has served as president of the Abilene Christian University Alumni Association and was the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 1990.
He currently serves as Mediator/Arbitrator in Residence at the Center for Conflict Resolution, Abilene Christian University. He is a member of FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, formally the NASD Dispute Resolution Board of Arbitrators. He has mediated multiple complex hospital disputes. He works with the Abilene Better Business Bureau in mediating business disputes and is a certified arbitrator for the BBB Auto Line. He is a dispute resolver for AHLA. He has been involved in mediation of multiple other dispute areas such as neighborhood disputes, church disputes, and marriage and divorce disputes. He is a member of multiple associations such as TAM, TMTR, ACR, TMCA and an associate member of the ADR section of the Texas Bar. He is an associate member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Certified Ombudsman by the State of Texas as an Advocate of Long-Term Care Residents. He is past president of the Heart of Texas Dental Society, 17th District Dental Society, and the Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has served as President of the Medical Staff of West Texas Medical Center and Hendrick Medical Center, as well as on various other hospital committees. He served as a hospital administrator in the position of Senior Vice President of Medical Staff Affairs at Hendrick Medical Center for 9 years.
He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, having participated as a Cub Scout to the rank of Lion, the Boy Scouts to the rank of Eagle, and the Explorer Scouts to the rank of Ranger. He helped start Boy Scout Troop #1 in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1993, and Boy Scout Troop #232 at Highland Church of Christ in 1993. He attended the World Jamboree in France in 1947 and the World Jamboree in Holland in 1995. He was honored with the Distinguished Eagle Award in December, 1994, and received the Silver Beaver award in April, 2000. He served as the president of the Chisholm Trail council in 1989 and 1999.
He had a total Army service of over forty years. He started his military career as a tank driver in the 49th Armored Division of the Texas National Guard. In 1951 he entered the Regular Army as an enlisted man, going on to Officers' Candidate School where he graduated in 1952 as a Second Lieutenant. In 1953 he left the Army to complete his education. He re-entered the Regular Army in 1961 as a Dental Officer at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He received residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Brooke General Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Following this training, he was assigned as Chief, Dental Service, in the 121 Evacuation Hospital in Korea, Following Korea, he was assigned as the Chief of the Dental Service and Oral Surgeon, at Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas.
In 1970 he returned to civilian life to engage in the private practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery and to continue his military service in the Army Reserve in Abilene, Texas. He has served in all of the Individual Mobilization Augmentee positions within the Health Services Command. His last assignment was Deputy Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services, Office of the Surgeon General. He was the only general officer in the Army Dental Corps Reserve, retiring March 31, 1991.
He is the originator of a medical emergency kit that has sales to physician and dentists in excess of 100,000 and more than 2,800 medical supply dealers. The kit is also carried by both domestic and foreign flights. Top domestic carriers include American, United, ATA, and TWA.
General Strader is a recipient of the Surgeon General's "A" designator, the Army's highest award for recognition of professional achievement within the Army Medical Department. He has also received the Order of Military Medical Merit. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, past vice chief delegate to the Interallied Confederation of Military Reserve Officers (NATO), knighted as a member of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem and twice the National Dental Surgeon of the Reserve Officers Association.
Among his military awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf, the Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), 3 National Defense Service Medals, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon.
He is a member of the Highland Church of Christ where he served as an elder from 1974 to 2011. He is a certified flight instructor with over 4,000 hours of flight time. He and his wife, Patsy, have four children, seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.