Office of Alumni Engagement

Dale Nester

My hometown when I was a student was

Warren, MI

I graduated in


I studied

Pre-Dentistry. Biology major, Chemistry minor, Secondary Teaching Certificate.

I currently live in

Ithaca, MI

I am now

Semi-retired general dentist. Independent contractor (Nester G.P. Ortho, PLLC) working at Pine River Dental Care, Ithaca, Michigan.

Since graduating from Alma

Graduated from UDMercy for DDS degree.  Opened new practice in Ithaca, Michigan in 7/1979.  Partnered with Alma alumnus Martha A. Bamfield in 1987.  Practiced together for 27 years until practice sale in 10/2014. Trustee of Michigan Dental Association and Chairman of the MDA-IFG Board.  Member of the Ithaca Presbyterian Church since 1979.

My Alma education

It was the cornerstone of my practice and life success.  My professors encouraged and empowered me to become more than I ever thought possible.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Van Dusen commons, Theta Chi house, room 129 East in old Wright Hall, Marion’s room in Bruske Hall.

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Wittle, Dr. Roeper, Dr. Edgar, Dr. Shontz, and Dr. Sutfin.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

Meeting Marion B. Broadwell on the first day at Alma (9/22/1971) and marrying her upon graduation.  Also Fall runouts in 1972 to the brothers of Theta Chi. Getting an A/B in Cell and Molecular Physiology from Dr. Wittle and a B/C in Organic Chemistry from Dr. DeYoung.