Obituary: Richard Sugarman

Obituary: Richard Sugarman

The Atlanta native was a periodontist in the family dental practice and a Ben Massell volunteer.

Dr. Richard A. Sugarman, 66, died peacefully at home Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.

An Atlanta native, Richard was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. Often described as “the nicest guy,” he used his kind heart, quick wit and extraordinary memory to bring joy to family, friends and patients. Richard was warm, fun and funny and an avid Atlanta sports fan who also loved hiking and travel.

Richard graduated from Northside High School in 1968 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. He received his dental degree from the Emory University School of Dentistry and completed his graduate training in periodontics at Boston University in 1978. He then joined his father and brother in the family dental practice. “Dr Richard” served as an instructor in periodontics at the Emory University School of Dentistry from 1978 until it closed in 1982. He served as the president of the Georgia Society of Periodontists and served on the executive council of the Hinman Dental Society. He was an honorable fellow of the Georgia Dental Association and a fellow in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He was a member of the Georgia Academy of Dental Practice. He donated his services to the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, where he served on the executive committee. His patients appreciated his humorous chair-side manner along with his excellent care.

Richard is survived by his wife, Helaine; their children, Sarah Sugarman and Brendan Jordan, Rebecca Sugarman and Greg Brazzle, Marla and Ryan Johnson, and Marty Jacobson; and their five grandchildren, Eden, Marshall, Reid, Ben and Blake. He is also survived by his siblings, Edward and Beth Sugarman and Brenda and David Goldberg, and his many nieces and nephews.

Sign the online guestbook at Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Temple Sinai, followed by a private graveside service, with Rabbi Ronald Segal officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ben Massell Dental Clinic ( or Weinstein Hospice ( Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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