dr-william-olinDr. William Olin had a life-long interest in restoring normality to the lives of people with craniofacial deformities. As a University of Iowa Professor of Orthodontics, he founded the Division of Craniofacial Anomalies at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Highly esteemed in his profession, he wrote articles and chapters of books concerning cleft lip and palate and held leadership positions in many professional organizations.

When he retired after a long and distinguished career, Dr. Olin dedicated himself to volunteering on international medical missions to repair cleft lip and palate. He worked missions with Operation Smile, Rotaplast and, finally, with Iowa MOST (Miles of Smiles Team), which he help found and inspire to life in 2004. As long as he was able, Dr. Olin joined the annual Iowa MOST mission trip to Guatemala, and back in Iowa he continued to generously support fundraising activities to sustain the work done by MOST.

Iowa MOST owes a great deal to Dr. Olin. His inspiration, his active involvement in mission trips and his financial generosity to create sustainability brought Iowa MOST from dream to reality. Thank you to Dr. Olin, a great humanitarian and inspiration to the Iowa MOST team as we continue to fulfill Dr. Olin’s dream of helping children in Guatemala.