Bruce Toy ’77, ’81, PharmD, DDS has lived a life committed to professional and volunteer service.
One of the rare alumni who has earned dual professional degrees from University of the Pacific, Dr. Toy has served at the executive level of three University alumni association boards, including 10 years with the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association. He has also served his profession and community on local, state and national levels through his commitment to a long list of professional boards and committees, winning several honors for his service along the way. In 2019, he was awarded the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Alumni Association’s Medallion of Distinction.
“Helping others was important to my father, so it became important to me as well,” said Dr. Toy.
A Stockton native, he earned his bachelor of arts in economics from San Francisco State University. Immediately after graduation, he entered the United States Air Force at the height of the Vietnam War, where he was commissioned as an officer and received his silver pilot wings, ultimately completing his service with a rank of captain. Unsure of his career path after leaving the Air Force, he applied to the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program at Pacific. He credits the School for giving him the chance to improve and change his life when he was unsure of his future.
Dr. Toy’s education didn’t stop there. After earning his PharmD, his father-in-law, Richard Lum ’44, DDS, encouraged him to consider a career in dentistry. He went on to earn a doctor of dental surgery from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.
“If you are going to be known for something, be known for something good.”
Dr. Toy has spent the last 40 years running his own dental practice and helping to improve the lives of others through countless hours of volunteer service. He says that his proudest professional accomplishment was founding the St. Raphael Dental Clinic at St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Center in Stockton. The only free dental clinic in San Joaquin County, it has continuously operated for almost 35 years and serves more than 2,000 patients each year.
In 2017, he initiated the Bruce G. and Deanna C. Toy Endowed Scholarship to benefit pharmacy and dental students.
“If you are going to be known for something, be known for something good,” he said.
By Becky Perry ’01, ’09