HAGERSTOWN -- Dr. Hillary Wade received a special honor when she graduated in May from the University of Maryland Dental School.
Hillary said her mother, Dr. Margaret Wade, and her grandfather, Dr. Richard L. Harrison, were permitted to walk with her across the stage as a tribute to the family for producing three generations of dentists.
"It made me feel really proud," said Hillary Wade, 25. "I was glad they both could be there for me."
Harrison, 82, said the family practice began when he opened an office in downtown Hagerstown almost 60 years ago, when a tooth extraction cost $4.
"People didn't take care of their teeth at all," he said. "... They didn't have insurance."
Margaret Wade, 52, said her interest in dentistry surfaced when she started working in her father's office.
The experience prompted her to earn a degree in biology from Hood College, and later to enroll in dental school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.