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Aug 16, 2010 8:14 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Durango dentist killed in Afghanistan remembered

A Durango dentist who was among 10 medical volunteers killed in Afghanistan was remembered at a memorial service for his fascination with "The Simpsons" television show, the rice he made from an Afghan recipe and his impressive Scrabble vocabulary.

Speakers at a Durango auditorium on Sunday also spoke of Tom Grams' love of outdoor adventures and his interest in various cultures.

More than 600 people attended the service.

The 51-year-old Grams was among a team of doctors gunned down by Taliban fighters Aug. 5, about 160 miles north of Kabul.

Grams gave up his practice about four years ago to help poor children in Afghanistan, India and Nepal.

Laurie Mathews, co-director of Global Dental Relief, estimated Grams served 24,000 children during several dozen trips.

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