Alumni News

A beautiful day for a drive

2 golfers at course

Thom Contreras and Geoff Johnston of the Class of 2016, along with David Nam (’98, not pictured), came in first.

Our graduates swapped their hand pieces for drivers, irons and putters at another thoroughly enjoyable alumni golf tournament on Sept. 14 at The Golf Club at Newcastle on Seattle’s Eastside. With balmy temperatures and mild breezes under mostly sunny skies, the conditions could hardly have been better.

With a best-ball score of 56, the threesome of Geoff Johnston (’16), Thom Contreras (’16), and David Nam (’98) took first place. The two next-best groups recorded scores of 61, but the foursome of Al Munk, Mark Svore, Brett Fidler, and Mark DiRe, all Class of ’75, won a scorecard playoff to take second place. Third place went to the trio of Mike Kern (’93), Tom Herrick (’93), and Jean-Paul Banh (’14).

Beth Shaw (’08) and Scott Shaw (’08) won long-drive honors. Jeremy Chaison  (’06), our Dental Alumni Association president-elect, parked his shot just nine feet and seven inches from the hole on No. 12 to win the contest for closest to the pin.

4 golfers at course

Mark Svore, Al Munk, Brett Fidler, and Mark DiRe of the Class of 1975 won second place.

4 women golfers at course

Shokofeh Tabaraie, Jennifer Tung, Emi Chaison, and Nikki Chin, all Class of 2006.

Thanks go to Heartland Dental, sponsor of the post-tournament dinner, and our hole sponsors: Zions Bank, Washington Dentists’ Insurance Agency, Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Inc., Kitsap Bank, HomeStreet Bank, and Burkhart.

Dr. Mark Walker, Dr. David Mathews feted at annual dinner

Dr. Mark Walker (Class of 1981) received the Dental Alumni Association’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award on May 5 at the School of Dentistry’s annual Dean’s Club Dinner.

Dr. Walker and Dr. Barnes

Dr. Mark Walker (left) receives his award plaque from his good friend Dr. Deck Barnes.

Dr. Spear & Dr. Mathews

Dr. David Mathews (right) receives his award from his old friend and longtime lecture colleague, Dr. Frank Spear.

Dr. David P. Mathews (Periodontics Class of 1974) received the 2018 Dean’s Club Honorary Lifetime Member Award, the club’s highest recognition, at the gala event at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Seattle’s downtown waterfront. Dr. Sidney Gallegos, President of the Dean’s Club Board of Trustees, and Dr. Susan Hollinsworth, a fellow board member, shared hosting duties.

Drs Gallegos & Dr. Mitchell

Dr. Sidney Gallegos presents the Jack E. Nichols Student Leadership Award to fourth-year student Evan Mitchell

Dr. Walker was president of the Washington State Dental Association in 2004 and Seattle-King County Dental Society in 1994-1995, and has also been an American Dental Association delegate from Washington. He was president of the Washington Oral Health Foundation from 2000 to 2002, president of the SKCDS Foundation in 1995-1996, and chaired the ADA Council on Governmental Affairs in 2009-2010. He has served on the Dean’s Club Board of Trustee, and has volunteered with Medical Relief International and Medical Teams International for the past decade.

Dr. Susan Hollinsworth

Dr. Susan Hollinsworth

Kris Harris

Fourth-year student Kris Harris received the Johnny N. Johnson Student Leadership Award.

Dr. Mathews served as Clinical Assistant Professor on our Periodontics faculty from 1974 to 1982, and then in 2010 rejoined the faculty as Affiliate Associate Professor. For more than 25 years, he traveled the world with Dr. Frank Spear and the late Dr. Vincent Kokich as one of dentistry’s most celebrated lecture teams. Near the end of their collaboration, the trio created the Kokich Mathews Spear Endowed Fund for Academic Leadership in Dentistry, which supports instruction for our faculty in the art and science of effective presentation. In 2009, the three lecturers devoted one of their final joint appearances to raising funds for the $250,000 endowment, and followed it up with a substantial personal gift.


The spectacular views from the Conference Center included a double rainbow.

Members of the Class of 2018 were special guests. Evan Mitchell, president of the Student Council, received the Jack E. Nichols Student Leadership Award, while Kristofer Harris, class president, received the Johnny N. Johnson Student Leadership Award.