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In Memoriam

Class of 1981 (Endodontics)


Dr. Rebecca GollDr. Rebecca Lynn Goll passed away on Jan. 14, 2015 after a long struggle with a degenerative neurological condition.

Dr. Goll was born in Dixon, Ill., in 1951 to Everett and Zelma Price. She studied dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force for three years at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire. From there she attended the UW and received her MSD degree in endodontics, becoming only the second woman to do so at the UW. At the UW, she also met her future husband, fellow dentist George Goll.  While she loved research, she left private practice shortly after the birth of her son and went on to pursue more creative endeavors.

Dr. Goll had a deep love for music and sang in the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Choir for more than 25 years. She played the piano very ably and also took up the violin later in life. She was often found rocking out to 1960s classics in her car. Later in her life, she nurtured her passion for the creative arts and began writing short stories and poetry. She took numerous classes in writing and literature and enjoyed sharing her work with her friends and family. She was an excellent cook, skier and tennis player and loved to travel and read whatever she could get her hands on. She possessed a beautiful wit and positive nature.

Dr. Goll is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, George; her three children, Amanda, Emily and Spencer; sister, Pam Sansone; and nieces and nephews Joey, Christina, Andrew and Rachel Laskowski. (Seattle Times)