Class of 1950

DR. RICHARD E. BACON, CLASS OF 1950

Dr. BaconDr. Richard Edward “Dick” Bacon passed away on July 14, 2013, in Ellensburg, Wash. He was 93.
Dr. Bacon was born on Jan. 9, 1920, in Wapato, Wash., to Stella and John Bacon. He attended grade school in Yakima, Wash., and graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1938. He took college courses at Central Washington University prior to enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated from flight school in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he met the love of his life, Clara Foreman, from Waterloo, Iowa. They had one date, married in March 1943 and lived in wedded bliss for 70 years. Two weeks after marrying, he was sent to the Pacific Theater as a World War II dive-bomber pilot, proudly achieving the rank of captain. He served in Guadalcanal, New Georgia and Bougainville for 18 months. Upon return, he was stationed in North Carolina to prepare for a 13-month assignment to China. In 1945, he was honorably discharged with multiple decorations in Seattle.

Dr. Bacon attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry and graduated with the first class of licensed dentists in 1950.  He began his dental practice in Seattle, relocated to Chelan, Wash., for seven years, then returned to Ellensburg in 1957. He retired in 1982. He loved golf, bridge, gin rummy and, of course, his daily Yahtzee games with Clara.

Dr. Bacon is survived by his wife, Clara; sons Robert of Vancouver and Gregory; daughter Midge (Ed) Church of Pe Ell, Wash.; grandchildren Trevor, Stephanie, Courtney, Cari and Taylor; and great- grandchildren Holly, Christian, Tatum, Haley, Seth and Jake. (Ellensburg Daily Record)

DR. WAYNE A. BOLTON, CLASS OF 1950, ORTHO CLASS OF 1952

Dr, Wayne Bolton and wifeDr. Wayne Allen Bolton died on Jan. 31, 2017 at Highgate Senior Living Center in Yakima. He was 94.

Dr. Bolton was born on Dec. 24, 1922 in Everett, Wash., to George and Edith (Jacobson) Bolton. He attended schools in Everett and graduated in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 through 1946 and married JoAnn Knisely that year. His undergraduate education included Gonzaga University and the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated in the School of Dentistry’s first class and its first orthodontics class.

He practiced orthodontics in Seattle and Mercer Island, Wash., and taught orthodontics at the UW before retiring to Yakima, Wash., in 1986. He was a kind, generous and gentle man who loved the Lord and his wife and family.

Dr. Bolton is survived by his wife, JoAnn; sons Mike of Yakima and Fred (Petra) of McMinnville, Ore.; daughters Darsie (Larry) Henderson of Gig Harbor and Kristi (Bruce) Graham of Yakima; grandchildren David (Alison) Easley, Jane (Bryan) Kiehl, Peter (Stephanie) Graham, George Graham and Angie and Alec Bolton; great-grandchildren Cameron and Brody Easley, Aubree Graham, Kate Kiehl and Addison Turner; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Irene Cressell. (Dignity Memorial)

DR. MELVIN J. DRESCHER, CLASS OF 1950

Dr. DrescherDr. Melvin James Drescher of East Wenatchee, Wash., died on Dec. 3, 2013. He was 90.

Dr. Drescher was born to Melvin and Mary Belle Greene Drescher on Nov. 1, 1923 in Lincoln, Neb. The family moved to Olympia, Wash., in 1927. After graduating from Olympia High School in 1942, he attended several colleges in the V-12 Navy College Training Program and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

On Aug. 4, 1946, Dr. Drescher married Marijo Loudin at the First Christian Church in Olympia. They settled into GI housing in Seattle’s Union Bay Village while he attended the School of Dentistry, where he was a member of the first graduating class.

After graduation, they moved to East Wenatchee, where Dr. Drescher established his practice in the King Street Building, retiring in 1994. He was well known for his compassionate care, quick wit and storytelling and for always whistling a joyful tune.

With his family, Dr. Drescher enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, backpacking and golf. He was a member of the American Dental Association, Wenatchee Swim & Tennis Club and Wenatchee Central Lions Club. He also served as a Boy Scout leader.

Dr. Drescher is survived by his daughter, Melinda Gulstine, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; his sons and daughters-in-law, Matt and Sunshine Drescher of Sun River, Ore., Brett and Janis Drescher and Doug Drescher and Stacey King of Orondo, Wash., and Adam and Jeri Drescher of East Wenatchee; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Marijo, who died in 2010. (Wenatchee World)

DR. ROBERT G. MCLAUGHLIN, CLASS OF 1950

Dr. McLaughlinDr. Robert Gerald McLaughlin passed away peacefully on June 19, 2014. He was 94.

Dr. McLaughlin was born to Grover and Mildred McLaughlin on March 19, 1920 in Seattle. He graduated from Garfield High School and attended the University of Washington, where he was a member of the track team and a member of the School of Dentistry’s first graduating class.

An Army Air Force pilot during World War II, he continued flying well into his 70s. He and his wife, Jean, married in 1944. They raised their children, Marian and Bob, on Mercer Island, where they lived until 2011.

Dr. McLaughlin was a member of the Seattle Yacht Club for more than 60 years and one of the founding members of the Orcas Island Tennis Club. He continued to play tennis into his 80s and loved making his opponents run with his two-handed play and slice shots. The McLaughlins enjoyed spending the winter months in Palm Springs, Calif., after he retired from his dentistry practice in Seattle’s Safeco Building in 1990.

Dr. McLaughlin was a great dad, but an even better “Poppy” to his granddaughters, whom he showered with love and spoiled beyond and above. He was also a die-hard Husky fan and 60-plus-year football season ticket holder.

Dr. McLaughlin is survived by his children, Marian Gentry (Paul) and Bob; granddaughters Megan Patton (Jeff), Heidi Hammersley (Grant), Shaun Myers (Jeff) and Taryn Hudgens (Mike); and great-grandchildren Andrew, Lindley, Hudson, Hope and Brody. (Seattle Times)

DR. WARREN F. MCNEAL, CLASS OF 1950, ORTHODONTICS CLASS OF 1963

Warren McNealDr. Warren Franklyn McNeal died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 25, 2014 in Tacoma, Wash. He was 87.

Dr. McNeal was born to Charles Franklyn and Virginia Brady McNeal in Auburn, Wash. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma. He joined the Navy ROTC and studied at Gonzaga University before transferring to the University of Washington. There he joined the ATO fraternity and met fellow student Jane Bishop. They married in 1949, just before his graduation from the School of Dentistry, and were lifelong Husky fans.

The McNeals moved to Yakima, Wash., in 1951 to start his practice and raise a family. In 1961, Dr. McNeal returned to the UW for a two-year program in Orthodontics. He graduated in 1963 and had a successful practice until his retirement. He lived a life defined by adventure, as an Eagle Scout, professional, father, sailor and world traveler. The McNeals moored their sailboat, the “Desert Hawk,” at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle for three decades.

Upon retirement, they built a home in La Conner, Wash., where they made many friends and had fond memories of their time together. They loved exploring the Northwest waters, circumnavigating Vancouver Island and chartering boats in foreign seas. Together, they traveled to every continent.

Dr. McNeal is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jane; children Charlie (Patty), Sarah (Chuck) Kuhn, Peter (Janice) and Joan (Gary) Peterson; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. (www.legacy.com)

DR. ALTON M.G. NELSON, CLASS OF 1950

Dr. NelsonDr. Alton Marvin Grande Nelson passed away on July 4, 2014 in Kirkland, Wash. He was 90.

Dr. Nelson was born to Levi and Emma Nelson in 1924 in Grand Forks, N.D. He met the love of his life, Helen Starr, while they attended Carlton College in Northfield, Minn. Soon after, he went into the Air Force to serve in the Pacific Theater of WWII as a navigator/bombardier in the B-25 Mitchell Bomber. Immediately after returning from the war in December 1945, the couple married in her hometown of Tracy, Minn. They moved to Seattle in 1946 so he could attend the University of Washington. He was in the School of Dentistry’s first graduating class.

The Nelsons lived in Seattle for the next 63 years. Dr. Nelson practiced in the Mount Baker district and then on Capitol Hill. His wife managed the dental practice and was also his assistant.

He participated in the Seattle Kiwanis Club for several years and enjoyed playing bridge with friends. Together, the Nelsons raised their four children, worked in their garden, explored family genealogy and took trips and cruises.

Dr. Nelson is survived by his sons Randy (Martha), Brian (Miki) and Philip (Debbie); nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, his daughter, Cindy Peterson, and his sister, Darlyne Bendickson. (Seattle Times)