Class of 1952

DR. WILLIAM CHRISTIANSON, CLASS OF 1952

Dr. William Christianson died on Dec. 5, 2013 in Coupeville, Wash., after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 88 and affectionately known as “Doc” or “Chris.”

Dr. Christianson was born on Sept. 13, 1925 to Victor and Orpha Christianson in Seaview, Wash. He grew up in Longview and graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1943. He was an accomplished musician at an early age and played the piano and trombone. One of his favorite teenage memories was playing with a band that christened the Kalakala Ferry. He learned to snow ski on Mount St. Helens. After high school, he served in the Army Air Force during World War II and was part of his unit’s band. He attended college at Lower Columbia and Montana State before earning his DDS at the University of Washington. Soon thereafter, he began his dental practice in Mountlake Terrace. He met the love of his life, Patricia Ward, through one of his first patients and they were married on Aug. 28, 1954 in Longview. The next year they moved to Cathlamet, Wash., where he was the town dentist for more than 35 years before retiring to Coupeville.

Dr. Christianson served on the board of the Washington State Dental Association and on the school board for Wahkiakum County. He was a member of the Longview Elks and the Lions Club and known locally for his part in the Cathlamet Little Theater. He was a great bridge player and passionate about trout and salmon fishing and deer and elk hunting. He also enjoyed bowling and golfing with friends and family. He loved dogs and collected stories and retold them with enthusiasm.  The Christiansons were beautiful dance partners. After retiring, they settled in Coupeville and spent some time wintering in Wellton, Ariz.

Dr. Christianson is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia, of Coupeville; daughter Kim Christianson of Cathlamet; sons Vic of Bellingham and Ron (Vicky) of Shoreline; grandchildren Kristin (Mike) Iacono of Everett and Andrew and Nicholas Christianson of Shoreline; and great-grandchildren Isabella and Athena Iacono of Everett, Wash. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Elisa Kaye and his sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Don Parsons.

DR. ROLLIN L. HURD, CLASS OF 1952

Dr. Rollin HurdDr. Rollin Lawrence Hurd of Kirkland, Wash., died on March 31, 2015, surrounded by his four daughters. He was 89.

Dr. Hurd was born July 23, 1925 in Hoquiam, Wash., to the late Rollin Edgar Hurd and Blanche Ada (Coffield) Hurd Crandall. In June 1948 he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Carolyn Cleaver, who preceded him in death in 2007.

In his younger years he enjoyed riding his bike, which he rode around the Olympic Peninsula loop. In high school, he ran track and set a record for the mile, and also played on his school’s state championship basketball team. Dr. Hurd was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a combat medic with the 42nd Rainbow Division in Europe. At one time during his tour he was trapped behind enemy lines and reported as MIA.

After receiving his DDS degree, he practiced in Kirkland for 40 years. Dr. Hurd was in the Lions Club of Kirkland and enjoyed basketball, playing bridge and golfing. He had a passion for writing, having authored four books. He enjoyed meeting for coffee with his family on Wednesdays;  going out for a meal, which most likely included hot chocolate with whipped cream; and spending time at the ocean.

Dr. Hurd is survived by his four daughters, Nancy Zombro (Jim), Lisa Bate (Brian), Laurie Davies (Roger), and Jane Krpan (Dan); nine grandchildren, Mark Tellvik (Emily), Michael Tellvik (Laci), Jonathan Bate (Kaitlyn), Mary Phillips (Shannon), Michael Bate, Jeffrey Davies (Victoria), Julianne Diaz (Juan), Nick Krpan, Adam Krpan; and twelve great-grandchildren, Caden, Ashton, Edyn, Tristan, Rosemary, Eli, Elle, Evan, Melia, Kayla, Tiago and Faith. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edgar W. Hurd.

DR. KENNETH E. MCVEY, CLASS OF 1952

Dr. McVeyDr. Kenneth E. McVey died on May 4, 2013 in Spokane, Wash. He was 90 and the inventor of the E-VAC Dental Tip.

Dr. McVey was born to Charles and Joyce McVey on June 14, 1922 in Spokane. In his youth, he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad. He served in the Army from 1944-46. He graduated from the UW School of Dentistry and was a member of the American Dental Society. He enjoyed many hobbies, including hunting, fishing and collecting model railroads.

Dr. McVey is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arleen; daughter Molly; sons Kent (Pam) and Kevin (Norma); grandchildren Patsy (Kevin) Bryant and Kent Charles (Sarah) McVey Jr.; and three great-grandchildren. (Legacy.com)

DR. JEROME M. ZECH, CLASS OF 1952, ORTHODONTICS CLASS OF 1963

Dr. Jerome ZechDr. Jerome Monroe “Jomy” Zech died peacefully on Oct. 15, 2015 after two weeks at Swedish Hospital. He was 89 and surrounded by family and friends.

Dr. Zech was born on July 6, 1926 to Lando and Mae Zech in Seattle. He graduated from Roosevelt High School, where he played football and baseball. After his freshman year at the UW, where he lettered in baseball, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to the UW, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and graduated in 1949. He received his DDS from the School of Dentistry and later completed studies in dental radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and orthodontics at the UW. He met Elizabeth “Betty June” Elliott at the UW and they were married for 59 years.

Dr. Zech had a successful orthodontics practice in Bellevue, Wash., and then on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. The couple lived on Capitol Hill and were actively involved in the St. Joseph’s Parish community. They were also loyal Husky fans, attending football games and proudly wearing their purple and gold. The family spent memorable summers on Whidbey Island, a legacy that continues with several of the children.

After his retirement, the couple lived in Edmonds, Wash. After his wife died, Dr. Zech moved to the Mirabella retirement community in Seattle, where he lived until his death. He was an avid golfer and a long-standing active member of the Seattle Golf Club, where he seemed to know every blade of grass and often was able to “shoot his age.”

Dr. Zech is survived by his children, Caron (Rich) McCune, Jerome (Denise), Julie (Pete) Lackie, Mary Kay (Rick) Perrigo, Joe (Marianne), Theresa (Larry) Meyers, Jack, Margie (Jon) Zech Hallgrimson and Richard (Ava Altschul); 26 grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife, Betty; and brothers Lando, Bob and Jack. (Legacy.com)