Class of 1953


Dr. Theodore LundDr. Theodore Gorton “Ted” Lund passed away from pancreatic cancer on May 8, 2016. He was 88.

Dr. Lund was born on Oct. 12, 1927 in Tacoma, Wash., and grew up in National and Eaton. He resided and worked in Puget Sound: Seattle, Burien, Rainier Beach, Kent and Federal Way.

He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Navy from May 1945 to July 1946, assigned to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. He married Jeanne G. Martin in 1949.

Dr. Lund earned a BS in chemistry in 1950 and his DDS in 1953, both at the UW. He conducted a private general dentistry practice in Burien for 33 years, retiring at age 59.

In retirement, the couple enjoyed family and friends and trips to the Washington coast and Kauai. He also enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, hunting, American history and country music. He loved UW sports, the Sonics and the Seahawks. He was also heavily involved in the local Kiwanis and the Masons.

Dr. Lund is survived by sons Theodore (Victoria) and Jeffrey (Joni); daughters Cindy Lund and Kimberlee Byrne; grandchildren Brandon (Jessica) Byrne, Amanda (Steven) Lloyd and Cameron (Jaime) Byrne; great-grandchildren Maddux and Lucas; and sisters Donna Shoe and Anne Jenson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne; sister Nadine M. Ward; and son-in-law Bradley S. Byrne. (


Dr. OlsonDr. Dale L. Olson died in 2017. He was born on Sept. 18, 1927 to Lulu and Oscar of Wild Rose, N.D. They moved to Marysville, Wash., in 1937.

Dr. Olson graduated from Marysville High School, served at a U.S. Naval Hospital, attended Washington State University and married the love of his life, Velma Lorraine Allen, of Arlington, Wash. He provided care in Marysville for 27 years.

Dr. Olson is survived by his wife, Velma; children Loree, Leeann, Brooke and Allen; niece and nephew Jackie and Keith; grandsons Taylor, Andy, Riley and Nicholas; and brother-in-law Jack Allen. (


Dr. Harland B. Peterson died on Feb. 7, 2013. He was a beloved Tacoma dentist for 55 years. (No further details were available.)


Erik PihlDr. Erik “Bill” Pihl passed away at home in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Nov. 30, 2013. He was 85.

Dr. Pihl was born on July 24, 1928 to Hildur and Hilding Pihl, who had immigrated to Seattle the previous year from Lule, Sweden with son Per Ivar. The household was steeped in Swedish culture, values and faith, which became guideposts for Dr. Pihl’s life of service to others. The family lived in Seattle’s Sandpoint neighborhood before moving to a farm on Pontius Road in Bothell, Wash. Through his high school years, he spent long hours before and after school working on the farm. After graduating from Bothell High School, he worked as a commercial fisherman to fund his college tuition.

Dr. Pihl received his undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees in Dentistry and Orthodontics from the UW. He was an ardent Husky fan and supporter of UW athletics. After dental school, he served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, providing mobile dental services for remote bases in the Pacific Northwest. He married Louise Edholm on Aug. 12, 1956. They moved to Mount Vernon, Wash., in 1959, where he established an Orthodontics practice that spanned more than 40 years. He was a member of the two oldest Swedish Lutheran parishes in the state: Gethsemane in Seattle and Salem in Mount Vernon.

Dr. Pihl loved the Skagit Valley and hiking, climbing, skiing and hunting. He was especially fond of fishing in Alaska with Louise and his brothers and sisters. He helped many organizations with his philanthropy and his time. He was actively involved with Holden Village, served in the Lutheran Church on America’s national World Hunger task force and was an active member of Mount Vernon Rotary. During the last decades of his life, he spent many hours with a shovel and backhoe moving trees and plantings for the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation near Mount Vernon. He also loved to visit his Swedish cousins.

Dr. Pihl is survived by his wife, Louise; children Erik, Andrea, Arne and Paul; brothers Ernest (Zora) and Martin (Darlene); sisters Elsie Soule and Karen Leander; sisters-in-law Joan Pihl and Hazel Edholm; nieces; nephews; grand-nieces; grand-nephews; and his faithful hunting dogs, Mocha and Flicka. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Rose Ann and his brother Ivar. (Skagit Valley Herald)


edwinwerlichA celebration of the life of Dr. Edwin P. Werlich was held on March 20, 2016 at the Everett Golf and Country Club. He was 90.

Dr. Werlich was born on July 12, 1925 in Everett, Wash. The family moved to Seattle in 1932 and he graduated from Ballard High School in 1943. During his senior year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy’s V-12 (a) Program. After a year at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, he began the flight program and was finishing flight training at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas when WWII ended. He elected discharge and enrolled at the UW, receiving his DDS in 1953.

While in dental school, he met a nurse named Pauline Phillips and they later married. When they opened their private practice in Port Angeles, Wash., she was the receptionist, chairside assistant and financial officer. They were blessed with two daughters, Amy Werlich and Jean (Jonathan) Way, plus two very special granddaughters, Maggie and Abby.

Dr. Werlich opened his practice in Everett in 1962 and retired in 1992. While in Port Angeles, he discovered steelhead fishing and became addicted. He acquired a U.S. Air Force life raft and converted it for fishing the Sol Duc, Bogachiel and Hon rivers on the Olympic Peninsula and the Sauk river near Darrington, Wash. This led to a fishing cabin on the Stillaguamish River. Dr. Werlich caddied and worked in various capacities at the (now closed) Olympic Golf Club in north Ballard. He cherished the game and his golfing friendships.

The Werlichs enjoyed retirement with trips to their cabin, North Carolina, the Bahamas, Europe and New Zealand. He expressed the wish that all could have as fulfilling a life as he had been privileged to live and hoped they shared an appreciation for great meatloaf and hamburgers. (