Class of 1954

DR. PAUL W. FERG, CLASS OF 1954

Dr. Paul FergDr. Paul William Ferg died on Aug. 4, 2016 in Auburn, Wash. He was 87.

Dr. Ferg was born on April 2, 1929 in Spokane, Wash., to Fred and Irene Ferg. He graduated from North Central High School, where he met his future wife, Lila, and then from Whitworth College. He served two years in the Navy aboard the USS Burton Island, followed by 20 years in the active reserves. He practiced dentistry in Auburn, Wash., for 30 years.

He enjoyed his retirement and many memorable times with his friends from Auburn and Lake Havasu City, Ariz. His passions were golfing, traveling and hooking a big fish.

Dr. Ferg is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lila; daughters Gail (Mike) Zorich and Kerri Ferg; and grandchildren Michelle (Stephen) Field and Andy Zorich. (Legacy)

DR. JOHN B. HOLMES, CLASS OF 1954

Dr. John Holmes
Rear Adm. John Bernard Holmes, Dental Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.), a board-certified prosthodontist, passed away on Feb. 23, 2018 in Lowell, Vt. He was 88. His wife, Carrie, was at his bedside.

Dr. Holmes was born on March 20, 1929 in British Columbia, Canada to an Anglican priest and his British wife, and became a U.S. citizen in 1953. As a boy, he used to sleep on a cot in the church basement on Saturday nights to keep the coal furnace stoked so the building would be warm for Sunday Mass services. He was a choirboy from childhood and continued to sing in church choirs into his 80s.

Graduating with a BS from the University of Idaho in 1950, he went on to earn his DDS from the School of Dentistry. He completed the residency program in prosthodontics at the Naval Postgraduate School and earned a master’s degree in education from George Washington University. He was proud of having worked summers during college in the Idaho mines and maintaining rail for the Canadian railway. He was literally a “steel-driving man.” He played Canada’s national winter sport of ice hockey from boyhood.

Dr. Holmes commanded personnel for Naval Dental Operations of the Atlantic Fleet and retired after 28½ years of military service. Both military man and scholar, he followed his naval career by serving as Associate Dean and Clinical Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Chairman, Division of Removable Prosthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. He then taught at the Loma Linda School of Dentistry residency program before retiring in his late 70s. Dr. Holmes’ seminal paper “The Altered Cast Impression” (Dental Clinics of North America – Vol. 14, No. 3, July 1970) proved so foundational that it remains a standard in dental school textbooks today.

Dr. Holmes enjoyed a happy marriage of 52 years with his first wife, Bette, an able and loving homemaker, churchwoman and Navy wife who supported his career achievements and helped make them all possible. Together, they reared four children: Natally, Barbara, Julianna and John. Dr. Holmes served as president of the American College of Prosthodontists. He was honored with the prestigious Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation, Dental Educator. He held office as local chapter and regional president for the Navy League of the United States and performed extensive volunteer work for the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Holmes met his second wife, Carrie, when they were singing in an Anglican church choir. They were blessed with a nine-year marriage of love, companionship and travel reaching to the Arctic Circle. Together, they checked off Dr. Holmes’ bucket list, which included a visit to his English cousins and attending the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

Dr. Holmes was a man of unimpeachable character who honored God, loved life and knew what it meant to serve.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie; four children and their spouses; grandchildren Oscar and Luke Witte and Reagan and Carson Holmes; and brother Brian. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

DR. THOMAS H. MACGEORGE , CLASS OF 1954, ORTHODONTICS CLASS OF 1964
Dr. Thomas MacGeorge

Dr. Thomas Hamilton MacGeorge passed away peacefully on March 4, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 90.

Dr. MacGeorge was born on March 6, 1927 in Seattle to Margaret Agnes (Marriot) and Thomas Hamilton MacGeorge. Raised in North Seattle with his brother, Jim, young Thomas went to Ronald elementary school and attended Lincoln High School. In 1946, the brothers were members of the state championship basketball team. He continued his education at the UW, where he played football and, more importantly, met his future wife, Paula. The couple married on Sept. 9, 1950.

After his graduation from the School of Dentistry, the Air Force took the young couple to Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Upon returning home, he started his dental practice in Ballard. In 1964, he earned his specialty certification in orthodontics and in 1966 began his 26-year practice in Shoreline.

The couple raised their three children in North Seattle and were longtime members of Seattle Golf Club. Golf was a common theme for the family, as were summers at Fisherman’s Alibi on Whidbey Island, where the couple retired in 1992. Always the engineer with an inquisitive mind, Dr. MacGeorge was fond of fixing things, driving the backhoe, crabbing, keeping the soft ice cream machine full, and enjoying the island life with family and friends. He left a legacy that everyone close to him will strive to uphold.

Dr. MacGeorge is survived by daughter Pam Lee (Jim) of Everett, Wash.; sons Stephen (Lisa) of Shoreline and William (Linda) of Seattle; grandchildren Christine Cronin (Brian), Jamie MacGeorge Lee, Andrew, Christopher, and Elle MacGeorge, and Stuart and Nancy MacGeorge; great-grandchildren Kellen, Jack, and Anna Cronin; and brother, Jim, of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula. (Seattle Times)

DR. GORDON D. RAISLER, CLASS OF 1954

Dr. RaislerDr. Gordon D. Raisler died on March 27, 2017 in Wenatchee, Wash. He was 87.

Dr. Raisler was born on June 3, 1929 to John and Esther (Norris) Raisler, the eldest of four brothers in Beach, N.D. He attended high school in Conrad, Mont., enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated from the University of Montana. He met Ruth Ann Richardson, his devoted wife of 64 years, in Sun Valley, Idaho, and they married on Nov. 6, 1953. Living first in Seattle and then in Bellevue, Wash., they raised two daughters while he maintained his dental practice in downtown Seattle. He took great pride in providing exceptional care to his many generations of devoted patients.

Dr. Raisler was a founding member of the Dr. Spratley Gold Foil Study Club and was appointed to the Washington State Board of Dental Examiners by then-Gov. Dan Evans. Dr. Raisler loved the outdoors and Sun Valley ski trips with his wife and hunting and fishing trips with lifelong dental school classmates, family and friends. Lake Chelan became the couple’s summer getaway when they had a condo at Spader Bay. He also loved the “Inca Maru,” their inboard-outboard cuddy cabin cruiser, and made many trips to Neah Bay and the San Juan and Gulf islands. After retirement, the couple took off in their RV for snowbird winters in Arizona and trips around the country.

Dr. Raisler is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters Jill (Dr. Barry) Raisler Wise, J.D. and Jana (Robert) Raisler Noges, DDS; brother Richard, DDS, of La Conner, Wash.; and granddaughters Clare E. and Mattie L. Wise. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jack and Warren.
(Legacy)

DR. JAMES W. RUFF, CLASS OF 1954

Dr. James W. Ruff died on July 16, 2015. He was 90.

Born May 5, 1925 in Seattle to James Courtland and Esther Irene Ruff, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Silver Star as a member of the 133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Division. Dr. Ruff practiced in Seattle for 25 years before retiring to Quilcene, Wash., with his wife, Norma Jean. At his request, no services were held.

DR. ARTHUR F. STAMEY, CLASS OF 1954

Dr. Arthur StameyDr. Arthur F. Stamey passed away on July 5, 2016 at the age of 88.

He was born on April 19, 1928 in Seattle and resided there and in Edmonds, Wash., for the rest of his life. He met and married B. Janice Knudsen in 1951. After serving in Korea with the U.S. Army, he enrolled in the UW’s new dental school, graduated in 1954 and began his 37-year dental practice in Lynnwood.

Dr. Stamey loved to travel and visited all seven continents, the last being Antarctica in 2012. France held a special place in the couple’s hearts, especially after the family of seven lived in Grenoble for a year in 1970, when Dr. Stamey taught advanced restorative dentistry throughout Europe.

Dr. Stamey enjoyed downhill skiing, climbing Mount Rainier (twice) and extensive backpacking and hiking trips, which included Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail, New Zealand’s Milford Track and the UK’s Coast to Coast. His biggest adventures were his solo sailing trips to Hawaii and his 54-day nonstop voyage to Tahiti in 1992. He loved the people he met, many of whom became good friends.

Dr. Stamey also loved classical music (especially Beethoven and Schubert). He was a devout Christian and a dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood.

Dr. Stamey is survived by his wife of 64 years, Janice; daughters Joan (Dave) Cottingham, Virginia (Dale Johnson) Stamey-Johnson, Sara (Winston) Saunders and Alison (W.C. Twig) Mills); son Paul (Deborah); and grandchildren Chris (Sanja) Cottingham, Matthew Cottingham, Alison Saunders, Samuel Saunders, Arthur Stamey-Mills, Alexander Stamey and Graham Stamey. (Legacy.com)