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Class of 1954


Dr. Homer Dyer, a Class of 1954 School of Dentistry alumnus and longtime Affiliate Professor in Restorative Dentistry, passed away on May 4, 2010 in Bothell, Wash.

Dr. Dyer, 84, who taught at the School from 1975 to 2007 and had a private practice in Seattle for 41 years, was highly regarded at the School and in the dental community, where his service included presidency of the Seattle King County Dental Society.

“He was a great guy and his students loved him,” said Shirley Sampson, Restorative Clinic Program Coordinator. “If I ever needed help in the clinic, he was my go-to guy.”

Dr. Richard B. McCoy, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Restorative Dentistry, who met Dr. Dyer in 1992, said, “He was a superb operator and loved to teach. … Homer will be missed by everyone who knew him. He would give you the shirt off his back if asked and always presented the most uplifting, positive attitude of anyone I have ever met.”

Dr. Dyer was born on Feb. 4, 1926 in Shelley, Idaho. He attended Linfield College in Oregon and then Oregon State University, where he received his B.S. in 1950. He obtained his D.D.S. from the UW in 1954. During World War II, he attended the U.S. Navy dental assistant school and dental prosthetic school, and served in the Navy dental corps.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, L. Jean Pixton Dyer; his children, Kenneth, Jeffrey, and Katherine Williams; and eight grandchildren, Jordan, Evan, Joshua, Phillip, Scott, Melanie, Joseph and Keith.


Dr. Daniel Esterly Dr. Daniel M. Esterly passed away on May 11, 2019. He was 94.

Dr. Esterly was born on Oct. 8, 1924 to James and Alice Esterly of Seattle. He grew up in Seattle. In 1943, soon after high school graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy and trained as a radioman. He was stationed in the Pacific, where his love of the Philippines grew. He returned home and enrolled at the UW. After he earned his DDS and went into practice, Whidbey Island became his sanctuary.

After 36 years of dentistry, Dr. Esterly focused his retirement on WWII history, traveling, and UW athletics. He never lost his love for the Philippines and traveled there as often as possible.

Dr. Esterly is survived by his wife of 30 years, Zenaida; daughter Jill (Steve); stepson Lennox; brother Jerry; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. (Whidbey News-Times)


Dr. Paul Ferg Dr. 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. Hatcher Dr. Perry S. Hatcher, 90, a resident of the Skagit Valley, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2018 in Mount Vernon, Wash., as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Dr. Hatcher was born on Oct. 21, 1927 in Panhandle, Texas, to Akard and Georgiana Hatcher. He graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1945 and subsequently entered the UW. He was drafted soon thereafter and sent to Korea with the U.S. Army, where he served for two years. He returned to the UW to complete his education and graduated from the School of Dentistry in 1954. He was a member of the UW Alumni Association.

Dr. Hatcher married Sylvia Garberg and they had a daughter and two sons. They lived in Mount Vernon,  where he had a dental practice for 32 years. Dr. Hatcher was a lifelong Husky football fan, regularly attending home and away games. Boating was a favorite pastime for the Hatcher family, with summer vacations to the San Juan and Gulf islands and Desolation Sound.

In 1982, Dr. Hatcher married Jill Scofield Platis and they shared 36 loving years together. They enjoyed cruising the local and Canadian waters for many years in Classique, their 1929 classic boat, before moving to Sun City, Ariz., in 1992.

The couple spent 20 years in the warm weather playing golf, tennis, dancing, enjoying concerts, and making many friends. During this time they traveled to France, Italy and the Caribbean Islands.
They returned to the Skagit Valley in 2012 to be closer to family and friends, making their home in Burlington. He was a life member of the Mount Vernon Elks and several other organizations.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and good friend, and will be missed by all.

Dr. Hatcher is survived by his wife, Jill; daughter Sue Stewart; sons Scott (Lorri) and Brian (Betsy); stepson Damon (Tish) Platis; grandchildren Sarita Stewart, Ina Stewart, Jamie (JW) Sikora, Jensin Stewart, Riley Stewart, Lauren Hatcher, Sonja Hatcher, Jamie (Rob) Kamber, Molly Hatcher, Alexander Platis, and Austin Platis; and brother-in-law Peter (Mary) Scofield. He also leaves behind his dog, Charly. He was preceded in death by his sister, Akardine Hogan. (


Dr. Roy D. Hoerster died on Sept. 10, 2011 at the age of 84.  He had a dental practice in downtown Seattle for 40 years.

Dr. Hoerster was born in Hinsdale, Mont., to Roy and Greta Hoerster. Upon graduating from high school, he served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Montana, where he met, and in 1948 married, Tina Williamson. He received his DDS from the School of Dentistry in 1954, served an internship for the New York Department of Health in oral surgery and returned to Seattle. The Hoersters and their two children later moved to Mercer Island, where the couple lived for 35 years.

Dr. Hoerster was beloved by colleagues and patients alike. He was a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators, and a guest instructor for the School of Dentistry over the years.

Besides his passion for work, Dr. Hoerster loved the outdoors, music and travel. He was an avid fisherman and sportsman and enjoyed snow skiing with family and friends. He participated in professional exchanges and traveled to many places around the world, including Russia and China.  He was also a member of his church choir for a number of years. He was full of life, generous to a fault and greatly admired by friends and family.

Dr. Hoerster is survived by his wife, Trudy; son and daughter-in-law Lon and Kandi Hoerster; daughter and son-in-law Teri and Randy Proctor; grandchildren Lee, Kara, Melissa and Courtney; three great-grandchildren; and stepdaughters Melody and Starla.


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. Hunt Dr. John Frederick Hunt passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2022 in Spokane, Wash., with his family by his side. He was 93.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1929 in Bellingham, Wash., to Gertrude and Roy Hunt. Amidst the Depression, he spent a happy childhood with family and friends he cherished for his lifetime.

He attended New Mexico Military Institute, graduating early to enter the UW just as he was turning 17 years old. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, where he enjoyed the support, camaraderie, and especially the organized social life — including the Valentine’s Day dance where he met his future wife, Diane Kendall.

The couple married on Aug. 15, 1953 at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane. He later served as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force at Travis Air Force Base, California.

In 1956, he and his young family moved to Spokane, where he opened a dental office on the north side and practiced for 40 years. Summers were spent on Chicken Point of Hayden Lake, Idaho, where he built a house, then a guest house, a dock, furniture, teeter-totters, and swings in trees. He grew a vegetable garden, cooked his famous huckleberry pancakes for guests and neighbors, and smoked delectable chickens on the barbecue. As a member of Hayden Lake Country Club, he enjoyed many hours of golf and dining. All the while, he was actively engaged with a simultaneous career as an orchardist in Wenatchee, Wash. It seemed that there was nothing he couldn’t fix, and he taught his children how to navigate life happily.

As life progressed, the Hunts traveled to the Holy Land and Hawaii, cruised to various spots in the Caribbean, and explored the southwestern U.S. They bought a home in Arizona for more golf and a place to spend winters. They visited their daughters and their families and welcomed three granddaughters. The ultimate gift arrived last spring when Dr. Hunt met his baby great-granddaughter.

Dr. Hunt is survived by daughters Julie (Troy) Cook and Cece (Gregg) Patterson; granddaughters Suzanne (Alex) Puryear and Stacey and Shannon Patterson; great-granddaughter Maeve Puryear; nephews Roger (Linda) Hunt and Brad (Debbie Lynn) Hunt; and sister-in-law Rosemary Hunt. He is predeceased by his wife, Diane, and brother Bill. (


Dr. Dennis W. Kelly, 81, of Clinton, Wash., passed away in Everett, Wash., on June 8, 2009.

Dr. Kelly was born in Spokane, Wash., on Aug. 5, 1927, and spent all of his childhood there. He attended Gonzaga Prep, Gonzaga University and graduated from the UW School of Dentistry in 1954. On June 21, 1952, he married Lorraine Klinner and they would go on to spend 57 years together.

After dental school, the Kellys moved back to Spokane, where he opened a South Hill dental practice that spanned 28 years. It was during this time that his interest in volunteer work began, providing free dental service during his time off to the children at the Morning Star Boy’s Ranch and the Good Shepherd Home for Girls. Dr. Kelly retired from private practice in 1984 and began 19 years of continuous volunteer dental work. In this capacity, the Kellys spent two years with the Papago Indians in Sells, Ariz., and then a year on the Acomita-Canoncito-Laguna Reservation in Acomita, N.M.

In 1987 they moved to Whidbey Island. Over the next 16 years, Dr. Kelly served as a Rotary International Volunteer Dentist in Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica, Kenya and Thailand. In Washington State, he volunteered at the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Marysville. He was an affiliate faculty member at the UW School of Dentistry and was voted “Best Liked Teacher” for two years. In 2005, he was voted the WSDA Citizen of the Year. He was past president of the Spokane District Dental Society and a member of the Spokane Lions Club. His interests included snow skiing, fishing and traveling, but his life’s passion was his family.

Dr. Kelly is survived by his wife, Lorraine; daughter Kathy Baker (Jeff), son Dennis Kelly (Debbie), daughter Susan Kelly, and daughter Keelan McNamee (Gregg); and eight grandchildren.


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)


W. Douglas McDougall Dr. W. Douglas “Doug” McDougall passed away on Dec. 6, 2012. A memorial service was held on Dec. 15, 2012 at Cadboro Bay United Church in Victoria, British Columbia.

Dr. McDougall was born on Aug. 31, 1930 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He moved to Victoria in 1937, Calgary, Alberta in 1941, Chilliwack, B.C., in 1942 and Victoria in 1945. He was on the Oak Bay High Student Council in 1946-47, attended Victoria College and the University of British Columbia from 1947-50 before studying dentistry at the UW and making many lifelong friends. He and his wife, Norma, married in 1953.

Starting in 1954, “Dr. Doug” practiced dentistry in Oak Bay until his retirement in 1991. During this time, he enjoyed honing his skills with study clubs in Vancouver and at the UW and had a special interest and skills in prosthodontics, clinically and technologically. He spent much of his time volunteering as a member of his profession, as a Cub Scout leader, at the Queen Alexander, at the First United Church and then Cadboro Bay United, with Camp Pringle, in choir with the University Chorus and with Saanich and Oak Bay Rotary.

Dr. McDougall was a past president of the Victoria and District Dental Society (1969-70) and the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. (1971-73), from which he received a Distinguished Service Award. He was made a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International and a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists.

Dr. McDougall immensely enjoyed everything he put his mind to, whether it was time with his family and friends or fishing, sailing, golfing, windsurfing, cross-country skiing, singing, photography, painting, piano playing or listening to classical and jazz music. He will be deeply missed.

Dr. McDougall is survived by his wife, Norma; children (and grandchildren), Rick and Maureen (Sean and Matthew), Janis (Lia), Bob, DMD, and Yolanda and Carol and Ian (Christine, David, Matthew, Peter and Alwyn). He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Richard H., DDS, and Ola McDougall, his sister, Doreen Benton, and his birth mother, Susan Neufeld.


Dr. Raisler Dr. 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.


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. John B. Smead died of cancer on Dec. 8, 2011 at the age of 82.

Dr. Smead was born to Harold and Ella Smead on Aug. 26, 1929 in Spokane, Wash., joining his sister, Mary, and brother, Joe. He attended St. Aloysius and Gonzaga Prep and received his DDS from the School of Dentistry in 1954.  He and Donna “Genie” Johnson met in Seattle and married in 1954. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the Pacific. The Johnsons and their four children ultimately settled in Simi Valley, Calif., where he had a dental practice for 25 years.

After his retirement in 1985, Dr. Smead and his wife moved back to Washington State. They split their time between their Sacheen Lake home and Arizona, most recently residing in Sun Lakes. The Smeads were two sides of the same charming, kind and gracious coin; she being the outgoing one who could strike up a conversation anywhere she went and he being the quiet, modest and witty one. His dry sense of humor was matched only by his intelligence, insight and humility. Curiosity, creativity and a love for challenge were at the heart of many of his accomplishments, from designing and building anything from clever storage solutions to additions to their homes, and planning trips across the country or across the world. They both had a passion for golf and travel, a conviction for Catholicism, a deep love for their children and grandchildren and an abundance of friendships, which they treasured.

Dr. Smead was preceded in death by Mrs. Smead, who passed away 17 months earlier, and his parents, siblings and granddaughter Lily Bryan. He is survived by his children, Paul Smead, Maryanne Bateman, Trisha J. Myers and Kathleen Buckley; and grandchildren Julie and John Myers and Daniel Campbell.


Dr. Arthur Stamey Dr. 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. (


Dr. Ralph Stenberg Dr. Ralph G. Stenberg of Edmonds, Wash., passed away peacefully on Sept. 7, 2019, after a brief illness. He was 93.

Dr. Stenberg was born on June 20, 1926 in Watford City, N.D., one of 11 siblings. Due to the Great Depression of the 1930s, the family had to leave their farm and move to Minneapolis. A few years later, they moved to Seattle, where he graduated from Garfield High School in 1944. He then served in the Naval Air Force during WWII and entered the UW. In 1950 he married Phyllis Johnson, and they settled in Edmonds, Wash. He practiced dentistry in the Lynnwood/Edmonds area for 57 years.

In addition to caring for the dental needs of thousands of patients over the years, Dr. Stenberg was a mentor to several study clubs and a member of several professional dental groups. His love for God and people led him to volunteer his time and talents on mission trips to South Africa, Peru, and the Philippines. He also made two trips to Haiti.

Dr. Stenberg is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 69 years; their children Robert (Cheryl), Susan (Timothy), Patty (Rich), Kathy (Mike), Steve (Susie), and Krista (Peter); 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister Lydia Barrett. (Everett HeraldNet)


Dr. Wesley Stone Dr. Wesley Beard Stone died on Jan. 2, 2021 at age 93.

He was born on Feb. 18, 1927 to Dr. Jonathan and Hazel Stone. He and his younger sister, Catherine, were reared in Spokane, Wash. He attended Lewis and Clark and North Central high schools and joined the Navy after graduation. He was a proud World War II veteran who used the GI Bill to attend the UW. Upon graduation he married his first wife, Mary, passed the state board dental test, and established a practice in the Paulsen Building in Spokane, where his father was a physician. The couple had children Allison and Bryce.

In 1993, he met Dr. Cora Joan Stone and they soon married. In 2000, they adopted Kelly, a toddler from China. He practiced dentistry for 52 years and enjoyed his numerous patients, many of whom became close family friends.

After he retired the family moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where he had spent many memorable summers as a youth. His enjoyed reunions with his cousins, social events with the Caria, Guarisco, Roland, and Ernst families, and visiting with his many friends. He also loved showing off his back yard to his nephew Craig (Jennifer) MacLachlan. His faith in God was ever present.

Dr. Stone is survived by his wife, Cora; son Bryce (Leroy Monat) of Flint, Mich.; daughters Kelly Lee Stone of Coeur d’Alene and Allison (Mark) Phillips of Phoenix; three granddaughters; and three nephews. (Yates Funeral Home)