Class of 1956

JAMES R. CALAHAN, CLASS OF 1956

Dr. CalahanDr. James R. Calahan passed away on July 16, 2018 in Poulsbo, Wash. He was 86.

Dr. Calahan was born on June 19, 1931 to James and Dorothy (Harris) Calahan in Seattle. He attended Daniel Bagley grade school, Lincoln High School (1949), the UW and the School of Dentistry. He then served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at George Air Force Base in California for three years. He returned to Seattle in 1959 and spent the next 40 years practicing dentistry in Madison Park.

A kind and generous man, Dr. Calahan chaired several committees of the Seattle-King County Dental Society and served as a delegate for three years. He also chaired the Madison Park Business Association and the local Rotary Club. He served on the King County Cancer Society board and was chairman of the March of Dimes for two years. He also was quite proud of the years he coached two Mercer Island Little League championship teams without ever having a serious disagreement with a player, parent or umpire. In 2001 he happily put on a baseball uniform for the first time in 50 years, and helped his son coach his grandson’s district-winning Babe Ruth team.

Dr. Calahan married Cherie Dennis on Feb. 25, 1979. They spent 40 wonderful years living on the shores of Apple Tree Cove, enjoying the beach with their family and many friends. He loved gardening, reading (he was quite the history buff), golfing, traveling and talking. He was a gentle man with bright blue eyes, a quick wit, and incredible humor who loved his family, patients, all his friends, and life. He will be greatly missed.

Dr. Calahan is survived by his wife, Cherie; three children with previous wife Barbara, Jim (Michele Browning), Lynn (Ed) Thenell, and Connie Calahan; grandchildren Jimmy, Aimee (Geoff) and Jillian Calahan, and Eddie and Erin Thenell; and great-grandchildren Landon and Makayla. (www.legacy.com)

DR. DONALD C. HAYES, CLASS OF 1956

Dr. Donald HayesDr. Donald C. Hayes of Camano Island, Wash., passed away on March 29, 2016. He was 85.

Dr. Hayes was born on Oct. 2, 1930 to Leonard and Gladys Hayes in Seattle. He graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1948 and attended the UW, where he earned his DDS.

Dr. Hayes was a captain in the U.S. Army, stationed in Alaska from 1957-59. He met his wife, Audrey, there. In 1959 they moved to Stanwood, Wash., where he had a private dental practice for 36 years.

After retiring, he continued practicing on a volunteer basis with Medical Teams International on the dental van in his community. He was a warm-hearted, hardworking, generous and humble man who will be missed by all who knew him. He thoroughly enjoyed many hobbies, especially fishing every summer with friends and family.

Dr. Hayes is survived by his children, Sharon (Dick) Billings, Gary (Ronda), Steve (Pat), Tom (Debbie), Mary (Ron) Crerar, Ann (Wayne) Burns, Jim (Vickie) and Barb (John) Noste; 21 grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; multiple nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends; and sisters Kathy (Don) Shaw and Shirley (Ed) Reed.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Audrey; sister Sharon Rathbun; brother Harold; and parents. (Legacy.com)

EDWARD ROBERT JANISCH, CLASS OF 1956, ORTHODONTICS CLASS OF 1968

Edward Robert JanischDr. Edward Robert “Bob” Janisch died on March 13, 2019. He was 87.

Born on Nov. 10, 1931 to Edward and Dorothy Janisch in Seattle, he grew up in Magnolia with many friends. He graduated from Queen Anne High in 1950 after excelling in track and field and as a quarterback. From early on, Dr. Janisch made and kept lifelong friends.

During summers after World War II from 1946 to 1955, he was on the Boy Scouts Camp Parsons Staff on the Hood Canal. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop 82 and at Camp Parsons.

He obtained the highest ranking in the Order of the Silver Marmot (Blue Braid). He led and positively influenced young men on many hikes and climbs throughout the Olympic Mountains.

In June 2018, he relished participating in a 100-year anniversary celebration at Camp Parsons.

Dr. Janisch graduated from the UW School of Dentistry in the top of his class and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi  fraternity, the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honorary society, and Purple Shield.

On July 14, 1956, he married Doris “Dodie” Ann Turner in Seattle. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the U.S. Air Force, where he and Dodie were stationed in Cheyenne, Wyo. for two years. He rose to the rank of captain and was the go-to dentist at Warren  Air Force Base. He would later recall this time as a two-year honeymoon with Dodie,  where during off-duty time they hiked and skied in the Rockies, water skied, golfed, and made more lifelong friends.

In the summer of 1958, the Janisches returned to Seattle with a newborn son and Dr. Janisch commenced his private dental practice. He had offices in Seattle and Bellevue. He also taught at the School of Dentistry over the course of his career.

In 1960, the couple were blessed with a newborn daughter. In 1962, the family moved to Bellevue.

In 1966, Dr. Janisch returned to the School of Dentistry to pursue a residency in orthodontics, which he began  practicing in 1968 after obtaining his certification and Master of Science in Dentistry in the specialty.

Dr. Janisch always maintained his love of the outdoors as a hiker, snow and water skier, golfer, and boater with his family.

After a skiing accident in 1970, he suffered a stroke which paralyzed his right side (of which he never regained use) and claimed his speech, spelling, and sense of taste. With the endless support of his beloved wife, Dr. Janisch exhibited remarkable determination, endless courage, pure grit, and incredible hard work to regain the ability to walk, albeit with a heavy right leg brace. He also relearned to read, write, spell, and speak.

Dr. Janisch returned to the practice of orthodontics in 1974 and resumed teaching orthodontics at the School of Dentistry for many years.

He did not let the stroke lessen his zest for life, but continued to take his family on boat trips, road trips, and beach walks. He and his wife traveled throughout America and overseas.

The couple retired to Stretch Island, Wash., where they designed and crafted a pine-walled cabin  overlooking the Sound. At the cabin, Dr. Janisch enjoyed the company of his family and longtime friends through his remaining years

He is survived by his cherished wife of almost 63 years, Dodie Turner Janisch; son Tom Janisch (Patti Janisch);  daughter Kay Janisch Ambrose (Michael Ambrose); granddaughter Juli Janisch (Ian Edelson); and many friends.

On learning of his passing, friends wrote: “Bob is still a prince, a gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor, with kindness and consideration…generosity of spirit. We will always remember him with his amused smile, the guy who knew the joke before we caught on.”

DR. ROY S. MAR, CLASS OF 1956

Dr. Roy MarDr. Roy Sing Mar passed away on March 14, 2018, surrounded by his closest loved ones. He was 90.

Dr. Mar was born on Dec. 26, 1927 in Seattle, the eighth of 10 children. After serving in the Navy, he became the first Chinese American to graduate from the School of Dentistry. He established his successful practice on Beacon Hill and retired in 2013.

For years, Dr. Mar was active in the Seattle-King County Dental Society, holding various positions, including president. He also helped start and coach the Seattle Chinese Athletic Association’s first girls basketball team.

Dr. Mar was well known for his sense of humor, recipes, current events, politics, and stories. His primary joy came from spending time with his children and their growing families.

He is survived by his six children, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and their families. (Seattle Times)

EUGENE MEYER, CLASS OF 1956

Eugence MeyerDr. Eugene “Gene” Meyer died on March 22, 2012 at the age of 82. He was buried in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside County, Calif. Having served as a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, he received full military honors. A reception followed in Long Beach, Calif.

After graduating from the UW School of Dentistry and active duty in the Navy, he relocated to California. For more than 45 years, he practiced general dentistry and served the Long Beach and Bellflower communities. After retirement, he dedicated his life to enjoying his loving grandchildren.

Dr. Meyer is survived by his daughter, Robin McIlroy; grandchildren, Katrina and Kyle; family in Washington; and many friends.

DR. CARROL E. REICHELT, CLASS OF 1956

Dr. Carrol E. ReicheltDr. Carrol E. Reichelt died peacefully on March 17, 2013 at Providence Medical Center in Everett, Wash., due to complications from pneumonia. He was born to Evelyn and Carl Reichelt on April 25, 1931, in Everett. He graduated from Everett High School in 1948 and received his Doctorate of Dentistry from the University of Washington in 1956. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for two years, he returned to Everett and practiced dentistry for the next 35 years.

Dr. Reichelt was a member of Sertoma, the Everett Elks and Eagles clubs, the Snohomish County Dental Society and the Everett Golf & Country Club. He married Diana “Dini” Dawson on June 19, 1982. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, duck hunting, bowling, snow skiing and the “occasional” poker game. He loved going to Husky and Seahawks games and shared his passion for horseracing with family and friends.

Dr. Reichelt is survived by his wife, Dini; children Carol Moulton, Troy and Michael; grandchildren Trevor Moulton, Tara (James) Hammeran, Gracie Aiello and Edward Reichelt; siblings Linda (Doug) Dulin and Jim Reichelt; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Carl Reichelt; siblings June Bermudez, Marlene Silkman and Janice Jaroz; his first wife, Sharon Vincent Reichelt; and son Scott. (Everett Herald)