Class of 1957


Dr. David BalesDr. David Jefferson Bales, a retired Air Force colonel who chaired the School’s Department of Restorative Dentistry from 1983 to 1993, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2016 in Redmond, Wash. He was 83.

Dr. Bales was born to Dan Sr. and Hilda Bales on July 13, 1932 in Klickitat, Wash. He spent his school-age years in Klickitat before leaving for college. He earned a BA from Central Washington University in 1953, a DDS from the UW in 1957 and an MSD from Indiana University in 1972.

He married Darlyne Pagel in March 1953. Together, they valued their faith and were active participants in church.

In 1983, Dr. Bales retired as an Air Force colonel after 22 years of distinguished service. He held faculty appointments at the University of Texas (1968-69 and 1974-83) and at the UW (1983-2008). He received multiple awards and commendations throughout his careers in the Air Force and at the UW. As an officer, he was recognized as a National Civilian Consultant in Operative Dentistry and Dental Materials to the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General (1987-1991) and served as the Director of Dental Services (1980-83) at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center.

Upon returning to the School, his responsibilities included directing the general dentistry residency training program from 1974 to 1980. In addition to his exemplary departmental leadership, he enjoyed national stature as an active researcher and contributor to textbooks and journals. He was the editor of the Journal of Operative Dentistry from 1986 to 1992. His outstanding record as a clinician was recognized in 1994 with the Award of Excellence from the Academy of Operative Dentistry.

At the UW, Dr. Bales was honored with the American Student Dental Association Outstanding Faculty Award, induction into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary society and the Dental Alumni Association’s 1992 Distinguished Alumnus Award. He accepted emeritus standing in 2002 and took full retirement in 2008.

Dr. Bales is survived by his wife of 63 years, Darlyne; children Jeff, Diantha, Jamie and Darice; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother John; and sister Nancy.
He was preceded in death by his son Damon; his parents; brothers Richard, Dan Jr. and James; and sister Dorothy.

Memorials in his honor may be made as a donation in his name to the UW Dental Alumni Endowed Student Scholarship Fund.

Checks may be mailed to the School at Box 357137, Seattle, WA 98195-7137, payable to UW Foundation, with “In Memory of Dr. Bales” as a memo note. (Cascade Memorial)


Dr. Ronald Gusa

Dr. Ronald Stuart Gusa passed away on July 1, 2018 at his home in Mill Creek, Wash. He was 85.

Dr. Gusa was born on Nov. 9, 1932 in Seattle and raised in Bremerton, Wash., by his parents, Myron and Edna. He lived in the Seattle area his entire life, and always said there was no better place to live.

He showed strong leadership skills at a young age through his election as master councilor of the Bremerton chapter of the Order of DeMolay and by becoming an Eagle Scout. He was also a member of the Hi-Climbers Club. He graduated with honors from Bremerton High School in 1950.

Dr. Gusa loved dentistry and practiced for over 40 years on Queen Anne Hill. He was especially proud of his involvement in The Academy of R.V. Tucker Study Clubs, which allowed him to mentor, share his passion, and create friendships with dentists in the United States and around the world.

He and his first wife raised four children. Their family was fortunate enough to spend carefree summers at their cabin on Camano Island, swimming, boating, fishing, and playing lots of games. During this time he stayed involved in his community. He was a senator and president in the Jaycees and ran for Washington state representative. He co-founded Cub Pack 850 and was its first cubmaster. He also was president of the PTA at his children’s school.

Dr. Gusa was interested in people from all walks of life. He and his family welcomed foster children into their homes. Interesting guests from around the world could show up at any time, including senators, the entire cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, or the person who was down on his luck and received free dental work from Dr. Gusa. He also did dental work for the conductors, singers and others of the Soviet cast of War and Peace. Then all were invited to his home for dinner, singing, and dancing. He accepted people of all different perspectives, beliefs, and lifestyles, and he cherished his many friendships. He had many lifelong friends, but continued to make new friends throughout his life. Dr. Gusa was ahead of his time in his perspectives of the world and those around him. He was always open to new and progressive ideas, and was not judgmental of people with differing viewpoints.

In 1987, he met Judy. They married in 1991 and their family grew to include his beloved stepdaughter, Emily Dobson. The Gusas traveled whenever they could, visiting Russia and Greece and going through the Panama Canal twice, in each direction. They kept a large home, so that their family could gather in one place.

Dr. Gusa was interested in just about everything. He loved a good house remodeling project and bought a tractor to dig around his Lynwood, Wash., property. He loved to read and was always curious about the history of the many countries he visited. He visited Germany many times and loved studying the history of World War II. He liked to say that he was always learning. He prized education, not only in the classroom, but also out in the world. His legacy is one of learning, curiosity, travel, engagement with the world, and love for his family.

He is survived by his children Michael, Angela (Mark Plut), Sharon (Chuck Quint), Randy and Emily Dobson (Jesse Dias dos Passos); and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, and his sister, Donna Hubert. (Dignity Memorial)


Dr. Monta John Nixon died on Sept. 15, 2014 at his home in Kenmore, Wash. He was 81. He is survived by his wife, Frances.

Dr. Newell Edwin Warr died on Feb. 12, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 90.Dr. Warr was born April 10, 1927, in Beaver, Utah, to Morrell Justinian and Phylis Swindlehurst Warr. He graduated from Beaver High School in 1945. He played the trombone in a popular local dance band for four years. He served in the U.S. Navy, followed by a 2½-year mission to England for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University in 1953 before entering dental school at the UW.

On June 29, 1957, he married Mary E. Bennion (1929-1990) of Spokane, Wash., in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. He married Charlene E. Aley of Warren, Ohio, (1942-1994) on March 23, 1991 in the Salt Lake Temple, and Jean Cummings of Salt Lake City (1920-2010) on July 15, 1996.

Dr. Warr spent 48 years as a general dentist in private practice in Salt Lake City. He was one of the founders of the Salt Lake Donated Dental Services Clinic, providing underserved populations with quality dental care. He was president of the Utah Dental Association and received its Distinguished Service Award. He was honored to serve in several assignments for the International College of Dentists, an honor society with an emphasis on humanitarian service. He was a deputy regent, vice regent, and section regent in the 14th District, and he received its Distinguished Deputy Regent award. He was the USA section president of the International College of Dentists in 2007-08.

Dr. Warr was active in local and state politics. He was a strong supporter of Scouting, having received the rank of Eagle, and served on the central staff at the World Scout Jamboree of Peace in Moisson, France.

He served faithfully in many leadership positions in the LDS Church throughout his life. Until a few months before his death, he worked weekly in the Salt Lake Temple. He enjoyed family activities, theater, symphony, boating, and fishing. He also raised registered Black Angus cattle.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Mecham; brother, Joseph B.; sons David B., Craig M. (Tamara), Richard E. (Laurel) and Keith N. (Nancy); 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wives and granddaughter Katelyn JoAnne Warr.(Deseret News)