Class of 1958

CLYDE ARCHER JR., CLASS OF 1958

Clyde ArcherDr. Clyde Lawrence Archer Jr. died from natural causes on July 26, 2012 in a care center in Nampa, Idaho. He was 87. Dr. Archer was a decorated Navy veteran and a former mayor of McCall, Idaho. A memorial service was held on July 31, 2012, in Caldwell, Idaho.

Dr. Archer was born on July 17, 1925, to Silva Margaret (Eckhoff) and Clyde Archer Sr. in Alamosa, Colo. In 1936, the family moved to Marsing, Idaho, where “Junior” took seventh and eighth grades simultaneously. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served on the USS Ransom. He was in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 of that year and again coming back. Dr. Archer received an honorable discharge in 1946, decorated with the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, two stars, the American Area Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal (one star) and the Bronze Star.

In 1952, Dr. Archer received a BS in pre-medicine, with high honors, from the College of Idaho. That year, he married Ila McGoldrick, with whom he had five children. (They divorced in 1978.)

After earning his DDS at the UW with more high honors, Dr. Archer moved to McCall, Idaho, where he started his dental practice, served as mayor from 1984-88 and became an avid square dancer with the Thunder Mountain Squares. In 1986, he married Irene Cantrall at a square dance. They were active with the McCall Senior Citizens Center and elected Lord and Lady of the Lake in 1990.

Dr. Archer is survived by his wife, Irene, of Nampa; five children, Capella Ikola of McCall, Cindy Gould of Boise, Nancy Bergeson of Denver, Jack Archer of Boise and Sally Kurdy of Boise; two stepchildren, Cal Cantrall of Le Grande, Ore., and Dee Cantrall of Nampa; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters Evelyn Tarver and Sylvia Martinez of Brigham City, Utah; and brothers Kenneth and Kearney. His brother Delbert preceded him in death.

DR. RICHARD ALAN BATTIN, CLASS OF 1958

Dr. Richard A. Battin, 79, passed away on Dec. 5, 2010 after complications from a serious stroke.Born on Oct. 2, 1931, he was raised in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School. After graduating from the UW School of Dentistry in 1958, he practiced dentistry in Normandy Park for 35 years and was adored and remembered by his patients for his kind and gentle touch.Dr. Battin’s true love was his family, in whom he instilled his passion for Grouse Hills Tree Farm in Napavine, Wash., a once-abused property he and his beloved wife, Judy, purchased in 1971. Inspired by his mission to leave the land better than he found it, he was a true environmentalist who took extreme pride in singlehandedly restoring the property to a picturesque, enchanting paradise. His dedication to stewardship was recognized with the 1996 Washington State Tree

Farmer of the Year Award and his appointment to the 11-member Washington Forest Practices Board.

Throughout his life, Dr. Battin was many things to countless people; a one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable husband, father, grandfather and friend, a man of compassion, integrity and a generosity of spirit who enjoyed making time to inspire and mentor not only his own children but many others as well.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 49 years, Judy Battin; children, Apryl Battin, Rick Battin, Robyn Martin (Jeff), Jana Claxton (Tim), and Laurie Crawford; and grandchildren, Ella, Colin, and Jonah.

JOHN A. BLUHER, CLASS OF 1958

Dr. BluherDr. John Alfred “Doc” Bluher, aka “The Flying Frontier Orthodontist,” passed away suddenly on Jan. 21, 2019 in Cody, Wyo. He was 84.

He was born on May 31, 1934 to Chester and Pauline (Stall) Bluher. He lived in Fall City, Wash. He attended Mount Si High School and was academically, athletically and musically gifted.

In 1952, Dr. Bluher was awarded a full music scholarship to Central Washington University. He changed his major to pre-dentistry. In his senior year at the School of Dentistry, he enlisted in the Air Force Senior Dental Program and was commissioned a second lieutenant. After graduation, he served for five years at Travis Air Force Base.

After his military service, he attended Northwestern University and specialized in orthodontia. He received the coveted Milo Hellman Research Award and international recognition for outstanding original research on TMJ.

Dr. Bluher was a pioneer in orthodontics and established satellite offices across Wyoming and Montana. He became a pilot and integrated his love of flying into his orthodontics business. The Flying Frontier Orthodontist served multiple generations of patients, “flying many miles for perfect smiles.”

As part of his contributions to the Cody community, he was a youth leader for Trinity Lutheran Church, Boy Scout leader, Rotarian, Lion, and member of the Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club.

Dr. Bluher is survived by his wife, Grace (Cody); three children; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and brothers Don of Fall City and Ron of Olympia, Wash. He was preceded in death by his sister, Deloris Babcock. (www.valleyrecord.com)

DR. WILLIAM J. BRUMMITT, CLASS OF 1958

Dr. William J. “Joe” Brummitt passed away on Aug. 8, 2017 at Skagit Valley Hospital. He was 89.Dr. Brummitt was born on May 31, 1928 to L.D. and Thelma (Patton) Brummitt. He greatly enjoyed childhood summers spent with his sister and cousins at their grandparents’ farm in Hickory Creek. He hunted, fished, and watched his grandfather and uncle pilot their Rock Island Railroad locomotives through the Missouri countryside, waving and tooting the train whistles for the grandchildren. When he was 9, his family moved west, spending time in Washington, Oregon, and California. He graduated from Palm Springs High School, and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a member of the golf team.

After college, Dr. Brummitt became a Navy pilot. He flew the Lockheed P2V Neptune anti-submarine warfare/maritime patrol aircraft in various patrol squadrons at NAS Coronado Island, NAS Whidbey and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While stationed at NAS Whidbey, he met Barbara Behlke of Oak Harbor, Wash. They were married at NAS Barbers Point in 1951.

After his service in the Navy, he enrolled in the School of Dentistry. The year he graduated, the couple moved their family to Mount Vernon, Wash. He practiced dentistry in Burlington, Wash., for 34 years. During his retirement years, he indulged his lifelong love of golf. He was a member of the Skagit Golf and Country Club for almost 50 years. He was proud of often shooing his age or better in his 80s, and of shooting several holes-in-one during his years as a snowbird at Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Great memories were made during a golf trip to Scotland with his son, Joe.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Dave Enders of Mount Vernon, Julie and Don Erickson of El Dorado Hills, Calif., Nancy and Tom Thramer of Bellevue, Wash., and Sarah and Jeff Steiner of Burlington; son and daughter-in-law Joe Jr. and Cheryl of Bellevue; daughter Jill of Greenwich, N.Y.; grandchildren Eric Enders, Matt (Hillary) Erickson, Katie (Ryan) Kirschling, Emily Thramer, Robb Riggs, Marissa (Mike) Stender, Samantha Brummitt, and Mary Grace Brummitt; and great-grandchildren Lincoln and Kerrington Erickson and Gavin and Kellen Kirschling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Barbara, daughter Colleen Riggs, sister Ann Brown and mother-in-law Estelle Behlke.()

DR. ROBERT F. JORGENSEN, CLASS OF 1958

Dr. Robert JorgensenDr. Robert Firth “Bob” Jorgensen, 88, passed away peacefully at home on May 17, 2015, surrounded by family.

Dr. Jorgensen was born in Burlington, Wash., where his father managed the fish hatchery. He was raised in Ballard and attended Webster Grade School and James Monroe Middle School. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1944, lettering in football, basketball and baseball, and was in the Sports Hall of Fame.

After one quarter at the University of Washington, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps. After his wartime service, he returned to the UW and was a four-year letterman in basketball and baseball. He was the first freshman to earn the Big W. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he cherished his friendships from the “Fiji” house. He graduated with a degree in education and taught at Hoquiam High School for two years before entering the School of Dentistry. Upon graduation in 1958, he began practicing in Bellevue, where he was much loved by his patients.

Dr. Jorgensen and Marilyn Ebling were married in 1953. They met on a blind date in college and each felt like they were the lucky one. They traveled extensively throughout the world and spent winters on the island of Kauai. Dr. Jorgensen was proud to say he climbed the Great Wall of China, Mount Rainier and the Eiffel Tower. His favorite pastime was golf and he was a long-standing member of Overlake Golf and Country Club, serving as president in 1977. He was preceded in death by brothers Edward, Calhoun and sister Ruth.

Dr. Jorgensen is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marilyn, daughters Kimberly and Cynthia, sister-in-law and brother-in-law MaryJane and Jack Powell and numerous nieces and nephews. (Seattle Times)

DR. WARREN V. JUDD, CLASS OF 1958

Dr. Warren Vernal Judd passed away on Sept. 13, 2017. He was 90.

Dr. Judd was born in Fredonia, Ariz., on July 19, 1927 to Warren Dart and Olive Brooksby Judd. The oldest of seven children, he graduated from Fredonia Public School in 1945, then joined the U.S. Navy at age 17, during the latter part of World War II.

His basic training was at the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego. He served there as ship’s company assigned as transfer yeoman at the personnel office. Here he met and worked with Thomas S. Monson, who later would become president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They became close lifelong friends. Dr. Judd served three years in the U.S. Navy and as LDS group leader, conducting weekly church services. He spent the last nine months of his Navy career as captain’s Secretary on the USS President Hayes, a troop transport assigned to the Pacific area. He was discharged from the Navy with the enlisted rank of yeoman 2nd class.

Dr. Judd was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Australia, the former home of his maternal grandparents. He served as mission secretary for 13 months in Sydney, then as presiding elder in Melbourne for nine months.

He married a former schoolmate, LaJean Carling, on June 6, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with one daughter, Elva Jean. Dr. Judd graduated with an Associates of Science degree from Weber College in Ogden, Utah, and was accepted at the School of Dentistry. He accepted a commission as a dental officer with the U.S. Public Health Service and served a year of dental internship at the U.S. Public Health Service hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. After this he was the dental officer at the Indian Hospital in Zuni, N.M. Assignments followed at San Pedro, Calif., and in Seattle.

Dr. Judd then received three years of training in an oral surgery residency at the USPHS hospital in Staten Island, N.Y. He received his Master of Science degree from New York University in 1975. He became board certified in oral surgery, serving at USPHS hospitals in Anchorage and Gallup, N.M. He retired with 27 years of service in the USPHS and purchased a home in Layton, where he practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery for another 10 years, before retiring from practicing dentistry.

His wife, LaJean, passed away in 2005. After his sweet wife’s death, he found joy and companionship again with Leola Esperson. They were married in a civil marriage performed by his good friend Monson in the Ogden Temple. After 10 happy years, Leola passed away in 2016. Dr. Judd was much loved by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. After her death, his growing step-family continued to embrace and cherish him, and he will be greatly missed and always loved by them.

Dr. Judd served in various positions for the LDS Church: as Sunday school teacher; counselor in the bishopric; Boy Scout Troop Committeeman; ward executive secretary; and assistant ward librarian.

While living in Gallup, he earned his private pilot’s license and flew to various USPHS dental clinics in Arizona to conduct oral surgery procedures for teaching purposes. He enjoyed camping and hunting in Alaska, Utah, and New Mexico. He also participated in small-bore silhouette rifle target shooting activities for many years.

He is survived by his daughter, Elva Jean (Michael Colandino) of Van Buren, Ariz.; granddaughter LaNae Jean Colandino; siblings Alma (Connie) of Mesa, Ariz., Keith (Carol) of Fredonia, Ariz., and Tharon (Kathy) of Orem, Utah; and brothers-in­law Alma Bastian of Sigurd, Utah, and Lawrence (Jan) Dart of Yamhill, Ore. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Albin (and Lenna Mae Hinton), and sister Darlene Judd Bastian.(Deseret News)

DR. ROLAND S. KUMASAKA, CLASS OF 1958

Dr. Roland KumasakaDr. Roland Shozo Kumasaka passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, 2019 in Seattle. He was 88.

Dr. Kumasaka was born on Nov. 25, 1930 in North Seattle. One of seven children, he attended Olympic View Elementary School before being incarcerated with his family in the internment camp at Minidoka, Idaho during World War II. He lived in Vale, Ore., in 1945 before returning to the family farm in Seattle. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle and from the University of Washington with a degree in Public Health and Preventative Medicine. He then graduated from the School of Dentistry.

He married Bernadette Sasaki in 1959. They raised three children and were married for over 59 years. He established a dental externship with the state of Washington before starting his dental practice in Des Moines, Wash., in 1960. He retired from practice in 1997.

Dr. Kumasaka was honored to be a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Dental Honor Society. He was also a charter member of the Northwest Asian American Dental Seminar Group and the Des Moines Lions Club. He was involved with the establishment of the dental care program at Keiro Nursing Home and coordinated the publication The Green Lake Japanese American Community 1900-1942.

He was a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a wonderful role model for his children and often provided guidance to others. Throughout his life, he was a humble man with great integrity and humility.

Dr. Kumasaka is survived by his wife, Bernadette; son Rick (Linda); daughters Mary (Jon) Okada and Ann Kumasaka (David Robbins); grandchildren Erin Kumasaka, Nicole Kumasaka (Sam Schwartz), and Andrew and Karen Okada; and sister Mariko Hanami. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shoji and Matsumi, brothers Akira and Haruo, and sisters Mitsuko Furuyama, Mayko Fujioka, and Mutsuko Kumasaka. (Legacy.com)

JACK NUGENT, CLASS OF 1958

Jack NugentDr. Jack Nugent, a past president of the Washington State Dental Association, a founder of Washington Dental Service and former Husky football player, died on July 18, 2012. He was 82. A celebration of his life was held on July 28 at River’s Edge at Tumwater Valley Golf Course in Tumwater, Wash. Private interment was in the Fern Hill Cemetery Mausoleum in Aberdeen, Wash.

Dr. Nugent was born to John and Nellie Nordlund Nugent on Dec. 16, 1929 in Centralia, Wash. He graduated from Centralia High School in 1949. During his school years, he excelled as an all-around athlete in football, basketball and track. Upon graduation, he received a football scholarship to the UW, where he played halfback and fullback. He was one of the outstanding rushers at the university, as well as a member of Phi Gamma Delta, the Oval Club, Tyee and the Big W Club.

In 1954, after graduation, Dr. Nugent married Aldalee “Lee” Simonson of Aberdeen, Wash. He continued his education at the UW School of Dentistry, graduating in 1958. He entered the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer, a captain in the Dental Corps at Fort Ord, Calif.

After his military service, the Nugents moved to Aberdeen, where he practiced dentistry for 40 years. Dr. Nugent served as president of Washington Dental Service for two years. He also was a founder of the UW School of Dentistry’s Dean’s Club and served as its president from 1984 to 1986.

Dr. Nugent was known for his philanthropy and anonymous service in providing charitable dental care to many deserving people.

He is survived by Lee, his wife of 58 years; sons, Scott (Karen) of Auburn and Jeffrey (Luanne) of Olympia, Wash.; grandchildren, Katelyn, Patrick and Jacob; and sister Eloise Evans of Kirkland, Wash. Five sisters preceded Dr. Nugent in death.

DR. JAMES FRANKLIN QUIGLEY, CLASS OF 1958

Dr. James Franklin QuigleyDr. James Franklin Quigley died on May 29, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. He was 79.

Dr. Quigley practiced dentistry for 40 years. He was a member of Spokane Rotary #21, where he served as chair of the disabilities committee for many years, and was past president of the Spokane District Dental Society. He was serving on the boards of Spokane Parks and Recreation and the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch Foundation at the time of his death. His passions were dentistry and volunteering in the community, and he loved spending time with family and friends, especially if it involved being on or near the water.

Dr. Quigley is survived by his wife of 31 years, Rose Marie; children Michelle (Roy) Lange of Spokane, Colleen (Kraig) Knutzen of Burlington, Wash., Jim Quigley of Norcross, Ga., and David (Shawn) Quigley of Bothell, Wash.; grandchildren Tyler and Jake Knutzen, Kelly and Kyle Quigley and Taylor and Alexis Quigley; and great-grandson Maddox Quigley. He was preceded in death by his parents. (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

ROBERT C. STROM, CLASS OF 1958

Dr. Robert C. Strom passed away at 87 years of age on Dec. 27, 2018 in Kapaa, Hawaii.

Dr. Strom was born in Hoquiam, Wash., in 1931. He graduated from the School of Dentistry and often volunteered and taught there in the following years. He practiced dentistry for 40 years at the Snoqualmie Valley Dental Clinic.

During his time out of the office, he had an immense love for running, fishing and skiing. He had a warm, kind heart and a great sense of humor, and was always looking to make people laugh. He had a great love for his practice and enjoyed seeing his faithful patients.

Dr. Strom was blessed with a large and loving family. He will be dearly missed by his loved ones and the Snoqualmie Valley community. His belief in God gave him comfort and peace in his life.

Dr. Strom is survived by his wife, Adele; daughters Susan and Kari; son Erik; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.  (www.legacy.com)

ROBERT R. VANCE , CLASS OF 1958

Dr. Robert R. Vance passed away on Nov. 14, 2015 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Wash. He was 82 and a resident of Moses Lake, Wash. (No further details were available.) (The News Tribune)