In Memoriam

Class of 1962

DR. CHARLES A. BORGMAN, CLASS OF 1962

Charles BorgmanDr. Charles A. Borgman died on Sept. 16, 2012 in Kirkland, Wash. He was 83.

Dr. Borgman was born on April 11, 1929, in Jackson Hole, Wyo. After graduating from the UW School of Dentistry, he completed his training in Boston in 1963. He practiced dentistry for 45 years in Juanita, Wash.

Dr. Borgman loved sailing, fishing, skiing, building and being surrounded by his family, including his wife, Sandy; children, Barbara, Erica, Marit, Inger and Greta; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

DR. FRED CHRISTEN, CLASS OF 1962

Dr. Fred ChristenDr. Fred Christen passed away peacefully on July 2, 2021 in Blaine, Wash., surrounded by family. He was 87.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1933 in Chehalis, Wash., and grew up there. He married Helen Lyle, with whom he had five children, and served four years in the Navy and six years in the Navy Reserves. He loved dentistry and practiced for many years in Kent, Wash., before moving to Ellensburg, Wash., to farm. His second marriage, to Molly Hayes, brought four stepchildren into his life. These were all treasured relationships to him.

After many years of farming, he bought Cook Creek Court in Kittitas, Wash., where he enjoyed overseeing improvements and lively conversations with residents. He loved prime rib, Husky and Seahawks football, poker, cribbage, real estate, and hard work. He was fiercely independent and had a true entrepreneurial spirit.

He is survived by his children, Mike, Betty Thompson, Pat, Morgan, and Bob; stepdaughters Marsha Hayes Weyand, Pat Hayes Rominger, Pam Hayes Bailes, and Robin Hayes Newcomb; 22 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister June Rado; and brother John.

Donations in his memory may be made to the School of Dentistry. (Kent Reporter)

DR. RALPH B. CULVER, CLASS OF 1962, PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY CLASS OF 1968

Dr. Ralph Buhl Culver died on March 21, 2015, from complications of a stroke. He was 78.

Born in Bremerton, Wash., he completed an internship at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco after receiving his DDS degree and served two additional years in the Army in France. After earning his certification in pediatric dentistry from the UW, he practiced for two years at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem and had a private pediatric dental practice in Renton, Wash., until 2008, and lived part-time in Palm Springs, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula, and is survived by his son, Jonathan; brother, Dr. Norman Culver; partner, Alan Vernon; and two nieces.  (Forest Lawn)

DR. KENNETH W. KUMPF, CLASS OF 1962 

Dr. Kenneth KumpfDr. Kenneth William Kumpf passed away on Nov. 27, 2020 in a Napa, Calif., hospital with his son Loren by his side, after years of battling prostate cancer. He was 84.

He was born on July 6, 1936 in Kane, Penn., to Katherine and Fred Kumpf. After living in various locations, his family moved to Worland, Wy., where he attended Washakie County High School and met his future wife, Shirley Martenson. He played guard on his high school basketball team, which despite its small size was runner-up in the Wyoming state Class AA boys’ championship in 1953. He graduated the following year and did his predental education at the University of Wyoming.

He served as an Army dentist at Ford Ord in Monterey, Calif. In 1965, he and his wife, Shirley, settled in Napa, where he opened and ran a successful dental practice for 25 years.

After his son Aaron died in 1985 under suspicious circumstances while a patient at Letterman Army Medical Center at the Presidio in San Francisco, Dr. Kumpf sold his dental practice, his marriage ended, and he moved to San Francisco. He co-owned a Chinese restaurant for a few years and continuously pursued the cause of his son’s death. He later returned to Napa.

In earlier days, he enjoyed shooting pool, fishing, golfing, playing bridge, dancing, running, and photography. Throughout his life he also enjoyed watching sporting events and following the stock market.

Dr. Kumpf was respected for his generosity in providing dental care for those with limited funds. He was also known for his free spirit and his empathy for those most marginalized by society. He felt particularly compassionate toward the transgender individuals he befriended and assisted in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, where he lived.

He is survived by his children Loren and Amy; siblings Fred and Laura; and ex-wife Shirley. He was preceded in death by his parents. (Legacy.com)

DR. JOHN T. MCGWIRE, CLASS OF 1962 

Dr. John McGwireDr. John Thomas McGwire died Dec. 29, 2020 at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif., of pneumonia caused by leukemia. He was 83.

Dr. McGwire was born on Sept. 7, 1937 in Bronxville, N.Y. He was a man of faith who believed in service to others. He practiced dentistry for 38 years in Pomona, Calif. After he retired, he continued to work to ensure proper dental care for the less fortunate. He served as president of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce and the Pomona Rotary Club, and on the board of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona for many years.

Dr. McGwire cherished his time with his children and shared his love of sports with them. He coached them in Little League and AYSO for 10 years. He also enjoyed cycling and playing golf.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Virginia (“Ginger”); sons Michael, Mark, Robert, Daniel, and Jay; 18 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.