Class of 1964

DR. GEORGE M. CHATALAS, CLASS OF 1964

Dr. George ChatalasDr. George Macy Chatalas passed away on March 31, 2016 after a brief illness. He was 78.

Dr. Chatalas was born on Feb. 2, 1938 to George John and Faye Macy Chatalas in Seattle, where he attended elementary, middle and high school. He received his DDS from the UW in 1964. While there he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and maintained strong relationships with his Fiji brothers over the years. Upon graduation he served two years as a captain in the U.S. Air Force at Biggs Field in El Paso, Texas, after which he returned to Seattle to practice dentistry with his father. In 1997, he sold his practice, retired from dentistry and moved with his wife, Marcia, to Tucson.

For many years Dr. Chatalas was on the affiliate faculty in the School of Dentistry’s Restorative department. He was inducted into the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists. He served on the Washington State Board of Dental Examiners and the ADA Accreditation Commission and participated in the Seattle-King County Dental Society and the Washington State Dental Association on legislative and policy activities. He was a member of the American Society of Dental Consultants and performed quality reviews of dental insurance submissions for the Washington Dental Service. He was a serious advocate of quality and ethical dentistry and believed that everybody should have access to quality dental care. He often provided free dental work to those who didn’t have insurance.

Whether in Seattle or Tucson, Dr. Chatalas was involved in art, sports and politics. He was a lifelong Democrat, a competitive golfer and a soccer player into his 50s. In his retirement, he served as president of the Tucson Museum of Art Docent Council, where he was also vice president for docent training, and as a member of the board of directors of the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault and the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review. He pursued film acting and had roles in several local productions.

Dr. Chatalas is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marcia; his children Jody and Helen of Seattle; their mother, Catherine McCurdy Chatalas; his grandchildren, Ella Chatalas and Fin Butler of Seattle; sister Joan Westover and her three children of Seattle; cousins in Seattle, California, Oregon and Boise, Idaho; his canine pals Buddy, Benny and Sadie; and numerous friends in Seattle, Tucson and Boise. (Seattle Times)