Class of 1966

DR. JAMES F. McCALLUM, CLASS OF 1966

Dr. James F. McCallum died in April 2015 after a battle with colon cancer.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force in Europe,  Dr. McCallum moved to Bellingham, Wash., and purchased the practice of a retiring dentist. He was a member of more than 40 years in the R.L. Bruna Dental Study Club and spent many years as a part-time clinical instructor at the UW.  He was also an ardent Husky fan, proving his devotion by actually traveling to Eugene for road games with the Ducks.

Dr. McCallum is survived by his wife, Sue, and son, Mike.

RONALD RIEHL, CLASS OF 1966

Dr. Ronald Riehl passed away on Oct. 6, 2008 at Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family. He waged a seven-year battle with prostate cancer, and ultimately succumbed to acute myeloid leukemia. He was 71.

Dr. Riehl was born at home on Oct. 14, 1936 as the fifth child of John and Beatrice (Cowart) Riehl.  He was raised in Russian Town – a part of Walla Walla, Wash., and attended Walla Walla High School and graduated in 1953.  A year later he joined the US Navy, serving two years as a navigator in an F3D jet in the Continental Air Defense command based in San Diego, Calif.  He then attended Eastern Washington College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology.  While attending the UW School of Dentistry, he met Helen Clark.  They were married in 1963 and last year celebrated their 45th anniversary.

Upon his graduation from the School of Dentistry in 1966, the couple relocated to Wapato, Wash., where Dr. Riehl practiced dentistry with Dr. Ed Nelson.  With the help of Jerry Johnson and Burkhart Dental Supply, Dr. Riehl designed and built the first dental delivery unit allowing the patient to recline and the dentist to work seated.  The patient was more comfortable and the spittoon became a relic.  He was truly a pioneer in the transition from stand-up to sit-down dentistry.  In 1967, he relocated his dental practice to Yakima. In 1993, his son, Dr. Doran Riehl, joined his practice, and they worked together  until his retirement in 2006.

Consistent with his pioneering spirit, Dr. Riehl was an early proponent of preventing dental disease and served as campaign chairman for the first attempt to fluoridate the water in the Yakima Valley. Despite the failure of this campaign, he continued as a proponent and was passionately involved in the successful bid for water fluoridation in 2002. True to his commitment to preventive dentistry, he encouraged the development of the YVCC Dental Hygiene School and instructed hygiene students at the beginning and the end of his career.  He served as president of the Yakima Valley Dental Society and on several other boards.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Riehl (Clark); daughter Cindy (David) Hargreaves; son Doran (Mary) Riehl; granddaughters Carly Riehl, Haley Hargreaves, Katie Hargreaves, and Elena Riehl; sisters Doris (Chuck) Randall and Lucy (Roger) Duchemin; brother Leonard (Grace) Riehl; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his oldest brother, Joseph Doran Riehl, first wife, Alice (Bergevin) Riehl, and parents, John and Beatrice Riehl.