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In Memoriam

Class of 1967 (Fixed Prosthodontics)


Colman-HarveyI am writing to inform you that my husband, Harvey L. Colman, passed away on May 22, 2014. At the University of Washington, he earned a Master’s Degree in Fixed Prosthodontics in 1967. His full obituary is attached below. Elizabeth Colman

Harvey Lee Colman, 77, died in Laguna Beach, CA, on Thursday, May 22, 2014, due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. A resident of Shelburne, VT, Harvey was born in Los Angeles, CA, on December 13, 1936, and attended Dorsey High School. He then studied dentistry at the University of Southern California, where he joined the Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity. Following dental school, he served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Fukuoka, Japan. When he returned from the Air Force he entered dental practice in Costa Mesa, CA. In 1965, Harvey enrolled in the Graduate Restorative Dentistry program at the University of Washington and received his M.S.D. in Fixed Prosthodontics. He returned to the USC School of Dentistry as a member of the faculty in 1967, and taught there for the next eleven years. In 1978, he was appointed Professor of Fixed Prosthodontics and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. His long career in dentistry ended with his retirement in 1998. One of the many highlights of his career was serving as President of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics in 1996.

Harvey and his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (Knox), were married in Newport Beach, CA, on July 3, 1965. In addition to Elizabeth, he is survived by his children Erin Lamb, Shauna Sanidas, and Devin Colman, as well as their spouses Thomas, Oliver and Jennifer, and beloved grandchildren Matt, Kate, Luke, Ella, Tommy and Lulu. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn (Colman) Hoffman and her husband, Dale, nieces and nephews, and brother in-law Robert Knox and his wife Susan. Harvey was predeceased by his parents, Margaret (Rodda) and Harvey Colman.

In addition to his work as an educator, Harvey was an audiophile who enjoyed classical music. His other interests included automobiles, gardening, traveling, and fine art. His time stationed in Japan fostered a life-long interest in Asian culture and art, especially ceramics and woodblock prints. Upon retirement, he and Elizabeth moved to Orr’s Island, ME, where they designed and built a beautiful home and gardens. In 2011, they moved to Shelburne, VT, to be closer to family.

A private celebration of life was held on May 28, 2014, in Newport Beach, CA. Interment will be in the garth at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN. Contributions in Harvey’s memory may be made to the House of Hope Presbyterian Church Music Fund, 797 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55105.