In Memoriam

Class of 1969


Dr. GonsolusDr. Roy Mathew Gunsolus III died on Sept. 14, 2021 in Edmonds, Wash., after a heroic fight with Parkinson’s disease. He was 76. He was an associate professor and faculty member in the School’s Department of Orthodontics from 1983 to 2012, teaching residents one or two days per week.

Dr. Gunsolus was born on Oct. 25, 1944 in Bakersfield, Calif. His father’s military service took the family to various facilities. The most memorable for Dr. Gunsolus was the Kodiak Naval Air Station, where he became an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He spent many hours fishing and hiking with his dad.

Dr. Gunsolus received his undergraduate degree in biology from the UW. After dental school, he spent three years in military service in Germany and returned for graduate training in orthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco. He was in a private orthodontic practice from 1973 to 2012.

He was a member of the ADA, AAO, and PCSO (past winner of the PCSO Award of Merit), a Diplomate of the American Board, and a past president of the Angle Society. He served on the PCSO Board of Directors and as chair for the AAO Council on Practice Management. He retired from private practice in North Seattle in December 2012.

Dr. Gunsolus loved his family, sailing, biking, racing his beloved Porsche, gardening, and collecting trains. He shared anything he owned, including boats, houses, and food. He encouraged his family, students, and friends to work hard, take risks, and trust in yourself.

Dr. Gunsolus is survived by his wife, Barbara; children Roy IV (Jill), Turi Lucas, and Kari (Mitch) Ketner; grandchildren Mitchell, Simone, Malia, Oliver, Roman, and Addison; great-grandchild Carter; sister Skye (David) Sugar; and many other relatives and friends. (Dignity Memorial)