Dean’s Club

FAQ on School Finances – November 2018 (PDF)

The UW School of Dentistry Dean’s Club was established in 1983 with a core mission to maintain and enhance the School’s international reputation for excellence in dental education.

Sarah Fraker

Sarah Fraker, President, Dean’s Club Board of Trustees.

Annual donors of $1,000 or more to any fund within the School of Dentistry during the academic year (July 1 to June 30) are recognized as members of The Dean’s Club. Recognition is bestowed on alumni who received their first UW Dentistry degree in the past five years, with gifts of $250 or more.

Dean’s Club members view their support as an investment in the future of the profession by ensuring a strong center for dental education, research, and community service at the University of Washington.

Dean’s Club Board of Trustees

Dean’s Club President: Sarah Fraker ’98
Immediate Past President: Sid Gallegos, ’81 (Endodontics)

Jason Bourne ’01
Mike Buehler ’74
Guillermo Chacon ’00
Mark Drangsholt ’84
Sarah Fraker ’98
Sidney Gallegos ’81

Mark Grace ’94
Susan Hollinsworth ’78
Heidi Horwitz ’83
Michael Johnson ’82
David Minahan ’75
Diane Oakes

Patricia Rothwell ’84
Patrick Taylor ’88
Mark Walker ’77
Douglas Walsh ’78
Carrie York ’91

Honor Roll of Annual Donors 2017-2018 (PDF)

Dr. David Mathews, Dr. Mark Walker feted at annual dinner

Dr. David P. Mathews (Periodontics Class of 1974) received the 2018 Dean’s Club Honorary Lifetime Member Award, the club’s highest recognition, on May 5 at the annual Dean’s Club Dinner.

Dr. Spear & Dr. Mathews

Dr. David Mathews (right) receives his award from his old friend and longtime lecture colleague, Dr. Frank Spear.

Dr. Walker and Dr. Barnes

Dr. Walker (left) receives his award plaque from his good friend Dr. Deck Barnes.

This year’s gala event took place at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Seattle’s downtown waterfront, and also featured the presentation of the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Dr. Mark Walker (Class of 1981). Dr. Sidney Gallegos, President of the Dean’s Club Board of Trustees, and Dr. Susan Hollinsworth, a fellow board member, shared hosting duties.

Drs Gallegos & Dr. Mitchell

Dr. Sidney Gallegos presents the Jack E. Nichols Student Leadership Award to fourth-year student Evan Mitchell

Dr. Mathews served as Clinical Assistant Professor on our Periodontics faculty from 1974 to 1982, and then in 2010 rejoined the faculty as Affiliate Associate Professor. For more than 25 years, he traveled the world with Dr. Frank Spear and the late Dr. Vincent Kokich as one of dentistry’s most celebrated lecture teams. Near the end of their collaboration, the trio created the Kokich Mathews Spear Endowed Fund for Academic Leadership in Dentistry, which supports instruction for our faculty in the art and science of effective presentation. In 2009, the three lecturers devoted one of their final joint appearances to raising funds for the $250,000 endowment, and followed it up with a substantial personal gift.

Dr. Susan Hollinsworth

Dr. Susan Hollinsworth

Kris Harris

Fourth-year student Kris Harris received the Johnny N. Johnson Student Leadership Award.

Dr. Walker was president of the Washington State Dental Association in 2004 and Seattle-King County Dental Society in 1994-1995, and has also been an American Dental Association delegate from Washington. He was president of the Washington Oral Health Foundation from 2000 to 2002, president of the SKCDS Foundation in 1995-1996, and chaired the ADA Council on Governmental Affairs in 2009-2010. He has served on the Dean’s Club Board of Trustee, and has volunteered with Medical Relief International and Medical Teams International for the past decade.


The spectacular views from the Conference Center included a double rainbow.

Members of the Class of 2018 were special guests. Evan Mitchell, president of the Student Council, received the Jack E. Nichols Student Leadership Award, while Kristofer Harris, class president, received the Johnny N. Johnson Student Leadership Award.