Passages


May 2, 2018

Dr. Martha Fales, former UW dental hygiene chair, dies at 101

Dr. Martha Howard Fales, who chaired the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Washington School of Dentistry from 1961 to 1986, died on April 29 in Olympia, Wash., just weeks before her 102nd birthday.


September 28, 2017

Dr. John Ingle, noted endodontics educator, is mourned

Dr. John Ingle, who founded the graduate endodontics program at the University of Washington in 1959 and was considered one of the world’s foremost figures in this field of dentistry devoted to root canals, passed away Monday in California.


December 14, 2016

Dr. Esther Wilkins, founder of UW dental hygiene program, dies at 100

Dr. Esther Wilkins, who founded the University of Washington School of Dentistry’s dental hygiene program and was widely regarded as the godmother of modern dental hygiene, died on Dec. 12 in Boston at the age of 100.


January 13, 2016

School, dental community mourn Dr. Richard V. Tucker

Dr. Richard V. Tucker, a world-renowned figure in continuing dental education who had strong ties to the School of Dentistry, passed away on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Bellingham, Wash., after a brief illness. He was 93.


July 2, 2015

Former Dean Karl-Åke H. Omnell dies at 88

Dr. Karl-Åke H. Omnell, who as Dean of the School of Dentistry from 1981 to 1992 set high standards for clinical competence and stressed the importance of research in dental education, passed away on June 30 at his home on Camano Island in Washington. He was 88, and had been battling Parkinson’s disease for a number of years.


January 27, 2014

School mourns Kimberly Hanson Huggins

Kimberly Hanson Huggins, RDH, a longtime School of Dentistry faculty and staff member who was a strong, active voice for patients with special needs, passed away after a battle with breast cancer on Jan. 20, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8 at All Saints Church, 1716 Second Ave. N. in Seattle.


August 21, 2013

School mourns Dr. Ralph Yuodelis, leader in restorative dentistry

Dr. Ralph Yuodelis, a leading figure in restorative dentistry at the University of Washington and nationally, passed away early on Aug. 18 at the age of 81. He had suffered a stroke in July.


July 25, 2013

School mourns Dr. Vincent G. Kokich

Dr. Vincent G. Kokich, one of the School of Dentistry’s most illustrious alumni and among the world’s pre-eminent dental educators, passed away on July 24 after collapsing at his home in Gig Harbor, Wash., apparently from a heart attack. He was 68.