UW School of Dentistry

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.

Dr. Fales with bust
In 2015, Dr. Martha Fales visited the School of Dentistry, where she paused by a bust of Dean Maurice Hickey, under whom she served as Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene.

Dr. Fales joined the school’s faculty in 1959 and assumed leadership of the Dental Hygiene Department from its founder, Dr. Esther Wilkins, one of the most influential figures in modern dental hygiene. Dr. Fales also left an indelible mark on the profession through her continuing advocacy on health and dental hygiene issues and her oversight of an outstanding four-year dental hygiene degree program at the UW. The program also offered an option for a master’s degree.

“The hygiene students took several basic science courses in parallel with dental students, and participated in treatment planning and treatment in clinic with students,” recalled Dr. Glen Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Restorative Dentistry at the UW. “This program was a model for hygiene education worldwide, and a very well-functioning program through which hygiene students, patients, and dental students benefited greatly.”

In 1990, the Washington Dental Hygienists’ Association established the Martha Fales Award to honor her and recognize other hygienists for outstanding contributions to their profession.

“Martha was indeed a special person and an inspiration for many generations of dental hygienists,” said Dr. Diane Daubert, who received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the UW in 1982 before  obtaining her master’s degree and PhD in oral biology. “She was an integral part of the initial study on public water fluoridation in Michigan in the 1940s when she was working on her master’s in public health.

“Martha was honored at the 50th anniversary of public water fluoridation, one of the top 10 advances in public health in the 20th century.  When she came to Seattle, she worked hard on the campaign for fluoridation here, rounding up all the hygiene students and dental students to [ring] doorbell[s] for the campaign.”

“Martha was larger than life,” Dr. Johnson said. “Those of us who knew her will never forget her.”

Dr. Fales was born in Ludington, Mich., to Mabel and Peters Howard. After she earned her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan, she worked as a hygienist in the Flint, Mich., public schools. She went on to earn a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Michigan. Her doctoral work focused on the history of dental hygiene education.

In 1946 she married Kenneth Frank Fales, whom she had met while working as a field hygienist in Maine. They settled in Connecticut and later Massachusetts, then moved to the Seattle area when her husband was offered a job at Boeing. After living in Bellevue, they moved to the Montlake neighborhood in 1970, which allowed Dr. Fales to walk to the school. Dr. Fales became professor emeritus in 1986, continuing to lecture and act as a proponent of dental education. Her husband passed away in 2006.

Dr. Fales is survived by her daughter, Jane Fales Goldberg, and son-in-law, Larry, of Aberdeen, Washington; four grandchildren, Amy Goldberg Rowley (Scott) of Olympia, Carrie Goldberg of Brooklyn, New York, David Goldberg (JJ) of Seattle, and Lauren Goldberg of Los Angeles, California; and five great-grandchildren.

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. He was 98.

Dr. John Ingle (left) is shown in 2009 with Dr. James Johnson, Chair of the UW Department of Endodontics, during a visit to the UW.

Dr. Ingle, a Washington native, joined the University of Washington dental faculty in 1948 after serving as a dentist in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. In 1959, he became chair of the new Department of Periodontics and Endodontics, which split into separate departments in 1967.

In 1964, he departed the UW to become dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, where he spent eight years. After that, he spent six years at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. He later created the Palm Springs Seminars in Palm Springs, Calif., a leading institution for dental continuing education.

Dr. Ingle gained lasting prominence as the author of the authoritative textbook Endodontics, which was initially published in 1965 and, in its seventh edition, continues to be a staple of dental education. He also published more than 75 journal articles and lectured widely around the world.

“Dr. John Ingle deserves much of the credit for the very rapid rise in the reputation of the [UW endodontics] program,” wrote Drs. James Steiner and Dr. Norbert Hertl in their 2012 history of the department. “He had the foresight to recognize the role endodontics would play in health care and initiated a graduate program in endodontics in 1959. At that time it was one of only four or five such programs in the world. … Dr. Ingle’s long-term goals were to develop skillful clinicians, able teachers, and knowledgeable researchers. These same goals were pursued by every succeeding chair of the department.”

Dr. Ingle was a diplomate and founding member of the American Board of Endodontics and a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and served as president of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) from 1966 to 1967. In 1987, the AAE presented him with its Ralph F. Sommer Award, and in 1999 its highest honor, the Edgar D. Coolidge Award. In 2001 he was inducted into the USC School of Dentistry’s Hall of Fame.

After growing up in Colville, Wash., where his father was a dentist, Dr. Ingle received his DDS from Northwestern University and his MSD from the University of Michigan.

“I first fell in love with endodontics by reading Dr. Ingle’s textbook,” said Dr. James Johnson, Chair of the UW Department of Endodontics and, like Dr. Ingle, a dental alumnus of Northwestern. The two went on to forge a decades-long friendship that began when Dr. Johnson was Chair of Endodontics at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate Dental School and gave a presentation to a San Diego dental study club that was attended by Dr. Ingle.

“One of my greatest honors was when I was asked to write a chapter in Ingle’s Endodontics, sixth edition,” Dr. Johnson said. “I felt that I had come full circle from when I first read his textbook as a dental student.”

Dr. Johnson said that Dr. Ingle was an advocate of social justice who, as AAE president, would move meetings from locations where people of color could not rent a hotel room.

“He was a giant in the field, and an even better human being,” Dr. Johnson said. “We will not see an icon of his stature in endodontics and dentistry for a long time, if ever.”

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. She had celebrated her birthday three days earlier.

Esther WilkinsDr. Wilkins, who held a dental degree, a dental hygiene certification and specialty certification in periodontics, literally wrote the book on the discipline with her classic text, Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. First published in 1959, the book is in its 12th edition and remains widely in use.

A 1938 graduate of Simmons College, she received a certificate from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in 1939 and worked for six years at a small Massachusetts dental practice. Dr. Wilkins earned her DMD at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, then served an internship at the Eastman Dental Dispensary in Rochester, N.Y. The University of Washington then asked her to start a dental hygiene program at its fledging dental school, where she spent the next 12 years and wrote her textbook.

“Dental hygiene lost a remarkable woman,” said UW School of Dentistry Professor Emeritus Norma Wells, herself a prominent figure in the school’s program. “Over the years we have given thanks to her in many ways as she brought dental hygiene education – an emerging profession then – to Seattle in 1948.”

By 1950, Professor Wells said, Dr. Wilkins had launched both a bachelor’s degree program and a degree completion program in dental hygiene at the UW.

“We can be forever thankful to her willingness to come West to work with the School of Dentistry and for having such a talent in our midst,” Professor Wells said. The school discontinued its baccalaureate dental hygiene program in 1983, but continues to offer a master’s degree in oral biology for dental hygienists.

Dr. Wilkins received the American Dental Education Association’s William J. Gies Award for Achievement by a Dental Educator in 2012 and the International College of Dentists Distinguished Service Award in 2013. In addition, the Wilkins/Tuft Explorer instrument, a probe used by oral health providers to detect caries and calculus on teeth, is named after her.

Her final visit to Washington state came in April 2011, when she joined the members of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association to celebrate the group’s 90th anniversary.

After her stint at the UW, Dr. Wilkins returned to the Tufts School of Dental Medicine in her native Massachusetts to earn her periodontology certification in 1964, and she went on to become a clinical professor there. She continued to lecture, mentor, and advocate well into her 90s, and was an emeritus  clinical professor of periodontology at Tufts after retiring.

On Dec. 16, she had been scheduled to receive a Dean’s Medal, the highest honor given by a dean of a school at Tufts University, recognizing those who have made significant contributions to their school and the greater community.

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.

In the dental community, Dr. Tucker’s name was virtually synonymous with cast gold restorations. Through guest lectures and a global network of more than 50 study clubs – including one at the University of Washington – he helped train myriad dentists in gold procedures.

Dr. Richard V. Tucker & Dr. Kjersten Otterholt
Dr. Richard V. Tucker with his granddaughter, 2013 UW dental graduate Dr. Kjersten Otterholt

While he did not receive his dental training at the University of Washington, Dr. Tucker was closely involved with the UW. Not only was he a guest lecturer at study club meetings and in pre-doctoral restorative dentistry courses, but his son, Dr. Richard D. Tucker, is a 1976 UW dental graduate who remains on the School of Dentistry’s affiliate faculty. His daughter, Dr. Victoria Otterholt, is also a UW dental graduate (1977), along with her husband, Dr. Dana Otterholt (1977). So is his granddaughter, Dr. Kjersten Otterholt (2013).

In addition, Dr. Tucker was a prominent supporter of the School of Dentistry, earning Distinguished Benefactor status and receiving the school’s Dean’s Club Honorary Lifetime Member Award in 2010.

“We have lost one of dentistry’s true icons,” said Dean Joel Berg. “Dr. Tucker influenced generations of dentists through his ‘Tucker Technique’ of gold restorations, and he was one of our School’s best friends and most welcome presences throughout his career.  I can think of few other dentists who have been as revered for their wisdom, expertise and kindness as he was.”

Dr. Tucker was honored repeatedly during his career, most recently by the American Dental Association with its Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor, last November.

“His dedication to excellence in dentistry and to high ethical standards has impacted countless dentists around the world,” ADA President Dr. Maxine Feinberg said at the time.

Dr. Tucker, born in Idaho, received his undergraduate and dental education at Washington University in St. Louis. He served for two years in the U.S. Navy, then practiced privately in Ferndale, Wash. from 1948 to 2013. During his career, he served as president of the Washington State Dental Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry and the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators.

Former Dean Karl-Åke H. Omnell dies at 88

Dean OmnellDr. 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.

Dr. Omnell’s 11-year tenure as Dean was second only to that of Dr. Maurice J. Hickey, who served from 1956 to 1973, and featured several signature achievements, including establishment of  the School of Dentistry’s oral radiology program.

Along with Drs. Johnny Johnson and Jack Nichols, Dr. Omnell also played a key role in creating the School of Dentistry’s Dean’s Club in 1983. Providing a stable annual base of support, the club has helped generate a tenfold increase in the number of the School’s endowments, which sustain scholarships and fellowships, professorships, chairs and lectureships, programs, research and more. Dr. Omnell’s service to the School was honored in 2000 with the bestowal of the Dean’s Club Honorary Lifetime Member Award, the club’s highest recognition.

“All of us connected with the School are saddened by the loss of one of our most outstanding leaders,” Dean Joel Berg said. “Dr. Omnell set exacting standards in clinical education and, as an outstanding researcher in his own right, fully appreciated the value of clinical research in training new dentists.”

Dean Berg added, “All of us who followed him in the deanship are profoundly indebted to him for his leadership in helping create the Dean’s Club, which has played a key part in helping us sustain our tradition of excellence.”

Dean Emeritus Paul Robertson, Dr. Omnell’s successor and friend, said that Dr. Omnell made the deanship transition a pleasure.

“He was kind and caring and a superb mentor. He was honest and highly ethical, and his primary concern was for his faculty and the students. He often said that his primary goal was to educate the best general dentists in the United States, if not the world,” Dr. Robertson said.

“Karl-Åke was highly respected throughout the dental profession because he was such a triple threat – clinically, academically and in research,” he said.

Dr. Omnell came to the University of Washington from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in Bethesda, Md., where he was Clinical Director and Chief of the Clinical Investigations and Patient Care Branch. He already enjoyed an international reputation in oral radiation and radiation biology research, Dr. Robertson said.

“He was strong-minded about clinical competence, but also strong-minded about inquiring minds,” Dr. Robertson said. “He said, ‘There is no lasting truth in science, including the science of dentistry.’ ”

He noted that Dr. Omnell collaborated with Dr. Roy Page to create the School’s Regional Clinical Dental Research Center and supported research activity to the extent that the School became a leader in studies of the etiology and treatment of dental disease.

A native of Sweden, Dr. Omnell received his DDS from that country’s Royal Dental School in Stockholm in 1950, along with a degree in odontology from the University of Lund in Malmo in 1957. He became a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 1982 and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 1984.

Former Dean Karl-Åke H. Omnell was known as a gifted art photographer who had a special talent for floral subjects. His work can still be seen at the University of Washington Medical Center on the second floor near the operating suite and also in the staff area on the second floor of the Surgery Pavilion.
Former Dean Karl-Åke H. Omnell was known as a gifted art photographer who had a special talent for floral subjects. His work can still be seen at the University of Washington Medical Center on the second floor near the operating suite and also in the staff area on the second floor of the Surgery Pavilion.

He held faculty appointments at a series of schools in Sweden from 1950 to 1974, serving as dean of the University of Lund School of Dentistry from 1971 to 1974. He also served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine from 1960 to 1961 and as a visiting scientist with NIH from 1961 to 1962. In 1958, he received the Swedish Dental Association Prize for the most important scientific contribution to Swedish dentistry in 1956-57.

He authored or co-authored several dozen journal papers and presented research or lectured in countries all over the world, including Brazil, Germany, Japan, China, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

Dr. Omnell was also widely recognized for his skill as an art photographer, especially with his floral compositions. His photographs were shown in many venues and remain on display in two locations at the University of Washington Medical Center.

No memorial services are planned for Dr. Omnell, who had his wife of many years, Dr. Lena Omnell, at his side when he passed away, along with other family members. The family has requested that those who wish to honor his memory do so by donating to the Dean Karl-Åke Omnell Endowed Scholarship Fund at the School of Dentistry, or to Doctors Without Borders.

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.

At the 2011 Pacific Northwest Dental Conference in Seattle, Kimberly Hanson Huggins welcomed Dr. David Dean of Tukwila as she surveyed area dentists about providing care for patients with special needs.
At the 2011 Pacific Northwest Dental Conference in Seattle, Kimberly Hanson Huggins welcomed Dr. David Dean of Tukwila as she surveyed area dentists about providing care for patients with special needs.

Huggins spent most of her 28 years at the UW working on projects in oral facial pain and pediatric dentistry and delivering oral health care to special needs populations. She was an Affiliate Instructor and Research Manager in the Department of Oral Medicine and Outreach Manager in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and had been recently promoted to the role of Director of Special Patient Care.

“With her strong organizational abilities, keen insight and boundless energy, Kimberly became involved in the School and the broader academic community at many levels, managing research studies across multiple institutions, presenting research at scientific meetings and training and calibrating TMD examiners for the U.S. National Health and Examination Study and for research projects at dental institutions around the world,” said Dean Joel Berg.

Huggins was born in Tokyo to Vinton and Rosalind Hanson. She attended Inglemoor High School and The Helen Bush School for Girls, graduating early to attend Loyola University of Chicago. After receiving her B.S. and dental hygienist training, she returned to Seattle and worked as a public health dental hygienist at the Seattle-King County Health Department. Huggins joined the UW in 1985 as project manager for an NIH-funded epidemiologic study in the Pain Research Group in Oral Medicine.

Huggins later developed nationally disseminated fact sheets on the dental care of patients with special needs, spearheaded the ongoing revision of the School’s curriculum on the care of patients with special needs and served as the School’s coordinator of interprofessional education efforts in UW Health Sciences.

“Kimberly’s work and passion touched many lives in the School of Dentistry and beyond, and she will be deeply missed,” said Dean Berg.

Huggins is survived by her husband of 28 years, Charles “Ky”; daughters Gillian and Sydney; mother Rosalind “Teddy” Hanson; and brothers Tim (Judith) and Tracy Hanson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jackson N. Huddleston Jr. Endowment at the University of Washington Foundation.

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.

Dr. YuodelisDr. Yuodelis, a resident of Bothell, Wash., and Canadian by birth, directed the UW graduate program in Fixed Prosthodontics and the combined Graduate Prosthodontics program for more than a quarter-century. A hallmark of his leadership was the close relationship he forged between the prosthodontics and periodontics programs at the UW, creating a synergy that benefited each.

After retiring in 2005, he served as Professor Emeritus of Restorative Dentistry and Adjunct Professor of Periodontics at the UW, where he received his MSD and Certificate in Fixed Prosthodontics in 1964 and a Certificate in Periodontics in 1965.

During his career, he was president of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and was also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. In 2001, the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics bestowed on him the George H. Moulton Achievement Award in 2001 for his distinguished lifetime contributions. He gave hundreds of graduate presentations around the world and co-authored two major dental textbooks, and was chosen as the UW School of Dentistry Distinguished Alumnus in 2002. The University of Alberta, where he earned his DDS, gave him its Dental Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1998. Dr. Yuodelis was also a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration and the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics.

With Drs. Saul Schluger, Roy Page and Robert Johnson of the UW, he co-authored the influential textbook Periodontal Diseases: Basic Phenomena, Clinical Management and Occlusal and Restorative Interrelationships. He was also co-author of Contemporary Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry with Drs. M. Ishii and E. Rosenberg.

“The legacy of this great teacher is one that has had an enduring impact on professional dentistry and thousands of clinicians internationally,” said Dean Joel Berg in a message to the School. “Ralph Yuodelis had a major part in helping our School achieve its reputation and standing, and we feel his loss keenly.”

Dr. Yuodelis is survived by his wife, Nan, children and grandchildren; brother Bill, sister Donna and several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be said at St. John Vianney Church in Kirkland on Friday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. Online remembrances can also be left at Legacy.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the UW School of Dentistry student clinic so that all people may benefit from dental care. Donations should be directed to the UW School of Dentistry, Box 357137, Seattle, WA 98195-7137.


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.

Dr. Vince KokichDr. Kokich, an alumnus and affiliate professor of orthodontics at the School, was a leading advocate of interdisciplinary dentistry. He spread that message through a quarter-century of lectures, sometimes on his own but mostly in joint appearances with fellow faculty members Dr. Frank Spear and Dr. David Mathews. The three were prominent figures on the dental lecture circuit, making presentations to enthusiastic audiences worldwide.

Dr. Kokich also helped to solidify the UW’s reputation as a premier center of orthodontics education and training, and at the time of his death was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. He was also a former president of the American Board of Orthodontics and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

“Vince Kokich was a giant in the field of dental education,” said Dean Joel Berg in a message to faculty, staff and students on Wednesday.

Dr. Kokich was one of the School’s most ardent and devoted supporters for nearly 30 years. In 1996, he and Dr. Peter Shapiro helped to establish the Kokich/Shapiro Endowed Scholar Fund to bring distinguished visiting scholars in the field of orthodontics to the UW. Dr. Kokich was also a major contributor to the work of the UW Orthodontics Alumni Association and a leader in the Association’s recent successful campaign to renovate the Orthodontics clinic.  He also served on the School of Dentistry’s Dean’s Club Board and the UW Foundation Board, and he and his wife, Marilyn, were recognized as UW Benefactors and members of the Henry Suzzallo Society.

In 2009, Dr. Kokich and his two lecture partners dedicated one of their final joint appearances to raising money to establish the Kokich/Mathews/Spear Endowed Fund for Academic Leadership in Dentistry to elevate the School’s quality of teaching, and added substantial personal pledges to the proceeds from the lecture.

“The world has lost one of its finest people, and the orthodontic profession has lost one of its greatest talents,” said Dr. Greg Huang, Chair of the Department of Orthodontics. “We have all lost a friend and colleague – someone who inspired us to dream big, to strive for excellence in all our endeavors, and, through his life, led by example.”

Dr. Huang said that Dr. Kokich’s sudden death came as an even greater blow because he had been preparing to return to an active role with the Orthodontics faculty. Dr. Kokich had retired from his Tacoma practice about three years ago, but had begun the process of renewing his dental license to return to the clinic floor at the UW, Dr. Huang said.

“This is a huge personal as well as a professional loss for those who knew him. Vince was not only a brilliant teacher, but a man of enormous warmth and kindness,” Dean Berg said.

Dr. Kokich received his DDS in 1971 and his MS and certification in orthodontics in 1974, all from the UW. His interest in interdisciplinary dentistry was sparked by his early professional association with Tacoma’s Dr. Ralph O’Connor, who in 1984 brought in Dr. Kokich and seven other dentists to form the Northwest Network for Dental Excellence. The group’s initial makeup reflected its team approach to treatment planning: Dr. O’Connor was a general dentist, and the team also included an orthodontist (Dr. Kokich), two oral surgeons, two endodontists, a periodontist, a pediatric dentist and a prosthodontist.

Dr. Kokich also preached the value of realistic treatment planning. “Perfection is a word that should never belong in dentistry,” he said in a 2009 feature article in the UW Dental Alumni News. “My emphasis is that if you have a patient that presents to you at 50 or 60 years of age, that has an existing malocclusion that’s worked for them, how can I make a judgment that that’s wrong when it’s worked for 50 or 60 years? I need to be realistic, to not change everything simply because it seems to be more ideal, when we can’t prove that.”

Dr. Kokich was an esteemed journal editor and active researcher. During his career, he published dozens of book chapters and articles in addition to delivering more than 900 presentations on interdisciplinary dentistry and on the relationship of orthodontics to esthetics, periodontics, implants and restorative dentistry. In 2005, he was named Distinguished Alumnus by the UW Dental Alumni Association.

A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma. Survivors include Dr. Kokich’s wife of more than 40 years, Marilyn, and their son, Dr. Vincent O. Kokich, also a UW dental alumnus and affiliate faculty member.

“It is incredibly difficult to measure this loss,” Dean Berg said in his message. “Vince Kokich will be missed profoundly by all of us.”