Class of 1962 (Orthodontics)



edwinwerlichA celebration of the life of Dr. Edwin P. Werlich was held on March 20, 2016 at the Everett Golf and Country Club. He was 90.

Dr. Werlich was born on July 12, 1925 in Everett, Wash. The family moved to Seattle in 1932 and he graduated from Ballard High School in 1943. During his senior year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy’s V-12 (a) Program. After a year at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, he began the flight program and was finishing flight training at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas when WWII ended. He elected discharge and enrolled at the UW, receiving his DDS in 1953.

While in dental school, he met a nurse named Pauline Phillips and they later married. When they opened their private practice in Port Angeles, Wash., she was the receptionist, chairside assistant and financial officer. They were blessed with two daughters, Amy Werlich and Jean (Jonathan) Way, plus two very special granddaughters, Maggie and Abby.

Dr. Werlich opened his practice in Everett in 1962 and retired in 1992. While in Port Angeles, he discovered steelhead fishing and became addicted. He acquired a U.S. Air Force life raft and converted it for fishing the Sol Duc, Bogachiel and Hon rivers on the Olympic Peninsula and the Sauk river near Darrington, Wash. This led to a fishing cabin on the Stillaguamish River. Dr. Werlich caddied and worked in various capacities at the (now closed) Olympic Golf Club in north Ballard. He cherished the game and his golfing friendships.

The Werlichs enjoyed retirement with trips to their cabin, North Carolina, the Bahamas, Europe and New Zealand. He expressed the wish that all could have as fulfilling a life as he had been privileged to live and hoped they shared an appreciation for great meatloaf and hamburgers. (