Class of 1962


Dr. Paul J. Heins, Redmond, Wash.: Do you all remember Ruth Herr? We all knew her as “Ruthie” and we were her “boys.” The Perio Grad Clinic’s atmosphere was made much more pleasant by Ruthie’s legendary smile and cheerfulness, her readiness to help, and her always-present words of encouragement. She will always have a special place in the hearts of those of us who were lucky to have known her. (Spring 2010)

Dr. Wallace C. Volz Jr., Belfair, Wash.: When I graduated from the UW dental school, a wise old practitioner advised me to “get connected” to my community and “stay connected.” Here is what has happened to me in the past two years. I sold my practice of 44 years in 2007 and had the opportunity to continue to treat patients as long as I wanted to. Then the recession came and the numbers dropped, and I elected to move on to other stuff. At that time I was active in a citizens committee in Belfair, where Pam and I live. This committee was formed because the one health clinic in Belfair was closing its door. The existing clinic had been administered by Shelton General Hospital (27 miles away). Our committee explored ideas on how to bring a clinic to Belfair. Within 18 months and after a referendum, we formed our own Public Hospital District. Five District Commissioners were elected by vote and a contract was negotiated with Harrison Medical Center of Bremerton to provide health care to our district. Harrison built a 17,000-square-foot facility in downtown Belfair. It opened up on April 17, 2008, providing urgent care 12 hours a day, seven days a week. The Commissioners hired me to be the administrator of the District. As Superintendent, I work with the Commissioners to receive real and personal tax revenue through the levy process to pay Harrison to provide health care for the people in our District. This process has really been a challenge to follow all the rules and regulations imposed on Public Hospital Districts. My learning curve is vertical and very exciting. In Dentistry, I have been involved in providing dental care to the indigent, unemployed and homeless. Through a new volunteer group named AADAP (Acute Adult Dental Access Program) we join together to provide dental care for the needy. The groups who are part of this operation and vital to its success are: Kitsap County Oral Health Coalition, Kitsap Public Health, South Kitsap Dental Net, Kitsap Veterans Association, Kitsap County Resources Medical Teams International, and Kitsap County Dental Society. We provide nominal-fee ($25 co-pay) dental clinics every six weeks. The clinics are held in six large private dental clinics in Poulsbo, Silverdale, Central Kitsap, Bremerton and Port Orchard. These offices are donated to us free of any charge for their use and all supplies used. Four or five dentists, two or three dental hygienists and numerous dental assistants volunteer their talents and time on a Saturday. We treat 15 to 20 patients and provide $13,000 to $15,000 of dental care on these Saturdays. The veteran patients come from our participation in Veterans Stand Down projects held twice a year. This activity gives veterans with hard times a chance to come and receive clothing, personal hygiene products, food, general health screenings, eye exams, haircuts, free dental exams, X-rays and treatment planning. Here’s where we bring the Medical Teams International van with our volunteers. We screen about 20 to 50 vets on that day, giving us seed patients for the clinics. I feel very positive with both these projects because I can see the benefits immediately. So is this “retirement with a flair” or “staying connected”? (Spring 2010)


Class of 1962 Reunion

On Oct. 1, 2017, our Class of 1962 met at Salishan Golf and Spa Lodge on the Oregon coast for our 55th-anniversary reunion. We went there for our first reunion 45 years ago. It has changed a lot, but was still familiar. We arrived on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 1, and left Wednesday morning. We had no planned activities, except a planned dinner Tuesday night at the Side Door Café. We had 11 classmates plus spouses, dates, and singles, plus two kids and their spouses, for a total of 24 for dinner. We all had breakfast at the same place, so we hung out there a lot and did individual things during the day. We had lots of time for renewing old friendships and togetherness. A good time was had by all. There is already talk of and a chairman for the 60th-anniversary reunion. – Al Leonard



Charles BorgmanDr. Charles A. Borgman died on Sept. 16, 2012 in Kirkland, Wash. He was 83.

Dr. Borgman was born on April 11, 1929, in Jackson Hole, Wyo. After graduating from the UW School of Dentistry, he completed his training in Boston in 1963. He practiced dentistry for 45 years in Juanita, Wash.

Dr. Borgman loved sailing, fishing, skiing, building and being surrounded by his family, including his wife, Sandy; children, Barbara, Erica, Marit, Inger and Greta; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Dr. Ralph Buhl Culver died on March 21, 2015, from complications of a stroke. He was 78.

Born in Bremerton, Wash., he completed an internship at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco after receiving his DDS degree and served two additional years in the Army in France. After earning his certification in pediatric dentistry from the UW, he practiced for two years at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem and had a private pediatric dental practice in Renton, Wash., until 2008, and lived part-time in Palm Springs, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula, and is survived by his son, Jonathan; brother, Dr. Norman Culver; partner, Alan Vernon; and two nieces.  (Forest Lawn)