Class of 1963 (Orthodontics)



Warren McNealDr. Warren Franklyn McNeal died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 25, 2014 in Tacoma, Wash. He was 87.

Dr. McNeal was born to Charles Franklyn and Virginia Brady McNeal in Auburn, Wash. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma. He joined the Navy ROTC and studied at Gonzaga University before transferring to the University of Washington. There he joined the ATO fraternity and met fellow student Jane Bishop. They married in 1949, just before his graduation from the School of Dentistry, and were lifelong Husky fans.

The McNeals moved to Yakima, Wash., in 1951 to start his practice and raise a family. In 1961, Dr. McNeal returned to the UW for a two-year program in Orthodontics. He graduated in 1963 and had a successful practice until his retirement. He lived a life defined by adventure, as an Eagle Scout, professional, father, sailor and world traveler. The McNeals moored their sailboat, the “Desert Hawk,” at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle for three decades.

Upon retirement, they built a home in La Conner, Wash., where they made many friends and had fond memories of their time together. They loved exploring the Northwest waters, circumnavigating Vancouver Island and chartering boats in foreign seas. Together, they traveled to every continent.

Dr. McNeal is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jane; children Charlie (Patty), Sarah (Chuck) Kuhn, Peter (Janice) and Joan (Gary) Peterson; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. (


Dr. Jerome ZechDr. Jerome Monroe “Jomy” Zech died peacefully on Oct. 15, 2015 after two weeks at Swedish Hospital. He was 89 and surrounded by family and friends.

Dr. Zech was born on July 6, 1926 to Lando and Mae Zech in Seattle. He graduated from Roosevelt High School, where he played football and baseball. After his freshman year at the UW, where he lettered in baseball, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to the UW, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and graduated in 1949. He received his DDS from the School of Dentistry and later completed studies in dental radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and orthodontics at the UW. He met Elizabeth “Betty June” Elliott at the UW and they were married for 59 years.

Dr. Zech had a successful orthodontics practice in Bellevue, Wash., and then on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. The couple lived on Capitol Hill and were actively involved in the St. Joseph’s Parish community. They were also loyal Husky fans, attending football games and proudly wearing their purple and gold. The family spent memorable summers on Whidbey Island, a legacy that continues with several of the children.

After his retirement, the couple lived in Edmonds, Wash. After his wife died, Dr. Zech moved to the Mirabella retirement community in Seattle, where he lived until his death. He was an avid golfer and a long-standing active member of the Seattle Golf Club, where he seemed to know every blade of grass and often was able to “shoot his age.”

Dr. Zech is survived by his children, Caron (Rich) McCune, Jerome (Denise), Julie (Pete) Lackie, Mary Kay (Rick) Perrigo, Joe (Marianne), Theresa (Larry) Meyers, Jack, Margie (Jon) Zech Hallgrimson and Richard (Ava Altschul); 26 grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife, Betty; and brothers Lando, Bob and Jack. (Seattle Times)