Class of 1965


Dr. Jeffrey V. Merrifield, San Jose, Calif.: It took 30-plus years, but I finally found my niche. Once I returned to the clinical practice of dentistry in the late 1990s, I decided to limit my practice to Endo. Given that I was approaching 60 years of age, I didn’t think there was much of an opportunity, but I went ahead anyway. I have never regretted my decision. All is well! (Spring 2009)

Dr. Gregory E. Smith, Gainesville, Fla.: Greg retired from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in June 2007 after 40 years of teaching and service. Many of these years he was Chair of the Department of Operative Dentistry. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. He remains active in the Academy of Operative Dentistry and presently serves on the International Board of Directors of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity which he was initiated into at the UW in April 1959. He and his wife, Patricia, reside in Gainesville. (Spring 2009)

Dr. C. Dennis Wohlford, Puyallup, Wash.: 2010 was a wonderful year of travel for Sue and me, starting with some January sunshine time spent in Cabo San Lucas with family including our granddaughter. Most of the month of May was spent in Africa with time spent in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania. (The picture was on our 33rd wedding anniversary in Victoria Falls.) Summer brought our annual salmon fishing trip to Alaska and a golf trip to Central Oregon. Early October was a cruise from Montreal to Boston to explore new territory. The fall brought my annual pheasant hunting trip to the Dakotas and we then settled in for the holiday stretch run to the end of the year. A great year to remember! (Spring 2011)


The dental class of 1965 celebrated their 50th year since graduation on June 5-6. On Friday evening, June 5, about 15 members and wives had dinner at the Seattle Yacht Club.  A PowerPoint presentation by Marty Anderson gave the members a glimpse into their past and a look at the present school with its modern facilities. On Saturday morning the class took a tour of the dental school and had a brief meeting with our Dean, Joel Berg.  Dean Berg gave an update on the new clerkship curriculum that is presently being developed and implemented with the goal to produce the best dentist of the future. On Saturday afternoon the class attended the Hooding Ceremony of the Class of 2015 in Meany Hall.  They were introduced by Dean Berg to much applause. After the Hooding Ceremony the class met for lunch and further socializing at the old Northlake tavern … pizza and beer!  Great fun was had by all.

Class of 1965 with spouses



Bruce BinghamDr. Bruce Lowell Bingham passed away on Jan. 19, 2016 at Marquis Shasta in Redding, Calif., after being treated for cancer in summer 2015. He was 79.

Dr. Bingham was born on Sept. 3, 1936, in Bozeman, Mont., to Golden Hansen Bingham and Alice Lenore Cazier, the fifth of 10 children. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northwest at age 19. After his mission, he attended Utah State University in Logan, where he met his wife, Sandra Peart. After receiving his DDS, he served as a dentist in the Air Force and then settled in Mountain Home, Idaho, where he established a private general dentistry practice. After 20 years he relocated to Northern California and worked as a dentist for the Indian Health Service in Burney and then at the Redding Rancheria for 15 years.

Dr. Bingham was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a bishop, high councilor, teacher, home teacher and scoutmaster. He served for 50 years in the Boy Scouts of America and received the distinguished Silver Beaver award. He also served on the board of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Shasta County.

Dr. Bingham is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sandra; children Garth of American Fork, Utah, Jilleen of Bakersfield, Calif., Tonya (Roger) Jankowski of Boca Raton, Fla., Elizabeth (Patrick) Pickett of Midvale, Utah, and Janalie (Jean) Joseph of Highland Beach, Fla.; and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Corbin.  (Redding Record Searchlight)


Bruhn-ChristianDr. Christian N. Bruhn, affectionately known as “Chris” or “Bud,” died in November 2014. He was 75.

Dr. Bruhn was born on July 29, 1939 to Mary and Christian Bruhn in Omaha, Neb. The family moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1941.

Dr. Bruhn attended Franklin High School and UW. He opened his first practice in West Seattle the same year he graduated from the School of Dentistry. He later practiced in Burien and Federal Way for 39 years. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Dr. Bruhn is survived by his wife of 43 years, Arlene; sons Christian and Peter; and several nieces and cousins. (Seattle Times)


Dr. Leon Jacob HenrichsenDr. Leon Jacob Henrichsen passed away on June 10, 2012, at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 75.

Dr. Henrichsen born on Jan. 16, 1936, in Holladay, Utah, to Bertha Rose Kohler and Allen Vernon Henrichsen. He was number two of a set of twins and number seven in a family of 10. He attended Granite High School and was in the first graduating class of Olympus High School in 1954. As a young man, he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denmark.

Dr. Henrichsen graduated from the University of Utah before earning his dental degree from the University of Washington. He married the love of his life and eternal companion, Carollyn Joy Harward, on Dec. 20, 1968.

He is survived by his wife, Carollyn; children Kevin (Melia), Jeff (Nadine), Chad and Rebecca (Scott Van Valkenburg); and eight grandchildren. He is predeceased by eldest son Brian. (Salt Lake Tribune)


Dr. Ronald L. Holm passed away on July 26, 2014. He practiced in Spokane, Wash.


Dr. KitamotoDr. Frank Y. Kitamoto of Bainbridge Island, Wash., died of heart and kidney complications on March 15, 2014. A nationally respected Japanese-American community leader, he was 74.

Dr. Kitamoto was born on May 28, 1939 on Bainbridge Island. He graduated as salutatorian from Bainbridge High School in 1957, earned his degree from the UW School of Dentistry in 1965 and returned to Bainbridge Island to begin a successful 48-year dental practice.

Dr. Kitamoto was 2½ years old when he and 226 other Bainbridge Islanders were forcibly removed to internment camps in 1942. His family was first incarcerated at Manzanar in California and later transferred to Minidoka in Idaho. In the wake of this incarceration, Dr. Manzanar shared his inspirational message of tolerance, liberty and human rights by speaking to hundreds of groups that ranged from school-age children to senior citizens. For his decades of work, he received numerous awards.

Included among the many groups in which Dr. Kitamoto was most active during recent years were the Bainbridge Island Japanese Community, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association, Friends of Minidoka and the Bainbridge Island School District Multicultural Advisory Council.

Dr. Kitamoto is survived by his wife, Sharon, and son Derek of Bainbridge Island; sisters Lilly (Mitsuhiro) Kodama of Bainbridge Island and Frances Ikegami of Bremerton, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Yoshito Kitamoto and Shigeko Kitamoto, and sister Jane Akita. (Seattle Times)


Dr. MilanDr. Anthony John Milan died on Oct. 8, 2013 in Tacoma. He was 80.

Dr. Milan was born on Aug. 22, 1933. He was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. He loved skiing at White Pass, spending time with family and friends and golfing at Fircrest.