Dr. Chester Woodside, Seattle: Our class will celebrate our 55th year from graduation in 2022. Most of us are either 80 years of age or will be soon. Also, most have retired from active practice of dentistry and are spending most of our time arranging medical appointments, trips, boat excursions, video sessions with our grandkids or other things that “more mature” people attempt. Fortunately, there are many in our class who have kept in contact and we are able to provide social (psychological) support for each other as needed. The pandemic has interrupted our annual luncheons, but we hope to resume them when appropriate. It is always nice to compare accomplishments of our kids and grandkids complete with photos! There is a lot of political diversity in our class, which is a reflection of the national scene. But there is a bond that goes back to those Charlie Schroeder dental anatomy carving classes that tends to give us a commonality of suffering in a way but also pride in being graduates of one of the finest dental schools in the world at the time. It was hard getting through dental school in 1967! (Fall 2021)
Dr. Bruce L. Bindel, Hemet, Calif.: I sold my private practice in October 2008 and I am now semi-retired, practicing two days a week, ten months a year. (Spring 2009)
Dr. Jonathan C. Shirey, Yakima, Wash.: Enjoying retirement. Two new grandkids. Slowly recovering from a broken leg – skiing Feb. 3, 2008. Hopefully I will be up to full speed in a couple more months. (Spring 2009)
Dr. Jim Smith, Sedro Woolley, Wash.: I sold my practice in South Everett in 2006. At that time I accepted a position as a DDS at Cascade Job Corp. There are about 325-350 disadvantaged students from all over the world — some with extreme dental needs! I love the challenge and work three days a week. I also volunteer at Pioneer North one day a month. This is an incarcerated lock-down court-appointed drug rehabilitation facility near Cascade Job Corp. Medical Team Northwest has a trailer there one day a month. (Fall 2009)
Dr. Marvin E. Swainson, Yakima, Wash.: After 40 terrific years of dental practice in Yakima, I am retiring. It’s been great!!! (Spring 2008)
On June 4, members of our Class of 1967 reunited at the Seattle Yacht Club, where they celebrated their graduation 50 years ago. Seven classmates also attended our School’s Hooding exercises the day before. Amid the refreshments and reminiscences, those at the reunion paused to remember their 11 deceased classmates, ringing a bell for each one. Shown here are (from left) Richard Johnson, Clark Kvistad, Jonathan Shirey, Gary Dunham, Bob Murray, Ken Drewell, Daryll Miller, Louis Wagner, Chester W. Woodside, Tel Paris, Bob Carmichael, George Knudsen, Gerry Hartman, Marv Swainson, Mike Iasella, Bob O’Donnell, John Lohse, George Brain, Dennis Hoofnagle, and Gary Lange.
DR. JACK D. BARTROFF, CLASS OF 1967
Dr. Jackie Dean “Jack” Bartroff died from a brain hemorrhage during his sleep on May 30, 2016. He was 74.
Dr. Bartroff was born on Aug. 18, 1941 in the Cashmere, Wash., home of his parents, Waldo and Wanda.
Dr. Bartroff earned his undergraduate and DDS degrees at the UW and completed postdoctoral studies in orthodontics at UCLA. During dental school he met Barbara Roane, a 19-year-old dental hygiene student. They married on July 1, 1967 in Tustin, Calif. From 1967 to 1971, he served in the U.S. Navy as a dental officer, during which time the couple was stationed in Japan. After returning to the United States, he did his orthodontic training at UCLA, then began private practice in San Diego in 1973. He maintained orthodontic practices in Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo before retiring in 1995.
In these years Dr. Bartroff was turning his attention to God. In 1996 he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and especially enjoyed the changes in his relationships. In 1988, the couple moved to Coronado, where they were active in Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church. He played the African Djembe drum and often accompanied the church praise band. In 2006 he received the Coronado Honorary Citizen award for coming to the rescue of a neighbor who was being attacked by an intruder. He subdued the attacker until police arrived.
Dr. Bartroff loved playing tennis, which he did almost daily until his passing. He played amateur USTA tennis competitively into his 60s and greatly enjoyed pick-up games at Morley Field, Coronado Tennis Center and during his travels around the world. He volunteered as a wheelchair tennis coach in Point Loma and Rancho Bernardo.
Dr. Bartroff is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara; daughter Jeana; son Jay (Layla); and grandchildren Carolyn Bartroff and Knox Bartroff. (Coronado Eagle & Journal)
DR. R. TERRY GRUBB, CLASS OF 1967
Dr. Richard Terry Grubb died in a motorcycle accident on June 20, 2013, in Oregon. He was 74. Dr. Grubb was born on Dec. 27, 1938, in Wenatchee, Wash., to Lee and Hazel Grubb. He was always known by Terry. He and his older brother, Ed, had many adventures in their family orchard in Sunnyslope, Wash. He attended Sunnyslope School, Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee Valley College, the University of Washington and the UW Dental School. He opened a dental practice in September 1967 in Wenatchee, where he was a practicing dentist for 46 years and practiced in the Wenatchee Valley ever since.
A practicing dentist for 46 years in Wenatchee, Wash., he was active at organized dentistry, serving as president of the North Central Washington Dental Society and the Washington State Dental Association, second vice president of the American Dental Association, regent of the American College of Dentists, fellow in the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Society and member of the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission, among others.
Dr. Grubb loved to mentor young leaders and was an inspiration to many in the dental profession. He was a longtime member of the Wenatchee Free Methodist Church, where he served in multiple volunteer positions. His interests were wide and varied. He loved the outdoors and was on an annual road trip with his motorcycle buddies in Oregon at the time of his accident.
Dr. Grubb is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sharen; children Mindy, Liesl, Mike and Garrett and their spouses, Darryl Wall, David Bohan, Julie Grubb and Dawn Shores; and grandchildren Devin Grubb, Spencer, Mitch, Ethan, Nik, Alaina and Maia Wall, Neil and Trent Bohan and Madi and Molly Grubb.
DR. JAMES S. MACFARLANE, CLASS OF 1967
Dr. James Stuart “Jim” MacFarlane passed away on Feb. 14, 2014. He was 72. He died of natural causes while on vacation in Palm Desert with his wife of 50 years, Sue, and son, Stuart, by his side.
Dr. MacFarlane was born to Douglas and Margaret MacFarlane on July 4, 1941 in Portland, Ore. He and his older sister, Marion, and younger brother, Don, were raised in the Pacific Northwest. He achieved the honor of Eagle Scout and attended Seattle’s Lincoln High School and the University of Washington, where he graduated from the School of Dentistry.
In 1968, Dr. MacFarlane served as a dental officer in the U.S. Army in New Jersey and at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Vietnam. He returned to Bainbridge Island in 1969 to fulfill his dream of practicing dentistry and raising his family there.
Dr. MacFarlane’s life was defined by his love of family and friends, travel, sports and nature. One of his favorite early memories was winning the city championship as a varsity member of the Lincoln High School basketball team. He also rowed for the Green Lake and UW crews and was an avid Husky and Seahawk football fan. He met Sue Gearhart through the fraternity and sorority system; he was president of the Alpha Delta Phi house. They married on July 31, 1964. His fraternity brothers remained family, returning to Bainbridge every Fourth of July to celebrate his birthday. His 50th birthday was particularly memorable, as the island honored him as its “Hometown Hero” at the annual parade.
Dr. MacFarlane belonged to the American Dental Association and Washington State Dental Association and was president of the Kitsap County Dental Society. He was also a founding member of the Northwest Academy of Dental Science. He contributed extensively to the community through dental services and mentorship and participated in various other organizations.
The MacFarlanes’ retirement was spent fulfilling lifelong dreams that included international travel, missionary trips to Africa, summers at Priest Lake, Idaho, and winters in Kauai, Hawaii and Palm Desert, Calif. With their grandchildren, he shared skiing, hiking, fishing, golfing and camping. He enjoyed playing golf at Wing Point Golf & Country Club with the “golf buddies.” However, there was no place more sacred to him than the family home he and Sue built on Puget Sound, where they created a lifetime of memories with family and friends.
Dr. MacFarlane is survived by his wife, Sue; son Stuart (Kathleen); daughters Katie Pearson (Kevin) and Darcy Wagner (Arnie); grandchildren Key, Anna, Layton, Taylor, Tess and Camden; and brother Don (Mary, son Kevin), nieces Sharon Carlson and Joanne Huffman and family and nephew Steve Carlson and family, all of Fairbanks, Alaska. (Tributes.com)
DR. ROBERT R. MURRAY, DDS CLASS OF 1967
Dr. Robert Russell “Bob” Murray passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2021 in Anacortes, Wash. He was 86. He taught weekly in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Restorative Dentistry for over 32 years
He spent his early childhood in Hoquiam, Wash., and later moved to Clallam Bay, Wash. This was an area he continued to love and would return to fish, camp, and explore with family and friends. With encouragement from Clallam faculty, he went to the UW, where he greatly enjoyed rowing on the lightweight crew and became president of Phi Kappa Sigma. Following college, he was in the Army Reserves and had medic training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. In 1961, he spent six months traveling in Europe and Scandinavia, staying in youth hostels and riding a Vespa motor scooter with just a backpack. He met his future wife, Deanna, at the School of Dentistry, and they married in 1965. Following graduation, he obtained a dentistry position in Bergen, Norway, where they enjoyed living for a year. After that he briefly practiced in Friday Harbor, Wash., before setting up a practice in Anacortes. He greatly enjoyed his staff and patients and missed those connections after retiring in 2001.
Dr. Murray was an active member of many service and professional organizations. He was a member of the Anacortes Rotary Club for over 50 years and served as president. A favorite event was the Rotary Crab Feed, which he enjoyed organizing. Special memories were created boating on the Shoo Duck and traveling with the trailer or camper to Alaska, Montana, or across Canada to Nova Scotia. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and, later in life, watching wildlife. His hobbies included photography, jewelry, collecting and sharing recipes, and researching and recording his family’s Norwegian history.
Dr. Murray is survived by his wife, Deanna; daughters Heather Murray (Nathan Walley) and Anna (Dan) Melling; granddaughters Miranda Melling (Skyler) Cozad, Marla Melling (Maverik) Buffo, Macia Melling, Clara Elliott, and Violet Elsworth; step-grandchildren Maddy and Ian Walley; and great-granddaughter Emma Cozad. (Legacy.com)
DR. J. MICHAEL THRALL, CLASS OF 1967
Dr. J. Michael Thrall died on Nov. 3, 2011 at the age of 70.
Dr. Thrall was born in Portland, Ore., on June 7, 1941. He was raised in Yakima, Wash., and graduated from Davis High School in 1959. He attended the University of Washington on a track scholarship. He was a member of the Big W Club, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Fir Tree and Sigma Nu Fraternity and president of the Oval Club. In 1963, he received the Associated Students Scholar Athlete Award and the track team’s Inspirational Trophy Award. He ran in the NCAA national championship and holds the world record in the 330 hurdles, an event which is no longer run.
Dr. Thrall received his D.D.S. from the School of Dentistry in 1967. He was awarded an army dental internship and spent three years at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu. He then moved to Bellevue, Wash., where he practiced dentistry for 40 years. One of the most rewarding aspects of his life was the wonderful relationships he developed with his patients and staff. He also taught at the School of Dentistry and practiced volunteer dentistry at the Union Gospel Mission and Medical Teams International in Mexico. He was a member of the Bellevue Rotary.
Although passionate about many things in life, Dr. Thrall treasured his role as father and “Papa” to his grandchildren the most. He was an active golfer, skier, fisherman and scuba diver and enthusiastic supporter of Husky sports. He loved traveling with his family and had adventures all over the world. He was also known for his sense of humor, jokes and storytelling.
Dr. Thrall is survived by his wife, Patsy; daughter Becky, her husband, Brent, and their children, Tate, Luke, Sitara and Jordan; and daughter Julie, her husband, Sean, and their children, Jackson and Parker.