Class of 1969



Dr. Dexter Barnes, Seattle: He completed the year as President of the USA Section of the International College of Dentists and as President of the Washington Oral Health Foundation. He continues to chair the Ernest Jones Lectureship, and practices four days a week and is having fun. What a great profession dentistry is and what a great dental school we graduated from! (Spring 2016)


Dr. Dexter Barnes, Seattle: I’m still practicing in downtown Seattle with no plans to retire, having just signed a new five-year lease. I finished my years on the WSDA Board and I’m now on the Washington Oral Health Foundation Board. I still chair the Dean Jones Lecture and serve on the Dental Alumni board. Mary Ann and I live in the Magnolia area and have four grown children – two married – and eight grandchildren. Life is good and dentistry has been such a wonderful way to not only make a living but also to give one a purpose and meaning. We are truly blessed. (Fall 2010)

Dr. Ernie Barrett, Seattle: I am still practicing in the U District with no plans to retire anytime soon. I recently remarried also. (Fall 2010)

Dr. Jerry Bates, Woodinville, Wash.: Actively practicing in Woodinville, learning and applying the latest technology in my office. My wife, Carol, has been a longtime leader with the Dental Auxiliaries Group. (Fall 2010)

Dr. Dale Bloomquist, Seattle: Current chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the UW. Maintains a private practice and restores classic race cars (Italian). (Fall 2010)

Dr. Tom Conlon, Spokane, Wash.: Still actively practicing in my periodontal office in Spokane and completed my term as a member of the ADA Annual Meeting Committee. (Fall 2010)
Dr. Roy Gunsolus, Seattle: Still practicing Ortho in North Seattle and restoring a classic Porsche. (Fall 2010)

Dr. George Hussey, Marysville, Wash.: Still practicing in Marysville and instructing one day a week at the School of Dentistry. I have no plans to retire anytime soon. (Fall 2010)

Dr. Louis Isquith, Seattle: Just had my last child finish college and begin working. I have practiced general dentistry in the Medical Dental Building since graduation and am still actively practicing and working as an affiliate faculty member at the School of Dentistry. (Fall 2010)

Dr. William Kirschner, Vashon, Wash.: I am still practicing in West Seattle and working one day a week as an affiliate faculty member at the School of Dentistry. (Fall 2010)

Dr. Ted Leonard, Auburn, Wash.: I am still practicing in Auburn, even though my younger brother Keith recently sold his practice in Marysville and is off on a two-year mission for the LDS Church to St. George, Utah. I recently re-equipped my office, so I have no plans to retire anytime soon. (Fall 2010)

Dr. Jerry McKellar, Colville, Wash.: Retired from dentistry several years ago to pursue a sculpting career. (“What a talent he has – with major works all over the place,” says Dr. Barnes.) (Fall 2010)

Dr. John A. Samuelson, Anchorage, Alaska: I am still alive!!! (Spring 2010)


The Class of 1969 and their spouses got together on July 27 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Seattle for some good conversation and fellowship. Each classmate shared a five-minute catch-up about what they have been doing. Of the 17 who attended, nine are still practicing to some extent. Most of this group have been married for around 50 years or more. Two couples came from California. The rest were from Washington. Five were instructors in our School of Dentistry for many years. Only one has a child who also is a dentist. Several other classmates who didn’t come also have children who became dentists. –Deck Barnes

Class of 1969 alum
Front row (from left): Ron Konopaski, George Hussey, Bill Kirchner, Gordon Douglas, Roy Gunsolus, and Jerry Bates. Back row (from left): Lonn Riggs, Daryl Habich, Paul Zosel, David Cotant, Ted Leonard, Dale Bloomquist, Deck Barnes, Ernie Barrett, Tom Conlon, and Ward Damon.



Dr. GunsolusDr. Roy Mathew Gunsolus III died on Sept. 14, 2021 in Edmonds, Wash., after a heroic fight with Parkinson’s disease. He was 76. He was an associate professor and faculty member in the School’s Department of Orthodontics from 1983 to 2012, teaching residents one or two days per week.

Dr. Gunsolus was born on Oct. 25, 1944 in Bakersfield, Calif. His father’s military service took the family to various facilities. The most memorable for Dr. Gunsolus was the Kodiak Naval Air Station, where he became an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He spent many hours fishing and hiking with his dad.

Dr. Gunsolus received his undergraduate degree in biology from the UW. After dental school, he spent three years in military service in Germany and returned for graduate training in orthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco. He was in a private orthodontic practice from 1973 to 2012.

He was a member of the ADA, AAO, and PCSO (past winner of the PCSO Award of Merit), a Diplomate of the American Board, and a past president of the Angle Society. He served on the PCSO Board of Directors and as chair for the AAO Council on Practice Management. He retired from private practice in North Seattle in December 2012.

Dr. Gunsolus loved his family, sailing, biking, racing his beloved Porsche, gardening, and collecting trains. He shared anything he owned, including boats, houses, and food. He encouraged his family, students, and friends to work hard, take risks, and trust in yourself.

Dr. Gunsolus is survived by his wife, Barbara; children Roy IV (Jill), Turi Lucas, and Kari (Mitch) Ketner; grandchildren Mitchell, Simone, Malia, Oliver, Roman, and Addison; great-grandchild Carter; sister Skye (David) Sugar; and many other relatives and friends. (Dignity Memorial)