Dr. R.A. Rydman, Othello, Wash.: I am now retired. Forty-two years of practice was enough. (Spring 2020)
Dr. Charles W. Henderson, Longview, Wash.: I retired from practicing dentistry after 22 years in the USAF Dental Corps and then 13 years working as a general dentist for Kaiser Permanente. Both organizations were great to work for. I will miss the many friends which my patients became. The official retirement date was Dec. 31, 2011. Retirement has been wonderful. I’ve been sailing, singing in three choirs, learning French and accomplishing “honey-dos” that have piled up over the years, as well as volunteering at our local St. Vincent De Paul. (Spring 2012)
Dr. Kenneth E. Patterson, Twin Falls, Idaho: Preparing to hang it up. Dentistry has been a great career with lots of opportunity to help people. We had one more service trip to Guatemala planned for February 2012. (Spring 2012)
Dr. Kenneth E. Patterson: Gaye and I have another dental service project in Guatemala coming up. This is becoming habit-forming, and very rewarding. (Spring 2011)
Dr. Robert E. Tracy, Bellevue, Wash.: Ginny and I took a trip to Italy for three weeks in the fall of 2010. I recommend the trip to everyone I know. Great history, great wine, great relaxation, incredible people and incredible scenery. We are glad to be happy and well. Our only son, David, is in his second year of medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. I drove with him back to Detroit in the summer of 2009. It was a great experience. I am still practicing in North Seattle. Best regards. (Spring 2011)
Dr. Charles Brown, Bremerton, Wash.: I have a successful pediatric practice in Poulsbo with a great staff. I also work one day a week at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton. (Spring 2010)
Dr. Kenneth E. Patterson: I am still in Twin Falls enjoying practice after 32 years. Gaye and I did a dental service project in Peru. There was no running water, electricity, paved roads, etc., just wonderful, happy, thankful people. The experience changed our lives. (Spring 2010)
Dr. Charles W. Henderson: I have been practicing with Permanente Dental Associates in Longview for almost ten years. This past summer (’07) I was awarded the Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. It has been a difficult year, as our house burned down in May. (Fall 2008)
DR. CURTIS SAPP, CLASS OF 1977
Dr. Curtis Sapp of Olympia passed away on Feb. 3, 2013. He was 63.
Dr. Sapp was born on Aug.12, 1950 to Floyd and Betty Sapp in Seattle. He spent parts of his childhood in California and Washington. During his undergraduate studies in Pharmacy at the University of Washington, he married Linda Wolph. He entered the School of Dentistry and graduated as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. The couple then moved to Connecticut so he could pursue a degree in Orthodontics at the University of Connecticut.
In 1980, he moved to Olympia and opened orthodontics practices there and in Shelton, Wash. He practiced as an orthodontist for nearly 30 years. Dr. Sapp was a founding member of the Thurston-Mason County Dental Society, where he served as an officer and president. He also worked on the cleft palate board for Thurston County with a team of specialists. Toward the end of his career, he enjoyed volunteering as a part-time faculty member at the UW School of Dentistry, working with first-year students.
Dr. Sapp was a long-time Rotary member and enjoyed many of the local festivals and gatherings. His hobbies included sea and river kayaking, snow skiing, working out at Tumwater Valley, playing with his dogs and attending Huskies and Sonics games. He was also a blues and rock music enthusiast and had a passion for American-made cars, especially Corvettes. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his sons, Jagger and Hunter, and his wife, Sharon.
Dr. Sapp is survived by his sons, Hunter and Jagger (Meghan); his wife, Sharon; and his sister, Cheri (Steve) Enevold. (The Olympian)