Class of 1983

CLASS NOTES

Dr. Kenn Stinchfield, Portland, Ore.: I retired from the U.S. Navy in February 2003 and immediately began working for Willamette Dental Group in Portland. I was promoted to Managing Oral Surgeon for the Group in September 2008. Barbara and I live in Salmon Creek near Vancouver, Wash. We have one son in private practice in Washougal, Wash., with his brother joining him in July 2011 after a tour in the U.S. Navy. We enjoy kayaking, traveling, water skiing and alpine skiing. We spent our last 12 years in the Navy in San Diego, where I completed a one-year residency in Exodontia with a follow-on four-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. We plan to stay in Vancouver after retirement to be close to family and grandchildren. Go Huskies! (Spring 2010)

Dr. Russell Tom, Honolulu, Hawaii: For all those attending the ADA in Hawaii this year, the Class of 1983 would like to have a reunion get-together. If you are planning to be in Hawaii for the ADA, please email Russ at russtomdds@gmail.com so that he can make plans and let everyone know. (Spring 2009)

IN MEMORIAM

HESTER RUMBERG, CLASS OF 1983

Dr. Hester Rumberg, a School of Dentistry alumna and oral and maxillofacial radiologist who taught on the faculty of Oral Medicine from 1983 to 1998, passed away in Toronto on June 26, 2011 at the age of 64.

Dr. Rumberg was also known as the author of Ten Degrees of Reckoning, a 2007 memoir that recounted a tragic nautical accident and its aftermath. Dr. Rumberg’s best friend, Judith Sleavin, was gravely injured and lost her husband and their two children in 1995 during a round-the-world sailing voyage that ended when a freighter collided with their craft off New Zealand. The book told the family’s story and detailed Sleavin’s struggle to carry on with her life after the accident.

Dr.  Rumberg received a degree in dental hygiene from the University of Manitoba in 1969. She worked as a hygienist in periodontics and later taught at the University of British Columbia.  She went on to earn her DDS at the UW, specializing in oral and maxillofacial radiology.

An experienced ocean sailor herself, Dr. Rumberg  joined Judith Sleavin in establishing The Sleavin Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting maritime safety.

KIM STEWART, CLASS OF 1983

Kim StewartDr. Kim Stewart passed away suddenly on Oct. 26, 2012 in Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, Wash. He was 56.

Dr. Stewart was born on April 15, 1956 in Provo, Utah, and graduated from Provo High School in 1974. He attended Brigham Young University on a four-year football scholarship and later graduated from the UW School of Dentistry. He retired in July 2012 after 25 years of service as a dentist with the Indian Health Service, Omak Clinic.

Dr. Stewart loved his family, traveling, reading and spending time outdoors, playing sports and enjoying nature.

He is survived by his longtime love, Betty Brown; children, Carly and Matthew; parents, Keith and Nancy; brothers, Brent (Karen) and Jon (Lisa); and sister, Jan (Kevin) Schindler.