Passing Of James Hansel

Dear Alums,

I am sorry to share more sad news. Another alum, James Hansel, recently passed away on Sept 7th 2018.  He received his orthodontic certificate in 1970, and he practiced in Kitsap County for decades.  During the 1980’s, he became interested in woodcarving, specifically birds, and he became an accomplished artist. Jim’s obituary can be found at the link below.  We extend our deepest condolences to his family.



January 8, 1940 – September 7, 2018
This day for our family and friends is a very sad day.
Our Wonderful Jim has passed away.
Sadly, he leaves his wife of Fifty-Seven years.
She has great love and memories through her tears.
His daughter, Barbara, shares his love of children and art.
She teaches children for her part.
His son, Ken, is also in the world of care.
As a Pharmacist helped with Jim’s treatment anytime anywhere.
Our German boy, Chris who became a second son.
Was in our family a son and brother to everyone.
Grand Babies were Jim’s biggest and most fun joys.
Barb gave him Mike & Geoff, two great boys.
She also gave us a sweetie pie from Mike.
Her name is Callista, a little darling we all like.
Ken added his boys Bryan and Jake.
Also, a beautiful girl, Halie, who is great.
Chris contributed Ally, Collin and Nic.
Chris won’t see them grow up which makes us sick.
Jim was best known for placing braces.
Making beautiful smiles on beautiful faces.
His fabulous artistic talent was in carving birds.
All so beautiful there aren’t adequate words.
He loved hunting with his boys and all.
Anything outdoors especially in the fall.
He will be missed by family and friends he knows.
As memories of his Love, Caring, Teasing and Sarcasm grows.
Rest in Peace my Love.

Passing Of Jim Mulick

Dear Alums,

Jim Mulick, Class of 1961, passed away this past December.  Jim practiced in the San Fernando Valley in California, and was heavily involved with the treatment of cleft and craniofacial patients.  He shared this expertise with the orthodontic residents at UCLA for decades.  Jim was devoted to his family, his community, and his faith, and he will be dearly missed.  Please join me in extending our condolences to his family.



Chair – Department of Orthodontics
UW School of Dentistry

September 20, 1928 – December 23, 2018

James (Jim) Fisk Mulick, D.D.S., M.S, went to be with the Lord on December 23, 2018. Jim was preceded in death by the love of his life, Joyce MacQueen Mulick. At the time of his death, Jim was surrounded by the love of his family.

Jim was born in Long Beach, California to Robert Mulick Sr. and Dallas Mulick on September 20, 1928. Like so many young men of his generation, Jim joined the United States Navy after High School. He served on the SS/AGSS-395 Redfish submarine as an ET3. Jim then went on to obtain his undergraduate degree at what would become the University of California, Santa Barbara. He met Joyce MacQueen, and they married after Jim graduated from college.

Jim and Joyce moved to the Bay Area where Jim attended the University of the Pacific, graduating with a degree in Dentistry (D.D.S.) They then returned to Southern California, and Jim started a general dentistry practice in Woodland Hills.

Orthodontics was a calling for Jim, he was accepted for the Orthodontic program at the University of Washington, and moved his wife and 3 young children to Seattle Washington.

While in the Orthodontic program at the University of Washington, Jim developed a passion for being a part of the care of children and adults with a Cleft Lip and/or Palate. Jim would carry that passion forward to his career as an Orthodontist. Upon the completion of his orthodontic program, Jim and Joyce moved their young family to the San Fernando Valley in California.

Jim’s professional life flourished, in addition to his busy Orthodontic practice, Jim pursued multiple avenues to provide care for individuals with a craniofacial difference. He joined the Cleft Palate Center at Saint John’s Hospital (Santa Monica) and later, the UCLA Craniofacial Team. Additionally, he consulted for Cleft Palate Teams at; Kaiser Permanente, Rancho Los Amigos, and White Memorial. Jim held an academic appointment at the UCLA School of Dentistry, Orthodontic program, teaching Orthodontic residents about the care of individuals with a Craniofacial difference. Jim also held a variety of positions in local, state and national Orthodontic and Dental organizations.

In addition to his professional life, Jim gave back to his local community. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America. As an Eagle Scout, he realized the importance of this organization for the development of character in young men. Jim became a mentor for his sons who both achieved the status of Eagle Scout, as well as a mentor for two of his grandsons who also achieved the status of Eagle Scout. He led a local Boy Scout Troop and continued as a merit badge counselor for many years.

Sunday mornings, Jim could be found at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village, California where he was a part of the Usher Team. He and Joyce also led a Bible study that celebrated its 50th year of continuous meeting in 2018. They were active participants in the “shelter” program which provided a place for homeless individuals to spend the night during the winter.

Jim was a huge UCLA fan with season tickets to football and basketball games. Saturdays during the Fall were spent either at football games or listening/watching these games. And Pauley Pavilion was a second home during basketball season.

Jim is survived by his children, their spouses and their families; Ronald, Lorraine, Marcus, Joseph and Erik and great-grandson Duke Mulick, Dave, Sharon Gabriel, Hannah and Caleb Mulick and Dianne, Patricio and Parker Altuna.

Jim was larger than life. In death, he will be remembered for his love of his family, love of his church, and love of his community.


In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jim’s honor to either:

LEAP Global Missions

The Cleft Palate Center at Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center (designation Cleft Palate Center)

Passing Of Alumnus Andy Hong

Dear Alums,

It is with sadness that I inform you about the passage of another one of our UW alums, Dr. Andrew Marc Houg. Andy graduated with the class of 1960, and he practiced for many years in theNorthgate area.  He taught part-time in the Department from 1961 – 1972. Andy was an extremely talented athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball at the University of Iowa.  At one point, he was the quarterback and captain of the football team.  In his retirement, Andy enjoyed his family and friends, as well as fishing and golfing. We were so glad that he was able to join us at our 70th-anniversary reunion last August.  He was all smiles, and for those who knew him, he had a truly exceptional smile.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held for Andy on May 19th at 1 PM at Northlake Lutheran Church in Kenmore.  Click here for more information.



Chair – Department of Orthodontics
UW School of Dentistry

Passing Of Alumnus Warner Young

Dear Alums,

It is with sadness that I report another alumnus has passed away, Warner R. Young.  Warner passed away on Jan 1, 2019.  He was a 1966 graduate of our UW Orthodontic program and taught as a part-time faculty for a number of years.  Warner practiced in Redmond for over 40 years and was very involved in his church and community.  Always joyful and encouraging, Warner greatly impacted his loving family, patients andfriends.  We will all miss him.


Greg Huang
Chair – Department of Orthodontics
UW School of Dentistry

UWOAA Wire Fall 2018

Message from UW Department Chair Greg Huang

Dear UW Ortho Alums,
It has been a busy year, and as the holidays quickly approach, I would like to thank each of you for your support of our Department. I also would like to thank the UWOAA, and in particular, Perry Ormiston, who has done a wonderful job serving as President for the past two years. As you all know, the Department is deeply indebted to the UWOAA for sponsoring many activities throughout the year. I, like Perry, also encourage each of you to support the UWOAA, so it can do things like sponsoring Thesis Day and the UW receptions at the PCSO and AAO meetings, providing each resident with funding to conduct their research projects, and keeping our UW Orthodontic family connected with our website and newsletters.

In fact, we held our 70th anniversary reunion this summer, in conjunction with the David Turpin Symposium on Evidence-based Orthodontics. Both were hugely successful due to the participation of many alums. The event was made even more special by Bill Proffit’s participation, just weeks before his unexpected death. Bill was always the educator and innovator, and he told us about his latest project – a blog that provides orthodontic information and evidence instantaneously to the whole world. At the age of 82, his influence continued to grow!

Dr. Proffit was brilliant, and I think all of us are extremely proud to say he was a graduate of our program, taught by Al Moore and Dick Riedel. My sincere hope is that we are continuing to provide our students with the same kind of scientifically based education that our founders envisioned. It has served all of our alums well, including those who are in practice, education, and leadership. Of course, Bill Proffits don’t come around every day, and who knows who will emerge as the future leaders in our profession. But let’s hope all aspiring orthodontists will continue to recognize our tradition of excellence, and seek their orthodontic education at UW.

Finally, there is one last issue I would like to mention. All of you know David Turpin has held the title of Moore-Riedel Endowed Professor for the past 8 years. He has been fantastic in this role, helping with teaching, research, and service. Our ultimate goal has been to raise enough money in the Moore-Riedel Endowment (a total of $1.5 million) to attain the title of Moore-Riedel Endowed Chair. We are less than $300,000 from reaching this goal, and I would like us to make this our collective mission over the next couple of years. You will hear more about this funding drive from the UWOAA, and you also may be contacted by the UW School of Dentistry Development Office. Alums Art Burns, David Turpin, and Cory Liss have already made significant pledges, so please join the effort to honor our founding fathers!

With my best wishes,



Greg J. Huang, DMD, MSD, MPH
Professor and Chair

Message from UWOAA President Perry Ormiston

Dear UW alumni,
As many of you know, Peter Shapiro and Fedora Katz joined the UWOAA board of directors in January of 2018. As expected, we are already benefiting from their input and leadership. Additionally, Sally Gee joined the association, serving as our new administrator. As you all know, we’re always looking for new enthusiastic board members – please contact me if you are interested in becoming a board member in the future.

The mission of our association remains the same: to be a resource to the orthodontic department that is independent of the UW Dental School. Proceeds from the Moore Riedel Memorial Fund are used to fund the association commitments. These commitments include funding resident research projects, contributions to the Alton Moore Thesis Day, contributions for orthodontic faculty development, paying the ABO exam fees for the outgoing residents, and to sponsor receptions at the AAO annual sessions. Your membership dues are used to fund the everyday workings of the association. After decreasing our membership dues from $160 to $95, we saw an increase in active members from 51 in 2017 to 63 in 2018. With over 400 living alumni, we hope to welcome even more UWOAA members in 2019.

The summer of 2018 was busy for the UWOAA. After helping to promote the inaugural Turpin Symposium, we also hosted the UWOAA reunion dinner. The Saturday evening event was held at the Seattle Yacht Club, drawing over 70 alumni and guests. We finished the weekend by sponsoring the alumni family barbeque, which was held on Sunday at the UW Waterfront Activities Center. We also continued with our mission to raise funds for the department. The Kokich-Shapiro endowed professorship was fully funded, and most recent donations have been directed to the Moore-Riedel Fund in an effort to boost the fund to the level of an endowed chair. We currently need an additional 300,000 to reach this goal.

I would like to remind you all that the UWOAA is now conducting most business via e-mail and the association website. We no longer have a P.O. Box, however we are able to receive mail. If you are interested in making a contribution to one of the funds listed above, or if you would like to become a member of the alumni association, you can do so by visiting the association website at If you have difficulty using the UWOAA website for dues or contributions, please feel free to send correspondence to my office at:

c/o Perry Ormiston
927 40th Avenue SW
Puyallup, WA 98373

Warmest regards,

Perry Ormiston

Passing Of Dr. Richard Giles

Dear UW Orthodontic Alums,

I am sorry to pass along the news that another UW alum, Richard Giles, also passed away recently.

Richard practiced as a general dentist in Bellevue before earning his orthodontic certificate and MSD from the UW graduate orthodontics program in 1972. He then returned to the Crossroads area of Bellevue to open his orthodontic practice.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Richard’s family.

We will pass along any additional information about the service, as it becomes available


Greg Huang

Chair – Department of Orthodontics
UW School of Dentistry

Memorial Service Nicholas Arnold Johnson

Dear UW Orthodontic Alums,

It is with sadness that I share the news about Nicholas Johnson, who recently passed away.

Nick earned his dental degree from the UW School of Dentistry, as well as his Orthodontic Certificate and MSD from the UW graduate orthodontic program (Class of 1970). He practiced in the Burien/Southcenter area for many years. He passed away on Oct 26, 2018. All are invited to the memorial service on Saturday, Nov 3, 2018, and more information can be found at this link:

We extend our sincerest condolences to Nick’s family.

Greg Huang

Chair – Department of Orthodontics
UW School of Dentistry

UWOAA Wire Fall 2017

Message from the new UWOAA President
Perry Ormiston

Dear UW alumni,

Over the past several years the UWOAA has been fortunate to add four fantastic members to our board. John Moore joined in 2016, Soleil Roberts in 2017, and Peter Shapiro and Fedora Katz will be starting in January of 2018. As we welcomed our newest members, we also said goodbye to our long-time administrator – Joni Marts. Joni retired from the association after 25 years of dedicated service and she will truly be missed.  Though the members of the board continually change, the mission of the association is the same: to be a resource to the orthodontic department that is independent of the UW Dental School.

I am forever grateful for the training I received from our department years ago, and truly want to see the department continue to be a leader in orthodontic education. Only through your membership and financial contributions can the UWOAA support the department in this mission.  Although we have over 400 living alumni, we currently only have roughly 45 active dues-paying members of the alumni association. Your yearly dues are used to support the daily administrative activities of the association, and any excess funds are transferred into the UW Memorial Fund. We recently changed our procedure for tracking membership to make it easier to know if you have paid your yearly dues. I would like to personally encourage all of our alumni to become active members of the UWOAA.

After the department remodel was completed in 2011 the board focused on several new fundraising efforts. Our first goal was to restore the UW Memorial Fund balance to pre-remodel levels. As many of you know, the proceeds from the UW Memorial Fund are used to fund resident research projects, to make contributions to the Alton Moore Thesis Day, to make contributions for faculty development, to pay the ABO exam fees for the outgoing residents, and to sponsor receptions at the AAO annual sessions.

In a more recent fundraising effort, the department received $200,000 in pledges to establish the new Kokich-Shapiro Endowed Professorship. I would like to thank the following alumni and friends for their very generous pledges:

Peter Shapiro
Marilyn Kokich
Farrell Hinkle
Cory Liss
Paul Nelson
Greg Huang
Vince Kokich, Jr.
David Turpin
David McReynolds
Judy Chen
Brett Fidler
Mike Vermette
Reid Winkler
Charlie Hall

We are currently attempting to raise additional funds to advance the Alton Moore Endowed Professorship to an Endowed Chairmanship. To reach this goal we need to raise an additional $300,000. If you are interested in making a contribution to one of the funds listed above, or if you would like to become a member of the alumni association, you can do so by visiting the association website at

I hope to see you all at the alumni reunion during the summer of 2018!

Warmest regards,

Perry Ormiston

Message from the Chairman

Dear Alums,

Happy fall to everyone!  Here in Seattle, the days are getting cooler, and the rain is back.  Just as the weather is always changing, our profession continues to change, and we all must embrace it.  As stated by John F. Kennedy, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

In the 19 years that I have been a faculty member in our Department, many facets of our profession have changed dramatically.  Hardly anyone I know uses molar bands or headgear anymore, none of our students have ever held film cameras or used a light box to view x-rays, and plaster models are on their way out.  And the biggest driver of change in our profession, technology, continues to explode.  We can now scan models and create digital set-ups that can be sent instantly anywhere in the world.  TADs allow previously impossible tooth movements to be routinely considered.  We are on the verge of creating virtual patients by melding soft and hard tissue scans, and patients, our raison d’être, continue to demand faster and more esthetic treatment options.

With all these changes, it is easy for us “older” orthodontists to feel a little overwhelmed.  But rest assured, there are many “older” alums who are at the forefront of the advances in our profession. For example, last summer, I spent some time with alum Michael Miroue, and was very impressed with his results using TADs in very creative ways. Likewise, other alums, like Thien Bui, have embraced 3D imaging for more than a decade, while Heather Woloshyn and Andy Schmidt have become experts with SureSmile technology.  We also have alums Ray Kubisch, Bill McNeil, and Kara McCulloch who have become authorities with aligner therapy.  While the field of orthodontics will continue to advance, one thing has not changed – the need for critical thinking that allows health care providers to grow and evolve with their specialty.

I think all of us feel that this is the hallmark of a UW orthodontic education, and I believe that our Department, as much as ever, stresses the importance of critical thinking, honest evaluation, and lifelong learning.  Today, we might label it an “evidence-based” approach, but it is strikingly similar to the educational techniques that Alton Moore, Dick Riedel, Don Joondeph, Peter Shapiro, and Greg King all supported over many decades.

Where will we be in another 20 years?  Hard to tell, but I hope our Department will continue to be leaders in critical thinking.  I believe it is the single most important aspect of a good orthodontic education, and from that foundation, anything is possible.  Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  No truer words have ever been spoken.

Along those lines, we are planning to hold a two-day symposium focusing on  Evidence in Orthodontics in August 2018.  It will coincide with our alumni reunion that year.  The symposium will honor David Turpin’s 8 years as our Moore-Riedel Endowed Professor, and he is inviting a world-class group of lecturers.  I hope you will mark this on your calendars and plan to attend.  More details will be coming soon from the UW Orthodontic Alumni Association, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Seattle then.

My best,

Greg J. Huang,
Professor and Chair,
UW Orthodontics

Meet the 2017 Kokich Shapiro Guest Lecturer : Dr. Laura Iwasaki

Dr. Laura Iwasaki is an Associate Professor and the Leo A. Rogers Chair of the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, with a joint appointment in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. She is engaged in research in the areas of biomechanics of the human craniomandibular complex with special interests in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the muscles of mastication, and the movement of teeth. Her responsibilities include clinical and didactic teaching in the advanced education and dental programs in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and research supervision at the pre-doctoral and graduate levels. Dr. Iwasaki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (2002) and has been involved in the clinical practice of orthodontics for several decades. Before joining UMKC, she was a full-time faculty at the College of Dentistry, University of Nebraska Medical Center (1996 – 2006) and before that, at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba (1992 -1996).To pursue her research interests, Dr. Iwasaki collaborates with a number of colleagues at different institutions, including UMKC, University of Nebraska, University at Buffalo,University of Zurich in Switzerland, and Osaka Dental University in Japan.
In addition to her academic duties, Laura is also actively involved in the AAOfoundation, and is currently the Planning and Awards Review Committee Chair. She is from BC, and loves salmon fishing!

2018  Alton Moore Thesis Day Speaker Announced !!

David Kennedy BDS, MSD, FRCD(C)
“The Mixed Dentition Perimeter Plane of Space-Putting Research into Practice”
Friday, March 16, 2018,  Pacific Tower, Seattle, WA

David Kennedy is a dually trained Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist, who is a Diplomate of both American Boards, and a Fellow in both Specialties with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He has lectured to both the AAO and AAPD multipletimes, and has lectured in North America and internationally. After over 40 years in practice with over 50 publications, he is a Clinical Professor, and serves as Co Clinic Director for Graduate Orthodontics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His research interest is in treatment outcomes.

Meet the new UW Ortho Residents

The new Orthodontic residents have officially started their coursework in our department. They are all excited to be part of the program as well as the UW alumni community. Please be sure to give them a warm welcome if you happen to see them.​

Timothee Cousin I was born and raised in France until moving to Boulder, Colorado at the age of 11. I then moved to Seattle, WA to attend the UW. I am now proud to be a through and through three-time Husky, having attended the UW for my undergraduate, dental school, and now orthodontic studies! When I am not at the University, I enjoy landscaping, sailing, being outdoors, and traveling back to France to visit family!

David Gu I was born in Detroit, Michigan but I’ve lived in China, Florida, and North Carolina. My parents and younger brother are computer software engineers and they reside in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both my younger brother and I completed our undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I completed my dental training at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, photography, and trying new foods. I look forward to living on the West Coast and most importantly, finally realizing my high school dream of becoming an orthodontist.

Jason Johnson I am originally from Utah and come from a family of 8. I played tennis most of my life but love all sports, and am passionate about water sports. I got married this June and have loved married life. I did my undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and my dental school training at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. I look forward to a career in Orthodontics wherever it ends up taking me and my family!

Kaz Kitagaito My name’s Kaz and I moved from Philadelphia after finishing my dental school at the University of Pennsylvania. I grew up in Los Angeles, and it’s great to be back on the West Coast. I enjoy outdoor activities, especially snowboarding, playing tennis, hiking, and sailing (although I’m still learning the last one). I also love coffee and Seattle has the perfect combination of everything! I’m looking forward to learning orthodontics at University of Washington under the guidance of our faculty, and I hope to one day contribute to our profession.

David Shin I was born in Seoul, S. Korea, but I grew up in WA since the age of 4. I attended the UW for both undergrad and dental school and I am very excited to stay a Husky for residency! I am very passionate about cars and I love working on them in my spare time. I enjoy skiing, photography, music, traveling, but above all value spending time with family and friends. I am very thankful and excited to begin my journey in orthodontics.

The “Five Guys” of UW Ortho attending GORP

Passing Of Dr. Monte Merrill

Dear UW orthodontic family,

With sadness, I wish to inform you that one of our distinguished alums, Dr. Monte Merrill, passed away last week.

Monte Merrill was a 1968 grad of UW Orthodontics, and practiced in Eastern Washington.  Many “old-timers” will have fond memories of Monte, while many younger alums know his two orthodontist sons, Rob and Tom.  He lived a full life, tirelessly and faithfully serving his family, community, country, church, and patients.  Services were held in East Wenatchee on Oct 20, and his burial will be in Utah on Oct 28.

Our sincerest condolences to the entire Merrill family.


Greg Huang, DMD, MSD, MPH
Professor and Chair – Department of Orthodontics
University of Washington, School of Dentistry

Osmond “Monte” Merrill, 86, of East Wenatchee, Washington, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday, October 12, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Eunice Tidwell Merrill, and children: Marianne (Scott) Nash, Kristi (Mike) Anderton, Rob (Mary) Merrill, Rick (Carlynn) Merrill, Tom (Elisabeth) Merrill, 19 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. They also are survived by three foster children, Patricia, Kathy and Alan Birdsbill and two foster grand-children who lived with them. He was preceded in death by his parents, Osmond Marriner and Elthura Raymond Merrill, sister Patricia Michaud and brother James Merrill.

Monte was born in Idaho Falls, ID, on December 24, 1931. Shortly after, his family moved to Richmond, UT, where he graduated from North Cache High School. He attended Utah State in Logan, UT for 18 months before being called to serve a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central Atlantic States. He left for the mission home in Salt Lake City and was there only one week when the draft board canceled all deferments in Cache Valley. Many of his friends shipped off to the Korean War, but he returned home agreeing to continue in the ROTC while attending school. At Utah State, he served as Jr. Class President, president of Pi Kappa Alpha, and in other areas of student government and honorary organizations. He married the love of his life, Eunice Tidwell, in the Logan LDS Temple on May 16, 1951. They spent 66 wonderful years together.

After graduating from Utah State and ROTC, he attended Meteorology School at the University of Washington as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He served military duty in San Bernardino, CA, and Fairbanks, AK. Afterwards, he returned to Seattle receiving degrees in Dentistry and Orthodontics from the University of Washington. While in Seattle, he served as Bishop of the Seattle 8th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Monte loved serving wherever and whenever he could, always being the first to volunteer. Many family members, neighbors and friends benefited from his expertise in gardening, roofing, sprinkler systems, turf placement, etc. His garden produced an abundance of fruits and vegetables and his yard was filled with roses of all varieties. He shared both with family and friends. He loved canning, and memories made around the kitchen sink and stove will be treasured by his family. Monte had a great love for the Boy Scouts of America and served for over 50 years in that organization receiving the Silver Beaver Award while serving in the Chief Seattle Council. He was an 11-year-old scout leader at the age of 81 and his scouts deemed him, “Cool.”

Monte’s faith determined the path of his life and he lived by these words, “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15). He will be greatly missed by all who love him but we know we will be together again because, “Families Are Forever.”

A funeral service will be held Friday, October 20, at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 667 10th Street NE, East Wenatchee, WA. A viewing where friends and family may call will precede the service at 11:30 a.m.

Burial will be in his beloved home of Cache Valley, Utah at the Smithfield City Cemetery, Smithfield, UT, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Memorial Service For Dr. Richard P. Ferguson

Dear UW Orthodontic Alums,
With sadness, I share with you the news that Dr. Richard P. Ferguson, one of our most respected alumni and member of the Washington orthodontic and dental community, passed away on Friday.

Dr. Ferguson practiced orthodontics in Seattle and received his Certificate in Orthodontics and MSD from UW in the early 1970s.  He was a past president of the Washington State Dental Association and the Washington State Association of Orthodontists. He was a founder and steering committee member with the Seattle Vocational Institute Dental Assistant Program and the Seattle Central College Dental Hygiene Program, as well as the South Seattle Community College Expanded-Function Dental Auxiliary Program. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General.

Here at the UW SoD, he had an immense impact as a strong, clear voice for inclusion and diversity. For more than 20 years, he served on the SoD Admissions Committee, where he helped to recruit and interview students from under-represented communities. He also worked in the Partners in Diversity program and with the African American Mentoring Network.

He was a powerful force for inclusion outside the School as well, working to advance this cause at WSDA. He and his wife, Phyllis, were also key members of the campaign that led to the election of the American Dental Association’s first woman president, Dr. Geraldine Morrow, in 1991. Dr. Ferguson also founded the Washington State Black Health Care Professionals and was a member of the International College of Dentists and Seattle King County Dental Society, as well as the Sand Point Community United Methodist Church.

In 2012, he received the Volunteer Service Award at the annual UW Health Sciences Martin Luther King Jr. observances. In 2005, our Dean’s Club gave him its highest recognition, the Honorary Lifetime Member Award.

A memorial service for Dr. Ferguson will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at Sand Point Community United Methodist Church, 4710 NE 70th St., Seattle. All are invited to celebrate the life of this remarkable man.  He was a real gentleman, and he will be missed dearly by his family, friends, and colleagues.

Greg Huang

Chair – Department of Orthodontics
UW School of Dentistry