Ad Astra – Jack “Nugget” Nugent ’53

Jack Nugent '53

Jack L. Nugent

Dr. Jack L. Nugent, DDS, was born in Centralia, WA, December
16, 1929 son of John and Nellie (Nordlund) Nugent,. He grew
up in Centralia and graduated from Centralia High School in
1949. During his school years, Jack excelled as an all-around
athlete in football, basketball and track. As a senior he played
in the State All-Star football game and was an outstanding
track athlete statewide.

Upon graduation, Jack received a football scholarship to
the University of Washington where he played halfback and fullback for the Huskies. Jack was one of the outstanding rushers at the University. In 1951 he returned a historic punt against Oregon for a 97-yard touchdown.

At the University he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Oval Club, Tyee Club and the Big W Club.

Following graduation, Jack married Aldalee “Lee”Simonson of Aberdeen in 1954. He continued his education at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, graduating in 1958.

He entered the US Army as a commissioned officer, a Captain in the Dental Corps at Fort Ord, CA.
Upon completion of military service, Jack and Lee moved to Aberdeen where Jack
established his dental practice. He practiced dentistry for forty years in Aberdeen and held a
number of leadership positions statewide. He served as president of the Washington State
Dental Association. He was one of the founders of Washington Dental Service, the premier
provider of dental insurance in Washington State. He served two years as president of WDS
and also served as president of the Grays Harbor Dental Society. Dr. Nugent was a founder
of the Dean’s Club at the U of W Dental School, serving as president from 1984 to 1986.
Professionally he belonged to the American College of Dentists and the Fellows of the
International College of Dentistry.

Socially, Jack served as president of the Grays Harbor Country Club and was a trustee of the
Washington Athletic Club representing Southwest Washington. He was the team dentist for
the Grays Harbor College athletic program, providing pro-bono services for the college athletes.
Jack was an active member of the Grays Harbor College Choker Club and Footprinters.

Jack was a lifelong Husky fan, supporting Husky football and serving as chairman for the
many coaches’ tours to Grays Harbor. He enjoyed golf and loved following the athletic
pursuits of his grandchildren. He was known for his personal philanthropy and anonymous
service in providing charitable dental care to many deserving people.

Jack is survived by Lee, his wife of 58 years, at the family home in Tumwater; two sons:
Scott H. and wife Karen Nugent, Auburn, WA and Jeffrey A. and wife Luanne Nugent, Olympia;
three grandchildren: Katelyn, Jacob and Patrick Nugent; and one sister: Eloise Evans,
Kirkland, WA. Five sisters preceded Dr. Nugent in death.

A celebration of Dr. Nugent’s life will be held Saturday, July 28th from 1 until 4 PM at River’s
Edge at Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE, Tumwater. The
family will hold a private interment at the Fern Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, Aberdeen.

Just an alert, Clay. I saw the article in the Seattle Times this morning about
the loss of Jack Nugent. He was still in the house and living up in the Maid’s
Quarters during my first couple of years so I would guess he was about the
Class of 1953.
I’m sure you’ll hear more from other sources.
Gary Gaffner ’55

He played fullback, and I was his backup in ’52…. until I was activated w/my VF squadron
@ Sand Point just before our football opener that Fall.

RIP Nugget!

Jerry Thornton ’55

July ’12 Luncheon – Jeff Durrell ’91

Durrell at podium crop 7.2012

Jeff Durrell ’91 talked a little about his undergraduate days, a bit about his career, and a bit about the commercial real estate conditions in the Seattle metro market.

In his undergraduate days he spent four summers on the Green Knight crew working for Scot Reusser ’84. Following graduation Jeff pursued his dream to be in radio where he worked with Wayne Cody and his sport crew. Then Jeff moved into commercial real estate and the rest is history.

In April 2011, Mohr Partners, Inc., an international corporate real estate advisor, announced the opening of its office in Seattle, WA. The opening of the new office included the announcement of Jeff Durrell ‘91 as one of the Managing Partners. The office is located at 11235 S.E. 6th Street, Suite 210, Bellevue, WA 98004.Durrell is a 17-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry specializing in office leasing and sales. He has assisted clients in leasing 6+ million square feet of commercial office space in the Puget Sound area. As a result of his hard work and dedication to his clients, he has continually been recognized and rewarded as a top producer in the Seattle marketplace, and has been named a CoStar Power Broker seven times. Durrell began his career in 1994 with Colliers International, before eventually joining Pacific Real Estate Partners in 1997. Jeff was a principal at Pacific Real Estate Partners until he made his move to Mohr Partners.

In addition to Jeff, there are several other Fijis manning the Mohr office in Seattle. Eric Leland ’78 and Troy Leland ’05.

Roger Collins '79, Bob Trimble '64, Dan Alexander '53, Ron Crockett '61, Mike Burns '91, Jack Rhodes '60, Jeff Zier '04, Chris Ascani, Troy Leland '05, Scott Reusser '84, Alex Fraser '14, Davis Vaughn '09
Roger Collins ’79, Bob Trimble ’64, Dan Alexander ’53, Ron Crockett ’61, Mike Burns ’91, Jack Rhodes ’60, Jeff Zier ’04, Chris Ascani, Troy Leland ’05, Scott Reusser ’84, Alex Fraser ’14, Davis Vaughn ’09

Other highlights of the luncheon was Roger Collins ’79 and Chair of the Sigma Tau Scholarship Committee introducing the newly printed History of Sigma Tau 1900 – 1960 authored by Gordy Ringoen ’60.

Steve Stoddard ’76 gave a report on his start-up company’s “pay at the table” system for restaurant industry. His company is Viableware, and the product is being manufactured in Spokane, and it is in beta tests in several restaurants in the Seattle area.

Tough Mudders – Brian Hart ’82, Michael Blue ’82, and Mark Pattison ’84

Tough Mudder - Pattison

2012 Tough Mudder Southern California Finisher Badge

Brian Hart '82, Michael Blue '82 and Mark Pattison '84
Brian Hart ’82, Michael Blue ’82 and Mark Pattison ’84

Mark Pattison ’84 reported in from Lake Arrowhead, California; Brian Hart and Michael Blue (Bubba the Cat) class of ’82 and I (class of ’84) finished Tough Mudder competition in record time yesterday (7/7/2012). It was quite the challenge of a grueling 10 mile competition with 21 Military Obstacle Course starting with Death March, then Arctic Enema and finishing with 10,000 volts of the Electric Fence. Everything went well until I hit the Electric Fence. Dropped like a Mike Tyson right hook — see the video. All in all it was a great day and better for it. ……. Happy to be alive…….

Ad Astra – Rob McLean ’75

Rob McLean

Robert Sutherland McLean ’75

Robert Sutherland McLean was born May 29, 1953 and died June 29, 2012. A fifth generation son of a pioneer Washington family, he was descended from Sutherland McLean, founder of the Seattle real estate and insurance firm, Sparkman and McLean Company that originated in 1891.

Rob attended elementary schools in Bellevue, WA; Morristown, NJ; Arcadia, CA; and attended junior and senior high school in Enumclaw WA. He was the Enumclaw High School Boys State representative. He participated on the cross country and track teams and was the Letterman’s Club president during his senior year. He held the Enumclaw High School track record in the high jump at 6’4″ for 20 years. After high school, Rob attended the University of Washington where he affiliated with Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and later graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he excelled as a decathlete on the UCSB Track team. He was a life member of Clan Maclean Association in Glasgow, Scotland and the Clan Maclean Pacific NW Branch.

During his lifetime, Rob had several different diverse careers, including teaching, graphic design and real estate. He reached his greatest success as a real estate agent and entrepreneur, both in Southern CA and in WA. But, he always said that it was his time spent teaching in CA and as a camp counselor in WA and HI that had truly enriched his soul. In 1990 Rob moved back to the Pacific NW where he affiliated with Lake & Company Real Estate near Green Lake in Seattle.

Over the past several years, Rob and his wife Cindy have made their residence on Queen Anne in Seattle and have enjoyed a second home in Palm Desert, CA during the winter. It was during those winters that he became an accomplished golfer. Rob loved the game and was a dedicated 8-year member of Shadow Mt Golf Club in Palm Desert, CA, where he continued to shoot in the high 60’s and 70’s until his illness made it impossible for him to continue to play the game. He was also an avid fan of the Mariners, Huskies and former Seattle Sonics.

He is predeceased by his parents, Sutherland Baxter McLean and Pauline Lewis McLean and his sister, Mary Kay McLean Winter. He is survived by his loving wife, Cindy McLean; brother Walter McLean and his wife Marsha; sister Laurie McLean Pedack and her husband Pete; Claire Winter and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed.

Published in The Seattle Times from July 3 to July 6, 2012

Comment by John Flower ’73

Rob was a member of the Class of ’75. He was a great athlete and more importantly, a really nice guy. He was the son of Sutherland “Suds” McLean, He did really well in the decathalon. I stayed in touch with him as we had a lot in common through track. I used to run with Rob and Rick Albright, my class, ’73 who was the state 800 meter champion but I was nowhere in their league. At some occasions, Rich Mesmer, ’70 who held the U.S. high school record for 800 meters for a few years joined us for runs. Needless to say, I was totally outclassed. They were kind to me! Rob was a good guy who will be missed.

2012 Golf Tournament for Aaron Schulte ’03 Memorial Foundation

Aaron Shulte Golf Tournament 2012 copy

Aaron Schulte ’03 had a life-changing experience when he studied abroad as an undergraduate.
When his life ended so early, his classmates formed a foundation to offer an annual scholarship to an undergraduate at Sigma Tau to support their desire to study abroad.
The Foundation handed out it’s fourth scholarship last fall to Neil Eddington ’13 who studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Visit the “Scholarship Recipients” page on for additional information about scholarship recipients.

Looking forward to seeing all of you on September 16th!

Thanks for all your support,

ASMF Foundation
Jeremy Kuhlmann ’03
Hamilton Gardiner ’03
Sean Newell ’03
Ben Adams ’03
Kris Lindquist ’03

Please direct any questions to Jeremy Kuhlmann at or give Jeremy a call at 206.931.6999.

Brad Walker ’03 qualifies for Olympics

Former Husky Brad Walker wins fourth pole vault title | Olympic Trials

Brad Walker  '03
Brad Walker ’03

EUGENE, Ore. — Former University of Washington athlete Brad Walker won his fourth U.S. pole vault title, clearing 18 feet, 7 ¼ inches at the Olympic track trials Thursday night for a spot on the U.S. team for the London Games.
He’ll try to break through for a medal at the Olympics this time. Walker, who lives in Mountlake Terrace, set the American record of 19-9 ¾ at the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in 2008 but finished third in the Olympic Trials that year before no-heighting in Beijing.
Seattle Times
Originally published Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Thanks to Jake Hanover ’00 for the heads up on Brad’s success.

Jake Hanover ’00
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