Educator Obituaries

Note: this list was last updated about 2008.


Albert Charles “Bert” Hunt
passed away October 6, 2012 in Bellingham. He was born December 19, 1917 in Canada and moved to Bellingham at a young age. He graduated from Whatcom High School and attended WWCE. After serving in the army he earned a BA in German from UW, and an MS from Oregon State.
Bert taught natural sciences and music appreciation at Bellingham High School (1948-1960) and worked summers as a naturalist at the Grand Canyon. He taught secondary schools and college in Southern California (1961-1981) and returned to Bellingham in 1990.
Jack Allison (12-2004)
Chemistry teacher and Sr. Class Advisor; passed away at age 85. His picture and quote “A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.” is on page 16 of the 1957 Shuksan.

Coach Robert “Bob” Dorr (07-2005)

Coach Frank Lariza (07-2003)

Football coach; passed away at age 75. His picture is shown on page 48 of the 1957 Shuksan, along with Seniors Lee Binschus, Bob Diehl, John Tiscornia, and Paul Miller in their football uniforms.

Charles “Chuck” Trentman (12-2005)
Music teacher in several schools around Bellingham and B-Band at BHS (not during 1995-1997 though, but music students will remember him from other schools); passed away at age 84.


====   MOST OF OUR 75 TEACHERS (ETC) LISTED BELOW HAVE PASSED AWAY   ==== 
Black text = DECEASED   Red text = LIVING   Green text = STATUS UNKNOWN  


  • Gordon Carter – Superintendent (09-2002)
  • Randy Obertalz – Assistant Superintendent (11-1973)
  • Harlan Jackson – Principal (09-2002)
  • Lester Feldman – Vice Principal (01-1985)
  • Hogan Brehm – Custodian (01-1996)
  • Alma Young – Custodian (10-1996)
  • Hulda Cooke – Nurse (02-1973)
  • Jack Allison (12-2004)
  • Leon Alpaugh – LIVING
  • Pearl Bartruff (08-1998)
  • E. J. Bjorkquist (02-1990)
  • R. S. Bray (01-1965)
  • Lyle Buss – STATUS UNKNOWN
  • Dorothy Button (10-1975)
  • Marlene Burleson – STAT UNKNOWN
  • Don Christenson – STAT UNKNOWN
  • Milton Clothier (01-1987)
  • Rebecca Cole – STATUS UNKNOWN
  • Archie Connell – (09-1970)
  • Carolyn Conlee (09-1983)
  • Carol Cornish (05-1972)
  • Lorraine Coy (11-1999)
  • Clarence Coye (07-1997)
  • Mae Dennis (12-1982)
  • Mary Dickey (11-1985)
  • Ruby Dillion (06-1974)
  • Robert Dorr (07-2005)
  • Harry Emery (10-1974)
  • Olive Foster (06-1970)
  • Robert Frazier (09-1974)
  • Harry Garrett (04-1985)
  • John Godfrey – LIVING
  • Margaret Gray (05-1973)
  • E. Alfred Hagon (07-1982)
  • Bruce Harding – LIVING
  • J. W. “Bill” Hays (09-1990)
  • Forest Holland – LIVING
  • Kathleen Holzer – STATUS UNKNOWN
  • Albert C. Hunt – LIVING
  • Earle Jewell (11-1966)
  • Rudy Johnson – LIVING
  • Howard Jones (01-2000)
  • Helen Kelly (10-1981)
  • Mary Knibbs (10-1994)
  • Gerald Korte – STATUS UNKNOWN
  • Whitfield Kratz (09-2001)
  • Virginia Larsen – STATUS UNKNOWN
  • Frank Lariza (07-2003)
  • Almeda Lavelle (09-1977)
  • Cliff Leedy (06-1993)
  • Norma Martin (07-1974)
  • Boyd McCaslin – LIVING
  • John Monroe (07-1991)
  • Clarita Moore (04-1966)
  • Lenore Nichols (12-1976)
  • Rod O’Connor (12-1995)
  • Mary Perry (01-1964)
  • Dorothy Peterson (07-1996)
  • Matilda Petry (07-1972)
  • Floyd Sandell – LIVING
  • Gertrude Scott (06-1977)
  • Florence Smith (02-1977)
  • Raymond Smith (02-1986)
  • Trula Smith (12-1994)
  • Dee Stewart (08-1970)
  • Joseph Stottlebower – LIVING
  • Irma Tarkoff (12-1980)
  • Margaret Threlkeld (11-1989)
  • Chuck Trentman
  • John Worden – LIVING
  • Geri Webster – STATUS UNKNOWN
  • Irene Usitalo (09-2003)
  • Marie Christopherson (04-1992)
  • Connie Wilson – STATUS UNKNOWN
  • Ann Greenwalt – STATUS UNKNOWN