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Dr. Richard T. "Terry" Grubb, past ADA vice president, dies

July 15, 2013

Dr. Richard T. "Terry" Grubb

Wenatchee, Wash.—Dr. Richard Terry Grubb, a past ADA vice president (2000-01) and past president of the Washington State Dental Association, died June 20 in Eastern Oregon. He was 74 years old.

Dr. Grubb, known as Terry, was a lifetime resident of Wenatchee, Wash., where he practiced dentistry for 46 years. He also was a past president of the North Central Dental Society and a fellow in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

“Terry was an exceptional individual,” said Stephen A. Hardymon, executive director of the Washington State Dental Society. “Professionally he mentored dozens of young dentists to take leadership roles in their profession and community. Personally, he was a friend and mentor to me for more than 20 years. He will be missed terribly by his friends and colleagues.”

Dr. William Ten Pas, a former ADA president and trustee, said he had known Dr. Grubb for about 25 years. “The thing that always comes to mind is his smile and his positive attitude and his love of his family,” Dr. Ten Pas said. “He loved the profession. He loved his family. He always had a positive attitude, and he always had a smile. He was always looking for a solution, not a problem. He lived life the way he wanted to; I hope we all can say that, at that time. He was a remarkable man.”

Dr. Grubb is survived by his wife, Sharen; his children; and his brother.

A memorial service for Dr. Grubb was held Monday, July 1, at Wenatchee Free Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Dr. Grubb's honor to the Washington Oral Health Foundation, 126 NW Canal St., Seattle, WA, 98107, or to Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation, M/S S-200, P.O. Box 5371, Seattle, WA, 98145-5005.

Condolences may be sent to his wife at the following address: Mrs. Sharen Grubb, 2010 Edgewood Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801-8122.