Dr. James R. Iverson

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Dr. James R. IVERSON June 30, 1926 ~ September 24, 2010 James R. Iverson was born in Anacortes, Washington on June 30, 1926, to James Nels and Thyra (Kilander) Iverson. He passed away peacefully at home on September 24, 2010, with his wife, Marilyn, at his side. He lived a very full life, beginning with many childhood adventures in his hometown. He graduated from Anacortes High School in June, 1944, enlisted in the Army and was discharged in 1946. Jim enrolled at the University of Washington in 1946, entered the University of Washington Dental School in 1949, and graduated in 1953. As a graduating senior,Dr. Iverson was awarded the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon for dental academic excellence. He was also a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. After dental school, Dr. Iverson spent four years in postgraduate training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, receiving specialized extensive training in anesthesia atthe University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He immediately began practice in 1957 in the Medical Dental Building in downtown Seattle. He was a member of the American Academy of Oral Pathology, the American College of Dentists, and was a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Surgery. He retired in 1988 after 31 years as a respected and revered Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Dr. Iverson had many interests, and particularly loved the outdoors. He was an avid snow skier, golfer and hunter, and for more than 40 years, he fulfilled his passion for motorcycles, crossing the United States from Seattle to Kitty Hawk, NC, and from Vancouver, Canada, to Mexico. Many of his trips were with the "Molar Rollers," a group of dentists who shared his love of motorcycles. In his later years, his interests turned to boating, spending many years cruising the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Dr. Iverson is survived by his wife of 24 years, Marilyn Iverson, who loved him with her whole heart. He is also survived by his four children: Mark Iverson, Scott (Sue) Iverson, Tina (Arsie) Roy and Tira Hancock. Also surviving him are ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held October 1, 2010, 2:00 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, 10207 NE 183rd Street, Bothell, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Lutheran Church Endowment Fund or, at Jim's request, the . Sign Jim's on line guest book at
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 30, 2010
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