Dr. Jack Nugent, longtime Aberdeen dentist and former Husky Football great passed away peacefully at 82, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia.
Dr. Jack L. Nugent, DDS, was born in Centralia, Washington, 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.
Follow 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, Calif. 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 of Auburn, Wash., and Jeffrey A. and wife, Luanne Nugent of Olympia; three grandchildren, Katelyn, Jacob and Patrick Nugent; and one sister, Eloise Evans of Kirkland, Wash. Five sisters preceded Dr. Nugent in death.
A celebration of Dr. Nugent’s life will be held 1-4 p.m., Saturday, July 28th, 2012, 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.
The family suggests memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Donation Processing Center, File 30947, P.O. Box 6000, San Francisco, CA 94160; American Diabetes Association, Seattle Office, 557 Roy St., Lower Level, Seattle, WA 98109; University of Washington School of Dentistry, or the charity of your choice.
A card of condolence with a message may be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, 2208 Roosevelt St., Aberdeen, WA 98520 360-532-0220.