Ralph Algard Yuodelis

July 17, 1932August 19, 2013
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Dr. Ralph Algerdas Yuodelis, D.D.S., M.S.D., Professor Emeritus. Born in St Albert Trail, Alberta, Canada, Ralph was the 3rd child of Vincas and Teresa (Sapokas) Yuodelis who had emigrated from Lithuania a few years earlier. Life during the great depression was hard but Ralph and his siblings Aldona and Bill thrived due to the strong work ethic and loving attention of their parents. Ralph later graduated with his D.D.S. from the University of Alberta School of Dentistry in 1955, began a practice in Edmonton and soon met Elizabeth Anne Lysne “Nan” to whom he was married for 57 years. Ralph and Nan have 5 children (Christine, Robert, Terri, Joan and Gayle), 14 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. The family moved to Seattle so that Ralph could begin dental postgraduate training at the University of Washington. On completion of the specialty programs in Periodontics and Prosthodontics, he was recruited to a faculty position. Progressing through the academic ranks to a full professorship, he created a very well respected specialty program in Fixed Prosthodontics. Dr. Ralph A. Yuodelis directed the UW dental school graduate program in Fixed Prosthodontics and combined Graduate Prosthodontics program for more than a quarter-century. He was Professor Emeritus of Restorative Dentistry and Adjunct Professor of Periodontics at the UW, where he received his M.S.D.. and Certificate in Fixed Prosthodontics in 1964 and Certificate in Periodontics in 1965. During his career, he received many accolades for his achievements - President of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, Fellow of the American College of Dentists and Fellow of the International College of Dentists, among others. In 2001, the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics bestowed on him the George H. Moulton Achievement Award in 2001 for his distinguished lifetime contributions. He gave hundreds of graduate presentations around the world, co-authored two major dental textbooks, and was chosen as UW School of Dentistry's Distinguished Alumnus in 2002. The University of Alberta, where he earned his DDS, honored him with its Dental Alumni Association's Outstanding Achievement Award in 1998. The legacy of this great teacher is felt by thousands of clinicians throughout professional dentistry. Over the past 50 years his program attracted many prestigious graduate students from all corners of the world. His students continue demonstrating the quality of education at the UW and carrying on his teachings to others. The UW School of Dentistry gained international acclaim for its "marriage" of the graduate programs in Periodontics and Prosthodontics and is in large part a tribute to his training in and mastery of the 2 disciplines. Ralph has definitely left a strong positive mark on advancing the quality of dental care world-wide. After retiring in 2005, Ralph continued on as Professor Emeritus, dedicating some of his time to training new generations of grad students (the other “Yuodelis kids”). Ralph also enjoyed his retirement with fishing, golf, and opera. Ralph is survived by his wife Nan, children and grandchildren, brother Bill, sister Donna and many loving nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at St John Vianney Church in Kirkland on Friday Aug 23rd at 11 am. A web site at Acacia Memorial Gardens is available for tribute to his memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Washington School of Dentistry student clinic so that all people may benefit from dental care.


  • Funeral Service Friday, August 23, 2013
  • Inurnment Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Mark Goldman

October 20, 2013

I spent a good part of my youth in a dentist chair and hated every minute. Somehow I had the good fortune to meet Ralph Yuodelis who changed all of that. The best dentist I every had. The work he did more than 20 years ago looks and feels as good as new. And yes, his kind heart and absolute competence, I am sure, was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Gladys Tasseron

September 7, 2013

Dearest Nan and family,
My deepest sympathies to you,your children and their families. We will all miss that wonderful "larger than life" man at Reid family gatherings and none of us will forget his wonderful sense of humour and his big laugh. Ralph and I shared many hours together in his dental office in Edmonton and I continue to wear his handiwork to this day. He will always have a very special place in my heart.
Love to you all,
Gladys Reid Tasseron

Mike Miller

September 4, 2013

If you're lucky, you'll meet someone like Ralph a few times in a lifetime. He was a man who did his best to hide his soft heart with a mountainous ego & grandiose personality... but his tenderness & generosity still shone through. He would challenge you to your limits... because he knew your capabilities better than you. As a teacher, Ralph's visible hand would slap you with harsh criticism, while simultaneously his often invisible hand would open doors of opportunity for you to improve. Ralph reminded me of a football coach I'd had in Texas who once screamed, " You don't want me to stop yelling at you! Because the day I stop yelling, is the day I have given up on you." Ralph believed in those with whom he surrounded himself, and if you let it, his influence would make you better. I was honored to have known you, Ralph. Rest well my teacher, mentor, and friend.

Mike Miller
Dental Technician
Sammamish, WA

María teresa soto

August 30, 2013

I was privileged to share a year of my life with Ralph dad, Nan and their children, in that year I have the best memories of my life, I will never forget, thanks for allowing me to be part of the family, YOU will live forever in my memory, love María.

Jean Pasche-Lambert

August 28, 2013

Dr. Yuodelis was my dentist for 33 years (starting at age 25) before retiring. He is the main reason I have my teeth today, having performed 3 gum transplants. I am forever grateful for his skill, his care, and his dental guidance. I am sad that he died too young. I offer my condolences to his family.

Vicki York

August 27, 2013

Dear God,
Our dearly beloved Ralph Yuodelis sadly left us eight days ago. Yes....he is the tall, tan, handsome man with the big smile and outstretched arms awaiting his acceptance into Heaven. He is such a good man and we will miss him immensely. Please welcome him home, surround him with your love and light and embrace him tightly until he is comfortable with his new surroundings and until we all meet again. Thank you God.

Karen Carswell

August 27, 2013

Loved ya' Uncle Ralph

August 26, 2013

Saddened at Ra[ph's passing. Having had the privilege to assist Ra[ph in the grad program for five years I count those years as the richest in my professional career.

Art Stamey Seattle, Washington

Clark Kvistad

August 25, 2013

I am really going to miss you. You were so much fun. Think of the times we had duck hunting,salmon fishing,drinking wine,golfing and even skiing. We have roomed together many times at meetings. What fun we had. Your contributions to our study club for 33 years has always been appreciated. Remember when I worked for the crown and bridge department when I was a student----and you showed me how to do a inadvertant vertical over the cuspid eminance? Wow! I was impressed. I love you Ralph and will really miss you.


August 23, 2013

So very sad to learn that Ralph passed away. Even though he has left us, he will be in our memories for the rest of our lives. For those who went through the Grad Program with Ralph, we are what we are now in our profession because of all we learned from him and from the Program he put together. His voice telling us what to do and what not to do will always be with us. Having to deal with such hard minded, hard headed students like we were , he had to become sometimes intimidating and tough. But looking back, it was always like a father talking (sometime a little bit louder) to his children for their best because he considered all of us like his children.
We lost our father but we remain to keep his memory.