As Dr. Donald Granvold glanced up and down the line of people who were being feted as Northshore Wall of Honor inductees, he thought, “Should I belong?”
“They’re awesome,” Granvold said, while nodding his head and noting that he did deserve to be placed in such high esteem as the other 11 honorees on Aug. 16 at a ceremony at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.
Granvold, a 1961 Bothell High graduate, is well known as a researcher and provider of mental health services and a University of Texas professor.
“It’s extremely humbling. There are a lot of deserving people through all of these three schools, and I feel really really honored about that,” he said of graduates from Bothell, Inglemoor and Woodinville high schools (this year, only Bothell grads made the list; Inglemoor and Woodinville grads have been honored the past two years).
Granvold noted that attending school in Bothell gave him a stellar start in life and paved the road for his career. He praised his parents and his schools’ teachers and friends for supporting him during his Bothell years.
Another honoree, Dr. William Fassett, got his start in the pharmacy field by working at Ostroms in Kenmore under the tutelage of founder Dick Ramsey.
The 1964 Bothell High graduate went on to impart his knowledge on students as a pharmacy professor at Washington State University. During his time with the Northshore Kiwanis Club, he co-founded the Inc. (Involved Northshore Communities) Spot, a teen drop-in center for life advice.
“All of my mentors (including Ramsey) have always been people who said you’ll get a lot more out of life by giving,” Fassett said.
While receiving his award, presenter and Northshore School District Superintendent Larry Francois noted with a smile that Fassett is an “esteemed graduate of Ostroms.” Fassett and those around him erupted with laughter.
The Wall of Honor recognizes the outstanding achievements of Northshore alumni, staff and volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the district, community, state, nation or world.
This year’s remaining inductees (most of whom were present at the ceremony, others were represented by family members) are:
• Dr. David Anderson, Bothell High, 1961
Veterinarian, civic/community leader and international humanitarian
• Marilyn Eylar Conaway, Northshore School District, five years
Visionary teacher, founded mock United Nations conference and mock political convention
• Dr. Darryl DesMarteau, Bothell High, 1958
Renowned fluorine chemistry researcher and chemistry professor at Clemson University
• Dr. Ronald E. Frost, Bothell High, 1965
Dentist, community leader, mentor and international humanitarian
• David Aaron Hughes, Bothell High, 1956
U.S. Foreign Service, author and international humanitarian
• Dr. Richard Lance, Bothell High, 1942
Community doctor, team physician, health advocate and Northshore School District school board member
• Helen Anderson McMahon, Bothell High, 1936
Community leader and activist, historian, artist and local pioneer
• Dr. Grant W. Sharpe, Bothell High, 1943
University of Washington forestry professor, wildlife management and recreation activist
• Carroll “Si” Siverson, Northshore School District, 30 years
Beloved teacher and administrator, advocate for performing arts
•Roy J. Wheat, Jr., Bothell High, 1946
Pilot, aviation advocate for youth and selfless community activist
Also pictured are 2010 Wall of Honor inductees Tracie Ruiz Conforto, Roger Fisher and others.