In memory of
John G. McBee D.D.S.
John G. McBee, D.D.S.
June 18, 1929 - Aug. 28, 2019
Longtime Oregon dentist John Gilbert McBee died Aug. 28, 2019, at his home in Pendleton, Ore. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1952 and in 1958 received D.D.S. degree from Loyola University in Chicago. He practiced dentistry in Pendleton from 1959 until retirement in 2000.
He was very active in dentistry and served as President of the Oregon Dental Association, Eastern Oregon Dental Society and Oregon Society of Dentistry for Children. He was a Fellow of the International Academy of Dentistry and named Oregon Dentist of the Year. He was a founding member of the Oregon Dental Foundation.
He was appointed by the governor to serve for eight years on the Oregon Board of Dentistry and to the disciplinary board of the Oregon Bar Association for 10 years.
He served as president of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce and named Man of the Year in 1985. He received the Pendleton's First Citizen Award in 2001.
He served as chair on the Pendleton School Board, Umatilla County Schools Board Association and Oregon 2A High School State Basketball Tournament.
He served 43 years on the Pendleton Foundation Trust and 60-years in the Pendleton Rotary Club.
First and foremost was John's wife and children: he enjoyed following his their activities in school, sports, careers and families. He was passionate about sustainable hunting and fishing and will be lovingly remembered for his compassion, generosity, humility, values, uncompromising principles, work ethic and enormous wit.
John was married to Carolyn for 66 years and has five children: Kathleen (McBee) Chadwell of Cannon Beach, Ore.; John M. and Debbie McBee of Pendleton; Patrick and Lisa McBee of Lake Oswego, Ore.; Richard and Alisha McBee of Dallas, Texas; and Marilyn (McBee) and Randy Martell, of College Station, Texas. He had seven grandchildren, Brian McBee, Kelli McBee, Patrick McBee, Katie McBee, Nichole McBee, Annie McBee and Michael McBee. He is survived by his sister, Mary (McBee) Koch of Pilot Rock; and nieces, Mary Ann (Koch) Low and Susan (Koch) Talbot. He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert McBee; his mother, Birdine McBee Hollenbeck; and brother-in-law, Richard Koch.
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