ILWACO, Wash. - Peggy Brattebo Yamagata will be inducted into the Ilwaco Hall of Fame Monday.

She was born in Ilwaco, attended Long Beach Elementary and Ilwaco High School where she participated in band, pep club, the debate team, and the senior class play, graduating in 1967.

She and this year's other honoree, Max K. Evans, from the class of 1953, will be recognized at a school assembly Monday at 9:15 a.m. in the IHS gym.

The public is welcome.

Yamagata attended the University of Washington's pre-dental hygiene program from 1967 to 1969; Shoreline Community College, where in 1971 she attained an associates degree in arts and science in dental hygiene; the University of Washington where she received a bachelor's in science degree in dental hygiene in 1980; and then in 1982 she earned a Master's degree in geriatrics administration from the University of Washington.

Yamagata has been employed as a registered dental hygienist since 1971 and is licensed in Washington, Oregon and California.

While acquiring her master's degree, she developed a dental program for the low income elderly; and in California she established a company that provided dental services to the elderly and disabled, both homebound and nursing home residents. She has helped with changes with manufacturers of dental care products to improve designs for elderly and disabled consumers.

From 1994 until 2002, she was the program manager for the Children's Dental Health Initiative/Share the Care, and a dental hygienist in the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program for the county of San Diego.

Yamagata continues to be involved in the American Cancer Society, American Dental Hygiene Association, San Diego County Dental Health Coalition, AKA Head Start Advisory Board and United Way.


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