With three minutes left, he ran for a thirty-eight yard touchdown to win the 1945 Apple Cup, so Seattle Post-Intelligencer sportswriter Royal Brougham named University of Washington freshman halfback Gordon Hungar “The Last Minute Kid.” His path to the hall of fame, however, began much earlier and lasted much longer.
By 1945 Hungar had already distinguished himself at LSHS: he earned three varsity letters in football and basketball, four in baseball; he was elected student body president; he was honored as valedictorian; he was offered an academic scholarship to WSC; and he was given an alternative appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy by Senator Henry M. Jackson.
After his Husky athletic career, Hungar enlisted and earned a commission in the U.S Navy, taught mathematics and coached in Mount Vernon and Lake Washington school districts, became a principal, and graduated from the UW School of Dentistry.
As a dentist Gordon Hungar provided charitable dental practice with the Northwest Medical Teams, volunteered at the Seattle Cerebral Palsy clinic, led two dental teams to Southern Mexico, served on the faculties of the University of Washington School of Dentistry and of Shoreline Community College, was honored as Dentist of the year for his charitable practice, and was elected president of the Snohomish County Dental Society.
Gordon Hungar served the community of Lake Forest Park as a charter Rotary Club member, as president of the planning commission, and as president of the water district. Gordon Hungar’s gifts -- the service he contributed, the triumphs he shared, the examples he set, and the honors he brought to his profession, to his community, to his country give us a model to follow, and make all who walk these Viking Halls very proud.