Alumni Award Winners to be Recognized at Pacific's Finest Reception

Friday, June 15, 2012

Four alumni will be the recipients of the 2012 Alumni Awards at a reception during Homecoming, which is Sept. 28-30.

P.J. Pitts, Pharm.D. ’09 | Young Alumni Leadership Award

Pitts provided immediate triage care following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She continued service there for nearly two years, offering pharmacy care as well as education in hygiene and health care for residents. She now teaches pharmacy courses at D’Youville College in New York, mentors students who make service trips to Haiti and is founding a nonprofit organization supporting orphans and community health there.

Clark Peters ’65, MSEd ’70 | David & Sandy Lowe Outstanding Alumni Service Award

Peters taught in public schools and served as a negotiator for the Oregon Education Association. He has supported teacher education through work with George Fox University and Hawaii Pacific University and several education organizations. He also served as a speech teacher and coach at Oregon high schools and helped support the new speech-language pathology master’s degree program at Pacific. He and his wife, Rae, are leading the class of 1965’s 50th reunion committee.

Irv Zemrau ’62, O.D. ’63 | Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

Zemrau worked as an optometrist until his 2002 retirement. After his son’s diagnosis with schizophrenia, he dedicated his time to helping those with the disease, as well as their families. He also has been active in community and service organizations, founding the Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce, participating in his local Kiwanis Club, and maintaining 37 years of perfect attendance in his local Lions Club.

Lynn Meredith ’44 | Posthumous Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

A World War II veteran and school-teacher from Tillamook, Ore., Meredith served 32 years in the U.S. Secret Service. He protected eight presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Ronald Reagan, as well as the children of John F. Kennedy. He later worked in the Montana office of the Secret Service and, after his retirement, resumed teaching as a substitute in the Great Falls (Mont.) School District. He died in 2009 at the age of 84.