Philanthropy Edition 2013

College of Business Founders Circle

The College of Business Founders Circle supports the establishment of the Pacific University College of Business. 

Gifts in Memory

Many individuals choose to celebrate the life of a loved one through a memorial gift. Such gifts commemorate a friend or family member and help ensure that generations to come will have the opportunity to succeed at Pacific. The following memorial gifts were made between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.

Sidney Harper Marsh Society

Sidney Harper Marsh was Pacific’s first president and spent much of his 25-year tenure diligently fundraising for the university and its mission. The Sidney Harper Marsh Society recognizes all donors who gave up to $999 between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. The following are those who gave $500 to $999.

Charles Trombley Society — Gold

The Charles Trombley Society Gold level recognizes those who gave $1,000 to $2,499 between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.

Massih Prize

Dori Carlson ’88, OD ’89 received the Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist on May 18, 2013. Carlson was the first female president of the American Optometric Association, has been a strong proponent of pediatric vision care and continues to practice with her husband in North Dakota. The prize was named for the late Kamelia Massih, a 1985 Pacific University College of Optometry alumna who passed away in March 2010 following a three-year battle with cancer. Massih’s compassion and care for her patients and community exemplified Pacific University alumni.

Early Learning Community

Look what children in the Pacific University Early Learning Community (ELC) are building! These new life-sized blocks, purchased with a gift from Margaret Thompson in honor of her husband, Tommy Thompson ’38, are letting the preschoolers and kindergartners in the ELC build new worlds. Thompson also has funded two endowed scholarships and an endowed professorship. Her son, Roger Thompson is a 1967 alumnus, and her great-grandson is a student in the ELC. 

Funding a Dream (Philanthropy Edition)

Scholarships are what make Pacific University possible for many students. Meet a single mom earning her bachelor’s degree in math and the granddaughter of a immigrant farmworker family getting a doctorate in pharmacy.

Research Reveals (Philanthropy Edition)

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has helped Pacific University launch a significant undergraduate research program, one that is giving students like Tyler Oshiro ’13 unprecedented opportunities.

Creating Opportunities (Philanthropy Edition)

Pacific University launched Janet Copeland’s lifelong pursuit of education. When she earned her doctorate at age 65, she and her husband celebrated by endowing a scholarship at Pacific to give someone else the same start.