Howard Horner and Grace Horner ’41 were featured in The Oregonian celebrating their successful 70-year marriage, sharing their story about how they met at Pacific University and their common love for music.
Donald Foelker was featured in May 2012 in the Salem, Ore., Statesman Journal after dropping by a display of military uniforms in the Capitol galleria and sharing his story from World War II. Foelker enlisted in the V-12 Navy College Training Program just before the attack on Pearl Harbor and started his education at Pacific University.
Norman Pierce welcomed his 10th great-grandchild on Oct. 24, 2012.
Frank Mossman O.D. recently retired from practice after a fire significantly damaged his Vancouver, Wash., vision clinic.
Jerry Greenfield taught English at Miyazaki International College in Japan for 12 years and retired in 2009. Before moving to Japan, he taught photography at a number of universities. His documentaries and photographs have been displayed at public collections in the United States. He has served on the advisory board for Pacific’s Berglund Center for Internet Studies.
Barbara (Martin) Benson is retired and living in Washington, following a career full of adventures in the sky as a flight attendant and as an occasional substitute teacher. Barbara lost her husband, the love of her life, unexpectedly four years ago. Her old English sheepdog, Angel, was one of the greatest joys in her life.
Brishen (William Hedgebeth) Minns-Currier was briefly involved with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia before he went to work for the City of Portland Police Bureau as a records manager. He spent many years working in a civil enforcement office for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle. Most recently, he worked as a grants administrator for the New York Office of Parks in Albany. He retired in 2010.
Benson Medina married Zeada Pachecano on Nov. 22, 2012.
Hugh Alexander and his wife, Mary Sue, spent three weeks last spring backpacking in Patagonia. He currently works as an automotive illustrator and is a professor of illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver.
Kenneth Berk recently became a grandfather upon the arrival of his daughter Michelle’s twin girls.
Denis Holmes ’82, O.D. ’84 was named president of the Optometric Physicians of Washington (OPW) at its annual membership meeting Sept. 27, 2012. Dr. Holmes has a solo practice in Bellingham, Wash., and has been an active member of the OPW since 1984 and the American Optometric Association since 1981. Dr. Holmes’ father, Robert Holmes O.D. ’51, is also an alumnus and founder of the practice in Bellingham.
Ken Colman received a Take Action Against Domestic Violence Award for his participation in organizing the Men’s March parade for the past 10 years.
James Au was awarded the Poncho’s Solar Outstanding Educator Award in February 2012, based on an essay written by his eighth-grade student. He was awarded a $5,000 gift card to spend on school supplies.
Sarah Wees O.D. opened the Seattle Hill Vision Center, where she provides eye exams to patients without vision coverage in their insurance, keeping her prices low. Many of the patients she worked with in the past have followed her to the new clinic. The Herald, Everett, Wash.
Chase Milbrandt welcomed triplets into his family.
Jeffrey Williams served in the Forest Grove Police Department from 1994 until February 2011,
when he accepted a position as police lieutenant with the city of Beaverton. He now is captain of Beaverton’s Administrative Services Bureau.
Patrick “P.K.” Higa was named athletic director of King Kekaulike High School on Maui, Hawai‘i. He has been at the school for 15 years, serving as a teacher, vice principal and, most recently, as the head football coach. He currently resides in Pukalani, Hawai’i, with his wife, Terilyn Antonio-Higa ’95, and children, Josh and Jami.
Jonathan Pahukula is currently vice president of KIAKO Foundation, an organization working to educate people about the Hawaiian culture. They held their first Ho‘omoana in 2012, a three-day summer camp for first through sixth grade children taught by native and non-native Hawaiian experts.
Kayrin Perkins married Jon Westcott on Oct. 13, 2012.
Dana Ziskrout ’94, O.D. ’97 competed with his team, Crushing Fist, at the United States International TaeKwon-Do Federation (ITF) National Qualifier, a black belt-only invitational, in March 2012. He won two gold medals and one silver medal. In August 2012, Ziskrout competed with Team USA in the ITF World Championship in Ottawa, Canada, and secured his position among the sport’s best as he won two silver medals and one gold medal.
Christy Aleckson was nominated and installed to the National Board of Directors for Women in Insurance and Financial Services. She also sits on the board of the local Portland chapter of WIFS, where she is a past-president and current chair of the programs committee. She works at Single Point Financial Advisors.
Suzi Buchanan MAT recently received a grant from the FedEx small business contest to support her business, Humdinger Kettle Korn.
Sara Kearsley graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2011, and recently joined the Evers Law Office in Hillsboro. She practices elder law and estate planning, with a focus on public benefits planning. Her two children keep her busy when she is not at work.
Kara (Moore) Kuh became the new public relations manager for Travel Salem and the Willamette Valley Visitors Association (WVVA) in October 2012. She and her husband, Tom, live in Salem.
Billy Merck ’97, MAEd ’03 and his wife, Kat, welcomed Felix William Merck on Nov. 20, 2012. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces.
Rebecca “Becky” Weaver began a Britain Postdoctoral Fellowship in August 2012 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
April (Wilson) Hammel and husband Michael welcomed their first baby, Cooper Justice Hammel, on April 22, 2012.
Brad Kauder Psy.D. earned board certification in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has a private practice in Ashland, Ore., and provides clinical and forensic neuropsychological services.
Jeff Roberts MAT became the assistant principal at Seaside (Ore.) High School in August 2011, and head football coach in January 2012. Prior to moving to the Seaside School District, he taught and coached in the Tualatin, Sherwood and Parkrose school districts. He, wife Nissa and daughter McKenna live in Gearhart, Ore.
Erica Long married Jeff Sawyer on Aug. 18, 2012.