Harold Wesley Warren

Harold Wesley Warren died May 18, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a plumber in construction and also at Pacific University. He delivered Meals on Wheels. He was preceded in death by his son, Danny. He is survived by his wife, Roxane; sons, Jeffrey and Curtis; daughter, Terri Worthington; stepson, Rob Fowler; stepdaughter, Rae Weaver ‘94; five brothers; five sisters; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

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Melvin Ranes 1935 (Obituary)

Melvin J. Ranes died March 9, 2013, at age 99. He joined the Civil Conservation Corps, where he worked as a bookkeeper for a logging camp. Ranes then worked as a jippo logger in Gales Creek, Ore., and was an avid outdoor sportsman who killed his last elk at age 97. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Doris; his children, Jean Gamble, Melva Wickerd, Mary Latimer and John Ranes; and seven stepchildren. 

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Jim Sehorn 1940 (Obituary)

Jim Sehorn died March 11, 2013, at the age  94. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with forces in Germany and was discharged at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Sehorn then worked as an insurance agent for Provident Life Insurance in Portland until retiring in 1980. Sehorn is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Isabelle (Clark) Sehorn. He is survived by his wife, Willetta M “Billie” Sehorn; son, James; stepdaughters, Patricia Juncker, Margaret Post and Jacquelyn Bernards; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren. 

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John "Jack" Heaton Newby 1942 (Obituary)

John “Jack” Heaton Newby died Aug. 27, 2012, at age 92. Newby served with distinction as a naval aviator flying torpedo bombers off carriers in the Pacific during World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals in recognition of his war-time exploits. Newby then coached basketball and taught American history at Roseburg (Ore.) High School until being recalled for active duty for the Korean War. He served in the Navy for 26 years. He then became director of Maryland’s Workers Compensation Commission until 1989. He is survived by his wife, Helen Beverly Newby; daughter, Mary Holifield; son, Bill Newby; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

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Donald Foelker

Donald Foelker died May 6, 2013, at age 92. After Pacific, he enlisted in the Marines and enrolled in the College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., under the V-12 program. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II and later became active in the veteran community. He was production manager for the Hillsboro Argus newspaper for 59 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeleine, and brothers, William and Walter. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Alice McMenamin; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorine Smith.

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Evelyn (Coy) Van Doren 1945 (Obituary)

Evelyn (Coy) Van Doren died Dec. 7, 2012, at age 88. She and her husband co-owned the Van Doren Red-E-Mix in Forest Grove for 47 years before retiring in 1993. She also co-owned Fashions by the Yard. Van Doren was preceded in death by her husband, John Richard “Dick” Van Doren. She is survived by her son, Steve; daughter, Pam Hundley; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

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Lenore F. (Nyzack) Fasules 1946

Lenore F. (Nyzack) Fasules died Oct. 13, 2012, at age 87. She retired from teaching to raise three children. She was an active volunteer, serving on numerous boards and committees including the National Ecumenical Association of Churches, the American Association of University Women and the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center. A painter, her work is on display at many venues. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Jim Fasules. She is survived by her children, Jim, Nancy and Gary, as well as six grandchildren.

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Joyce (Bedortha) Haller 1950 (Obituary)

Joyce (Bedortha) Haller died Jan. 29, 2013, at age 85. She married Dean Haller ’51 in 1950. They settled in Forest Grove, then, in the 1970s, moved to Lincoln City, where she owned and operated a gift shop, Pacific Originals. She was a breast cancer survivor. Haller was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her sister, Kaye Sith; sons, Larry and Jon; daughters, Marie, Kathy and Lisa; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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Gilbert Weisman 1950

Gilbert Weisman OD died May 17, 2013, at age 88. He was a World War II Army veteran. He played basketball at Pacific from 1947 to 1948, majored in biology and got his optometry degree. He practiced optometry for 44 years in Lindenhurst, NY. He is survived by his wife, Trina; sons, Steven and Adam; and three grandchildren.

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Louis "Lou" Eiffert

Louis “Lou” Eiffert died Sept. 14, 2012, in Palm Springs, Calif., age 83. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago. He worked for Illinois Bell and National Bank of Commerce (Rainer Bank), then became co-owner of an office supply company in Puyallup, Wash., before retiring to Palm Springs. He is survived by his partner, Dick Hammer, and brother, Art Eiffert ’49.

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Paul Rice 1951

Paul Roger Rice ’51, OD ’52 died April 22, 2013, at age 89. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He flew 63 missions in a B-17 over Europe with the 99th bomb group while stationed in Italy. He practiced optometry for 46 years in Mill Valley, Calif. He also was a craftsman and inventor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta. Survivors include his son, Paul; daughters, Mary Poulhazan and Laura Stock; and six grandchildren.

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Shirley L. Abbott '52, OD '53

Shirley L. Abbott '52, OD '53

Former U.S. ambassador Shirley L. Abbott '52, OD '53 died April 23, 2013, of congestive heart failure. He was 88.

An optometrist by trade, Abbott also was a rancher, a politician and served as ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho under President Ronald Reagan’s administration. He also was a devoted alumnus of Pacific University, where, in 2003, his support established the Abbott Alumni Center. In 2007, he received the Pacific University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.

Abbott spent his early years on a tenant dairy farm in Minnesota before moving with his family to El Paso, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He attended what is now the University of Texas at El Paso but left to join the Army during World War II. Following the war, he earned his bachelor and doctorate degrees at Pacific University.

He returned to El Paso, where he was one of the first in the region to fit corneal contact lenses. His optometric practice became one of the largest in the city. In the late 1960s, he started an optical company that later became Sunland Optical, then the largest military optical contractor in the country. He also developed apartment housing and operated farms in New Mexico, Texas and California, as well as one in South Africa with his grandson, Jason. He also was director of several local banks.

In the mid-1970s, he was appointed regional director of the Bi-Centennial Administration. He co-founded the Granaderos de Galvez, which honored the Spanish influence on the development of America. He also traveled to Spain several times as a guest of the Spanish government, was named Honorary Consul General of Spain for Texas and was granted The Order of Isabella La Catolica, the highest honor awarded to a non-Spanish citizen.

Abbott served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1977 to 1978. In 1983, President Reagan appointed him ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho, an independent monarchy in southern Africa.

In his later years, Abbott and his wife, Arline, divided their time between Texas and California. He was preceded in death by his wife. Abbott is survived by his son, Alan, a former member of the Pacific University Board of Trustees; his grandson, Jason; his granddaughter, Allison Kaelin ‘06; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bill.

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Earl Frederick Why 1952

Earl Frederick Why died April 21, 2013, at age 86. He attended the University of Oregon for a year before serving in the U.S. Army. He was in the Gamma Sigma Fraternity. He worked
for Southern Pacific Railroad in Coos Bay, Ore., for more than 30 years and also worked in the family store, Bert’s Cash Grocery. He is survived by his sister, Doris Lum, and brother,
Dr. Bert Why ’60.

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Everett Dickerman 1955 (Obituary)

Everett J. Dickerman OD died March 27, 2013. He attended the University of Oregon for two years, then joined the Navy. He later joined the Marine Corps and was deployed to the South Pacific during World War II. At Pacific, he met Clara Vanderzanden ’51, whom he married in 1951, in Forest Grove. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, but then returned to Pacific and earned an optometry degree in 1955. He was in the Marine reserves for 26 years. He was the owner of Binyon Optometrists in Everett, Wash., until he retired at age 70. He is survived by his wife; son, David; daughters, Dale Johnson and Shirley Jo Dickerman; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Arthur Clarkson McKay Jr. 1955 (Obituary)

Arthur Clarkson McKay Jr. ’54, OD ’55 died Jan. 5, 2013, after a seven-month battle with cancer. McKay was born in Amarillo, Texas, where he received an associate degree from Amarillo College in 1951. McKay served as a medic in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He taught science and coached golf at Palo Duro High School for one year, then began his optometry practice in Amarillo in June 1959. He also coached several Kids Inc. teams, was active in the first Presbyterian Church and the Amarillo Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Ann Moyer McKay; daughters, Susan McKay Hoyl and Beth McKay Wilson; sons, Tom and Jim McKay; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  

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Stanley Greenlaw '56

Stanley Greenlaw died Dec. 27, 2012, at age 91 in Corning, Calif.

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Gary Edmond Williams '57

Gary Edmond Williams '57

Gary Edmond Williams '57 died June 12, 2013, at age 78. Born in Iowa, he attended high school in Seattle and became an Eagle Scout at age 17. A talented artist who studied architecture, he designed his parents’ house while still a teenager. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pacific University, he earned a master’s in business administration from Seattle University. He served briefly in the U.S. Army in the late 1950s and then began working for Kenworth Trucks. He married Eleanor Sue Turman in 1959. Williams worked as a business executive for Paccar, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the world, retiring at age 45. He continued as a business consultant and later worked as an antique dealer. He also volunteered for United Way and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his daughter Cynthia Lorraine and a granddaughter. 

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Donovan M. Bigelow 1969

Donovan M. Bigelow died March 25, 2012, at age 74. He served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and was a computer engineer at IBM for 35 years in California. He was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus and served as a Eucharistic minister in several churches. He was a senior judge at Classic Thunderbird Club International car shows. He is survived by his wife, Juanita. 

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Mary Lisa (Cary) Hargis '60

Mary Lisa (Cary) Hargis '60

Pacific University Trustee Lisa Hargis '60 died July 12, 2013. Hargis received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Pacific, then worked for Oregon Mutual Insurance Company for 34 years, beginning in 1979 as an underwriter and retiring as a vice president of underwriting. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and worked to guide a risk management task force. She also served as president of the Oregon Fair Plan Association, a nonprofit association supported by insurance companies licensed to write property insurance. She enjoyed boating, cooking, traveling and caring for her husband and her cocker spaniel, Murphy Brown. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Gary M. Hargis; her parents, John and Sally Carey; and two brothers, Jay and Colin Carey. She was preceded in death by her brother, Kevin Carey.

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David C. Favor '61

David C. Favor died Feb. 19, 2011, of cancer at age 73. Favor was the founder and CEO of Victor Treatment Centers and a pioneer in the treatment of mentally ill children. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by California State University in 2010, in recognition of his accomplishments releasing children from state hospitals into compassionate residential settings. He earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington, then moved to California. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; three children, Michael, Ray and Penelope Favor-Wyllie; two stepchildren; and 10 grandchildren. 

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Judith Mills '61

Judith (Montgomery) Mills died Jan. 5, 2013, at age 73. At Pacific, she was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and the Boxerettes service club. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1962 at the University of Oregon. She taught in Pleasant Hill, Ore., then was a stay-at-home mother for several years before returning to teaching in the Eugene area. She is survived by her husband, Elvin; daughters, Kelly Mills and Ramona Murtha; five grandchildren; sister, Virginia Gay Moi Moi; and brother, Richard Glee Montgomery. 

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Stanley 'Doc' Samuelis '61, OD '62

Stanley E. “Doc” Samuelis ’61, OD ’62 died March 16, 2013, at age 79. He entered the U.S. Air Force in March 1952 as a ground and airborne radio operator, later becoming a cryptographer. He was stationed stateside and also served overseas in England and French Morocco. After his discharge, he attended Portland State College, then Pacific University. He was a member of Phi Beta Tau fraternity and Omega Epsilon Phi at Pacific. He was an optometrist for 42 years, including 10 years as the optometrist for the Portland Trail Blazers. An avid “Beaver Believer,” he was a member of the Oregon State University Beaver Club for 40 years. He is survived by his daughters, Leslie Geller, Terri Koontz and Marci Samuelis-Clardy; 10 grandchildren; and his former wife, Laura J. Spear. 

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Maynard C. Falconer 1963

Maynard C. Falconer OD died June 20, 2012, at age 77. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1957, then served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Doris Bartlett in 1957. He owned the Alaska Eye Care practice in Anchorage. He served on numerous boards, including as president of the Anchorage Rotary Club and with the Alaska State Optometric Association. He was very involved with Boy Scouts in Alaska and also worked as a volunteer advisor with the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Falconer ’65, OD ’66. He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Lisa Haugen and Sheryl Lentifer ’90; son, Maynard; and several grandchildren. 

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Paul Washburn 1963 (Obituary)

Paul Washburn OD died July 14, 2012, at age 73. He served in the U.S. Army for 35 years, retiring as a “full-bird” colonel. He practiced optometry in Placerville, Calif. He coached Little League for many years, enjoyed archery and belonged to the El Dorado Hills Archery Club. He competed in the Senior Olympics and won a gold medal. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; children, Daric Perkins and Lisa Lubinski; and eight grandchildren.

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Donald Hood

Donald Hood ’66, OD ’68 died Dec. 30, 2012, at age 67. He joined the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and was considered to be the first parachute-qualified, combat-ready optometrist in the Army. He served as the Army’s chief of eye services at the Diplomatic Medical Mission in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1970 to 1972. He later served as chief of optometry in the Army reserve unit at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. He started a private practice in Aurora in 1972, then founded Vision Care Specialists in 1974. He traveled to Cambodian refugee camps to assist with eye care. He helped establish the first college of optometry in Bankok. He co-founded Eye Health Network in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Chelsey Russell; son, Cayman; granddaughter; and brothers, Rick, Greg and Tim.

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Paul Bradley OD '70

Paul Bradley OD died Feb. 11, 2013, at age 72. He attended Southeastern State College in Durant, Okla. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean  War, then attended optometry school at Pacific University. He is survived by his wife, Ozella Bradley; sons, Jay and Mark Bradley; daughter, LeAnne Lehring; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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Karen (Mullan) Kaiser 1977

Karen Susan (Mullan) Kaiser died June 2, 2013, at age 58 of cancer. She worked for Pacific Northwest Bell, US West and Qwest until she retired. She was a member of Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene and Gideons International Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Dan; children, Elicia Palmer ’10 and Evan Kaiser; stepson, Damon Kaiser; one granddaughter; sisters, Leigh Cuppy and Laurie Rahn; and brother, Brian Mullan.

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Paul Kohl OD '80

Paul Kohl OD '80

Paul Kohl '80, faculty emeritus, died Feb. 27, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. A native New Yorker, he earned a bachelor’s degree from State University New York, Binghamton in 1973 and his doctorate in optometry from Pacific University in 1980. He then became the first teaching fellow in the College of Optometry. He went on to become a tenured faculty member, earning the Pacific University Trustee Award to Young Faculty, and then the Pacific University Distinguished Professional Faculty Award. A dedicated teacher, he served on several boards and committees at the university throughout his more than 30 years of service to Pacific.  Among other achievements, he established pediatric optometric services and developed the pediatrics curriculum at the College of Optometry. He published many articles on pediatric and behavioral vision. He also provided presentations and chaired continuing education conferences for practicing optometrists. Kohl retired in 2011 and was awarded faculty emeritus status. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter, Maja ’14; and son, Jesse.

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Barbara Steinberg Geller 1994

Barbara Steinberg Geller PsyD ’94 died March 17, 2013, from pancreatic cancer at age 71. She was a long-time Mercer Island, Wash., resident. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington. Her career included management consulting and political organizing. She was a member of the Washington State Democratic Central Convention and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and 2012. She also served as president of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. She is survived by her husband, Arthur; son, Randy; brother, Art Steinberg; and two grandchildren. 

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