Billy Gene McComb

Billy Gene McComb, a former Pacific University employee, died Aug. 6, 2013, at age 80. He was born in Talala, Okla., and entered the U.S. Army in 1953. He married Mary Simmons in 1962, and they later divorced. He retired from the military in 1973, as a staff sergeant. He married Frances Ann Martin in 1974, while both worked at Pacific University. He later worked at George Fox College. He was a member of the Cherokee Nation. He is survived by his wife and stepdaughters, Laurie Skoog and Kathy Hays. 

Louis B. Perry Hon ‘64

Louis B. Perry Hon ’64, a former Pacific University honorary trustee, died Sept. 28, 2013, at age 95. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Pacific University. He was the former chairman and president of The Standard Insurance Company and the eighth president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., from 1959 to 1967. He served on several boards and also worked for the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Dawson Perry; son, Robert B. Perry; daughters, Barbara Perry Rutzer and Donna Perry Jones; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Trixie (Johnson) Wortham '28

Trixie (Johnson) Wortham died Feb. 13, 2013, at age 105. She was born in Tillamook, Ore., and attended Pacific University, before earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon. She taught in several Oregon schools, then moved to California, where she met her husband, Jim Wortham, and continued teaching. She is survived by a niece, a nephew and many great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Howard F. Horner '40

Howard F. Horner, recipient of the 2008 Pacific University Alumni Achievement Award, died Aug. 12, 2013, at age 94. He earned honors in high school as the state champion tuba player. At Pacific, he played football and was an all-league fullback. After graduation, he taught at The Dalles (Ore.) High School before being drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served for five years before retiring as a first lieutenant. He went on to become principal at Estacada (Ore.) High School, then at David Douglas High School in Portland. In 1968, he became superintendent of the David Douglas School District, where the auditorium is named in his honor. He retired in 1981. He is survived by his sons, James, Robert and Gregory; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his brother, George Walter Horner ’44. His wife, Grace (Boyles) Horner '41, died Dec. 20, 2013.

Grace (Boyles) Horner '41

Grace (Boyles) Horner died Dec. 20, 2013, at the age of 95. She had a great love of music, was an excellent pianist and an outstanding soprano. She sang in many choirs and earned a letter at Pacific University as song queen. She earned her degree in education and worked as a substitute teacher. She was an avid gardener, member of many garden clubs and successfully competed in many flower shows. She served on the board of Cherry Park Methodist Church and, in 1961, was named “Mother of the Year” by the David Douglas High School Girls League. She and her husband, Howard Horner ’40, wrote and edited The History and Folklore of the David Douglas Community. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Maxine (Boyles) Petrasso; sons, James, Robert and Gregory; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

David R. Walt OD '49

David R. Walt OD died July 1, 2013, at age 87. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sue; three children, Wendy Thingvold, Cindy Kirchem and Scott Walt; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Harold Whitbeck '49

Harold Whitbeck died Sept. 7, 2013, at age 93. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces during World War II, serving in Africa and Europe. He served more than 50 missions, was shot down twice, imprisoned once and earned a Purple Heart. He attended Pacific University after the war. He taught science and coached at Springfield (Ore.) High School for 27 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona. He is survived by four daughters, Glenna Johnson, Barbara Whitbeck, Sally Donovan and Kathy Cotton; son, Rob; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

James Hudson '51

James Hudson died July 25, 2012, at age 87. He held several baseball records at Pacific University from 1947 to 1950. He was a very successful coach at McLoughlin Union High School in Milton-Freewater, Ore., from 1951 to 1971. He also led championship golf teams from 1971 to 1988 at Clackamas Community College.

Edward Rooney '51

Edward Rooney died Aug. 21, 2013, at age 86. He played football and basketball at Pacific University, where he also met his future wife, Delores Moon ’52. They were married in 1949. He taught school and coached at Jacksonville and Beaverton, Ore., then coached at St. Helens (Ore.) High School and Grant High School in Portland. His basketball teams were involved in several state tournaments, winning state chapionships in 1956 and 1969. He also was the head women’s basketball coach at University of Portland for two years. He was elected to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic District II Hall of Fame in 1966 and inducted into the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He is survived by daughters, Alice Brown, Anne Frey and Megan Rooney; sons, Steve, Mike, Pat, Tom, Ted and James; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Alice O’Donnell.

George Tall Chief MEd

George Tall Chief MEd died Aug. 11, 2013, at age 96. He was the oldest known member of the Osage Nation, as well as former chief of the Pawhuska, Okla.-based tribe. He was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Arkansas City, Kan., and, at age 9, he survived the murder of his father during Sage County’s “Reign of Terror,” in which numerous tribal members were slain for access to their land and mineral rights. As a result, he and his four younger brothers were placed in boarding and military schools. An accomplished athlete, he earned a football scholarship to Northeastern A&M College in Miami, Okla., and was a Golden Glove boxing champion for two years in college. He later transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He served as Pacific’s first wrestling coach, leading the program from 1954 to 1963, during which time he also earned his master of education degree. He also coached baseball, was an assistant football coach, and taught nutrition and physical education. He served as a scout for the Baltimore Colts and was a liaison representative between Pacific University and the Dallas Cowboys when the Cowboys held a training camp at Pacific in 1960. He spent half a century in education, as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent in Oregon, Idaho and Oklahoma. After serving eight years as chief, he became president of the first Osage National Council. He was also inducted into the National Native American Hall of Fame and received the Peace Chief Award. 

Virginia Bushong '63

Virginia Bushong died June 27, 2013, at age 94. She was raised on a homestead in the Sacramento Valley. She attended college for a year and half at Linfield College, then married Jack Bushong in 1938. He started Bushong Logging Company in 1940, and they spent 12 years in Tillamook, Ore., before moving to Idaho. They returned to Forest Grove in 1961, and she finished her bachelor’s degree at Pacific University. She taught elementary physical education in Portland elementary school, then taught junior high school in Sheridan, Ore. She earned a master’s degree in physical education at the University of Oregon, then substitute taught in Prineville and John Day, Ore. She later became the office manager for the U.S. Forest Service in John Day. After retirement, the couple spent the winters in Yuma, Ariz. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary. She is survived by daughter, Jacqueline Shumway; sons, Fred and Charles; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great- grandchildren.

Maurice Dale Kimbell '63

Maurice Dale Kimbell died May 10, 2013, at age 71. He attended both Pacific University and Seattle University, then taught high school in Riddle, Gold Beach and John Day, Ore. He also operated a charter fishing boat during the summers in Winchester Bay and Gold Beach, Ore. He married Sharon Vaughn in 1980, and the couple moved to the family ranch in John Day, where he taught at Grant Union High School. After retiring, he moved to Florence, Ore. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Rachel Beer and Colette Kimball; and one granddaughter. 

Larry Allen Williams ’64, OD ‘66

Larry Allen Williams ’64, OD ’66 died July 3, 2013, at age 81. Born in Rochester, Minn., he spent his youth in Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and married Dorothy Newton in 1952. They later divorced. He married Marilyn Graf in 1968. He established his optometric practice in Sioux Falls, S.D., serving the community for nearly 40 years. He was a member of the South Dakota Air National Guard, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, and infant son, Bryan Daniel. He is survived by children, Winston Williams and Laura Kadlee; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Dayton F. Arruda '67

Dayton F. Arruda died Nov. 3, 2013, at age 71. He was born in Hilo, Hawai’i, the 10th of 16 children. He was active in sports and, after high school, toured Japan for a year as a sumo wrestler with four of his brothers and his father as their coach. While attending Pacific University, he was a “sleeper” with the Hillsboro Fire Department. After graduation, he played professional football with the Victoria Steelers, then returned to Hillsboro Fire Department. He married Susan Beall in 1972, and they divorced in 1998. He served as the chief of the Hillsboro Fire Department from 1972 until his retirement in 1997. He also played the ukulele and sang with the Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters. He is survived by his children, Carrie Aleshire, Jonathan Arruda and Kimo Arruda; 10 grandchildren; and his former wife.

Paul Berman OD

Paul Berman OD died Nov. 10, 2013. He was honored in 2012 by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his work as founder and global clinical adviser of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes and Healthy Athletes program, which he developed in 1991 as president of the American Optometric Association’s Sports Vision Section. Berman was the owner and founder of Focus Eye Health and Vision Care in Hackensack, N.J., a member of Lion’s Club International and received many awards for his humanitarian work. He was named the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians’ OD of the Year in 1998, and also received the society’s most prestigious award, the 2010 E.C. Nurock Award. He also received the society’s Public Service Award in 2010 for his service with EyeCare4Haiti Program. He was an international lecturer and former faculty member of the State University of New York College of Optometry, a consultant for Head Start, preschool facilities, and professional and Olympic athletic teams. He also was the team optometrist for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He served on numerous state, national and international boards related to eye care. He is survived by his wife, Diane Berman; his children, Brent, Seth and Rebecca Berman, Jamie and AJ Bianco, Matt Lilien, Brian and Chelsea Lilien and two grandchildren. 

John T. Farrell '75

John T. Farrell died Aug. 29, 2013, at age 60. After he graduated from Pacific University, he worked for Hanks grocery for 30 years, beginning in retail sales, then later becoming a partner in the organization. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two sisters. 

Lyle Arthur Galdeira '77

Lyle Arthur Galdeira died Nov. 25, 2013, at age 59. While at Pacific, he interned with KUIK Radio in Washington County. He later became the news anchor there, then went to KYXI, an all-news radio station in Portland. He joined KGW in Portland, where his on-air name was Lyle Arthur. He and his wife Kathy returned to Hawai’i in 1987. He was chief political reporter for three Hawai’i television news departments. He also anchored morning and evening newscasts and hosted a program called Cheap Eats, which focused on restaurant reviews, as well as segments Does It Work. He left news after a 30-year career and worked for Prudential Locations as a realtor beginning in 2006. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Emma; and his mother, Ann Duncan.

Karl Cloyd ’83, OD ‘85

Karl Cloyd ’83, OD ’85 died Oct. 16, 2013, at age 59. He practiced optometry in the Portland area then moved to Medford, Ore., in 1990. Together with his wife, Frances Cloyd ’76, OD ’88, he formed Riverside Vision Care in Medford. He was an active member of the Greater Medford Rotary Club. He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin. He is survived by his wife and his children, Kelley, KC, Ilana and Kathryn. 

Shannon (Blacklidge) Brahmer MAT '09

Shannon (Blacklidge) Brahmer MAT died Aug. 13, 2013, at age 27. She graduated in 2008 from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She taught at elementary schools in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. She enjoyed traveling and outdoor activities. She is survived by her husband, Erik Brahmer; parents, Gary and Marie Blacklidge; sisters, Brienne and Raeme Blacklidge; and brothers, David and Jeremy Blacklidge. 

Omar Matthew Horani '14

Omar Matthew Horani died Aug. 17, 2013, at age 21. He was born in Portland and graduated from Tigard (Ore.) High School in 2010. He played football at Pacific University as a freshman. He later transferred to St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C., then to Adams Sate University in Alamosa, Colo., where he played lacrosse. He was a pre-med student. He is survived by his parents, Samer and Laura Horani, and his sister, Sohayla Horani.