Remembering Pacific friends and family.
Jack McLarty passed away June 10 at the age of 92. An artist from a young age, McLarty attended the Portland Museum Art School (now called the Pacific Northwest College of Art) and graduated in 1940. He went on to study art in New York before returning to the Portland area to teach at PNCA for 35 years. Along with his wife, Barbara, Jack donated many pieces of art to Pacific University that are now a part of the University’s Permanent Art Collection. The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
Joe Frazier passed away May 17. A history and geography professor, Frazier taught at Pacific from 1968 to 1992. Upon his retirement, Pacific awarded Frazier with faculty emeritus status. Frazier graduated from Reed College in 1950 and taught at Portland State University before coming to Pacific. In addition to his contributions as an educator, Frazier also gave monetary gifts and donated historical periodicals to the University’s library. To read more, click here. The Sunday Oregonian, Portland, Ore. and Pacific University Staff.
Pamela K. Hummels Ross ’69, an alumna and longtime employee of the University passed away May 31 after battling breast cancer. She worked as the student accounts coordinator and in Graduate Admissions for 15 years at Pacific University, in addition to advising the Alpha Kappa Delta sorority. Most recently, she lived in Bend with her husband, James Ross. Pam's son Eric Ross ’92 played football for the Boxers and suffered a paralyzing injury during the 1991 Homecoming game. The program was discontinued following the season, and Eric passed away two years later. Yet Pam wholeheartedly supported the program's reinstatement and attended the University's first home game in 18 years last fall. In 1997, Pam and her husband created the Eric Ross Memorial Scholarship, which aims to assist business administration students, especially those with a concentration in marketing. Her son, Aaron Ross ’96, also attended the University. The News-Times, Forest Grove, Ore. and University Staff
George Andrew Herr, parent of current Pacific student Tiara D. Herr '14, died on Aug. 10, 2012 due to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He served in the army and founded a software company where he worked until a few weeks before his death. Herr is survived by his wife Donna, 4 siblings, 11 children, and 14 grandchildren. The Hillsboro Argus, Hillsboro, Ore.
Carl Vincent Rossetti, the father of Pacific graduate Christine Rosssetti-Sagar '10, died on Sept. 23, 2012. Rossetti attended the University of Portland and received a Civil Engineering Degree. He opened his own business, where he designed and managed building projects until his retirement in 2010. Rossetti is preceded in death by his son Thomas Kevin Rossetti and survived by his wife Dorothy, their 9 children, 29 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
Corinne Evelyn Scott died Oct. 7, 2012, at the age of 86. She earned her bachelor of arts in mathematics in Iowa in 1948. She and her husband, John A. Scott, lived in Iowa, Ohio and New Jersey before moving to Gales Creek, Ore. The couple later divorced. She was a case worker for the Department of Aging Services in Oregon and retired in 1991. She was a member of the Forest Grove United Methodist Church, the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters. She enjoyed following baseball and attending meetings of the Red Hat Society. She was preceded in death by her son, J.D. Scott. She is survived by her children, Thomas Paul Scott, Mark Scott and his wife Sandi, Mary Bess and her husband James, and Amy Scott; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Edna E. Van Dyke, wife of Pacific graduate Raymond W. Van Dyke '38, died on Sept. 15, 2012. She attended Behnke-Walker Business College and became a secretary. She is survived by her daughter, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The Hillsboro Argus, Hillsboro, Ore.
Rhoda Irene Mills died July 25, 2012, at the age of 94. She taught at Corbett High School until she joined the Navy in 1942 and retired in 1977 as lieutenant commander. She also attended UCLA and graduated with a master’s in education, enabling her to teach at Parkrose High School for 23 years.
Ellen Peirce Bump died Jan. 21, 2013., at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro. She was 98. Born in Oakland, Calif., she was raised in Tacoma until 1919, when her family settled in Forest Grove. She attended Pacific University and earned a degree in social work in 1940. She worked in the law offices of D.D. Bump in Forest Grove, and he encouraged her to study law at Northwestern School of Law, now Lewis & Clark Law School. She passed the bar in 1937 and worked as the only juvenile court worker in Washington County for two years. During World War II, she worked for attorneys in California, and in 1942, she married Kenneth Allen Bump '41 in San Luis Obispo and they returned to Forest Grove. There, she became a parter in the law firm of Bump, Young and Walker and served as a lawyer for 43 years. She was active in civic and community groups, including the Library Committee, Community Health Organization, League of Women Voters, Washington County Public Welfare Commission and Forest Grove Library Commission. She also was a member of the Forest Grove United Methodist Church. She was known for her quiet service to the community and to others. She also was a long-time friend and supporter of Pacific University. She is survived by her husband; their son, Daniel and his wife, Kathryn; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a large extended family. Her family suggested remembrances in her honor be made to Pacific University.
Leonard W. Gilman ’41 died June 27, 2012, at the age of 94. Gilman was a part of the Pacific University football team and was an exceptional football player, receiving various recognitions. When he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was able to prevent the first hijacking of a commercial jet and was proclaimed a national hero. After retiring from the military, he was involved in cattle grazing and organized hunting safaris to Africa. Gilman is survived by wife Mary Gayle, brother Dean Gilman, sons Lance and Bret, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.