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
Paul Moore died Feb.16, 2014, at age 87. He served in the armed services during World War II, then enrolled at Pacific University, where he earned a degree in business administration. He met and married Doris Kraft ’51, while at Pacific. They later divorced. He earned a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Denver. Survivors include his son, Steve, and daughter, Kim; two grandchildren; and companion, Marci Wolfard.
Thomas David House died June 17, 2013, at age 85. He served in the U.S. Army Airborne Division stationed in Japan. He played on the Airborne football team. He graduated from Pacific with a degree in physical education and history and was a member of the Pacific Badgers football team. He met his wife, Donna, while both were teaching in Knappa, Ore., schools. They later lived in Seaside, Ore., and the couple purchased a restaurant and bar in nearby Astoria. He returned to education in 1972 at the Banks School District as a teacher, basketball coach and athletic director. He later worked at the Forest Grove School District. He is survived by his wife, Donna; son, David; daughter, Brenda Lobbato; and four grandchildren.
Ronald G. Haworth died Dec. 29, 2013 at age 85. He taught math and assisted the athletic department at Neah-kah-nie (Ore.) School District for five years, then worked at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Ore. for 26 years as a math teacher and an assistant in its athletic department.
Larry L. “Bill” Roff died Jan. 26, 2014, at age 79. He played football at Pacific University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, then built homes for several years in Oregon and Alaska. He is survived by his former wife, Kathleen Parks; sons, Steven, Douglas and Bryan; daughter, Kathy Mobley; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Hans Gronnesmose Dinesen OD ’61 died Oct. 10, 2013, at age 82. He immigrated to the United States from Denmark in 1952 and served four years with the U.S. Air Force. After he graduated from Pacific University in optometry, he practiced in South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota. He was given the North Dakota Optometrist of the Year award. He moved to Washington in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Farvardin; stepdaughter, Ariana; former wife, Dorothy Dinesan; children, Wanda Neviaser, Sonja Solaro and Aron Dinesen; and five grandchildren.
Joan Elizabeth Krahmer MEd died Feb. 24, 2014, at age 78. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Portland State University in 1958, before earning a master’s in social science from Pacific. She wrote a column, “Taking Charge” for many years for the Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus. She taught seventh-grade students from 1958 to 1960, then taught at Hillsboro Union High School for seven years. She was a research project coordinator for the Beaverton (Ore.) School District, then became an advocate and preventive care specialist for the Washington County mental health department. She served as executive director of Oregon Life Belt, which advocated statewide law for mandatory safety belts. From 1988 until her retirement in 1998, she worked for the state of Oregon as a program coordinator developing the first statewide Children’s Injury Prevention program. She also served on numerous task forces, including the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health, the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Medical Assistance for Underprivileged, the Oregon Bicycle Helmet Coalition and many others. She is survived by her husband, John Van Grunsven; children Michael Krahmer, Kriste’ J. Eros, and Donald Krahmer Jr.; and eight grandchildren.
John R. Lofgren OD ’65 died Jan. 6, 2014, from complications of a form of Parkinson’s disease at age 73. He worked in Tacoma, Wash., for one year as an optometrist, then was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1967. He was the first optometrist ever drafted in Washington state. He served two years at Fort Jackson, S.C. He lived for 33 years in Springfield, Ill., where he was a partner in a group eye practice, Sangamon Eye Associates. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., and he worked part time as an optometrist for Seattle Vision, the Shelton Correctional Center and the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Wash. He is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Lawrence; daughter, Jennifer Bowe; and two grandchildren.