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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.