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