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
Rev. James Baber died Aug. 6, 2012, following a battle with ALS. Baber attended Pacific University before following his father’s footsteps into the Congregationalist ministry. He later returned to Oregon, where he began working for the Department of Human Services. His 23-plus-year career included working with children and families at Children’s Services offices in Marion, Polk and Linn counties. He met his first wife, Janet Zimmerman ‘58 at Pacific, and later was married to Carla Durfee, then to Sally Pagen Preston. He is survived by his widow, Sally; his sister, Myrt Latta; his children, Marc Baber and Karen Lenore; stepchildren, Joe Preston, Michael Preston, Marcy Janes, Julie Morgan and Dennis Durfee; and eight grandchildren.
Eric Hoilien died on July 5, 2012. He married Bertie L. Evens in 1957, and celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in November 2011. He is survived by his wife, their four children, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
JoAnn C. Holliday Rock died Jan. 6, 2012, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. A native of Forest Grove, Rock attended Pacific University, where she met her husband, Carl Rock ‘63. After graduating, she worked at the Beaverton School District before the couple moved to San Mateo. She received a master’s degree from San Francisco State University and spent 35 years as a professor at the College of San Mateo. Her last position was as head of the Cooperative Education Department. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert, and husband, Carl. She is survived by her daughter Kristin and grandsons Zachary Carl and Jasper James.
James Lee Stevens O.D. died on May 29, 2012. After graduation, Lee joined his father’s practice in Grand Junction, Colo. Later he practiced for 12 years in Utah before returning to Colorado. While attending Pacific, Lee met and married Mimi Gonigam ’61. Lee and Mimi had two children, Mark and Karen. They were later divorced. Lee married Kay Dalrymple in 1973, in Ogden, Utah. They moved to Boulder, Colo., where she assisted in his practice. He retired in 1998 following quintuple bypass surgery.
Robert Troy Lindley O.D. died Aug. 26, 2012, at the age of 73. He practiced optometry until his retirement in 2003.Lindley and his family enjoyed traveling and spending summers at their lake house. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dean Lindley, and nephew, Alan Lindley. He is survived by wife Lorena, sons, daughters, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Pat Koenig '65 died Sept. 6, 2012, after struggling with illness for quite some time. She graduated from Pacific University with a bachelor of arts in speech/speech pathology and went on to start her own speech therapy business in Seattle. She and her husband, Jerry, were married for 45 years. They did some traveling before starting a family. After having their daughter, Koenig went into real estate and had a successful career in that field for 30 years. She is survived by husband Jerry; daughter Tiffany; and two grandsons.
John C. Romig died on Oct. 14, 2012. While attending Pacific, he was president of the Gamma Sigma Fraternity. Romig received a master’s in business administration from the University of Oregon in 1967 and worked as marketing manager for Caterpillar Tractor and First National Bank of Oregon.