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
Stanley E. “Doc” Samuelis ’61, OD ’62 died March 16, 2013, at age 79. He entered the U.S. Air Force in March 1952 as a ground and airborne radio operator, later becoming a cryptographer. He was stationed stateside and also served overseas in England and French Morocco. After his discharge, he attended Portland State College, then Pacific University. He was a member of Phi Beta Tau fraternity and Omega Epsilon Phi at Pacific. He was an optometrist for 42 years, including 10 years as the optometrist for the Portland Trail Blazers. An avid “Beaver Believer,” he was a member of the Oregon State University Beaver Club for 40 years. He is survived by his daughters, Leslie Geller, Terri Koontz and Marci Samuelis-Clardy; 10 grandchildren; and his former wife, Laura J. Spear.
Maynard C. Falconer OD died June 20, 2012, at age 77. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1957, then served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Doris Bartlett in 1957. He owned the Alaska Eye Care practice in Anchorage. He served on numerous boards, including as president of the Anchorage Rotary Club and with the Alaska State Optometric Association. He was very involved with Boy Scouts in Alaska and also worked as a volunteer advisor with the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Falconer ’65, OD ’66. He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Lisa Haugen and Sheryl Lentifer ’90; son, Maynard; and several grandchildren.
Paul Washburn OD died July 14, 2012, at age 73. He served in the U.S. Army for 35 years, retiring as a “full-bird” colonel. He practiced optometry in Placerville, Calif. He coached Little League for many years, enjoyed archery and belonged to the El Dorado Hills Archery Club. He competed in the Senior Olympics and won a gold medal. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; children, Daric Perkins and Lisa Lubinski; and eight grandchildren.
Donald Hood ’66, OD ’68 died Dec. 30, 2012, at age 67. He joined the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and was considered to be the first parachute-qualified, combat-ready optometrist in the Army. He served as the Army’s chief of eye services at the Diplomatic Medical Mission in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1970 to 1972. He later served as chief of optometry in the Army reserve unit at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. He started a private practice in Aurora in 1972, then founded Vision Care Specialists in 1974. He traveled to Cambodian refugee camps to assist with eye care. He helped establish the first college of optometry in Bankok. He co-founded Eye Health Network in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Chelsey Russell; son, Cayman; granddaughter; and brothers, Rick, Greg and Tim.
Paul Bradley OD died Feb. 11, 2013, at age 72. He attended Southeastern State College in Durant, Okla. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, then attended optometry school at Pacific University. He is survived by his wife, Ozella Bradley; sons, Jay and Mark Bradley; daughter, LeAnne Lehring; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Karen Susan (Mullan) Kaiser died June 2, 2013, at age 58 of cancer. She worked for Pacific Northwest Bell, US West and Qwest until she retired. She was a member of Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene and Gideons International Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Dan; children, Elicia Palmer ’10 and Evan Kaiser; stepson, Damon Kaiser; one granddaughter; sisters, Leigh Cuppy and Laurie Rahn; and brother, Brian Mullan.
Paul Kohl '80, faculty emeritus, died Feb. 27, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. A native New Yorker, he earned a bachelor’s degree from State University New York, Binghamton in 1973 and his doctorate in optometry from Pacific University in 1980. He then became the first teaching fellow in the College of Optometry. He went on to become a tenured faculty member, earning the Pacific University Trustee Award to Young Faculty, and then the Pacific University Distinguished Professional Faculty Award. A dedicated teacher, he served on several boards and committees at the university throughout his more than 30 years of service to Pacific. Among other achievements, he established pediatric optometric services and developed the pediatrics curriculum at the College of Optometry. He published many articles on pediatric and behavioral vision. He also provided presentations and chaired continuing education conferences for practicing optometrists. Kohl retired in 2011 and was awarded faculty emeritus status. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter, Maja ’14; and son, Jesse.