Merle Daniel "Dan" Hess '54 died Dec. 12, 2011. He was born in Umapine, Ore. While at Pacific University, Hess earned a degree in physical education and played football, receiving all-conference honors during his last three years. He was also the president of the Alpha Zeta fraternity. He spent his career as a teacher and coach until retiring in 1984. Despite his college major, he never taught physical education but instead concentrated on social studies. He coached wrestling and football and, at times, assisted in baseball and track. He initiated the Kid Wrestling program that is still in place in Scappoose. He later added athletic director responsibilities to his career. He was president of the Hillsboro Education Association for two years and a lifetime member of Optimist International in Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife, Marvelyn Davison Hess, two children, two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Eva Krebs died Thursday, July 12, 2012, following a long battle with breast cancer. Krebs was the vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students at Pacific University, where she worked since 1995. She was a passionate advocate for students, who personally helped countless students overcome personal and educational challenges. During her tenure, she assisted with the development of new orientation and ambassador programs for students, took the lead in the design and construction of two new residence halls, assisted in the development of the Health Professions Campus, led the effort to create health and counseling services for graduate students, and helped reinstate the “sign, shake and ring” tradition. Prior to her work at Pacific, she worked for Rider College and, before that, as a lawyer. She is survived by her husband, Rick; children, Heidi and Alec; and grandchildren, Ryan and Annabelle. Memorial donations may be made to the Eva C. Krebs Boxer Spirit Award for an Extraordinary Student at pacificu.edu/giving.
Miles Shishido died March 21, 2012, at the age of 91. Shishido was born in Paia, Maui, where he worked as a plantation clerk to help support his nine siblings. He married his wife, Florence, in Honolulu and graduated from the University of Hawai’i in 1947. He earned a master’s degree at Chicago Theological Seminary in 1948. He served as a minister in Hawai’i, then in Illinois, while earning a second master’s degree and doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Shishido began teaching philosophy and religion at Pacific University in 1963, and he eventually became a University Distinguished Professor. He also served as the chair of the philosophy and religion department. During his time at Pacific, Shishido went to Japan as a visiting professor and was the adviser of the Hawai’i Club. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, chess and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, two sons and five grandchildren. The Oregonian
Samuel Wilson '49, O.D. '50 died Feb. 12, 2012, at the age of 86. Wilson was born in Shelton, Wash., where he attended high school before enlisting in the Navy. He was accepted into the Naval V-12 Program at Whitman College, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. He completed officer training school at Columbia University and served as a chief engineering officer in the South Pacific. After graduation, he chose a career in optometry and came to Pacific for schooling. He and his wife, Helen, moved to Lakewood, Wash., where he practiced optometry for more than 40 years. He was one of the founders of Western Vision Services, which was instrumental in getting optometric care covered by insurance. He also was active in the Kiwanis, the Tacoma Country & Golf Club and as a board member for the Camp Fire Girls. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two beloved granddaughters who affectionately called him “Pops.” The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.
Sheldon Walter Olsen O.D. died March 17, 2012, at age 31, in an accident at Lake Limerick in Washington. Olsen’s son, Jace, also passed away in the same accident. Olsen was born in Salt Lake City and earned his bachelor’s from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Julie, were married in 2002. After graduating from Pacific’s College of Optometry, Olsen worked at the Shelton Walmart Vision Center for six months, and he was excited to serve in his chosen profession. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a counselor in a Bishopric. He also served as a Youth Men’s President, Ward Mission leader and Boy Scout leader. In his spare time, he enjoyed exercising, playing basketball, snowboarding, barbecuing and riding his motorcycle. He is survived by his wife, parents, brothers and sisters. Shelton-Mason County (Wash.) Journal
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.