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
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.