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
Jerry Greenfield has been appointed to a four-year term on the Wilsonville Planning Commission. He previously was a member of the Wilsonville Development Review Board. He is also a member of the Southwest Portland Metro Community Advisory Group for the Oregon Passenger Rail Project. The city recognized him as the “Heart of Wilsonville” Volunteer of the Year in 2013. He is married to Kathleen (Bolster) Greenfield ’64.
Raymond Kamiya died Dec. 15, 2013, at age 72. He graduated from Pacific University with a degree in physical education He married Barbara Jean Holscher in 1964. He was a firefighter for the city of Hillsboro for 32 years and retired as a lieutenant in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Kae Kamiya; and son, Kenneth.
Jimmy Crossland died Jan. 19, 2014, at age 64 of cancer. After graduating from Pacific, he played professional basketball for the NBA’s Baltimore Bullets and in Denmark. He later became a deputy for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He retired in 2007 and worked as a part-time NBA scout. He refereed basketball in the Portland metropolitan area.
Duane Michael Swanz ’76, OD ’78 died March 7, 2014, at age 60. Optometry was a family tradition started by his grandfather. Duane practiced with his twin brother, Dennis, at the Billings Vision and Contact Lens Clinic, which they started and their brother David managed. They retired to Arizona in 2010. Duane was a pilot who enjoyed flying his gyrocopter, and he also enjoyed many fishing trips and visiting the tropics. He is survived by his mother, Noreen; brothers, Donald Swanz ‘69, OD ‘71 and wife Cathie (Reynolds) Swanz ‘73, Dennis Swanz, and David Swanz; two nephews; and one niece. His cousins David Beigel ’87, OD ’88 and Kevin Beigel ’89, OD ‘91 also attended Pacific.
Christy Stephen Novacoff Jr. died Feb. 2, 2014, at age 57. He attended Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College for two years, then graduated from Pacific University, where he played football. He was a distribution supervisor for Nike and Fujitsu and lived in Beaverton. He is survived by his daughter, Christina Novacoff-Higbee; son, Brandon; and four grandchildren.
Susan E. Ivey OD died Jan. 24, 2014, at age 61. She married Dean Reynolds ’75, OD ’78 in 1988, and they founded City of Vision Eye Care in Rio Rancho, N.M. She was an avid reader and enjoyed round dancing, scrapbooking, skiing and traveling. She served as an elder in her church and on various church committees. She is survived by her husband, Dean; children, Erin, Christopher, Jeffrey and Brianne; and two grandchildren.
Lennice Irene (Popken) Farnham MS died Feb. 28, 2014, of pancreatic cancer at age 72. She graduated from Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa, then earned a master’s degree at Pacific University. She taught school, substituted and worked in doctor’s offices, but her love was working at the Cornelius Public Library. She is survived by her husband, Don; sons Scott and Terry; and two grandchildren.