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
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.