In Memoriam, Fall 2013

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Gary Edmond Williams 1957  (Obituary)

Gary Edmond Williams 1957 (Obituary)

Gary Edmond Williams '57 died June 12, 2013, at age 78. Born in Iowa, he attended high school in Seattle and became an Eagle Scout at age 17. A talented artist who studied architecture, he designed his parents’ house while still a teenager. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pacific University, he earned a master’s in business administration from Seattle University. He served briefly in the U.S. Army in the late 1950s and then began working for Kenworth Trucks. He married Eleanor Sue Turman in 1959. Williams worked as a business executive for Paccar, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the world, retiring at age 45. He continued as a business consultant and later worked as an antique dealer. He also volunteered for United Way and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his daughter Cynthia Lorraine and a granddaughter. 

Mary Lisa (Carey) Hargis 1976  (Obituary)

Mary Lisa (Carey) Hargis 1976 (Obituary)

Pacific University Trustee Lisa Hargis '76 died July 12, 2013. Hargis received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Pacific, then worked for Oregon Mutual Insurance Company for 34 years, beginning in 1979 as an underwriter and retiring as a vice president of underwriting. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and worked to guide a risk management task force. She also served as president of the Oregon Fair Plan Association, a nonprofit association supported by insurance companies licensed to write property insurance. She enjoyed boating, cooking, traveling and caring for her husband and her cocker spaniel, Murphy Brown. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Gary M. Hargis; her parents, John and Sally Carey; and two brothers, Jay and Colin Carey. She was preceded in death by her brother, Kevin Carey.

Paul Kohl 1980  (Obituary)

Paul Kohl 1980 (Obituary)

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.

Shirley L. Abbott 1952  (Obituary)

Shirley L. Abbott 1952 (Obituary)

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.

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Paul Moore

Paul Moore died Feb.16, 2014, at age 87. He served in the armed services during World War II, then enrolled at Pacific University, where he earned a degree in business administration. He met and married Doris Kraft ’51, while at Pacific. They later divorced. He earned a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Denver. Survivors include his son, Steve, and daughter, Kim; two grandchildren; and companion, Marci Wolfard.

 

Thomas David House

Thomas David House died June 17, 2013, at age 85. He served in the U.S. Army Airborne Division stationed in Japan. He played on the Airborne football team. He graduated from Pacific with a degree in physical education and history and was a member of the Pacific Badgers football team. He met his wife, Donna, while both were teaching in Knappa, Ore., schools. They later lived in Seaside, Ore., and the couple purchased a restaurant and bar in nearby Astoria. He returned to education in 1972 at the Banks School District as a teacher, basketball coach and athletic director. He later worked at the Forest Grove School District. He is survived by his wife, Donna; son, David; daughter, Brenda Lobbato; and four grandchildren.

 

 

Ronald G. Haworth

Ronald G. Haworth died Dec. 29, 2013 at age 85. He taught math and assisted the athletic department at Neah-kah-nie (Ore.) School District for five years, then worked at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Ore. for 26 years as a math teacher and an assistant in its athletic department.

 

Larry L. “Bill” Roff

Larry L. “Bill” Roff died Jan. 26, 2014, at age 79. He played football at Pacific University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, then built homes for several years in Oregon and Alaska. He is survived by his former wife, Kathleen Parks; sons, Steven, Douglas and Bryan; daughter, Kathy Mobley; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 

Hans Gronnesmose Dinesen

Hans Gronnesmose Dinesen OD ’61 died Oct. 10, 2013, at age 82. He immigrated to the United States from Denmark in 1952 and served four years with the U.S. Air Force. After he graduated from Pacific University in optometry, he practiced in South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota. He was given the North Dakota Optometrist of the Year award. He moved to Washington in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Farvardin; stepdaughter, Ariana; former wife, Dorothy Dinesan; children, Wanda Neviaser, Sonja Solaro and Aron Dinesen; and five grandchildren.

 

Joan Elizabeth Krahmer

Joan Elizabeth Krahmer MEd died Feb. 24, 2014, at age 78. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Portland State University in 1958, before earning a master’s in social science from Pacific. She wrote a column, “Taking Charge” for many years for the Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus. She taught seventh-grade students from 1958 to 1960, then taught at Hillsboro Union High School for seven years. She was a research project coordinator for the Beaverton (Ore.) School District, then became an advocate and preventive care specialist for the Washington County mental health department. She served as executive director of Oregon Life Belt, which advocated statewide law for mandatory safety belts. From 1988 until her retirement in 1998, she worked for the state of Oregon as a program coordinator developing the first statewide Children’s Injury Prevention program. She also served on numerous task forces, including the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health, the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Medical Assistance for Underprivileged, the Oregon Bicycle Helmet Coalition and many others. She is survived by her husband, John Van Grunsven; children Michael Krahmer, Kriste’ J. Eros, and Donald Krahmer Jr.; and eight grandchildren.
 

 

 

John R. Lofgren

John R. Lofgren OD ’65 died Jan. 6, 2014, from complications of a form of Parkinson’s disease at age 73. He worked in Tacoma, Wash., for one year as an optometrist, then was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1967. He was the first optometrist ever drafted in Washington state. He served two years at Fort Jackson, S.C. He lived for 33 years in Springfield, Ill., where he was a partner in a group eye practice, Sangamon Eye Associates. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., and he worked part time as an optometrist for Seattle Vision, the Shelton Correctional Center and the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Wash. He is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Lawrence; daughter, Jennifer Bowe; and two grandchildren.