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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Roma R. Leuthold

Roma R. Leuthold died Feb. 9, 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and education from Pacific University. She married Clarence Leuthold in 1945. She was a substitute teacher at Cedar Mill and Sunset Valley elementary schools west of Portland. She also was an artist and taught at the Oregon Society of Artists and Village Gallery in Cedar Mill, and she operated a ceramics studio. She played piano and violin and was a member of the Oregon Society of Artists and Cedar Mill Garden Club. She is survived by her sons, Marcus, Daniel and Norman, and two grandchildren.

 

Ruby Mae (Alexander) Anderson

Ruby Mae (Alexander) Anderson died Nov. 9, 2013, of a heart condition at age 87. She served as an editor of the campus newspaper when she attended Pacific. She left college to marry Guy O. Anderson. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Guy’s Trailer parts in Longview, Wash. She is survived by her husband, Guy; two daughters, Gail A. Ricciuti and Jan Anderson; and an “adopted” daughter, Marci Massoni.

 

Elmer Brown

Elmer Brown died March 18, 2014, at age 89. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the Military Police Corps. He married Mildred Pullen ’49 in 1945, and they both enrolled at Pacific University in 1946. He joined the Portland Police Bureau in 1950, serving 14 years as a street officer, then nine years as a desk officer. He later transferred to the personnel division and retired in 1981 as the senior background investigator. He is survived by his daughter, Peggy Hendon, grandsons and great-granddaughters.

 

Margaret Jessie Hugget

Margaret Jessie Hugget MA ’56 died Jan. 31, 2014, at age 85. She earned both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in history from Pacific University. She taught school for 32 years, retiring from Brown Junior High School in Hillsboro in the early 1990s. Her passion was music, and she was a bell ringer who traveled throughout the world performing. Survivors include her husband, Burton; daughter, Julie Brownhill; and two grandsons.

 

 

Jerome Henry Rauscher

Jerome Henry Rauscher died Feb. 1, 2014, of a stroke at age 89. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944. He was discharged after receiving an injury during training. He married Patricia Hickenbottom in 1946. Over the years, he worked for Miller’s Hardware, Mayflower Dairy, Davidson’s Sunbeam Bread, Langendorf Bakery and Franz Bakery, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Forest Grove United Church of Christ for more than 65 years. He sang in the church choir and with the Westside Singers (formerly the Forest Grove Gleemen and Girls) from 1946 to 2011. He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Beth Armstrong, Nancy Stites, Ken Rauscher and Terri Clay; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

 

 

Frank H. Wolf

Frank H. Wolf died Dec. 9, 2013, at age 87. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. He married Margaret Hipple in 1947. He graduated from Pacific with a degree in mathematics and earned a master’s degree in teaching from Reed College in 1966. He taught and coached for 38 years at several Oregon schools. He retired in Manzanita and served on the Manzanita Planning Commission, city council and other committees. He and his wife were selected as citizens of the year for Manzanita in 2005. He is survived by daughter, Nancy Gowen; sons, Tom, Richard, Jon and Jim; and five grandchildren.

 

Ted Martin

Ted Martin died Sept. 30, 2013, after a short illness at age 85. He graduated from Pacific University with a degree in physical education. He married Shirley Mae Bedortha in 1952. He taught physical education at Waldport (Ore.) High School from 1953 to 1965 and served also as the football, basketball and baseball coach as well as the athletic director. He moved to Salem in 1965 and taught science at Walker Junior High and South Salem High School until his retirement in 1988. His first wife died in 1982, and he married Barbara Jean Richie in 1988. He is survived by her; daughter, Gayle Yost; son, Craig; stepdaughter, Linda Dougarian; and stepson, Jack Richie.