Amy (Spelbrink) Beaupre ‘33 died Jan. 22, 2012, at the age of 100.
Beaupre was not only an alumna of Pacific, studying music in the 1930s, she later became an instructor in the music department and a longtime friend and supporter of the University.
Beaupre grew up in Minnesota in a musical home, surrounded by siblings and parents who loved to sing and play instruments. In 1922, her family packed up an “old jalopy,” she said in Pacific’s 2008 annual report, and headed across the Great Plains, first to Washington then to Oregon.
She attended Pacific, where she fondly remembered music flowing out of Brighton Chapel and the music department. She graduated in 1933 with degrees in music and political science. She later taught music at Pacific, where she also performed on the piano for many dignitaries.
Amy Beaupre was a faithful donor to her alma mater, providing support for many different areas across campus. Her love for music, however, was evident by her provision of start-up funds for the orchestra in 2006. Her estate will continue her legacy with gifts to the music department and a scholarship.
Her husband, Herschel Beaupre, who she married on Dec. 24, 1936, preceded her in death. Her parents and siblings also preceded her in death. She is survived by close friends Gary and Betty Maxwell.
Long-time Pacific University supporter Cathy Stoller died Nov. 30, 2011, at the vineyard she shared with her husband, Bill Stoller ’74. She was 60. A memorial service was held on the Pacific campus on Dec. 9 in the Stoller Center, which was named after the couple who generously helped fund multiple renovations of the athletic center.
Cathy was born Aug. 6, 1951, in Portland. She graduated from Morningside High School in Los Angeles. She later returned to Portland, where she was Bill’s first hire at Express Personnel Professionals, which he co-founded in 1983.
Express went on to become an internationally renowned temporary employment firm, with Cathy serving as chief executive officer of the Oregon offices. In the meantime, the Stollers also became co-owners in Chehalem Wines, then purchased Bill’s family turkey farm and turned it into Stoller Vineyards, as well as a home for the couple and their twin sons. They also invested heavily in the revitalization of downtown Dayton.
Cathy was actively involved in the vineyard and its events, as well as the American Vitacultural Areas. She loved animals, particularly the horses, alpacas, miniature donkeys and pugs that live on the Stoller property.
In addition, the Stollers have been staunch supporters of Pacific University. They have supported the baseball team, the Boxer Club, the Lincoln Park Athletic Complex, the men’s basketball team, the Legends Classic and the football program. They made the lead gift to renovate the University’s athletic center. They also sponsored installments of the Tom McCall Forum, endowed scholarships and supported the Career Development Center and other campus programs.
Cathy is survived by her husband, Bill; their sons, Kenneth and Kyle; two children from a previous marriage, Jason Morgan and Jennie Schwenke, both of Wilsonville; and four grandchildren.
James Hudson died July 25, 2012, at age 87. He held several baseball records at Pacific University from 1947 to 1950. He was a very successful coach at McLoughlin Union High School in Milton-Freewater, Ore., from 1951 to 1971. He also led championship golf teams from 1971 to 1988 at Clackamas Community College.
Edward Rooney died Aug. 21, 2013, at age 86. He played football and basketball at Pacific University, where he also met his future wife, Delores Moon ’52. They were married in 1949. He taught school and coached at Jacksonville and Beaverton, Ore., then coached at St. Helens (Ore.) High School and Grant High School in Portland. His basketball teams were involved in several state tournaments, winning state chapionships in 1956 and 1969. He also was the head women’s basketball coach at University of Portland for two years. He was elected to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic District II Hall of Fame in 1966 and inducted into the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He is survived by daughters, Alice Brown, Anne Frey and Megan Rooney; sons, Steve, Mike, Pat, Tom, Ted and James; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Alice O’Donnell.
George Tall Chief MEd died Aug. 11, 2013, at age 96. He was the oldest known member of the Osage Nation, as well as former chief of the Pawhuska, Okla.-based tribe. He was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Arkansas City, Kan., and, at age 9, he survived the murder of his father during Sage County’s “Reign of Terror,” in which numerous tribal members were slain for access to their land and mineral rights. As a result, he and his four younger brothers were placed in boarding and military schools. An accomplished athlete, he earned a football scholarship to Northeastern A&M College in Miami, Okla., and was a Golden Glove boxing champion for two years in college. He later transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He served as Pacific’s first wrestling coach, leading the program from 1954 to 1963, during which time he also earned his master of education degree. He also coached baseball, was an assistant football coach, and taught nutrition and physical education. He served as a scout for the Baltimore Colts and was a liaison representative between Pacific University and the Dallas Cowboys when the Cowboys held a training camp at Pacific in 1960. He spent half a century in education, as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent in Oregon, Idaho and Oklahoma. After serving eight years as chief, he became president of the first Osage National Council. He was also inducted into the National Native American Hall of Fame and received the Peace Chief Award.
Virginia Bushong died June 27, 2013, at age 94. She was raised on a homestead in the Sacramento Valley. She attended college for a year and half at Linfield College, then married Jack Bushong in 1938. He started Bushong Logging Company in 1940, and they spent 12 years in Tillamook, Ore., before moving to Idaho. They returned to Forest Grove in 1961, and she finished her bachelor’s degree at Pacific University. She taught elementary physical education in Portland elementary school, then taught junior high school in Sheridan, Ore. She earned a master’s degree in physical education at the University of Oregon, then substitute taught in Prineville and John Day, Ore. She later became the office manager for the U.S. Forest Service in John Day. After retirement, the couple spent the winters in Yuma, Ariz. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary. She is survived by daughter, Jacqueline Shumway; sons, Fred and Charles; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great- grandchildren.
Maurice Dale Kimbell died May 10, 2013, at age 71. He attended both Pacific University and Seattle University, then taught high school in Riddle, Gold Beach and John Day, Ore. He also operated a charter fishing boat during the summers in Winchester Bay and Gold Beach, Ore. He married Sharon Vaughn in 1980, and the couple moved to the family ranch in John Day, where he taught at Grant Union High School. After retiring, he moved to Florence, Ore. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Rachel Beer and Colette Kimball; and one granddaughter.
Larry Allen Williams ’64, OD ’66 died July 3, 2013, at age 81. Born in Rochester, Minn., he spent his youth in Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and married Dorothy Newton in 1952. They later divorced. He married Marilyn Graf in 1968. He established his optometric practice in Sioux Falls, S.D., serving the community for nearly 40 years. He was a member of the South Dakota Air National Guard, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, and infant son, Bryan Daniel. He is survived by children, Winston Williams and Laura Kadlee; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Dayton F. Arruda died Nov. 3, 2013, at age 71. He was born in Hilo, Hawai’i, the 10th of 16 children. He was active in sports and, after high school, toured Japan for a year as a sumo wrestler with four of his brothers and his father as their coach. While attending Pacific University, he was a “sleeper” with the Hillsboro Fire Department. After graduation, he played professional football with the Victoria Steelers, then returned to Hillsboro Fire Department. He married Susan Beall in 1972, and they divorced in 1998. He served as the chief of the Hillsboro Fire Department from 1972 until his retirement in 1997. He also played the ukulele and sang with the Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters. He is survived by his children, Carrie Aleshire, Jonathan Arruda and Kimo Arruda; 10 grandchildren; and his former wife.