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.
Joyce (Bedortha) Haller died Jan. 29, 2013, at age 85. She married Dean Haller ’51 in 1950. They settled in Forest Grove, then, in the 1970s, moved to Lincoln City, where she owned and operated a gift shop, Pacific Originals. She was a breast cancer survivor. Haller was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her sister, Kaye Sith; sons, Larry and Jon; daughters, Marie, Kathy and Lisa; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Gilbert Weisman OD died May 17, 2013, at age 88. He was a World War II Army veteran. He played basketball at Pacific from 1947 to 1948, majored in biology and got his optometry degree. He practiced optometry for 44 years in Lindenhurst, NY. He is survived by his wife, Trina; sons, Steven and Adam; and three grandchildren.
Louis “Lou” Eiffert died Sept. 14, 2012, in Palm Springs, Calif., age 83. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago. He worked for Illinois Bell and National Bank of Commerce (Rainer Bank), then became co-owner of an office supply company in Puyallup, Wash., before retiring to Palm Springs. He is survived by his partner, Dick Hammer, and brother, Art Eiffert ’49.
Paul Roger Rice ’51, OD ’52 died April 22, 2013, at age 89. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He flew 63 missions in a B-17 over Europe with the 99th bomb group while stationed in Italy. He practiced optometry for 46 years in Mill Valley, Calif. He also was a craftsman and inventor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta. Survivors include his son, Paul; daughters, Mary Poulhazan and Laura Stock; and six grandchildren.
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.
Earl Frederick Why died April 21, 2013, at age 86. He attended the University of Oregon for a year before serving in the U.S. Army. He was in the Gamma Sigma Fraternity. He worked
for Southern Pacific Railroad in Coos Bay, Ore., for more than 30 years and also worked in the family store, Bert’s Cash Grocery. He is survived by his sister, Doris Lum, and brother, Dr. Bert Why ’60.
Everett J. Dickerman OD died March 27, 2013. He attended the University of Oregon for two years, then joined the Navy. He later joined the Marine Corps and was deployed to the South Pacific during World War II. At Pacific, he met Clara Vanderzanden ’51, whom he married in 1951, in Forest Grove. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, but then returned to Pacific and earned an optometry degree in 1955. He was in the Marine reserves for 26 years. He was the owner of Binyon Optometrists in Everett, Wash., until he retired at age 70. He is survived by his wife; son, David; daughters, Dale Johnson and Shirley Jo Dickerman; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.