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.
Billy Gene McComb, a former Pacific University employee, died Aug. 6, 2013, at age 80. He was born in Talala, Okla., and entered the U.S. Army in 1953. He married Mary Simmons in 1962, and they later divorced. He retired from the military in 1973, as a staff sergeant. He married Frances Ann Martin in 1974, while both worked at Pacific University. He later worked at George Fox College. He was a member of the Cherokee Nation. He is survived by his wife and stepdaughters, Laurie Skoog and Kathy Hays.
Louis B. Perry Hon ’64, a former Pacific University honorary trustee, died Sept. 28, 2013, at age 95. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Pacific University. He was the former chairman and president of The Standard Insurance Company and the eighth president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., from 1959 to 1967. He served on several boards and also worked for the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Dawson Perry; son, Robert B. Perry; daughters, Barbara Perry Rutzer and Donna Perry Jones; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Trixie (Johnson) Wortham died Feb. 13, 2013, at age 105. She was born in Tillamook, Ore., and attended Pacific University, before earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon. She taught in several Oregon schools, then moved to California, where she met her husband, Jim Wortham, and continued teaching. She is survived by a niece, a nephew and many great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.
Howard F. Horner, recipient of the 2008 Pacific University Alumni Achievement Award, died Aug. 12, 2013, at age 94. He earned honors in high school as the state champion tuba player. At Pacific, he played football and was an all-league fullback. After graduation, he taught at The Dalles (Ore.) High School before being drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served for five years before retiring as a first lieutenant. He went on to become principal at Estacada (Ore.) High School, then at David Douglas High School in Portland. In 1968, he became superintendent of the David Douglas School District, where the auditorium is named in his honor. He retired in 1981. He is survived by his sons, James, Robert and Gregory; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his brother, George Walter Horner ’44. His wife, Grace (Boyles) Horner '41, died Dec. 20, 2013.
Grace (Boyles) Horner died Dec. 20, 2013, at the age of 95. She had a great love of music, was an excellent pianist and an outstanding soprano. She sang in many choirs and earned a letter at Pacific University as song queen. She earned her degree in education and worked as a substitute teacher. She was an avid gardener, member of many garden clubs and successfully competed in many flower shows. She served on the board of Cherry Park Methodist Church and, in 1961, was named “Mother of the Year” by the David Douglas High School Girls League. She and her husband, Howard Horner ’40, wrote and edited The History and Folklore of the David Douglas Community. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Maxine (Boyles) Petrasso; sons, James, Robert and Gregory; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
David R. Walt OD died July 1, 2013, at age 87. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sue; three children, Wendy Thingvold, Cindy Kirchem and Scott Walt; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Harold Whitbeck died Sept. 7, 2013, at age 93. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces during World War II, serving in Africa and Europe. He served more than 50 missions, was shot down twice, imprisoned once and earned a Purple Heart. He attended Pacific University after the war. He taught science and coached at Springfield (Ore.) High School for 27 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona. He is survived by four daughters, Glenna Johnson, Barbara Whitbeck, Sally Donovan and Kathy Cotton; son, Rob; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.