In Memoriam, Spring 2013

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Dan French 1956  (Obituary)

Dan French 1956 (Obituary)

Dan French ’56, MS ’64 died Nov. 14, 2012, at his home in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 78. A standout three-sport athlete at Pacific in the 1950s and longtime men’s basketball coach and athletic director, French was a member of the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame.

During his undergraduate years at Pacific University, French was a four-year letter winner in football, basketball, and track and field, but he especially stood out on the hardwood. He held the Pacific career record for rebounds until 2010 and ranks fifth on Pacific’s all-time scoring list. He was inducted into the NAIA District II Hall of Fame in 1968.

He served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps before starting a teaching and coaching career at Hillsboro High School. In 1960, he became Pacific’s head men’s basketball coach, a position he held for 12 seasons. He led the Badgers to a second-place finish in the Northwest Conference in 1962‑1963, and his 117 wins were the most in school history until 2001‑2002.

He served as Pacific’s director of athletics and chair of the physical education department from 1965 to 1972 and came back to the court in 1982‑1983 as interim coach for 14 games.

He and his wife, Varina, moved to Borrego Springs, Calif., in the late 1980s, where French coached football and worked at Ram’s Hill High School.

He is survived by his wife, Varina Heinrich French, who also served as a Pacific coach and physical education faculty member and holds her own place in the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as by son Daniel V. French and his wife, Hayley; daughter, Laurie Lund and her husband, Kurt; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ellen Peirce Bump 1940 (Obituary)

Ellen Peirce Bump ’40 died Jan. 21, 2013, at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro. She was 98. She attended Pacific University and earned a degree in social work in 1940. She worked in the law offices of D.D. Bump in Forest Grove, and he encouraged her to study law at Northwestern School of Law, now Lewis & Clark Law School. She passed the bar in 1937 and worked as the only juvenile court worker in Washington County for two years. In 1942, she married Kenneth Allen Bump ‘41 in San Luis Obispo and they returned to Forest Grove where she became a parter in the law firm of Bump, Young and Walker and served as a lawyer for 43 years. She was active in many civic and community groups. She also was a member of the Forest Grove United Methodist Church. She also was a long-time friend and supporter of Pacific University. She is survived by her husband; their son, Daniel and his wife, Kathryn; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a large extended family. Her family suggested remembrances in her honor be made to Pacific University.

Jay Thomas   (Obituary)

Jay Thomas (Obituary)

Jay Thomas, professor emeritus in the Pacific University School of Professional Psychology, died Sept. 24, 2012. He spent more than 13 years as assistant dean of the School of Professional Psychology and director of the school’s counseling program. He was a dedicated teacher and mentor and helped found Pacific’s master’s degree in counseling. In 2010, he was named Distingiushed University Professor. He received professor emeritus status in Spring 2012, following his retirement.

Leonard W. Gilman 1941 (Obituary)

 
Leonard W. Gilman ’41 died June 27, 2012, at the age of 94. Gilman is the only football player in history to be selected to the Northwest All Star team four years in a row, and he was honored three times as a “Little All American.” He also was a Golden Gloves boxer, a baseball pitcher, and set track records that still stand today. He entered the U.S. Border Patrol in 1941 as a horse patrol officer, but interrupted his career for World War II, serving as a naval air gunner. After returning to the Border Patrol, he stopped the first hijacking of a commercial jet in the U.S., earning accolades as a national hero and receiving special commendations from President John F. Kennedy. He retired in 1970. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine Gilman ’42. He is survived by his wife, Mary Gayle, sons Lance and Brent, stepson James, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pat (Akin) Koenig 1965 (Obituary)

Pat (Akin) Koenig ’65 died Sept. 6, 2012, after struggling with illness for quite some time. At Pacific University, she was a member of the Theta Nu Alpha sorority. She earned a full scholarship at Pacific in the Speech Department for the Debate Team and graduated with a bachelor of arts in speech/speech pathology. She went on to start her own speech therapy business in Seattle. She married Jerry Koenig in 1967 and enjoyed traveling before starting a family. Pat went into residential real estate when their daughter was young and had a successful career for 30 years. She is survived by husband Jerry; daughter Tiffany; and two grandsons.

Rhoda Irene Mills 1939 (Obituary)

Rhoda Irene Mills ’39 died July 25, 2012, at the age of 94. She graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1935 and from Pacific University in 1939. She taught English, French, bookkeeping, girls’ physical education and music at Corbett (Ore.) High School from 1940 to 1942. She took a break from teaching to join the Navy in 1942 in the midst of World War II. She earned the rank of ensign and was assigned to a unit responsible for commissioning warships launching in the Portland and Astoria areas. She was honorably discharged in 1946, but was called back to duty during the Korean War in the 1950s. She remained with the reserves until 1977, when she retired as a lieutenant commander. In the meantime, she earned a master’s degree in education in 1955. She taught business, coached tennis and advised the rally squad for more than 20 years, traveling the world during her summer breaks. When she retired from teaching in 1977, she volunteered for 13 years at the Naval Marine Corps Training Center at Swan Island. She is survived by her nephew and niece, Fred Haney and Kathy Gentemann and their families. The family suggests remembrances be made to Pacific University.

Sara Virginia Lasky 2003  (Obituary)

Sara Virginia Lasky 2003 (Obituary)

Sara Virginia Lasky MAT ’03 died Oct. 11, 2012, at the age of 35, due to a brain tumor. While attending Pacific University, Lasky earned her master’s of arts in teaching. She taught at Brookwood Elementary School and R.A. Brown Middle School in the Hillsboro (Ore.) School District. She also was an accomplished musician who belonged to the Greater Portland Flute Society and the Brooklyn Music Society. She is survived by her parents, grandparents and extended family.

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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.