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 ’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, 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 ’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 ’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 ’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 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.
Jerry Greenfield has been appointed to a four-year term on the Wilsonville Planning Commission. He previously was a member of the Wilsonville Development Review Board. He is also a member of the Southwest Portland Metro Community Advisory Group for the Oregon Passenger Rail Project. The city recognized him as the “Heart of Wilsonville” Volunteer of the Year in 2013. He is married to Kathleen (Bolster) Greenfield ’64.
Raymond Kamiya died Dec. 15, 2013, at age 72. He graduated from Pacific University with a degree in physical education He married Barbara Jean Holscher in 1964. He was a firefighter for the city of Hillsboro for 32 years and retired as a lieutenant in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Kae Kamiya; and son, Kenneth.
Jimmy Crossland died Jan. 19, 2014, at age 64 of cancer. After graduating from Pacific, he played professional basketball for the NBA’s Baltimore Bullets and in Denmark. He later became a deputy for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He retired in 2007 and worked as a part-time NBA scout. He refereed basketball in the Portland metropolitan area.
Duane Michael Swanz ’76, OD ’78 died March 7, 2014, at age 60. Optometry was a family tradition started by his grandfather. Duane practiced with his twin brother, Dennis, at the Billings Vision and Contact Lens Clinic, which they started and their brother David managed. They retired to Arizona in 2010. Duane was a pilot who enjoyed flying his gyrocopter, and he also enjoyed many fishing trips and visiting the tropics. He is survived by his mother, Noreen; brothers, Donald Swanz ‘69, OD ‘71 and wife Cathie (Reynolds) Swanz ‘73, Dennis Swanz, and David Swanz; two nephews; and one niece. His cousins David Beigel ’87, OD ’88 and Kevin Beigel ’89, OD ‘91 also attended Pacific.
Christy Stephen Novacoff Jr. died Feb. 2, 2014, at age 57. He attended Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College for two years, then graduated from Pacific University, where he played football. He was a distribution supervisor for Nike and Fujitsu and lived in Beaverton. He is survived by his daughter, Christina Novacoff-Higbee; son, Brandon; and four grandchildren.
Susan E. Ivey OD died Jan. 24, 2014, at age 61. She married Dean Reynolds ’75, OD ’78 in 1988, and they founded City of Vision Eye Care in Rio Rancho, N.M. She was an avid reader and enjoyed round dancing, scrapbooking, skiing and traveling. She served as an elder in her church and on various church committees. She is survived by her husband, Dean; children, Erin, Christopher, Jeffrey and Brianne; and two grandchildren.
Lennice Irene (Popken) Farnham MS died Feb. 28, 2014, of pancreatic cancer at age 72. She graduated from Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa, then earned a master’s degree at Pacific University. She taught school, substituted and worked in doctor’s offices, but her love was working at the Cornelius Public Library. She is survived by her husband, Don; sons Scott and Terry; and two grandchildren.