Remembering alumni and friends who have passed away.
Tall Chief 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 a master’s in 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.
George W. Burlingham Pacific University Trustee Emeritus George W. Burlingham died Jan. 28, 2014, at the age of 79.
Burlingham was born and raised in Forest Grove and married his childhood girlfriend, Ruth, in 1956. They spent 57 years as best friends, partners and parents of three daughters.
He earned his degree in economics from Stanford University in 1957, then served in the U.S. Army for two years, much of it at the National Security agency. In 1959, he returned to Forest Grove and joined the family grass seed business, E. F. Burlingham and Sons. He was president and chairman of the board from 1970 to 1995, as well as chairman of several affiliated companies and president of Burlingham Seeds from 2000 to 2013. He also served on several local boards and commissions in Forest Grove and Washington County.
From 1988 to 2012, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Pacific University, following in a family tradition of support of the university. He was an active member of the property committee and an enthusiastic supporter of the reinstated football program. Before him, his mother, Doris, served as one of the first female trustees at Pacific, and she and his father, Charles, were instrumental in the restoration of and donation of furnishings for Old College Hall. Before that, his great-great-aunt Cora was married to Henry “Prin” Liberty Bates, one of the first principals of the Tualatin Academy. His sister-in-law, Ruth Burlingham Loomis ’25, attended Pacific, later taught P.E. while coaching women’s field hockey, basketball and softball, and is honored in the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame.
George Burlingham received the Pacific University Community Service Award in 2005, and he and his wife received the Pacific University Harvey Clark Award in 2003. Burlingham Hall is named in honor of the family’s long-time support of Pacific.
George Burlingham was preceded in death by his daughter, Dori, and parents, Gordon and Doris. He is survived by wife Ruth; daughter Sheri and son-in-law Randy Schneider; daughter Karen and son-in-law Mark Bland; grandchildren, David and wife Julie Brettle, Brandi Dooley, Michael Bland and Dori Bland; great-grandchildren, Conor Dooley and Alex Schneider; and sister and brother-in-law Katharine and Don Epstein. Memorial donations may be sent to Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116.
Berman died Nov. 10, 2013. He was honored in 2012 by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his work as founder and global clinical adviser of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes and Healthy Athletes program, which he developed in 1991 as president of the American Optometric Association’s Sports Vision Section. Berman was the owner and founder of Focus Eye Health and Vision Care in Hackensack, N.J., a member of Lion’s Club International and received many awards for his humanitarian work. He was named the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians’ OD of the Year in 1998, and also received the society’s most prestigious award, the 2010 E.C. Nurock Award. He also received the society’s Public Service Award in 2010 for his service with EyeCare4Haiti Program. He was an international lecturer and former faculty member of the State University of New York College of Optometry, a consultant for Head Start, preschool facilities, and professional and Olympic athletic teams. He also was the team optometrist for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He served on numerous state, national and international boards related to eye care. He is survived by his wife, Diane Berman; his children, Brent, Seth and Rebecca Berman, Jamie and AJ Bianco, Matt Lilien, Brian and Chelsea Lilien; and two grandchildren.
Roma R. Leuthold died Feb. 9, 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and education from Pacific University. She married Clarence Leuthold in 1945. She was a substitute teacher at Cedar Mill and Sunset Valley elementary schools west of Portland. She also was an artist and taught at the Oregon Society of Artists and Village Gallery in Cedar Mill, and she operated a ceramics studio. She played piano and violin and was a member of the Oregon Society of Artists and Cedar Mill Garden Club. She is survived by her sons, Marcus, Daniel and Norman, and two grandchildren.
Ruby Mae (Alexander) Anderson died Nov. 9, 2013, of a heart condition at age 87. She served as an editor of the campus newspaper when she attended Pacific. She left college to marry Guy O. Anderson. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Guy’s Trailer parts in Longview, Wash. She is survived by her husband, Guy; two daughters, Gail A. Ricciuti and Jan Anderson; and an “adopted” daughter, Marci Massoni.
Elmer Brown died March 18, 2014, at age 89. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the Military Police Corps. He married Mildred Pullen ’49 in 1945, and they both enrolled at Pacific University in 1946. He joined the Portland Police Bureau in 1950, serving 14 years as a street officer, then nine years as a desk officer. He later transferred to the personnel division and retired in 1981 as the senior background investigator. He is survived by his daughter, Peggy Hendon, grandsons and great-granddaughters.
Margaret Jessie Hugget MA ’56 died Jan. 31, 2014, at age 85. She earned both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in history from Pacific University. She taught school for 32 years, retiring from Brown Junior High School in Hillsboro in the early 1990s. Her passion was music, and she was a bell ringer who traveled throughout the world performing. Survivors include her husband, Burton; daughter, Julie Brownhill; and two grandsons.
Jerome Henry Rauscher died Feb. 1, 2014, of a stroke at age 89. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944. He was discharged after receiving an injury during training. He married Patricia Hickenbottom in 1946. Over the years, he worked for Miller’s Hardware, Mayflower Dairy, Davidson’s Sunbeam Bread, Langendorf Bakery and Franz Bakery, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Forest Grove United Church of Christ for more than 65 years. He sang in the church choir and with the Westside Singers (formerly the Forest Grove Gleemen and Girls) from 1946 to 2011. He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Beth Armstrong, Nancy Stites, Ken Rauscher and Terri Clay; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Frank H. Wolf died Dec. 9, 2013, at age 87. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. He married Margaret Hipple in 1947. He graduated from Pacific with a degree in mathematics and earned a master’s degree in teaching from Reed College in 1966. He taught and coached for 38 years at several Oregon schools. He retired in Manzanita and served on the Manzanita Planning Commission, city council and other committees. He and his wife were selected as citizens of the year for Manzanita in 2005. He is survived by daughter, Nancy Gowen; sons, Tom, Richard, Jon and Jim; and five grandchildren.
Ted Martin died Sept. 30, 2013, after a short illness at age 85. He graduated from Pacific University with a degree in physical education. He married Shirley Mae Bedortha in 1952. He taught physical education at Waldport (Ore.) High School from 1953 to 1965 and served also as the football, basketball and baseball coach as well as the athletic director. He moved to Salem in 1965 and taught science at Walker Junior High and South Salem High School until his retirement in 1988. His first wife died in 1982, and he married Barbara Jean Richie in 1988. He is survived by her; daughter, Gayle Yost; son, Craig; stepdaughter, Linda Dougarian; and stepson, Jack Richie.