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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.