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.
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.