Remembering Tom Holce '59, '93; Don Iverson '59; Dr. Roy Clunes and other Pacific graduates.
Don “Ivy” Iverson passed away Feb. 14 after battling a brain tumor. He was 74. Iverson was a teacher, basketball coach and later a vice principal for Vancouver, Wa. schools. After starring in basketball and football at Vancouver High, he was offered scholarships from three colleges, but chose Pacific in 1954. He played football for the then-Badgers, earning all conference honors, and was scouted by the Baltimore Colts. He loved golf, his fully-restored blue 1967 Ford Mustang and sailing. He was also quite the storyteller. A favorite was how football teammate Tommy Thompson rushed in so fast on one play that he intercepted the other team’s hiked football and ran it in for a touchdown. Another story involved an eerie happening at Knight Hall where his fraternity was housed. Late one night he was awakened by the opening of a squeaky door and footsteps proceeding up the stairs. The footsteps continued up into the room, but with no visible owner. Don had just encountered Vera the ghost!
Dr. Roy Clunes, One of the key contributors to the founding of the College of Optometry, Dr. Clunes died May 27 at age 93.
Born June 5, 1916 in Scotland, Clunes immigrated to the United States in 1937 and graduated from North Pacific College of Optometry in 1939. Clunes and two other optometrists purchased the college in 1941.In 1945, the college merged with Pacific University.
Clunes joined the U.S. Navy and became a U.S. citizen during World War II. In 1941 he married Helen, who passed away three months prior to his death. He served on Pacific’s Board of Trustees from 1956 to 1974, then was an honorary trustee. He also served ten years as a clinical contact lens instructor. Clunes practiced optometry for almost 50 years, first in Albany, Ore., then in Corvallis, Ore. He traveled many times for eye care projects with the Christian Medical Society and was a contributor and member of many professional optometric associations.
1959, Honorary Degree 1993
Thomas Jefferson Holce
Tom Holce, one of Oregon’s leading technology entrepreneurs, died July 14 at his Jantzen Beach home after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.
Holce, who grew up in a logging family in Mist, Ore., was a key figure in the growth of Pacific. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1992 and was the group’s chairperson from 1991 to 1992. He served on all the Board’s subcommittees and led the University’s first comprehensive capital campaign, which ended in 1993 after raising $24 million.
Over the years, he gave well over $1.5 million to the University. Holce came to Pacific after a stint in the Air Force at the recommendation of his first wife Joyce, who preceded him in death in 1992. Although a self-described poor student in high school, at Pacific he quickly blossomed into a top student in math and physics. While still at Pacific, he began work on an electron microscope in his Forest Grove garage that was the genesis of his first company, Pacific Instruments. He later sold the instrument to Doug Strain and Electro Scientific Industries, and went on to found several more technology firms and record over 20 patents.
Holce is survived by his spouse, Gretchen Holce; sister, Irene Jones; half-brother, Robert Mathews; son, Kent Holce; daughter, Tonya Holce-Owens; stepsons, Mark and Ryan Griffin; stepdaughter, Heidi Griffin; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce; and brother, Wilfred.
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.