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.
Paul Berman OD 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.
John T. Farrell died Aug. 29, 2013, at age 60. After he graduated from Pacific University, he worked for Hanks grocery for 30 years, beginning in retail sales, then later becoming a partner in the organization. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two sisters.
Lyle Arthur Galdeira died Nov. 25, 2013, at age 59. While at Pacific, he interned with KUIK Radio in Washington County. He later became the news anchor there, then went to KYXI, an all-news radio station in Portland. He joined KGW in Portland, where his on-air name was Lyle Arthur. He and his wife Kathy returned to Hawai’i in 1987. He was chief political reporter for three Hawai’i television news departments. He also anchored morning and evening newscasts and hosted a program called Cheap Eats, which focused on restaurant reviews, as well as segments Does It Work. He left news after a 30-year career and worked for Prudential Locations as a realtor beginning in 2006. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Emma; and his mother, Ann Duncan.
Karl Cloyd ’83, OD ’85 died Oct. 16, 2013, at age 59. He practiced optometry in the Portland area then moved to Medford, Ore., in 1990. Together with his wife, Frances Cloyd ’76, OD ’88, he formed Riverside Vision Care in Medford. He was an active member of the Greater Medford Rotary Club. He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin. He is survived by his wife and his children, Kelley, KC, Ilana and Kathryn.
Shannon (Blacklidge) Brahmer MAT died Aug. 13, 2013, at age 27. She graduated in 2008 from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She taught at elementary schools in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. She enjoyed traveling and outdoor activities. She is survived by her husband, Erik Brahmer; parents, Gary and Marie Blacklidge; sisters, Brienne and Raeme Blacklidge; and brothers, David and Jeremy Blacklidge.
Omar Matthew Horani died Aug. 17, 2013, at age 21. He was born in Portland and graduated from Tigard (Ore.) High School in 2010. He played football at Pacific University as a freshman. He later transferred to St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C., then to Adams Sate University in Alamosa, Colo., where he played lacrosse. He was a pre-med student. He is survived by his parents, Samer and Laura Horani, and his sister, Sohayla Horani.