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.
Arthur Clarkson McKay Jr. ’54, OD ’55 died Jan. 5, 2013, after a seven-month battle with cancer. McKay was born in Amarillo, Texas, where he received an associate degree from Amarillo College in 1951. McKay served as a medic in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He taught science and coached golf at Palo Duro High School for one year, then began his optometry practice in Amarillo in June 1959. He also coached several Kids Inc. teams, was active in the first Presbyterian Church and the Amarillo Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Ann Moyer McKay; daughters, Susan McKay Hoyl and Beth McKay Wilson; sons, Tom and Jim McKay; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Stanley Greenlaw died Dec. 27, 2012, at age 91 in Corning, Calif.
Gary Edmond Williams '57 died June 12, 2013, at age 78. Born in Iowa, he attended high school in Seattle and became an Eagle Scout at age 17. A talented artist who studied architecture, he designed his parents’ house while still a teenager. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pacific University, he earned a master’s in business administration from Seattle University. He served briefly in the U.S. Army in the late 1950s and then began working for Kenworth Trucks. He married Eleanor Sue Turman in 1959. Williams worked as a business executive for Paccar, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the world, retiring at age 45. He continued as a business consultant and later worked as an antique dealer. He also volunteered for United Way and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his daughter Cynthia Lorraine and a granddaughter.
Donovan M. Bigelow died March 25, 2012, at age 74. He served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and was a computer engineer at IBM for 35 years in California. He was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus and served as a Eucharistic minister in several churches. He was a senior judge at Classic Thunderbird Club International car shows. He is survived by his wife, Juanita.
Pacific University Trustee Lisa Hargis '60 died July 12, 2013. Hargis received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Pacific, then worked for Oregon Mutual Insurance Company for 34 years, beginning in 1979 as an underwriter and retiring as a vice president of underwriting. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and worked to guide a risk management task force. She also served as president of the Oregon Fair Plan Association, a nonprofit association supported by insurance companies licensed to write property insurance. She enjoyed boating, cooking, traveling and caring for her husband and her cocker spaniel, Murphy Brown. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Gary M. Hargis; her parents, John and Sally Carey; and two brothers, Jay and Colin Carey. She was preceded in death by her brother, Kevin Carey.
David C. Favor died Feb. 19, 2011, of cancer at age 73. Favor was the founder and CEO of Victor Treatment Centers and a pioneer in the treatment of mentally ill children. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by California State University in 2010, in recognition of his accomplishments releasing children from state hospitals into compassionate residential settings. He earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington, then moved to California. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; three children, Michael, Ray and Penelope Favor-Wyllie; two stepchildren; and 10 grandchildren.
Judith (Montgomery) Mills died Jan. 5, 2013, at age 73. At Pacific, she was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and the Boxerettes service club. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1962 at the University of Oregon. She taught in Pleasant Hill, Ore., then was a stay-at-home mother for several years before returning to teaching in the Eugene area. She is survived by her husband, Elvin; daughters, Kelly Mills and Ramona Murtha; five grandchildren; sister, Virginia Gay Moi Moi; and brother, Richard Glee Montgomery.