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.
Stanley E. “Doc” Samuelis ’61, OD ’62 died March 16, 2013, at age 79. He entered the U.S. Air Force in March 1952 as a ground and airborne radio operator, later becoming a cryptographer. He was stationed stateside and also served overseas in England and French Morocco. After his discharge, he attended Portland State College, then Pacific University. He was a member of Phi Beta Tau fraternity and Omega Epsilon Phi at Pacific. He was an optometrist for 42 years, including 10 years as the optometrist for the Portland Trail Blazers. An avid “Beaver Believer,” he was a member of the Oregon State University Beaver Club for 40 years. He is survived by his daughters, Leslie Geller, Terri Koontz and Marci Samuelis-Clardy; 10 grandchildren; and his former wife, Laura J. Spear.
Maynard C. Falconer OD died June 20, 2012, at age 77. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1957, then served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Doris Bartlett in 1957. He owned the Alaska Eye Care practice in Anchorage. He served on numerous boards, including as president of the Anchorage Rotary Club and with the Alaska State Optometric Association. He was very involved with Boy Scouts in Alaska and also worked as a volunteer advisor with the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Falconer ’65, OD ’66. He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Lisa Haugen and Sheryl Lentifer ’90; son, Maynard; and several grandchildren.
Paul Washburn OD died July 14, 2012, at age 73. He served in the U.S. Army for 35 years, retiring as a “full-bird” colonel. He practiced optometry in Placerville, Calif. He coached Little League for many years, enjoyed archery and belonged to the El Dorado Hills Archery Club. He competed in the Senior Olympics and won a gold medal. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; children, Daric Perkins and Lisa Lubinski; and eight grandchildren.
Donald Hood ’66, OD ’68 died Dec. 30, 2012, at age 67. He joined the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and was considered to be the first parachute-qualified, combat-ready optometrist in the Army. He served as the Army’s chief of eye services at the Diplomatic Medical Mission in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1970 to 1972. He later served as chief of optometry in the Army reserve unit at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. He started a private practice in Aurora in 1972, then founded Vision Care Specialists in 1974. He traveled to Cambodian refugee camps to assist with eye care. He helped establish the first college of optometry in Bankok. He co-founded Eye Health Network in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Chelsey Russell; son, Cayman; granddaughter; and brothers, Rick, Greg and Tim.
Paul Bradley OD died Feb. 11, 2013, at age 72. He attended Southeastern State College in Durant, Okla. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, then attended optometry school at Pacific University. He is survived by his wife, Ozella Bradley; sons, Jay and Mark Bradley; daughter, LeAnne Lehring; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Karen Susan (Mullan) Kaiser died June 2, 2013, at age 58 of cancer. She worked for Pacific Northwest Bell, US West and Qwest until she retired. She was a member of Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene and Gideons International Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Dan; children, Elicia Palmer ’10 and Evan Kaiser; stepson, Damon Kaiser; one granddaughter; sisters, Leigh Cuppy and Laurie Rahn; and brother, Brian Mullan.
Paul Kohl '80, faculty emeritus, died Feb. 27, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. A native New Yorker, he earned a bachelor’s degree from State University New York, Binghamton in 1973 and his doctorate in optometry from Pacific University in 1980. He then became the first teaching fellow in the College of Optometry. He went on to become a tenured faculty member, earning the Pacific University Trustee Award to Young Faculty, and then the Pacific University Distinguished Professional Faculty Award. A dedicated teacher, he served on several boards and committees at the university throughout his more than 30 years of service to Pacific. Among other achievements, he established pediatric optometric services and developed the pediatrics curriculum at the College of Optometry. He published many articles on pediatric and behavioral vision. He also provided presentations and chaired continuing education conferences for practicing optometrists. Kohl retired in 2011 and was awarded faculty emeritus status. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter, Maja ’14; and son, Jesse.