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.
Christy Aleckson ’95 has been named one of the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” as well as a “Five Star Wealth Manager” by Portland Monthly. Aleckson is a financial advisor at Single Point Financial Advisors. She is on the board of directors of Women in Insurance and Financial Services, Portland Metro Chapter and she serves on the board of directors of Women in Insurance and Financial Services. A proud season-ticket holder to Pacific’s football games, Aleckson serves on the Boxer Club Board of Directors.
Brent A. Bullock OD died March 4, 2014, of complications associated with an illness at age 42. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree, then earned his optometry degree from Pacific University. He practiced optometry in Tucson, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Melanie, and daughters, Emily, Jane and Olivia.
Tony Turin ’07, OD ’10 opened Mt. Hood Eyecare in Sandy, Ore., this spring. His recently returned from military service as an Army captain and won $15,000 in a business competition sponsored by CitiBank investors to help start his clinic.
Pamela Booth is attending the University of Rhode Island to earn a master of science degree in environmental and natural resource economics in May 2015.
Alexander Nguyen and Marissa Bricker welcomed son Kaymien Mekhai Nguyen on March 18, 2014.
Scott Pitts OD died Jan. 31, 2014. He was an associate of EyeCare Focus in Eugene. He is survived by his wife, Brianne, and three children.