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.
Roma R. Leuthold died Feb. 9, 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and education from Pacific University. She married Clarence Leuthold in 1945. She was a substitute teacher at Cedar Mill and Sunset Valley elementary schools west of Portland. She also was an artist and taught at the Oregon Society of Artists and Village Gallery in Cedar Mill, and she operated a ceramics studio. She played piano and violin and was a member of the Oregon Society of Artists and Cedar Mill Garden Club. She is survived by her sons, Marcus, Daniel and Norman, and two grandchildren.
Ruby Mae (Alexander) Anderson died Nov. 9, 2013, of a heart condition at age 87. She served as an editor of the campus newspaper when she attended Pacific. She left college to marry Guy O. Anderson. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Guy’s Trailer parts in Longview, Wash. She is survived by her husband, Guy; two daughters, Gail A. Ricciuti and Jan Anderson; and an “adopted” daughter, Marci Massoni.
Elmer Brown died March 18, 2014, at age 89. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the Military Police Corps. He married Mildred Pullen ’49 in 1945, and they both enrolled at Pacific University in 1946. He joined the Portland Police Bureau in 1950, serving 14 years as a street officer, then nine years as a desk officer. He later transferred to the personnel division and retired in 1981 as the senior background investigator. He is survived by his daughter, Peggy Hendon, grandsons and great-granddaughters.
Margaret Jessie Hugget MA ’56 died Jan. 31, 2014, at age 85. She earned both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in history from Pacific University. She taught school for 32 years, retiring from Brown Junior High School in Hillsboro in the early 1990s. Her passion was music, and she was a bell ringer who traveled throughout the world performing. Survivors include her husband, Burton; daughter, Julie Brownhill; and two grandsons.
Jerome Henry Rauscher died Feb. 1, 2014, of a stroke at age 89. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944. He was discharged after receiving an injury during training. He married Patricia Hickenbottom in 1946. Over the years, he worked for Miller’s Hardware, Mayflower Dairy, Davidson’s Sunbeam Bread, Langendorf Bakery and Franz Bakery, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Forest Grove United Church of Christ for more than 65 years. He sang in the church choir and with the Westside Singers (formerly the Forest Grove Gleemen and Girls) from 1946 to 2011. He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Beth Armstrong, Nancy Stites, Ken Rauscher and Terri Clay; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Frank H. Wolf died Dec. 9, 2013, at age 87. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. He married Margaret Hipple in 1947. He graduated from Pacific with a degree in mathematics and earned a master’s degree in teaching from Reed College in 1966. He taught and coached for 38 years at several Oregon schools. He retired in Manzanita and served on the Manzanita Planning Commission, city council and other committees. He and his wife were selected as citizens of the year for Manzanita in 2005. He is survived by daughter, Nancy Gowen; sons, Tom, Richard, Jon and Jim; and five grandchildren.
Ted Martin died Sept. 30, 2013, after a short illness at age 85. He graduated from Pacific University with a degree in physical education. He married Shirley Mae Bedortha in 1952. He taught physical education at Waldport (Ore.) High School from 1953 to 1965 and served also as the football, basketball and baseball coach as well as the athletic director. He moved to Salem in 1965 and taught science at Walker Junior High and South Salem High School until his retirement in 1988. His first wife died in 1982, and he married Barbara Jean Richie in 1988. He is survived by her; daughter, Gayle Yost; son, Craig; stepdaughter, Linda Dougarian; and stepson, Jack Richie.