Class Notes, Fall 2011

Several mini profiles followed by class notes listings.

Darlene Larson 1991

Darlene Larson 1991

Darlene Larson PT ’91 resides in Florida where she practices physical therapy at Smith Skilled Nursing Facility, the in-patient center at a local hospital and patients’ homes. She has not been on campus since graduating, but plans on returning this fall for Reunion.

Marji Burniston 2001

Marji Burniston 2001

Major Marji Burniston ’98, O.T. ’01, currently stationed in Las Vegas, returned to service in the U.S. Army as an occupational therapist in January 2006 after graduating from Pacific’s School of Occupational Therapy in 2001. In 2011, she was promoted to Major and received the Iron Major Award, which recognizes the top 10 percent of the Army Medical Specialist Corps for exceptional contributions and displayed leadership. Before moving to Afghanistan next summer, she will attend Reunion this fall.

Rodney Helm ’69, O.D. 1971

Rodney Helm ’69, O.D. 1971

Rodney Helm 69, O.D. 71 lives with his wife, Vickie ’71, in Park Rapids, Minn., where he practices optometry in his clinic with Murray Westberg O.D. ’05 and Jenni Keller O.D. ’11. Helm started biking in Forest Grove while attending Pacific and biked 64 miles on his birthday in the summer of 2011, continuing his annual tradition of biking his new age on every birthday.

General Comments

Craig Eyestone

Craig Eyestone now teaches math at Ilwaco (Wash.) High School, after earning a master’s degree from Phoenix University, a six-year stop in Moses Lake, Wash., and a 20-year career in television. 

Irv Zemrau ’62, OD ’63

Irv Zemrau ’62, OD ’63 and his family received the Mary Fitzgerald Award for 2013 in “recognition of outstanding support for Prosper Place Clubhouse and its members.” Prosper Place Clubhouse in Edmonton, Canada, offers a safe place where adults with mental illness participate in their own rehabilitation and function as independently as possible. 

Richard “Dick” Beers

Richard “Dick” Beers and his wife, Ann (Bernheim) Beers ’65, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 29, 2013, in Eugene, Ore. 

Ed McQuary

Ed McQuary has published a book, 100 yards of Memories: Memorable Players and People of an Old Coach, detailing nearly 50 years coaching high school sports. A retired history teacher and school counselor, he coached at St. Helens, Banks, Lakeridge and Riverdale high schools in Oregon after graduating from Pacific University, where he played football. Read more of his story.

Dave Pump

Dave Pump recently retired as executive director of Sequoia Mental Health Services in Beaverton, Ore.

Steve Dustrude

Steve Dustrude is the president of the Pacific University Alumni Association. 

Art Kalahiki

Art Kalahiki is the owner of APK Entertainment in Hawai’i, specializing in providing services for weddings, corporate events, and hotel and restaurant shows.