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

Samuel Arbital

Samuel Arbital celebrated the 55th anniversary of his home-office practice fitting of contact lenses in Plainview, N.Y.
 

Robert Casteel

Robert Casteel

Robert Casteel and his wife, Barbara Pelton Casteel ’56, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary March 23, 2014. They received the Pacific University Outstanding Alumni Award in 1986. Bob is a professor emeritus in speech and hearing sciences at Portland State University. Barbara is a retired insurance company executive. 

 

Chuck Olson

Chuck Olson was part of the featured barbershop quartet, The Aliens, at the 68th annual All-Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest in Forest Grove in March. The Aliens have competed in the barbershop quartet contest 32 times and have performed all over the United States and Canada.

 

Jerry Kalapus

Jerry Kalapus was named to the Reynolds School (Fairview, Ore.) District Hall of Fame in November 2013. Kalapus taught at Reynolds High School from 1961 to 1965 and still substitutes in the district. His boys’ tennis teams won numerous conference titles over several decades. In 2012, he was named Oregon’s Substitute Teacher of the Year. He is married to Suzanne (Richards) Kalapus ’60.

 

Patricia (Laws) Conrad

Patricia (Laws) Conrad has resumed playing her clarinet after 50 years. She has joined the Portland Community Winds Band. She is a retired high school math and English as a second language teacher.

 

Jarunee (Toktaeng) Chantraparnik

Jarunee (Toktaeng) Chantraparnik and her store, Toys Unique, which closed in February, were featured in a story in the Washington Post. The Potomac, Md., store offered a variety of specialty toy items — no toy guns — and catered
to a wealthy clientele.

 

Kathleen (Morgan) Ferrando

Kathleen (Morgan) Ferrando retired as a principal and is now working at a San Francisco area university supervising student teachers and teaching an online class. She and her husband Al run a church thrift shop and volunteer at the Petaluma Visitors Center one day a week. They enjoy walking their dog, Dante, and enjoying the area near their home in the Petaluma Hills north of San Francisco.