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

Lynn (Fishman) Hellerstein ’74, OD ’77

Lynn (Fishman) Hellerstein ’74, OD ’77 is owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, which was voted in the Top 5 in the vision category in Colorado Parent magazine’s annual “Family Favorites” edition.

Robert Hersman ’74, OD ’75

Robert Hersman ’74, OD ’75 and Aaron Mjelstad ’98, OD ’00 regularly treat football and baseball players from the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins pro teams in their practice, Hopkins Eye Clinic, in Hopkins, Minn. Former Pacific University optometry faculty member Al Reichow ’78, OD ’81, MAEd ’95 was instrumental in helping secure the arrangement between the clinic and the professional athletes. Reichow’s father, Jerry Reichow, was a former Vikings player.

Oliver Gruter

Oliver Gruter won six gold medals in swimming events in the 34th annual Nevada Senior Games in Las Vegas this fall. 

Sandy Young ’82, OD ‘84

Sandy Young ’82, OD ’84 has published a book, Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye Health. The book includes more than 150 recipes with photos, a chapter on important eye nutrients, food charts, and how to maximize nutrient retention during cooking. 

David Wolf OD

David Wolf OD was named the 2013 Optometric Physician of the Year by the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association in recognition of his service to the optometric profession and his community. He is the owner of Lake Oswego Vision Clinic in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Hanna Vaandering

Hanna Vaandering is featured in an article in the October 2013 edition of Today’s OEA, a publication of the Oregon Education Association. Vaandering is president. 

Ken Kondo

Ken Kondo captured five medals in August at the 2013 State Games of America, a biennial Olympic-style competition. Kondo won a gold as a member of the 200-yard freestyle mixed relay, silvers in the 50-yard backstroke, 100-yard backstroke and 50-yard breaststroke, and a bronze in the 50-yard butterfly. Kondo competed in the State Games of California prior to attending the national meet. He owned seven school records while a member of the Boxer men’s swimming team from 1985 to 1988.