Class Notes, Spring 2012

Several mini profiles followed by class notes listings.

Chad Toomey 1994

Chad Toomey 1994

Chad Toomey ’94 has accepted a firefighter position with the Forest Grove Fire Department. Toomey has worked at the Pacific University Outback since 1997 and also served as a volunteer firefighter. “It is such a privilege to be accepted into this fine staff of professionals,” he said. “At the same time, I will be saying farewell to a wonderfully supportive organization — Pacific University. These are exciting times!”

Paul Berman 1975

Paul Berman 1975

Paul Berman O.D. '75 was honored at the White House on Oct. 2, 2012, for his work as founder and global clinical adviser of the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program, in which volunteers provide all Special Olympics participants with vision tests, as well as protective sports goggles and prescription eyeglasses as needed. Dr. Berman developed the program in 1991, during his term as president of the AOA Sports Vision Section, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation assumed sponsorship in 2001. Dr. Berman is a widely recognized sports vision practitioner who has worked with the New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Nets, New York Giants, U.S. Olympic Hand Ball Team and U.S. Olympic Fencing Team, as well as golfers, high school and collegiate athletes and recreational athletes. His Hackensack, N.J., practice Focus Eye Health and Vision Care, has been featured on ESPN. He also is a past New Jersey Optometrist of the Year and AOA SVS Optometrist of the Year and was named the International Optometrist of the Year in 2005 by the World Council of Optometry. American Optometric Association

Elisabeth (Whiting) '10 and Cameron Turner

Elisabeth Whiting

Elisabeth Whiting married Cameron Turner in Phoenix on May 5, 2013. They live in Anchorage, where Elisabeth works for Alaska Premier Dental Group as a dental hygienist. Cameron is the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Allison (Rickert) Wagner

Allison (Rickert) Wagner and husband Jeff welcomed daughter Aylah Josephine on Oct. 22, 2013. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

Lana Carter

Lana Carter and Nolan Booth ’12 were married in the summer of 2013.

Esther Dunbar '11 and Nat Cromartie

Esther Dunbar

Esther Dunbar married Nat Cromartie on Aug. 24, 2013.

Laura Stafford PharmD

Laura Stafford PharmD married Robert Pringle on Aug. 10, 2013.

Kristen Dever

Kristen Dever married Matt Watson on July 20, 2013. They currently live in Texas while they continue their education.

Larry Feign MFA

Larry Feign MFA and his work-in-progress novel, Pirate Queen, were shortlisted in the Novel-In-Progress category of the Faulkner Society’s 2013 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. His article on dialogue in historical fiction, “Hearkee, Ye Raskal! Hear Me, Sirrah: The Conundrum of Dialogue in Historical Fiction,” appears in the October 2013 edition of the AWP Writer’s Chronicle.