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

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.