Several mini profiles followed by class notes listings.
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 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
Sara (Thornton) Hendricksen and husband Matt welcomed son Holmes Avery Hendricksen on July 9, 2012. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.
Jon Small ’02, MAT ’07 and wife Laura welcomed their son, Noah Worzniak Small, on June 2, 2012. He was 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches.
Dave Avolio and wife Lauren welcomed son Chase Henry Avolio on Sept. 26, 2012. He was 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 20.5 inches. He joins big brother Porter.
Kanani Kagawa Fu welcomed daughter Rayn Kealoha Fu on Nov. 11, 2011.
Rhiannon Gagnon married Kevin Rowe on Sept. 8, 2012.
Dave Graves married Ashley on April 29, 2012.
Angela (Luty) Kays and her husband, Steve, welcomed daughter Kiley Ann on Dec. 28, 2012.