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

Billy Gates

Billy Gates covers high school sports for The Oregonian and OregonLive.com.

 

Katey Schultz

Katey Schultz MFA was awarded the 2013 Gold Medal for Literary Fiction Book of the Year by the Military Writers Society of America for her book, Flashes of War.

 

Rachael Burbank

Rachael Burbank has returned to her hometown in Massachusetts and is working at a Cape Cod nonprofit supporting commercial fishermen.

 

Garold Howe

Garold Howe and Rochelle Howe ’11 welcomed their second child, Harper May, on March 28, 2014. She measured 20.5 inches and weighed 7.4 pounds.

 

Nick Locke

Nick Locke opened his own chiropractic clinic in West Linn, Ore. in March 2013.

 

Thuy Nguyn

Thuy Nguyn OD is now working in the Warrenton, Ore., Costco Optical Department.

 

Bret Andre

Bret Andre MS and wife Mijeong K. Andre, research coordinator in Pacific’s Vision Performance Institute, welcomed daughter Ha-Yoon Andre on Dec. 23, 2013.