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 vision tests, as well as protective sports goggles and prescription eyeglasses as needed, to all Special Olympics participants. 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. A widely recognized sports vision practitioner, Berman has a practice in Hackensack, N.J., and has received many professional recognitions for his work.
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 and husband Jeff welcomed daughter Aylah Josephine on Oct. 22, 2013. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.
Lana Carter and Nolan Booth ’12 were married in the summer of 2013.
Esther Dunbar married Nat Cromartie on Aug. 24, 2013.
Laura Stafford PharmD married Robert Pringle on Aug. 10, 2013.
Kristen Dever married Matt Watson on July 20, 2013. They currently live in Texas while they continue their education.
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.