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.
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 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 and his wife, Ann (Bernheim) Beers ’65, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 29, 2013, in Eugene, Ore.
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 recently retired as executive director of Sequoia Mental Health Services in Beaverton, Ore.
Steve Dustrude is the president of the Pacific University Alumni Association.
Art Kalahiki is the owner of APK Entertainment in Hawai’i, specializing in providing services for weddings, corporate events, and hotel and restaurant shows.