Merle Daniel "Dan" Hess '54 died Dec. 12, 2011. He was born in Umapine, Ore. While at Pacific University, Hess earned a degree in physical education and played football, receiving all-conference honors during his last three years. He was also the president of the Alpha Zeta fraternity. He spent his career as a teacher and coach until retiring in 1984. Despite his college major, he never taught physical education but instead concentrated on social studies. He coached wrestling and football and, at times, assisted in baseball and track. He initiated the Kid Wrestling program that is still in place in Scappoose. He later added athletic director responsibilities to his career. He was president of the Hillsboro Education Association for two years and a lifetime member of Optimist International in Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife, Marvelyn Davison Hess, two children, two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Eva Krebs died Thursday, July 12, 2012, following a long battle with breast cancer. Krebs was the vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students at Pacific University, where she worked since 1995. She was a passionate advocate for students, who personally helped countless students overcome personal and educational challenges. During her tenure, she assisted with the development of new orientation and ambassador programs for students, took the lead in the design and construction of two new residence halls, assisted in the development of the Health Professions Campus, led the effort to create health and counseling services for graduate students, and helped reinstate the “sign, shake and ring” tradition. Prior to her work at Pacific, she worked for Rider College and, before that, as a lawyer. She is survived by her husband, Rick; children, Heidi and Alec; and grandchildren, Ryan and Annabelle. Memorial donations may be made to the Eva C. Krebs Boxer Spirit Award for an Extraordinary Student at pacificu.edu/giving.
Miles Shishido died March 21, 2012, at the age of 91. Shishido was born in Paia, Maui, where he worked as a plantation clerk to help support his nine siblings. He married his wife, Florence, in Honolulu and graduated from the University of Hawai’i in 1947. He earned a master’s degree at Chicago Theological Seminary in 1948. He served as a minister in Hawai’i, then in Illinois, while earning a second master’s degree and doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Shishido began teaching philosophy and religion at Pacific University in 1963, and he eventually became a University Distinguished Professor. He also served as the chair of the philosophy and religion department. During his time at Pacific, Shishido went to Japan as a visiting professor and was the adviser of the Hawai’i Club. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, chess and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, two sons and five grandchildren. The Oregonian
Samuel Wilson '49, O.D. '50 died Feb. 12, 2012, at the age of 86. Wilson was born in Shelton, Wash., where he attended high school before enlisting in the Navy. He was accepted into the Naval V-12 Program at Whitman College, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. He completed officer training school at Columbia University and served as a chief engineering officer in the South Pacific. After graduation, he chose a career in optometry and came to Pacific for schooling. He and his wife, Helen, moved to Lakewood, Wash., where he practiced optometry for more than 40 years. He was one of the founders of Western Vision Services, which was instrumental in getting optometric care covered by insurance. He also was active in the Kiwanis, the Tacoma Country & Golf Club and as a board member for the Camp Fire Girls. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two beloved granddaughters who affectionately called him “Pops.” The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.
Sheldon Walter Olsen O.D. died March 17, 2012, at age 31, in an accident at Lake Limerick in Washington. Olsen’s son, Jace, also passed away in the same accident. Olsen was born in Salt Lake City and earned his bachelor’s from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Julie, were married in 2002. After graduating from Pacific’s College of Optometry, Olsen worked at the Shelton Walmart Vision Center for six months, and he was excited to serve in his chosen profession. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a counselor in a Bishopric. He also served as a Youth Men’s President, Ward Mission leader and Boy Scout leader. In his spare time, he enjoyed exercising, playing basketball, snowboarding, barbecuing and riding his motorcycle. He is survived by his wife, parents, brothers and sisters. Shelton-Mason County (Wash.) Journal
George Andrew Herr, parent of current Pacific student Tiara D. Herr '14, died on Aug. 10, 2012 due to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He served in the army and founded a software company where he worked until a few weeks before his death. Herr is survived by his wife Donna, 4 siblings, 11 children, and 14 grandchildren. The Hillsboro Argus, Hillsboro, Ore.
Carl Vincent Rossetti, the father of Pacific graduate Christine Rosssetti-Sagar '10, died on Sept. 23, 2012. Rossetti attended the University of Portland and received a Civil Engineering Degree. He opened his own business, where he designed and managed building projects until his retirement in 2010. Rossetti is preceded in death by his son Thomas Kevin Rossetti and survived by his wife Dorothy, their 9 children, 29 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
Corinne Evelyn Scott died Oct. 7, 2012, at the age of 86. She earned her bachelor of arts in mathematics in Iowa in 1948. She and her husband, John A. Scott, lived in Iowa, Ohio and New Jersey before moving to Gales Creek, Ore. The couple later divorced. She was a case worker for the Department of Aging Services in Oregon and retired in 1991. She was a member of the Forest Grove United Methodist Church, the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters. She enjoyed following baseball and attending meetings of the Red Hat Society. She was preceded in death by her son, J.D. Scott. She is survived by her children, Thomas Paul Scott, Mark Scott and his wife Sandi, Mary Bess and her husband James, and Amy Scott; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Edna E. Van Dyke, wife of Pacific graduate Raymond W. Van Dyke '38, died on Sept. 15, 2012. She attended Behnke-Walker Business College and became a secretary. She is survived by her daughter, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The Hillsboro Argus, Hillsboro, Ore.
Rhoda Irene Mills died July 25, 2012, at the age of 94. She taught at Corbett High School until she joined the Navy in 1942 and retired in 1977 as lieutenant commander. She also attended UCLA and graduated with a master’s in education, enabling her to teach at Parkrose High School for 23 years.
Ellen Peirce Bump died Jan. 21, 2013., at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro. She was 98. Born in Oakland, Calif., she was raised in Tacoma until 1919, when her family settled in Forest Grove. She attended Pacific University and earned a degree in social work in 1940. She worked in the law offices of D.D. Bump in Forest Grove, and he encouraged her to study law at Northwestern School of Law, now Lewis & Clark Law School. She passed the bar in 1937 and worked as the only juvenile court worker in Washington County for two years. During World War II, she worked for attorneys in California, and in 1942, she married Kenneth Allen Bump '41 in San Luis Obispo and they returned to Forest Grove. There, she became a parter in the law firm of Bump, Young and Walker and served as a lawyer for 43 years. She was active in civic and community groups, including the Library Committee, Community Health Organization, League of Women Voters, Washington County Public Welfare Commission and Forest Grove Library Commission. She also was a member of the Forest Grove United Methodist Church. She was known for her quiet service to the community and to others. She also was a long-time friend and supporter of Pacific University. She is survived by her husband; their son, Daniel and his wife, Kathryn; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a large extended family. Her family suggested remembrances in her honor be made to Pacific University.
Leonard W. Gilman ’41 died June 27, 2012, at the age of 94. Gilman was a part of the Pacific University football team and was an exceptional football player, receiving various recognitions. When he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was able to prevent the first hijacking of a commercial jet and was proclaimed a national hero. After retiring from the military, he was involved in cattle grazing and organized hunting safaris to Africa. Gilman is survived by wife Mary Gayle, brother Dean Gilman, sons Lance and Bret, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.