Remembering Tom Holce '59, '93; Don Iverson '59; Dr. Roy Clunes and other Pacific graduates.
Don “Ivy” Iverson passed away Feb. 14 after battling a brain tumor. He was 74. Iverson was a teacher, basketball coach and later a vice principal for Vancouver, Wa. schools. After starring in basketball and football at Vancouver High, he was offered scholarships from three colleges, but chose Pacific in 1954. He played football for the then-Badgers, earning all conference honors, and was scouted by the Baltimore Colts. He loved golf, his fully-restored blue 1967 Ford Mustang and sailing. He was also quite the storyteller. A favorite was how football teammate Tommy Thompson rushed in so fast on one play that he intercepted the other team’s hiked football and ran it in for a touchdown. Another story involved an eerie happening at Knight Hall where his fraternity was housed. Late one night he was awakened by the opening of a squeaky door and footsteps proceeding up the stairs. The footsteps continued up into the room, but with no visible owner. Don had just encountered Vera the ghost!
Dr. Roy Clunes, One of the key contributors to the founding of the College of Optometry, Dr. Clunes died May 27 at age 93.
Born June 5, 1916 in Scotland, Clunes immigrated to the United States in 1937 and graduated from North Pacific College of Optometry in 1939. Clunes and two other optometrists purchased the college in 1941.In 1945, the college merged with Pacific University.
Clunes joined the U.S. Navy and became a U.S. citizen during World War II. In 1941 he married Helen, who passed away three months prior to his death. He served on Pacific’s Board of Trustees from 1956 to 1974, then was an honorary trustee. He also served ten years as a clinical contact lens instructor. Clunes practiced optometry for almost 50 years, first in Albany, Ore., then in Corvallis, Ore. He traveled many times for eye care projects with the Christian Medical Society and was a contributor and member of many professional optometric associations.
1959, Honorary Degree 1993
Thomas Jefferson Holce
Tom Holce, one of Oregon’s leading technology entrepreneurs, died July 14 at his Jantzen Beach home after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.
Holce, who grew up in a logging family in Mist, Ore., was a key figure in the growth of Pacific. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1992 and was the group’s chairperson from 1991 to 1992. He served on all the Board’s subcommittees and led the University’s first comprehensive capital campaign, which ended in 1993 after raising $24 million.
Over the years, he gave well over $1.5 million to the University. Holce came to Pacific after a stint in the Air Force at the recommendation of his first wife Joyce, who preceded him in death in 1992. Although a self-described poor student in high school, at Pacific he quickly blossomed into a top student in math and physics. While still at Pacific, he began work on an electron microscope in his Forest Grove garage that was the genesis of his first company, Pacific Instruments. He later sold the instrument to Doug Strain and Electro Scientific Industries, and went on to found several more technology firms and record over 20 patents.
Holce is survived by his spouse, Gretchen Holce; sister, Irene Jones; half-brother, Robert Mathews; son, Kent Holce; daughter, Tonya Holce-Owens; stepsons, Mark and Ryan Griffin; stepdaughter, Heidi Griffin; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce; and brother, Wilfred.
Harold Wesley Warren died May 18, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a plumber in construction and also at Pacific University. He delivered Meals on Wheels. He was preceded in death by his son, Danny. He is survived by his wife, Roxane; sons, Jeffrey and Curtis; daughter, Terri Worthington; stepson, Rob Fowler; stepdaughter, Rae Weaver ‘94; five brothers; five sisters; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Melvin J. Ranes died March 9, 2013, at age 99. He joined the Civil Conservation Corps, where he worked as a bookkeeper for a logging camp. Ranes then worked as a jippo logger in Gales Creek, Ore., and was an avid outdoor sportsman who killed his last elk at age 97. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Doris; his children, Jean Gamble, Melva Wickerd, Mary Latimer and John Ranes; and seven stepchildren.
Jim Sehorn died March 11, 2013, at the age 94. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with forces in Germany and was discharged at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Sehorn then worked as an insurance agent for Provident Life Insurance in Portland until retiring in 1980. Sehorn is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Isabelle (Clark) Sehorn. He is survived by his wife, Willetta M “Billie” Sehorn; son, James; stepdaughters, Patricia Juncker, Margaret Post and Jacquelyn Bernards; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.
John “Jack” Heaton Newby died Aug. 27, 2012, at age 92. Newby served with distinction as a naval aviator flying torpedo bombers off carriers in the Pacific during World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals in recognition of his war-time exploits. Newby then coached basketball and taught American history at Roseburg (Ore.) High School until being recalled for active duty for the Korean War. He served in the Navy for 26 years. He then became director of Maryland’s Workers Compensation Commission until 1989. He is survived by his wife, Helen Beverly Newby; daughter, Mary Holifield; son, Bill Newby; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.
Donald Foelker died May 6, 2013, at age 92. After Pacific, he enlisted in the Marines and enrolled in the College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., under the V-12 program. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II and later became active in the veteran community. He was production manager for the Hillsboro Argus newspaper for 59 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeleine, and brothers, William and Walter. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Alice McMenamin; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorine Smith.
Evelyn (Coy) Van Doren died Dec. 7, 2012, at age 88. She and her husband co-owned the Van Doren Red-E-Mix in Forest Grove for 47 years before retiring in 1993. She also co-owned Fashions by the Yard. Van Doren was preceded in death by her husband, John Richard “Dick” Van Doren. She is survived by her son, Steve; daughter, Pam Hundley; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Lenore F. (Nyzack) Fasules died Oct. 13, 2012, at age 87. She retired from teaching to raise three children. She was an active volunteer, serving on numerous boards and committees including the National Ecumenical Association of Churches, the American Association of University Women and the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center. A painter, her work is on display at many venues. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Jim Fasules. She is survived by her children, Jim, Nancy and Gary, as well as six grandchildren.