Remembering Pacific friends and family.
Jack McLarty passed away June 10 at the age of 92. An artist from a young age, McLarty attended the Portland Museum Art School (now called the Pacific Northwest College of Art) and graduated in 1940. He went on to study art in New York before returning to the Portland area to teach at PNCA for 35 years. Along with his wife, Barbara, Jack donated many pieces of art to Pacific University that are now a part of the University’s Permanent Art Collection. The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
Joe Frazier passed away May 17. A history and geography professor, Frazier taught at Pacific from 1968 to 1992. Upon his retirement, Pacific awarded Frazier with faculty emeritus status. Frazier graduated from Reed College in 1950 and taught at Portland State University before coming to Pacific. In addition to his contributions as an educator, Frazier also gave monetary gifts and donated historical periodicals to the University’s library. To read more, click here. The Sunday Oregonian, Portland, Ore. and Pacific University Staff.
Pamela K. Hummels Ross ’69, an alumna and longtime employee of the University passed away May 31 after battling breast cancer. She worked as the student accounts coordinator and in Graduate Admissions for 15 years at Pacific University, in addition to advising the Alpha Kappa Delta sorority. Most recently, she lived in Bend with her husband, James Ross. Pam's son Eric Ross ’92 played football for the Boxers and suffered a paralyzing injury during the 1991 Homecoming game. The program was discontinued following the season, and Eric passed away two years later. Yet Pam wholeheartedly supported the program's reinstatement and attended the University's first home game in 18 years last fall. In 1997, Pam and her husband created the Eric Ross Memorial Scholarship, which aims to assist business administration students, especially those with a concentration in marketing. Her son, Aaron Ross ’96, also attended the University. The News-Times, Forest Grove, Ore. and University Staff
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.