Class Notes Spring 2006

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Donald Foelker and William Foelker, the oldest commissioned officers who served as brothers with the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific during World War II, were honored Nov. 7 as part of Living History Day at Milwaukie (Ore.) High School.


Jane Babcock Selberg married Archie Donovan Murphy on Sept. 28 in Reno, Nev. They reaffirmed their vows in the presence of family on Oct. 8 at the UCC Church in Forest Grove.


Shirley Womsley Nelson has written and published the book What Happened Here?, based on the history of Curry and Coos Counties in Oregon. She became interested in Oregon history while teaching fourth grade and particularly this area after retiring to the south coast in 1995. The book is written for children in fourth grade to adults and is an introduction to the two counties' histories.


Glenn Kelly and his wife Miriam served on a three-week mission tour with the Wenatchee (Wash.) Free Methodist Church in September. His brass sextet, the Fifth Street Brass, played over 20 concerts in churches, town halls, and orphanages in Kiev and Rivne, Ukraine.


Joanne Aki Gabel, Susan Keiser, David Hayden '67, and Deirdre Hayden Clausen '69 enjoyed seeing each other in November at Pilgrim Place, a retirement community for Christian workers, in Claremont, Calif.


Jane Vloyantes Ponce has lived in San Diego, Calif., for the past 25 years. Being a Spanish major, she enjoys living on the border and having a bicultural lifestyle. Her husband is from Peru, and they travel frequently in Mexico and Latin America. They have two grown children. She has many fond memories of being a student at Pacific and growing up on campus. Her father, John Vloyantes, was a professor of political science from 1954-1964.
Marleen Church Weaver was diagnosed two years ago with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer (stage four), which is considered terminal. After completing traditional medical treatment, non-traditional treatment, and prayer support, she remains in remission. She lives on a 30-acre farm in rural Texas and has two grown children and six grandchildren.


Judy McIntosh Vatne is enjoying retirement from teaching in the Hillsboro (Ore.) schools. She plays golf as much as possible and took up watercolor painting. She also travels to visit her three grandchildren.


Duane Swanz, O.D. '78, is semi-retired after having started a private practice in Billings, Mont., with his twin brother in 1982. He enjoys summers in Montana and most of the winter in Laughlin, Nev., and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Optometry runs deep in his family - a grandfather; two brothers, including Donald Swanz, O.D. '71; and two cousins.


R. Richard Ryan, O.D. '79, completed two terms on the Washington State Board of Optometry, and has become more active in the Optometric Physicians of Washington. He led a Volunteer Optometry Service to Humanity (VOSH) mission to the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala in July. He continues to bowl and is a past member of the Professional Bowler's Association. His wife, Marcia Pogue Ryan '79, works at Eastern State Hospital where she specializes in neuro-rehabilitative speech pathology. She is part of a regional crisis intervention team and recently returned from the Sweet Adelines' International singing competition held in Detroit, Mich. Her chorus, Spirit of Spokane, placed 28th in the world.


Lorena Roberts sings with the group Sacred Circles. Their radio campaign began in January on 240 stations across the U.S. and internationally for their new CD "Journey to the Divine."


Max Miura was selected as the Oceanic Cable Educator of the Year from Nanakuli High and Intermediate School in Hawai'i. He is in his 27th year teaching and is the director of the Intermediate School Band. He also is one of the top wrestling officials in Hawai'i and has officiated at the state finals for several years. In 2004 he was recognized by the Hawai'i House of Representatives and the Honolulu mayor for service to teaching. His daughter, Kelli, is a first year student at Pacific University in the College of Arts & Sciences.


Matthew Mark is the director of sales at Detto Technologies in Bellevue, Wash.

Joanne Tilton Rannells retired in July from Forest Grove United Methodist Church. She lives in Redmond, Ore., and has returned to nursing.


Michael Gooding lives in Banks, Ore., with his wife Tiffiny and two children, Brett and Marla.


Debra Park is in her 10th year as a school counselor and works at N. Marion High School. She recently returned to the Portland area and has served as a vice president for the Oregon School Counseling Association for eight years.


Rebecca Tennant McEnulty works in the Flight Operations Department for Evergreen International Airlines in McMinnville, Ore. She enjoys watching her daughter, Jamie, play basketball and perform in school plays. She also is a board member for her son Joseph's non-profit childcare center. She has been married to her husband, Jim, since 1999.


Cathy Wellman Stores, P.T., and her husband, Abraham, have two children. Makana Kay was born on April 9, 2003 and Kyle Eric was born Jan. 22, 2005.


Phillip Mayhall moved in November to Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Aimee Wourms Perkins and her husband, Thatcher, welcomed their daughter, Parker Scout, on July 25. Aimee works at Microsoft as a Communications Group program manager and lives outside of Seattle in a small lakefront community.

Nanci Kelly Williams is earning her master's in traditional Chinese medicine.


Kimberly Mathie is program coordinator with B'nai B'rith Camp while she is finishing her master's degree in management from the University of Oregon.

Yumiko Suzuki Sakurai was married in February 2003 and has a son, Jyuto.

Brian Wade is working on an MFA in creative writing at Ohio State University. His first published story is included in the anthology Polyphony 5 from Wheatland Press.


Felicia Pranger Bawdon lives in North Bend, Wash., and works for Talyst, as the director of Human Resources. Talyst sells automated pharmaceutical solutions to hospitals, pharmacies, and long-term care facilities. She was married on June 26, 2004 in Portland, Ore., with Dawn Kuhlmann Harflinger as her maid of honor.

Jennifer Yruegas-Hopkins started her own business, JY Consultants P.C., offering business and legal consulting services to U.S. companies requiring assistance setting up legal departments abroad.


David Deschenes became a personal trainer after graduation for a couple of years, then tried stockbrokering. He then worked for, which went bankrupt. A friend encouraged him to become a firefighter and he received paramedic training in Vancouver, Wash. He met his wife at a 10-year high school reunion, and has known her since sixth grade. He now lives in Bellingham, Wash., and is pursuing paramedicine and firefighting.

Andrea Jones Grant has become a real estate broker and works in the Vernonia, Ore., office of Oregon Realty. Source: Vernonia (Ore.) Independent


Wendy Zwart Boyles is a stay-at-home mom with her youngest son, Kellen Davis Boyles, who was born July 26, and her 3-year-old son Rylan.

James Hale, O.D., joined Valley Eye Care in Corvallis, Ore. He is past president of the Portland Metropolitan Optometric Society and is active in the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association. Source: Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette Times

William and Mihoko Kobayashi Stolley '00 have been enjoying life as a couple and parents. Will works at the new Sleep Country USA store at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Ore. He has been with the company for seven years. The couple helps with college ministry at Pacific Christian Fellowship and Mihoko gives private piano lessons in Forest Grove.


Ruth Heim, M.A.T. '02, teaches American government, English, and creative writing at Lakeview (Ore.) High School. Source: Lakeview (Ore.) Lake County Examiner


James Rowley, Psy.D., married Megan Taylor on Oct. 5 in Portland. Source: The Oregonian


Amanda Burnett married Travis Holmes in June. They reside in Athol, Idaho. Amanda is a pediatric home nurse and attends Lewis-Clark State College for her bachelor's in nursing.

Rhea Burtness married K.C. Olsen on Oct. 29 in Haleiwa, Hawaii.
Brandy Harrison married Tory Bratcher on July 23. She is enrolled at Albertson College of Idaho working towards a teaching certificate in secondary chemistry, natural science, and physical science.

Scott Kosola, M.S., D.P.T. '03, and wife Tiffany welcomed son Connor Daniel in November. Their daughter, Chloe, is three. Scott is the clinical director of The Point Sports Medicine and Rehab in Greeley, Colo.

Cheri Springer, P.A., joined the Urology Clinic of Southwest Washington as a physician assistant. Source: Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian


Martha Calus married Kyle McLain on Dec. 31 at the Overlook House in Portland, Ore. Annie McLaine was the maid of honor and Ellie Prpich, M.A.T. '04, was among the wedding party. The couple reside in Portland. They bicycled to San Francisco, Calif., last year.

Melissa Johnsen, O.D., and Christopher Hoffart were married on July 16 in Fargo, N.D. She practices optometry in Grand Forks, N.D.
Keli Winter married Philip Colon on August 5 in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple live in Reston, Va.


Melissa Carroll lives in China where she is teaching and playing in a band.
William Fisher, P.A., works as a physician assistant in internal medicine in Newport, Ore. He also keeps his paramedic skills intact by working and volunteering with local emergency service agencies. Fishing, crabbing, and bird watching are his favorite coastal pastimes.

Jason Hohnbaum, M.A.T., married Patty Hill on July 9. The couple honeymooned in Las Vegas, Nev., and reside in Wilsonville, Ore. Jason is a sixth grade teacher at Stayton Middle School. Source: Sherwood (Ore.) Gazette

Rose Mignano was featured in a Newport (Ore.) News Times article about her work for AmeriCorps at Taft High School, where she graduated. She was appointed to the Governor's Commission on Voluntary Action and Service. Source: Newport (Ore.) News Times


Jennifer Olson, P.A., joined the Mid-Columbia Family Health Center in White Salmon, Wash. Source: The White Salmon (Wash.) Enterprise
Joanna Plavin, O.D., married Kyle Carter on Aug. 27 in Tualatin, Ore. She is an optometrist with Advanced Vision and Sears Optical in Medford, Ore. Source: Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune

In Memoriam


George Hoar died June 16.
John "Jack" Killits, 92, passed away in 2005. He was a 1994 member of the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame.


Reginald Cole, 88, died Nov. 6. During World War II, he served in the Army Medical Corps in Europe. He was a plant manager for Imperial Paint for more than 20 years. He was preceeded in death by his wife Harriett Boss, who died in 1994. Survivors include three daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Source: The Oregonian


Robert Rue passed away in August 2003.

David Williams, 87, died Nov. 9. He attended Pacific before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he served in the South Pacific. He worked as a bank teller and worked his way up, becoming an executive for the First National Bank of Oregon, the Bank of Tacoma, and Seattle First National Bank. He then worked in real estate. He was president of Pierce County United Way and the Tacoma Art Museum. He married Roberta Robison in 1944. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Source: Wilsonville (Ore.) Spokesman


Elisabeth Cushman Nichols passed away in January. She is survived by her husband James Nichols '46 and a son and daughter. The couple, longtime supporters of the University, met at Pacific in 1937 and married in June 1941. She grew up in Gresham, Ore., and became a grade school teacher after graduation.


Dail Averett, O.D., died July 16. He served in a medical unit with the U.S. Army during World War II and married Catherine Moss in 1946. He joined his stepfather, Dr. E.G. Mills, at his practice in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, where he worked until the time of his death. He received the Junior Chamber of Commerce of the Year Award, Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, and the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award. Survivors include three daughters, two sons, 20 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren. Source: Springville (Utah) Herald


Betty Epler Dryden, 81, died Jan. 4, 2004. She moved in 1942 to Portland, and was a bookkeeper. In 1954, she married Elmo Dryden, who died in 1996. Survivors include two daughters, a brother, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Source: The Oregonian


Delores Geist Stevens, 84, died Dec. 14. At Pacific, Delores served as student body president, one of the first female college student presidents in the U.S. She was a teacher and homemaker and married Howard Stevens in 1943. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, three sons, a sister, brother, and four grandchildren. Source: The Oregonian


Ray Bosworth died April 14, 2005.
John Orth, 82, passed away Dec. 24. He served in the Army during World War II, then attended the University of Oregon and Pacific University. He married Leona Ione Irving in 1952, who preceded him in death in 2001. John was a Cathlamet (Wash.) city councilor for several terms and was a volunteer for the Fire and First Aid Department. He worked in construction in the 1950s and operated an insurance agency for several years. He is survived by a sister, sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. Source: The Wahkiakum County (Wash.) Eagle


William Martin, 82, died Nov. 4. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked as a banker at the 1st National Bank of Oregon and as a car salesman. He was a member of the Oregon City Rotary Club. Survivors include two daughters, a nephew and niece, a grandchild, and companion Fern Waltz. Source: The Oregonian


John Dorris, 77, died Nov. 5. During World War II, he served in the Army, and then continued in the Oregon National Guard for more than 40 years. He returned to Portland in 1993 and was a box car inspector for Union Pacific Railroad for more than 30 years. He married Katherine Nacoste in 1993. Survivors include his wife, son, four daughters, two stepsons, four stepdaughters, a brother, sister, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Source: The Oregonian


Robert MacGillivray, O.D. '54, passed away Oct. 12 at the age of 83. He was raised in Seattle, Wash., and opened a private practice in 1956 in Tillamook, Ore. He married Phyllis Miller in 1949 and served in World War II. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, son, and two grandchildren. Source: Tillamook (Ore.) Headlight Herald


Gordon Abshire, M.S. '61, passed away in 2005. He was born and raised in Idaho and did post-graduate studies at New York University and Columbia University Teachers' College. He retired from a career in data processing with Boeing and was recognized as an expert in information management processes. He was involved in various community groups including the Greater Seattle Business Association and the Bread of Life Mission in Seattle. He was a poet and several of his poems have been used as text for music compositions performed by The Esoterics, the Seattle Choral Company, the Bainbridge Chorale, and the University of Washington Summer Chorale. He is survived by a brother and three nephews.


Dona Ward Hora, 65, passed away on Jan. 15, 2005.


George Nesheim, O.D.George Nesheim, O.D., 80, died Nov. 12. He served in the Navy aboard the USS West Virginia. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and after 12 years in the business world, he studied optometry. He opened a private practice in 1968 on Bainbridge Island and later opened an additional office in Kingston, Wash. His retirement in 1996 allowed him time to participate in Volunteer Optometry Service to Humanity (VOSH). In addition to learning Spanish, he led "Team George" in the annual bicycle ride across Iowa. He married his wife, Joanna, in 1950. He is survived by his wife and their six children, 11 grandchildren, and two sisters.


David Peeples died Jan. 17, 2004.


John O'Connor, O.D., 61, passed away on July 16. He practiced optometry until the time of his death in Portage, Wis. He was active in the community, serving as chairman of Pacific Town Board, past president of Wisconsin South Central Optometry Association, and the Portage Optometrist Club. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dianne; their four children; and eight grandchildren.


Darla Nunn-Scott graduated from Portland's Jefferson High School prior to attending Howard University and graduating from Pacific. Her career included working for Xerox Corp., Integrated Resources, Equitable Financial Companies, and serving as a partner with Scott & Nunn. Her work with the ministry began early and she became an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and served at SEAM Faith Family Church until her death. She moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in the early 1980s. She married Stephan Tucker Scott. She is survived by her husband, her mother, brother, son, several children whose lives she touched, and three grandchildren. A memorial service was held for her in December. Source: The Oregonian


Patrick Hobson, 37, died Oct. 2. He was general manager of International Pine Products. In 1988, he married Janelle LeFore and moved to Chapin, S.C., in 2002. Survivors include his wife, two sons, his parents, three brothers, and grandparents. Source: The Oregonian


Jeanne Montanne, P.T. '94, passed away Nov. 22. She was an exercise therapist at Elise Stuhr Center and taught yoga and tai chi classes at Cherrywood Senior Center and in her own studio. She is survived by her companion Nan Bobernac, her parents, three sisters, three brothers, three nephews, and a niece. Source: The Oregonian


David Ball, O.D., 34, died Dec. 9 after a courageous battle with cancer. Source: The Hanford (Calif.) Sentinel


Massimiliano Noonan, 21, died on Dec. 21. He is survived by his family, including Patrick and Jacqueline, as well as three brothers and a sister. Although he cherished his friends at Pacific, he had been accepted to enroll at the American University of Paris in January.


Lloyd Dewhurst, 58, died Nov. 9. He earned a degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University. After marrying his wife, Terry, he began a 34-year career with Bechtel Corporation. He moved to Hillsboro (Ore.) in 1998. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Chad '97 and Erik; two grandchildren; his mother; and a sister. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus

Zane McLean Soliman Harris, 1, son of John Harris and Nora Soliman, died Nov. 23. Survivors include his parents; a sister; grandparents, Peggy and Tige Harris and Ann and Salah Soliman; two aunts; two uncles; and two cousins. Source: The Oregonian

Tom Hartung, 78, died Nov. 14. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received his bachelor's degree from Oregon State University. After graduation, he joined the family business, Hartung Meat Company and subsequently owned and operated the Portland, Ore., business. After the close of the meat company in 1990, he worked as a business consultant. His commitment to public service and his involvement with the education system began in 1960 with a five-year tenure on the Beaverton (Ore.) School Board. He represented Washington County in the state legislature during five consecutive decades beginning in 1967. He returned to the state Senate in 1995 and served through 2001. He served as the chairperson of the Senate Education Committee and on the Joint Legislative Ways and Means Committee. Hartung joined the Pacific University Board of Trustees in 1969 and became a senior trustee in 1989, serving in this role until his death. He also served as the Agri-Business Council president and chaired the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. He was preceeded in death by his son Kurt. He is survived by his wife Beverly, four daughters, and four grandchildren. Source: The Oregonian

Thomas Maloney, 84, died June 1. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 42 years, retiring as a regional manager. In 1945, he married Teresa "Tess" Warren. Survivors include his wife, four sons, four daughters, 16 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Patrick '88. Source: The Oregonian

William Meyer, 58, died Dec. 17. He graduated from Tri-State University and served in the U.S. Air Force. He moved in 1974 to Forest Grove and in 1981 to Milwaukie, Ore., and was a project engineer for Cranston Machinery. In 1975, he married Debbie Smith

Meyer '76. Survivors include his wife, sons Nathan Meyer '00 and Nicholas, brother, and one grandchild. Source: The Oregonian

Peter Schludermann, 57, died Dec. 22. He trained with the Canadian National B Ski Team and later graduated from the University of Manitoba with bachelor's and medical degrees. In 1972 he married Velma Kozak. He opened his practice in Hillsboro, Ore., in 1977 and semi-retired in 1999. He served as a clinical professor at Oregon Health Sciences University, state president of Oregon Academy of Family Physicians in 1994, and wrote a "Doctalk" column for the Hillsboro Argus for several years. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, a brother, and two sisters. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus

Harvey Whitefield Scott II died Oct. 16, 2004 at age 81. He was named after his grandfather, who was editor of The Oregonian from 1865 to 1910, and Pacific University's first graduate. A civil engineer, he worked for the state of Oregon, and for the Oregon State Board of Aeronautics, and was a consultant for several engineering firms. He was director of the Milwaukie (Ore.) Rotary Club and president of the Portland chapter of the United Nations Association. In 1952, he married Virginia Palmer; she died Aug. 29, 2004. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren. Source: The Oregonian

Arlie Shirley, 92, died Feb.5, 2003. He married Jean Allin '39 in 1943. He was a manufacturing representative. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, eight grandchildren, and a brother. Source: The Springfield (Ill.) State Journal Register



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