Class Notes Fall 2007
Maxine Reeher Carlson received her Red Cross certification and taught swimming at South Seattle Community College for 17 years. She swam competitively with the Master’s Swim Club in Seattle, Wash., where she placed in the nation’s top ten and the top ten in her age class a few times. She swam until she was 83.
Fred Scheller, MA ‘54, celebrated his 63rd wedding anniversary to Ruth Scheller on Nov. 28. He is a retired Pacific University professor. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
Dorothy Underkoflen Burnham lives in Lake Stevens, Wash. and is volunteering at the high school there. She also participates in the Retired Teachers group and Snoqualmie Hospital Auxiliary.
Laura Chamberlin Levy published her second book called “Siberian Odyssey.” Her book
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Mary Ellen Schwarzmann MSE ’52, retired after teaching biology and chemistry at Yamhill Union High School for 14 years.
Art Eiffert and his wife Dale took a trip to the Grand Canyon and a bus tour of Arizona, as well as a cruise to Mexico in the past year. They recently moved to Atascadero, Calif.
Chester “Chet” Cunningham published his 309th book, a suspense novel called “Scream Terror.” He lives in San Diego, Calif. with his wife Marie.
Marie Leavens Houston and Tom Houston ’51, met at Pacific in the fall of 1947 and were engaged a few months later. They have been married for 56 years and have enjoyed traveling as part of the U.S. Air Force, and particularly enjoyed a visit with Tom’s family in Ireland.
William Laxton retired from the army and Boeing in 1970. He has lived in West Seattle, Kent, and Olympia, Wash.
Robert Logsdon lives in Palm Springs, Calif. and works part-time at a golf course.
Jane Babcock Selberg-Murphy has three daughters, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is continuing volunteer work at Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro, Ore. after many years.
Jean Brodersen Tate reports hosting a tea at her Eugene, Ore. home. Attendees included
Jo Goodwin Hammergren’51, Lois Larsen Allen ’52, Ruthie Casteel Manley ’51, Cora Lee Knight ’53, and Pat Beaudoin McReal ’52. She writes “the Heart of Oaks from their time at Pacific sparked many good memories.”
Nancy Slusher Roeder is a retired teacher, political activist, and environmentalist. She has two daughters and two granddaughters. Her husband Donald Roeder passed away in 2004.
Merv Johnson has worked in several occupations, including logging, as a machinery dealer, a teacher in the Air Force, a welder, sheet metal worker, and carpenter. In midlife he became an industrial education teacher in the Beaverton, Ore. schools. He has been active in the National Education Association, and was editor of its Communications Committee. His articles have appeared in Timbereast Magazine, Loggers World, American Timberman and Trucker, and he has a regular column in Timber Times. He is also the author of the book “In Search of Steam Donkeys,” Logging Equipment in Oregon” and appeared in the video “Logging in History and In Models.” He is on the board of Camp 18 Logging Museum, and was instrumental in recovery and restoration of a steam donkey from the woods to the Tillamook Forest Center. He has given presentations on logging history to several groups and is the co-organizer of a group that demonstrates steam logging in the woods one weekend each year, a nostalgia trip open to the public.
Richard Jackson and his wife Dorothy live in New York in the summer and North Carolina in the winter.
Alfred Furie O.D. ’60, is a self-employed optometrist.
Rosemary Besaw Gray is retired and lives in Garden Grove, Calif. She has three children and one grandchild.
Robert Heller, O.D. ’63, recently sold his practice and retired to Henderson, Nev. with his wife. He is very active in poker tournaments.
Paul O’Driscoll and his wife Phyllis are both retired and living on their farm outside of Lebanon, Ore.
Irv Zemrau, O.D. ‘63, has been recently re-elected for a second term as president of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta. He also sits on a board to help erase the stigma of mental illness.
Gerald “Gerry” Bandola was recently honored with the 2007 Harry E. Lake Award for his contributions to coaching wrestling in New Jersey. He started his coaching career in 1963 as assistant coach at Madison Township High School and was head coach at Cedar Ridge High School from 1969 to 1994. Bandola also served with a variety of wrestling groups, including five years as president of the Middlesex County Wrestling Coaches Association and vice-president of the New Jersey State Wrestling Coaches Associations. He was inducted into the Region 5 Wrestling Hall of Fame, the NJSIAA Coaches Hall of Fame and was named Region 6 Coach of the Year in 1975 and Region 5 in 1989. Along with coaching, he was a teacher for 35 years, retiring in 1998. He now lives in Florida with his wife and two daughters.
William “Steve” Griffels still does part-time insurance claims investigation work. His wife Inez Bondurant Griffels ’66, is retired.
Dorothy Schimke works at the San Francisco International Airport. In her spare time, Dorothy and her partner Cliff grow Pinot Noir grapes on their farm and vineyard in Sonoma, Calif., to sell to Sonoma and Napa wineries. She writes, “Would love to have classmates come visit” the vineyard.
Elaine Baur Cassarino retired in 2000 from the Seattle Public School District as an Elementary School Librarian. She and her husband Tony have three sons.
Mary Wolfe Holland is an established textile artist. She also serves on the board of the Sooke Philharmonic Society.
Harry Litts, O.D. ’66, practiced optometry in Medford, Ore. until his retirement in 1981.
Bonnie Lake Gaborik retired recently as principal at Salcha Elementary School in Alaska. She was an educator for 25 years. She received her master’s in education leadership through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Source: Fairbanks (Ala.) Daily News-Miner
Karen Sato Godwin retired after 25 years in Student Affairs Administration at Oregon State University and the University of Arizona, and eight years in Geriatric Medicine writing and running grants at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. “I recently joined my husband on his China trip as a guest lecturer and even climbed the Great Wall on these old legs.” She has a son and a grandson.
William “Dave” Harman recently retired from Qwest Communications. He and his wife Sally moved from Washington D.C. to North Carolina.
Gayle Strickler Jr. is retired and is the Disaster Response Coordinator for the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Mayflower Homes, Inc., a UCC retirement community, and teaches a class for the local substance abuse treatment agency.
Bruce Bishop was elected in May 2007 as chairman of the board of the Pacific Institute on Ethics and Social Policy. A health care lobbyist for over 20 years, Bruce is president of the Capitol Club of Oregon, the professional association of over 400 state legislative lobbyists. He practices in the Salem office of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, a regional Oregon law firm in which he is a shareholder. He also serves on the board of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. He and his wife, Judy Engdahl ’68, live in southwest Portland.
Richard Boyden is currently a certified professional truck driver for Swift Transportation out of Phoenix, Ariz.
Brenda Heinke Montecalvo O.D. ’85, was elected trustee of the Ohio Optometric Association at the Association’s annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the president of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and a member of College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She resides in Cedarville, Ohio with her husband and three children.
Judy McIntosh-Vatne is retired and recently studied painting in Tuscany, Italy for two weeks.
Louise Wilcox Adaikkalam works at Ventura County Public Library. She has a new granddaughter, Lillian Irene, born to her daughter in Haifa, Israel.
Martha Teeter McGuirk is retired after teaching special education in elementary school for 20 years. She now trains dogs for Canine Companions for Independence. She has two grandchildren.
Charles “Chuck” Young recently started a new position as development officer for the College of Business and Public Administration at Eastern Washington University, one of four comprehensive regional universities in the Washington State Higher Education System.
Kieth Burkart O.D. ’73, was recently re-elected to his third four-year term on the Mountains Community Hospital Board of Trustees. He is currently serving as President of the Board of Trustees.
Michele Avanti’s book “GreeHee The Journey of Five. Tales of Tamoor — Book One,” a fantasy book about a unicorn, a fairy, and a dragon, has won the Author’s 2007 Best Juvenile Fiction Award and is an international finalist for the Coalition of Visionary Resources 2007 Visionary Fiction Award. Avanti, who began GreeHee Publishing, also is editing a nonfiction book, “Secrets of Wisdom,” about staying balanced and explaining archetypes. In addition to her publishing ventures, Avanti works out of her home in Myrtle Creek, Ore., as a certified astrology professional and a metaphysical minister, offering counseling in meditation, dream interpretation, and archetypes and writes horoscope columns for several online and print publications, mostly in the Las Vegas, Nev. area. Source: Roseburg, (Ore.) News-Review
Martha “Marty” Kelsey Rutherford was recently appointed to temporarily head the Department of Natural Resources in Alaska. She has worked in the Alaska state government for 26 years in various positions, including deputy commissioner from 1992 to 2005. She also served as director of the Municipal and Regional Assistance Division, deputy commissioner of the Department of Community and Regional Affairs and as a liaison with the Department of Law on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. She is currently the executive director of the Alaska Mental Health Link Trust Office. Source: Alaska Journal of Commerce
Vanessa Jow Bunker is halfway through working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Lewis & Clark College. Her husband Tom Bunker ’74, continues to enjoy elementary teaching in Hillsboro, Ore.
Brenda High Jensen retired in 2005 after 30 years as a Speech and Language Pathologist in Klamath Falls, Ore. She started and owns School House Learning Consultant, through which she contracts her services to local school districts. She also recently celebrated her 24th anniversary with her husband Bruce.
Lynn Goodwin O.D. owns Advanced Eyecare and Eyewear Gallery in Myrtle Creek, Ore. He works with glaucoma patients, helps people manage cataracts, does follow-up care for patients of Roseburg’s Weston Eye Center and works with a retina specialist in Ashland, Ore. for age-related macular degeneration. Source: Roseburg (Ore.) News-Review
Dorothy McClimans Crawford MA, married Newt Hagar on June 17, 2006 at the United Church or Christ in Portland, Ore.
Carlos Leon was a nuclear scientist, working for General Electric, instructing other nuclear scientists at facilities across the country. In August, Leon and his wife, Peggy took over ownership of the Blue Goose Restaurant in Prosser, Wash. Source: Sunnyside, (Wash.) Daily Sun News
Janis Apana Mardonada is living in Kauai, Hawai’i and is working for the Department of Health, Children’s Mental Health as a supervisor. She is also working for Aloha Airlines. She has been married to Stephen Mardonada for 21 years and has a son, Makana, who plays football at Portland State University.
Mark Matt recently started working for Trumba Corporation in Seattle, an advanced event publishing and calendaring application that made Aldus and Visio a success.
James Stevens, PT ’82 is working at Pro Health Home Care as a physical therapist in Waukesha, Wis. He also teaches part-time at Blackhawk Tech’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program in Jonesville, Wis.
Larry Ellison O.D., is a proud grandpa of twins, born Feb. 15 by his daughter Brandi.
Patricia Mohr Hill has been the executive Director of The Salvation Army’s West Women’s and Children’s Shelter since 1990. She has two children.
David Lopez is president of The Organ Transplant Awareness Program of New Mexico, which seeks to educate and build awareness of the necessity and benefits of organ donation and transplantation. He also volunteers at Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice.
Bradley Andersen, a shareholder in the Vancouver office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, has been elected chairman of the Skamania County Economic Development Council Board of Directors. He is also a board member of the Building Industry Association of Southwest Washington and serves as president of the Skamania County youth football and basketball organizations. The former two-term county prosecutor represents a wide range of clients on real estate, land-use, employment and construction law issues. He received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Willamette University College of Law. Source: Portland, (Ore.) Daily Journal of Commerce
Kristin Tokstad Binkerd OT, works for Emanuel Hospital in the acute adult psychiatric unit. Her husband Kerry Binkerd ’87 is self-employed in residential construction in the Newberg, Ore. area. They have five children.
Stephen “Steve” Baksay P.T. ’93, operates Impact Physical Therapy’s new office in the Illinois Valley Medical Center complex in Cave Junction, Ore. Source: Cave Junction (Ore.) Illinois Valley News
Beth Boyd-Roberts Griffin P.T. is a Physical Therapist in accute care for Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Ore. She and her husband, Tom, have a 4-year-old daughter, Lydia.
Eugene “Gus” Guthrie O.D. ’93, owns two optometric practices in the North Dalles, Wa. area. He and his wife, Stacy, have been married for eight years, and have two children.
Brian O’Driscoll, Director of the Pacific Career Development Center married Michelle Elliot on the O’Driscoll Family Farm in Lebanon, Ore. on July 8, 2006. He also adopted Michelle’s 6-year-old son, Oliver. The couple honeymooned in the Olympic National Forest. Michelle is a librarian at the in the Forest Grove City Library.
Jeanine Reiter Kolkemo lives in Camas, Wash. with her husband and two daughters.
Phillip Mayhall recently moved to Perryville, Miss. He works at Silster-Mary Lee Corp., a private-label dry goods manufacturer.
Tim Smith teaches forestry and science at Baker High School in Baker City, Ore. Source: Baker City (Ore.) Record Courier
Jeffrey Williams had a baby boy, named Cameron on Dec. 29 2006. He joins 6-year-old Mason and four-year-old Benjamin. Jeff, a sergeant with the Forest Grove Police Department, recently celebrated 12 years of serving the citizens of Forest Grove.
Andrea Bickel Happel celebrated six years of marriage to husband Greg. They are building a family, a home-based business, and planning to build an energy-efficient, earth-friendly cob cottage in rural Iowa.
Jennifer Willecke received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Idaho State University in 2006. She is currently working at OHSU as a registered nurse on a cardiac/respiratory medical floor.
Taichi Ishikawa recently started working for the Queensland State Distance Education School in Australia, called Capricornia School of Distance Education. She teaches Japanese to grades six through ten. She completed her bachelor of learning management primary graduate entry course at Central Queensland University. She was also accepted into the Golden Key International Honour Society last October.
Kimberly Mathie works as the Marketing and Education Outreach Director for the Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, Calif.
Michael Rushfeldt was promoted from buyer to senior buyer for TriMet, the Portland, Ore. regional transit authority, in January. He also serves on Pacific’s Alumni Board.
Joe Schulte, owner of Compass Mortgage in Hillsboro, Ore., is part of a group seeking to form a community bank in Clatsop County, Ore. Schulte has a master’s degree in business management, and has a background in commercial lending. He was formerly vice president of the Bank of Astoria’s Cannon Beach branch. Source: Astoria (Ore.) Coast River Business Journal
Felicia Pranger Bawdon and husband Craig announced the birth of their daughter, Ariana, on Feb. 27 in Bellevue, Wash.
Jennifer Yruegas-Hopkins works as Nike’s Assistant General Counsel.
Michael Hopkins ’96 opened a chiropractic office in Scappoose, Ore.
Kristine Rydguist McLean and her husband Dan welcomed their third daughter, Julia Grace, on Jan. 31. Kristine continues to work at home with her daughters and enjoys every moment of it.
Selena Maestas Moffitt and her husband Jeremiah welcomed baby Samuel Michael into their life on Feb. 20. Selena is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Educator for Cascade Athletic Club in Gresham, Ore.
Cecilia Saqueton Muraki, O.D. ’96 and her husband Charlie had their second child, Elena, on Valentine’s Day. They also have a four-year-old son named Kai. Cecilia is in her 11th year of practice at Kaiser Permanente in Portland.
Kasumi Aoki MAT, teaches Japanese and ESL in the Hillsboro School District.
Sara Bagley Casler had a baby boy, Bryson James, on June 1, 2006. Sara is a Spanish instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Anthony Marble received his Master of Arts in Teaching from Willamette University. He is currently in his seventh year of teaching, and has been a mathematics teacher at Bellevue High School in Washington for four years.
J’Amy McCracken is a candidate developer in human resources for Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Kari Middleton, received a doctorate in philosophy in 2004. She now works as Program Manager for Volunteerism and Communications Support at the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, Ore.
Emily Bies Navarro recently had her first child, Kiara, on Feb. 16 in Dijon, France.
Pamela Steffes, O.D. ’98 an optometrist at the SEARHC-Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Eye Clinic for 7 ½ years, was named a fellow by the American Academy of Optometry. The award, presented to fewer than ten percent of practicing optometrists, comes only after a rigorous candidacy process of written and oral examination by a panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists. Source: Sitka (Ala.) Sitka Daily Sentinel
Will Stoley is married to
Mihoko Kobayashi Stolley ’00. He is the manager of three Sleep Country stores including Orenco Station, Tanasbourne, and the Tanasbourne Plus store. He won the Manager of the Year award for Oregon, and the President’s award, given for inspiring others.
Tiffany Christian married John Moreno on Oct. 31. She works as an adjunct English instructor in southern California.
Cullen Green received a Master of Education degree in June 2007 from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He works at Westminster College as the Director of Residence Life.
Noami Halsey married Ian McClure in San Francisco, Calif. on Dec. 29, 2006. They live in Nashville, Tenn. where Naomi is attending medical school.
Michael Judkins, O.D. ’99 and his wife Shana had their third child, Gavin Michael, on March 23. They also have a daughter, Olivia and a son, Ethan. Michael is in private practice in Ogden, Utah.
Anne Sinkey teaches English and Cultural Studies at Georgia Tech in the School of Language, Communication and Culture.
Tiffany Traphagen Brink O.D. ’00 and her husband Ryan had their second child, Ava Alysse, on May 16, 2006. She joins her big brother, Aiden Reese, at home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Kendra Hamm married David Brooks at McMenamin’s Edgefield on Oct. 14, 2006. They spent their honeymoon in Oahu and Kauai, Hawai’i.
Matthew Hoppe O.D. ’03 and Erin Akre ’01, married in 2002. They now live in Hutchinson, Minn. and have two sons, Tristan and Logan. Matthew works in a private practice clinic and Erin is staying home with the boys.
Joe Keizur is the public relations director for Pacific Lifestyle Homes in Oregon. He is also a city councilor in Hillsboro, Ore. and was hired to work on Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s election campaign. Source: Vancouver, (Wash.) Columbian
Julie Robertson PT ’00, had her first child, Bennett James, on April 3, 2006 with husband Michael Bliven. They live in Kalispell, Mont. where she has her own pediatric physical therapy business contracting with the Early Intervention agency and Head Start preschools.
Jennifer Bulosan received a master’s degree in communications from Hawai'i Pacific University in May. She recently began her career as Marketing and Promotions Manager for the USS Missouri Memorial Association at Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i.
Jennifer Cooper MS is a clinical psychologist in Hermiston, Ore. She has joined Douglas Marlow’s practice, Psychological Solutions, in the Columbia Professional Plaza. She also teaches psychology at the Hermiston campus of Blue Mountain Community College. Source: Pendleton (Ore.) East Oregonian
Shari Chaney Griffin is a reporter for The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs, Colo. Shari and her husband climbed their first “fourteener” (mountains with summits higher than 14,000 feet) in Pikes Peak, Colo.
Clare Midson O.D. bought into an optometry partnership in Tigard, Ore. in January. Her husband Ron Hampel O.D. ’01, works at Eye Health NW. They have a two-year-old son.
Greg Henigan MAT ’02, married Carrie Stewart on Aug. 6 in Oregon City, Ore. The couple spent their honeymoon in France. Greg is a middle school science teacher with Oregon City School District. Source: Ontario (Ore.) Argus Observer
Crystal Fitzsimmons Miller and Nicholas Miller ’02, were married July 22 in north Portland. Crystal works as a Training Resources Specialist in the Education and Content Department at Inspiration Software, Inc. Nicholas works at Portland State University in the Foreign Languages Department.
Jay Rigler recently received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and works as a risk management analyst with Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods, Ill.
Joshua Arquero married Rondy Shimizu ’02, MAT ‘03.
Jessica Bravo completed the Seattle Art Institute’s fashion design program in 2004, and has had her work modeled at popular Seattle hangouts. She recently created a series of fleece hats that she donated to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Children’s Hospital. Source: Bothell, (Wash.) Bothell Reporter Kenmore Reporter
Rebecca “Becca” Tilman Claussen married Chris Claussen on March 18, 2006 in Park Hills, Miss.
Tiffany Lemley MAT ’03 is a seventh-grade science, health, and literacy teacher with the Beaverton School District. Source: Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune
Brian Miller O.D. ’03 is the new owner of the Kellogg Vision Center in Kellogg, Idaho and Lakeland Eye Clinic in Rathdrum, Idaho. Source: Kellogg (Idaho) Shoshone News Press
Tracy Ramberg MAT ’03 is employed as a special education teacher at Sunset High School, and is engaged to Britton Riehm MAT ’03, who is a special education teacher at Centennial High School. Source: Tigard (Ore.) The Times
G. Francis “Cisco” Reyes and Louise Torres ’05, were married on Dec. 30 in Kane’ohe, Hawai’i. The couple resides in Moscow, Idaho where Cisco is currently working on his doctoral degree in education and sports science.
Veronica Russel is a loan officer for Pathfinders Mortgage in Astoria, Ore. Source: Astoria (Ore.) Coast River Business Journal
Kristin Carter is a biology teacher at Sunset High School. Source: Corvallis, Ore. Gazette Times
Jaime Dutra Doppee was married in May. She works at Advanced Sports and Spine in Wilsonville, Ore. and recently passed the McKenzie Certification exam.
Kellie Twigg married Bradley Bowsher on Dec. 16 at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, Ore. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
Cara Befus and Clay Brown ’05, were married on July 15 in Methven Family Vineyards in Dayton, Ore. Cara completed nursing school in Flagstaff, Ariz. Clay is a physical therapy student at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
Jessica Potter joined the Cannon Beach Children’s Center staff. She works as an assistant preschool teacher at the CBCC and has three children. Source: Cannon Beach (Ore.) Gazette
Andrea Stevens MAT ’05 and John Blanc MAT ’05, were married on July 15, 2006 at Sweet Cheeks Winery in Eugene, Ore. Andrea and John are both employed by La Escuela Americana in Pechuca, Mexico. Source: Roseburg (Ore.) News-Review
Heather Hawkins Young married Ben Young on Oct. 14. She is employed as a Web developer for Oregon Public Broadcasting and has her own Web design company, Giant Chair Design. Source: Forest Grove (Ore.) News-Times
Adina Zapodeanu O.D. ’05 opened Sherwood Family Eye Health in Sherwood, Ore. in February. She performs routine eye checks and minor surgical procedures. She was honored as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, as a result of an examination and her continuous research and publications at national optometric meetings. Source: Sherwood (Ore.) Gazette
Garren Bremer graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Source: Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal
Amanda Christensen PA ’06 is a physician assistant with Cascade Dermatology in Eugene, Ore. Source: Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune
Christopher Weinman P.A.’06 is a physician assistant with Orthopedic Spine Associated in Eugene, Ore. Source: Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune
Doris Bailey Hughes died May 17, 2006.
Agnes Wallin Moore died Jan. 13. She received her nursing degree from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing where she also was a registered nurse. She is survived by her son, daughter, three sisters, brother, 10 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Source: Portland (Ore.) The Sunday Oregonian
Patricia Duyck Monaghan, 96, died on April 4. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her two sons, eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Source: Portland (Ore.) Oregonian
Millie Santoro Girard died Dec. 24. She was married to Richard Girard on Oct. 20, 1945 in Portland. They had two children. Source: Portland (Ore.) The Sunday Oregonian
Bonnie Reeder Heeschen, 89, died Feb. 4, 2006.
Dixie Lilly Culver, 89, died Dec. 16, 2006. She received a master’s degree in education, taught at Gales Creek Elementary School for eight years, and then McKinley Elementary School in Beaverton, Ore. for 20 years before retiring. She was a long-time active member of the Forest Grove Assembly of God Church and Gales Creek Cemetery Board, and served as a leader for Camp Fire Girls and 4-H. She is survived by her two sons, daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren and their spouses, five great-grandchildren, brother, sister, and numerous nieces and nephews. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
Barbara Wales Lieuallen, 89, died Feb. 4. She was a high school English teacher in Elgin, Pilot Rock, and Bend, Ore., and then a homemaker in Eugene, Ore. She was the wife of the late Roy E. Lieuallen ’40, former chancellor of the State Board of Higher Education and a member of the Pacific Board of Trustees. Survivors include two daughters, two sons, sister, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Source: Portland (Ore.) Oregonian
Veretta Mills Haney, 88, died April 7. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, daughter and son-in-law, three grandchildren and their spouses, two great-grandchildren, and a sister. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
Alvin Roberts, 91, died April 3. He was co-owner and president of Guy Roberts Lumber Co. in Toledo, Ore. He was also a city councilman and was in the Army Corps in Amarillo, Texas. He is survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, and four grandchildren. Source: Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal
Virginia Smith Tibbets, of Rodman, NY, died in February 2006 at age 88.
James “Wally” Lundell, 86, died March 17. During World War II he served in the Army in the South Pacific. Later, he was a delivery driver for Canteen for 20 years in Portland, Ore. He was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church for more than 55 years. In 1949 he married Doreen Briggs. He is survived by his daughter, three sons, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Source: Portland (Ore.) Oregonian
Virginia Brodersen Merrifield, 86, died Jan. 24. She attended Pacific for a year and transfered to Oregon State College, where she graduated with a degree in secretarial science. She worked from 1969 to 1985 as curriculum and counseling secretary in the Portland Public Schools, served as president of Vernon Elementary School Parent-Teachers Association and the Auxiliary to the Oregon Section, American Society of Civil Engineers. She was also a Girl Scout, Campfire and 4-H leader. She served a term as deacon at Piedmont Presbyterian Church in Portland. She is survived by her husband and two daughters. Source: Forest Grove (Ore.) News-Times
Rev. Donald Campbell died Jan. 24. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served a tour of duty in The Philippines as corpsman and was honorably discharged. He attended Northwest Christian College and served as student pastor at Glenwood Christian Church. Campbell received a master’s degree from Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School, in Fort Worth, Texas. He served several Christian churches as pastor in the Dallas/Fortworth area and one in California, and was an interim pastor in Texas, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, brother, and eight grandchildren. Source: Heppner, (Ore.) Gazette Times
DeKuyper, 84, died Nov. 13, 2006. She earned her master’s in education from Portland State University. She taught at David Douglas School District for 19 years and was a member of the Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years. She is survived by her four children, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. Source: Portland (Ore.) Oregonian
Betty Gardner Snyder, 82, died on Dec. 19, 2006. She owned Royal Distributors in Hillsboro, Ore. with her husband Max. She was a former member of Hillsboro Jaycees, helped at the Hillsboro Gun Club and was a volunteer at Tuality Community Hospital. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, two sister-in-law, and four nieces and nephews. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
Robert Ramp O.D. ’49, died July 4. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as a flight instructor during World War II until 1956 when he was discharged as a lieutenant. Ramp practiced optometry for 44 years until retirement in 1994. His wife Ann preceded him in death in 1999. He is survived by his sister-in-law and niece. Source: Curry Coastal Pilot
Donald Spiering died Jan. 7. He entered the U.S Army in 1935 in the Pacific and participated in the battles of Saipan and Okinawa. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as first lieutenant. Spiering received a master’s degree in education from the University of Oregon. He was the principal of Tillamook High School and teacher/director at Washington High in Portland, retiring in 1978. He was a member of the Military Order of World Wars and the Pacific Alumni Association and also served on the Banks High School Scholarship committee. He is survived by his daughter and two brothers. Source: Forest Grove, (Ore.) News-Times
Colin Stout O.D. ’49, died March 10.
Russel Debondt, MS ’50, died Feb. 14.
Robert Fleming O.D. ’50, died Dec. 19. He practices optometry in Lancaster, Torrance, and Riverside, Calif., and retired in 1992. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, four sons, two step-sons, and numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
William J. McKinney O.D., ’49, 87, died Feb. 24 in Seattle, Wash. He served four years in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific aboard the original Fletcher, a destroyer, and came out of the war with the rank of chief. In 1951 he opened an optometry office in Raymond, Wash. and later one in Long Beach, Wash. He was the president of the Raymond Chamber of Commerce and the Willapa Harbor Lions Club. He was also chairman of the Pacific County Red Cross for 10 years and started the Pacific County Blood Bank. Together with Jack Ford they started the Willapa Harbor Little League and Babe Ruth League. He was the Optometrist of the Year for the State of Washington; Person of the year with wife, Theresa, for the Raymond Chamber of Commerce; Person of the Year for the Willapa Players. He was also a big booster of Grays Harbor College, where he served as a trustee for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, four sons and their spouses, three daughters, former wife, and 12 grandchildren. Source: Raymond (Wash.) Willapa Harbor Herald
Donald Bryan, O.D. died on Dec. 7, 2006 at age 96. During World War II he served in the Army in Europe. He was an optometrist in Hillsdale, Ore. for more than 30 years. He is survived by his daughter, and one grandchild. Source: Portland (Ore.) Oregonian
Carmelita Napier Lamoreaux, 77, died Oct. 9, 2006. She taught elementary school in the Tigard/Tualatin School District and was a member of the Tigard Methodist Church choir, Tigard Pops Choir and Lutheran Chorale.
Georgia Ann Gratke, 77, of Roseburg, Ore. died Oct. 14, 2006. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Music in 1953, and went on to be a music teacher in Reedsport, Oregon and was active in a variety of community causes. Source: Roseburg, Ore. News-Review
Robert Hansen, 77, died Jan. 28.
Roland Bergstrom, 82, died Jan. 20. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years. He was honored in 1975 as Conservation Man of the Year for Morrow County, and was a life long member of Valby Lutheran Church, the Heppner Elks, and the Ione American Legion. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, sister, two brothers, and nine grandchildren. Source: Pendleton (Ore.) Record
John Burdell, O.D. ’55, passed away on July 10, 2006.
Philbert “Dr. Phil” Harvanek, O.D. ’56, 80, died July 30, 2006 in Denver Colo. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II on the USS Audubon during the Pacific campaign. He lived in Scott City, Kan, with his wife, Irene, in 1957, serving that community for 39 years. He retired in 1995. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, a daughter and son-in-law, a sister, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Charles Head, M.A. Ed.’55, 88, died Oct. 16. He served in the medical corps in Belgium and France from 1942-45. His teaching career started in South Haven, Mich. In 1949 he taught junior high school English and social studies for 32 years. He was active in the United Church of Christ in Hillsboro and later in Forest Grove. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son-in-law, son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Source: The Sunday Oregonian
Larry McAtee, O.D.’57 died Jan. 3, 2005.
R. Norman Matheny, 71, passed away Oct. 22, 2006. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who joined the staff of The Christian Science Monitor in 1961. In his capacity as a photojournalist, he was a member of both the prestigious White House Press Photographers Association and the National Press Association. He traveled the world as well as covering the White House for 36 years. He retired in August 1997. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, two sons, two daughters, and brothers and sisters.
Blanche V. Lewis, 77, died Oct. 15, 2006. She was a teacher at Brookwood Elementary School in Hillsboro, Ore. for her entire career, retiring in 1986. She was a member of the Brookwood Baptist Church and for many years provided flowers for Sunday services. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
Charles Zawel, O.D. ’58 died Nov. 29, 2006. He practiced Optometry in Connecticut for five years. He then moved to Salem, Ore. with his family and entered in practice as an optometric physician with Dr. Charles Pomroy for 40 years, prior to his retirement in 1994. He was past president of the Downtown Lions Club, treasurer of Capitol Community Television for many years, past president of the Library Board, a volunteer at the state and city libraries, a member of the Active Business Promoters for 27 years and its secretary for 13 years, and a past president of Temple Beth Shalom. He is survived by his two brothers, his wife, two daughters, son-in-law, and two grandsons. Source: Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal
Mary Richards Bjork died May 1, 2006.
Alexander “Ali” Emami, 67, died Sept. 12, 2006. He earned his master’s degree in computer engineering from Portland State University. He is survived by his wife and four sons. Source: (Portland, Ore.) Oregonian
Donald Morrison, 67, died Jan. 1. He spent much of his life in the fishing industry and lived in Kodiak Island, Ala. He is survived by his siblings, wife, daughter, stepson, granddaughter, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Source: Kodiak (Ala.) Kodiak Daily Mirror
Jack Niizawa, O.D. ’63, died Dec. 29, 2005.
Robert “Bob” Caufman passed away on Nov. 30. He served in the Navy during World War II until 1946. He was recalled in 1950 for the Korean War and worked on gyroscopic gun controls and sites in Japan and Korea until 1951, earning the rank of petty officer second class. He focused much of his energy toward the building of the Beaverton Veterans Memorial in 1999. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, four grandchildren, and one-great-grandchild. Source: Portland (Ore.) Sunday Oregonian
Gordon Bolton MS ’67, 78, died on March 31. He was alumni and placement director at Pacific before teaching speech, English and wilderness survival at Washington and Cleveland high schools in Portland, Ore. for 22 years. He retired in 1992. He was a district executive of the Boy Scouts of American in Bend and Caldwell, Idaho. He was also a member of the Forest Grove Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he was an elder and deacon. He had been a member of Mazamas since 1973, was a past member of the Bend, Caldwell, Idaho, and Forest Grove Rotary clubs, served as director of the Spirit Lake Scout Camp for three years and taught winter wilderness survival skills for the Boy Scouts and through OMSI. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter-in-law, daughter, two grandchildren, sister, niece, and three nephews. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
Irvin Bowman O.D.’66 died July 3, 2006.
Donald Majeske, 61, died Nov. 11. He taught at McBride Elementary School in St. Helens for 30 years, retiring in 1999. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, father, two siblings, two grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and one great-nephew. Source: St. Helen’s (Ore.) Chronicle
Leslie “Les” Wong died in November 2006. He was retired from a career in law enforcement in Washington state.
Carolyn Johnson Lewis, 57, died Oct. 28. She worked in Human Resources at First Interstate Bank for several years. She then took the position as campaign director at the United Way, eventually becoming vice president of Human Resources. She was also the president of Executive Women International and served on the boards of many organizations such as the Fish Emergency Services, Self Enhancement Incorporated and United Way of America Minority Roundtables. Carolyn was also a trustee of the Northwest Agencies Trust and a member of the Northwest Human Resource Management Association. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, brother, three sisters, and three cousins. Source: Portland, (Ore.) Oregonian
Wayne Cary, O.D. ’74, 56, died Oct. 8.
Donald Hessel, 57, died Dec. 6, 2006. He owned a restaurant called Main Street Grocery, which linked to Cloudtree & Son, a kitchen and gift store operated by his wife, Mary. He also sold cars for Hessel Motors until it closed. In retirement he delivered Meals on Wheels, helped children read in the Heart tutoring program, worked on several committees to raise money for education scholarships, volunteered with the Portland Jazz Festival and trained as a naturalist guide for children with the Metro Parks. He is survived by his wife, daughter, brother, uncle, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Source: Gresham (Ore.) Outlook
Kent Bauer died May 18.
James Hobuss, died on Aug. 17, 2005. He was a computer programmer for U.S. Bank for 11 years and later self-employed. He wrote book on computer programming and training. He is survived by his three sons, two daughters, parents, brother, sister, and five grandchildren. Source: Portland (Ore.) Oregonian
In Memoriam Friends
Rolla Bates, 103, passed away on Feb. 4. During the 50’s and 60’s, she rented her home to Pacific students. She was also a seamstress, took in washing and ironing, and cooked for local college students. She was a 59-year member of the United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Forest Grove, a Sunday School teacher, president of the Women’s Fellowship group, and a member of the Olivet Circle. She also held many offices in the Church Women United (now West Tuality CWU) and was honored as “Valiant Woman of the Year” in 1979. She is survived by a son and daughter in-law, daughter, sister, two grandchildren, and numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. Source: Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home
Elizabeth “Becky” Hill Johnson, 93, former member of the Pacific University Board of Trustees and president of the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, died Jan. 1 at her home in Redmond, Ore. Along with husband Sam, who preceded her in death in 1984, the Johnsons were active supporters of education and non-profit organizations in Oregon. Contributions from the Samuel Johnson Foundation to Pacific funded the annual S.S. Johnson award for undergraduate teaching.
Jesse Morgan Jr., 83, died Jan 12. He was vice president and treasurer of Pacific University from 1987 to 1989. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was vice president and treasurer at Tulane University for 31 years and Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He retired to Diamondhead in 1989. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, six stepchildren, a brother, and 19 grandchildren. Source: Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
Joann Spiering Peters, 68, died on Nov. 11, 2006. She worked for Tektronix, as a homemaker and later for ten years as an administrative assistant at Pacific University. She retired in 2001 from Washington County Fleet Management where she worked for almost ten years. She is survived by her husband, four children, mother, three brothers, one sister, and four grandchildren. Source: Forest Grove (Ore.) News-Times
Helene H. Stites, a long-time Forest Grove resident and supporter of libraries at Pacific, passed away on Jan. 29 in Boise, Idaho. Before her move to Idaho, Stites completed a donation of over six acres of holly orchard to the City of Forest Grove for permanent public open space, and gave five boxes of vintage books to the Pacific library. She was the wife of Dr. Hugh Stites, whose practice was based in Forest Grove. Dr. Stites, who also was employed by the University, passed away in 1960. Source: Forest Grove (Ore.) News-Times, University Relations files.