Man with a Vision

By Steve Dodge, Rachel Burbank '09, and Leanne Santella '09

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Forest Grove may have been a rivulet in the tide sweeping over the country, but Scott Pike '68, O.D. '70 recalls that a lot of changes were happening at Pacific, too.

In 1964, his freshman year, Pacific was "a very Victorian place." Male students were required to wear a tie to dinner and a jacket and tie on Wednesday evening and for Sunday lunch. Women were not allowed to leave the dorms without a skirt or dress on, and were required to sign in and out.

The tie requirement ended a couple of years later when a group of deliberately tie-less men and women supporters staged a sit-in in the University Center. Pike remembers students demanding and getting other changes at the University. Although he was aware of the war, protests and assassinations, the implications didn't really hit him until much later. He'd come to the University for optometry and was most concerned about that and keeping up his grades to keep out of the draft.

Still, classes, media reports and the music — especially Bob Dylan's work — had a subtle but profound impact. By the '70s, he began to speak up and protest war, environmental degradation and other social issues. Today, he's a faculty member in the School of Optometry and leads a non-profit organization, Enfoque Ixcan, that delivers eyeglasses and eye care to rural Guatemalans. Once an observer of events, Pike today is on the front lines of positive change.


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