Class Notes Fall 2008

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Phyllis (Skarsten) Dixon, M.A.Ed '56, is a member of the drama group The Well-Done Players in her retirement. They do gigs at local nursing homes and it keeps her acting.


Tom Carmichael is a retired store manager for Rite Aid and resides in Keizer, Ore. He is the proud father of Deboras, David, Tina and John and is married to Janet.


Irv Zemrau, O.D. '63, is the immediate past president of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta.


Marilyn Casa Calvo-Green has retired as a physical education and biology teacher in the Anchorage School District, Alaska. She has a 40-year-old daughter Tonya who married a friend of 17 years in 1987 and has given Marilyn four grandchildren. She is an active volunteer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Alaska, like Pacific University, she said, has been very good to her and "provided opportunities for personal growth."


Mike Staples retired from Intel Corporation in Folsom, Calif. in 2001. He and his wife Mary moved to Green Valley, Ariz. in July 2007 and are enjoying their winters there. Together they have two sons; James and wife Heidi have a 1-year-old daughter and is teaching in Upland, Calif. while David and wife Jenna are at Duke University.



Robert Postle has entered into his 35th year of practicing dentistry in Aptos, Calif. He and his wife Susan have three grandchildren and enjoy teaching them to ski in Tahoe.


Charles Young and Nancy (Berggren) Young recently returned from a cruise to the Mexican Riviera for their joint birthday present. Chuck retired in October 2007. Nancy works in the human resource department for Holy Family Hospital and has seriously considered retiring before the end of 2008.


Michele Avanti, was elected president of Northern California Publishers & Authors, making her the first NCPA President living outside Northern California because she still lives in Oregon.


Dallas Carr, O.D. '76, resides in Tumwater, Wash. as an optometrist for Northwest Vision Center, PC.

Chris Fenno married his partner of 25 years on July 3, 2007 in Canada because they grew tired waiting for the United States to allow same-sex marriages. Both his son and sister were witnesses.

Kathy (Leventis) Molesa has retired after teaching for 30 years in the Portland public school district. She is the author of three children's books: "The Presidency from A to Z," "The Civil War from A to Z," and "School Days of the Presidents." After being married for 25 years, she and her husband plan to take a second honeymoon cruise around the world for two months.


Tim Juett, P.T., has finished his doctor of physical therapy course work. He looks forward to further years in physical therapy research projects while most of his friends are retiring. While Tim said he misses his classmates from Pacific, he was disappointed none of them were present at the last reunion he attended. He has been working for the past six years for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.


Terry Tobin, O.D. '81, has been Vernonia's optometrist since he earned his degree in 1981. He purchased an existing office in Cedar Mill and one in Vernonia. The first advice he received from a Vernonian was "lose the tie." Over the years, he gained many friendships and patients. After the flood during the 2007-2008 winter, his office in Vernonia was lost. He still keeps his office in Cedar Mill, Portland, Ore.


Deborah (King) Parsons is celebrating her 10th year as an adjunct professor in the department of education at Pacific University. She said, "I absolutely love teaching at Pacific, where the caliber of students is amazing." She also continues to work as a speech-language pathologist with the Forest Grove School District.



Bill Hall received the "Home for Every American" award from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness at the Council's third annual conference in Washington, D.C., for his work in developing community strategies to address homelessness and affordable housing in Lincoln County, Ore.

Daniel Tiller, O.D. '83, was awarded the 2007 Idaho Optometrist of the Year. He is serving as chairman of the Idaho State Board of Optometry. Daniel currently owns a three-doctor practice in Nampa, Idaho.


Dawn (Tryon) Rasmussen began her own writing company in October 2007. So far she is happy with its success including niche markets for magazines and resumes ( While running the company, Dawn is active in her neighborhood association, and volunteering and teaching at Mt. Hood Community College. In August 2007 she married the love of her life, Brad. They enjoy hiking with their dogs Timmy and Buddy and live in northeast Portland.



James Au has been appointed to the board of directors of the See Dai Doo Society for the third year. He recently returned from China where he sang for the Zhongshan and Namlong government officials sponsored by the society.

Laura Beauregard is living in London and working as a registered midwife. She is married with two sons and now goes by Laura Marney.



Barbara (Bogner) Lee, O.D., is practicing optometry in Phoenix, Ariz. Barbara and her husband Eric have recently adopted two dogs from local rescues.


Amy (Johnson) Combe and her husband Owen celebrated the birth of their first daughter, Eleanor Rose, in August 2007. Amy works for Mary Kay Cosmetics as a sales director. They own the Art of Smilemaking in Lake Oswego where Owen is a cosmetic dentist.


Jeffrey Williams was appointed interim chief of the Forest Grove Police Department until a permanent chief is hired. He has been a patrol sergeant for more than 12 years according to a Forest Grove News-Times article. Jeff's youngest son Cameron just turned 1 year old.

Amy (Zeutschel) MacDonald, M.A.T. '94, and her husband Eric welcomed their first child on Feb. 5, 2008, Zoe Penelope. They are currently living in Jacksonville, Fla., where Eric is an active duty oceanographer for the United States Navy. Amy is a high school mathematics teacher.



Cara Chestnut works as an inventory analyst for Nordstrom, Inc.

Stacy Renfro and her husband Scott have been watching their son Wyatt mature. Born on Dec. 16, 2006, he is now walking, throwing the ball for their dog and reading his favorite book, "10 Little Ladybugs" while relaxing in his mini-lounge chair.

Dana Ziskrout, O.D. '97, and wife Katie welcomed their third child Joshua David, in April 2008 weighing 6 pounds, 13.8 ounces. Joshua's big brother, Noah, and big sister, Hannah, are so proud to have "lil Joshy" as a brother.



Amy (Hylton) Nelson '95Amy (Hylton) Nelson is now the new vice president of corporate development for Point West Credit Union. After earning her Senior Professional in Human Resources, Amy thanked Pacific, especially her mentor and communications professor, Dave Cassady, for his contributions to her education.

Fariha "Fari" Panni would love to get in touch with Kim Mathie and Ryan Northam.



Jeffrey Anderson attended Multnomah Biblical Seminary from Sept. 1, 1996 to June 1, 1997 to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Bible.

Brent Black recently started working as a senior database engineer for the Walt Disney Internet Group in Seattle.

Jennifer "Jenni" (Smith) Laughlin attended Oregon State University to earn a doctorate in pharmacy and currently works as a pharmacy manager at Safeway in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Marit (Blecha) Nelson currently works as director of finance and administrative services for Columbia River Fire and Rescue in Oregon.


John Kikuchi, O.D. '01, has announced the birth of his son Anson. He was born on March 11, 2008 and joins his sister Aubrey. John is still working as an optometric physician for the Seattle Vision Clinic.

Sheryl (Rosales) Moren married Bunk Moren on Aug. 4, 2007 and is a psychiatric nurse practitioner for Reed College.

Julia (McCarry) Oliver '97Julia (McCarry) Oliver and husband Justin announced the birth of their second child, Avigail Noel, on Dec. 27, 2007. She was 6 pounds and 20.5 inches long. Justin is the area defense counsel for the Air Force Legal Operations Agency at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.



Dawn Dunford, O.D., recently spoke for the Student Optometric Association Speaker Series at the Forest Grove campus. She brought along her daughter Calleigh Abaigeal, born in Aug. 27, 2007. Her optometry practice in Canada focuses on vision therapy and pediatrics. Dawn and her husband Ben Pritchett recently celebrated their fifth anniversary.

Lisa (Johnson) Gibson was married in February 2008 to Neil Gibson at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ and held their reception at McMenamins Grand Lodge. Her maid of honor was Jennifer Borden Lau '96. Blake Timm '98 and Melissa Timm, '98 sang at the ceremony and their daughter Sydney was the flower girl. Lisa's father, Paul Johnson '70 gave her away and her grandfather Fred Scheller '43, M.A. '54, a Pacific University professor emeritus, was also there with Lisa's grandmother Ruth Scheller. The photographer was Liz Deguc Francis '01, and friends Rob Feliz '98, Katie Shields Felix '01, and Eddie Hargreaves '98, were also at the wedding.

Reed Scott-Schwalbach has been selected for a Fulbright teacher exchange and will spend next year in Mexico City with his partner, Regina Norris '86, teaching English.

Blake Timm and Melissa (Alexander) Timm welcomed their baby, Hannah Elizabeth, into their family on March 22, 2008.


Patty Grunwald and her husband Bill welcomed their second child, Hannah Jane SooJung, on Feb. 21, 2008.

Maggie Heyman Hotch O.T. '01, announced the birth of Michaelene Joanne on Nov. 8, 2007.

Julie Toney and her husband announce a new addition to their family—baby girl Grace on Dec. 6, 2007.


Nicole (Dorris) Strayer and David Strayer '01 have been married for four years and live in Sacramento, Calif. David works for the IRS. They welcomed their son Hayden on April 26, 2008. PHOTO


Karie Eichenberger married Derek Moore on July 22, 2006 at Peninsula Park in Portland, Ore. She worked for both Albertina Kerr Centers and Wells Fargo Bank but still finds time to travel to Europe and Cancun. She now goes by Karie Eichenberger-Moore.

Jamie Lynn Wetzel, M.A.T., was married on Sept. 15, 2007 to Jason Murray at The Aerie at Eagle Landing in Happy Valley, Ore. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Mustique Island of the West Indies. They will make their home in Portsmouth, N. H. Jamie is a labor and delivery nurse at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, N.H.


Walt Whitley, O.D., accepted the position of director of optometric services at Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, Va. He will be actively involved with the referral network and with clinical research.


Julie (Czywczynski) Meyer, P.A., and her husband Fletcher announce the arrival of their baby boy, Reed Parker. Born on Feb. 9, 2008, he weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long.

Tracy Ramberg, M.A.T., was married to Britton Riehm on Sept. 22, 2007. The newlyweds honeymooned in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico in December. Tracy teaches at Sunset High School in Portland, Ore.

Celia Roy and her husband Andy Howell welcomed baby girl Sophia Jane in January 2008. They are both managers for the Target Corp.


Ayesha Brookshier graduated from Western Washington University with a master's of science degree in experimental psychology with an emphasis in cross-cultural issues.

Jodi (Patton) Buell works as a distinguished events director for the American Cancer Society.

Jesse Horner married Marieli Dos Santos on Dec. 22, 2007 in McMinnville, Ore. They plan to honeymoon in Brazil where Marieli is from. They live in Portland, Ore.

Natalie Middleton works as communications manager for the regional Multiple Listing Service in Portland, Ore. The company provides a comprehensive searchable database for real estate in the Portland and Douglas, Coos and Lane counties.


Brenna Brandsma, P.T., has recently moved back to the Puget Sound area and accepted a physical therapy position in the Children's Therapy Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash. She has enjoyed working in a facility that has onsite research opportunities at her fingertips.


Sarah Gardner works as an auditor for Talbot, Korvola and Warwick LLP in Portland, Ore.


In Memoriam


Florence (Gross) Wirt died suddenly on March 31, 2008 in Claremont, Calif. at the age 98. She had been a resident of Pilgrim Place retirement center for 33 years. A native of Oregon, Florence attended Pacific with her sister Katherine and her aunt Erla. During her senior year, Florence was May Queen. Florence's daughter Maya and a number of Florence's nieces, nephews and cousins attended Pacific. A memorial service was held in San Carlos, Calif. Rev. Jim Burnett of Forest Grove, husband of Ginny Cooper Burnett, a Pacific graduate and the niece of Florence, officiated the service.


Gilbert Haller was a longtime member of the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club where he enjoyed sailing and teaching. Born on Jan. 20, 1917 in La Grande, Ore., he would serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a junior officer. He returned from war and went to the classroom in Eastern Oregon to teach. He retired in 1979 as a school administrator in Newport, Ore. He died on Jan. 24, 2007 and was preceded in death by wife Norma Jean Haller. Gilbert is survived by his two sons and daughter, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.


Milburn "Russ" McKichan died of cancer on Sept. 9, 2007. Before attending Pacific, he served in the Navy for World War II. After he graduated, he moved to Portland and became a purchasing agent for Tektronix, a company that focuses on test and measurement equipment, as well as for GAF, which has grown into North America's largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing materials. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church for 53 years. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne, five daughters, brother, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Gilbert Gardner passed away on April 21, 2008 in Portland, Ore.


Patricia (La Caille) John died on Nov. 1, 2007 of ovarian cancer at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was the chief librarian and founder of the Rural Information Center of the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Md., until her retirement in 2006. This organization helps the federal government in aiding economically depressed American rural communities. Patricia has also held the cataloguing post in the Department of State library. She is survived by her husband, Phillip John, who she married in 1972.




Darlene Bogner, mother of Barbara (Bogner) Lee, O.D. '92, passed away on March 19, 2008 during a short battle with cancer. Barbara was with her mother when she passed and was blessed to take time off to go to Nebraska to be with her family several weeks after the funeral. PHOTO


Janette Armstrong Orchard has been living at "Hidden Lakes" in Salem, Ore. and is enjoying this stage in her life. She misses Pacific especially the music. It pleases her greatly that Pacific is expanding so thoughtfully.


Marianne Sahlstrom, the late wife of Ted Sahlstrom O.D. '43, died on March 22, 2008. Marianne was an integral part of lay renewal programs at several churches in the Pacific Northwest as a pilot project leading to the establishment of Lutheran Lay Renewal in northern California. Her work with the project as well as with the Faith Lutheran Church was the highlight of her life. Although traveling was an important part of her life, she also enjoyed gardening, camping and boating.


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