Class Notes Spring 2008

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Florence Gross Wirt celebrated her 97th birthday in August 2007. She is living in Claremont, Calif.


Glen Rice and wife Eloise have moved from their Mercer Island, Wash. home to Horizon House, a retirement community in the heart of Seattle.


Howard F. Hoerner and Grace L. Boyles Hoerner ’41 celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 17, 2007.


Verle DeBord Bell taught music in Banks and also Tigard High School before retiring to raise a family. She continued her choral work, as well as work in journalism, until 1989.

Mary Beth Carpenter Hurlocker enjoyed attending the September 2007 wedding of her eldest son in New Mexico. Her other children as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were all in attendance under beautiful blue skies!



Marjorie Street resides at Holladay Park Plaza where she keeps active by swimming five days a week. She also takes Suzuki piano lessons.



Arnold Thogerson, M.S.Ed. ’58, and Ora Faye Wilson Thogerson are both retired. They have two children and are great-grandparents of two.


Bruce Ackley & Zona Bonnell Ackley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 4, 2007.

Beverly Nielsen deYoung has been a widow for 30 years, but keeps busy with volunteer work, travel, and three granddaughters, all of whom recently graduated from college.

Willana Katheryne Stout, O.D., retired from a shared practice with her brother in 1985. Having specialized in vision therapy and working with children, she received the Iowa Optometric Association’s “Heritage Award.” Willana resides in a continuing care facility in Des Moines, Iowa where she walks every day and attends all educational classes.


John Steinbacher is anticipating the re-release of his new novel about the Spanish Civil War, “Wayfarers of Fate,” from UK-based Athena Press.


Edith Elise Holman Briggs and husband George Briggs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They reside in Winston-Salem, N.C. where George is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem.

Al Davidson and Mary Stone Davidson ’53 are retired and still enjoying their five kids and 12 grandkids.



William Van Horn served as leader for the Northshore Senior Bicycle Club in Bothel, Wash. for seven years. His wife of 28 years passed away in March 2007.



Bill Bear, O.D., is looking forward to attending the 55th reunion of the class of 1955 in 2010.

Caroll L. Heusser spent a short week on Crete celebrating Easter 2007 and followed it with a longer trip in May 2007 to Central Asia. Visiting Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan was “absolutely wonderful!” said Caroll.



Helen Popham Connor retired on Oct. 14, 2006 after 25 years with Jo-Ann Fabrics. She is enjoying retirement, keeping busy with travel, sewing and reading.

Bob Grundison, O.D., of Victoria, B.C. was recently honored as Optometrist of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Optometrists. He was praised for his dedication to vision care and educating the public. This year marks his 50th in practice.




50th Reunion "A World of Difference" June 20-22, 2008, Pacific University, Contact



Louise Hill Fenton and Jack Fenton ’60 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a cruise with family to the Caribbean. Louise is a retired schoolteacher. Jack is a retired Borden sales manager. They are currently living in Salem, Ore.

Donald Iverson is in his 45th year of coaching golf. Having coached at both the high school and junior college levels, as well as at Portland State University, Donald is currently coaching at Woodland High School.

Jack Nehring, M.A.Ed ’67, and Sally Billeter Nehring ’58 have both retired from teaching careers and are enjoying life with their three sons and three grandchildren.



Roger Anderson is looking forward to a great 50th reunion in two years!

Deanna Stevens Fuller and her husband Al have created a family tradition of taking each grandchild on a special trip, chosen by the grandchild, when he or she turns 12. Three birthdays this year have taken them to Alaska (by cruise and by rail on land), Israel, and New York and Branson, Mo. It is “very special to get to explore the world with each one separately,” Deanna said. “We have two more grandkid trips to go!”

Judy Mason is active in her community, volunteering four days a week at her local library, working with a retired teachers’ group and attending several AAUW groups.


Glenn Joesten is in his second season as a volunteer docent and conductor with the Yreka Western Blue Goose excursion train in California. He reports meeting people from all over the world.


Sandra Federighi Moyer is working full time in the investment business as a vice president at Morgan Stanley in Irvine, Calif. She plays golf and stays busy with the Newport/Irvine Rotary Club. Sandra would love to hear from fellow alumni in the area from her years at Pacific.


Fred Springsteen has been named investment officer at TLC Federal Credit Union in Lincoln County, Ore. Fred and his wife Janice have lived in Newport, Ore. for 12 years. Fred is active in the community with Rotary, Pacific Communities Hospital Foundation, and is an area director and instructor for the U.S. Coast Guard college degree program.

Len Stroh retired in May 2005 from a career in teaching and forest products research technology. Len stays involved in community and sports activities, coaching the local Bantam AAA baseball team, as chairman of the nominating committee for the municipal sports hall of fame and on the board of directors for the municipal social services agency in British Columbia, Canada.


Lund Chin, O.D. is completing his term as chairman of the Washington Board of Optometry. He still practices in Seattle with his son Greg Chin, O.D. ’96. His son Brent Chin, O.D. ’01, recently purchased a practice in Federal Way, Wash. Lund plans to continue his formidable tennis game, which has earned him a place in Pacific’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kathryn “Kathy” Korevaar Costin and her husband, Dale, are enjoying life with their two daughters. Granddaughter Sydney Elizabeth Fell adds a new sparkle to their lives.


Richard Edwards is retired in paradise on the shore of Lake Atitlan, high in the mountains of Central America. He is wondering where the other two “Evils” are.


40th Reunion "A World of Difference" June 20-22, 2008, Pacific University, Contact

Bruce Bishop was elected in May 2007 as chairman of the board of the Pacific Institute on Ethics and Social Policy. President of the Capitol Club of Oregon, Bruce practices and is a shareholder in the Salem office of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick. He also serves on the board of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. He and his wife Judy Engdahl ’68 live in southwest Portland.

Jim Weyrich, O.D., established the EyeCare WeCare Foundation to conduct medical vision missions in the Philippines. In addition to the foundation, Jim and his wife Ellen maintain a practice in Aberdeen, Wash.


Clara Louise Wilcox Adaikkalam enjoyed a January 2007 family reunion with her four children and two grandchildren in Oxnard, Calif.


Glenn Joesten is in his second season as a volunteer docent and conductor with the Yreka Western Blue Goose excursion train in California. He reports meeting people from all over the world.


Mark Kane continues to teach Social Studies at Castle High School in Kaneohe, Hawai’i after 34 years. He also coaches women’s soccer at Hawaii Pacific University.


Kerry Bassett is working on a master’s degree in conflict resolution at Portland State University and enjoying life in Portland.

Judge Judith R. Eiler has been elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the board for the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division in the National Conference of Specialized Judges. Judge Eiler is a District Court Judge in King County, Wash., serving as Chief Civil Judge for the East Division.

Cynthia Wood Diederich, M.Ed ’82, is teaching reading to college students and international students learning English at Pierce College in western Washington. She enjoys living near her sons and grandchildren.


Richard S. Anderson and Sue Eckard Anderson ’73 are enjoying retired life on the Oregon Coast in Lincoln City. Dick’s time is filled with golf, reading and community activities. Sue spends her time enjoying three granddaughters.

Lynette Sites Biethan is in her 20th year of teaching kindergarten in the Roseburg School District. She is hoping to see many music and choir alums for a celebration of Dr. Scales’ music direction at the upcoming 2008 Alumni Weekend.

Robert Wells has been working in the field of construction for many years as a construction manager, specializing in the rebuilding of dams. Currently he is working on a project in the Bay Area for the Navy. He loves his work and enjoys spending time with his two sons.


Grant McOmie is the outdoor reporter for KATU-TV (Channel 2) in Portland, Ore. His broadcast work on environmental issues has won him several prestigious journalism awards. He is also the author of two regional travel books.


Brenda Jensen retired after 30 years as a speech and language pathologist. She’s started her own business contracting her services to local school districts. She enjoys her small ranch and her free time. She celebrated her 25th anniversary with her husband Bruce.


Mickey Morey played in the 2007 U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. He is an attorney specializing in representing victims of sexual abuse, and has represented clients in high profile cases against the Portland Archdiocese.

Charles W. Tyhurst, O.D. ’77, still loves private practice in Lebanon, Va.


Michael Hudson obtained California Vocational and Adult Education teaching credentials. In addition to his position as a labor relations representative for the Los Angeles Unified School District, he teaches a series of speech classes for district employees entitled “Effective Communication in the Workplace.”

R. Richard Ryan, O.D. ’79, was installed as the president of the Optometric Physicians of Washington at their annual meeting in March 2006. He is self-employed at Eastern State Hospital.


30th Reunion "A World of Difference" June 20-22, 2008, Pacific University, Contact


Hugh Alexander recently was named Faculty of the Year at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colo.

Herb Courtney, O.D. ’82, has lived and practiced in Snohomish, Wash., for more than 20 years. He and his wife Teresa have two children. He enjoys traveling, jogging, and playing jazz trombone.

Jim Kaastrup, O.D., plans to return to optometry in the near future after working in the family construction business in Nevada. He’s still enjoying the single life and lives in Marysville, Wash.


Eve Barnes Powell serves as the director of development for The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, helping the women and girls of Colorado achieve economic self-sufficiency. She and her husband Ed reside in Englewood, Colo.



Jon Schnepel, P.T., recently earned certification as an orthopedic clinical specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is the only physical therapist in Gresham, Ore. with this certification.



Roberta “Bertie” August, P.T., has been working as a physical therapist with Kaiser Permanente’s Occupational Health Clinic on the Sunnyside Campus in Clackamas, Ore. since December 2006.

Dorinda Diener Rife continues to serve as the principal of the Tucson campus of the Arizona School for the Blind.

Matt Mark recently moved to Global Software’s Bellevue, Wash., office. He is still selling software and was hired as director of sales. His wife Patti manages the family life and crazy schedules of their two children.

Cristina Schnider, O.D. recently accepted a position as Vice President of Professional and Public Relations with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Company in Japan and now resides in Tokyo. She and husband Malcolm Patton celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary in 2007.



25th Reunion "A World of Difference" June 20-22, 2008, Pacific University, Contact

David Ebel. P.T., is the owner of Mt. Valley Therapy in LaGrande, Ore. The practice recently expanded to be a multi-disciplinary, 7,000-square-foot clinic with 24 employees.

David A. Wolf, O.D., joined the staff of Providence Newberg Medical Center, Newberg, Ore. He is the founding partner in Professional Eye Care Associates of America, is an active board member with the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association and served as its president from 2005 to 2006 and past Director of Clinical Programs. He is also involved with the Oregon Foundation for Vision Awareness.



Kenneth Colman graduated from seminary and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1990. Kenneth has served churches in Nebraska and Colorado and is now in Renton, Wash. Kenneth and his wife Tracy have two children, Micaela and Jesse.

Karen Preston, O.D., provided technical advise on amblyopia for a children’s book on glasses and patching called “The Patch.” She has a practice in Redmond, Wash.



John Olivera owns and operates Steele’s Karate and Kickboxing in Salem, Ore. He teamed up with fellow Pacific alumnus Jason Bauer ‘96 to compete in the Capital City Cage Matches in 2007. This is the third time they have competed together.



Neil F. Notaroberto and his wife Desiree welcomed their second child, Luciana. They also have a daughter, Vittoria.



20th Reunion "A World of Difference" June 20-22, 2008, Pacific University, Contact

Cub Shulund works for Oroweat Baking Company. He lives in Banks, Ore. with his wife Danice and their three boys. He and Danice have been either watching, coaching or driving to a youth sports game of some sort since leaving Pacific.



Lennice I. Farnham, M.A.T., retired at the end of 2007 after 13½ years as a support specialist in the Cornelius Public Library. She and her husband plan to build their retirement home on acreage near Sandpoint, Idaho. They are looking forward to traveling, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and boating and fishing on Lake Pend Oreille.



Kelley Mathis was married July 6, 2007 to Doug Mathis. She moved into a new vocation, website development and hosting and shaved a few points off her golf handicap this past year.

Regina Groover Ritchey is in her 13th year at Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass, Ore. as a health teacher and coach. She lives happily with her husband Mike, their son Brian and two dogs in Central Point, Ore.

Johnna Zeigler is enjoying life as a small business owner. Recently remarried, she and her husband started Oregon Rain Soap. Her two children keep her busy as well.



Clayton Briscoe, O.D., married Debbie Lynne Stiles on Oct. 5, 2007 in Pendleton, Ore. Clayton is employed with Vision Source in Pendleton and together the couple has four children.

Michael Fuchs, O.D., was named Optometrist of the Year by the Minnesota Optometric Association. Dr. Fuchs has been married to his wife Sue for 20 years. They have three sons and one daughter.

Heather Hatton is the publicity manager at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Ore. She and her husband Rick have two daughters. She has been coaching Taft High School girls’ golf with Rick since 1997.

William P. James and his wife, Eve, welcomed their son Daniel Douglas James on Dec. 9, 2006. Bill is in his eighth year of teaching.



Sarah “Zoey” Mendoza Birth has two beautiful children, Jada Soliel and Jordan Vaughn Birth. She is working full time as a school social worker in Paterson, N.J.

Damian R. Crowson, M.A.T. ’96, is the new principal of Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction, Ore. for Three Rivers School District. This is his 12th year in education. He and his wife Kristin have two children.

Jocelyn Rattray Godfrey and her husband Devon have two children. Jocelyn has been running her advertising agency, Spiritus Communications, Inc., for 10 years. They reside in North Carolina. In their spare time they play soccer, cook, travel and garden.

Kimberly Mathie is the Marketing and Education Outreach Director for Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, Calif.

Laura Scott and Clement Walsh celebrated the birth of daughter Lily in April 2007. Laura works for a college in Ireland. The family lives in Seattle.

Terry Sullivan and Teresa Moorleghen Sullivan ’96 celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2007. They live in Santa Cruz, Calif. and are enjoying surfing and good clean living.



Jennifer Baumann, M.A.T. ’01 was elected to a two-year term on the Beaverton Education Association Executive Board, Beaverton, Ore.

Rebecca Campbell was featured performing more than 24 Judy Garland songs in the Camelot Theater Company’s Second Stage Music Series presentation “Spotlight on Judy Garland… a Little Biography and a Lot of Music!” in Talent, Ore. Rebecca is Camelot’s resident artist and conservatory director.

Jon Thomas, O.D. and Lindy Thomas, O.D. ’98, welcomed the arrival of their daughter Keira on July 12, 2007. The Thomases reside in Las Vegas, Nev.


10th Reunion "A World of Difference" June 20-22, 2008, Pacific University, Contact

Rebecca Jacobs Chown, O.D. ’03, and Zack Chown relocated to Hood River, Ore. with their son Kiernan in August 2007. Zack received his doctorate of physical therapy from Alabama State University in May 2007.

Lisa Johnson is currently a park ranger at Cape Lookout State Park near Tillamook, Ore.

**Robert Johnson, O.D. and Will Fagan, O.D. ’00 recently opened Kootenai Vision Center in Post Falls, Idaho.

Amy Kincaid Henderson announces the birth of her twins, Bailey Rose and Ezekiel John on March 9, 2007.


Zack Barnett and Jamie Hoag Barnett live in Eugene, Oregon where Zack is the publications editor for the UO’s Office of Public and Media Relations. Jamie is an Overseas Program Coordinator in the UO’s International Affairs Office. Zack recently received a master’s of arts degree in literary nonfiction from the University of Oregon.

Derek Brown and his wife Carol ‘98 live in Washington, D.C. with daughter Chayse. Derek is a senior consultant with Booz Allen and Carol is a property manager.

Karen Buckmaster Mitchell, M.A.T. ’01, and husband Darren Mitchell welcomed their first child, daughter Ryann Louise, on Feb. 17, 2007. Karen is currently working at the Alternative High School in Ephrata, Wash.

Abigail K. Neal, O.D., and Bob Neal, O.D., live in Maple Valley, Wash. with their daughter Anna Elizabeth and two dogs. Abigail was selected as the 2007 Young Optometric Physician of the Year by Optometric Physicians of Washington. In addition to their optometric practices, the Neals enjoy an active lifestyle that includes sailing on their 30-foot Catalina, running and biking.

Keely Walshe Thompson and her husband, Ken Thompson had a baby girl, Chelsea Tori Thompson, on March 23, 2007. They are now living in Denver, Colo.

Christina Goria Tolomei, M.A.T. ’00, and her husband John recently moved to Renton, Wash. from Chicago, Ill. Christina continues to stay home with their two children, Emilio and Gabriela. They are excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest!


Melissa Chamberlin, P.T. ’02, married Jonathan Latta on June 23 in Yuba City, Calif.

Nicole Davis Strayer and David Strayer ’01 have been married for three years and live in Sacramento, Calif. David works for the IRS. They welcomed their son Hayden on April 26, 2007.

Kimberly N. Hagood Elliott received a master’s degree in adult education from Florida International University in December 2007.

Alyssa Wollam Baker and Jeremiah Baker ’01 welcomed their first child, Natalie Ann Baker into their family on May 7, 2006. They are currently living in Fircrest, Wash. where Alyssa is a learning disabilities specialist and Jeremiah is the director of software/hardware services for a national consulting firm.


Azizi Dunston left her position with the Los Angeles ad agency BBDO West as broadcast negotiator and media buyer and now works in the media department for Warner Bros. Pictures as a media auditor.

Minori Fukushima, M.A.T., married Michael Fagin on Aug. 12, 2007. Minori works at Richmond Elementary School, a Japanese immersion school in Portland, Ore. The couple honeymooned in Hawai’i and lives in Portland.

David Kading, O.D. ‘04, and Kristi DeJong Kading, O.D. ‘04, are both keeping busy with successful practices in the Seattle area. Kristi specializes in pediatrics while David does primary care and specialty contact lens fitting. David has lectured around the Western region and is actively involved with various contact lens studies, contributing articles to various journals in the field. They have also been active members in the American Academy of Optometry and completed their fellowships in 2005.

Krista Kennedy and Phong Ho ’02 were married on Oct. 19, 2007 at the Old Church in Portland, Ore. Krista will be changing her last name to Kennedy-Ho. After a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico the couple returned to Portland where Krista works with international students at the University of Portland and Phong is an independent Flash developer.

Adam Munson-Young graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in May and started a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He married Katie O’Donnell ’01 on June 9 in Red Lodge, Mont.

Colby Tonn, M.A.T. ’03, and Kara Rohrer were married July 14, 2007 at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore.. The couple spent their honeymoon in Victoria and Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Colby is a social studies teacher in The Dalles, Ore.

Kate Uebelherr is currently working for Willow Bend Environmental Education Center in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Andrea Waldron, M.A.T. ’06, teaches ninth grade English in a Title I school in Los Angeles County.


Aimee Ault received an associate’s degree in food service management and the culinary arts from the University of Montana. She is a member of the American Culinary Federation and has participated and competed in national culinary competitions, receiving a Silver Medal for a one-hour hot foods competition in Seattle. She participated in a culinary internship with Walt Disney World in the fall of 2007.

Jill Breitbach, Psy. D., is a captain in the U.S. Army, serving as a psychologist. Breitbach deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division in 2005-06, overseeing four mental health clinics responsible for treating all soldiers serving in and around Baghdad. She is now serving with the 1st Special Warfare Training Group at Fort Bragg, teaching physical and mental adaptability skills to soldiers in Special Forces training. “I’ve deployed, I’ve seen the world, I have a well-rounded experience,” she told the American Psychological Association Monitor, “Serving as a psychologist in the Army, you get such a variety of experiences. It’s worth it.”

Gina Daggett published her first book from Alyson Books, Lipstick & Dipstick’s Essential Guide to Lesbian Relationships, based on her humorous, national advice column in Curve Magazine. Since graduating from Pacific, she has worked as a freelance writer, and just finished a novel called Jukebox.

Jonathan Small, M.A.T ’07, spent the summer in Malawi helping build a schoolhouse and an Internet café. Before completing the MAT program, he taught high school and coached wrestling for three years on the Hawai’ian island of Molokai.


David Avolio, doctor of chiropractic, joined the full-time staff of Family Chiropractic at Northwest Wellness Center in Wilsonville, Ore. He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2006 and specializes in sports medicine.

Jessica Bravo is a fashion designer living in Bothell, Wash. She has a new line of clothes called “Simply Juicy by Jessica Bravo” in a Seattle store featuring cocktail dresses in citrus colors.

Kristin Carter married Matt Doud on June 23, 2007 at Zion Lutheran in Portland, Ore. Kristin is a biology teacher and assistant coach in volleyball and track at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Ore.

Rebecca Claussen and husband Chris had a baby girl, Allison Marie Claussen, on Nov. 26, 2007.

Matthew T. Davis was accepted to the Library and Information Science Master’s Program at San Jose State University for the spring 2008 semester.

Paul Lardy, M.A.T. ’04, and Katie Martin were married on July 27, 2007 in Hagerman, Idaho. Paul teaches high school biology and coaches men’s varsity lacrosse at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Ore. Katie is the assistant director and pathways coordinator in the Pacific University Career Development Center.

Marlie Wild Loomis has been married for one year. She will begin teaching kindergarten in the fall in the Sitka School District in Alaska.
Russ Meeuf and Ryanne Pilgeram had a baby boy, Alden Murphy Meeuf, on July 24, 2007. Both Russ and Ryanne are at the University of Oregon pursuing their doctorates.

Sara Okleasik recently moved to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

Veronica Russell is working as production coordinator for Pelican Productions, Inc., a magazine publishing firm in Seaside, Ore. She is also a freelance photographer working on the Oregon coast.

G. Francis “Cisco” Reyes and Louise Kaui Torres Reyes ‘05 would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaila-Louise Ke’anelaokalanihiwa Reyes, on Jan. 13, 2008 in Moscow, Idaho.

Jessie Wachter and Rhiannon Gagnon are managing the Kodak Inspiration Tour, a mobile marketing tour promoting Kodak cameras, printers and other products. They are having a blast taking pictures, helping people with their photographic needs and seeing the most amazing places across the states!


Casey Anderson ‘04 and husband Brent celebrated the birth of their first child Eamon Randall, born on March 5, 2006.

Adam Antoniskis married Lindsay Petersen on February 10, 2007, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Adam and Lindsay live at Stevenson Ranch in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Chris Couch performs in the reggae band Outpost with Philip Hunker ‘04 and Brian Merz ‘05. Formed in the fall of 2006, Outpost has toured the Northwest.

Stephanie Jo Cullen, M.A.T., married Shane Anthony Wilson on Aug. 1, 2007, in Negril, Jamaica. She is currently an elementary school teacher in Beaverton, Ore.

Corrina Diane Hutchins married Jonathan Min Woo Sampson on April 7, 2007 at the Minot First Assembly of God Church, Minot, N.D. Corrina is a photographer for Sears Portrait Studio.

Hilary Matthews now works at Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette as a patient services staff member and lives in Portland, Ore. with her boyfriend and her dog.

Tiffany Ruiz Marrotte married Roy Marrotte on April 14, 2007. They own Kauai Appliance Repair and do manufacturing work for many companies. She is active at Koloa Union Church where she is the Sunday school coordinator and youth leader.

Miranda R. Mueller illustrated a children’s book entitled Mishka: An Adoption Tale. The story is about adoption told from a child’s perspective, allowing families to reminisce and remember the adoption process and the “life before” in a positive way.

Farzana Siddiqui, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, has been promoted to director of child development at Community Action in Hillsboro, Ore. She is studying for her doctorate in clinical psychology in the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific.

Megan Springsteen and Jared Dickinson were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach, Ore. on July 1, 2006.


Joanna Carter, O.D. gave birth to a baby girl, Caroline Rogue Carter, on July 16, 2007. They’re both happy and healthy.

Molly McDonnell recently purchased the Newberg Mail Room, a mail receiving agency, in Newberg, Ore. The business specializes in wine shipping.

Kathy Parsons, M.A.T. is back in Oregon after a year of teaching at Wrangell High on Wrangell Island, Alaska. She taught the 2006-2007 school year at Glide High School in Glide, Ore.

Julie Thomas has been promoted to director of training and field supervision at the Pawlowski Financial Group. In this position, she will guide new financial representatives and interns through the contracting, training and development processes.


Liz Conroy-Yockim recently joined the Umpqua Valley Home Builders Association staff as the new executive vice president.

Shannon Janes Hess has married and started her own business since graduating from Pacific University. She runs and owns a successful e-commerce business and resides in Crescent City, Calif., living the American Dream!

Jeremy LeCrone is currently completing his Ph.D. in mathematics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Jeremy says, “I am very excited to get back into my studies and learn a new state/school/city/climate/culture.”

Shanelle Mickelberry, P.A., is currently working as a physician’s assistant in a private two-physician family practice clinic in West Linn, Ore. She made the jump from specialty to general medicine in June 2007 and is enjoying the new position.


Alaina Foutch married Corey Brown on July 28, 2007 at St. James Catholic Church in McMinnville, Ore. Alaina is continuing her studies at Pacific as a graduate student in occupational therapy.

Tracey Jacobsen, O.D. attended the Heart of America Contact Lens Society’s 46th Annual Contact Lens and Primary Care Conference in Kansas City, Mo., where she received a scholarship and recognition for her outstanding contact lens work.

Matt Leady and Sky Portis-Cathers were married on June 31, 2006. Geoff Cardenas was the best man and Sarah Gardner ’06 was the maid of honor. Sky now goes by Sky Leady.

Jory Shene spent nine days in Peru playing soccer with the Cascade Surge of the Premier Development League. In addition to competing in soccer games, the team visited local schools and orphanages and participated in the River Festival, a cultural event drawing thousands.

Randall T. Shinn, M.A.T., teaches seventh grade science at Ilima Intermediate School in Ewa Beach, Hawai’i. He is also the head boys’ soccer coach at Pearl City High School.


In Memoriam



Hazel Meagher Bardsley passed away on Jan. 11, 2007, in El Paso, Texas. She is survived by her son, John C. Bardsley of El Paso, and her daughter, Sharon Lynn Petersen of Lakewood, Colo.


Keith Elmore Wilcox passed away on Nov. 22, 2007. Keith was active in the Hillsboro, Ore. community, serving with the Lions Club and American Legion, the Hillsboro Elementary School Board and the Hillsboro United Methodist Church. He and his wife Lynette traveled to Italy, England and across the United States. Survivors include three children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Charles Christianson died on Aug. 1, 2007.


Eva Ilse Plaep Ashcraft died on June 1, 2007 in Meridian, Idaho. She is survived by four daughters, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great granddaughters.



Truman L. Osborn died on June 21, 2006.

John Walton Price, O.D., passed away on Aug. 12, 2007. He had an optometric practice in Bellingham, Wash. and was chief engineer for KVOS television there. With wife Norma E. A. Bates ’45 he raised seven children.

Jean E. Anderson Brizendine passed away on June 18, 2007. Jean was actively involved in various Forest Grove, Ore. youth organizations, as well as with the Forest Grove United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by her husband and brother, Jean is survived by her son and daughter, a sister, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.



JoAnn Reed Crawford died on Nov. 24, 2007. She worked as a registered nurse and enjoyed sewing, crafts, reading, canning and gardening. She is survived by her husband, William Crawford, three daughters, a son and five grandchildren.

Alva “Earl” Gipe Jr. passed away on Sept. 13, 2007. He taught in Canby, Ore. and Oregon City, Ore. until his retirement. Earl enjoyed reading, playing cards, woodworking, hunting and fishing, bowling and golfing. He is survived by two children and two granddaughters, as well as several step-children and step-grandchildren.

Melvin L. ‘Peck’ Love died Sept. 8, 2007 at his home in Forest Grove, Ore. He served in the Air Force Reserves for 35 years. He was preceded in death by Viola Laine, his wife of 62 years, in 2004. In May 2005 he married Shirley Kemper. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, two sisters, 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pauline Deloris Dierickx Shields passed away on Aug. 6, 2007. Pauline spent her teaching career in the Portland School District and enjoyed her large family of six sons, two stepsons, two stepdaughters, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pauline most enjoyed cheering for her sons and grandchildren in all their athletic events, attending more than 2,000 combined events.


Evelyn “June” Schneiter Hunt died Aug. 25, 2007 in Caldwell, Idaho. After retiring from Caldwell Memorial Hospital as an operating room nurse, she and her husband, Gilbert J. Hunt, spent their retirement traveling. She was very civic minded and belonged to numerous community organizations. June is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a granddaughter. She is survived by six children, seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Howard A. “Pat” McGraw died Dec. 19, 2007. Pat served in the Naval Reserve until 1951 and worked as an All-State Insurance agent until his retirement in 1987. A charter member of Hillsboro and Vancouver Kiwanis International chapters, he was also a member of the Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Wash. He belonged to the First United Methodist Church of Vancouver and loved to travel and be in the outdoors. Survivors include his wife, Norma, a son, two daughters, a sister, five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.



Marjorie Ann McCornack Van Lom passed away on June 26, 2007. A long time member of the Gresham Country Club (Ore.) and her local gardening club, Marge also enjoyed traveling to Southern California and Mexico to golf and sight see with her husband John. Her husband, two children and their spouses and two grandchildren survive her.


Calvin Fisk died from age-related causes on Dec. 29, 2006. Retiring from the Navy at the rank of commander in 1965, Calvin was then an assistant dean of the graduate school and an associate professor at the University of Oregon from 1966-1977. He is survived by his wife, one son, three stepsons, a daughter, a stepdaughter, 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

John Thomas Mathis passed away on Nov. 30, 2007. John belonged to the Merrill, Ore. Lions Club. His lifelong passion for youth sports led to his serving as a coach, friend and mentor of his children, grandchildren and other youth. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing. He retired in 1983 after 30 years of service to education. Preceded in death by his college sweetheart Patricia Culver, he is survived by their four children and their spouses, his wife, Patricia Ebes, four stepchildren and their spouses, and 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



Robert Malcolm Ramp, O.D. ’49, died on July 4, 2006. He was a member of the Oregon Optometric Association, American Legion, and the B.P.O.E. Survivors include his sister-in-law and niece. His wife, Ann, preceded him in death in September 1999.

Helen K. Haugland Slovick died on Dec. 9, 2007. She dedicated 31 years of service to the Beaverton School District as a middle school teacher, and continued serving others as a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post 104, both in Aloha, Ore. after her retirement. Her husband of 55 years precedes her in death. She is survived by her brothers, daughters, son, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, and many nephews and nieces.



Leslie James Carson, O.D., died on Aug. 17, 2007 at his home in Stayton, Ore. While maintaining a private practice in Salem and then Stayton, he was also the optometrist at Fairview Hospital and Training Center. He was a member of the Salem First Christian Church for almost 70 years, and a member of the Stayton Lions Club for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Opal, and his children, a daughter and two sons, and their families.

Donald B. Chambers, O.D. ‘50, passed away recently at the age of 84. Don was President of the Oregon Optometric Association in 1968 and was recognized by his peers as Optometrist of the Year in 1972. He was instrumental in establishing the Portland Vision Clinic in downtown Portland. He also worked with his fellow optometrists to establish Oregon Vision Care, Inc., a vision insurance program that became a forerunner of Vision Service Plan.

Robert “Bob” Cop died on May 13, 2007. Preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Nan Foley, Bob married Eva Lopez Vasquez on March 23, 1993. He is survived by Eva, his wife of 14 years, two stepdaughters, three stepsons, a brother, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.




Thomas G. Kiriakedis passed away due to heart failure on Aug. 17, 2007. An avid businessman and devoted lifetime member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Thomas is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ethel, his three children and their spouses, as well as six grandchildren.



Albert B. Lebenzon, O.D., passed away in spring 2007 at the age of 82. He had practiced optometry in the Pacific Northwest and San Francisco area. He later added a medical degree from the University of Washington and practiced ophthalmology in Seattle until his retirement. He is remembered not only by family but close friends Gordon Bell O.D. ’51 of Abderdeen, S.D. and Bernard Monetta O.D. ’52 of San Francisco, Calif. The trio vacationed together for many years in Palm Desert, Calif. and originally met as bunkmates in McCormick Hall.

Milburn “Russell” McKichan passed away on Sept. 9, 2007 from cancer. He was a purchasing agent for Tektronix and GAF and member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church for 53 years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeanne Hamilton, four daughters, a brother, grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Franklin Leewood Smith died Nov. 8, 2007 at age 84. He was an educator for the state of Oregon and later for the Beaverton School District. In 1969, he married Gloria Kay Wright. Survivors include his wife, sons, daughter, stepsons, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



Roland Bergstrom passed away on Jan. 20, 2007.

Katherine “Katie” Watts Jubb Grosvold died on Jan. 2, 2007 at age 75. Survivors include her husband Hallvard Grosvold, a son, a daughter and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband John Jubb and son John Jubb Jr.



Helen Aileen Johnson Itzen died on June 12, 2007 in Sequim, Wash. An accomplished businesswoman in the housing industry holding many regional leadership positions, she was also actively involved in the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Corvallis, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star- St. Mary’s Chapter, the Nehalem Valley Pioneers Association and was a Grand Color Cross Degree member of Nehalem Assembly of Rainbow in Vernonia, Ore. Mrs. Itzen is survived by a sister, two daughters and a son-in-law, four grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


Ron Milby died at his home in The Dalles, Ore. on May 7, 2007 from complications caused by Parkinson’s disease. Since retiring from Weyerhaueser in 1994, Ron filled his time as a volunteer firefighter, camping and building sand buggies, among other hobbies. He and wife Winnie spent winters traveling by RV to Arizona and Nevada. Ron is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several brothers and sisters-in-law.


Georgia N. Burkett Randleman passed away from breast cancer on Nov. 18, 2007. She is survived by her husband, Randy Randleman, who lives in Lincoln, Calif. near their four children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They had been married nearly 55 years.


Roy Gene Deshler passed away on May 25, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Margo Deshler.

William “Bill” Watson died on Jan. 10, 2008. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Bill worked for Blue Cross for a number of years, as well as the U.S. Postal Service. He enjoyed watching football and current local events. He is survived by his sister, one nephew, two nieces, his former wife, Nola Watson, Claudia Burke, his long-time friend, and many cousins.


Hubert W. “Bert” Fleskes died on July 24. 2007. He is survived by his wife, Carol, two daughters, three sons, three sisters, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and first wife, Alice Davis Hoskins ’56. He was preceded in death by his eldest son.


Edward J. Swenson passed away on Jan. 28, 2008. An accomplished electrical engineer with Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., he served as the senior vice president of research and development. Although in semi-retirement, in the last decade alone he received many patents for his cutting edge work. He was active in many engineering organizations and was a leader in his field.


Dorothy Wood Berglund died June 7, 2007 in Hillsboro, Ore. She was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. She was an active member of the Forest Grove United Methodist Church, a member of the League of Women Voters and volunteered with the American Red Cross. Preceded in death by her husband, Adolph Berglund, and a daughter, survivors include a daughter and son-in-law and two granddaughters.

Richard W. Coram Jr. died on Sept. 13, 2007. Richard served with the 1st Calvary Division out of Ft. Lewis in An Khe, Vietnam from 1965-1967. He was a bank vice president for 20 years in western Washington, and served on the board of Clallam County Economic Development Council and was an economic development finance specialist with the state Office of Trade and Economic Development. Survivors include his wife, his son, his daughter, his mother, his brother and sister-in-law and one grandson.


Madeline V Hanai Alii Hayashida died on April 12, 2007. A small business owner, judge and Hawai’ian arts and crafts kumu, Madeline is survived by her husband, three daughters, a brother and two grandchildren.


Richard Harbour passed away on Sept. 17, 2007. Richard retired in 2005 after a career in teaching. He also worked for Tektronix and Intel and enjoyed fishing, teaching and sports. His mother, two brothers, a sister and 11 nieces and nephews survive him.

Ross Lurgio was honored September 15 at the dedication ceremony of Ross A. Lurgio Middle School in Bedford, N.H. Lurgio served the Bedford School District from 1975 to 2003 as director of special services and assistant superintendent. He passed away from non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2003.


Irvin Lawrence Bowman, O.D., was remembered with a celebration of life on July 21, 2006. He is survived by his wife Hazel, his son, a sister and brother, many nieces and nephews and close friends.

Verna Lindgren Howard, O.D., died Dec. 27, 2007. After leaving Pacific she practiced optometry in Salem. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Howard, and survived by her sister, nieces and nephews.

David Malnick died on Jan. 1, 2007 while on vacation near Cuzco, Peru. An advocate for Israeli youth, David worked as an attorney in Los Altos, Calif. He is survived by his wife and daughter, his mother and two brothers.


Patricia LaCaille John died Nov. 1, 2007 of ovarian cancer. An academic and government technical/reference librarian, she retired in 2006 from the Rural Information Center. Patricia was a pioneer in the use of the Internet in the federal government, her RIC website was cited as a model for other federal agencies to emulate. She is survived by her husband Philip.


C. Dale Brady died on Nov. 9, 2007. A music teacher, Dale’s legacy is his musical talent as an accomplished pianist, organist and clarinetist. After retiring from teaching in 2002, he worked and volunteered at Portland International Airport until his death. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son-in-law.

Leslie Dayle Perrigo Schricker passed away on Sept. 22, 2007 after a long, hard battle with cancer. Leslie and her husband Rick made their home in Baker City, Ore. where they raised two children, Jeff and Jaym’e. Leslie retired from Interstate Bank in 1995. Leslie was a devoted mother who loved her travel trailer, dancing, working in her yard, walking, and riding her bicycle. Leslie is survived by her husband, her children, two sisters, two nieces and her dog.


Mark W. Westlund died Sept. 28, 2007. After teaching music for 28 years in the Canby (Ore.) School District, he retired and turned toward his favorite hobbies: pyrography (wood burning), riding his motorcycle and repairing musical instruments. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a sister and two grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 5, 2007 at Zoar Lutheran Church in Canby, Ore.


Donald Keith Saxton, O.D., died on Aug. 13, 2007 of cancer. He owned ABC Vision Clinic in Sherwood and Aloha, Ore., where he specialized in learning disabilities caused by vision problems. ABC provided free vision care to underprivileged children through the Sherwood Lions Club. He traveled to Ecuador with a volunteer medical team, and made several trips through the Swiss Alps, also participating in eight Cycle Oregon journeys. Survivors include two daughters, two sons, two grandchildren and his companion, Jan Sanderson.


Russell Jones, O.D., passed away on Aug. 18, 2007 from a brain tumor. A very accomplished and well-recognized optometrist who held numerous leadership positions in Arizona state, regional and national optometry organizations, Russell had also been involved with Rotary International, Scouts, youth soccer and Little League. He and his wife Daphne celebrated 40 years of marriage in 2006, and enjoyed their two children as well as three nephews who became part of their immediate family after the loss of their mother.


Alanna Kathryn Flood McLean, P.T., passed away on Sept. 10, 2007. A pediatric physical therapist for the Three Rivers School District in Grants Pass, Ore. for 17 years, she also owned and operated her own practice for 13 years. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church and belonged to various professional associations. She is survived by her husband, Damien McLean, two sons, her mother, two sisters and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

James Nelson Matson, O.D., passed away on Nov. 2, 2006 in Petersburg, Alaska. James is survived by his parents, his wife, Phyllice, two sons, a stepson, a sister, nieces and nephews.



Gwendolyn Bogh Carter passed away on July 2, 2007. She worked for numerous newspapers and television stations in Oregon before moving to Nevada and purchasing the Lovelock Review Miner and the Nevada Rancher. Gwen returned to Oregon in 2006, running both publications from Gresham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Phillip Carter. She is survived by her two sons, a stepson, her father and mother, a brother, three sisters and two grandchildren.


Francis Koseki Iwamoto, O.D. ’84, died on Jan. 17, 2008 as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was a past president of the Bentham Lions Club. Survivors include his mother, his sister and his brother.



Nick Reed, M.A.T., passed away on April 28, 2007 from an auto-immune response and complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Reed was a social studies teacher at Estacada High School remembered for his love of teaching, his devotion to his students and guitar playing in class and in the halls. He is survived by his wife and daughter.



Barbara H. Dahlin Krewson, M.A.T., died Sept. 3, 2007 of cancer. Her husband, Alfred G.M. Krewson, preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, two daughters, a sister and four grandchildren.

In Memoriam (Friends)


H. Samuel Adams III, former Board of Trustees member, passed away on Oct. 1, 2007. Survivors include three daughters, a son, three sisters, a brother, his fiancée, and two grandchildren.

Chester Oliver Bishop, Jr., former mathematics professor, died May 27, 2007. From 1973-2005 he lived in Auckland, New Zealand. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, and 14 grandchildren.

William “Steve” Stevens Prince, former head of the English Department, passed away on May 20, 2007. Retiring in Tumalo near Bend, Ore., Steve spent his last years indulging in two passions, reading and corresponding with friends from his world travels. Preceded by his wife, parents, and two brothers, Steve is survived by a brother, his three children and his grandchildren.

Georgia St. Clair, former account coordinator in the University business office, passed away on Sept. 3, 2007.

Ruth E. VanArnam, died on May 6, 2007. Ruth’s association with Pacific an her generous gifts were appreciated by many.

Audrey McCall, passed away in November 2007. Wife of former Oregon governor Tom McCall, Mrs. McCall gave her blessing for the use of her husband’s name in Pacific’s annual great debate, the Tom McCall Forum. The University has sought to honor the McCall legacy by inviting prominent political leaders to debate major issues and to meet with Pacific students on the campus in Forest Grove and in the Portland metro area. An annual student scholarship is also awarded in the McCall name.


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