Dale BeVier '56, O.D. '57 & Helen (Roberts) BeVier '58

Boxers share their story on how they found love under the oaks.

A Perfect Marriage and Musical Fun | Written by Dale BeVier

Our story of Pacific-based love is slightly different than most. I am Dr. Dale A. Bevier, a 1957 graduate of the School of Optometry was brought up in upstate New York and transferred to Pacific from West Virginia Wesleyan College in the fall of 1953.

I took four courses from Dr. John R. Roberts, Professor of Biology and other related sciences. One night, Dr. Roberts invited me over to his house to see his extensive model railroad. While there, his daughter, Helen Anne Roberts, came down the stairs and out the door past me on her way to a baby-sitting job.

Helen was a freshman at Pacific and I was immediately smitten by her happy persona and cheerful demeanor. I waited around to see her again when she came home from baby-sitting. After a second meeting, I decided she was worth looking into further.

We dated for the first time the following weekend along with a Gamma Sigma fraternity brother and his date. We attended a dance in Portland featuring an 18-piece big band. We continued dating, becoming very serious and married on March 23, 1956.

I graduated in May of 1957 and went into optometry practice with my father in New York but music still followed us across the country. During our time at Pacific, Helen and I listened to a piano and bass player jamming in Warner Hall. Helen told me as we left the jam session that she would like to play the bass fiddle. Ten years later, I brought a bass fiddle home to her and she learned how to play it. I took up playing the piano again and we found a drummer and a trio was formed!

That was the beginning of a 45-year career as part-time professional musicians playing in trios and as a duo a little later. We are now called "Side by Side" and after 56 years of marriage, we are still performing together.

I play multiple keyboards and Helen is the featured singer. Now we play mostly as volunteers at senior citizen's homes in the Richmond, Virginia area. We have played for 53 different homes in the past two years and we're booked up months in advance. Along the way, we have played in night clubs, fine restaurants and other venues. We have also formed and managed four different 13 to 18-piece big bands playing all the old big band tunes made famous by leaders like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and others.

We have had a very wonderful marriage and we're buddies as well as a couple and have four wonderful and highly successful children. I personally have a great love and fond memories of Pacific University and our time there. Of course, Helen grew up in Forest Grove and we plan on returning in the summer of 2012 to visit relatives and of course walk once again on the campus.

To conclude, Helen went on to graduate in Ornamental Horticulture from Clemson University when she was 50-years-old and raising four children. She enjoyed a very successful career as a Horticulturist at two highly respected gardens: Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and Harry P. Leu Botanic Garden in Orlando, Florida.

Posted by Rachael Burbank (rburbank@pacificu.edu) on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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