Veterans Stories

Pacific University is proud to share the stories of members of our community who have dedicated a portion of their lives to service in the Uniformed Services of the United States. You can help us honor all veterans in the Pacific family by sharing your story using the online form.

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Forst Storyboard
Stunning collection of drawings display a passion, and PTSD therapy, for Bill Forst ’67.
A 29-year career culminating in the Office of the Surgeon General started with optometry school at Pacific. “Pacific was, and still is, a small school where, instead of being a number, you can become an individual," said Col. John Pyle OD '64. "I had a really good time there.”
The lessons Ed McQuary '63 learned while playing football at Pacific University have translated into a 47-year career teaching and coaching, plus a book of memories.
Katey Schultz MFA '08 released her first novel, Flashes of War, on Memorial Day 2013.
Richard Harman
Countless Pacific University students and alumni have committed their lives to the service of their country with the U.S. Armed Forces.
“From the time I was in junior high, I always knew I wanted to teach,” says Michael Burch-Pesses, Pacific’s director of bands. Now, a few decades and many musical milestones later, he’s still living his dream.
In the 20 years since graduating from the Pacific University College of Optometry, Col. Carol Z. Rymer O.D. ‘92 has found her career in the U.S. Army both rewarding and full of opportunity.
Sporting elaborate tattoos on his arms, a pair of studded earrings and faded jeans and shirt, Don Schweitzer doesn’t appear to be a college professor who has just won a prestigious grant.

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