Boxer Love Story: Lydia (Fahner) Harrison '60 and Charlisle Harrison '57

In the fall of 1956 I was in Forest Grove to drive the school bus and awaiting the beginning of my senior year. In as much as I had time to kill, I was hired on to the cafeteria staff. This gave me a chance to check out the new students during orientation week.

I noticed an especially attractive gal going through the food line. I had some of my friends at the girls' dorm check her out, and she seemed better with each report.

By the time school began I had arranged a first date, (a ride along on my bus run---nobody ever said I was a romantic), followed by dinner at a local restaurant. It didn't take long, and we were smitten and considered an “item” on campus. Lydia was “pinned” by Thanksgiving and wearing an engagement ring by the end of Christmas break.

We were married in June and spent our summer in a “honeymoon cabin”; working in the Mt. Hood National Forest. That fall we moved to Hermiston where I spent my entire career teaching science and coaching sports. After our youngest child entered school, Lydia commuted to Eastern Oregon University to complete her education. We were always sorry that Lydia could not finish her studies at Pacific, but she still considers herself an alumnus of the class of 1960.

The best part is we have had 54 wonderful years of being together, and it all began at Pacific.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014