Modeling Success

Clark ’65, MSEd ’70 and Rae Peters ’65 found love at Pacific — love of teaching, love of speech, and love of each other. And more than 50 years later, they’re not letting go.

Studying under Hap Hingston, renowned speech professor and one of the early founders of the Na Haumana O Hawai‘i in the 1960s, Clark earned his degree in speech, then education, and Rae studied speech and speech pathology. Both went on to careers in teaching, but they never left their alma mater behind.

Rachel Hartshorn SLP ‘19 works with children during a workshop at the Early Learning Center on Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus in 2018. The Aurora Peters Speech Pathology Endowed Scholarship supports students in Pacific’s speech-language pathology program.

In 1966, they made their first gift to the university — a $2 donation to the Hap Hingston Scholarship. Three years later, they increased their gift to $5. Today, Rae has an endowed scholarship in her name, and the couple is being inducted into the President’s Circle, recognizing donors who have given more than $100,000 in their lifetimes.

Their passion is still speech, and the Aurora Peters Speech Pathology Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to students in Pacific’s modernized and relaunched speech-pathology program.

“I wanted to help students who have a desire to work with kids with special disorders, and I wanted to support our alma mater,” said Rae Peters.

That’s hardly their only cause, though. They give to Boxer Club and individual sports teams, to the Friends of Speech, and to the Pacific Excellence Fund. Clark has served on multiple advisory councils for the university, and in 2012 received the David and Sandy Lowe Outstanding Alumni Service Award.

They’re regularly on campus, visiting with students or meeting up with fellow alumni — and they’re dedicated examples of the power of alumni in shaping the future for future students: “Dare to care, dare to share,” Rae said. “Give it away."

This story appears in the Winter 2020 issue of Pacific magazine as part of a series on the impact of Pacific donors. For more stories, visit

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020