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Rich Burk ’88 has always been a baseball fan, but it wasn’t until his junior college coach pointed him to Pacific University that he began to consider a career as a baseball announcer.
Derek ’92 and Betinna “Tina” (Cooper) Lasko ’65 have been awarded the 2013 Pacific University David & Sandy Lowe Outstanding Alumni Service Award for their ongoing support of Pacific University both through their business and in their volunteer leadership.
Melinda “Mindy” (Cottrell) Cameron ’65 has been awarded the 2013 Pacific University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award for her dedicated career in journalism, her longstanding service to Pacific University, including as a member of the Board of Trustees, and her commitment to improving education.
Dr. Ami (Heaton) Halvorson OD ’07 has been awarded the 2013 Pacific University Young Alumni Leadership Award for her professional work in optometry, including in Pacific University’s clinics, her mentorship of optometry students and her volunteer work supporting underserved populations.
The men’s tennis teams of the early 1960s were three-time NAIA District II team champions, winners of the 1964 NWC team championship with a perfect 13-0 record, and participants in the 1963 and 1964 NAIA National Championships.
A stand-out pitcher with Pacific University who caught the eye of scouts and was signed by the Detroit Tigers organization in 1940, Frank Dierickx '41 played five seasons in the minor leagues in between medical school and a two-year stint in the military. He pitched with the Portland Beavers during parts of the 1945 and 1949 seasons while also working as a practicing surgeon.
Key defender on Pacific’s outstanding soccer teams of the mid-1990s, Billy Merck '97, MAED '03 was a two-time First Team All-NWC selection, named First-Team NAIA All-Pacific Northwest Region, and an honorable mention NAIA All-American. He is Pacific’s career record-holder in assists and played four seasons of professional indoor soccer.
One of only two athletes in Pacific history to be named an All-American in two sports: basketball and track and field, DeeDee Arnall '06 was a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection in basketball and graduated as the career record-holder in scoring average and free throws made and attempted.

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