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Amy Waterman '98 is known as the female instructor from the Rocket Spanish courses.  
Kristin McVay PT '99 transitioned her career from skilled care to outpatient.
Dean Wetzel '90, OD '92 has become an additional optometrist at Mayo Clinic Health System.
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Steven James Cool, former Pacific professor, died August 1, 2019 at age 78. He joined Pacific's College of Optometry in 1979. Cool was loved by many for his ability to share knowledge in a way that encouraged learners to see things in a different light and that pushed students out of the dull glare of rote learning into that charged light of discovery. 
Students and staff from Pacific’s Master of Social Work program and the School of Learning & Teaching took part in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Eugene, OR alongside more than 750 participants community members, to show their support for suicide awareness and prevention.
Jessica Heckman OD '09 was inducted into Concordia's Athletic Hall of Fame. After earning her degree from Concordia, Heckman pursued a doctorate in optometry from Pacific. Heckman currently is vice president of clinical affairs and optometric residency director at Chu Vision Institute in Bloomington, Minn. Her community service includes participating in eye care mission trips to the Philippines and Myanmar. 
Josh Beck '12 joined the financial planning and investment firm Petersen Hastings as a Financial Controller, September 2019. In this role, Beck will be primarily responsible for developing and monitoring the Kennewick, Wash. firm’s financial strategy, budgeting, and forecasting.
Dr. Glenn Freudenberger '62, OD '63 passed away on Sept. 27, 2019 at the age of 88. After earning his degree in optometry from Pacific, Freudenberger became an accomplished photographer and author with a focus on Motorsports, as well as covering the Seahawks and Supersonics for the Wenatchee Daily World. 
Kenneth Box '56 passed away at the age of 88 on Oct. 14, 2019. He received his teaching degree from Pacific in 1959 and then went on to obtain his Masters Degree. After graduation, Box worked at Yamhill High School, where he met Becky, his wife of 62 years. They settled in the Beaverton area where he taught high school and then became an administrator for the Beaverton School District. 
Kari O'Driscoll '93 recently published her first book, "One Teenager at a Time: Developing Self-Awareness & Critical Thinking in Adolescence." 

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