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Irisa Grimes '17, OTD '20
For Irisa Grimes ’17, OTD ’20 the sky is the limit. Grimes is passionate about veterans’ health, social justice, healthcare equity and intersectionality. We first introduced you to Grimes in 2017. Read more about what this outstanding alumna has been up to since then. 
Honoring All Who Served
Today, on Veterans Day, we pause to acknowledge those who have put on a uniform for this country. But this is not the only day that veterans need or deserve our thanks and attention.
Chris Walker '21
For Chris Walker ’21, Nov. 11 is more than just his birthday — it is also a time to remember his nearly six years of service in the United States Marine Corps. Read about his experience in Afghanistan, and at Pacific University. 
Jon Larson '14
Jon Larson '14 plays for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. He majored in music education at Pacific, and serves as a piano instrumentalist, team leader, arranger and is also in charge of staging for the band.
Wid Bleything at Veteran's Day
Willard “Wid” Bleything ’51, OD ’52, MS ’54 earned three degrees from Pacific University on his way to becoming an optometrist. He served in the Air Force and Air Reserves, retiring as a colonel, and he also worked in private practice for many years before eventually returning to Pacific, where he became the dean of the College of Optometry.
Edwin Park in uniform
The university's Veterans Resource Center, and new scholarships for Pacific student-veterans, were made possible by a World War II veterans who believes strongly in the importance of education.
Carol Rymer OD '92 in her Pacific University office
Recently retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army, Carol Rymer OD '92 will lead clinical programs in the College of Optometry.
Bernard Brown
Dr. Bernard Brown ’49, OD ’50 has established a scholarship with Pacific’s College of Optometry.
Dr. Bernard Brown Pictured Smiling
After Bernard Brown '49, OD '50 earned a Purple Heart and his way home from the European Theater in World War II, he pursued a lifelong career in optometry with a degree from Pacific University. Now, he's helping other veterans follow him into the profession.
James “Jim” Silkensen ’67 was chosen to be the grand marshal of the 2018 Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Day Ceremony held in Cranford, N.J.

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