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A 29-year career culminating in the Office of the Surgeon General started with optometry school at Pacific. “Pacific was, and still is, a small school where, instead of being a number, you can become an individual," said Col. John Pyle OD '64. "I had a really good time there.”
The lessons Ed McQuary '63 learned while playing football at Pacific University have translated into a 47-year career teaching and coaching, plus a book of memories.
Katey Schultz MFA '08 released her first novel, Flashes of War, on Memorial Day 2013.
Richard Harman
Countless Pacific University students and alumni have committed their lives to the service of their country with the U.S. Armed Forces.
“From the time I was in junior high, I always knew I wanted to teach,” says Michael Burch-Pesses, Pacific’s director of bands. Now, a few decades and many musical milestones later, he’s still living his dream.
In the 20 years since graduating from the Pacific University College of Optometry, Col. Carol Z. Rymer O.D. ‘92 has found her career in the U.S. Army both rewarding and full of opportunity.
Sporting elaborate tattoos on his arms, a pair of studded earrings and faded jeans and shirt, Don Schweitzer doesn’t appear to be a college professor who has just won a prestigious grant.
Clinton Gruber pictured smiling on Pacific University' campus
The last time Clinton Gruber '47 saw his B-24 bomber he was falling away from it, 18,000 feet above Germany. But not until 35 years later, through a chance encounter on the Internet and the kindness of strangers in two distant countries, would he learn the complete story of the incident that nearly took his life that fateful day of Dec. 1, 1943.

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