Pacific Magazine

The mission of Pacific University is to inspire students who think, care, create, and pursue justice in the world. At Pacific magazine, our mission is to share the stories of the people who live out that mission every day.

We hope that the stories you read, the pictures you see, the videos you watch, and the conversations you engage in — both in the printed magazine and online — help bring a piece of Pacific University into your home.



Cover of Fall 2020 Pacific magazine

In this Edition

75 Years of Optometry | The college celebrates a milestone anniversary and continues to focus on pupils

Pacific Rises to Meet the Pandemic | Students continue learning amid challenges

Outstanding Alumni | Alumni award recipients like Dennis Carline ’79, MST ’88; Breanne McGhee OD ’16, MEd ’16, PhDEL ’21; Matthew Meyer ’75; and Scott Pike ’68, OD ’70 represent the best.


Fall 2020 | Vol. 53 No. 1
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We celebrate 75 years of Optometry at Pacific University with a look back through the years.

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One of the most prominent names connected with Pacific’s College of Optometry is Carkner, and the connection began before the beginning.

DeAnn Fitzgerald ’81, OD ’84 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has become well known for her focus on using optometry as a way to manage athletes’ concussions. She has developed protocols for young athletes who suffer head injuries, and her work has been widely shared and emulated around the country.