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Left to right from top: Derek & Tina Lasko, men’s tennis teams, DeeDee Arnall, Ami Halvorson, Mindy Cameron, Frank Dierickx, Billy Merck

Celebrating Pacific’s Finest Pacific University honored some of its top alumni in October with the annual Alumni Awards and the semi-annual induction of new members in the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame. Mindy (Cottrell) Cameron ‘65

Dr. Frank Dierickx ‘41

Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

Athletic Hall of Fame

Cameron had a standout career in print and broadcast journalism and has served on the Pacific University Board of Trustees for the last 20 years, most recently as chair. She enjoys continued community involvement near her country home in Idaho.

A stand-out pitcher with Pacific University who caught the eye of scouts and was signed by the Detroit Tigers organization in 1940, Dierickx 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.

Derek ’92 and Tina (Cooper) Lasko ‘95 David & Sandy Lowe Outstanding Alumni Service Award

Owners of Lasko Printing, the Laskos have long partnered with Pacific University in business and volunteer work. Derek Lasko is a member of the Boxer Club, the Alumni Association Board and the Athletic Hall of Fame Board, while Tina’s volunteer work is closely tied to their sons’ school and extracurricular activities.

Dr. Ami (Heaton) Halvorson OD ‘07 Young Alumni Leadership Award

A graduate of the College of Optometry, Halvorson returned to Pacific University to run the Pacific EyeClinic Southeast. She later helped with the design and implementation of the world’s first 3D vision clinic at Pacific’s Beaverton Clinic, and she has volunteered extensively locally and globally.

DeeDee Arnall ‘06 Athletic Hall of Fame

One of only two athletes in Pacific history to be named an All-American in two sports: basketball and track and field, Arnall 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.


Billy Merck ’97, MAED ‘03 Athletic Hall of Fame

Key defender on Pacific’s outstanding soccer teams of the mid-1990s, Merck 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.

1962-1964 Men’s Tennis Teams Athletic Hall of Fame

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. Team members included Dr. Lund Chin ’65, OD ‘66, Rhody Rodolico ‘65, the late David Lowe ‘63, George Long ‘63, Sandy Farquhar ‘65, Greg Shay, Jim Horne ‘66, Geoff Hiscock ‘66, Skip Cashin ‘67, the late Gordon Okumoto ‘68 and Larry Steward. watch | Meet the honorees in videos online. 

Pacific magazine | Philanthropy Edition, Fall 2013  
Pacific magazine | Philanthropy Edition, Fall 2013  

The magazine of Pacific University