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T H E   M A G A Z I N E   O F   P A C I F I C   U N I V E R S I T Y

Vol. 42 No. 1

Spring 2009

160 Years at Oregon’s Pacific

Native Training School

Pacific’s Dr. Phil

Erector Set Inventor

MAY 2009

Pacific magazine (ISSN 1083-6497) is published three times per year by Pacific University, Oregon as part of its mission to create and foster critical thinking and life-long learning in the liberal arts tradition. Founded in 1849 as a frontier school for orphans, the University is one of the West’s first chartered higher education institutions. Today, with 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students on campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Portland, Oregon, Pacific is a unique combination of liberal arts and health professions explorations. For more information, please visit

EDITOR Steve Dodge ART DIRECTOR Joyce Lovro Gabriel ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Cecily Sakrison PHOTO EDITOR Colin Stapp WEB EDITOR Jessie Hand EDITORIAL, PHOTO & DESIGN INTERNS, CLASS NOTES EDITOR Sarah Conkey, Jessica Cornwell, Alex Hunte, Sami Richards

PROOFREADERS Jessica Cornwell, Wanda Laukkanen

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jessica Cornwell, Meredith Brynteson, Lara Vesta, Elias Gilman, Wanda Laukkanen, Billy Merck, Sami Richards, Mike Steele, Blake Timm, Sig Unander, Jr.

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS John Campbell, Sarah Chruoskie, Sarah Conkey, Jim Flory, Joyce Gabriel, Denise Geisbers, Alex Hunte, Eric Jensen, Cecily Sakrison, Colin Stapp, Jaime Valdez

ADMINISTRATION President Phil Creighton Vice President, University Relations Phil Akers Associate Vice President, University Relations Jan Stricklin Associate Vice President, Marketing & Communications Barb Richey

POSTMASTER Please send address changes to: Pacific magazine/Pacific University Office of University Relations 2043 College Way Forest Grove, OR 97116 © 2009 Pacific University, all rights reserved. Opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily represent the views of the editor or official policy of Pacific University.

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Still Solid and Growing Higher education always presents an array of challenges and opportunities. At Pacific, we are fortunate to be in a strong and stable position to address the budget stresses the economy is presenting. I sincerely believe that the challenges other institutions are experiencing represent an opportunity for Pacific. We are responding aggressively to our students’ need. For example, when the State of Oregon recently reduced the Oregon Opportunity Grant to our students, we were able to make up the difference from Financial Aid, and none of our Oregon students were adversely affected. We also recently announced the availability of the new Boxer Spirit Scholarship—a merit based scholarship of up to $2,500 awarded to students in good academic standing for the next academic year. This scholarship complements our Success-based Funding Program that increases a student’s need-based financial aid proportional to the cost of attendance increases at Pacific. The goal of both of these financial aid opportunities is to increase retention rates across the four years of the undergraduate experience.

Because our budget is heavily tuition dependent, we all must be seriously involved in improving undergraduate and graduate recruitment “When the State of and retention. As usual, our faculty and staff, led by Oregon recently reduced our admissions crew, have been pulling out all the stops reminding prospective students why Pacific’s personalized the Oregon Opportunity mentor-based education is so special. Also, our tuition still Grant to our students, compares quite favorably to other schools, including the large public institutions.

we were able to make up the difference from Financial Aid.”

How can we be certain in an uncertain world? Many of you know that I’m an advocate of the five P’s: “proper preparation prevents poor performance,” and to that end I’ve asked each Vice President to prudently develop contingency plans—just in case the financial environment gets considerably worse. I think planning, and developing a process to adjust budgets when we are in a strong position will help us identify those “core values” that we would adhere to in difficult times to sustain community and mission.

As always I wish you the very best. We have much to be proud of and much left to do. I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you soon. Warm regards,

Phil Creighton, President Pacific University

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY • It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, physical or mental disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, religious preference or disabled veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under ii   or FALL 2008 state federal▼law, or city ordinance. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, Oregon 97116, 503.352.6151.

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VOICES | Two Views of Native School The Forest Grove Indian and Industrial Training School, founded in 1880, was once hailed as an answer to “the Indian Question.” The results were actually less clear.

THEN AND NOW | 160 Years at Oregon’s Pacific It all started on the Oregon frontier with an idea in a Forest Grove log cabin. Some 160 years later, the cabin is gone, but the educational zeal lives on.

THE PLAYFUL MR. GILBERT One of Pacific’s most famous alumni is a guy you probably never heard of. But A.C. Gilbert, Olympian and inventor of the Erector Set, made an indelible mark on both work and play.

PACIFIC’S DR. PHIL You likely won’t see him on Oprah any time soon, but Pacific’s Dr. Phil Creighton has also been an agent of change. If not for a setback in his youth, it might not have happened at all.

DEPARTMENTS Letters....................................................................................................... 2 Under the Oaks......................................................................................... 5 Sports........................................................................................................ 7 Gallery: Robert Akotia . ......................................................................... 26 Class Notes............................................................................................. 28 In Memoriam.......................................................................................... 33 Encore: Denise Giesbers.......................................................................... 37

CASE AWARDS FOR ALUMNI OFFICE, PACIFIC | Pacific’s Alumni Relations Office and Pacific magazine both won awards in the recent Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII regional Communications Competition. Alumni Relations won a Bronze Award for Reunion 2008: “A World of Difference” in the Projects and Programs/Special Events category. Pacific magazine won a Silver Award in the Periodicals category for schools with less than 5,000 enrollment for the Spring ‘08 “Travels with Boxer” issue and the Fall ‘08 “Echoes of 1968” issue. Although individual efforts by the magazine staff have received awards in the past, this was the first time the overall program was recognized by CASE. District VIII includes colleges, universities and independent schools in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. To view a full list of the Communications Competition winners, go to: showCASE.cfm

Gilbert Hall, the latest residence hall, 2008—photo by Colin Stapp ’91


Herrick Hall, also known as “Ladies Hall,” the first women’s dormitory, 1887— photo courtesy of Library archives



Letters to the Editor Boxer II Spotted in Banks An anonymous alumna sent in this photo of Boxer II right around the time it disappeared in 2008. She would not identify the visitor who had the replica in tow.

That’s Not Boxer UPDATE |

Boxer Combatants Identified A couple of readers responded to our call for identification of the young fellows wrestling for Boxer in ice featured on the cover of the Spring ’08 “Travels with Boxer” issue. The fellow with the tattoo and spotted shirt with the partial grip on Boxer is Glenn Conover ’60. The fellow leaning on Conover’s back is Ed Fish ’56. Both men are deceased. We’re still looking for IDs on the other young men. Thanks to Guy Beachler ’60 of Forest Grove and Gartha Ferrand ’59 of Seattle for the information.

Let’s Get Real Hey, just a hello and some feedback. I got the Pacific magazine (Fall ’08) yesterday and thought it was a really good issue. It seemed to me to be more like a real magazine. Also, I liked the new Boxer logo. Nathan G. Stanley ’97, MAT ’98 Social Studies Teacher/ Head Wrestling Coach Redmond High School Redmond, Oregon



I am writing to express my sadness and disappointment over the new Pacific University logo. This new logo deprives Pacific University of the dignity, history and prestige that I associate with my alma mater. When I was confronted with the logo on the cover wrapper of the recent Pacific magazine, my first thoughts were: “Wow, this looks like a minor league sports team or correspondence college logo.” The logo will certainly be easier to reproduce for stationary or promotional items (i.e. t-shirts and coffee mugs) than the previous Boxer images, but it is no Boxer. The new logo is a collection of swirls, which bear a closer resemblance to the Merlion (the national symbol of Singapore), than to the Boxer. Perhaps I am out of touch with the University’s target demographic of 16–20 year-old potential undergrad students, but is a swirledline graphic with a casual font really the primary image which Pacific University wants to present to the world? This new logo does not connect to Pacific’s legacy as a great institution with nearly 160 years of educational excellence. Instead, this logo change reminds me of other examples of premier brands’ misguided attempts to modernize their look (i.e. Coca-Cola’s introduction of new Coke or Microsoft’s release of the Microsoft Bob computer interface). To me, the new logo is not reflective of the Pacific University spirit. Given that President Creighton had just reestab-

lished the University logo standards in 2007, I question the timing and need for this new logo. The 2007 standards provide a clear, modern and understandable identifier for Pacific University. Also, on the updated Pacific magazine section of the Pacific University website, there is no reference to the new logo. Hopefully this means that the cover wrapper was just a social experiment to test our affection for the Boxer. If not, perhaps the University has changed its mind based upon similar feedback from other members of the Pacific University family. Either way, this new logo needs to be retired before Pacific University is inexorably linked with this image. Shawn Adams ’98 Portland, Oregon

Barb Richey, Associate Vice President of Marketing & Communications replies | Shawn, Thank you very much for your letter. We have received the occasional response like yours that voices concern, but overall the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive. We do consider the voices of our alumni important, and we hope that over time, the logo will be something you warm up to as you see how it works to represent Pacific and gives the University we both love a more instant recognition to audiences both inside and outside the Pacific family. Visit

A Boxer Road Race Boxer flash? I remember one that took place possibly in 1949 or 1950. Being that long ago, I hope I can be forgiven for any inaccuracies, but here is my recollection: First, a little side note: I was on my way from the University apartments behind the girl’s dorm (Oooops! I mean the women’s residence, in today’s parlance) it was Herrick Hall. I was on my way to Marsh Hall when I spotted Les Rawls ’52 tending a baby carriage there. We exchanged some pleasantries, but protocol would not allow me to ask what Les was doing with a baby carriage at the side door of the women’s dorm. However, I secretly put one and one together and got three! As it turned out, he MUST have had Boxer in the baby carriage because he was one of those who is said to have possessed the idol. I never learned the truth: baby or Boxer? Now for the flash: A few days later, Boxer was lowered from the roof of Old College Hall which was then situated on the north side of Birch Drive, halfway between Herrick and Marsh halls, near where Price Hall now stands, give or take a building or two. It was a rare sunny Saturday, as I recall, and before Boxer hit the ground and could run away, a crowd of students rushed to the scene, with the more robust of them seeking by force to possess that ancient dog (or whatever it is). The seething mass of humanity—or inhumanity, depending upon how one sees that sort of thing—gyrated west to the lawn in front of Marsh Hall, leaving a trail of mud. From there it spilled out onto College Way, then south down the hill to the vicinity of McCready’s Lumber Company, leaving worn out and bloodied warriors along the way. Being a person of peace, or in the interest of personal preservation, I declined to dive into that pulsating pyramid of sweaty, shouting combatants. However, I loaded a couple of Gammas into my ’37 Dodge sedan and waited for the moment when the dog would be whisked away in a car, which usually happened after an hour or two. The drill was that we would follow the car until it ran out of gas or incentive, and then wrestle

for the dog facing fewer thieves, some of whom might be exhausted from having been in the fray. When we saw the dog tossed into Tom Kiriakedis’ ’50 late-model yellow Mercury we rejoiced. As he laid rubber on the road, we tail-gated him at rather high speeds over some primitive back roads, over steep hills, squealing around vicious curves and finally onto a four-lane highway headed for Salem. Then he opened ‘er up; but we kept up right on his tail. Luck was with us! At a stoplight, the lanes were filled with waiting cars and others pulled in alongside and behind us. There was no way for wild-man Kiriakedis to skirt around them. Before a full halt was made, two Gammas popped out of his car. One was Stu Knapp ’50, MS ’91, who ran directly to my car, opened my door, put his arms around me and clasped them to the steering wheel trapping me in a non-romantic embrace. “It’s okay!” Stu shouted several times. “It’s okay! We’ve got the dog!” I thought the “we” was inclusive. “We” had accomplished our mission! I believed him, as did the other guys in the car (I do not remember who they were, it all happened so fast). We felt good about our success in having won the right to share Boxer without having to suffer the pangs of combat. Just then we saw noble Gamma Bob Crawford (all 200+ pounds of him) who also had piled out of Kiriakedis’ car, run uphill into a housing development with a bundle under his arm! That cuss had made off with Boxer! He disappeared! We were crestfallen, no, angry! Drivers in the cars behind us were tooting their horns and one driver was heard issuing an epithet that we, uh, did not understand. Boxer had eluded us. Those fraternity brothers had conspired to misinform us (I later called it a lie) and to spirit away the dog. I do not remember where or when it was flashed again because I then and there developed an indifference to that kind of struggle. The thrill of possible ownership of the dog under violent circumstances was gone. I went to the pound and adopted a puppy. (Okay, that’s a lie too!) Arnold G. Taylor ’51 Washington, D.C.

I read with interest your article on Boxer (Boxer’s Foot Returns, But Which One? Pacific, Fall ’08). I have a photo taken in ’67 with me and my then new wife Marcia at the Gamma Dinner dance in March of that year, guess what? Boxer has one foot missing. The picture you show of the foot given to you, if it is even close, can’t be from the original Boxer. The color and design just doesn’t look right when compared to the foot on the original boxer. Fred Springsteen ’65 Newport, Oregon

Maybe it’s a back foot–we shall investigate! –Ed.

ON THE WEB | Is Boxer a Giraffe? go to www.pacificu/magazine to find out.

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Not Original Boxer Foot

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We Still Have Boxer’s Foot

AZs and Nixon In the Spring ’08 edition of Pacific on page 16 you have a picture of President Nixon receiving a honorary AZ membership. Those in the picture with Nixon are familiar faces from days gone past. From the left is AZ advisor Don Hout, with AZ members Rick Hill ’70; President Nixon (for those too young or too liberal to recognize him); Bill Rayon ’68; Dick Barkley ’68 and Jim Fitzgerald ’68. Boxer spent a good deal of time in and around the AZ House. Nat Webb ’66 Walla Walla, Wash.

Technically, Nixon was not yet President when this photo was taken. –Ed.

Loss of Boxer, Pants I was attending Forest Grove High School but heard of the Boxer flash so Jim Olson ’58 and I headed for Pacific’s campus only to find swarms of guys in a big dog pile. I managed to get in the middle of things, got my pants torn off, ran home and changed, came back and joined in again. Jim and I had Boxer in our clasp off and on at the bottom of the pile for about two hours. I don’t know who finally got it loose, but I think one of the fraternities disappeared with it. It was an exciting tradition to have Boxer flashed so I hope it will be found and others can enjoy a continued fun rivalry. Ernie Dalton Davidson ’59 Bend, Oregon



Here is a recent photo of Boxer’s foot. Carved into the top of the foot with punch marks are the initials “J.R.(M?).” The initials “R.E.” are carved on the outside of Boxer’s hoof. The name “Dick Pondelid” is carved just above the “R.E.” On the bottom underside of the foot, the initials “B.L.” and “H.T.” are carved into the bronze. There are a few more “punched dots” of initials, but time and Boxer Tosses have worn the clarity of these initials down. Noted are the wavy bronze hair and dew claws that protrude from the Boxer’s foot which are consistent with archived photos of the early Boxer when he was whole. It would be very interesting and historical to archive or print the stories of those who carved their initials and names on the Boxer’s foot. Besides obtaining some great stories of their experiences of holding and flashing the Boxer on campus, it will validate that this is the last known piece of the original Boxer. Anyone

want to volunteer to be the super sleuth reporter on this? This Boxer foot has been to almost all of the 50 states and traveled to four continents over the years according to AZ lore. Let it be very clear that the AZs would like to see the return of the original Boxer to Pacific so that this foot can be reunited with it. The Boxer is an integral part of Pacific’s history, and a cherished memory for those who had the possession and association with Boxer. We hope that Boxer’s legacy can continue in the Forest Grove community of Pacific University. Thank you for your article on the Boxer foot. Please keep the Boxer community apprised of what the University is going to do with the other foot. AZ in Arizona

Editor’s Note | We’ d indeed enjoy hearing from anyone who has a name or initials carved on Boxer or is in possession of any of its other parts.


Under the Oaks

| News & Notes

Contributors to this section include: Jessica Cornwell ’10, Steve Dodge, Wanda Laukkanen, Blake Timm ’98 China is the newest site of a Pacific University alumni group. Sponsored by Jeffrey Barlow, Professor of Asian History and Director of the Berglund Center, “The Friends of Pacific University Oregon, China Branch” held its first meeting in Wenzhou, China in November 2008. Members elected Bennie Yang, MAT ’06, as president, and Ruzi Ya, MAT ’06, as secretary. Yang Desheng, MAT ’01, will serve as the local academic advisor at Wenzhou Medical College. Run Shrimp Run | Associate Professor of Biology David Scholnick’s research involving a shrimp and a treadmill has had more effect than he could have imagined at the beginning of the project. The research began as a simple investigation on the impact of bacteria on a shrimp’s endurance, and has now become an Internet sensation with many different versions posted. It even got him a timeslot on NBC’s Today Show. But this is serious science. Lou Burnett of Grice Marine Laboratory at the College of Charleston, S.C., a co-collaborator on the experiment, says that just as with sick people, “we found that the diseased shrimp have a more difficult time performing on the treadmill. The difference is, when you get a cold or an infection, no one tries to eat you.” The healthy shrimp just kept going on the treadmill, similar to the Energizer Bunny, but the sick shrimp had limits. What’s next for the researchers? A treadmill for blue crabs and a lobster, Burnett said. — Jessica Cornwell ’10 Expansion of Pacific’s College of Health Professions took a closer step toward reality with the Feb. 11 ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court that denied neighboring residents’ petition for a review of the case. Construction of a second building for the downtown Hillsboro campus has been stalled since the Hillsboro Planning Commission denied expansion plans in 2007. The Hillsboro City Council reversed the ruling, but neighbors continued opposition with an appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court. Neighbors had until Feb. 25 to file a final option for petition for reconsideration. “Building Two” will house the School of Professional Psychology, now in rented quarters in downtown Portland.

Forty Pacific students proved they had the gift of gab in asking alumni for support of student scholarships both fall and spring semesters. The fall Phonathon, organized by Kristin Kondo Storfa, the University’s assistant director of annual giving, brought in more than $81,000. Overseeing the four student coordinators and 35 others callers in the fall was student intern Abby SakaidaDiaz ’08 with intern Amanda Loupin ’09 doing that job in the spring.

Help With Job Search | The Career Development Center offers the same services for students and alumni: career counseling, job search assistance, grad school applications and other career services. We encourage alumni in career transition to e-mail, call 503-352-2917 or visit www. For career networking, alumni should join the Pacific University Alumni Association Group within www. Our job postings are at International Center “CLICs” | More than $260,000 in grants is being utilized by Pacific to create a new Center for Languages and International Collaboration (CLIC) in Scott Hall, the former library. The new center features language learning with computer stations, video conferencing to allow faculty to teach classes simultaneously on campus and in other countries, an international theater, lounge areas for reading, and space for foreign language practice. The Collins Foundation donated $150,000 to the project, the Meyer Memorial Trust, $100,000 and the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, $10,000. The long-running Tom McCall Forum is being postponed until a business plan is established to assist in coordinating the event. For 25 years, the forum paired prominent, nationally known leaders with opposing views for a debate of the issues. Putting together a business plan, along with a clear concept of the vision and mission of the program will be a help in gathering potential sponsors to support the event, according to Phil Akers, vice president of University Relations.




Cooke Scholar Makes History | A historical first may be seen in May when Jan Nerenberg, 61, graduates from Pacific University with a triple major. She may be the oldest undergraduate ever to receive a diploma. Although older persons have received honorary degrees from Pacific, University records are unclear as to whether any person older than Nerenberg

has actually earned a bachelor’s degree. She is finishing her career at Pacific with a bachelor of arts degree with majors in literature, art and creative writing. She plans to continue her education at Vermont College in Montpelier, Vt. in a master of fine arts program in creative writing for children and young adults. Nerenberg is one of three University students who arrived here with Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships, considered to be one of the most prestigious awards given to a select group of 50 community college graduates throughout the nation every year. The award amounts to $30,000 each year. Nerenberg grew up in Southern California, and although she wanted to go to

college after high school, her father, Dirk Gilbert, told her “Girls don’t go to college.” So she married, raised eight children–who all attended college–and now has 18 grandchildren. After the kids left home, she said, “My husband said, ‘”you’re going back to school...You’ve spent 35 years taking care of everyone else. Now it’s your turn.’” “My biggest worry was that I would be considered old,” but in reality, she said, “I’m treated like just one of the class.” The support of her husband, Bill Nerenberg, has been vital, she added. “It takes a lot of work to be married 38 years... I couldn’t have done it without his support.” Also graduating as a Cooke Scholarship winner is Nikki Hurtado, who, like Nerenberg, plans to continue with graduate studies. Both Hurtado, 37, and Nerenberg have been awarded continuing scholarships by the Cooke Foundation which can amount to up to $50,000 each for graduate school. Hurtado is graduating with a degree in history. The third Cooke Scholarship winner at Pacific is Elizabeth Bair, 46, who has another year before graduating. She hopes to continue her education in occupational therapy. A transfer from Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Nerenberg arrived at Pacific in 2006 and spent her first semester living in the Vandervelden residence hall. “It was a blast,” she said of the dorm experience, noting that the youth of her roommates seemed to make no difference in how she was treated. “It was strange only in that it wasn’t strange,” she added. “I felt very welcome.”

The 2009 Alumni Award Winners are | Carlye Krohn ’98 MAT ’01, Young Alumni Leadership Award, for work on “Charity Bolivia,” which she founded with her husband, Wendell Krohn ’97. The organization relieves poverty and improves standards of living in Bolivia. Scott Pike ’68 O.D. ’70, Outstanding Alumni Service Award, assistant professor in the College of Optometry, for work as a volunteer for the Alumni Association, as a board member with Reunion Weekend and founder of the non-profit organization, Enfoque Ixcán, which provides eye care and eye health education in Guatemala. Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards go to Glen Rice ’38, Bill Nelson ’51, O.D. ’53 and Gerald Groff ’53, O.D. ’54. Rice, a medical doctor, served as Battalion Surgeon with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific during World War II, was an OB-GYN resident at Johns Hopkins and taught at the University of Washington Medical School before going into private practice. Nelson left a career in optometry to become owner of Pacific Tree Farms, a nursery of exotic flowering and fruiting plants and unusual pine trees in Southern California. A leading conifer expert, upon closing the nursery in 2007, he donated more than 5,000 rare trees to botanic gardens, cities and schools. Groff who had an 40-year optometry practice in Santa Barbara, spent three years as an optometrist for the U.S. Army in Paris, France, and was a volunteer for Aeromedicos and VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) traveling to remote regions of the world with limited or no other access to medical care.



—Wanda Laukkanen






campus can’t be completed without hearing something about the possible return of Boxer football. Ken Schumann, director of athletics, and John Hayes, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, have submitted a proposal to restart a football program by the fall 2010. Schumann and Hayes contend that resuming football could bring close to 100 student athletes to campus in a short period, with a minimum of 50 players in the first season; 90 players by the fall of 2013. While the proposal counts on a big fundraising push the first few years–including $670,000 the first year–it is projected to quickly support itself through student athlete tuition. Hayes said that the financial plan, which intentionally overestimates expenses, is solid, eventually exceeding $2 million in revenues with expenses maxing out at $1.6 million. However, not everyone is convinced it’s a good idea. “The reasons some people are opposed to bringing football back to Pacific really depend on where you are coming from,” said Professor Tom Beck. “Some see it as gender issue or an economic issue; others may see it as a health issue, while others think it is an academic interest issue.” The Pacific Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the proposal during their May meeting. Here is a snapshot of how the football program is expected to pencil out during its fourth season (2013-14). For a copy of the full proposal go to www. Let us know what you think. Write us at our postal address or e-mail REVENUE Student athlete tuition Tickets, concessions, etc. Fundraising TOTAL

$2,042,820 * $41,500 $75,000 $2,159,320

EXPENSES Education costs Football staff (incl. benefits) Other expenses TOTAL

$919,269 $474,721 $276,880 $1,670,870

—Sami Richards ’09

Reunion 2009 June 19-21

women’s basketball team, infused by an incoming class of talented and tall freshmen, completed an incredible turnaround this year. Pacific rebounded from a 1-7 start in the non-conference season to finish with a 10-6 conference record, tying for third in the league standings. The finish earned the Boxers their first berth in the NWC Tournament in 13 years, where they lost to No. 2 seed Puget Sound. “I couldn’t be more proud of this group of young ladies,” said second year Head Coach Sharon Rissmiller. “This is truly a special group that earned their playoff appearance through hard work, dedication, discipline and team cohesion. I am very excited for them.” Junior transfer guard Rochelle Reeves ’10 was named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team after finishing second in the league in scoring. Forward Julianne Erbe ’12 was named as an honorable mention. She led the Boxers in rebounding. — Blake Timm ’98 ON THE WEB | A select schedule of Pacific games are available the Boxer Sports Network along with the photo galleries and webcast archives. In addition, archives of past Pacific Webcasts, including soccer, basketball, baseball and softball, can be found on Pacific’s iTunes U site. A live stats feed is also be available for all home baseball, softball and lacrosse games, allowing fans to follow the action in real time at

*Based on 90 football players. Doesn’t include revenue or expenses associated with the estimated 40 other students expected to enroll because of the football program.

Celebrating 160 Years

Boxer Women Make Play-offs | The Pacific


Football a Few Yards Closer | Lately, a trip across

S AV E T H E D AT E Legends Golf Classic August 2 & 3, 2009 The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club

REUNION ACTIVITIES will include honoring the Golden Guard’s newest members from the Class of 1959. The Alumni Honors Gala will celebrate milestone classes and the Alumni Award winners. Continuing Education will be offered for the College of Health Professions and College of Optometry. The weekend events will also include a Willamette Valley Wine Tour and Classes Without Quizzes. To register visit or call the alumni office at: 503-352-2057 KEEP IN TOUCH & GIVE ONLINE | Visit www.pacificu/alumni to subscribe to the Alumni e-News, update contact information and/or submit a class note for inclusion in the magazine. Give to Pacific at





The training School in Forest Grove was a forerunner of the Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Ore.

IN CONSIDERING THE HISTORY of the Forest Grove Indian Industrial and Training School, the only thing that can be established with any degree of certainty is that little can be established with certainty. The nature of the topic has made it difficult to be objectively approached by many authors, and any study of the subject is severely handicapped by a lack of primary documents. Additionally, many of the necessary documents either have been destroyed in the intervening years, or never existed in the first place. This leaves much of the school’s history up to interpretation and extrapolation from known facts, which are in some cases exceedingly few. As a result, published histories vary widely in their narratives of the school’s early years. What follows is something of a synthesis of these different histories, and an attempt to put forward an understanding, though not necessarily a comprehensive one, of the Forest Grove Indian Industrial and Training School as it related to Pacific University. —E.G.

Elias Gilman is a history major from Vancouver, Wash. He has been the Archives Student Assistant in the Library since December 2005. 8  SPRING


Native American Training School BY EL I A S G I L M A N ’ 0 9

EARLY VISITORS to the Pacific

Northwest, most with missionary motives, established various institutions for the inculcation of the native population. While mostly religious in nature, elementary education was also an intermittent function. In this sense, the federal government of the United States was a latecomer to the field of native education. The Office of Indian Affairs (later the BIA) was not established until 1824. Following a poor record of success with the few on-reservation boarding schools built from the late 1850s onward, the Secretary of the Interior authorized construction of two off-reservation boarding schools in 1879. One opened that year in Pennsylvania, and was followed shortly thereafter in February of 1880 by the opening of the Forest Grove Indian Industrial and Training School in Forest Grove, Oregon. The placement of the school was controversial: the 1881 report of the school’s superintendent recalls that Forest Grove was “a community where the hope was expressed that the buildings might burn down before scholars could be gathered to put in them.” However, the school gradually won over the hearts of townspeople, to the point that when the girls’ dormitory was damaged in 1884, forty families offered their homes for the use of the displaced students. The purpose of the schools was ultimately to facilitate the assimilation of native populations into white society. This was accomplished through a rigorous system which drew heavy inspiration from military discipline. A strict English-only language policy was enforced. Classes were taught in subjects assumed to be useful future occupations for acculturated

students: housekeeping, shoemaking, part of his position with Gen. Howard, tailoring and similar skills. The decision to who was known to be a supporter of naestablish such a stringent schooling system tive education programs. was an outgrowth of earlier efforts and The founders and trustees of Pacific their results. Previous schools had been University and Tualatin Academy were both on-reservation and driven primarily also familiar with efforts to aid Indian edby religious values and teachings. These ucation. When Harvey Clark came to the two factors had been blamed for poor Oregon Territory in 1840, one of his first results by some in the government: efforts was to establish a school, in 1842, participants had a fair incidence of that served Native American children, returning to their native beliefs after holding classes in his home a scant ten schooling was completed. And as might be miles from Forest Grove, where Tualatin naturally expected, living on reservations Academy and then Pacific University in full contact with their native languages would be founded seven years later. and culture, little incentive existed to Though Clark was no longer living by the encourage adaption of a different language time the question of an Indian School in or foreign cultural practices. Thus, the Forest Grove arose, other members of the determination was made that students Board of Trustees were strongly supportshould be separated from their native ive of providing education for members of surroundings and be schooled in an the native community. exactingly controlled environment. The trustees were fully aware that The head of the Forest Grove school in getting Wilkinson, Forest Grove was Lt. Melville Wilkinson. Wilkinson would be receiving an Indian school had been in the Northwest since 1874, as well. However, the minutes of the serving as General O.O. Howard’s Board of Trustees record that the board secretary. His time in Oregon prior to wanted a clear distinction to exist that managing the Indian Training School such a school would be an institution of is a relatively the government, blank slate; other especially with OCTOBER 2, 1880 | U.S. President than involvement regard to “pecuniary Rutherford B. Hayes came to Forest with the Young liability,” but also Grove to visit the Indian Training School, Men’s Christian in the fact that the Association, little University itself the only sitting president to visit the city. can be definitively had no role in established about the daily running his character or motivations. Regardless, of the school, nor did it determine its he was apparently upstanding enough to curriculum. The trustees intentionally win the support of the Pacific University limited themselves to an advisory capacity Board of Trustees, which appointed him as educators (“to supervise the education Professor of Military Science and Tactics of the Indian youth”) and actual material in 1879. The Board was also aware of his support given to the school from the previous work with Indian education, a University totaled the loan of a four-acre continues, next page



Students learned skills in shoemaking, tailoring and carpentry at the Forest Grove school.

parcel for its use. Over the five-year period that the school was in Forest Grove, the University’s formal involvement was limited to the formation of a supervisory committee (comprised of the president of the University and the president and secretary of the Board of Trustees); a series of regular visits to the training school to monitor progress, campus upkeep and personnel; and the issuing of reports to the University’s Board based on these visits. On the whole, the University was supportive of the stated goals of the training school, seeing them as very much in line with other attempts at Indian education: “…the Trustees of T.A. and P.U. approve the school as an example of the policy of government to treat the Indian as a man, with rights of person and property, and to educate him to enjoy the rights, and to fulfill the duties of citizenship.” Taken in strictly this sense, it is difficult to wholly impugn the motives of the board, products of their time as they were. Although modern sensibilities lean more towards preserving native cultures rather than a policy of acculturation, it appears from available documents that members of the Pacific community were motivated by a



genuine interest in furthering the well-being of the Indian students that was consistent with understandings of the period. This does not by any means infer that members of the Board unquestioningly accepted everything about the operation of the school. In particular, Dr. Myron Eells recorded in his diary deep concerns regarding what is today one of the more controversial elements of the school. Throughout the operation of the school in Forest Grove, there were reports of children being forcibly removed from their homes and given over to the school. These were prevalent enough that some accounts of the school today report that the students were “taken from the reservations.” The reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs deny the practice altogether. As with much contentious history, study seems to indicate that the situation actually rested squarely between the two extremes. While it seems from available evidence unlikely that all, or even most, of the children were taken from their homes in a forcible manner, it is also not possible to deny that the practice ever took place. Either way, Myron Eells strenuously decried it. “The forcible taking of the last six students from the Puyallup Indian Reservation I think was unwise,” he observed. Eells was similarly in disagreement with the sequestration of students at the school for the duration of their education, feeling that they should be allowed to visit their homes and families at intervals. While the best record that remains of personal thoughts of the Board is limited to Eells’ diary, it is likely that others shared his concerns. The operation of the school, however, fell to the government, and the supervisory committee from the school could at best privately voice their concerns to government officials.

In the end, it is difficult to fully take stock of the involvement of Pacific University in the Forest Grove Indian Industrial and Training School. One of the few things that is sure is that it would be a mistake to conflate the University and the school, as some so often do. The school and the University were in no way contiguous, either physically (the Indian school was half way across town), or in terms of their administration. The association that did exist was due to the desire of the government to seek affiliation with a reputable educational institution for some guidance about matters of education, and genuine feeling on the part of the University’s Board of Trustees that they were aiding the school’s students by providing them with what was, for the time, considered a great practical education. Some of the more contentious practices of the school were not in any way supported by members of the University, which in any case had no actual control over the operation of the school. As such, it is perhaps best to view the facts of the school’s relationship with the University for what they are: the best attempts of a group of educators who were indeed products of their era to do what they saw best to ensure education for native children. Though it is now commonly recognized that such a forced educational policy was inappropriate, it is important to remember that as far as the record shows, those members of the University who championed Indian schooling professed both in public and private purer motives than many in the government who advocated for the establishment of such schools. While Pacific University’s involvement with the school should likely not be viewed with anything approaching pride, neither, perhaps, should it be seen as a terrible thing, for it seems that if anything the presence of University advisors proved a moderating factor on the part of the government when operating the school. 4

Time for Reconciliation Over Native School



WE EXPECT students

Surely, it was not the intention of those in reat Pacific to expand their sponsible positions to have horizons, to reach out to such a brutal mortality the larger world, to grow as rate. Nevertheless, that is human beings and become what happened. As a result, functioning, productive Pacific University is not adults who contribute sighigh on the list as a destinanificantly to their society. tion for a college education We don’t give any of among tribal youth today. this a thought. It’s a given. Tribal memories This is what happens at a are long lasting. I wish university. It would seem to to submit that Pacific be an unconditional good. University has an obligation But it hasn’t always to these tribes’ descendants worked this way. For half to extend its sincere sense of a decade in the late of regret and a desire to nineteenth century, Pacific heal the ancient wounds. University administered At least some students were forced to attend the military-run school. Students were not allowed to wear native clothes or practice native customs. Professor Alfonso Lopezthe Forest Grove Indian Vasquez, assistant to Training School. More the Provost, seeks to foster the conditions on campus where a than 330 Native American youngsters were brought, sometimes healing ceremony could bring together tribal representatives unwillingly, to this training school—one of several across the and the University community. I would hope that such a country—from 40 different tribes in several western states and ceremony would create a change of consciousness so that a much territories as the US government sought to “educate” an entire greater number of Native American students would see fit to generation of tribal children, forcing them into a certain socially come to Pacific where, I hope, they would make an important accepted image, with a preferred religion, Anglo-European clothcontribution to the life of the university, both as students and as ing, hair styles, gender roles and life skills. contributing members of the alumni body. The ominous line that dominated this national effort was Pacific has established a powerful working relationship articulated by Captain Richard H. Pratt, founder of the Carlise since 1993 with the Navajo nation in our Lukachukai outIndian Training School: “Kill the Indian in him, and save the reach program, thanks to the leadership of Stan and Doug man.” Needless to say, this sentiment would be totally unacceptUentillie. Well more than 100 Pacific students have worked at able to those today who work diligently to foster a certain image the Lukachukai boarding school with its students and helped of Pacific, to “brand” it in order to make it even more attractive tribal elders who need assistance to get through tough winters. to prospective students. Virtually all participants recognize the wonderful learning exWhat was worse, far worse, at the Training School was perience this program offers. that 43 of those young tribal children did indeed die while Such results should happen on our campus. But in order to attending.* Many are buried at a nearby cemetery. It would be achieve that lofty goal, we need to attend to our long overdue accurate to say that at other educational institutions in Oregon institutional obligation to the relatives of those who left tribal life at the same time that 13 percent of their students were not to come here—never to return. 4 dying in a few short years. *Cary C. Collins, “The Broken Crucible of Assimilation,” Oregon Historical Quarterly 101:4 (Fall 2000), p. 472.



“The Walhamette River from a Mountain” (oil) by Paul Kane, 1847, with permission of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM. Kane traveled from his home in Toronto across the Rocky Mountains and down the Willamette Valley between 1846 and 1848 documenting the lives and customs of over 80 native tribes with his sketches and paintings.




In the wide sweep of time there have been innumerable changes to the landscape and peoples that came to be Oregon’s Pacific University. About 60 million years ago, volcanic and

tectonic plate activity pushed up the Coast Range mountains, left basalt cliffs and formed the Oregon coast roughly as it is today. Over time, many species from dinosaurs to tiny horses to tropical plants came and departed forever. Humans, whether by Siberian bridges or Polynesian outrigger, didn’t appear until about 6,000 years ago, though the recent discovery of Kennewick Man, believed to be about 9,000 years old, is turning many theories on their heads. continues, next page


Meeting at Champoeg, where American and French voters create the first government on the Pacific Coast



Rev. Harvey Clark and Tabitha Brown open the Orphan Asylum

Tabitha Brown arrives in Salem, Oregon. Pictured: Bob and Ruth Holznagel as Harvey Clark and Tabitha Brown.



Curiously, even the famously rich soil of the Tualatin and Willamette valleys didn’t come from here. Some 10,000 to 15,000 years ago—toward the end of the last Ice Age— a glacier ground into the path of the Clark Fork River in present-day Montana, forming are the Klamath and Blue mountains at 400 million years, a massive ice dam. Scientists believe water backed up 1,000 feet deep and many miles wide over the Missoula area. When the dam broke, as it did many times over 2,000 years, it sent torrents of ice, boulders and water down the Columbia Gorge, scouring much of eastern Washington bare.

The massive Missoula, or Spokane floods, perhaps as many as 90 separate events, left wave marks high on the basalt gorge walls. The waters surged into the Willamette and Tualatin valleys, blanketing the entire basin with fertile soil. In addition, islands of ice left behind numerous “erratics,” boulders from Canada and the northern United States. The Willamette Meteorite, a 15 ton nickel-iron object found in 1902 in West Linn, Oregon, is now believed to have fallen on a Canada ice sheet and floated to Oregon in the floods. Although the oldest rocks in Oregon

people have inhabited the Willamette valley for only about 6,000 years. The Kalapuya, including the Atfalati or Tualatin, are the first known inhabitants of what became Washington County, west of Portland. These Native Americans were small bands of extended families loosely affiliated by the Chinook language. At their most numerous before the arrival of Europeans, the Kalapuya are estimated to have numbered about 14,000 in the area roughly from the Columbia River in the north to Salem in the south along the Willamette drainage. For thousands of years the Kalapuya worked the forests and fields of the valley, deliberately burning portions in between the oaks, alder and fir trees to encourage camas root, huckleberry, medicinal plants and game. However, viral diseases such as influenza, small pox and measles introduced by early European explorers proved catastrophic for the region’s natives. By the 1840s when Euro-Americans began to come to the West Tualatin Plains in greater numbers, barely 60 natives remained. These last Kalapuya were forced from their lands and marched to reservations along with other Oregon natives. Not surprisingly for a school that predates statehood by 10 years, native history is closely intertwined with Pacific’s history. The first settlers to Forest Grove, including A.T. Smith and Harvey Clark, came specifically to convert the natives to their New England brand of progressive Protestantism. The Congregationalist movement, which had diverged from its much more conservative Puritan roots,

Costume of a Callapuya Indian” by Alfred T. Agate, 1841, a member of the United States Exploring Expedition 1838-1842, led by Charles Wilkes.

1849 On Sept. 26, the Territorial Legislature grants the charter which begins the University




Tualatin Academy opens for classes in fall in Old College Hall

1853 Sidney

Harper Marsh arrives in Forest Grove

1863 Harvey Scott is the first graduate of Pacific University

was a leading element in the drive to abolish slavery and also strongly advocated the education of women. The movement had resulted in the founding of Harvard University and spawned numerous missionaries who looked west to spread the word. When natives at the mission near Walla, Walla, Washington, killed Dr. Marcus Whitman, his wife Narcissa and 12 others in the midst of a measles outbreak, many of the remaining missionaries fled to Forest Grove and Oregon City. Finding few natives to tend to, the Tualatin Plains missionaries looked to what seemed to be the next greatest need. The Great Migration to Oregon across 2,000 miles of wilderness was no easy task and left many orphans. The California Gold Rush of 1848 also saw many adults head south, leaving children in the care of relatives or friends. At the time, the West Tualatin Plains had barely ten families spread out among the stands of oaks and open grasslands. Roads were primitive or non-existent, following old native and game trails. Under the wide skies of what would become Forest Grove and Washington County, the only signs of humankind were a few widely dispersed log cabins. So it was in one of these cabins that a former schoolteacher from Massachusetts named Tabitha Brown had her kernel of an idea. To her hosts and the owners of the cabin, the Rev. Harvey Clark and his wife Emeline, Brown mused that if she only had money, she would start a shelter and school to tend to the orphans and children of the area. The Rev. Clark asked Mrs. Brown if she was serious. She replied that she was. He said he would help. In 1846 the Clark cabin, which also served as the Congregationalist church meetinghouse, became the Orphan

Asylum. It’s not clear exactly where this cabin was. The Clarks were known to have a cabin at present day 15th and Elm streets in Forest Grove, at the southern end of their land claim. Another Clark cabin, marked by the Petrified Stump on the Forest Grove campus of Pacific, is thought by some historians to be the Asylum’s location. Either way, in July 1848, the Rev. George Atkinson, who had come west specifically to start a Congregationalist college, met with the Clarks, Mrs. Brown, and the Reverands Henry Spalding, Elkanah Walker and Lewis Thompson at the Clark cabin. The group formed the Oregon Association of Congregational and New School Presbyterian Ministers, and at a meeting of the new group in Oregon City on September 21, they determined to begin an academy near the Asylum. Mrs. Brown gave $500 to the cause, a considerable sum for the time, and the Clarks gave a portion of their land claims. According to local historian Mary Jo Morelli, A.T. Smith, whose house still stands in south Forest Grove, likely did much of the carpentry on the academy building. The wood frame building, now known as Old College Hall, took shape in July 1850 on the site of present-day Marsh Hall, with the whole town assisting and celebrating. Smith, who had been one of the participants at the Champoeg meetings, which led to the formation of the Oregon Territory, made a typically matter-of-fact entry in his diary: June 29, 1850–“Plowed my potatoes and helpt lay the foundation of the Tualatin academy.” The frontier school that grew into a university had begun. 4 ON THE WEB | For more on the Kalapuya, visit or

New graduates celebrate at a recent commencement.

1869 Harriet Hoover Killin

graduates. She is Pacific’s first female graduate (pictured here, years later)

1871 The first sorority, 1872 City of Forest the Philomathean society, later changed to Phi Lambda Omicron, is organized on campus

Grove incorporated

1876 Pacific becomes

one of the first colleges in the U.S. to grant degrees to students from Japan

1885 The Forest

Grove Indian Training School is relocated to Salem and renamed Chemawa Indian School



A Very Short History of Music BY J E SS I C A CO R N W EL L ‘10

Music has been a tradition at Pacific since the very beginning. Sidney Marsh was an important proponent of the program; he believed it played a vital role in education. In 1884, Pacific’s prestige swelled: the 1913 issue of Heart of Oak states, “the Pacific University Conservatory of Music is now acknowledged one of the best conservatories in the Northwest.” This was mostly thanks to Frank Thomas Chapman and his wife, Pauline. Frank was the president of the conservatory and Pauline was the vocal director of the conservatory starting in 1902. Chapman Hall is named for them. This conservatory continued until WWII and was replaced by the Department of Music, later to become the School of Music, housed in Knight Hall. In 1983, the school was absorbed into the College of Arts and Sciences and moved to the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, which opened in 1993. Despite Music’s humble beginnings, Pacific now has five full-time faculty members, with specialties in band, orchestra, voice, theory and composition, and music education. Also incorporated are three accompanists and more than 20 instructors who teach lessons. This semester, 15 students are in Jazz Band, 47 in Concert Band, 27 in Orchestra, and a collective of about 80 students in Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Choir. Community members are always welcome in all ensembles.

Number of pianos in Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center | 18


Rev. Jacob Ellis chooses Pacific’s seal: Pro Christo et Regno Ejus, “Christ and His Kingdom”




Electric power comes to Forest Grove


Pacific’s school colors, crimson and black, are chosen and commemorated in the Pacific Index with an anonymous verse

Ad from 1951 game, courtesy of Medford Mail Tribune.

A Pacific Bowl Appearance? And you thought bowl games were reserved for the biggest of schools! During Pacific’s golden era of football, the Badgers earned the right to play in the Pear Bowl, held in Medford, matching the champion of the Northwest Conference against the champion of the Far West Conference. Following their 1949 and 1951 conference titles, the Badgers faced U.C. Davis and defeated the Aggies both times, by scores of 33–15 and 25–7.

1898 Rev. Joseph Elkanah

Walker donates a small bronze statue from China to Pacific

—Blake Timm ’98

1904 A.C. Gilbert leads the Pacific track and field team to the state championship. After leaving Pacific, Gilbert will invent the Erector set and other educational toys for children

Stopping a Moment Along the Trail BY L A R A V E S TA , M FA ’07

Last night I dreamed we were in an elevator, Dr. Phil, descending beneath the strata of the earth. The rush was so fast our feet rose in the air, and though my panic woke me, the last thing I remember seeing was your face, at peace, your mouth forming in a smile the word trust. I try to tell my students this about writing: that the only thing I’ve learned is to trust the process. That we have eons of tradition riding below us, cumulative roots and humus, then clay, somewhere sandstone, granite, crystals hidden in the caves. When I walk across campus I always pause at the depressions that frame the path to Marsh Hall. This is where they are buried, the early settlers somewhere beneath the lawn, their bones beside the placard where we may read their names. I like this authentic history, this acknowledgment, so public, that we stand atop our ancestors. Literally. That our mandate—to live, to learn—might come from beneath the earth we casually traverse. Or from the earth itself, in the spirit of tradition and sustainability, which must be bedrock, that last stop on the elevator’s journey low. Mary Oliver says the world offers itself to our imaginations, and we might imagine the whole holy world in macro and micro synthesis right on the Pacific campus, for, at least in metaphor, it is. Do we stop a while on the trail, to Marsh Hall, to anywhere? To read the names of those who have gone before, to honor them with our next or thousandth breath.

Tabitha Brown... Arrived in Salem on Christmas Day, 1846 with six cents–one coin that she thought was a button in one of the fingers of her glove.

Sidney Harper Marsh... Pacific’s first president was the son of the president of the University of Vermont, grandson of the first president of Dartmouth College. It is thanks to Dr. Marsh that Pacific University was not named Columbia College or Washington College–he was attached to the sound of “Pacific.”

A student ponders classwork in the new Library.

1908 The Oregon 1911 State approves Electric Railway begins running trains through Forest Grove to McMinnville and Portland

the offering of teaching certificates

1912 Carnegie Library built on

campus. It is the only academic building in the Pacific Northwest built with money donated by Andrew Carnegie.

1915 The Tualatin

Academy closes due to a new high school in the area; Pacific is now standing on its own

1918 The fall

semester starts with only two male students, due to World War I. One had been rejected by the draft board; the other is Japanese.



The Playful Mr. Gilbert In 1902, a young man named A.C. (Alfred Carlton) Gilbert graduated from the Tualatin Academy and began his college career at Pacific University. He was involved in football, wrestling and track and field, where he led Pacific’s team to a state championship in 1904. Although his athletic career is what he is most publicly recognized for during his time at Pacific, he also enjoyed playing pranks. Some of his most famous attempts at humor were putting chickens into upright pianos, stealing the bell from Science Hall (now Old College Hall), and even trying to place a donkey into Marsh Hall by hoisting it through a second story window. Two years into his Pacific career, he transferred to Yale University to become a doctor. Only a few years later, he competed in the 1908 Olympics, winning the gold medal in the pole vault. Gilbert’s real legacy came after his sports career. He is probably best known as the inventor of the Erector Set, chemistry sets and microscopes for children. However, his toy empire was threatened when World War I began. The government wanted to shut down all production that wasn’t war-related but Gilbert argued that toys would keep spirits up during wartime. The government agreed and allowed manufacturing to go on, earning him the nickname “The Man Who Saved Christmas,” later the title of a TV-movie based on this story starring Jason Alexander.

1919 Five members of

the Oregon State Legislature are Pacific alumni



While the Erector Set and chemistry sets inspired countless scientists, it is one other little known innovation that affects most workers today: Gilbert was the first employer to offer health benefits to his employees. It is clear that Gilbert enjoyed his time at Pacific. One of his classmates, Mary Thompson, became his wife in 1908. Throughout his autobiography, “The Man Who Lives in Paradise,” Gilbert discusses his time at Pacific as one of fun and laughter. In 1989 the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village was opened in Salem, Ore. The museum is an interactive learning place for children and adults alike. Its hope is to inspire awe, encourage learning and to provoke curiosity. Pamela Vorachek, Executive Director of the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village explains, “A.C. Gilbert’s philosophy that “playing is essential to learning” parallels current brain and learning research.  A.C. Gilbert engaged children in skills that were useful to fields of engineering, architecture, science, astronomy, geology, and many other disciplines.  The experiential focus of his toys made learning fun.” Today at Pacific, in honor of Gilbert, the newest residence hall carries his name. Gilbert Hall houses over 150 students and is anticipated to be a LEED certified Gold building, Pacific’s fifth building of this nature. Some of its sustainable components included rain water recycling for toilet flushing, low flow plumbing fixtures and energy efficient appliances throughout the building. This building not only helps sustain the environment but it also provides students with state-of-the-art living areas.

1921 Pacific University names the Badger as its mascot

1945 Optometry, Pacific’s first healthcare program, begins

BY M ER ED I T H B RY N T E S O N ’0 8

Gilbert granddaughter, Linsay Hall, and great-granddaughter, Marsted, celebrate the dedication of Gilbert Hall, fall 2008.

1948 Enrollment soars to 925

undergrad students, more than doubling the freshmen class. Two wooden structures from a nearby Army base are commandeered and turned into Warner Hall and Brown Hall. At this time, Pacific offers 21 majors, journalism being the most popular

It Wasn’t Exactly Day One, but almost. Harvey Scott received Pacific’s first baccalaureate degree in 1863 and used his degree for tutoring prior to becoming editor of The Oregonian. Today, some 350 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled in College of Education programs in Eugene and in the new Berglund Hall in Forest Grove. Berglund includes state-of-the-art teaching technology, a community playroom and the Early Learning Community center. Last year, College of Education candidates seeking an Initial Teaching License collectively spent more than 255,000 hours in service learning to Oregon schools through their field experiences.

1952 Jefferson 1958 Walter 1959 Na Haumana ‘O Hawaii is formed by Hall dedicated for Optometry program

Hall dormitory dedicated

students and faculty. The first lu’au gathering (below) is held the next school year, 1960

1963 Washburne Hall (aka

the University Center) dedicated

Above, left | Tualatin Academy students and teacher, Elisee Meresse, on Marsh Hall steps, 1901. Above, right | Students in new Early Learning Community center, 2009.


Pacific’s first graduate a drop-out? Go to www. to find out.

1966 Clark Hall

dormitory dedicated



Current students can elect to study at one of 42 sites in 12 countries including China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Spain, Australia, Netherlands, Austria and Ireland.

New Pioneers | Cornelius

(background) was still a small agricultural community when the children of migrant workers Emilio and Hortencia Hernandez posed for this photo on a winter day in 1965. Back: (l-r) Mary and Betty. Front: Enedelia, Emilio, Jr. and Elma. The Hernandez’s—American citizens who moved to Oregon from Texas—were one of the first Latino families to settle permanently in Washington County. Emilio and Hortencia helped to found Centro Cultural, a nonprofit social service agency. Enedelia graduated from Pacific University in 1981 and became an attorney and later a school principal. She currently serves on the Pacific Board of Trustees. —Sig Unander ’87


Boxer voted in as mascot by the students




Jefferson Hall, Brombach Wing in the College of Optometry dedicated; Harvey Scott Memorial Library dedicated


Aquatic Center dedicated, jointly with the City of Forest Grove

Beakers Forever | Pacific has always

taught science since its very early days. Laboratories and classrooms for biology and chemistry were housed in the “chem shack,” (now Old College Hall) in the 1890s. Today the University offers close to a dozen majors in the sciences, ranging from bioinformatics to environmental studies to physics, housed in the modern Strain Science Center.


The original Boxer statue disappears. Rumors abound


The Pacific Athletic Center dedicated

Healthy Outlook | Though Pacific’s

first official healthcare program was optometry in 1945, pioneer-era founders Tabitha Brown and the Rev. Harvey Clark likely had more to deal with than teaching in their 1849 log cabin orphanage. Doctors were as scarce as hen’s teeth; infant mortality was high and diseases such as pneumonia and cholera were common and often fatal. Lacking knowledge of bacteria and viruses, frontier settlers did the best they could with limited medicine, folk remedies and plants from Native American tradition. Today, 1,600 graduate students in Pacific’s Health Professions programs learn the latest science in professional psychology, optometry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, pharmacy, dental health sciences and healthcare administration. The Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro, was completed in 2006, part of an evolving Health Education district with Tuality Healthcare.

Islands in Oregon | In the fall of 1959, 16 Pacific students were

from Hawai’i. The next year, the University staged the first Pacific Lu’au. Recalls Professor Fred Scheller ’43 MA ’54, who with Professor A.C. “Hap” Hingston, were the first advisors of the Hawai’i Club, there were about 35 to 50 participants at that first event. Scheller and others were critical of the first Lu’au, though, to which the University responded: “You do it,” he said. The Na Haumana ‘O Hawai’i Club has done so ever since. Today, 551 students list themselves as Asian or Pacific Islanders; many of these are from Hawai’i. About 23 percent of the undergraduate population is similarly designated.


Physical Therapy program established


Marsh Hall re-dedicated after a two-year process, responding to a devastating fire


Occupational Therapy Program established


Professional Psychology program established


State approves the offering of 5th year master’s degree in Clinical Psychology



NEW AND OLD Pacific’s lacrosse team completed its second season in 2008–2009 and struck a pose on the Old College Hall steps much like the 1890s football team. There are 19 players in each photo, including the boney guy in the middle. Coincidence?

Feminine Connection | The history of women at



Football program ended



Pacific goes all the way back to the beginning, even back to one of its most important historical figures, Tabitha Brown. The original charter reads that Pacific should be “a Seminary of learning for the instruction of both sexes in science and literature.” From the first female Pacific graduate, Harriet Hoover Killin in 1869, to Faith Gabelnick, who served as president from 1995 to 2003, women have played an important role in the life of the University. It wasn’t until 1989, though, that women outnumbered men on campus, and the trend continues to this day. In fact, there are currently 2,072 female and 1,098 male students enrolled, which means Pacific is 65.4 percent female and only 34.6 percent male!

Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center and Douglas C. Strain Science Center dedicated


College of Education established

1995 Vandervelden Court apartment-style student housing added


Physician Assistant program established

Ghost Loves Grundon


Being as old as it is, and with the amount of history it has, it almost goes without saying that Pacific would have wandering spirits. There have been sightings and paranormal experiences of various spirits on campus for many years now. Of course, the most well known of these spirits is known as Vera. Legend has it that Vera was a music student when Knight Hall, the current Admissions building, was the School of Music. Vera sang and played the piano very well. She died in the building sometime before the 1940s, which was when unusual activity began to be noticed. Sometimes someone can be heard practicing the piano inside Knight Hall where today there is no piano. Vera was especially vocal in the ’80s; she would most often be heard complaining about sloppy keyboard work. Jeff Grundon, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, was a nonbeliever before he worked in Knight Hall. Now, Vera herself has confirmed via ouija board that he is her favorite person to prank. “She laughs and sings,” he says. “She’ll close and lock the door on you, mess with computers, turn all the lights on in the middle of the night, clog the sink, even talk to you. She picked up my briefcase once and moved it three feet to the left.” The last time Vera talked to Jeff was in December; unfortunately, she never speaks loud enough to be understood. “One day I was in very early–about five in the morning–and I hear her laughing in the basement. She does it again and I tell her to cut it out and I go back to work,” Jeff says. “It wasn’t maniacal or anything–she was just laughing.” Vera’s pranks are always more surprising than harmful. One day, Jeff, a colleague of his and a student were on the third floor of Knight Hall and a large floor fan turned on full blast in front of all of them. One new Admissions councilor was coming up the basement stairs and Vera wouldn’t let the door open wider than a foot. “If you just tell her to stop, she’ll stop and everything will go back to normal,” Jeff says.

Paranormal experts who have studied Knight Hall now believe Vera is not the only Number of ghost occupying the house. There is another known spirits in unnamed and significantly quieter spirit also Knight Hall: 3 in residence and a poltergeist who never leaves the basement. The only time Jeff has seen the poltergeist act up was when a large shelving unit full of plastic bins went flying. The common belief is that Vera keeps the other two spirits in check. Even though Knight Hall has been blessed various times in various ways, Vera seems to be the best defense against her peers. Though Jeff has never seen her, he can always tell when she’s there. After 40-plus experiences with her, it would be hard not to notice. “It used to be weird, having that feeling of someone watching you,” Jeff says, remembering his first encounter with her involved a removed doorstop. While it’s not exactly normal to be used to ghostly meetings, Jeff is glad Vera is in Knight Hall, even if she’s not exactly living in it.

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2004 College of Health Professions established, MFA in Writing program established


New LEED-certified library opens, the first of five “green buildings; (below) old Carnegie Library building


Dental Health Science and Pharmacy programs established; Health Professions Campus (HPC) opens in Hillsboro


Gilbert Hall, Pacific’s second gold LEED residence hall, opens for the fall semester



Pacific’s Dr. Phil A hard lesson when he was young led Phil Creighton to become an ecologist,

an ornithologist — and a meticulous planner. BY S T E V E D O DG E

It was,

as they say, pretty much over except for

the shouting.

Emergency vehicles had been called to campus, with the media right behind. Although the scene was chaotic for a while, the incident was quickly handled, with no injuries and minor property damage. Still, the camera crews wanted to talk to someone. In the Marsh Hall administration building nearby, Pacific President Phil Creighton listened to a rundown of what had happened. He quickly decided he wanted to face the cameras and make a statement. “Always put me out front first,” he gently admonished a public relations officer who had suggested a faculty spokesperson, “that’s what I’m here for.” Creighton put on his suit jacket, straightened his tie and



headed out to the scene. As he emerged from Marsh and headed down the stairs, he spotted two Pacific parents and a student coming up the walk. He paused, greeted each by name, and chatted calmly about the student’s studies, even remembering to ask about a sibling. He then went out as if he was addressing one of his classes rather than cameras and reporters, made a statement, answered a few questions and headed back to his office. Just another day in the life of a university President. Legacies are hard to read while they are still being made, but it’s safe to say Creighton will be remembered for planning and leading one of the most prosperous periods in the University’s 160-year history. He inherited a $3 million budget deficit in 2003, but in fiscal year 2008 Pacific logged a $3 million surplus, the fifth surplus in a row. In 2005 the University

exceeded its most ambitious capital campaign goal ever, with the completion of the $51 million Heart of Oak Campaign. A new library—part student center, part gallery and all campus showpiece—soon followed, kicking off a spate of five LEEDcertified “green buildings” including the West’s first Gold LEED-certified residence hall. Enrollment, spurred by an emphasis on adding and growing graduate healthcare programs, stands at a record 3,200, well on the way to the University’s goal of 4,000 graduates and undergraduates by 2010. A shiny new Health Professions Campus sits cheek by jowl with Hillsboro’s Westside Light Rail and partner Tuality Healthcare, the county’s largest hospital. Though the move to Hillsboro initially angered Forest Grove city officials, Creighton worked hard to maintain and strengthen ties with the city, resulting in new soccer, track, softball and baseball facilities in Forest Grove’s Lincoln Park. And those are just some of the highlights. Faculty and staff salaries and benefits are up, facilities are improved and a campus that was dispirited by years of making do has a newfound confidence, maybe even a bit of swagger. It’s that latter change, and a renewed sense of community, Creighton cites as his most cherished achievement. “The biggest change I’ve seen is the change in the people here—and I guess that’s the most rewarding of all the accomplishments.”

Today, planning is one of Creighton’s trademarks, and he often espouses what he calls the Five P’s: “Proper preparation prevents poor performance.” The University plans its budget three years in advance, rather than one year at a time, which the school had done for years. Creighton and his finance team make sure contingency funds and lines of credit are always in place just in case. And, the University’s Strategic Plan 2010, which Creighton initiated in his first year, has proven to be a blueprint for extensive programmatic and infrastructure growth for the University’s four campuses. For a modern university president, Creighton has also had a remarkably strong relationship with many of the students who have passed under the oak trees the last six years. Long ago, student body president Dan Cleveland '03 dubbed him Dr. Phil, a moniker that stuck, despite the waxing and waning of the TV psychologist's popularity. Creighton cites his scientific training for his knack for remembering the names of almost everyone he encounters, and returns the good feeling from the student body. “The students are the best I have experienced in 36 years of education,” he said, “to walk across campus and to know most of the students and have them know me has been very, very special.”

If not for a serious football Creighton credits his injury while a cadet at the Air Presbyterian faith for much Force Academy, Creighton’s “To walk across campus and to know of his success, adding that path might have taken a from his first visit to Pacific he decidedly less academic route. most of the students and have them felt a tug akin to a ministerial The injury ended his pilot calling. He was intrigued training and his time at the know me has been very, very special.” right away by not only the Academy, leaving him stunned University’s hardscrabble and adrift. “I had no mental past, but the clear options because I had been so possibilities for the future. focused on that, I hadn’t planned for anything else.” It was one “I felt that I could make a difference here—that by being a of the last times Creighton didn’t have a backup plan. good steward, using what was already here, we could move the Fortunately, his parents and brothers did. Though neither University a long way forward…this has been a very exciting parent finished high school, the Scottish immigrants, time. I think that the University is better for my being here. particularly his mother, believed in education. The family And we have come…a long, long way [toward] transforming encouraged the would-be jet pilot to finish his degree at this institution.” Tarkio College, a small Presbyterian school in Missouri. Now, though he is “passing the baton” this July to a new There, Creighton found mentors. He discovered a passion for president, Creighton said he has confidence and high hopes research and teaching. An interest in birds—which began with that Pacific will continue to grow and prosper, with many more a childhood walk with his father and a killdeer’s feigned injury bright years ahead. display—bloomed into a scientific career, which in turn led to climbing the administrative ladder in academe. Before taking the Pacific presidency, he was provost and vice president of academic affairs at Salisbury University in Maryland and president of For more reflections on Creighton's tenure, go to Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.





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Dancing colors, swirling figures, vibrant nature—all are trademarks of the art of Robert Akotia, a guest instructor in January. The tall, lean Ghanaian joined a quartet of guest artists from different fields to help teach Introduction to West African Arts to some 90 undergraduates. “Life in Ghana is very hard and very difficult,” says the artist, but his oil paintings and watercolors show a different side. His scenes of everyday life, crowded markets in Ghana, vivid blues of lakes mixed with the greens of lush foliage, women and children in bright cottons—and fires ON THE WEB |

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burning bright orange—suggest a kind of magic amidst the hardship. “I like painting every day scenes, giving a profile of life,” he notes. —Wanda Laukkanen




Funny Bone

BY S A M I R I CH A R DS ‘0 9

“A day without laughter a tremendous opportunity is a day wasted,” said and I am grateful for it, but Steven Beckingham ’00, it is tough when you are quoting Charlie Chaplin. ambitious and just want to Comedy was the one be out there performing,” thing he knew he would he said. continue to pursue most After the West End in his life. “Something run, Beckingham heard of funny at the right a national tour of the show moment can cure any and spoke with director form of pain, at least for a Anthony Page, about second,” he said. getting involved. The tour He has been able brought him through New to pursue comedy York, Washington D.C., through his many talents, Los Angeles, Chicago, San but most prominently Francisco and Arizona. through acting. “He loves However, the highlight his work,” said wife Sara of his career so far came Kleinschmit, “and in many when he was in L.A. ways he is at his happiest understudying David Furr, when he’s performing.” an actor in the TV pilot At Pacific, Steven Beckingham ‘00 of the “Grey’s Anatomy,” Beckingham was heavily spin-off, “Private Practice.” involved with the music department. He recalls one day seeing Furr’s filming went late and Beckingham was asked to fill in. a poster for an audition for Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” and “I was thrilled and surprisingly not nervous at all … I took the because he knew it was a comedy, he decided to try out. There, bull by the horns and I will never forget it,” he said. he met Ed Collier, associate professor of theater, who would Recently, Beckingham starred in a Ben and Chris Blaine eventually inspire Beckingham’s acting career and write a film, “Hallo Panda,” which has been shown at many festivals letter of recommendation that helped him get into the London worldwide and won the Best Short Thirty Minutes or Under Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). award at the South African Film Festival. Today, he is back in After LAMDA, Beckingham’s career shifted out of first New York and working with Jessica Alba and J.K. Simmons and straight into overdrive. He began by traveling around as a production assistant, among many other small projects. Germany for six months playing the role of Happy in “Death “He is constantly writing agents, casting directors and getting of a Salesman.” After the tour, he got an agent and dove his name out there,” said his wife, “and that is not something into the world of meeting casting directors and learning you can say about everyone in his profession.” the do’s and don’ts of the audition process. “The roles I Beckingham was also selected to perform at the finals of booked ranged from Marine to adventurer to a geek-sheik “So You Want to be a Star?” a reality TV show in which actors zookeeper,” he said. perform monologues and improvisations in front of judges. In 2006, Beckingham was selected for an understudy “I am not seeking fame and fortune,” said Beckingham,” role in the Broadway to West End transfer of “Who’s Afraid of I just want to be involved with work that challenges me and Virginia Woolf,” starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin. “It was allows me to benevolently inspire and affect others.” Sami Richards ’09 is a journalism major and was Pacific magazine’s fall semester intern.



&Profiles Compiled by Sami Richards ’09, Jessica Cornwell ‘10 and Wanda Laukkanen. Designed by Alex Hunte ‘10.


Don and Alice Fossatti cel-

ebrated 70 years of marriage on Aug. 26. They met in high school and both attended Pacific. Over the years, the Fossatti family has expanded to include seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. When asked what advice they might give to young couples, they agreed that quick conflict resolution is an important part of a good marriage.

Maureen “Mo” Byrd, Carlene Sorenson, Jacquelyn Reitz, Marilyn Wolfe, Constance Gifford and Judith Hazelwood ’62 all got together for a girls’ reunion in Black Butte, Ore. There they reminisced about their time at Pacific including Wiggie, Boxer, painting the Spirit Bench, Tip Top and their many friends from the ’61 and ’62 graduating classes.


Tom Luther recently received

living in Atascadero, Calif. and enjoying the year-round sunshine.

a Merit Award from the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches’ Association. He was the head coach of the Newport High School baseball team for seven seasons and won three state titles – in 1964, 1965 and 1967.




Art Eiffert and his wife Dale are

Jean Tate was honored in January

2008 as the Eugene Area Senior First Citizen at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner. Also, in December, she welcomed her sixth great-grandchild.


Earl Edmonds, MA, and his wife Mary have been living in the same house for 44 years. Earl now spends a lot of time doing intricate scroll sawing, volunteering with Red Cross Blood drives and Meals on Wheels.

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Correction from Fall ’08 issue:

Marilyn Casa Calvo-Green is

retired from the Anchorage School District in Alaska after a career as a physical education and biology teacher. She married a friend of 17 years in 1987. Her daughter Tonya is now 40 and the mother of four children.

Stephanie E. Jorgensen re-

ceived a Master of Science degree from Oregon State University just after leaving Pacific and has two children, Christian and Jonathan.


Burl Oliver, Anchorage, Ak., re-

ceived his Master of Health Studies degree from California State University Sacramento in 1977.


Della May Richmond, Aloha, Ore., is retired after working for Intel, NEC, JAE, and General Motors as a Quality Assurance Technician. She is the happy mother of 36-year-old Dawn Marie Richmond Breazile.



of the Pacific golf team during the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons. He recently completed a lifelong goal to compete in a national championship, playing in the 2007 U.S. Senior Open Golf Tournament in Wisconsin. Also, in August 2008, he traveled to Deal, England to play in the British Senior Amateur Golf Tournament.

ceived her Bachelors of Education in 2003 from University of Alberta and has three children: Cameron, Rachael and Chase.

Mickey Morey was a member

Michelle R. Kostelecky re-


Brandi Hendryx is married to Tony and has two children, Conner and Kyeli. She is currently working as a staff claims adjuster for Allstate Insurance Company.


Ken K. Kondo qualified in three

Winston R. Williams attended

events for the U.S. Swimming Masters National Championships at Mt. Hood Community College, which was held August 14-17, 2008. He placed 10th in the 50-meter backstroke, 14th in the 100-meter backstroke and 15th in the 50-meter breaststroke.

the University of Oregon and the University of Washington to complete his bachelor’s degree in science. He is now a pilot for United Parcel Service.


Tim E. Juett, PT, is living in

Roseburg, Ore. with his wife Mel and their two children, Jeff and Amy. Tim works as a physical therapist for VA Medical Center and received a DPT degree in April 2008. A Portland State University record he set in 1970 for the 800m dash at 1:50.40 was broken in 2006 by Brandon Lopez, who had a time of 1:45.47.


Gabriel “Bo” Casillas is work-

ing in California as an operator for Beyond Petroleum. He is married to Claudia and has three children: Tyler, Devin and Alexa.

Shaun Hearn and his wife

Shayla welcomed daughter Finley Noelle Hearn, this past Dec. 14 (2008). Despite arriving four weeks early and briefly putting a scare into her parents, both baby and mom are doing fine.


Dr. Kenneth Berk welcomed a

second grandchild into his family on August 18, 2008. Baby Ethan is the son of Berk’s daughter Michelle and son-in-law Andrew Lorber.


Myrna Hanaoka is currently living in Mesa, Ariz. with her husband Alan and daughter Emily working as a business manager for Arizona State University. Brian O’Driscoll ’89, director


of the Pacific Career Development Center and wife Michelle welcomed twin daughters Inez Kathryn and Lucy Rae O’Driscoll in December to join son Oliver. The girls would likely graduate from Pacific in 2031, though Michelle reportedly attended one of those other Oregon schools.

Matthew Mark is working in

Washington state as a Regional Director for Xirrus, Inc.

Henry Kaulia Jr., who was killed in a car accident in 2006, was honored in Nov. 2008 by the Gaston Junior High/Senior High School, with the dedication the gym as the Henry Kaulia, Jr. Memorial Gym. “Bumpy” Kaulia enjoyed a long career coaching and teaching physical education at the school after playing football and graduating with an education degree from Pacific.

Tamara A. Schadbolt is living

with her husband Lee in Tucson, Ariz. where she is currently working as a client services liaison for Tucson Electric Power.










Pendleton with her husband Jerrod and two children, Shelby and Samantha. She works as a sales center manager for Swire Coca-Cola.

published a book titled, “The Potty Boot Camp,” which helps parents toilet train their children with a new method she developed after a year of research, information gathering and surveys. She has already sold hundreds of copies, which are available at She currently lives in Las Vegas with her husband Robert and daughter Megan.

Terri L. Spriet is living in

Gregory J. Gustin is living in Bothell, Wash. with his wife Lisa and two children Josephine and Robert. He works as an account manager for F5 Networks. Jeff Black, a graphic arts/com-

munications graduate, had one of his pen and ink drawings chosen for the second year in a row for the Astoria International Arts Festival in Astoria, Ore. This is pretty miraculous, he says, because only about 65 entries from all over the world were chosen for the festival — and Jeff is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury suffered in May 2007 when he fell off of the six-foot long skateboard he had designed. Through faith, family, friends and a lot of hard work, he is still sharing his gifts with the world.


Andrea Meeuwsen completed her Masters of Teaching in August 2008.

Suzanne E. Riffel, O.D. ’95,

Eleanor Rose Combe

Amy Johnson Combe and her


Fariha Panni would love to get in touch with Kim Mathie and Ryan Northam.

Alton Rossman, O.D. ’00,

Sarah Mosher just completed

Deb McInally is currently working on her master’s degree in Nutritional Science at Huntington College of Health Sciences in Knoxville, Tenn.



Aaron R. Ross announced the

and her husband Kevin are living in Boise, Idaho with their three children Aiden, Logan and Aubree. Shemayne is works as an optometrist for Eye 2 Eye.


Lisa M. Gibson, MAT, lives with her husband Neil in Bay City, Ore. where she is a park ranger for Cape Lookout State Park.

Mari Ward, O.D. ’93, took over

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Rob Felix, MAT ’00 and Katie (Shields) Felix ‘01 had

William P. James and his band Floating Pointe, independently released an album with music from Michael C. Draper ’95 in 2006, and recently completed a CD for kids called Uncle-B & Auntie-E & J-Dog. He and his wife, Eve, and band mate Jason Mockley, released the CD in Sept. 2008.

living in San Jose, Calif. with their two children.

baby t-shirts

Carlie and Peter Felix

a daughter, Carlie Rose, on April 3, 2008 in Tacoma, Wash. Carlie joins big brother Peter, who is three years old. Rob teaches Middle School math for Federal Way Public Schools. Katie teaches kindergarten for Tacoma Public Schools.

The James Family

Jon Payne and wife Minori are

Soleo Mason Hess, class of 2031

husband Owen celebrated the birth of their daughter, Eleanor Rose, in August 2007. Amy works for Mary Kay Cosmetics as a sales director. They own the Art of Smilemaking in Lake Oswego where Owen is a cosmetic dentist.

the practices of Pacific adjunct professor Dr. Don Saxton, which he started in Portland’s Old Town in 1975. When he decided to sell his Sherwood and Aloha businesses, he contacted Mari because of his connection with her at Pacific. She now owns both practices and plans to relocate to Sherwood with her husband.

Phillip Mayhall is working in

southeast Missouri in the food industry for Gilster-Marylee as a manufacturing operator. He uses the skills he gained as a Spanish major at Pacific every day due to the large percentage of Hispanics at the plant. Also, he is loving being the father of a kindergartener.

opened his optometry business, The West Salem Vision Center in Salem, Ore. in 2003.

Jose R. Cevallos is currently

working as the general manager for Aeropartes del Ecuador S.A. in Guayas, Ecuador.

launch of his consulting company, Ergonomics Northwest LLC, in November.

Clifton Arruda is a branch

manager of the Bank of Hawai’i and married to Daurice with two children, Aukai and Akoni.

Lisa Katon is married to Noah with whom she has two children, Liana and Sylvie.

her doctorate at the University of Arizona and has accepted a position as an assistant professor of French at the University of North Dakota.

Shemayne J. McCarthy, OT,

Mariflorence Hudson, MAT,

is teaching high school health and English at Albany High School in the San Francisco Bay area five minutes from her Berkeley home. She and her spouse Katie have two children, Bird and Finley.

Dana Ziskrout is married to 1999 Katie and has three children, Noah, Crystal G. Holscher and Ben Hannah and Joshua. ’01, are living in St. Helens with their new son Lincoln. Crystal Janelle Arrambide is living in is self-employed, working for Fortville, Ind. with spouse Stacey Holscher Financial Consulting. and their children Eli and Maya.

Janelle is working as the director of clinical operations at InSet Technologies.

ly hired by the Redmond School District as the director of athletics and activities. He served as an athletic director at Sheldon High in Eugene and Hood River High in previous years.

Jessica Adamson currently

works as the public affairs director for the Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter and was the Democratic candidate for House District 26 in November. Unfortunately, she lost to Matt Wingard. District 26 includes Dilley, Gaston, Wilsonville and Sherwood.

Molly Swanson received a doc-

torate in Naturopathic Medicine in July 2007 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Ariz.


Tawnya Lubbes has been hired as an assistant professor in the College of Education Elementary CUESTE Program at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande.

Anna Michelle Winkle

Stephen and Victoria Winkle are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter, Anna Michelle, on July 2, 2008. Their 7 pound 5 ounce baby girl was born with lots of hair, long fingers and long toes.

Jeff Nalin reports he recently sold

his business, Echo Malibu, in a profitable deal to CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest private behavioral health services treatment provider.


Brad P. Cox is married to Erin

and has a baby girl named Kendal who was born on April 8, 2008.

Karli Kondo is currently working

on her Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island.

Michael Parsons graduated

from Franklin Pierce Law Center in May 2008 and is now living in New York with his wife Larisa and daughter Paige. Michael works as an associate for Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto.

Mary Lintz, OT, just had a

Lauren Elizabeth Miles

Erin Miles, M.A.T., and hus-

band Dolan welcomed the birth of their daughter Lauren Elizabeth Miles on April 22, 2008.

Mariah Garr received her

Masters of Science from California State University, Chico in 2007 and is currently working as an environmental planner for Army Corps of Engineers.

Xavier J. Munoz is working in

Lima, Peru with his wife Maria as third secretary – vice-consul for the General Consulate of Ecuador.

baby girl, Amelia Corinne Lintz Staats. She was born at 5 pounds 9 ounces and 18 inches long. Mary also recently published a children’s cutting skills book that is starting to get picked up by a number of Occupational Therapists and teachers around Oregon.


Brandy Bratcher and her husband

Tory welcomed their first daughter, Sadie Grace, into the world on May 23, 2008. She was born in St. Luke’s hospital in Boise, Idaho.

Jay Rigler is living in Chicago,

Ill. and working for DraftFCB as a customer intelligence lead.

Jennifer Hundt, PT, was re-

cently certified as a clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

Corrine Dignam is currently liv-

Melanie Bethscheider was married Oct. 25 to Craig Pedersen from Portland. The wedding took place during a candle lit ceremony at the Acadian Ballroom on the northeast side of the city. Kate Gardner ’02 was the maid of honor and Julie Brister ’04 was a bridesmaid. Melanie and Craig own a home in southeast Portland, which they share with their little black pug, Mr. Kong.

ing in Hillsboro with her husband Marc and working as a certified pharmacy technician for Target.

Marcella Bighill graduated

from Oregon State University in 2006 with a bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and, in December, she will graduate from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa with a masters in Library and Information Science.

Bill Carrigan had been teaching

Veronica Russell was promoted

photography in Virginia at a private boarding school the past five years but is now back at Pacific as an adjunct in the Art department. He teaches Introduction to Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Digital Imaging.

in September to editor-in-chief and production manager at CoastStyle Magazine, on the Oregon Coast

Jessie Wachter and Rhiannon Gagnon recently

managed the Kodak Inspiration tour–a mobile marketing tour promoting Kodak cameras, printers and other products all over the country. They had a blast taking pictures, helping people with their photographic needs and seeing the most amazing places across the states.


G. Francis “Cisco” Reyes re-

cently graduated from the University of Idaho with a Ph.D. in Education/ Exercise Science. Reyes is now a professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, teaching exercise science. He lives with his wife Louise ’05 and their 1-year-old daughter Kaila-Louise.


Mayumi Aoki is currently in

the Philippines as a coordinator of the human resource development project funded by the Japanese government. Through his work, he has visited Myanmar, Bangladesh and China, all the while enjoying the new places, people and food.

Angelina M. Correa is enjoying

living in Portland with her husband Jorge and working as a marketing coordinator for CU Business Group.

John Parsley is currently living in Fort Jackson, S.C.

Benjamin Moore, O.D. ’08,

Megan Plumlee completed her

recently purchased Mountain Valley Eye Care in John Day, Ore. and is currently the only eye doctor in Grant County. He and his family, wife of four years, Bethany, and sons Grayson and Henry, moved from Redmond in July 2008.

Ph.D. in environmental chemistry in June 2008 and in Sept., she and wife Becca Wilhelm were married for a second time, following their first wedding in San Francisco in 2004. She now works for a consulting firm in the environmental practice.

Jennifer Kalez graduated from

Portland State University with a Masters in Public Administration and is currently working for the Portland Development Commission.

Maranda Hill graduated from

Pepperdine University with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is now working in La Pine as a child and family therapist for Deschutes County Mental Health Kids Center.

Dr. Paul Filar, O.D., was named Wisconsin’s 2008 “Young Optometrist of the Year,” by the Wisconsin State Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. The award recognizes the doctor’s exceptional service to optometry, dedication to the visual welfare of the public, and service to the community.

Emily Brown and her husband Mike Smith welcomed their 6 pound 11 ounce son James into their family on Sept. 7, 2008. Emily and her family are currently living in Fort William, Scotland where she teaches primary school.




Brent Walsh, MAT, was recent-


Michelle R. Walker received an Aquarium Science Certificate from Oregon Coast Community College in 2007 and is now living in Scio, Ore. and working for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Hatchery Technician.

Shannon N. Hess recently had a

baby girl, MacKenzie Joy Hess. She was born 9 pounds and 6 ounces on Aug. 13, 2008.


Christopher J. Mills is living

in Las Vegas and working independently as a neurophysiologist.

2006 Jessica Smth and Gordon West

Jessica Smith, M.Ed ’05, mar-

ried Gordon West with lots of friends and family in attendance on July 21, 2007.

Courtney M. Karella is work-

ing as an underwriter for Farmers Insurance in Tigard.

Dr. Lianna Vernon received her

doctorate of physical therapy from Samuel Merritt College in May 2008.

James M. Echert married Erin

Moch of Fargo, N.D. on August 30 in Greeley, Co. Their honeymoon was spent in Costa Rica. They are living in Denver, Co.


Jason and Erin Buono, PT,

met each other at Pacific and later moved to Olympia, Wash. They celebrated their daughter Claire’s birth on December 4, 2007.

Abigail Lynn and Andrew Christopher Goller

Rachael Goller now has two

children she calls her “pride and joy,” Andrew Christopher, who turned three in September, and Abigail Lynn who was born in November 2007.



Adam and Danielle Trimble

Adam Trimble was married

on May 18, 2008 to a George Fox University alumna, Danielle. The ceremony was held on a sunny weekend at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland’s Washington Park. The newlyweds now live in Longview, Wash. where Adam is an assistant city planner.

Katri Laukkanen is married and

living in Sparta, Wis. She is enrolled in a two-year master’s degree program in aquatic biology at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and is teaching undergraduate biology labs as a graduate assistant. She and her husband, Nate Jones, are happy owners of two Huskies and two cats.

Sarah E. Gallup started a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant scholarship on Sept. 21, 2008 to Perpignan, France. She is teaching at the Lycée AristideMaillol near the Spanish border. Kelly J. Curtan is living in Roseville, Calif. and teaching Spanish-English bilingual third grade in Rancho Cordova. Cory VanSteenwyk and Melissa Thomas were married on May 24, 2008.

Phillip Quercia is in Oaxaca, Mexico, working to preserve traditional music in the area. He was able to travel to Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship he received in 2008. Katy McKinney, MFA, was one

of five poets to read for Stayton’s Second Sundays Series of Poetry Readings on Oct. 12 in Stayton.

Don Broom: Bluegrass In Heaven If heaven is a place where there are no more worries, no more pain and we get to do what we want, Don Broom, who passed away recently at age 65, is there happily playing guitar and singing with the heavenly bluegrass band. During the breaks, he’s spinning yarns and laughing it up with whoever is nearby. Don, who was an electrician for the Facilities Department for 14 years, led the Muddy Bottom Boys bluegrass band for 35 years. His facilities colleagues remember a guy who was always smiling and ready with a story. The rest of the University will remember that and the steady work he did with fellow electrician Glen Chapman on Pacific

Matt Beil and Kara Lanning

Matt and Laura Beil are ex-

panding the Pacific family every chance they get. Together, the brother and sister have graduated from three of Pacific’s four colleges. And Matt ’07, MAT ’08, and Laura ’05, OT ’08, both are married or engaged to other Pacific alumni. Matt married Kara Lanning ’07 on Aug. 1, 2008 at Elk Cove Vineyard in Gaston. Laura will be married to Prabu Segaran ’05. At Matt and Kara’s wedding, Prof. Mike Steele attended and read a Native American poem about beauty. “The lectures, lessons and conversations that we have shared with Mike have truly shaped us into the people we have become,” said Matt about his and Kara’s relationship with their beloved professor.


lighting and electrical projects. Said Facilities Engineer Scott Gobel, “Don was one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I don’t know how he did it but every morning he had a big smile on his face and a story ready to be told. Don would ask you how you were doing every morning and he was one of those rare people who honestly meant it. If we all treated each other the way Donny did, this world would be heaven on earth. Don will be sorely missed.” Past and present band members, family, friends and co-workers jammed the Forest Grove Senior Center Nov. 10 for a memorial service. He is survived by his wife Kathy Broom of Forest Grove, five children, three brothers and a legion of fans. —Steve Dodge

teaching for the Beaverton School District.

Jory A. Shene is living in Wilsonville and working for Nike as a department manager. Mara Supan is currently attending Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine and working on completing her doctorate in veterinary medicine. Jason A. Ricks is living with his

wife Britney and children Carter and Shyanne in Lewistown, Mont. where he works as an optometrist for Eyecare Associates of Lewistown.

Edwin S. Dumlao, O.D., and

his wife Clarissa welcomed a new baby boy, Leland Jonah Dumlao, into their family in November 2008.

David Bednar and Maria Gilleece ’04 were married August

9, 2008 at Glacier Camp in Lakeside, Mont. Maria is currently a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at Duke University. David is currently a masters degree student in Entomology at North Carolina State University.

Sylvia R. Sisto, PT, married David P. Payne on Aug. 30 in Portland. The couple now reside in Tigard with their dog, Angus.

Amy Rose Spry, MA, was mar-

Jo Kjorstad, PT, has joined

ried on August 10, 2008 to Andrew “Fro Dog” Quaring.

Rebound Physical Therapy. After graduation from Pacific, she returned to Williston, where she grew up, and worked in an outpatient clinic where she traveled to rural towns and had an opportunity to work on pediatric, geriatric, orthopedic and neurological conditions.



Faren Leader, MAT, is attending Lewis and Clark College and living with her husband Michael and son Marcus.

Jayann Hermens

Jennifer Hermens, MAT, had a

baby girl, Jayann Hermens, on Nov. 3, 2008. The baby weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Amy Evans and Warren Moreno

Pacific University College of Optometry alumni who became Fellows in the American Academy of Optometry, October 2008: Richard Baird, O.D. ’07 Aaron Bronner, O.D. ’07 Randall Fuerst, AS ’82, O.D. ’83 Winter Lewis, O.D. ’00 Ronda Olson, AS ’00, O.D. ’04 Nathan Price, AS ’94. O.D. ’96 Nidhi Ashwani Rana, MS ’01, O.D. ’04 Jennifer Tam, O.D. ’04 Walt Whitley, O.D. ’02

Amy E. Evans and Warren Moreno were married on April


5, 2008 in Verboort, Ore. Moreno recently returned from serving overseas in Afghanistan. Amy works for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.


Jean Rice Heath peacefully

passed away on Jan. 10, 2008. She died in her home with three generations of loving family around her.

Derek Foote is working as a staff

accountant for Maginnis & Carey LLP.


Nicole Fuoss was married to

Raphael Klein passed away in May of 2008. He retired from the United Nations in 1979 as the chief of television. He was a past chairman of the UN Staff Council and a member of the Collegiate Chorale for 55 years.

Daniel Brown in Portland’s The Old Church on July 19, 2008.

Rhonda E. Hutchinson, MAT,

is teaching grades three through five at the Emotional Growth Center at Keizer Elementary School.

Faulconer Made Broad Impact Tracy Faulconer, an education professor who inspired both students and fellow faculty, lost her battle with lung cancer on Christmas Day, 2008 at her home. A memorial service was held Feb. 15 in Happy Valley, Ore. “Tracy Faulconer made a lasting impact on hundreds of College of Education students,” noted Debbie Wintermute, assistant dean in the College of Education. “She had an unbelievably strong passion for her subject area. She relentlessly sought out further research in teaching the social sciences and social justice.” Said Mark Bailey, associate professor of education, “Tracy Faulconer was a soft-spoken educator who taught her students to rethink the traditional study of social issues. The quiet morality she brought to her work on issues of peace and social justice was inspirational.” Even those who did not know her long praised her professionalism. Josh Hoppert, program assistant for the College of Education, wrote a letter to education staff noting, “I learned more about what it means to be an effective professional from her than I did from most teachers I’ve encountered in my life, and I never took a single class from her.” Faulconer came to Pacific in August 1995 after teaching in public schools, international schools and at the university level. She taught a wide range of subjects during her 11 years at Pacific, including methodology of social

studies, language arts and multicultural issues. She also was a member of numerous education associations and a leader on social justice issues in Oregon. She was awarded the Thomas S. Thompson Distinguished Professor Award in 2006 from the College of Education and was chosen for a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach in Bosinia-Herzegovina. However, she was diagnosed with lung cancer that year and was unable to take part in the Fulbright program. In May 2008, Faulconer retired and was awarded faculty emeriti status. Faulconer is remembered by those who knew as always generous with her time and resources, noted Wintermute. “She has always been and always will be remembered as a positive role model for all.” Donations in her name can be made to Harmony Hill Retreat Center (, Central Asia Institute (, or Heifer International ( — Wanda Laukkanen




Erin E. Gettling is currently



Enoch L. Dillion passed away in

his sleep in the beginning of August 2008. He is survived by six children and 14 grandchildren.


Victor H. Herberts passed away Monday, July 14, 2008, at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif. of a rare sarcoma of the liver. He earned his physics degree from Pacific and later went on to teach high school in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. before starting a career in engineering.

Ted Merydith passed away on

July 19 of age-related causes. He served in the Army from 1940 to 1943, including service in Australia and New Guinea. Survivors include his wife, two sons, two daughters, two sisters and six grandchildren.

Arlo Edward Dunning, O.D.,

passed away on Nov. 14, 2008. Early in his life, he served his country in WWII and after attending Army Engineering School in New York, he became a demolition specialist. After returning to the U.S. he met his wife Maria in Forest Grove. They both moved to Moses Lake where he worked as an optometrist from 1950 until his retirement in 1987.


Lila Hilja Haggren Collman

passed away in Astoria on March 19,

2008. After her marriage to Ronald C. Collman, she went on a student tour of Central America with 18 other students and a professor from Pacific. She was a member of the Lower Columbia Power Squadron and served as secretary and treasurer. She was a charter member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 64 and served as secretary. She was also a member of the Board of Loaves and Fishes and a member and secretary of the Finnish Brotherhood Lodge.

Dolores B. Marden died peace-

fully with her son and daughter at her side on Sept. 29, 2008. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi, a strong supporter of her husband’s business and a devoted employee of Montgomery Ward, where she worked for 30 years.


Walter G. “Vic” Miller died of

myelodysplastic syndrome on Sept. 28, 2008. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Army, serving with the 11th Airborne paratroopers. He rose to the rank of first sergeant and served during the occupation of Japan during World War II. After graduation from Pacific, he moved to Eastern Oregon to begin his teaching career. Most of his career was spent in Condon as a teacher, vice principal and football, basketball and baseball coach. He retired in 1983. He was an active member of the United Church of Christ for 51 years and was a 55-year life member of the

Condon Elks. After retiring from teaching he became enthusiastically involved in city and county government. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley, a son and a daughter.

Jack S. Manges died Feb. 9,

2008, in Charleston, S.C., due to complications from pneumonia.


John August Schieferstein

passed away on Feb. 16, 2008, at the age of 86. Throughout his life, Scheiferstein touched many lives while he taught elementary and junior high school at Fruitdale Elementary, Oak Grove School, Hugo Elementary, Lincoln Savage Jr. High, and Murphy School in southern Oregon. At the end of his career he was principal for Kalmiopsis Elementary School until he retired in 1980.


Alfred “Bud” Goertzen

passed away on Aug. 23, 2008. Early in his life, he worked as a logger and served with the Army of Occupation in Japan where he played saxophone in a dance band. After he returned from the military he earned his teaching degree and began a long and successful career as a teacher, coach and athletic director for Tillamook High School.

Glenn L. Lambert passed away

on Nov. 17, 2008 at age 79. He was

married to Elizabeth Seymour and owned Division Do It Best, located in Portland, for more than 30 years.


Howard Ludwigs passed

away Sept. 30 at Part Manor Rehabilitation Center. He was a B-25 pilot during World War II, where he served in the European Theater. He also served in Korea and Vietnam as a command pilot and was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve until 1974. He was a partner in Ludwigs’ Jewelers and Optometrists business, a family business established by his grandfather in 1880.


Robert Borgholthaus, O.D.,

passed away August 14, 2007. He was licensed to practice optometry for 50 years in Idaho where he lived with his wife and had three children.


Ginny Cooper Burnett died January 17, 2009. Along with her late husband Mervin Cooper ’58, she was active in the Pacific Alumni Association. Both served terms as board chair. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Pacific, Ginny earned a Master’s degree in library science from the University of Hawai’i. She volunteered as the library “story lady” for several years and worked

Douglas Strain: Board Member, Oregon High Tech Pioneer Oregon technology pioneer and Pacific University Board of Trustees member Douglas C. Strain passed away in November. He was 89. A public memorial service was held Nov. 22 in Pacific University’s McCready Hall in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, Forest Grove campus. Strain, who served on the board since 1970, was chair of the group from 1984 to 1986. He won several awards from the University, including an honorary doctorate in 2003, the Harvey Clark Award in 2000 and the University Service Award in 1982. In addition, he was a long-time financial supporter of Pacific, including funding an endowed chair of philosophy and the science building that bears his name. He was also a proud Pacific parent of Barbara Strain ‘70. Strain and Tektronix founder Howard Vollum were part of the first electronics companies in Oregon, which were located on Portland’s S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard. Both men gained electronics and communications experience during World War II while working for the U.S. Forest Service. Strain co-founded Electro-Scientific Industries (ESI), a high-end measurement device manufacturer. Tektronix and ESI moved



to Washington County in the 1960s as the first seeds in what became known as the Silicon Forest. Strain, a Caltech graduate who received early encouragement from the founders of HewlettPackard, was a lifelong advocate of education, particularly science education. Along with Vollum and former Sen. Mark Hatfield, he was part of an informal group of friends who were also instrumental in the founding of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Oregon Graduate Institute, now part of the Oregon Health and Science University. He is survived by his wife Leila “Cleo” Strain of Forest Grove; daughter Barbara Strain, a 1970 alumna of Pacific; and son Jim Strain. “Oregon has lost a true high tech pioneer and a great friend of education,” said Pacific University president Phil Creighton. “We will miss his curiosity, his quiet manner and great generosity of spirit.” — Steve Dodge


Dr. Ralph Haynes, O.D., was

called to rest in the early morning hours of March 24, 2008. He passed away just one month before his 93rd birthday. He grew up in Barbados where he furthered his education and served as a minister and administrator in the InterAmerican Division of the Seventhday Adventist Church and later immigrated to Alberta where he established an optometric practice.


Richard “Dick” Beeler passed away in early July 2008. He was born in Hillsboro where he lived his entire life. A memorial service was held in his honor at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ.


Joyce A. Loftin passed away on

Oct. 20. She was a homemaker and small business owner. She enjoyed sewing, reading and playing with her grandchildren.




21, 2008, at age 68. He was a self-employed handyman and is survived by his friends Pat Miles and Elinor Lane.

15-month battle with cancer Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. He passed away in his home in Salem, surrounded by his loved ones.

died April 18, 2008. Kate was very spiritual and loved music, nature and animals. She was kind, made friends easily and had a great sense of humor.

Gilbert M. Gardner died April


Carl L. “Sonny” Rawe Jr.

passed away in his home on June 17, 2008 from a sudden illness. Throughout his life, education was very important. After completing school at Pacific and Central Washington University, Carl began his career at Mt. Hood Community College where he taught and later became the dean of financial aid. In 1997 he earned his doctorate in community college education from Oregon State University.

Donald N. Carkner, O.D.,

passed away surrounded by his family the afternoon of Sept. 7, 2008. He shared a life of joy with his wife Cathy, daughter Lori, and son Jeff and took great pleasure in being an optometrist.


Chloe Kay Larvik passed away

on Nov. 5, 2008. She was a teacher for four years and ran a business with her husband Ronald for 30 years after that. Her lifelong passions were her children, grandchildren, gardening, education, nature and horses.

Optometrist Minnick Passes Away Dr. James Minnick ‘50, a longtime optometrist in The Dalles, died Dec. 4, 2008. A resident of The Dalles for 58 years, Dr. Minnick earned a doctor of optometry degree from Pacific in 1950s. He also met his wife, Alice Sharp, at the University and married her in 1950 in Portland. The couple moved to The Dalles that same year. Born July 17, 1923 in Redfield, S.D., Dr. Minnick graduated from high school in Watertown, S.D. in 1941. He joined the U.S. Army and served with 88th Blue Devil Division during World War II in northern Italy. He was a member of the Oregon Optometry Association for 53 years, serving as president in 1972 and 1973. He provided eye care for children as a volunteer in Mexico. Dr. Minnick was also a member of the Congregational Church, The Dalles Lions Club and The Dalles Country Club. He participated in Cycle Oregon until he nearly 79 years old. Dr. Minnick is survived by his wife, Jill Minnick; three children, Jackie Phillips, Jeanne Schultz and Jeff Minnick; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Lester Alan Helvie lost his

Katherine Lynn Kate Harrah



Elizabeth “Betsy” Hanson

passed away on Sept. 6 of ovarian cancer. She was a registered nurse for St. Vincent Hospital and Tuality Hospital. After retiring she did volunteer work.

Rodney Keyser passed away on July 24, 2008 with his beloved Michelle at his side. Leslie Kenneth Pullen, hus-

band of Roberta Jean Pullen ’49, passed away on May 25, 2008. Although he didn’t attend Pacific, he met his wife of 59 years and 9 months there.


Michael D. Johnson passed

away on Sept. 24, 2008 in his home. Johnson majored in mathematics and started his own company, Northwest 9000, but became a poet later on in life. He was instrumental in getting “The Bitterroot Trail” republished in e-book form and, at the time of his passing, was compiling an anthology of short stories.

Jessica Lance, wife of Robert V. Lance ’52, passed away on May 26 in Hillsboro. She was a past president of the Oregon Optometric Association Auxilliary and helped establish an optometric student scholarship at Pacific.

A Writer Who had Just Begun Amy Marie Young ‘08 passed away on Dec. 2, 2008 of cancer. Six days before she died, she received her bachelor of arts degree in creative writing in a special ceremony held on Nov. 26 at the Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Ore. Members of her family, friends, Pacific University faculty and staff, along with many members of the hospital staff attended the ceremony. Presenting the diploma was Darlene Pagan, associate professor of English at Pacific and Amy’s faculty advisor. Born March 17, 1986 in Coos Bay, Amy was noted as an active student leader who brightened many corners of campus with her talents. Amy graduated with honors and made the Dean’s list for more than half of her time at the University. She received the Outstanding Student Award for the Humanities Division and first place for poetry from the creative writing department. She also received the 2008 American Association of University Women’s Outstanding Senior Woman Award from the AAUW Hillsboro/ Forest Grove Branch. The Pacific Humanitarian Center Award was also given to her for more than her 300 hours of volunteer work with high school students in the I Have A Dream Foundation. Amy also earned a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies and helped champion many environmental and social justice causes.




as the children’s librarian at the Shute Park Library in Hillsboro. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hillsboro. Survivors include the Rev. James Palmer Burnett, of Forest Grove whom she married in 1987, and daughter Laura Beeler, OT ’89 of Hillsboro.



“Nick is God!”

BY B I L LY M ERCK ‘ 9 8

WORLD CUP | Pan American Games | Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Championship. Deification. For soccer goalie Nick Vorberg ’98, these are all part of an impressive résumé enhanced by ancillary stories he can someday tell his students. But now, Nick keeps a humble focus on the season in front of him and an appreciation for those who helped him lay a solid foundation. In August 1993, Vorberg was already admitted to the University of Nevada Las Vegas, registered for classes, and was home preparing to return to UNLV that fall. However, while playing in a men’s league game in Grants Pass, then-Pacific coaches Jeff Enquist and Tim Copeland— who were in town conducting a soccer camp—spotted him and convinced him to come to Pacific. “I had family in Portland and Oregon,” Nick says of his 11th-hour change. “And I knew I would have a better opportunity to play [soccer].” Since then, Vorberg has amassed an impressive list of achievements. In 2005, his Milwaukee Wave captured the MISL Championship. In 2007, he travelled with the US Futsal (indoor soccer) National Team to compete in the 15th Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. And in 2008, he was back in Brazil, this time wearing the US jersey for the Futsal World Cup. None of that or the discovery that he loves to teach would have been possible without his Pacific experience, he said. “I wouldn’t be who I am today without the people who surrounded me at Pacific or the roadblocks and successes I had there.” In 1996, the Vorberg-led Boxers won the NCIC Championship. That same season Pacific student Zephyr Sincerny ‘98 started a fan club called the Boxer Rebellion to enhance the student experience at soccer games. Any time Nick touched the ball, the Rebellion would erupt with, “Nick is God! Nick is God!” Sincerny isn’t sure who started the chant, but over 10 years later, he still remembers the play. “There was a shot from about 10 yards out, and it looked like it was going in the net,” said Sincerny. “Then, all of a sudden,



Nick dove and knocked it out and someone yelled, ‘Nick is God,’ and it stuck.” According to Coach Enquist, that team was easy to support because it was “a group of guys who understood about giving back to the game and treating it right.” Sincerny echoes Enquist’s sentiments as he recalls why he liked supporting Nick and the team: “Nick was a stand-up guy and a gentleman…it didn’t matter if he was in a league playoff or at a pickup game. If someone wanted to learn something, he’d show them.” Sincerny recalls one such event while playing pick-up at the old Cannery fields. “I couldn’t beat [Nick], so I asked him why. He told me [how to score on him], and it worked. Nick didn’t have the pride that got in the way of the game; it was more important [for him] to show me something about the game.” Vorberg currently lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with his wife Elisabeth, where he plays professional indoor soccer with Milwaukee and coaches Nick Vorberg ‘98 at the Waukesha Soccer Club. Keith Tozer, Nick’s current coach with the Wave and US Futsal teams, praises Nick as “the consummate team professional… he has a great personality and because soccer’s been good to him he wants to give back.” Voberg does that through coaching and the Wave’s “Making Waves” program, which involves speaking at Milwaukee area schools about his experiences. “At assemblies, I tell the kids what would have happened if I never got this opportunity, if I wasn’t playing soccer. Then I tell them that even though I play soccer now, I have my education and role models to fall back on—my family, my teachers, my professors.” Nick is thankful for the lessons he’s learned and the opportunity his time at Pacific gave him. “Things are good,” he says, “I get a chance to play and coach at camps and work with youth soccer teams year-round.” Billy Merck ’98 is director of media relations at the University and coaches soccer for Lincoln High School and FC Portland.

Taisen Abreu ’10 performs the fire knife dance at the 2008 Pacific Lu’au. The oldest and largest event of its kind on the mainland will celebrate its 50th year in April 2010. Denise Price Gisebers ’00, the director of the Pacific Information Center, is a regular at the lu’au where she enjoys capturing the emotions displayed by the dancers from Na Haumana ‘O Hawai’i, the Hawai’i club.




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