In Memoriam

Remembering Tom Holce '59, '93; Don Iverson '59; Dr. Roy Clunes and other Pacific graduates.

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Donald Iverson (Courtesy Photo)

Donald Iverson 1959 (Obituary)

Don “Ivy” Iverson passed away Feb. 14 after battling a brain tumor. He was 74. Iverson was a teacher, basketball coach and later a vice principal for Vancouver, Wa. schools. After starring in basketball and football at Vancouver High, he was offered scholarships from three colleges, but chose Pacific in 1954. He played football for the then-Badgers, earning all conference honors, and was scouted by the Baltimore Colts. He loved golf, his fully-restored blue 1967 Ford Mustang and sailing. He was also quite the storyteller. A favorite was how football teammate Tommy Thompson rushed in so fast on one play that he intercepted the other team’s hiked football and ran it in for a touchdown. Another story involved an eerie happening at Knight Hall where his fraternity was housed. Late one night he was awakened by the opening of a squeaky door and footsteps proceeding up the stairs. The footsteps continued up into the room, but with no visible owner. Don had just encountered Vera the ghost!

Dr. Roy Clunes (Courtesy Photo)

Dr. Roy Clunes (Obituary)

Dr. Roy Clunes, One of the key contributors to the founding of the College of Optometry, Dr. Clunes died May 27 at age 93.

Born June 5, 1916 in Scotland, Clunes immigrated to the United States in 1937 and graduated from North Pacific College of Optometry in 1939. Clunes and two other optometrists purchased the college in 1941.In 1945, the college merged with Pacific University.

Clunes joined the U.S. Navy and became a U.S. citizen during World War II. In 1941 he married Helen, who passed away three months prior to his death. He served on Pacific’s Board of Trustees from 1956 to 1974, then was an honorary trustee. He also served ten years as a clinical contact lens instructor. Clunes practiced optometry for almost 50 years, first in Albany, Ore., then in Corvallis, Ore. He traveled many times for eye care projects with the Christian Medical Society and was a contributor and member of many professional optometric associations.

Thomas Holce (Courtesy Photo)

Thomas Holce (Obituary)

1959, Honorary Degree 1993

Thomas Jefferson Holce

Tom Holce, one of Oregon’s leading technology entrepreneurs, died July 14 at his Jantzen Beach home after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

Holce, who grew up in a logging family in Mist, Ore., was a key figure in the growth of Pacific. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1992 and was the group’s chairperson from 1991 to 1992. He served on all the Board’s subcommittees and led the University’s first comprehensive capital campaign, which ended in 1993 after raising $24 million.

Over the years, he gave well over $1.5 million to the University. Holce came to Pacific after a stint in the Air Force at the recommendation of his first wife Joyce, who preceded him in death in 1992. Although a self-described poor student in high school, at Pacific he quickly blossomed into a top student in math and physics. While still at Pacific, he began work on an electron microscope in his Forest Grove garage that was the genesis of his first company, Pacific Instruments. He later sold the instrument to Doug Strain and Electro Scientific Industries, and went on to found several more technology firms and record over 20 patents.

Holce is survived by his spouse, Gretchen Holce; sister, Irene Jones; half-brother, Robert Mathews; son, Kent Holce; daughter, Tonya Holce-Owens; stepsons, Mark and Ryan Griffin; stepdaughter, Heidi Griffin; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce; and brother, Wilfred.

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Sorena Ann Hill

Sorena Ann Hill died Jan. 9, 2014, at age 74. She received an associate degree in nursing and was a medical-surgical nursing supervisor at Tuality Forest Grove Hospital. She retired in 1995. She is survived by her husband, Dean Hill ’61, MSEd ’75; daughter, Deanna Hill; son, Matt Hill; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.


Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson died June 20, 2014, following a battle with cancer. She spent three years at Pacific University, helping launch the School of Dental Health Science and the bachelor of science in dental hygiene degree. Prior to that, she taught dental hygiene for 20 years at Clark College in Vancouver. She also was a part-time dental hygiene instructor at Mount Hood Community College. She was an avid golfer and member of the Tualatin Country Club (where she shot two of her three holes-in-one). She is survived by her husband Ross; stepchildren Christine Tumlinson and her husband, Duke, and Greg Johnson and his wife Genevieve; and four grandchildren.


Lois (Tuttle) Campbell

Lois (Tuttle) Campbell died May 6, 2014, after suffering a stroke at age 106. She was born in California. She attended Pacific University for one year, then enrolled at the University of Oregon. She married Donald J. Campbell in 1931. He died in 1980. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Cecile Tuttle ’35. She is survived by her children, Douglas, Kirke, and Heather Hanson ’60; five grandchildren; and brother, Dean Tuttle ’36, age 104.


George Potter '49

George Potter died April 27, 2014, at age 89. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After graduating from Pacific, he coached football for a total of 43 years, 21 in Oregon and 22 in Washington. He is survived by his wife, Bunny ’49; children Nancy Faulk, Ken Potter and Gene Potter; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Marie (Leavens) Houston '50

Marie (Leavens) Houston died March 17, 2014. She was 85. She majored in drama and elementary education at Pacific University, where she also met her husband, Tom Houston ’51, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. With the Air Force, the couple was stationed in Alaska, Asia and Europe. She was a substitute teacher and worked with the Texas Legislature to strengthen special needs programs. She is survived by her husband, three sons, one daughter, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.


Richard "Dick" Knight '50

Richard “Dick” Knight died March 23, 2014. After graduating from Pacific, he taught English at Heppner (Ore.) High School and then at Monmouth-Independence (Ore.) High School. He later became a financial planner and was one of the first in the nation to be certified. He worked as a certified financial planner in Seattle. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Robin Higgins. He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Whipple) ’50, daughter Lori DiMartino, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Robert Barrow '51, MSEd '66

Robert Barrow ’51, MSEd ’66 died March 18, 2014, at age 87. He was born in Marshfield (now Coos Bay), Ore. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater on Guam. After his discharge in 1946, he attended Pacific University, where he earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in education. He married Marjorie Ruth Cox
i  1951. The couple divorced in 1964. He taught general science at Hamlin Middle School in Springfield, Ore., for nearly 30 years. At the time of his death, he was the oldest member of Eugene Aeronautics, a radio control club for flying RC model airplanes. He is survived by son Curtis Barrow, daughter Laura Cox, two grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.