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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Jean Shirley '39

Jean (Allin) Shirley died Sept. 11, 2014, at age 96. She earned a teaching degree from Pacific and went on to attend Emanuel School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1943. During World War II, she was a visiting home nurse and later she was a nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and in private practice. She also worked in various schools as a teacher and assistant librarian, retiring from Lincoln High School in Portland in 1983. She was an active member of Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church and often accompanied singers at church or recreationally on the piano or organ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlie Shirley. She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Kramer, Ann Manning and Shelley Nuss, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Anthony “Wayne” Myers '44

Anthony “Wayne” Myers died Dec. 18, 2013, at age 91. After Pacific University, he attended the University of Chicago and Manchester College in the United Kingdom. In 1948, he was ordained by the Grandview Congregational Church in Denver, then served as associate minister of the Country Club Congregational Church of Kansas City for eight years, followed by posts in Peoria and Naperville, Ill. For 28 years, he gave sermons at the Congregational Church of Campbell. He then received his doctorate of ministry from the Theological Seminary in San Anselma, Calif. Apart from his work in the ministry, he enjoyed writing short stories, painting landscapes and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Brix, daughter Katherine (and Art) McBride, son  Peter (and Kathy) Myers, and granddaughter Kellye Marin Byal.

George Edward Cobern Jr. OD '50

George Edward Cobern Jr. OD died Sept. 25, 2014, at age 91. After serving in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, he pursued a career in optometry. He met his wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” (Barney) Cobern ’50, at Pacific University. He practiced optometry in Kennewick, Wash., and retired to Hillsboro, Ore. He and Jackie were members of the Hillsboro Nazarene Church, and he also was a member of the McDonald’s “old guys coffee club,” where he enjoyed his daily cup of coffee, cookies and conversation. He is survived by his wife; children Carolyn Cobern, Kathy Schneider, Jim Cobern, Bob Cobern and Don Cobern; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy “Dottie” (Boley) Enbysk '51

Dorothy “Dottie” (Boley) Enbysk died Aug. 18, 2014, at age 85. She attended Pacific University for one term. She married Ronald Enbysk on Sept. 3, 1949, in Pendleton, Ore., and spent 10 years as an office manager at Ford’s Tire Center there. She later was administrative assistant to the deans at South Eugene High School from 1967 to 1976, then an administrative assistant for International Paper in Portland from 1977 to 1991. She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister. She is survived by sons Kevin (and Donna) Enbysk and Kirk (and Kimberly) Enbysk; sister Mary Wallan; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Robert “Bob” Edwin Burkhalter '51

Robert “Bob” Edwin Burkhalter died Sept. 17, 2014, at age 86. He served in the Navy through World War II before attending Pacific. He went on to earn a master’s degree form the University of New Mexico in 1953 and a doctorate in speech and hearing from Stanford University in 1956. He spent his career as a clinical audiologist in Palo Alto, Calif. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and bowler. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons Dan (and Diana) Burkhalter and David (and Vicki) Burkhalter; stepdaughters Patricia (and Kagel) Smith and Sherry (and Alan) Phillips; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Ella May (Rock) Roberts '52

Ella May (Rock) Roberts died Sept. 1, 2014, at age 91. She married Robert Kelim after World War II, and they had two children: Robert and Kathy. Robert Sr. died when Kathy was a baby, and Ella May returned to Pacific University to complete her teaching degree. She taught at Wheeler High School, where she met her future husband, Leslie Roberts, who was also a teacher. They were married in 1956 and had daughters Melissa and Leslie. She and Les taught at Neah-Kah-Nie High School until his death in 1979, when she retired and substitute taught for 10 years. She taught several subjects and served as librarian but especially enjoyed arts and crafts. She was preceded in death by her brother Bill and sister Barbara. She is survived by son Robert (and Jayne Bailey Kelim;) daughters Kathy Kelim, Melissa Roberts and Leslie (and Andy) Pihl; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and dear friend Norma Wise.

William B. Durbon ’53, OD ’54

William B. Durbon ’53, OD ’54 died Aug. 18, 2014, at age 89. A pilot since age 16, he flew mail routes. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948, stationed at Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas, as an optician and security guard. He was lead trumpeter in a 14-piece dance band, The Bill Durbon Orchestra and his 12 Men of Melody, in Yakima, Wash., where he met his wife, Annalouise Wallace. They married in 1948. After graduating from Pacific, he built and practiced at the Moscow (Idaho) Vision Clinic for 43 years with his wife serving as office manager for the last 23 years. A man of many talents and hobbies, Durbon was a member of the Latin American Dance Club for 25 years, often joining with the band and helping design sets. He also played trumpet in the University of Idaho Vandal booster band. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and served as Idaho State Fish and Game Commissioner in the mid-1960s. He amassed 247 trophies for indoor small bore rifle shooting. He and his wife retired to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 2000, and moved to Seattle in 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annalouise. He is survived by daughters Carol Ann and Dayle.