In Memoriam, Fall 2012

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Dan Hess 1954 (Obituary)

Merle Daniel "Dan" Hess '54 died Dec. 12, 2011. He was born in Umapine, Ore. While at Pacific University, Hess earned a degree in physical education and played football, receiving all-conference honors during his last three years. He was also the president of the Alpha Zeta fraternity. He spent his career as a teacher and coach until retiring in 1984. Despite his college major, he never taught physical education but instead concentrated on social studies. He coached wrestling and football and, at times, assisted in baseball and track. He initiated the Kid Wrestling program that is still in place in Scappoose. He later added athletic director responsibilities to his career. He was president of the Hillsboro Education Association for two years and a lifetime member of Optimist International in Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife, Marvelyn Davison Hess, two children, two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eva Krebs   (Obituary)

Eva Krebs (Obituary)

Eva Krebs died Thursday, July 12, 2012, following a long battle with breast cancer. Krebs was the vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students at Pacific University, where she worked since 1995. She was a passionate advocate for students, who personally helped countless students overcome personal and educational challenges. During her tenure, she assisted with the development of new orientation and ambassador programs for students, took the lead in the design and construction of two new residence halls, assisted in the development of the Health Professions Campus, led the effort to create health and counseling services for graduate students, and helped reinstate the “sign, shake and ring” tradition. Prior to her work at Pacific, she worked for Rider College and, before that, as a lawyer. She is survived by her husband, Rick; children, Heidi and Alec; and grandchildren, Ryan and Annabelle. Memorial donations may be made to the Eva C. Krebs Boxer Spirit Award for an Extraordinary Student at

Miles Shishido (Obituary)

Miles Shishido died March 21, 2012, at the age of 91. Shishido was born in Paia, Maui, where he worked as a plantation clerk to help support his nine siblings. He married his wife, Florence, in Honolulu and graduated from the University of Hawai’i in 1947. He earned a master’s degree at Chicago Theological Seminary in 1948. He served as a minister in Hawai’i, then in Illinois, while earning a second master’s degree and doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Shishido began teaching philosophy and religion at Pacific University in 1963, and he eventually became a University Distinguished Professor. He also served as the chair of the philosophy and religion department. During his time at Pacific, Shishido went to Japan as a visiting professor and was the adviser of the Hawai’i Club. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, chess and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, two sons and five grandchildren. The Oregonian

Samuel Wilson 1949  (Obituary)

Samuel Wilson 1949 (Obituary)

Samuel Wilson '49, O.D. '50 died Feb. 12, 2012, at the age of 86. Wilson was born in Shelton, Wash., where he attended high school before enlisting in the Navy. He was accepted into the Naval V-12 Program at Whitman College, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. He completed officer training school at Columbia University and served as a chief engineering officer in the South Pacific. After graduation, he chose a career in optometry and came to Pacific for schooling. He and his wife, Helen, moved to Lakewood, Wash., where he practiced optometry for more than 40 years. He was one of the founders of Western Vision Services, which was instrumental in getting optometric care covered by insurance. He also was active in the Kiwanis, the Tacoma Country & Golf Club and as a board member for the Camp Fire Girls. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two beloved granddaughters who affectionately called him “Pops.” The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.

Sheldon Olsen 2011  (Obituary)

Sheldon Olsen 2011 (Obituary)

Sheldon Walter Olsen O.D. died March 17, 2012, at age 31, in an accident at Lake Limerick in Washington. Olsen’s son, Jace, also passed away in the same accident. Olsen was born in Salt Lake City and earned his bachelor’s from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Julie, were married in 2002. After graduating from Pacific’s College of Optometry, Olsen worked at the Shelton Walmart Vision Center for six months, and he was excited to serve in his chosen profession. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a counselor in a Bishopric. He also served as a Youth Men’s President, Ward Mission leader and Boy Scout leader. In his spare time, he enjoyed exercising, playing basketball, snowboarding, barbecuing and riding his motorcycle. He is survived by his wife, parents, brothers and sisters. Shelton-Mason County (Wash.) Journal

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Mary Elizabeth Smith Tomme '41, MA '63

Mary Elizabeth Smith Tomme ’41, MA ’63 died Jan. 20, 2015, at age 92. She met her husband, Wade Kennon Tomme, in Japan, when she was music director of the Armed Forces radio station and he was an Army Chaplain. The family moved around the world from Morocco to Tripoli to Alaska and spent many years in the San Antonio area. She taught in public schools from Oregon to Texas, had private violin and piano students around the world, and sang in and conducted choirs at various schools and base chapels. She was a charter member of the Portland Symphonic Choir, played violin in the University of Texas at San Antonio orchestra and the San Antonio Community String Orchestra, and sang in the choir of Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. In 1997, she was inducted into the Pacific University Music Hall of Fame. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Anne (and Nick) Graves and Mary K. (and Bob) Clark; grandchildren; Ashlie (and Steve) Skidmore, Stratton Clark and Allison Clark; and two great-grandchildren.

Forrest E. Bump '42

Forrest E. Bump '42 died April 27, 2015, at age 94. He met Rosemary Joubert ’60 at Pacific, and they married in 1944 in Kentucky, where he studied at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He served as an Army Medical Captain during his internship at Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, and the couple later moved to Newberg, then Forest Grove, where he began a medical practice in 1950. He helped found Tuality Community Hospital and St. Bede’s Episcopal Church. He co-founded the Tualatin Valley Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society and enjoyed plant collection trips to Sikkim, Tibet and China. He served on the Forest Grove School Board for two years and was a member of the local Holbrook Masons. He also helped start a chess group and photography club, and he enjoyed sailing and gardening.  He was preceded in death by his brother Kenneth Bump ’41 and sister-in-law Ellen (Arnold) Bump ’40. His wife Rosemary died May 9. A full obituary will appear in the next issue of Pacific. He is survived by his daughters Mary Spies and Rosemary Bradford; son Stefan (and Christine) Bump; grandchildren Cameron Spies (and Lizy Ellison) and Lillian Bradford; two great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Anna Mary (Hartrampf) Banner '44

Anna Mary (Hartrampf) Banner '44 died March 29, 2015, at age 92. After attending Pacific, she opened a floral shop with a cousin and later became assistant to the vice president of the First Commercial Bank of Oregon, Hillsboro branch. In 1953, she married William R. Bond Jr., and they founded Permapost Products Company, which continues to manufacture fabricated and treated forest products. Following a divorce in 1969, she earned her real estate license and also volunteered for the Washington County Elections Board and OMSI, where she later was membership secretary. In 1976, she married Francis Leon Banner, and they moved to Los Angeles until his retirement in 1982, when they returned to Hillsboro. They enjoyed managing investment properties, gardening, golf, travel, dog shows, family and friends. Anna Mary was an active member of Eastern Star, PEO chapter BH, Hillsboro Investment Club, Hillsboro Garden Club, Portland Rose Society and Western Washington Weimaraner Club. She is survived by her son, David W. (and Lori) Bond; daughter Jayne C. Bond (and Hector Villalobos); stepdaughter Julia Banner Spence; stepson John W. (and Rozalia) Banner; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Gwendolyn "Gwen" M. (Howell) Sagar '44

Gwendolyn “Gwen” M. (Howell) Sagar '44 died April 18, 2015, at age 94. She majored in business administration at Pacific and later graduated from Hastings Business School in Portland. She worked for the First National Bank in Forest Grove. In 1943, she married Robert “Bob” G. Sagar ’44, and they made their home in Forest Grove. She worked part time at Pacific University and was the assistant bookstore manager for 28 years until her retirement in 1984. When her children were young, she was active in the Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. She was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent at what is now the Forest Grove United Church of Christ. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Forest Grove Elkettes. She enjoyed golf, dancing and traveling. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, as well as son Gary. She is survived by her husband; daughter Karla Baxter; sisters Joanne Stanley and LeNell Jones; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Merle Glen Bryan '47

Merle Glen Bryan '47 died March 27, 2015, at age 94. He attended Yankton College for three years before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He flew the first B-24 bomber to Karachi, India, and flew 50 missions in the China-Burma-India Theater. He returned to the U.S., where he married his college sweetheart, Merle Lois Bryan. He left the service as a major in 1946 and attended Pacific University, earning a degree in business. Under is leadership Forest Grove National Bank changed its name to Valley National Bank and expanded to include branches in Cornelius, Hillsboro, Banks and Beaverton before being sold to U.S. Bank of Oregon. he was president of the Oregon Bankers Association and the Independent Bankers Association, a member of the Federal Reserve Board of San Francisco, and elected to the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame in 1988. He also was president of the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club and was a member of the Forest Grove Union High School District. He enjoyed visiting South Dakota, hosting family gatherings at the coast, fishing and playing golf. He is survived by his wife; son Jim (and Ellen) Bryan; daughter Mary Lee Planer ’72; grandchildren Michael Bryan, Erik (and Ashley) Planer, and Bryan Planer; and twin great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Pacific University.

Robert A. Ley '48, OD '49

Robert A. Ley ’48, OD ’49 died April 11, 2015, at age 101. He grew up in Yakima and attended Whitman College Conservatory of Music, where he received a bachelor’s, master’s, conservatory diploma and piano soloist degree. He taught only a year and half, though, before joining the service during World War II. He served on a patrol frigate as a first class radioman. After the war, he attended Pacific. He settled in Coquille, Ore., where he practiced optometry for 40 years. He met his first wife, Jeanne Wenger, at Whitman. She died in 1966. He later married Dorothy (Boskill) Sanford, with whom who helped start the Sawdust Theater in Coquille and traveled around the world. He later enjoyed a sports car with companion Grace (Ellingson) Greenough. Joan Wren was his close companion for nearly four years after moving to the Eugene Hotel Retirement Center. He enjoyed motorcycling, flying, golf, and driving a sports car. He was a life member of the Elks, Lions, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Oregon Optometric Association.

Mary Jane (Kryshak) Sikes '50, OD '51

Mary Jane (Kryshak) Sikes ’50, OD ’51 died April 12, 2015, at age 86. Known for her adventurous spirit, she was the second woman to earn a doctor of optometry from Pacific University. She and her husband, Rex Sikes ’53, practiced in the Wausau, Calif., area for 40 years. They traveled the world from Antarctica to Africa, and she took many trips of her own, bringing her stories back to public talks at the library and Metro Club. Her husband had served as a pilot in the Navy, so she got her pilot’s license to share his passion for their small plane. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her daughter Gini; son Rex Steven; grandchildren Sydney and Jordon; brother and sister-in-law Guy Bruce and Elain Kryshak; and sister Christine McKinley.