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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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.