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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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.