In Memoriam, Fall 2013

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Gary Edmond Williams 1957  (Obituary)

Gary Edmond Williams 1957 (Obituary)

Gary Edmond Williams '57 died June 12, 2013, at age 78. Born in Iowa, he attended high school in Seattle and became an Eagle Scout at age 17. A talented artist who studied architecture, he designed his parents’ house while still a teenager. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pacific University, he earned a master’s in business administration from Seattle University. He served briefly in the U.S. Army in the late 1950s and then began working for Kenworth Trucks. He married Eleanor Sue Turman in 1959. Williams worked as a business executive for Paccar, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the world, retiring at age 45. He continued as a business consultant and later worked as an antique dealer. He also volunteered for United Way and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his daughter Cynthia Lorraine and a granddaughter. 

Mary Lisa (Carey) Hargis 1976  (Obituary)

Mary Lisa (Carey) Hargis 1976 (Obituary)

Pacific University Trustee Lisa Hargis '76 died July 12, 2013. Hargis received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Pacific, then worked for Oregon Mutual Insurance Company for 34 years, beginning in 1979 as an underwriter and retiring as a vice president of underwriting. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and worked to guide a risk management task force. She also served as president of the Oregon Fair Plan Association, a nonprofit association supported by insurance companies licensed to write property insurance. She enjoyed boating, cooking, traveling and caring for her husband and her cocker spaniel, Murphy Brown. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Gary M. Hargis; her parents, John and Sally Carey; and two brothers, Jay and Colin Carey. She was preceded in death by her brother, Kevin Carey.

Paul Kohl 1980  (Obituary)

Paul Kohl 1980 (Obituary)

Paul Kohl '80, faculty emeritus, died Feb. 27, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. A native New Yorker, he earned a bachelor’s degree from State University New York, Binghamton in 1973 and his doctorate in optometry from Pacific University in 1980. He then became the first teaching fellow in the College of Optometry. He went on to become a tenured faculty member, earning the Pacific University Trustee Award to Young Faculty, and then the Pacific University Distinguished Professional Faculty Award. A dedicated teacher, he served on several boards and committees at the university throughout his more than 30 years of service to Pacific.  Among other achievements, he established pediatric optometric services and developed the pediatrics curriculum at the College of Optometry. He published many articles on pediatric and behavioral vision. He also provided presentations and chaired continuing education conferences for practicing optometrists. Kohl retired in 2011 and was awarded faculty emeritus status. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter, Maja ’14; and son, Jesse.

Shirley L. Abbott 1952  (Obituary)

Shirley L. Abbott 1952 (Obituary)

Former U.S. ambassador Shirley L. Abbott '52, OD '53 died April 23, 2013, of congestive heart failure. He was 88.

An optometrist by trade, Abbott also was a rancher, a politician and served as ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho under President Ronald Reagan’s administration. He also was a devoted alumnus of Pacific University, where, in 2003, his support established the Abbott Alumni Center. In 2007, he received the Pacific University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.

Abbott spent his early years on a tenant dairy farm in Minnesota before moving with his family to El Paso, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He attended what is now the University of Texas at El Paso but left to join the Army during World War II. Following the war, he earned his bachelor and doctorate degrees at Pacific University.

He returned to El Paso, where he was one of the first in the region to fit corneal contact lenses. His optometric practice became one of the largest in the city. In the late 1960s, he started an optical company that later became Sunland Optical, then the largest military optical contractor in the country. He also developed apartment housing and operated farms in New Mexico, Texas and California, as well as one in South Africa with his grandson, Jason. He also was director of several local banks.

In the mid-1970s, he was appointed regional director of the Bi-Centennial Administration. He co-founded the Granaderos de Galvez, which honored the Spanish influence on the development of America. He also traveled to Spain several times as a guest of the Spanish government, was named Honorary Consul General of Spain for Texas and was granted The Order of Isabella La Catolica, the highest honor awarded to a non-Spanish citizen.

Abbott served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1977 to 1978. In 1983, President Reagan appointed him ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho, an independent monarchy in southern Africa.

In his later years, Abbott and his wife, Arline, divided their time between Texas and California. He was preceded in death by his wife. Abbott is survived by his son, Alan, a former member of the Pacific University Board of Trustees; his grandson, Jason; his granddaughter, Allison Kaelin ‘06; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bill.

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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.