In Memoriam, Spring 2013

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Dan French 1956  (Obituary)

Dan French 1956 (Obituary)

Dan French ’56, MS ’64 died Nov. 14, 2012, at his home in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 78. A standout three-sport athlete at Pacific in the 1950s and longtime men’s basketball coach and athletic director, French was a member of the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame.

During his undergraduate years at Pacific University, French was a four-year letter winner in football, basketball, and track and field, but he especially stood out on the hardwood. He held the Pacific career record for rebounds until 2010 and ranks fifth on Pacific’s all-time scoring list. He was inducted into the NAIA District II Hall of Fame in 1968.

He served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps before starting a teaching and coaching career at Hillsboro High School. In 1960, he became Pacific’s head men’s basketball coach, a position he held for 12 seasons. He led the Badgers to a second-place finish in the Northwest Conference in 1962‑1963, and his 117 wins were the most in school history until 2001‑2002.

He served as Pacific’s director of athletics and chair of the physical education department from 1965 to 1972 and came back to the court in 1982‑1983 as interim coach for 14 games.

He and his wife, Varina, moved to Borrego Springs, Calif., in the late 1980s, where French coached football and worked at Ram’s Hill High School.

He is survived by his wife, Varina Heinrich French, who also served as a Pacific coach and physical education faculty member and holds her own place in the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as by son Daniel V. French and his wife, Hayley; daughter, Laurie Lund and her husband, Kurt; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ellen Peirce Bump 1940 (Obituary)

Ellen Peirce Bump ’40 died Jan. 21, 2013, at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro. She was 98. She attended Pacific University and earned a degree in social work in 1940. She worked in the law offices of D.D. Bump in Forest Grove, and he encouraged her to study law at Northwestern School of Law, now Lewis & Clark Law School. She passed the bar in 1937 and worked as the only juvenile court worker in Washington County for two years. In 1942, she married Kenneth Allen Bump ‘41 in San Luis Obispo and they returned to Forest Grove where she became a parter in the law firm of Bump, Young and Walker and served as a lawyer for 43 years. She was active in many civic and community groups. She also was a member of the Forest Grove United Methodist Church. She also was a long-time friend and supporter of Pacific University. She is survived by her husband; their son, Daniel and his wife, Kathryn; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a large extended family. Her family suggested remembrances in her honor be made to Pacific University.

Jay Thomas   (Obituary)

Jay Thomas (Obituary)

Jay Thomas, professor emeritus in the Pacific University School of Professional Psychology, died Sept. 24, 2012. He spent more than 13 years as assistant dean of the School of Professional Psychology and director of the school’s counseling program. He was a dedicated teacher and mentor and helped found Pacific’s master’s degree in counseling. In 2010, he was named Distingiushed University Professor. He received professor emeritus status in Spring 2012, following his retirement.

Leonard W. Gilman 1941 (Obituary)

Leonard W. Gilman ’41 died June 27, 2012, at the age of 94. Gilman is the only football player in history to be selected to the Northwest All Star team four years in a row, and he was honored three times as a “Little All American.” He also was a Golden Gloves boxer, a baseball pitcher, and set track records that still stand today. He entered the U.S. Border Patrol in 1941 as a horse patrol officer, but interrupted his career for World War II, serving as a naval air gunner. After returning to the Border Patrol, he stopped the first hijacking of a commercial jet in the U.S., earning accolades as a national hero and receiving special commendations from President John F. Kennedy. He retired in 1970. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine Gilman ’42. He is survived by his wife, Mary Gayle, sons Lance and Brent, stepson James, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pat (Akin) Koenig 1965 (Obituary)

Pat (Akin) Koenig ’65 died Sept. 6, 2012, after struggling with illness for quite some time. At Pacific University, she was a member of the Theta Nu Alpha sorority. She earned a full scholarship at Pacific in the Speech Department for the Debate Team and graduated with a bachelor of arts in speech/speech pathology. She went on to start her own speech therapy business in Seattle. She married Jerry Koenig in 1967 and enjoyed traveling before starting a family. Pat went into residential real estate when their daughter was young and had a successful career for 30 years. She is survived by husband Jerry; daughter Tiffany; and two grandsons.

Rhoda Irene Mills 1939 (Obituary)

Rhoda Irene Mills ’39 died July 25, 2012, at the age of 94. She graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1935 and from Pacific University in 1939. She taught English, French, bookkeeping, girls’ physical education and music at Corbett (Ore.) High School from 1940 to 1942. She took a break from teaching to join the Navy in 1942 in the midst of World War II. She earned the rank of ensign and was assigned to a unit responsible for commissioning warships launching in the Portland and Astoria areas. She was honorably discharged in 1946, but was called back to duty during the Korean War in the 1950s. She remained with the reserves until 1977, when she retired as a lieutenant commander. In the meantime, she earned a master’s degree in education in 1955. She taught business, coached tennis and advised the rally squad for more than 20 years, traveling the world during her summer breaks. When she retired from teaching in 1977, she volunteered for 13 years at the Naval Marine Corps Training Center at Swan Island. She is survived by her nephew and niece, Fred Haney and Kathy Gentemann and their families. The family suggests remembrances be made to Pacific University.

Sara Virginia Lasky 2003  (Obituary)

Sara Virginia Lasky 2003 (Obituary)

Sara Virginia Lasky MAT ’03 died Oct. 11, 2012, at the age of 35, due to a brain tumor. While attending Pacific University, Lasky earned her master’s of arts in teaching. She taught at Brookwood Elementary School and R.A. Brown Middle School in the Hillsboro (Ore.) School District. She also was an accomplished musician who belonged to the Greater Portland Flute Society and the Brooklyn Music Society. She is survived by her parents, grandparents and extended family.

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Gordon Stanley Young '53

Gordon Stanley Young died Sept. 29, 2014, at age 84. He was president of the Phi Beta Tau while at Pacific, where he earned a degree in business. He also served in the Air National Guard. He worked for 32 years at Crown Zellerbach, retiring at age 55. He went on to serve as treasurer, chaplain, vice president and president of the Gideon ministry in Washington/Northern Idaho. He traveled to distribute Bibles throughout the U.S. and Japan. He also served as chaplain of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; son Gary; daughters Lori (and Harry) Bicknell and Karen (and Mark) Brose; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

"Sweet William” Killion '58

"Sweet William” Killion died Sept. 16, 2014, at age 78. He enjoyed a carefree childhood with his brothers and sisters, enjoying clam digging, fishing, exploring the woods and becoming a skilled hunter — activities he enjoyed throughout his life. As a young man, he was a paper boy and worked for a poultry farm. In 1956, he married Genevieve “Ginger” Moore, and they spent more than 58 years together, raising six children. He served in the Oregon National Guard and worked as a grain inspector for the state of Oregon, in maintenance for the Port of Astoria, and at Astoria Plywood, where he bought a share of the company and later served as board president. He later sold electronics, heating and air conditioning, then became a partner with his wife and son in Spartan Mortgage, where he retired in 2007. He was an avid map collector and analyzer, coached softball and Little League, and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife; children Randy (and Jui-Mei) Killion, David Killion, Suzanne (and Steve) Aiken, Donald (and Karen) Killion, John Killion (and Dino Pereira) and Steven Killion; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Ronald L. Stewart '59

Ronald L. Stewart died Oct. 24, 2014, at age 78. He graduated from Tillamook (Ore.) High School, where he was a star football player. At Pacific, he earned a bachelor of arts in education, then attended Portland State University for his master’s in education. He married Nita Myers in 1978. Ron taught sixth grade, later moved to administration, and then back to teaching, in the Hillsboro School District, retiring in 1990. He enjoyed golfing daily, playing his guitar and singing. He is survived by his wife; son Gary Stewart; stepson Derek Myers; siblings Gordon Stewart, Susie Hasse and Sally Allen; in-laws Daryl Allen, Rita Smith and Robert Myers; and three grandchildren.

Judith (Devlin) Huntington '64

Judith (Devlin) Huntington died Nov. 19, 2014, at age 72. She attended Pacific University, then the University of Oregon, graduating in 1964. After graduating, she married Earl Huntington, and they had two sons, Dirk and Dana. Although the marriage ended, she and Earl remained close for more than 50 years. She worked as a realtor and was named 2007 Oregon State Realtor of the Year. She was principal broker for Barnhart and Associates. She is survived by her sons and ex-husband; daughter-in-law Jill; and four grandchildren.

David I. Williams OD

David I. Williams OD died Nov. 18, 2014, at age 70. He attended Jamestown College, where he met his future wife, Mary Landes, who he married in 1965, and earned a degree in biology and physics in 1966. After graduation, the couple moved to Forest Grove, where he earned his doctor of optometry degree. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a captain in the Medical Service Corps, stationed as an optometrist at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY. In 1972, he purchased an optometry practice and moved to Astoria, Ore. where he practiced for 42 years. His wife, Mary,
died in 2008, and he married Sue Malinen in 2010. He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, bird hunting and woodworking. He built his home and office building and said if he hadn’t been an optometrist, he would have been a carpenter. He was a member of the Astoria Lions and Rotary clubs and a sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, and brother Rodney Williams. He is survived by his wife Sue; children Kirk (and Jean) Williams and Michelle Williams; stepchildren Nate, Sarah and Caleb Malinen; seven grandchildren; a brother and several nieces and nephews.

Donald Garris OD '81

Donald Garris OD died Sept. 14, 2014, at age 64. He completed his undergraduate studies at Linfield College in 1972, and married Stephanie Mattoon in 1976. The couple moved to Forest Grove shortly thereafter, where he attended Pacific University and they raised a family of four daughters. He ran his own practice in Portland for 32 years and also served on the Oregon Board of Optometry, of which he was vice president for three years. He was an avid golfer and fan of the Portland Trailblazers and Oregon State football. He is survived by his wife Stephanie; daughters Melissa Garris (and Mike Wormington), Bryn (and Sean) McCleary, Lara (and Casey) McCabe and Justine Garris (and Adrian Sifuentes); grandchildren Jesse and Ella Garris and Madeline McCabe; parents, Arlene and Bob Jackson; and siblings Gayle Behrend, Daniel Garris and Roanne Purkey.

Siobain “Chevy” Ryan '87

Siobain “Chevy” Ryan died Sept. 6, 2014, at age 48. She double majored in journalism and communications with a minor in sports medicine and was a soccer captain at Pacific. She also enjoyed basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis and golf. She worked in film production for Gary Adams Productions on a number of projects, including ones that won an Emmy Award and a Parents Choice Award for Excellence. She later worked with Craig Henderson Films and went on to become a freelance editor and producer and to work alongside her father at Pro-Met Machining. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. She is survived by her mother, Deirdre; father Tony (and Janet); brothers Eamonn (and Allison) and Brenden (and Heidi); nephews Declan, Ian and Patrick; niece Makailan; aunts Ann, Joan, Georgina, Margo (and Dieter) and Maire (and Steve); and a clan of cousins in the United States and Ireland.