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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Jay C. Stovall '52, OD '53

Jay C. Stovall ’52, OD ’53 died Nov. 29, 2013, at age 90. He was a member of Gamma Sigma and was on Pacific’s golf team. A native of Great Falls, Mont., he served in World War II with the infantry and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He established his optometric practice in 1954 in Marin County, Calif., serving patients for more than 40 years. He was active in Boy Scouts, Little League, Lions International and the Masons. He was a founding member of the Oregon-California Trails Association. He is survived by his wife, Leona (Blackmun) Stovall ’51, and his brother, Dean Stovall ’52, OD ’53.


Elinor M. (Fritz) Darland MA

Elinor M. (Fritz) Darland MA died April 23, 2014, at age 95. An alumna of the University of Wyoming, she earned her master’s degree at Pacific University, where her husband D. David Darland was later dean of students. She taught English at the high school and collegiate levels and later served for 25 years in a communications and editorial capacity with the Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation in Washington, D.C. The family, which included twin sons David and Dallas, also lived in Laramie, Wyo., New York City, Chicago, Forest Grove and Portland over the years. Elinor and David retired to Eugene, where they were involved in the establishment of the Wayne Morse Foundation and served on its board. She loved literature, books and art and was politically active. Friends regarded her as the “Queen of the Nosh,” always serving 5 p.m. cocktails and good food. She was preceded in death by her husband and by son David. She is survived by brother Marvin Fritz of Sheridan, Wyo.; son Dallas of Amherst, Mass.; daughter-in-law Ursula; grandsons Christopher Darland and his partner, Sara DeNobrega, of New York City, and Joshua Darland and his wife, Carmen, of Dallas, Ore.; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Joan (Deane) Miller '53

Joan (Deane) Miller died March 11, 2014, at age 81. She grew up in The Dalles, Ore., and graduated from Pacific University with a degree in education. She taught many of her 30 years in education at Ickes Junior High School in Milwaukie, Ore. For the last 17 years, she lived in Baker City, Ore., with her companion Doug.


Patience Skill '58

Patience Skill died Feb. 8, 2014, of lung cancer at age 77. She grew up in Central Oregon, graduated from Madras High School, and earned a degree in literature and education from Pacific University. She taught in Forest Grove, Fullerton, Calif., and in Salem, Ore. She is survived by her husband, Neil; sons Wayne Anthony and Neil; and two grandsons.


Willard "Twit" Westfall '64

Willard “Twit” Westfall died June 19, 2009. He was a music teacher in public schools for many years, serving in John Day and Grants Pass, Ore., as well as Chinook and Helena, Mont. He quit teaching in 1969, when his father died, to help his mother. He worked for the Beaverton School District in a maintenance capacity until he retired. He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Caldwell) Westfall ’58, six children, 11 grandchildren (including Kevin Westfall Shawver ’07), eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.


Allan V. Tarpenning MSEd '68

Allan V. Tarpenning MSEd died June 20, 2014, at age 81. He completed his undergraduate studies at Linfield College, where he was a three-sport athlete and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. Professionally, he was a teacher and coach, who led the Lane Community College cross-country team to the National Championship in 1972. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Tarpenning ’68, and his son, Kyle. He is survived by his sons Kevin of Albany, Ore., Kurt and his wife, Donna, of Eugene, and Kory and his wife, Sue, of Monte Carlo, Monaco; daughters Karin and her husband, Mike Szadyr, of Troy, Mich., and Kelly and her husband, Tom Feuer, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by brothers Duane of Temecula, Calif., and Floyd of Sacramento, Calif., and sister Marguerite Wadkins of Sandy, Ore.


Reed C.K. Olaso '83

Reed C.K. Olaso died April 13, 2014, at age 54. He was a graduate of Punahou School and Pacific University,  where he was an all-star athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. In 1988, he married Suzanne Marie Crane, and they lived in Kailua. He worked at the Le Jardin Academy as a coach and athletic director. He is survived by his wife Suzanne; their children Nikki and her husband Ikaika Sugimoto, and Kea-Marie; and granddaughter Ono, as well as by his other children Eric Kiha and his wife Shannon, and Alexa; and eight grandchildren.