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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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.