In Memoriam

Remembering Tom Holce '59, '93; Don Iverson '59; Dr. Roy Clunes and other Pacific graduates.

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Donald Iverson (Courtesy Photo)

Donald Iverson 1959 (Obituary)

Don “Ivy” Iverson passed away Feb. 14 after battling a brain tumor. He was 74. Iverson was a teacher, basketball coach and later a vice principal for Vancouver, Wa. schools. After starring in basketball and football at Vancouver High, he was offered scholarships from three colleges, but chose Pacific in 1954. He played football for the then-Badgers, earning all conference honors, and was scouted by the Baltimore Colts. He loved golf, his fully-restored blue 1967 Ford Mustang and sailing. He was also quite the storyteller. A favorite was how football teammate Tommy Thompson rushed in so fast on one play that he intercepted the other team’s hiked football and ran it in for a touchdown. Another story involved an eerie happening at Knight Hall where his fraternity was housed. Late one night he was awakened by the opening of a squeaky door and footsteps proceeding up the stairs. The footsteps continued up into the room, but with no visible owner. Don had just encountered Vera the ghost!

Dr. Roy Clunes (Courtesy Photo)

Dr. Roy Clunes (Obituary)

Dr. Roy Clunes, One of the key contributors to the founding of the College of Optometry, Dr. Clunes died May 27 at age 93.

Born June 5, 1916 in Scotland, Clunes immigrated to the United States in 1937 and graduated from North Pacific College of Optometry in 1939. Clunes and two other optometrists purchased the college in 1941.In 1945, the college merged with Pacific University.

Clunes joined the U.S. Navy and became a U.S. citizen during World War II. In 1941 he married Helen, who passed away three months prior to his death. He served on Pacific’s Board of Trustees from 1956 to 1974, then was an honorary trustee. He also served ten years as a clinical contact lens instructor. Clunes practiced optometry for almost 50 years, first in Albany, Ore., then in Corvallis, Ore. He traveled many times for eye care projects with the Christian Medical Society and was a contributor and member of many professional optometric associations.

Thomas Holce (Courtesy Photo)

Thomas Holce (Obituary)

1959, Honorary Degree 1993

Thomas Jefferson Holce

Tom Holce, one of Oregon’s leading technology entrepreneurs, died July 14 at his Jantzen Beach home after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

Holce, who grew up in a logging family in Mist, Ore., was a key figure in the growth of Pacific. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1992 and was the group’s chairperson from 1991 to 1992. He served on all the Board’s subcommittees and led the University’s first comprehensive capital campaign, which ended in 1993 after raising $24 million.

Over the years, he gave well over $1.5 million to the University. Holce came to Pacific after a stint in the Air Force at the recommendation of his first wife Joyce, who preceded him in death in 1992. Although a self-described poor student in high school, at Pacific he quickly blossomed into a top student in math and physics. While still at Pacific, he began work on an electron microscope in his Forest Grove garage that was the genesis of his first company, Pacific Instruments. He later sold the instrument to Doug Strain and Electro Scientific Industries, and went on to found several more technology firms and record over 20 patents.

Holce is survived by his spouse, Gretchen Holce; sister, Irene Jones; half-brother, Robert Mathews; son, Kent Holce; daughter, Tonya Holce-Owens; stepsons, Mark and Ryan Griffin; stepdaughter, Heidi Griffin; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce; and brother, Wilfred.

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Bruce Willson Galloway '59

Bruce Willson Galloway '59 died Oct. 3, 2013, at age 80. He was an Army veteran and enjoyed a 30-year career as a YMCA director, retiring from Lynden, Wash., YMCA in 1982. He also was active in Kiwanis and a member of Sunrise Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking and camping. He was preceded in death by his brother, Doug Galloway. He is survived by his wife Carolyn; children David W. (and Cypressa) Galloway, Suzanne L. Galloway, Michael R. (and Teri-Lin) Galloway, and Deborah L. (and Martin) Kaiser; and sister Carol Lee Nancy Russell.

Warren B. Schouten OD '64

Warren B. Schouten OD ’64 died Dec. 7, 2014, at age 79. He was the first of three brothers to attend Pacific’s optometry program. He practiced for more than 40 years. He and his wife, Louise, enjoyed traveling around the world, though Warren’s favorite place to visit was the High Uintah Mountains in Utah. He had eagerly looked forward to his 50th reunion at Pacific in 2014, but was too ill to travel, battling Parkinson’s Disease in the last years of his life. He was preceded in death by his brother John G. Schouten OD ’66. He is survived by his wife; children James Warren Schouten MD and Patricia Schouten Murphy; brother Robert D. Schouten OD ’64; and eight grandchildren.

Douglas L. Hessen '72

Douglas L. Hessen '72 died Jan. 13, 2015, at age 64. A long-time Forest Grove resident, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Pacific and worked as a tax audit supervisor for the Oregon Employment Department for 30 years. He married Karen Brown on Oct. 26, 1996, and they purchased a home in Seaside. Following his retirement, they traveled to watch the New York Yankees play around the country. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Forest Grove. He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Hessen. He is survived by his wife; children Robert Hessen, Bettina Reorowicz and Kurtis Pulley; seven grandchildren; and twin sister Patricia (Hessen) Pies ’72.

Anthony "Tony" Earl Warren '74

Anthony “Tony” Earl Warren '74 died Feb. 28, 2015, at age 63. He was a beloved father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. 

Leon "Lenny" Aggalot '77

Leon “Lenny” Aggalot '77 died Feb. 27, 2015, at age 59. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife, Jerilyn; sons Ivan, Isaac and Lawrence; brothers Gary and John Joseph; sisters Jackie Sweney, Ilona Lopes and Phyllis Ahuna; and three grandchildren.

Alice Izabel Brown OD '80

Alice Izabel Brown OD '80 died May 4, 2014, at age 60. After graduating from Linfield College, she attended Pacific for her doctor of optometry. She worked as an optometrist in Depoe Bay, Ore., and served as a city council-woman there for several years. She was recognized by the Lions Clubs in Sheridan and Depot Bay. In 2003, she was celebrated as the Depoe Bay Woman of the Year. She was known for making quilted items for the city’s annual fundraiser. She also was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served as a librarian and genealogist. She suffered a rare genetic disorder and, after her health began to fail in 2004, she closed her business and moved to Newport, Ore.

James "Jim" Thurman Nunley PT '84

James “Jim” Thurman Nunley PT '84 died Oct. 27, 2014, at age 62. He worked his way through college at Oregon State University doing custom hay work with his brother and spending several summers as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. He earned his physical therapy degree at Pacific University, and later worked as a physical therapist in Astoria. In 1985, he moved to the East Bay Area in California, where he continued as a physical therapist until shortly before his death. He was a talented mechanic, an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, and an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livermore, Calif. He was preceded in death by brother Brett Nunley. He is survived by his brother David Nunley; sisters Elizabeth Nunley, Krista Codington, Ellen Demarest, Kathryn Carlson and Sharman Johnson; son Logan Slater; and 25 nieces and nephews.