Class Notes, Fall 2012

Clark Peters 1965

Clark Peters 1965

Clark Peters ’65, MSEd ’70 receives the 2012 Pacific University Outstanding Alumni Service Award for his years of service to public education in Oregon and his ongoing support of Pacific University’s speech and education programs.

Irv Zemrau 1962

Irv Zemrau 1962

Irv Zemrau ’62, O.D. ’63 receives the 2012 Pacific University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award for his years as an optometrist, community volunteer and advocate for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and their families.


Lynn Meredith 1944

Lynn Meredith ’44 posthumously receives the 2012 Pacific University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award for his service in World War II and his 32 years protecting presidents in the U.S. Secret Service. He died in 2009 at the age of 84.

P.J. Pitts 2009

P.J. Pitts 2009

P.J. Pitts, Pharm.D. ’09 receives the 2012 Pacific University Young Alumni Leadership Award for her work to provide triage and long-term health care in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.

General Comments

Gayle Strickler '66

Gayle Strickler was named to the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa to complete an unexpired term. He will run for election for a full term next year.

Peter Truax ’69, MAT ’83

Peter Truax ’69, MAT ’83 was re-elected as mayor of Forest Grove. He started his service filling a partial term in 2009 and was elected in 2010.

Gerry Berges ’70, OD ’73

Gerry Berges ’70, OD ’73 retired in December 2014 after 35 years running Center Vision & Contact Lens Clinic in Kennewick, Wash., where he worked with longtime partner Greg Luehrs OD ’73, MS ’87. In addition to his professional work, Berges has served as co-chairman of the Kennwick schools bond and levy committee from 1998 to 2008, and worked to secure funds for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in the 1990s. He was named Kennewick’s Man of the Year in 1997. He continues to volunteer with the Kiwanis, where he has been a member since 1977, with Soul Soup, a local hunger relief organization.

Kent Elliott '70

Kent Elliott retired from active ministry in the United Methodist Church in Wyoming and Montana in 2012 and began writing novels of old Montana. I’ve Seen Dry was published in 2013 and The Shallows of Jabbok was published in 2013. He currently is working on a series of short stories. 

Tom Jankovsky '71

Tom Jankovsky was re-elected to the Garfield County (Colo.) Commission, where he has served since 2010. He sits on the board of directors of Sunlight Mountain Resort, where he is part owner and worked for many years as general manager.

Lincoln Daynes ’81, OD ’83

Lincoln Daynes ’81, OD ’83 celebrated the 20th anniversary of his practice and was one of three optometrists considered for the Arizona Optometric Association’s Optometrist of the Year.

Hannu Laukkanen ’83, OD ’84, MEd '94

Hannu Laukkanen ’83, OD ’84, MEd '94 presented a lecture and poster at the International Congress of Behavioural Optometry in Birmingham, England, in September 2014. His lecture was on visual profiles of soldiers after traumatic brain injury, and his poster featured a research summary for a brain injury vision symptom survey. Other alumni attending the congress included Eric Hussey ’71, OD ’75, Gregory Kitchener OD ’77, Rob Lewis ’80, OD ’81 and Curt Baxstrom ’83, OD ’84.