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

Janice (Danielson-Sargeant) Burdett '64

Janice (Danielson-Sargeant) Burdett '64 and husband John have moved to Columbia City, Ore., following retirement to spend more time sailing their boat, Blue Jack. They also enjoy spending time volunteering, traveling and working in the yard and spending time with their nine grandchildren, including Jessyca Downey ’15.

Ray Woods '66

Ray Woods '66 has retired from the Department of Defense Dependent Schools after 42 years. He has worked in education for 47 years, living in four different countries. In the past four years alone, he worked with schools serving more than 6,000 students in three countries. He looks forward to enjoying the California sunshine in retirement but also expects to continue working on reading instruction.

Gordon Haller '72

Gordon Haller was featured on the cover of Walmart World magazine. The first Ironman champion 37 years ago, Haller is a programmer analyst for Walmart and continues to be active with Ironman and triathlons.

Alexandra Avery '73

Alexandra Avery '73 received a national Keep America Beautiful award in Washington, D.C., in January 2015, on behalf of The Outdoor Circle. She is president of the 105-year-old environmental organization, which helped pass into law a statewide environmental court in 2014. 

Kip Oswald '76

Kip Oswald '76 has retired from service as a police officer after 32 years. He lives in Coos Bay, Ore., and enjoys fishing, hunting and camping.

William Romley '76

William Romley '76 is enjoying retirement after 37 years in education. He and his wife took a week-long cruise to Alaska, visited their daughter and son-in-law in Utah, and attended the ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am PGA golf tournament, where their son — also a real estate agent — caddied. They are looking forward to a Caribbean cruise, and William also enjoys playing golf, fishing and walking his dogs.

John L. Adams OD '77

John L. Adams OD retired in May 2014 from a 33-year solo private practice in Ipswich, Mass. In 2006, he also retired as a lieutenant colonel after 31 years of active and reserve duty in the Navy in Submarine Service and Air Force as Chief of Optometry for the 439 Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Westover Air Force Base. He sits on the board of directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life and is chancellor of Knights of Columbus Council 202 in Haverhill, Mass.