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

Arnold Taylor '51

Arnold Taylor and Lilian (Bedinger) Taylor celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 3, 2014, in Washington D.C.

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Elva (Booth) Whitney-Parker

Elva (Booth) Whitney-Parker recently had artwork featured in a show at the Atrium Gallery at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The show featured artists over the age of 90. Elva, who was married to Jim Whitney ’52, OD ’53, and attended Pacific briefly during the early years of their marriage, earned a degree in art education at North Texas State and TCU, wrote for local newspapers, drew ads for department stores and worked as a cartographer for the City of Fort Worth Development Department. She founded the Northwest Art Association in 1968 and remains active in the club. She recently wrote a poem about her experience at Pacific University. Read more about Elva at pacificu.edu/elva.

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Paul Owens OD '66

Paul Owens OD, who also received an honorary doctor of science from Pacific in 1983, married Jeff Robbins, his partner of 25 years, on May 27, 2014. They were the first same-sex couple to be legally wed in Monroe County, Pa.

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Neal Tomita '69

Neal Tomita '69

Neal Tomita joined Scott Smith ’67 and Gisele (Nusspickel) Smith ’68 on a visit to the island of Molokai. Tomita’s wife, Cheryl, and Gisele Smith are graduates of Punahou School, and the couples were enjoying 50th reunion festivities at the school, including volcano visits, sailing, museums and a lu’au.

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Craig Miller '73

Craig Miller works for The Design Magazine for the Pacific Northwest in Seattle.

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Tony Cox '74

Tony Cox retired after 40 years in education. He got his first job offer, as a fourth-grade teacher in Hillsboro, the week he graduated from Pacific. He has taught elementary school, served as assistant principal and principal, taught a high school class for future teachers, and coached new administrators in schools in Hillsboro, Beaverton, Newberg and Forest Grove, Ore. He looks forward to improving his golf game, pulling weeds, catching up on reading and traveling with his wife of 28 years, Ann.

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Larry Obie '76, OD '77

Larry Obie ’76, OD ’77 has been named the 2014 Outstanding Optometrist of the Year by the Montana Optometric Association. The award recognizes public service contributions and leadership qualities. Obie is past president of the Montana Optometric Association and past president of the Montana State Board of Optometry. He is a partner at Havre Optometric Clinic, practicing with Doug Safley ’75, OD ’76 and Gary Stremcha OD ’85.

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