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

Jerry O’Shea '75

Jerry O’Shea died May 5, 2010, at age 57. He earned his degree in PE and teaching at Pacific University and went on to work as a coach and teacher in the Vancouver School District for 30 years. He loved fishing, hunting, farming, logging, football and storytelling, and he was a talented musician and singer. He was a member of the National Education Association. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth O’Shea; brothers Steve, Mike and Mark O’Shea; sisters Barbara and Suzie O’Shea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Francis “Primo” Brusco '49

Francis “Primo” Brusco and his brother, Eddie Brusco, were featured in the Longview (Wash.) Daily News, recalling their service in the Navy in World War II. Brusco served in the Pacific Theatre and gained acclaim as one of the Navy’s best basketball players. After the war, he taught for nearly 20 years in Douglas County, Toledo and Kelson, Wash., then worked as a longshoreman for Brady Hamilton in Portland. He later became a high school and college sports official.

Roland E. Smith '50

Roland E. Smith died Aug. 5, 2014, at age 90. After earning his degree from Pacific, he earned a master’s and PhD in political sicence from the University of Oregon. He taught at Eastern Oregon and Texas Tech universities, where he co-authored several books and articles. He also was a member of the Portland Photographic Society, a founding member of the Columbia Gorge Camera Club and a member with honors in the Photographic Society of America. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol.

Lois (Larson) Allen '52

Lois (Larson) Allen, former Roseburg, Ore., mayor, joined the city’s Association of American University Women branch in celebrating its 60th anniversary. Allen majored in primary education at Pacific.

Lyman “Ray” West OD '62

Lyman “Ray” West OD and his wife Charlene welcomed their second great-grandson, Cade Carter Schonert, in June. They are enjoying life on the central Oregon coast. 

Paul Thompson '63

Paul Thompson was inducted into the Springfield (Ore.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2014. He was a football and track star, as well as state champion diver. 

Pete Lorain '66

Pete Lorain has published a book, The Gestalt of Leadership.