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

Terra Hurdle '10

Terra Hurdle is the new executive director of the Salem Chamber Orchestra, after serving as interim leader. After studying vocal performance and music education at Pacific, she went on to a master’s degree in contemporary music from Western Oregon University. She has taught voice and piano and performed with several ensembles. She also recently married Lang Schwartzwald ’08, MAT ’09.

Jennifer Keene MAT '10

Jennifer Keene MAT is the animal behavior and outreach coordinator for the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro, Ore. The new position is intended to boost the shelter’s outreach and behavioral programs. Keene has worked as a professional dog trainer in the Beaverton-based Pup-a-razzi, and previously was temporary outreach and events coordinator for the shelter. She also is communications director for Air Raid Roller Girls, a Hillsboro-based roller derby league.

Kenny Larson '10

Kenny Larson and wife Ameeta welcomed Maya Lavonne Larson on Sept. 16, 2014. She weighed 6.6 pounds and measured 18 inches. She joins sister Ashmi, 2.

Mikala Souza ’10 and Tiari Yamashita ’11

Mikala Souza ’10 and Tiari Yamashita ’11 were married Aug. 2, 2014.

Juno Apalla '11

Juno Apalla performed Schupert’s Ave Maria in November as part of a fundraiser to save the only pipe organ on Kauai, Hawai‘i. Apalla has performed on stage, worked on television
series  and, most recently, appeared in the title role of Miss Saigon on Kauai.

Kase Johnstun MFA '11

Kase Johnstun MFA published a book, Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis: An Inside View of Life Touched by the Congenital Skull Deformity, in December 2014. Johnstun was born with the condition and had surgery for it as an infant. The book is a combination of memoir, retelling of stories from other families affected by the condition, and medical research.

Benjamin Wright '11

Benjamin Wright is senior associate with investment specialist CPA firm Ashland Partners & Co. He specializes in working with firms and their compliance with Global Investment Performance Standards, as well as other performance attestation services and investment analysis.