Class Notes, Spring 2013

Chad Toomey 1994

Chad Toomey 1994

Chad Toomey ’94 has accepted a firefighter position with the Forest Grove Fire Department. Toomey has worked at the Pacific University Outback since 1997 and also served as a volunteer firefighter. “It is such a privilege to be accepted into this fine staff of professionals,” he said. “At the same time, I will be saying farewell to a wonderfully supportive organization — Pacific University. These are exciting times!”

Paul Berman 1975

Paul Berman 1975

Paul Berman O.D. ’75 was honored at the White House on Oct. 2, 2012, for his work as founder and global clinical adviser of the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program, in which volunteers provide vision tests, as well as protective sports goggles and prescription eyeglasses as needed, to all Special Olympics participants. Dr. Berman developed the program in 1991, during his term as president of the AOA Sports Vision Section, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation assumed sponsorship in 2001. A widely recognized sports vision practitioner, Berman has a practice in Hackensack, N.J., and has received many professional recognitions for his work.

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.