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

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.