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.

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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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