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

Janice (Danielson-Sargeant) Burdett '64

Janice (Danielson-Sargeant) Burdett '64 and husband John have moved to Columbia City, Ore., following retirement to spend more time sailing their boat, Blue Jack. They also enjoy spending time volunteering, traveling and working in the yard and spending time with their nine grandchildren, including Jessyca Downey ’15.

Ray Woods '66

Ray Woods '66 has retired from the Department of Defense Dependent Schools after 42 years. He has worked in education for 47 years, living in four different countries. In the past four years alone, he worked with schools serving more than 6,000 students in three countries. He looks forward to enjoying the California sunshine in retirement but also expects to continue working on reading instruction.

Gordon Haller '72

Gordon Haller was featured on the cover of Walmart World magazine. The first Ironman champion 37 years ago, Haller is a programmer analyst for Walmart and continues to be active with Ironman and triathlons.

Alexandra Avery '73

Alexandra Avery '73 received a national Keep America Beautiful award in Washington, D.C., in January 2015, on behalf of The Outdoor Circle. She is president of the 105-year-old environmental organization, which helped pass into law a statewide environmental court in 2014. 

Kip Oswald '76

Kip Oswald '76 has retired from service as a police officer after 32 years. He lives in Coos Bay, Ore., and enjoys fishing, hunting and camping.

William Romley '76

William Romley '76 is enjoying retirement after 37 years in education. He and his wife took a week-long cruise to Alaska, visited their daughter and son-in-law in Utah, and attended the ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am PGA golf tournament, where their son — also a real estate agent — caddied. They are looking forward to a Caribbean cruise, and William also enjoys playing golf, fishing and walking his dogs.

John L. Adams OD '77

John L. Adams OD retired in May 2014 from a 33-year solo private practice in Ipswich, Mass. In 2006, he also retired as a lieutenant colonel after 31 years of active and reserve duty in the Navy in Submarine Service and Air Force as Chief of Optometry for the 439 Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Westover Air Force Base. He sits on the board of directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life and is chancellor of Knights of Columbus Council 202 in Haverhill, Mass.