Class Notes, Summer 2014

Christy Aleckson 1995

Christy Aleckson 1995

Christy Aleckson '95 has been named one of the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” as well as a “Five Star Wealth Manager” by Portland Monthly. Aleckson is a financial advisor at Single Point Financial Advisors. She is on the board of directors of Women in Insurance and Financial Services, Portland Metro Chapter and she serves on the board of directors of Women in Insurance and Financial Services. A proud season-ticket holder to Pacific’s football games, Aleckson serves on the Boxer Club Board of Directors.

Kathy Miles 1995

Kathy Miles 1995

Kathy Miles MAT ’95 was honored by the Lakeview (Ore.) Soroptimist Club with the Ruby Award. Miles heads the Lake County Youth Mentor Program. She is branch director of the Treasure Valley Community College and a member of the National Council for Economic Education. She teaches at Lakeview High School.

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.