In Memoriam

We remember friends and alumni who have passed.


Jean Shirley died Sept. 11, 2014, at age 96. She earned a teaching degree from Pacific and went on to attend Emanuel School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1943. During World War II, she was a visiting home nurse and later she was a nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and in private practice. She also worked in various schools as a teacher and assistant librarian, retiring from Lincoln High School in Portland in 1983. She was an active member of Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church and often accompanied singers at church or recreationally on the piano or organ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlie Shirley. She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Kramer, Ann Manning and Shelley Nuss, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Kenneth Allen Bump 41 died Jan. 8, 2015, at age 95. He was a native of the Forest Grove area, graduating from Forest Grove High School in 1937 before attending Pacific University. He married Ellen Peirce Arnold ‘40 in 1942. During World War II, he served in the Army, stationed in California and France. Following the war, the couple returned to Forest Grove, where they had one son, Daniel. Kenneth worked as a real estate broker and developer from 1947 to his retirement in 1996. His company, Bump
and Diehl, became Bump and Meyer, and later Bump, Green and Moyer, and worked with local investors on a variety of projects in the Forest Grove and Hillsboro area. After retirement, he and friends founded Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks. He and his wife were longtime members of the Forest Grove United Methodist Church, and they hosted the Forest Grove Kiwanis Club picnic for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2013 after 70 years of marriage. He is survived by his son Daniel W. Bump (and Kathryn); brother
Dr. Forrest Bump 42 (and Rosemary (Joubert) Bump 60); two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Anthony “Wayne” Myers died Dec. 18, 2013, at age 91. After Pacific University, he attended the University of Chicago and Manchester College in the United Kingdom. In 1948, he was ordained by the Grandview Congregational Church in Denver, then served as associate minister of the Country Club Congregational Church of Kansas City for eight years, followed by posts in Peoria and Naperville, Ill. For 28 years, he gave sermons at the Congregational Church of Campbell. He then received his doctorate of ministry from the Theological Seminary in San Anselma, Calif. Apart from his work in the ministry, he enjoyed writing short stories, painting landscapes and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Brix, daughter Katherine (and Art) McBride, son Peter (and Kathy) Myers, and granddaughter Kellye Marin Byal.


Rev. Trevor Hausske ’46 died Sept. 7, 2014, at age 91. Born to missionaries in China, he was educated at the North China American School. He returned to the United States in 1941, where he attended Pacific University and later Yale Divinity School. In 1947, he married Dorothy Lee Davison and they had three children. He served as minister at the Sayville (New York) United Church of Christ from 1961 to 1989, when he moved to Minneapolis and served as chaplain of Jones-Harrison Residence for the next 10 years. His wife, Dorothy, died in 1978, and he married Marjean Postlethwaite in 1984. Throughout his career, he emphasized civil rights. He worked on voter registration in Mississippi, met Martin Luther King Jr. and was on the National Mall for King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He was preceded in death by his first wife and by son Clark. He is survived by his wife Martha; daughters Kristine Rose and Evie Fuson; stepchildren Diana, David and Martha Postlethwaite; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren (with two more on the way at the time of his death).


George Edward Cobern Jr. OD died Sept. 25, 2014, at age 91. After serving in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, he pursued a career in optometry. He met his wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” (Barney) Cobern ’50, at Pacific University. He practiced optometry in Kennewick, Wash., and retired to Hillsboro, Ore. He and Jackie were members of the Hillsboro Nazarene Church, and he also was a member of the McDonald’s “old guys coffee club,” where he enjoyed his daily cup of coffee, cookies and conversation. He is survived by his wife; children Carolyn Cobern, Kathy Schneider, Jim Cobern, Bob Cobern and Don Cobern; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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.


Robert “Bob” Edwin Burkhalter died Sept. 17, 2014, at age 86. He served in the Navy through World War II before attending Pacific. He went on to earn a master’s degree form the University of New Mexico in 1953 and a doctorate in speech and hearing from Stanford University in 1956. He spent his career as a clinical audiologist in Palo Alto, Calif. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and bowler. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons Dan (and Diana) Burkhalter and David (and Vicki) Burkhalter; stepdaughters Patricia (and Kagel) Smith and Sherry (and Alan) Phillips; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A. Everett Cook ’51 died Nov. 14, 2014, at age 84. Born in Wyoming, he graduated from Beaverton (Ore.) High School in 1947 and enlisted in the Naval Reserves. He served as a radar specialist during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Medal of Honor by the South Korean government in August 2011. He attended Pacific University, Portland State University and the University of Portland, studying chemistry with minors in mathematics and physics. He was awarded a master’s degree in emergency management in 1990 and a PhD in public administration in 1992. He worked as a chemist for many years, eventually serving as state radiological officer and radiation emergency systems supervisor in Oregon. He retired in 1994. Volunteering was a central part of his life. During the Salt Lake City floods, he managed 18,000 volunteers. He organized a blind bowling league in Salt Lake City and was involved with Special Olympics there. He worked with the Washington County Sheriff’s Reserves and with search-and-rescue programs. He also tutored elementary school students. He received 37 commendations and citations from city, county, state and federal agencies and commendations from two U.S. presidents for his volunteerism. He was a member of countless societies and organizations. He was married three times and is survived by special friend Dorothy Berliner; brother Tom Cook; daughters Corinne Cook, Jocille O’Hara, Gidget Faubion and Anita Shaul; stepsons Keith, Kenneth and Gary Tice; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Cook requested donations in his memory be made to Pacific University.

Dorothy “Dottie” (Boley) Enbysk died Aug. 18, 2014, at age 85. She attended Pacific University for one term. She married Ronald Enbysk on Sept. 3, 1949, in Pendleton, Ore., and spent 10 years as an office manager at Ford’s Tire Center there. She later was administrative assistant to the deans at South Eugene High School from 1967 to 1976, then an administrative assistant for International Paper in Portland from 1977 to 1991. She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister. She is survived by sons Kevin (and Donna) Enbysk and Kirk (and Kimberly) Enbysk; sister Mary Wallan; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Ella May (Rock) Roberts died Sept. 1, 2014, at age 91. She married Robert Kelim after World War II, and they had two children: Robert and Kathy. Robert Sr. died when Kathy was a baby, and Ella May returned to Pacific University to complete her teaching degree. She taught at Wheeler High School, where she met her future husband, Leslie Roberts, who was also a teacher. They were married in 1956 and had daughters Melissa and Leslie. She and Les taught at Neah-Kah-Nie High School until his death in 1979, when she retired and substitute taught for 10 years. She taught several subjects and served as librarian but especially enjoyed arts and crafts. She was preceded in death by her brother Bill and sister Barbara. She is survived by son Robert (and Jayne Bailey Kelim;) daughters Kathy Kelim, Melissa Roberts and Leslie (and Andy) Pihl; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and dear friend Norma Wise.


William B. Durbon ’53, OD ’54 died Aug. 18, 2014, at age 89. A pilot since age 16, he flew mail routes. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948, stationed at Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas, as an optician and security guard. He was lead trumpeter in a 14-piece dance band, The Bill Durbon Orchestra and his 12 Men of Melody, in Yakima, Wash., where he met his wife, Annalouise Wallace. They married in 1948. After graduating from Pacific, he built and practiced at the Moscow (Idaho) Vision Clinic for 43 years with his wife serving as office manager for the last 23 years. A man of many talents and hobbies, Durbon was a member of the Latin American Dance Club for 25 years, often joining with the band and helping design sets. He also played trumpet in the University of Idaho Vandal booster band. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and served as Idaho State Fish and Game Commissioner in the mid-1960s. He amassed 247 trophies for indoor small bore rifle shooting. He and his wife retired to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 2000, and moved to Seattle in 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annalouise. He is survived by daughters Carol Ann and Dayle.

Gordon Stanley Young died Sept. 29, 2014, at age 84. He was president of the Phi Beta Tau while at Pacific, where he earned a degree in business. He also served in the Air National Guard. He worked for 32 years at Crown Zellerbach, retiring at age 55. He went on to serve as treasurer, chaplain, vice president and president of the Gideon ministry in Washington/Northern Idaho. He traveled to distribute Bibles throughout the U.S. and Japan. He also served as chaplain of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; son Gary; daughters Lori (and Harry) Bicknell and Karen (and Mark) Brose; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


”Sweet William” Killion died Sept. 16, 2014, at age 78. He enjoyed a carefree childhood with his brothers and sisters, enjoying clam digging, fishing, exploring the woods and becoming a skilled hunter — activities he enjoyed throughout his life. As a young man, he was a paper boy and worked for a poultry farm. In 1956, he married Genevieve “Ginger” Moore, and they spent more than 58 years together, raising six children. He served in the Oregon National Guard and worked as a grain inspector for the state of Oregon, in maintenance for the Port of Astoria, and at Astoria Plywood, where he bought a share of the company and later served as board president. He later sold electronics, heating and air conditioning, then became a partner with his wife and son in Spartan Mortgage, where he retired in 2007. He was an avid map collector and analyzer, coached softball and Little League, and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife; children Randy (and Jui-Mei) Killion, David Killion, Suzanne (and Steve) Aiken, Donald (and Karen) Killion, John Killion (and Dino Pereira) and Steven Killion; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a large extended family. 


Ronald L. Stewart died Oct. 24, 2014, at age 78. He graduated from Tillamook (Ore.) High School, where he was a star football player. At Pacific, he earned a bachelor of arts in education, then attended Portland State University for his master’s in education. He married Nita Myers in 1978. Ron taught sixth grade, later moved to administration, and then back to teaching, in the Hillsboro School District, retiring in 1990. He enjoyed golfing daily, playing his guitar and singing. He is survived by his wife; son Gary Stewart; stepson Derek Myers; siblings Gordon Stewart, Susie Hasse and Sally Allen; in-laws Daryl Allen, Rita Smith and Robert Myers; and three grandchildren.


Judith (Devlin) Huntington died Nov. 19, 2014, at age 72. She attended Pacific University, then the University of Oregon, graduating in 1964. After graduating, she married Earl Huntington, and they had two sons, Dirk and Dana. Although the marriage ended, she and Earl remained close for more than 50 years. She worked as a realtor and was named 2007 Oregon State Realtor of the Year. She was principal broker for Barnhart and Associates. She is survived by her sons and ex-husband; daughter-in-law Jill; and four grandchildren.


Gail Taylor Meade died Nov. 6, 2014, at age 67. An art major at Pacific University, she had a passion for music, peace and spirituality. She and her late husband, Leon “Squeak” Meade ’70, were generous supporters of the university. The award-winning Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center is named in her honor. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2011. A complete obituary will be published as available.

David I. Williams OD died Nov. 18, 2014, at age 70. He attended Jamestown College, where he met his died in 2008, and he married Sue Malinen in 2010. He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, bird hunting and woodworking. He built his home and office building and said if he hadn’t been an optometrist, he would have been a carpenter. He was a member of the Astoria Lions and Rotary clubs and a sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, and brother Rodney Williams. He is survived by his wife Sue; children Kirk (and Jean) Williams and Michelle Williams; stepchildren Nate, Sarah and Caleb Malinen; seven grandchildren; a brother and several nieces and nephews.


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.


Donald Garris OD died Sept. 14, 2014, at age 64. He completed his undergraduate studies at Linfield College in 1972, and married Stephanie Mattoon in 1976. The couple moved to Forest Grove shortly thereafter, where he attended Pacific University and they raised a family of four daughters. He ran his own practice in Portland for 32 years and also served on the Oregon Board of Optometry, of which he was vice president for three years. He was an avid golfer and fan of the Portland Trailblazers and Oregon State football. He is survived by his wife Stephanie; daughters Melissa Garris (and Mike Wormington), Bryn (and Sean) McCleary, Lara (and Casey) McCabe and Justine Garris (and Adrian Sifuentes); grandchildren Jesse and Ella Garris and Madeline McCabe; parents, Arlene and Bob Jackson; and siblings Gayle Behrend, Daniel Garris and Roanne Purkey.


Siobain “Chevy” Ryan died Sept. 6, 2014, at age 48. She double majored in journalism and communications with a minor in sports medicine and was a soccer captain at Pacific. She also enjoyed basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis and golf. She worked in film production for Gary Adams Productions on a number of projects, including ones that won an Emmy Award and a Parents Choice Award for Excellence. She later worked with Craig Henderson Films and went on to become a freelance editor and producer and to work alongside her father at Pro-Met Machining. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. She is survived by her mother, Deirdre; father Tony (and Janet); brothers Eamonn (and Allison) and Brenden (and Heidi); nephews Declan, Ian and Patrick; niece Makailan; aunts Ann, Joan, Georgina, Margo (and Dieter) and Maire (and Steve); and a clan of cousins in the United States and Ireland.


Brent Stricker PT died Nov. 14, 2014, at age 61. He was born in Ohio and lived in Kula, Hawai‘i, where he was a physical therapist at Kula Hospital. He is survived by his sons, Jesse (and Dawn) and Lucas (and Amanda) Stricker; grandchildren Dominic, Julia, Alexandria and Isabella Stricker; mother Janet Leonard; and siblings Brian Stricker, Kim Reuscher and Lisa Kohl.


Danielle (Buchholz) Crosby died Nov. 15, 2015, at age 30, following a battle with cancer. She was raised in the Reno, Nev., area and graduated from Douglas High School in 2002. She studied history and social science at Pacific University. Following her graduation, she worked for Verizon Wireless, first in sales, then as an executive assistant. She met her husband, Matthew Crosby, while working, and they were married June 25, 2011. They made their home in Beaverton, Ore. Danielle was a devoted wife and mother who loved books and movies and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband; daughters Bailee and Madison; father Craig Buchholz; mother Toni Lucas; and siblings Cameron Buchholz, Laramie Lucas and Arielle Lucas; as well as extended family.

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