In Memoriam

We remember friends and alumni who have passed.

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Friends

Richard Thomas Carter died Aug. 7, 2015, at age 79. He taught biology at Pacific for 30 years before retiring in 1998. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; children Michael (and Melissa), Scott (and Lisa), and David (and Cheryl); and nine grandchildren.

Charlotte Filer died March 24, 2015. She was 83. She worked as public information director for Pacific from 1974 to 1989, serving as editor of Pacific Today (now Pacific magazine). She also established an endowed scholarship fund at Pacific. Prior to her work at Pacific, she had a long career as a journalism professor and news director at Linfield College, her alma mater. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Pacific University.

Ron Fraedrick died May 17, 2015, at age 83. The founder of the Taco Time franchise, he served on the Pacific University Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1984. Taco Time started as a walk-up restaurant near the University of Oregon and expanded into a Fortune 500-restaurant franchising company. He was one of the earliest members of the International Franchising Association and member of the Young Presidents Organization and was the recipient of countless honors. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marylynn. He is survived by his children Rhonda (and Steve) Fraedrick Earle, Kim (and Lee) Fraedrick Scheuer, and Joe (and Irina) Fraedrick; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth “Lid” Miles died Aug. 14, 2015. The daughter of the purported author of the Yale Whiffenpoof Song, she grew up singing and playing piano before majoring in drama at Mills College and teaching drama. Her first son, Thomas Kirk Miles Jr. ’64 attended Pacific University but was killed in a car accident during his senior year. His dedication to theater and acting, like his mothers, led to the naming of Pacific’s Tom Miles Theatre. Lid remained active in community affairs throughout her life and always maintained her love of music. She visited Pacific University in June, where she was recognized at Commencement, shortly before her death. She is survived by her son, Richard Miles and his wife, Susan, along with two grandchildren. Donations in her memory may be made to the Tom Miles Endowment for the Performing Arts at Pacific University.

Ruth (Sonnemann) Scheller died May 19, 2015, at age 92. She attended the University of Puget Sound and met Pacific student Fred Scheller ’43, MA ’54 through speech and debate. He went on to teach at Pacific, where he also opened a campus media studio, established the audiovisual program, media lab and language lab, and helped launch the Hawai‘i Club, of which he was an advisor. They were longtime supporters of Pacific. Ruth taught for many years, the couple traveled extensively, and she was a quiet volunteer and supporter of many. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred; daughter Karen Johnson; and grandson Michael Scheller. She is survived by her son, Terry (and Lynn) Scheller, and son-in-law Paul Johnson; grandchildren Christopher Scheller (and Elizabeth Cho), Dan Johnson, and Lisa (and Neil) Gibson; and great-granddaughters Kimberly Scheller and Karen Johnson. 

1949

Donald Hamm ’49, OD ’50 died April 26, 2015, at age 88. He was a World War II veteran, an avid golfer, curler, stained glass artist and reader. He and his wife, Peggy, loved exploring the world. He is survived by his wife; three children, Darcy (and Gordon) Morrison, Wendy (and Rob)
Groves, and Dr. Corey (and Angelique) Hamm; and four grandchildren.

John Smock died Feb. 4, 2015, at age 91. He was a World War II veteran who went on to become a teacher and school administrator at several schools in the Rogue Valley. He was preceded in death by his daughter Stacey Lynn. He is survived by his wife Alice (Hook) Smock ’49; two daughters; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

1950

Harry E. Therkelsen Sr. ’50, MAED ’56 died July 7, 2014, at age 92. He served in the Navy as an aviation navigator in World War II prior to enrolling in Pacific for his teaching credentials. He spent 34 years in education at Bandon High School, where he taught and coached football. He later taught in Lake View and in California, where he went on to become an administrator. After retirement, he devoted his time to local veterans and charitable organizations and to his family. He is survived by his wife, Helen Therkelsen; children Marlene, Laura and Harry Jr. and five grandchildren.

1951

Clifford Wong ’51, OD ’52 died April 12, 2015, at age 86. A Korean War veteran, he was an occupational optometrist with the Navy in California and also headed the Occupational Optometry Branch of the Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland. Following his military retirement, he worked for Vision Care of California. He enjoyed golf, was a past member of the Vallejo-Napa Chinese Club and was active in the Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Wong. Donations in his memory may be made to the Pacific University College of Optometry.

O.M. “Mike” Krogstrand OD died Aug. 12, 2015, at age 92. An Army rifleman, he was awarded the Combat Infantryman badge, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Italy during World War II. He was active in the Lions, VFW and Disabled American Veterans, and Gideon Society, and he loved sports of all kinds. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irmagene, four sisters, twin brother, and son Jerry. He is survived by his children Ron (and Kaye) Krogstrand, Mark (and Penny) Krogstrand, and Lori (and Mike) Aman; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

1953

Frank Dobra died March 13, 2015, at age 90. He served in World War II, helped start Forest Grove First Baptist Church and Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, and completed a theological education after graduating from Pacific. He served with the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society in Pakistan, Uganda, and Kenya. He and his wife returned to Hillsboro in 1989. He was preceded in death by five brothers. He is survived by his wife, Alma; children Ruth Carpenter, Lois Ashe, Julia Dobra, and Albert Dobra; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

1957

Clarence Larry OD died Aug. 2, 2015, at age 85. A veteran of the Korean War, he became was one of the first black optometrists in the region and started working for Boeing in 1958. He contributed to Airplane Windshield Vision Studies and airborne radar, among other research. He also maintained a private practice, where he worked evenings and weekends. He was an avid fisherman and volunteer, a true people person, and a founding member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle. He is survived by his twin daughters Donna (and Michael) McInnis and Dedrea (and Val) Danilov; three grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

1960

Rosemary (Joubert) Bump died May 9, 2015, at age 94. She majored in
literature at Pacific, where she also met her husband,
Forrest Bump ’42. The couple lived in Denver, then Newberg, before settling in Forest Grove, where her husband practiced medicine. A singer and cellist, she participated in the Forest Grove Community Orchestra and co-founded Valley Art in Forest Grove. She was preceded in death by her husband in April 2015. She is survived by her children, Mary Spies, Stefan (and Christine) Bump; Rosemary Bradford; grandchildren Cameron Spies (and Lizzy Ellison) and Lillian Bradford; and two great-grandsons.

Jack F. Smith OD died Aug. 13, 2015, at age 78. He served as a doctor of optometry at the U.S. Army Hospital in Fort Hood, Texas, until 1963, then returned to Oregon to start Tigard Vision Center, which remains a thriving practice today. He treated patients until 2012, when he retired to California. He is survived by his wife Gwen (Williston) Smith ’62; son Brad Smith OD ’87; sister Judy; and two grandsons, Jack and Hayden. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Pacific University College of Optometry.

1967

Bill Forst died Aug. 8, 2015, at age 70. A Vietnam veteran and amateur artist, he spent much of his life dedicated to helping other veterans through his artwork and advocacy. His artwork was featured in the Summer 2015 issue of Pacific magazine. He is survived by his sister Carol, wife Tuyet, son and a granddaughter.

1992

John Alan Kumm OD died June 6, 2013, at age 50. He was an associate and later partner in the Eye Clinic of Great Falls, where he served on the Montana Optometric Association Board from 1998 to 2003. He enjoyed playing sports, coaching his daughters’ teams, hunting, fishing and raising dogs. He is survived by his wife, Tracy; daughters Brittany, Brandy and Taylor; and a large extended family.

2003

George “Ben” Carlson died June 14, 2015, at age 36. An art major with a talent for music, he became a respected and sought-after wedding photographer, worked for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and for Rodgers Instruments. He had just started a new job with ALS Association’s Oregon Chapter in Portland at the time of his death. He loved the outdoors, good food, good drink and good friends. He is survived by his true love Bridget Larrabee; parents George and Frances Carlson; and an extended family.

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