In Memoriam

We remember friends and alumni who have passed.

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FRIENDS

Albert Freedman, professor of music, died Oct. 8, 2015, at age 97. He taught at Pacific from 1966 to 1984 and was active in the annual Music in May festival. He took great joy in teaching and sharing with his students and gave private music lessons from the time he graduated from high school at age 16 until the age of 85, when he moved back to his hometown of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, in 2001, following 61 years of marriage. He is survived by his children Richard (and Linda) Freedman, Carol (and Jay) Karol, and David (and Cathy) Freedman; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Sharon Ludtke died Sept. 21, 2015, at age 72. She served as a custodian at Pacific University from 1987 to 2009, when she retired. She was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom in Forest Grove, and she enjoyed league bowling at Rainbow Lanes in Forest Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Larry. She is survived by her children Judy (and Daryl) Davidson, Holly Ludtke, and Mary Ludtke; brother Jack (and Margaret) Akerill; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

1933

Sylvia Bryan died Oct. 31, 2015, at age 104. She was a teacher who retired from North Thurston School District in Washington. She enjoyed being outdoors, golfing and hiking. She was a long-time member of Friends of Timberland Library and was a member of Eastern Star for more than 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Bryan ’33. She is survived by son Russell; daughter Marcia; and two grandsons.

1942

Verle Frances Bell died June 17, 2015, at age 95. She earned a degree in music education from Pacific University, where she was a member of Phi Lambda Omicron and Oak Leaf Honorary, but she taught everywhere she was needed during World War II. In 1943, she married college sweetheart LaMar Bell ’41, and they were married for 32 years. She was active in Tigard, organizing and directing the Carillon Singers, and later moved to Unity Village, Mo., where she became editor of Wee Wisdom Magazine, directed the Unity choir, wrote poetry, and enjoyed life with her partner Stahr Pope. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and son Ray. She is survived by her daughter Bonnie (Bell) Willcox Moore ’73; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Dorothy Paul died Sept. 20, 2015, at age 95. She earned a master’s degree from Linfield College and became the next in a long line of educators in her family. She taught in Forest Grove and at Willamina Grade School, where she was principal before retiring in 1976. She was active in PEO Chapter Forest Grove and First Presbyterian Church in McMinnville, and she enjoyed gardening and her beloved dog, Missy. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim; brother George; son Johnny; and grandson Tom. She is survived by son Tom (and Nancy); seven grandsons; and 12 great-grandchildren.

1949

Francis “Primo” Brusco died Jan. 14, 2016, at age 93. He attended Penn State and Boston College for master’s degrees. He was a World War II veteran who served in World War II. He was selected to play on the U.S. Navy inter-Allied All-Star Basketball Team, and he carried his championship medal in his wallet throughout his life. An outstanding athlete, he also boxed at Madison Square Gardens and signed with the Buffalo Bills but left due to a knee injury. He is in numerous halls of fame. He dedicated his life to teaching throughout Oregon and Washington and loved to referee basketball. He was preceded in death by his first wife Rose, daughter Sandra Lee, and son Anthony Arthur. He is survived by his wife Sandra Miller Brusco and brother Eddie (and Stella) Brusco.

Bobbie Maurine Roberts died May 15, 2015. She is survived by her sister, Nita Roberts Bixler, and nephew Brian Bixler.

1950

James “Jim” T. Johns died Aug. 18, 2015, at age 88. He served in the Navy in World War II and later earned his business degree from Pacific before returning to his hometown of Vernonia. He was drafted into “filling in” as a teacher at Washington Grade School, where he found his calling, eventually earning another degree in teaching. He also met his sweetheart Ginger at the school, where they both taught through their careers. He retired after 34 years of teaching and enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially with his son, Tim, and traveling with his wife. He is survived by his wife, son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

1951

Thomas Hibbard died Feb. 11, 2016, at age 86. He was a mathematician and computer scientist who helped pioneer the field of analysis of algorithms. He earned a master’s in mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and a PhD in mathematics from UCLA. He was a scientific programmer at the RAND Corporation, working on one of the earliest computers, and he was a member of the research staff of the System Development Corporation. He spent three years as a visiting faculty member at the Catholic University of Salta, Argentina, before joining the UCLA computer science faculty. In 1976, he joined the staff of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on the Voyager, IRAS and Galileo projects until his retirement in 1986. In 1989, he returned to Argentina, where he was living and teaching at the time of his death.

Glenn Ison died Dec. 10, 2015, at age 87. He joined the Army at age 17. After returning to civilian life, he attended Pacific, where he graduated cum laude with a major in English. He rejoined the Army to serve in Korea in 1952. During his Army career, he attended the Defense Language Institute, studying Arabic, and the Army War and Staff College. He retired in 1970 as a colonel and moved to Port Townsend, Wash., with his family. He was active in the community, was a founder of Jefferson National Bank and served on the city council, hospital board and in Kiwanis and other organizations. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marge. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Martin; children Stuart (and Deborah), John, Bill, and Casey (and Tim); stepdaughter Janet Kelley; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Alice Ruth “Ruthie” Casteel Manley died Dec. 7, 2015, at age 86. She earned her degree in elementary education at Pacific, where she also met her husband, Don Manley ’52. She worked in various capacities in educational television in Whitewater, Wisc. After they divorced in 1990, she returned to Eugene, where worked with the Jazz Station, ushered at The Shedd, supported young jazz musicians, and attended as many musical events as she could. She also volunteered as a chauffeur for the Bach Festival. She is survived by her sons Scott (and Jennifer), Steven (and Anita), David, Marc and Tobin; her former husband; her sister; four grandchildren; and an extended family.

LaDaryl “Duke” Markeson ’51, OD ’52 died Sept. 4, 2015, at age 88. He practiced as an optometrist in Minnesota for 59 years, and his compassion and caring demeanor will be remembered by many. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, son Marc, and daughter TJ. He is survived by his wife Maryls; son Greg (and Joni) Markeson; and two grandchildren.

John Steinbacher died Oct. 9, 2015, at age 89. He continued his graduate studies at several locations. He was CEO and founder of the Cancer Federation in Banning, Calif., a television and radio commentator, a teacher, social worker, and investigative reporter. He wrote movie scripts, magazine articles, and 11 books, including the critically acclaimed Wayfarers of Fate. His biography appears in Notable Americans and Who’s Who in America, and he received the 1988 Pacific University alumni award for his philanthropic endeavors.

1956

Lyle Mack ’56, MAED ’65 died Oct. 10, 2015, at age 93. He served in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946, making four combat landings in the South Pacific, and later serving in Peking, China. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and was a beloved teacher in Portland, then Longview, Wash. He was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher to England in 1959-1960, and in his retirement he led community classes in travel and world news discussion at Lower Columbia College. He was active in Longview Community Church, Rotary and Men’s Discovery Club, of which he was a co-founder, and he enjoyed photography, travel and reading. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Claudia Zediker. He is survived by his wife, Dolphine VanZanten Mack; son Grant Mack; sister-in-law Gwen O’Bryan; brother-in-law Philip Zediker; and beloved nieces and nephews.

1958

DoddJeri Lynn Dobbs died Oct. 15, 2015, at the age of 80. An orphan raised by his aunt, he began his college education at Long Beach City College then Long Beach State before enrolling at Pacific University. He planned to be an optometrist, but changed his mind and left Pacific to work at OHSU and UCLA. He later returned to Pacific to finish his degree in chemistry and biology before pursuing graduate studies at OHSU. He taught chemistry at Multnomah Junior College and continued to conduct research at OHSU before going to work with Dr. Albert Starr, a pioneer in cardiovascular surgery. He worked with Dr. Starr for 35 years, doing research on the Starr/Edwards heart valve and the Starr/Edwards pacemaker, then becoming a cardiac perfusionist on Dr. Starr’s surgical team. He was among the first five physician assistants licensed in Oregon and participated in the first heart transplant in Oregon, as well as the first liver transplant ever. He was a founding member of the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion and American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology. In retirement, he was an active volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank, Start Making A Reader Today, and Pacific University. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia; son Kevin (and Camie); daughters Mary (and Forrest) Dyer and Ann (and Rob) Torrence; grandchildren Clayton, Parker and Holden Dobbs, and Connor, Griffen and Grace Torrence; brother Joe; and several nieces and nephews.

1959

SchimkeGerald “Jerry” Schimke died Jan. 8, 2016, at age 78. He studied physics and pledged Gamma Sigma at Pacific, where he met some of his lifelong friends. He studied physical oceanography at the University of Washington and later served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. He worked at a consulting firm in Massachusetts and later with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where he helped develop hazardous materials regulations and mitigation programs. He retired in 1997 and continued to lead an active life, enjoying paragliding, windsurfing, kayaking, skiing, biking, hiking, studying languages, playing guitar, singing, traveling and much more. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pacific professor Harold Schimke and Martha. He is survived by his wife Kay; daughter Margaret (and Rick); son Karl (and Katrin); grandchildren Maja, Olivia, Cece and William; sisters Anita ’60, Myra ’62 and Dorothy ’64; and many other friends and family members.

1964

Gerald “Jerry” Ray Westerholm died Jan. 21, 2016, at age 75. He was a three-sport athlete at Pacific, where he lived at the Forest Grove fire house while completing his bachelor of science. He worked as a history teacher and coach at Seaside High School and was later hired as athletic director. He develop the Seagulls’ athletic program and was honored with state and regional athletic director awards and as a finalist for National Athletic Director of the Year in 1995. He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved fishing and hunting. He also was a Gearhart volunteer firefighter for 25 years. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carlotte; children Kirsten (and Keith) Richards and Bill (and Jeannine) Westerholm; five grandchildren; brothers Jon (and Ina) and Jay (and Connie) Westerholm; and many other friends, family and former students.

1966

Geoffrey Lorne Hiscock died Nov. 16, 2015, at age 75. Following a successful teaching career, he took over his family jewelry business in 1973. He was an active volunteer, serving as president of the Atlantic Provinces Jewellers’ Association and Canadian Jewellers Association. He is survived by his wife
Carla; sons Stephen (and Karen) and David (and Michelle); daughters Catherine (and Rick), Martha (and Greg) and Rebecca (and Byron); several grandchildren; a sister; and extended family.

1968

JamesPatricia-Anne Kauilani (Boyd) James died Oct. 26, 2015. She was valedictorian at Pacific University in 1968 and was chosen queen of the Lu‘au and Homecoming princess as a student. She married Donald James ’70 and they went on to live in Ankara, Turkey, Rhein Main, Germany, Sunnymead, Calif., Rocklin, Calif., Lewiston, Idaho, and San Diego. She is survived by her husband and by her daughters, Robin Kozub and Leolani Kirkendall.

1993

Al Dufur OD died Dec. 5, 2015, at age 50. He started practicing with his mentor, Robert Osborne, following his graduation from optometry school and eventually took over the practice. For the last 20 years, he served patients with exceptional eyecare, attended patients’ needs, and developed relationships with his patient family. He loved to tinker, was a youth football coach, and donated his time to various schools and fundraisers. He enjoyed the outdoors, riding his motorcycle, and spending time on the water. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother Esperanza Dufur; sons Jacob and Matthew; partner Kerry Crisp and her children Colby and Kyle; sister, brothers, and extended family.

2006

Kane Renner died Jan. 30, 2016, after a traffic accident in Taiwan, where he taught at an American school. He was an Alpha Zeta at Pacific, and friends remember him as a traveler who loved to kick back with his friends.

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