We remember friends and alumni who have passed.
Katherine Dunn, a faculty member in the Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program, died May 11, 2016, at age 70. She grew up in Tigard, Ore., and attended Portland State University and Reed College before embarking on her career as an internationally acclaimed writer. She was a National Book Award finalist and author of the best-selling novel Geek Love. In addition to fiction and poetry, she also wrote about boxing and a number of other topics. “Katherine Dunn was a shining star, an incredible intellect, and a fine human being,” said Shelley Washburn, director of Pacific’s MFA Program. Dunn is survived by her husband, Paul Pomerantz, and son Eli.
Glen Rice died Feb. 21, 2016, at age 99. After graduating from Pacific, he went to medical school in Portland and was commissioned by the Navy in 1943. He made four hostile landings in the Pacific Theatre in World War II, earning a Silver Star and Purple Heart. After the war, he specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and met his wife, who was a nurse. They returned to Seattle, where he started a private practice and worked until age 71. In 40 years, he delivered more than 5,000 babies. He also was a skilled surgeon, part-time instructor at the University of Washington and an expert on pregnancy of kidney dialysis patients. In 2009, he received the Pacific University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise, in 2013, and by his sisters, Jean (Klein) Heath ’40 and Mary (Rice) Klein ’44. He is survived by sons Steve (and Fredrica), Greg, and Pete; five grandsons, and six great-grandchildren.
Margaret Bragg died Feb. 8, 2016, at age 92. Though motherhood was her favorite profession, her full life included many other jobs. She worked at Boeing, typing the specs for one of the bomber planes, worked at several shops, was a teacher’s assistant in a high school science class, and worked as a receptionist for a U.S. senator. She was a writer, a poet, a musician, an artist and a storyteller. Upon retirement, she and her husband enjoyed a lakefront home in Olympia, where she belonged to book clubs, TOPS, and served on the Mended Hearts Board of Directors. She was preceded in death by her brother, Doug Bosworth, and son John Bragg. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Ken Bragg ’45; children Janet (and Ray) Wainright, Geoffrey Bragg, Janell Bragg and Cecilia Abad; grandchildren Dana (and Jamison) Kelleher, Shawn Miller, Jay (and Luz) Navas, and Ceci Navas; and seven great-grandchildren.
Willanna ‘Katheryne’ Stout ’49, OD ’50 died March 18, 2016, at age 104. She attended business school and went to work for an insurance company prior to World War II, when she moved to San Francisco and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad while attending college at night. After the war, she joined her brother Colin Stout ’49 at the Pacific University College of Optometry. She was a trailblazer as an early female optometrist in Iowa, where she and her brother had a practice for many years. Her specialties were vision therapy and working with children. She served as the state secretary of the Iowa Optometric Association for many years and received the group’s Heritage Award. She retired at age 76, but continued to learn by attending Elderhostel courses around the world and auditing courses at Drake University. She was preceded in death by her brothers Colin and Robert Stout. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Dean Wilcox died April 19, 2016, at age 88. After graduating from Pacific, he went on to the University of Oregon Medical School, and he maintained a general practice in The Dalles, Ore., for 35 years. He also served with the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant commander awarded full military honors. He was an avid outdoorsman, a wheat farmer, a cyclist, and a marathoner. He was committed to public service and was a school board member, planning commissioner, and Pacific University trustee emeritus. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan, and sister Janet (Wilcox) Nelson ’40. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beryl (Schantz) ’53; children Dean ’72 (and Fern), Gigi (and Rex) Robin (and Jim), Eric (and Sue), Jennifer, and Maria (and Griff); 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Anne Tucker Furguson died March 1, 2016.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie (Benzel) Miller died Jan. 25, 2016, at age 82. After earning a degree in journalism at Pacific, she worked as a speech pathologist in Vancouver, then as a substitute teacher in the Ridgefield School District. She enjoyed playing piano, reading, camping, and spending time with family and friends. She also donated her time to the Ridgefield Elementary School library. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, William Miller; son Patrick Miller; daughter Anne (and Steven) Coons; three grandchildren; and sisters Bobbie Sunday and Judy Scobee.
Kenneth Ivan Cameron ’64, OD ’65 died March 4, 2016, at age 75. After graduating from Pacific, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army, ultimately as a captain, from 1965 to 1969. He opened his first optometric office in Boise and moved his family to Sandpoint, Idaho, in 1979. He was an avid skier and fly-fisherman. He also was a founding member of the Idaho Conversation League and a staunch supporter of Trout Unlimited. He is survived by his wife Gail Cameron; sons Matt and Tim, from his first marriage to Mindy Cottrell Cameron ’65; and grandsons Sage, Riley and Henry.
Warren Higa died May 26, 2016, at age 74. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a retired vice president at First Hawaiian Bank — Business Services Division. He was active in the Waipahu Community Association, the Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawai‘i, AJA Baseball and Makule League. A Pacific football player, he was a supporter of the Boxers and of the Pacific University College of Business. He is survived by his wife Geraldine “Gerry” Higa; son Lance Higa; brother David Higa; and sisters Thelma (and Henry) Mitsyasu and Jane (and Wilford) Liu.
Jim Kitch died Dec. 3, 2015, at age 43. At Pacific, he enjoyed participant in choir, jazz band, orchestra and Campus Crusade for Christ. He was vice president of sales and marketing for ADI Mobile Health, his family’s business. He also was a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and volunteered with Young Life. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Karla; children Jonathan, Matthew and Sarah Kathryn; parents Tim and Sue Kitch; and sister Amy (and Jason) Bowen.
Joseph Louis Telesfor Luna PA died May 6, 2016, at age 38. After living in Arizona, Oregon and Idaho, he made his home in Hawai‘i, where he was a physician assistant with the Waikiki Health Center. He loved the ocean, especially snorkeling and going out to the sandbar in Kaneohe. He is survived by his wife, Denise Luna; daughter Jessa Luna; mother Susan Salove; stepfather Neal Salove; brother Andy Lieurance; sisters Michelle Gonzalez, Thereasa Lieurance, June Luna and Irene Hobbs; stepbrother Jeremy Salove; and stepsisters Mary Salove and Jessi Tookey.
William Gardner MFA died May 12, 2016, at age 41. He specialized in poetry in Pacific’s MFA in Writing Program and also earned an MFA in Creative Writing, Prose from the University of Southern Connecticut, where we has editor-in-chief of the 2014 Noctua Review. He was published in The Portland Mercury, the New Haven Daily Nutmeg and several literary journals. He also worked at Frameline and SPARC in San Francisco. He was a lifelong competitive swimmer, a volunteer with Openhouse of San Francisco and New York City’s Anti-Violence Project. He led a rich life, crossing the country to collect stories and living in several locations. He is survived by his parents Bill and Stephanie Gardner; sister Hollis Gardner (and Lowell) Vaughen; nephews Quinn, Reese and Sloan; and long-time special friend and caregiver Krista Smith.
Bryant Kilbourn MS ’08, PsyD ’11 died May 21, 2016, at age 32. After earning his doctorate from Pacific, he completed his internship at the University of Central Florida Counseling Center, followed by his post-doctoral fellowship at Metropolitan State University in Denver. He was chief psychologist at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, then lived in Seattle until moving home to Michigan. He was a member of the American Psychological Association. He is survived by his parents Kelvin and Karen Kilbourn, and a large extended family.
Colin Scott died June 7, 2016, at age 23. He graduated summa cum laude on May 21 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and had been accepted into an applied social and community psychology doctoral program at Portland State University. He was highly respected and well-liked by his classmates and professors, as well as friends and staff members throughout the university. He worked in the university Registrar’s Office, was a member of the university’s Psi Chi psychology honors society chapter, and was part of the Pacific University Speech & Debate Team. He also volunteered for the City of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve and for POLST, a registry for giving voice to individuals with terminal illnesses about their end-of-life decisions. His family added that he was a dedicated Christian, whose love for people stemmed from the love he felt from God. He is survived by his parents Bryan and Lori, and his sister Lacey ’18.