In Memoriam

We remember friends and alumni who have passed.

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Jeffrey G. Barlow, longtime Pacific University history professor and Berglund Center founding director, died Oct. 12, 2016. Dr. Barlow received professor emeritus status upon his retirement in 2012, after serving as the Matsushita Chair of Asian and International Studies at Pacific for many years. He was active in the U.S. China Peoples’ Friendship Association and worked for normalization of U.S. relations with Vietnam. The Northwest China Council honored Barlow in 2010. He is survived by his wife Christine; son Lewis; former spouse Janelle; stepson Bret; daughter Clare; and brother Charles. Memorial donations may be made to the Pacific University History Department.

Professor Emeritus Leigh Hunt Jr. died June 26, 2016, at age 93. He joined the Pacific University faculty in 1964 after earning a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master of arts and PhD from the University of Minnesota. He also taught at Lewis & Clark College and Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. In the mid-1980s, he was granted faculty emeritus status, and he remained connected to the many students whose lives he influenced. He was preceded in death earlier this year by his wife of 37 years, Dorothy Arlove Hunt, who he married in 1978 at Old College Hall.

Former Professor B.J. Seymour died May 22, 2016, at age 86. A social worker, poet, activist and educator, Barbara Jean (Jacobson) Seymour spent eight years as social services director for Pacific University’s optometry clinics and later returned to the university as a part-time assistant professor of social work and English. She was a social worker, lobbyist, and public relations professional in her career. She enjoyed poetry and drama, and was active in public service throughout her career. She is survived by her sons, Colin and Leif; two grandchildren; and a cousin.


George E. Barkley died March 20, 2016, at age 98. A business administration student at Pacific, he was a member of Gamma Sigma Fraternity, played basketball and served as class treasurer. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as navigator of Landing Ship Tank 889. After the war, he moved to Tracy, Calif., where he partnered with his cousin to form Hanson and Barkley Farming. He was a member of the American Legion, San Joaquin Hay Growers Association and the County Farm Bureau.


Peter Saunders Ford died Aug. 17, 2016, at age 91. He met his future wife Barbara Ruth Phillips ’45 at Pacific before going on to the University of Oregon School of Medicine. He served in the military during World War II and the Korean War, then established a career as a family physician. He served on the medical staff of Providence, Emmanuel and Woodland hospitals and completed a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He also published a book, The Healing Trinity. He was preceded in death by his wife and daughter Anne Matthews. He is survived by his children, Bronwyn (and Robert) Rhoades, Marcus (and Sandra Lubarsky) Ford, Eric (and Laurie) Ford, Paula (and Michael) Ciesielski, and John (and Sommer Schwanke) Ford; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.


Helen J. (Johnston) Goldstein ’46, MA ’53 died May 1, 2016, at age 91. After Pacific, she earned a master’s in library science from the University of Washington. She married Milton Goldstein in 1962. She worked as a teacher and head librarian in the Newberg School District, with a leave of absence to teach two years in Panama. She was a member of the PEO Chapter L and enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening, cats and time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother George “Bud” Johnston ’50 and by her husband. She is survived by her brother Richard “Dick” ’53, and his wife Lois, Johnston; sister-in-law Margaret Johnston; and many nieces and nephews.


Francis T. Lynch died June 2, 2016, at age 94. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees, after high school and was stationed in the Solomon Islands during World War II. He met his future wife, Jeanie Packer ’49, at Pacific. He worked for 20 years as a title examiner before finshing out his career as a tax appraiser for Multnomah County, Ore. He enjoyed collecting cars, watching races at Alpenrose Dairy, and garage-saling. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2013. He is survived by his children Francine (and Jon) Read, Jenine (and Dennis) Treskey, and Bill Lynch; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Alice J. (Streitwieser) Morgan died March 23, 2016, at age 80. She was a member of Phi Lambda Omicron at Pacific, where she earned her education degree. She taught for 34 years in Portland Public Schools. She was known to purchase books, toothbrushes and combs for students out of her own pocket. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, gardening and spending time with family. She was a member of the Oregon Historical Society, the Portland Art Museum and the Multnomah Athletic Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, David. She is survived by her son Philip Morgan; daughter Emily (and Paul) Ehl; and grandsons Taylor and Cody Morgan and Simon and Matteo Uhl.


George “Joe” M. Alexander died June 15, 2016, at age 81. He earned a speech pathologist degree from Pacific. He married Martha Lee Brinkman Ziska in 1964 and he adopted her daughter, Dalla Lee, before the birth of Darin George.


John W. Gansner ’60, OD ’61 died April 20, 2016, at age 90. He practiced optometry in Comox Valley and Campbell River in British Columbia, where he was well loved by his patients. He was a past president and member of the Courtenay Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife Margaret; sons Jim (and Myra), John (and Linda) and Mike (and Valerie); six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Wade O. Doerfler died Sept. 10, 2015, at age 77. He worked in the Central Linn School District in Halsey, Ore., from 1965 until his retirement in 1991, serving as teacher, principal and administrator. He also served as council member and mayor of the City of Halsey over a 30-year span and worked on behalf of many community organizations. He is survived by his wife Marianne (Rettig) Doerfler ’61; sons Damon, Eric and Todd Doerfler; daughter Hollis Schneider; nine grandchildren; and brother Bun Doerfler.

Douglas G. Stewart ’61, MSEd ’69 died June 26, 2016, at age 76. He played basketball, track and football at Pacific University before earning a master’s at the University of Oregon. He taught biology at St. Helens High School, where he also coached basketball, track and football. He retired as a school administrator. He was an active member of the Elks and Moose and enjoyed golfing, fishing, skiing, boating and watching westerns. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Frances; his children Bradley Stewart and Katrina Shiroma; and his brother Homer Stewart.

Jack D. Worden ’61, OD ’62 died June 3, 2016, at age 76. He practiced optometry in Pomona, Calif., for 46 years. He was a Rotarian with 27 years of perfect attendance. He served as Rotary president in 1988-1989. He also served as president of the California Optometric Association. In addition to his practice, he also owned and operated Christmas tree farms. He is survived by his brother, William Worden; children Susan (and Steve) Chunchick, Robert Worden, Melanie (and Mike) Hill, and Lisa (and Michael) Hubbell; and four grandchildren.


Marvin L. Bensen died April 17, 2016, at age 76. He was a parts manager for a number of car dealerships and auto parts stores and enjoyed genealogy, railroading, fishing and community activism. He is survived by his daughter Karen (and Nathan) Lomboy; son John (and Rhonda) Bensen; and four grandchildren.


Donald E. Bigelow OD ’67 died May 1, 2016, at age 73. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army before attending Pacific for optometry school. He spent seven years as an Army optometrist and attained the rank of captain before transferring to the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. He was the first optometrist with the Indian Health Service in Alaska. In 1985, he retired from the USPHS at the Navy-equivalent rank of captain and went on to develop an optometry program for Southcentral Foundation, an Alaska Native health corporation. He retired in 1998 and moved to Florida. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and fishing. He is survived by his wife Susan H. (Elder) Vallejo; sons Andrew Ellsworth (and Tina) Bigelow and Christopher Niles (and Jennifer) Bigelow; sister Dorothy Ellen (and Louis) Pomplin; brother Derald Ellsworth Bigelow; three grandchildren; and an extended family.


Judith (Meinke) Bronson died Nov. 12, 2015, at age 69. After attending Pacific, where she met her first husband, David Simpson ‘65, she moved to Connecticut, where the couple worked with the youth programs, leading to the creation of the Interfaith Social Action Corporation. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, teaching for several years before becoming director of the Interfaith Day Care Center. She later went on to work for the Litchfield County Head Start Program and as an evaluator of other school programs. She enjoyed participation in the Unitarian Universalist Church, bird watching, gardening, kayaking and hiking. She was preceded in death by her son Timothy David Simpson. She is survived by her husband, Fred Bronson; daughter Sarah (and Harold) Parks; stepdaughters Gay and Beth Bronson; grandchildren Noah and Anna Parks; sisters Cindy Shallit and Nancy Bell Morgan; and an extended family.


Duane E. Chesnut died Nov. 26, 2014. He attended Pacific for two years, worked in auto repair, and eventually found his niche as a bartender. He enjoyed rock cutting and polishing, as well as hunting and fishing, darts and pool. He is survived by his son Michael (and Camille) Munoz; grandchildren Gracie and Mason; brother, Ed (and Judy) Chesnut; and an extended family.


Carmon Cunningham died June 20, 2016, at age 62. While studying economics at Pacific, he started the Concerned Black Students Organization, of which
he was president, and served as a DJ for the campus radio station. He worked at Xerox Corp., and later Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), which eventually took him to Boston. He earned an MBA from Boston University in 1991 and became director of alumni relations for the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He went on to become vice president of communications and technology for the Boston nonprofit Jobs for the Future. In Boston, he was involved in Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, president of the Boston Chapter of the National Black
MBA Association, and a board member of Thompson Island Outward Bound and the Big Brothers Association. He later opened a dry-cleaning business in Wilmington, Va., where he served as president and then as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Paula; son Dante Cunningham (and Rathana Bun); stepson James Hammond; mother Melvia Cunningham; and brothers Gerald and Derwin Cunningham.


Cathie (Schneider) McPherson died July 18, 2015, at age 63. She spent her career in the medical field, living and working in Bremerton, Wash., since 1998. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer McPherson. She is survived by her parents, Edwin and Meredith Schneider; and brother Claude Schneider. 

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