In Memoriam

We remember friends and alumni who have passed.

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Lynn Collins Ironside died Oct. 5, 2017, at age 80. A long-time friend of the Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene and member of the school’s advisory board, she graduated from the Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and spent 60 years as a school and clinical dental hygienist. She served as the government relations chair and change agent for the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association for more than 20 years and as president of the ODHA in 1980–81 and 1990–91. She received several awards, including the ADHA Presidential Citation, ADHA Distinguished Service Award and ODHA Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award. Last year, the ODHA honored her by creating the Lynn C. Ironside Access to Care Award. She served two four-year terms on the Oregon Board of Dentistry and was the first dental hygienist in the United States to serve as president of a board of dentistry. She was preceded in death by her husband, John. She is survived by her sons, Bruce and Blake; their wives, Kathy and Julie; five granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.


Dorthy “Ellen” Burton Hallock ’45 died May 28, 2017, at age 93. She worked at Textronix during World War II and shortly thereafter met George Burton on a blind date. They married and built a house in Raleigh Hills, where she lived for 67 years. She will be remembered for her cookie parties and her Irish soda bread. She was preceded in death by her husband.


Saburo Akiyama ’50, OD ’51 died Sept. 7, 2017, at age 93. He grew up working on his family’s orchard in Oak Grove, Ore. but his family was forced to leave during the internment of all people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. He went on to enlist in the U.S. Army, where he taught Japanese language to counterintelligence services. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He earned his optometry degree at Pacific and moved to the Oregon Coast, where he worked as an optometrist. He later bought an optometry practice in his hometown of Hood River. He was active in the Japanese American Citizens League, Lions Club, Hood River bowling leagues and the Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Kathy, Diana (and Michael), Patricia (and David), and Jennifer (and Patrick); three grandchildren; and an extended family.

Chet Cunningham ’50 died March 14, 2017, at age 88. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pacific, then he was drafted into the Army, serving in Korea. He earned a master’s in journalism at Columbia University and worked for small newspapers before moving to San Diego where he worked on audiovisual projects at Convair. He later turned to writing full time. He published 450 books, ranging from Westerns, thrillers, military history, and medical guides. He founded the nonprofit San Diego Book Awards in 2004, which is establishing a new annual prize for best unpublished manuscript, The Chet Cunningham Spur Award. He was preceded in death by his wife Rose Marie and son Scott. He is survived by his son, Greg; daughter, Christine Ashworth; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lou Gerhardt ’50 died Feb. 13, 2017. Known as Dr. Lou, he is survived by his wife of 21 years, Patty; stepdaughters, Marjorie Christian and Nancy Colchico; and stepsons, Gabriel Ditommaso and Matthew Ditommaso.


Kenneth W. Little ’51 died Nov. 10, 2017, at age 87. After completing his bachelor’s degree at Pacific, he went on to earn a master’s in group work administration from George Williams College of Aurora University. He worked as an executive director for the Northwest YMCA in Seattle, the Armed Services YMCA in Seattle, the Kelso YMCA, and the Aberdeen YMCA. He also worked as a mental health professional for Evergreen Counseling Center in Aberdeen. He was a member of the Clan Little Society, Lions Club International and Rotary International, as well as a volunteer builder of the ship the Lady Washington in Aberdeen. He enjoyed tennis, sailing and bridge. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kathy Howard; great-grandson Porter Rudd; and brother Bob Little. He is survived by his wife, Iris (Roy); brother, Frank; sons, Don (and Diane) and Brian (and Julie); four grandchildren and their spouses; and four great-grandchildren.


Josephine “Jo” Bausch-Hammergren ’52 died March 17, 2017, in Denver, Colo., where she lived since 1995. She is survived by Carl Hammergren, her second husband; five children, Becky, Greg, Jill, Dan and Peg; and seven grandchildren.

Robert V. Lance ’52, OD ’53 died June 8, 2017, at age 97. He joined the Oregon National Guard in 1939 and later transferred to the Army Air Corps, where he earned his pilot’s wings. He met his future wife, Jessica Brantner, on a blind date and proposed three weeks later. They were married the next day, before he was transferred across the country, and spent 67 years together before her death in 2008. They moved frequently during the war years but eventually returned the United States, where he worked for U.S. National Bank and later earned his optometry degree from Pacific. He practiced for 30 years in Hillsboro before retiring to California, where the couple enjoyed golf. He was a long-time member of several community organizations. He was active in Scouting and served for 10 years on the Hillsboro City Council. He was preceded in death by his wife and four siblings. He is survived by his son, Jerry, and daughter-in-law, Marsha; grandsons, Aaron and Jordan (and Ashley) Lance; and an extended family.

June (Purviance) Moore ’52 died Sept. 2, 2017, at age 86. After graduating from Pacific, she taught music in Berkeley, Calif., and then taught second grade in the San Geronimo Valley. She is survived by her sons, Gordon, Greg and Gary; and five grandchildren.

John Reister ’52 died Nov. 30, 2016, at age 88. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in Germany. He later earned a degree in religion from Pacific and went on to earn a master’s in library science from San Jose State University. He spent most of his career working as a professional librarian at state universities. He married Eunice Marsh Munsey in 1966 and became a father to her sons, Michel and Steven. He loved creating stained glass artwork, was a sports car enthusiast and member of the Car Notes, baked cookies, attended the Walla Walla symphony, and enjoyed stimulating intellectual conversations. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice; son Michel; and eight of his 11 siblings. He is survived by his son Steven and daughter-in-law, Denise; sister, Betty; brother, Jim; nine grandchildren; and an extended family.


Frank Buckiewicz Sr. ’53 died Sept. 5, 2017, at age 87. He was a five-sport athlete at Pacific, where he earned his bachelor’s in physical education. He completed master’s degrees from Penn State University. He and his wife, Diane, began their teaching and coaching careers in Seaside, Ore., and later moved to Portland, where “Coach” was hired by Grant High School. In 1965, he returned to his alma mater to teach and coach at Pacific. He was head football coach at Pacific from 1965 to 1980 and head golf coach in 1979−1980. He also served as the athletic director in the 1970s. He was inducted into the NAIA District II Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. He also was a member of the 1952 football team, which was inducted into the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame shortly after his death this year. He was preceded in death by his brother, Walter Buckiewicz ’52. He is survived by his wife, Diane (Rimby); children, Frank ’78, MST ’80 (and JoAnn), Greg ’81 (and Angie), Gina (and Dan), and Jo; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Burton L. Huggett MSEd ’56 died Aug. 27, 2017, at age 92. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he attended Pacific, where he met his future wife, Margaret Harty ’49, MA ’56. They were married on Dec. 26, 1955, and had one daughter. He taught at McKinley Elementary and Gales Creek Elementary School and was principal at Buxton Grade School, as well as a security guard at Pacific for several years. He enjoyed singing, drawing, trips to the coast and pinochle. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and four siblings. He is survived by his daughter, Julie ’83 (and Grant) Brownhill, and two grandsons.


Robert “Doc” Bylund ’57, OD 58 died Jan. 30, 2017, at age 84. He received his bachelor’s and doctor of optometry degrees at Pacific, despite a two-year interruption serving in the Army in Korea. He practiced optometry in Billings, Mont., before opening his own practice in Fort Benton, Mont. He cherished his time with his wife and three children. He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and granddaughter. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean “B.J.” Haynes ’56; children, Bradly, Beth and Brian (and Diane); brother, Dick (and Suzann); five granddaughters; and one great-grandson.


Donald Henry ’59 died July 9, 2014, at age 80. He began his career serving in the U.S. Air Force and became director of the Employment Standards Division for the U.S. Department of Labor in Portland, then Denver. He worked to enforce federal wage and overtime laws for 30 years. He was preceded in death a daughter and is survived his wife, Barbara (Wimer) Henry; children, Mark, Donald, Shannon and Lila; and two siblings.


Stephen Tucker ’61 died Aug. 30, 2017, at age 77. He began his studies at Pacific University before earning a juris doctor from Willamette University School of Law in 1965. His legal career evolved from the Alameda District Attorney’s Office, private practice in Hayward, Calif., deputy district attorney in Sonoma and Ventura counties. He was a leader of the California Family Support Council in the 1970s and 1980s and a past president of the Rotary Club of West Santa Rosa and Ventura East. He enjoyed travel, sailing, fast cars and stamp collecting. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Lisa Tucker. He is survived by his wife, Jan; children, Jennifer Tucker Darby, Gene Tucker and stepdaughter, Kendra Sullivan; two brothers; and 10 grandchildren.


Bert English OD ’63 died Sept. 1, 2017, at age 81. He practiced optometry in Montana, retiring in 2003. He served in the Oregon and Montana Air National Guard from 1955 to 1984, retiring as a lieutenant colonel after 29 years. He was a member of the American Legion, Shriners, Elks Lodge, Uptown Optimist Club, and Disaster Preparedness for the Montana Air National Guard. He enjoyed boating, Jeeping and spending time in Costa Rica. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert; and son Daniel John. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Diana, Toby (and Di), Andrew (and Kristin), and Matthew (and Paul); 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


John “Mike” Orr ’68 died May 21, 2017. He was a quiet and gentle man, known for his hugs. He retired from International Paper and was a member of the North Lexington Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Amy Orr; son-in-law Jason Wilkie; granddaughter, Mirand Wilkie; and an extended family.


The Rev. Dr. Ward Malloy ’70 died Sept. 8, 2017, at age 69. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Pacific before going on to complete a master’s from the United Theological Seminary and relocating to the Midwest, where he was a minister serving United Church of Christ congregations for more than 40 years. He earned a doctorate from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2000. He enjoyed woodworking, stained glass, pottery and guitar, as well as traveling and spending winters in Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Marianne; children, Julianne (and George) Steffens, Steven (and Anne) Grunwald, Celina (and David) Peerman, Luke (and Beth) Malloy, and Stephanie (and Beau) Solis; 10 grandchildren; his stepmother, Betty Acaiturri; sisters, Renee Malloy and Brenda Ribbs; two stepbrothers; and an extended family.


Dorene Butler ’71 died Aug. 12, 2017, at age 67. After attending Pacific, she traveled the world with Chapman College and received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge. She traveled extensively in India, Africa, and South America, lived in Salt Lake City for several years, and eventually settled in Kalispell, Mont. She appreciated the beautiful and whimsical, loved animals, and was a supporter of birding societies, garden clubs and the Kalispell Food Bank. She is survived by her brother, Douglas Butler; sister, Debra Butler James; and former husband, Mike Evans.

Craig Nielsen OD ’71 died June 13, 2017, at age 75. After earning his business degree at the University of Oregon, he completed his doctor of optometry at Pacific, where he met his first wife, Libby Finnigan. He practiced optometry at Crestwood Eyecare in Bend for more than 30 years, and was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Kiwanis, the Bend Parks and Recreation Board, and the Oregon Optometric Association. In 1997 he married Linda Beebe, and they enjoyed outdoor activities and settling in Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister. He is survived by his wife Linda; daughters and their families, Kristen, Bill, Lucy and Finn McSherry and Kimberly, Jim, Katelyn and Riley Darrin; brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Karen; and an extended family.


Powell Carpenter ’85, OD ’88 died July 27, 2017, at age 54. He was an optometrist, a man of science. He loved good food, wine and classic shoes. He was a gentle soul, quick to smile, and had a witty sense of humor. He is survived by his mother, Eva Bear; wife, Carrie; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Mandy.


Kevin Dean Barnes ’97 died Nov. 14, 2014, following a battle with cancer. He was 51. He earned his bachelor of arts from Arizona State University before earning a master’s in education from Pacific and completing his administrative license with Lewis and Clark College. He taught in the Tillamook County School District as a math teacher, then became a vice principal at Tillamook High School. He enjoyed hiking and sightseeing on the Oregon Coast, visiting family in the Bay Area, and traveling to Hawai‘i. He also loved music and attending concerts and touring museums. He is survived by his parents; his wife, Corin; children, Zachary (and Crieda), Carissa, and Kyle Shupp; two grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers; and an extended family.


Jake Watterson PharmD ’13 died July 21, 2017, at age 38. He earned his bachelor’s in political science at Eastern Oregon University and his biology degree from Portland State University, before completing his doctor of pharmacy at Pacific. He was a pharmacist at Grande Ronde Hospital, where he received the Gem Award in April 2017. He enjoyed hiking, camping, Legos, video gaming, movies, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and collecting Lego Star Wars figures. He is survived by his wife, Mihaela Talianu PharmD ‘13; parents, Dennis and Georgia; sister, Sarah; brother, Mark (and Sana); and an extended family.

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