In Memoriam

We remember friends and alumni who have passed.

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Stephen Anderson ’64, OD ’64 died March 8, 2018, at age 77. After graduating from Pacific, he enlisted as an officer in the Army and became the first optometrist to serve in the Vietnam War. In 1967, he married Marianne McKenzie, whom he had met at Pacific. They had two children, Jill and Jordan, before Marianne passed away in 1990. He later married Cathy Cosgrove and became stepfather to Brooke Cosgrove. Anderson opened his Los Altos, Calif., optometric practice in 1969 and ran it for 42 years before retiring in 2011. He was a longtime member and past president of the Los Altos Rotary Club and the youngest optometric society president ever elected. He was also a board member of the Los Altos YMCA and the Villa Sienna Foundation, as well as a councilman for the Environmental Society of Los Altos. In 2009, he received the Walter Singer Award, the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious community-service designation. He enjoyed running, playing golf, traveling and the company of friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; children, J.J. Elliot, Jordan, and Brooke Cosgrove; son-in-law, Tim Elliot; two grandchildren; and brothers, Dave (and Margaret) and Jim (and Jean).


Jacqueline M. “Jackie” Bafaro, wife of the late Pacific baseball coach Charles R. “Chuck” Bafaro, died Dec. 20, 2017, at age 86. She worked at Timmreck & McNicol Jewelers for many years and was also involved in the Forest Grove community, running the chorus line for the annual Ballad Town USA competition for years and teaching tap dancing. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 46 years; and her daughter Julie (Bafaro) McMullin ’81. She is survived by her sons, Bradley “Brad” ’80, MST ’86 and Blayne ’87 (and Anne); son-in-law, Gerald McMullin; siblings, Robert (and Donna) Wrenn, Betty Lesher, and Donna (and Dick) Wiles; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and an extended family.

Marques “Mark” Clarence McClanahan died Jan. 2, 2018, at age 87. A former Pacific University trustee, McClanahan earned a bachelor’s and law degree from Willamette University. He practiced with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn from 1954 to 1995, then went into private practice. He enjoyed golf, skiing, tennis, travel, bridge, supporting the Assistance League of Greater Portland, monthly dances at the Portland Heights Dance Club, and friendships at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. McClanahan was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Eloise (McClanahan) Griesmeyer. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Faye (Wheeler) McClanahan; his five children, Craig (and Ruth), David, Julie Baugh, Edward (and Melanie), and Kathleen (and Doug) Wolfe; his brother-in-law and best man, Don Griesmeyer; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.


Joyce (Kellington) Osborn ’45 died Feb. 5, 2018, at age 94. Osborn was a fourth-generation descendant of the Butler and Sigler pioneer families of Washington County. After World War II, she married Army Air Corps veteran and ex-POW Clinton Gruber ’47, who died in 2011. Osborn worked for U.S. National Bank, where she operated an offset printing press to support banking operations. She had a lifelong interest in music, particularly opera, and sang in several ensembles. In 1964, she married Warren R. Osborn, a machinist and deep-sea charter sport fishing captain. While holding down her job at the bank, she also worked in the family business, maintaining and preparing fishing boats during the off-season and supporting fishing operations during summers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, and is survived by a son, Dwight Gruber; Jerrilyn Blodgett; and an extended family.


Capt. Lester “Les” F. Demmin ’51 died Jan. 6, 2018, at age 88. He was a retired U.S. Navy captain who served on the nuclear submarine force. He was recognized with a Legion of Merit award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. In 1962, he married Norma Tabit Armstrong, and they spent 52 years together, raising three sons. He enjoyed antiquing with Norma, tennis and caring for several dogs over the years. He also loved science, reading and telling captivating stories about his life. He was preceded in death by his wife and a son, F. Jeffrey Armstrong. He is survived by sons, William F. Armstrong III and David Demmin; daughters-in-law, Dea Armstrong, Beth Copeland, Suanne Armstrong and Jennifer Demmin; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and an extended family.


Raymond K. Reutlinger ’52 died Dec. 30, 2017, at age 90. He joined the Navy at age 17 as a medic just after World War II. He spent several years in the Pacific on an aircraft carrier and then attended college on the GI Bill, first at Pacific and then at Monmouth College in Illinois. In 1952, he married Helen Douthit of Grand Island, Neb., and they moved to Portland. He had a successful career in pharmaceutical sales for Hoffman-La Roche and spent many contented hours fishing with his friends and family, rooting for the Blazers and Ducks, and playing golf. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen; sons, Ted (and Catherine) and Tom (and Michael Waid); and two grandchildren.

Paul Newell Youngdale ’52, OD ’53 died Dec. 16, 2017, at age 89. He served in the Army between World War II and the Korean War, before earning his doctor of optometry degree from Pacific. He began his practice in Beaver Dam, Wisc., and served the community until his retirement in 1994. He put his leadership talents to work for a number of organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis International, the Freemasons, the YMCA, Grace Presbyterian Church, and the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He loved gardening, the outdoors and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Marian and Shirley; and sisters, Nancy Padfield and Pat Goplen. He is survived by his children, Eric, David, Paula Lynn Schwartz and Bobbie Sue Schwartz (and Eric Braun). 


Thomas E. Picard ’54 died in September 2017 at the age of 84. At Pacific, he studied theater and art, and he built sets for many school plays. After graduating, he went to the East Coast, where he worked in summer stock and spent 12 years working on sets for New York stage plays. He studied at Yale, Boston University, The Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League of New York in Manhattan. He enjoyed a nearly 40-year professional career as a set designer for ABC television. He has 73 pieces of art in the Coast Guard’s permanent art collection, and his work has been displayed worldwide. In 2011, he was awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award. In November, the Salmagundi Club and U.S. Coast Guard hosted a memorial for Tom in New York, displaying his work. He is survived by sister and brother-in-law, Malva (Picard) ’56 and Col. William Smith ’56.


Ronald “Ron” Hoodenpyl ’55 died Dec. 20, 2017, at age 85. After graduating from Pacific with a bachelor’s in business, he joined the Gaston Rural Fire District. He began serving as fire chief in 1958 and retired nearly 40 years later in 1995. He was a life member of the Oregon Fire Chief’s Association and enjoyed traveling, camping and gardening. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Loretta; father and stepmother, Irwin and Sally; mother and stepfather, Edith and Darrell Perkins; and sister, Janet. He is survived by his wife, Pat Rasmussen; children, Ronald (and Sherry), Debbie (and Steve), Douglas (and Amber), and Mark; stepchildren, Jeff (and Elena), Janean (and Verne), and Susy (and Dwaine); stepsiblings, James (and Donna); five grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren and an extended family. 


Norman Werner Larabee ’56 died Nov. 27, 2017, at age 86. He served in the Navy for three years and then attended Pacific. He worked for IBM for 35 years, first in Salem, Ore., and later in Seattle. Following his retirement in 1991, he pursued his many passions: sailing his Cal ’36 sailboat, collecting old cars, volunteering in car clubs, hiking, biking and taking road trips on Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway. He volunteered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program. He was preceded in death by both of his wives, Mary Lou and Cheryl. He is survived by his children, Lancer Larabee and Laura (and Mark) Chambers; stepchildren, Jenny (and Tony) Shore and Dan (and Dolly) Null; seven grandchildren; and  an extended family.


Thomas H. Guthrie ’57 died Jan. 17, 2018, at age 83. He served in the Army as a young man and later worked for Tektronix, started his own cabinet-building business and finally as a craftsman at Good Shepard Homes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and backpacking with his family. He was also a talented baker and a skilled woodworker. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Theo; children, Zemery, Levi, Crystal, Kelly and Carolyn; siblings, Ben ’57, Jerry, Linda, Bill, and Alan; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Alfred “Al” Furie ’58, OD ’60 died Jan. 11, 2018, at age 87. He earned a bachelor’s in animal husbandry from Delaware Valley College before attending Pacific for his doctor of optometry. He settled in Hillsboro, Ore., where the practiced for 48 years. He was also an associate professor at Pacific’s College of Optometry and an Air Force veteran. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from Pacific’s Alumni Association. He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Carole; daughters, JoAnn Eden, Linda, and Betty (and Dennis) Paulsen; and two grandchildren.


Thomas “Tom” T. Thompson Jr. ’59 died March 16, 2018, at age 80. At Pacific, Thompson was one of the top offensive linemen in the history of the football program. In 1958, he was named by the Williamson System to the Little All-America football team, one of only two players from Pacific to earn the All-American title. He majored in physical education and was named to the Northwest All Conference team and was invited to try out with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. In October 2011, he was inducted into Pacific’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He taught math, science and coached sports at Tillamook Junior High School, before moving on to a distinguished career with the Tillamook County Education Service District. In 1990, he received the Oregon governor’s award for outstanding volunteerism. He was preceded in death by his parents and eldest brother, William Nelson. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann, of more than 52 years; daughters, Gretchen Annice (and Andrew) Peterson and Tonya Kaye Hobbs; brother, Paul Anthony; sister, Michele Jean (and Jerome) Kallberg; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Charles “Charlie” Brown ’59, OD ’60 died Jan. 24, 2017, at age 86. He attended Commercial College in Omaha, Neb., in the late 1940s and entered the Air Force in 1951, working for the Office of Special Investigations. After his discharge, he studied at the University of Iowa, before enrolling at Pacific University’s College of Optometry. He also served as a firefighter in Forest Grove. He went on to practice optometry in Ashland for more than four decades. He was an active member of the Ashland Lions Club and Ashland First United Methodist Church, and he supported the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, volunteering as a “redcoat” usher for some 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Glenda; sisters, Donna (and Jim) Odden and Judy (and Cal) Northam; children, Charles (and Terry), Rachel Brown-Wagner (and Aron) and Susan (and Doug) Cavanaugh; grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


William “Bill” G. Macklin ’60 died Dec. 26, 2017, at age 81. He worked in a plywood mill before deciding to attend Pacific, where he studied journalism and business and met his future wife, Virginia Dean ’62. After graduation, he went to work for the Internal Revenue Service. He retired in 1985, and four years later he and his wife returned to Tillamook County, where he lived out the rest of his life. Macklin loved to golf and did so in high school, college and later in life. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing bridge. Macklin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia “Ginger”; children, Susan (and Keith) Johnson, Dean and Shawn Michelle; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Bradford “Brad” G. Ross ’62 died Feb. 18, 2018, at age 80. Ross majored in journalism at Pacific, where he met and married Terri Traughber ’64 (now Terri Gibson). He was a member of the Phi Beta Tau fraternity and an accomplished tennis player. He spent most of his career in the newspaper business and in public relations in Oregon. He was editor of the Coquille Valley Sentinel on three separate occasions, among other positions. He also had a lifelong passion for fishing and black-and-white photography. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sharon. He is survived by his children, Blair (and Jana), Paige (and Aredha), and Chris (and Elyna); and an extended family.

Dennis Jay Celorie ’62 died Oct. 19, 2017, at age 78. He worked with organizations including Easter Seals and Make-A-Wish Foundation over a career that spanned more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Linda; daughter, Lyndsie; mother, Mildred; and sisters, Patricia Stangeland and Kathleen Baratelli.

Gordon Lee Lindley OD ’62 died Aug. 29, 2017, at age 82. He enlisted in the Navy in 1954 and after his honorable discharge attended Pacific’s College of Optometry on the GI Bill. He owned and operated a private practice in Grants Pass, Ore., until 1992, when he moved his practice to a Walmart Vision Center. He served on many boards and committees in the Rogue Valley, with a focus on health, youth and education. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marni Bertholf, and a son, Larry. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna; twin sons, Steven and Scott; and daughter, Sunny; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Donald V. Printz ’62 died Nov. 24, 2017, at age 77. He was named “Best All Around Athlete” his senior year of high school and continued to excel in sports during his time at Pacific. In 1960, he married his childhood love, Barbara, and they spent the next 30 years together before her death in 1990. In 1995, he met his second love, Nancy, and the two moved to Sisters, Ore., in 2000, when Printz retired after more than 35 years as a longshoreman. They married in 2008. He enjoyed fishing and taking the family on boat rides. He was preceded in death by his son, Todd; first wife, Barbara; brother, Gail; sister, Phyllis; and his parents. Printz is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Lori (and Mark) Stevenson, Cindi Millard, and Donna (and Adrian) Thayer; four grandchildren; brother, Floyd (and Darlene); and an extended family.


Lonnie Sisson OD ’70 died Dec. 26, 2017, at age 78. After graduating from Pacific, Sisson became the first African American licensed to practice optometry in Nevada. He opened his optometry practice in 1975 and retired in 2002. He served as clinical director of the Operation Life Community Health Center, vice president of the Nevada Public Health Association, chair of the Clark County Planning Commission, director of the American Society of Planning Officials, and was also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He enjoyed hunting, fly fishing and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra; children, Lori Lauth, Lyn (and David) Sisson-Talbert, Tori (and Shante) Sisson-Wolfe, and Lon (and Dien); sister, Deloris Harris; four grandchildren; and an extended family.


Calvin L. Downey ’71 died Dec. 29, 2017, at age 71. He had a 36-year career with the Washington County (Ore.) Juvenile Department, where he held several positions. He also served as volunteer president of a statewide committee in Oregon for the prevention of child abuse and worked with other organizations to pass legislation protecting children from abuse and to establish the Children’s Trust Fund. He enjoyed football, good food, playing poker with friends, photography, music and the theater. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Linda; daughter, Malina; and brother, Ron.

James Clifford “Jim” Henriksen MSEd ’71 died Nov. 23, 2017, at age 92. He enlisted in the military at age 18 and served honorably as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps from November 1944 to October 1945. One of the joys of his life was flying. After completing his active military service, he served in the reserves and attended the University of Washington, earning a bachelor’s in forestry engineering. In the mid-1950s, Henriksen and his wife, Erma ’61, MSEd ’71, moved to Forest Grove, where they started a family and enrolled at Pacific to study education. Later, they moved with their three children to Alaska, where they taught in small communities. After retiring, they moved to Sequim, Wash., and spent much of their time traveling. The couple returned to Alaska in 1994 to be closer to their children and grandchildren and remained in Anchorage for the rest of their days. He was preceded in death by his sisters; his wife, Erma; and eldest grandson, Leif. He is survived by his children, Jane Baird, Janet Jacob and Bill Henriksen; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.


Chadwick “Chad” B. Debnam ’72 died Nov. 26, 2017, at age 67. At Pacific, he studied political science and economics, played football (setting several records) and was a student activist. His varied interests and careers included managing the hit recording group Pleasure in the 1970s, concert promotion and real estate development. He was active in politics and business development in the Portland area and on a national level. A tireless advocate for small business ownership and black economic development, he was a past president of the Portland NAACP, a member of the National Black Business League, past chairman of the Oregon Civil Service Board, and was involved with the National Black Chamber of Commerce. He was also a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Clarence Jr. He is survived by his wife, Mauria; children, Andrea and Basil; one grandson; siblings, Earl, Michael, Joan, Jacqueline, Myra (and Nate), Darlene, Rhodean, Donna (and Momodou), Debbie, and Theresa (and Tony); a grandson, Ace; and an extended family.

Arlen I. Hallbacka ’72 died July 19, 2017, at age 68 in Pahrump, Nev., leaving to mourn family and friends. Hallback, an Oregon native, is survived by his wife, Arlene.


Claudell Katherine (Patzkowski) Giesbers ’73 died Nov. 25, 2017, at age 75. She earned a bachelor’s in music education from Pacific and loved teaching young musicians how to play the piano, violin and viola. She also loved playing the piano, stringed instruments and percussion instruments in chamber groups, musical theater pit orchestras and community groups. She met her husband of 29 years, Eldon, in Forest Grove in 1982. She is remembered as an “exceptional wife” and amazing mother to her two daughters, Pamela and Sherrill. She is also remembered as selfless, kind and softhearted.

Delmar Moffitt “Del” Martin ’73 died Nov. 4, 2017, at age 66. He studied music education at Pacific, where he met his future wife, Priscilla J. Featherston ’73. The two eventually divorced but remained close friends for many years. He was a talented woodworker, a skilled marksman, loved the outdoors, and he was also a lifelong musician and performer. He toured with the Norman Luboff Choir, directed music at various churches, and sang the national anthem at a Portland Trailblazers game. He was a public-school music teacher, a boiler operator, a computer operator for Jantzen Inc. and later a licensed massage therapist. He also taught private music and voice lessons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carol and Gail; brother, Jerry Martin; and his eldest son, Arlie. He is survived by his stepmother, Eileen Hayes Martin; children, John Martin and Neoma (Seth) Ramseyer; former wife, Priscilla; eight grandchildren; and an extended family. 


Ben A. Miller ’74 died Dec. 30, 2017, at age 69. Miller — nicknamed “Benny Badger” at Pacific in a nod to the university’s former mascot — pitched for the conference champion Badgers in 1968. He was active in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, singing bass in the Sinfonia Glee Club and barbershop quartet. He was also a member of the Pacific University Singers, participating in their tour to Hawai‘i in 1971. He could often be found playing tuba in bands, orchestras and parades. He collected renaissance recorders and later played hammer dulcimer. After taking a break from Pacific in the early 1970s, he returned to finish his degree. A music theory major, he was also a staff photographer for the Heart of Oak yearbook and participated in local theater productions. His Pacific friends remember him as a gentle soul who loved baseball and music.

Byron Knepp ’74 died Dec. 18, 2017, at age 74. He started his career as an educator and later was self-employed, most recently as owner of DCP Sharpening Service in Beaverton. He was also a member of Elks Lodge No. 660. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Justin Morrison. Knepp is survived by his wife, Darlene; children, Paul (and Valerie) and Donna McDaniel (and Rick Pearo); a brother, Donald Jack; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 


Charles Richard “Doc” Elliot ’79, OD ’82 died Feb. 21, 2018, at age 78. He was a well-known optometrist and resident of Yerington, Nev., having moved there from Reno in 1987. He went on to open additional optometry practices in Fallon, Hawthorne and Reno. He was known by his friends and family as a life-long student of nature and science. He also played several instruments, including piano and guitar. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Linda; children, Kimberly (and Charles) and Sean (and Sherilyn); adopted daughters, Lorena Morgan and Olga Jaramillo; a grandson, Aidan; four adopted grandchildren; and an extended family.


Belinda S. (Raymond) Uhall ’81 died May 11, 2017, at age 58, following a two-year battle with brain cancer. She graduated in the top of her class at Pacific, then went on to become a doctor of internal medicine through the University of Arizona Medical School. Her daughters were the center of her life. She was a great cook, a lover of animals, and an active member of My Church in Tucson, Ariz. She enjoyed sports, outdoor recreation, all things Oregon, music and the arts. She is survived by her daughters, Brianna and Alena; father of her children, Phil Uhall; mother, Stella Pelletier/Braastad; and brothers, John Raymond IV and James Raymond.


Jeffrey “Jeff” Speiser ’87 died July 16, 2017, at age 51. He was a standout high school football player and went on to play at Pacific and Carroll College in Helena, Mont. He also attended the University of Montana in Missoula. He married Margaret Packer in 1993 and started a family. After relocating to Boise, Idaho, he landed a job at Micron Technology Inc. as a journeyman pipefitter, a position that involved travel throughout the United States. He was a proud member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 296. His first grandchild, Declan, was born in 2016 and quickly became one of the greatest joys of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his children, Sarah and Ryan; grandson, Declan; and siblings, Jon, LaDonna, and Bruce Wilson.


Ceridwyn “Ceri” (Gipson) Burke MAT ’06 died Jan. 14, 2018, at age 41. She majored in theater and minored in French at the University of Oregon. She was involved with the Actors Cabaret of Eugene for a number of years. After earning a master of arts in teaching from Pacific, she spent 12 years teaching at Oaklea Middle School in Junction City, Ore., where she was a mentor, teacher leader and respected member of the staff. She also wrote two young adult mystery novels under the pen name C.G. Burke. She married Nathan Burke in 2010 and they enjoyed hiking, camping, hunting mushrooms, cooking and traveling. She was a talented gardener and a gutsy home project-er. She also enjoyed reading, knitting, yoga and spending time with family. She is survived by her husband, Nathan; parents, siblings, in-laws; and an extended family.


Leah A. Leighter MAT ’16 died Dec. 3, 2017, at age 29. She attended Oregon State University for two years and then finished her undergraduate degree in biology at University of Oregon in 2010. She later received her master of arts in teaching degree from Pacific and began her first full-time position as a math teacher at Early College & Career Options High School. She enjoyed the outdoors, including cycling, backpacking, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and swimming in the state’s many rivers and lakes. She participated in many community runs in Eugene and was also an avid gardener. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Date and Opal Strehlow. She is survived by her parents; siblings, Jacob and Rachel; grandparents, Charles and Barbara; and an extended family.

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