In Memoriam

We remember friends and alumni who have passed.


Ronald Everson died Aug. 3, 2018, at age 86. A former optometry faculty member and friend of Pacific, he attended Ripon College and Northwestern University where he received his PhD in optometry. He served at the Reserve Officer Commissioning Program before joining the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957. He then taught at Pacific’s College of Optometry for three years. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, James Elder. He is survived by his sisters, Carol Elder and Elizabeth Bette; and an extended family.

Arthur “Dick” Edwards died Dec. 1, 2016, at age 100. He established the Robert A. Edwards Scholarship for Pacific’s College of Optometry in the year 2000. He served aboard the USS Maryland for three years during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eleanore; and a great-granddaughter. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Barbara; children, Susan (and Richard) Schwartz and Robert (and Billie); five step-children; five grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; and an extended family.

Niles Roth died Aug. 24, 2018, at age 92. He was a retired professor of Pacific’s College of Optometry and husband of the late Jean (Paskin) Roth ’76. He was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his son, Curtis.

Thomas “Tom” Sloan died March 18, 2018, at age 87. He was a former trustee at Pacific. Among his many achievements, he introduced fresh pasta to Portland through his business, Prima Pasta, served as president of the Board of the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, helped lead the Neskowin Chamber Music Society and was the Human Resources Director at Tektronix for a couple decades. He served as an advisor to former Oregon Gov. Tom McCall and helped establish the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at Pacific. He loved to travel, visiting friends in Germany and Italy as often as he could. He is survived by his wife, Della; children, David and Beatrice; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.


Malcom R. Herd ’42 died Feb. 1, 2018, at age 100. He was born and raised in Oregon City, Ore., and was a basketball star at both Oregon City High School and Pacific. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941 and served in Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. He was awarded a Bronze Star. He married Mary Pym in 1948, and together they raised four children. Following his time in the military, he established his own lumber company, Pacific Wood Products. He was an avid reader with a love for poetry and music. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and siblings. He is survived by his children, Kathy Masser, Chris (and Ted) Sessums, Julie Field, and Jeff (and Stacey); five grandchildren; and an extended family.

Mary Beth (Carpenter) Hurlocker ’42 died Sept. 10, 2018, at age 98. She grew up in Forest Grove, Ore., where she attended high school and Pacific. She continued her education at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tenn., earning a master’s degree in Christian education. She devoted much of her life to the Methodist Church through music and helping establish its church camp at Loon Lake (Ore.). After retirement, she enjoyed tutoring at the local high school and serving the “youngsters” lunch at the Senior Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul. She is survived by her sister, Janet Gannatal; children, Susan (and Tom) Sarbacker, Sanford (and Beth Ann), Paula (and Bill) Beck, Charles (and Lori), and Katie Carpenter; 25 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and an extended family.


Catherine E. Heineck ’45 died March 6, 2018, at age 95. She was born and raised in Portland. She attended St. Mary’s Academy (Ore.) and then Pacific soon after. She married Joseph B. Heineck in 1946 and together they had four children. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn. She is survived by her children, David, Paul and Janet.


Lorraine (Mortensen) Federman ’49 died July 14, 2018, at age 89. After graduating from Pacific with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts, she received a scholarship from the University of Oregon, where she earned a master’s degree in education. She taught at various elementary schools in Oregon for 30 years until her retirement. She had a lifelong love for theater and was an active member of the Portland Civic Theatre as an actress and stage director. She directed and choreographed many school plays and musicals and also taught ballet for several years. Even after retirement, she performed with the Northwest Senior Theatre across the Portland area. She is survived by her husband, Stan; and sons, David and Mike.


Corrine V. Romero ’50 died March 24, 2018, at age 89, after battling cancer. She was born and raised in Los Angeles until her family moved to Oregon, where she finished high school. She attended Pacific and met her future husband, Ernest F. Romero ’52, OD ’53. They married on Sept. 6, 1952, and raised three children together. She was an active member of PEO Chapter GC, an organization that provides scholarships to support women’s education locally and internationally. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister. She is survived by her brother, William (and Marge) Varitz; children, Claudia (and Wesley) Jones, Marguerite and Ernie; and an extended family.

Richard L. “Doc” Sickler ’50, OD ’51 died May 10, 2015, at age 88. He was born and raised in Barberton, Ohio. He played and was active in baseball, football and basketball throughout his high school and college years. At Pacific, he lettered two years in basketball and also pitched for the baseball team. In 2001, he was inducted into the Barberton (Ohio) Sports Hall of Fame. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years before receiving his optometry degree from Pacific. He had a thriving practice in his hometown with his brother. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard L. Sickler Jr.; and brothers, Raymond and Edward. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Evelyn; children, Clifford (and Marianne), Gale (and Steve) Reyher, Sally (and Michael) Gilbert, and Lori (and Mike) Fick; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and an extended family.


Iris Roy Little ’51 died March 25, 2017, at age 87. She had a profound love for music and graduated Pacific with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She also met her late husband of 62 years, Kenneth Little ’51, while attending Pacific. They were married in June 1952 and raised three children together. The couple retired to Mason Lake, Wash., and enjoyed many years there. She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter, Kathy Little Howard. She is survived by her sister, Janet Roy Norby; sons, Donald and Brian; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Robert A. Baker ’53, OD ’54 died Dec. 1, 2015, at age 95. He served in the U.S. Army for three years before moving to Forest Grove, where he attended Pacific and received both his bachelor’s degree and doctor of optometry degree. He established his own optometric practices in Brewster and Coulee, Wash. In 1973, he and his wife sold both his practices to become missionaries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was preceded in death by his wives, Edna and Doris; and his brother and sister. He is survived by his children, Donna Rae (and Jay) Riddel, Jeannie (and Mike) Scharbach; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and an extended family.


Bruce R. Dabling ’54, OD ’55 died Feb. 2, 2018, at age 96. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Following the war, he received his optometry degree from Pacific and opened his own practice in Ogden, Utah, where he and his family lived for nearly 60 years. He helped pioneer the use of contact lenses and other innovative eye care procedures in his community. He and his wife, Helen, led several efforts to aid local schools, the Presbyterian Church and individuals with disabilities. They were happily married for 58 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and daughter, Nikkie. He is survived by his sons, Charlie (and Jeri), Ralph (and Mary Jo), Paul and John; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Robert Guthrie ’54 died Nov. 17, 2009, at age 78. He was devoted to his family and felt the most at home in the woods tracking game or casting a line. He is survived by his children, Donald, Wade, Boyd and Robin; siblings, Tom, Ben, Jerry, Linda, Bill and Alan; and an extended family.

Donald Kohlmeier ’54 died June 13, 2001, at age 70. He is survived by his wife, Dianne; and children, Michael and Kamala Skipper.


LeNell Jones ’58, MAT ’80 died May 16, 2018, at age 82. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Pacific and later returned to pursue a master’s degree in teaching. She taught at Peter Boscow Elementary School in Hillsboro for more than 20 years. She is survived by her children, Ellen (and Chris) and Matt Wrenn; and grandson, Max Wrenn.


Jim Fergerson ’60 died July 20, 2018, at age 80. After graduating from Pacific, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as an infantry officer. He served in Cuba and Vietnam, leading infantrymen in combat operations. He continued his service at the Pentagon, working as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was a member of the Oregon Air National Guard 244th Combat Communication Squadron. He was awarded numerous commendations during his military service, including the Navy Cross. He worked for Portland General Electric until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Deb; daughter, Mary; brother, Tim; and six grandchildren.


Neil Cawood ’61 died July 25, 2018, at age 80. He served in the U.S. Army for a number of years before attending Pacific, where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He was an avid athlete throughout high school and college. He covered all of the major Oregon sports during his 40-year career, much of it for the (Eugene, Ore.) Register-Guard, including beat writing and traveling with the 1977 world champion Portland Trail Blazers. He enjoyed tending to his property on the McKenzie River, hosting many friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Liz; children, Matthew (and Cindy), Timothy (and Val), and Nathan (and Katie); and three grandchildren.


Norma J. Oyler ’64 died March 10, 2018, at age 75. She received her bachelor’s degree in English at Pacific and moved on to complete a master’s degree at the University of Oregon. She was a high school ESL and English teacher for several years. She was devoted to and involved in her community as a member of the NEA (National Education Association), OEA (Oregon Education Association), Tigard Education Association, historical sssociation, and planning association. She was appointed mayor of Sherwood, Ore., in 1987 by the city council. She is survived by her sister, Letty Fotta.


Violet (Shrock) Aandres ’65 died March 27, 2016, at age 72. She had a deep love for life, art and gardening. Despite battling bone cancer for three years, she maintained a positive outlook and always had a smile on her face. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Richard Deubel; siblings Edward (and Cindy) Schrock, Bette Marsh, Monte (and Donna) Schrock, and Tracey (and Allen) Schrock; aunt, Eva Johnson; and an extended family.


John Lounsbury ’66, OD ’67 died Oct. 24, 2016, at age 75. He honed and crafted a perfect pair of hand-lathed contact lenses. A visiting optometrist was so impressed by his skill that he invited Lounsbury to Novosibirsk, Russia, to share his craft. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brothers, Lloyd Jr. (and Edith), George (and Bobbie), and Jim (and Lorna); children, John, Rachael (and Jeremy) Stark, Jeff (and Evelyn) Wright, Deline (and Keven) Laughlin, Candy (and Jim) Laiti, and Brent Wright; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


John Ruhlman MA ’68 died Aug. 9, 2018, at age 77. After graduating from Western Baptist College in Salem, Ore., he attended Pacific and received a master’s degree in sociology. He married Nancy Mehner in 1962, which was the start of their 56-year adventure, traveling the world including Israel, Egypt, Europe and China. He founded Calvary Baptist Church of Hillsboro (Ore.) in 1963 and remained there until 1968 when he and his family moved to Everson, Wash., to serve the Nooksack Valley Baptist Church. Overall, he was a pastor and teacher for 55 years. He served as chairman of the board of trustees of Western Baptist College (Ore.), president of the Mount Vernon (Wash.) Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon. He also wrote A History of Northwest Regular Baptists, which was published in 1976. He is survived by his wife; children, Sheryl (and Eric) Rasmussen, John, and Bob (and Lee Anne); eight grandchildren; and an extended family.


William Novotny ’71, OD ’72 died Nov. 19, 2017, at age 70. He earned his optometry degree from Pacific and opened the first full-time optometric practice in Buffalo, Wyo., in 1972. He became a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry a few years later. He served the local community until his retirement in 2006, and was affectionately known as “Doc Novot.” He was a trustee for the Lake DeSmet Conservation District and was a past president of the Wyoming Optometric Association, the Buffalo Rotary Club, the Buffalo Trap and Skeet Club, the Buffalo Outlaw Wrestling Club and was on the Johnson County Youth Camp board. He was a gifted craftsman who enjoyed woodworking and welding. He was preceded in death by his parents and two younger brothers. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn; children, Nicole (and Richard) Wonka, Tiffany and Bill III; grandchildren, John, Charles and Thomas; dog, Shadow; sisters; and an extended family.

Paul B. Ranslow ’71 died April 9, 2018, at age 70, after battling cancer. He had a distinguished 40-year career in higher education as a professor, dean, vice-president and president at three colleges: Pitzer College (Calif.), Ripon College (Wis.), and Sierra Nevada College (Nev.). He also served at Pacific as the director of admissions. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ida; and father-in-law, Fred Wilson. He is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie; siblings, Peter and Susan Solorzano; and an extended family.


Denise A. Dalziel ’92 died March 29, 2018, at age 48. She is survived by children Margo (and Terry) Klingenberg, Stacie Gray, Jim (and Mechelle), and Frank.


Clare Midson OD ’01 died in August 2018, at the age of 49. She earned her optometry degree from Pacific and practiced at the Tigard (Ore.) Optometric Clinic for more than 17 years.


Tiffany E. Dillard PA ’08 died Apr. 30, 2018, at age 44. After graduating from Boston University (Mass.), she worked in the film industry as an associate producer for several years before finding her passions in medicine and patient care. She earned her master’s degree from Pacific and immediately began her new career as a physician assistant. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and uncle. She is survived by her parents; sister, Allison; and an extended family.


Misty A. Triplett MAT ’18 died June 16, 2018, at age 40. She battled cancer for three years before passing away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Hunt MAT ’04.

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