“It’s 89 sticky degrees here in Hillsboro,” Rich Burk ’88 tells baseball fans on a late June evening. It’s even hotter in the broadcast booth, where Burk — “the voice” of the new Hillsboro Hops minor league team — is bringing the fourth home game of the season to life in the minds of radio […]
It was spring, 1942 and there was war all over the world. The Great Depression had ended, but now the Allied nations were fighting for their lives as the second European war of the century metastasized with horrific swiftness into global conflict. As the world descended into total war, life at Pacific went almost unchanged.
The last time Gruber saw his B-24 bomber he was falling away from it, 18,000 feet above Germany.
In the Spring of 1943, the Associated Women Students at Pacific University created a service flag to honor those serving in the war and those who had been killed. The flag was first hung in the Forest Grove Congregational Church, then Marsh Hall, during the war. Its current whereabouts (2010) are unknown.