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PUC President Addresses Campus at Opening Convocation

The opening ceremony featured a processional of representatives from each of PUC’s academic departments, and they took to the stage with banners depicting the fields of study available on campus. Following the departmental display, Jennifer Tyner, vice president for student life, enrollment, and marketing, gave a short welcome address, mentioning that the day’s colloquy, “symbolizes the start of an amazing journey we are about to start together.” 

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A Conversation with Fall Revival Speaker Josue Hernandez

Josue Hernandez is in the middle of his third year of ministry as associate pastor at the Modesto Central Seventh-day Adventist Church. He graduated from Pacific Union College in 2015 with a degree in theology, and will begin MDiv classes in January. 

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Social Work Study Tour to Estonia

In 2012, Helo Oidjärv, associate professor of social work, went home to Estonia to visit her parents. While there, she had a few preliminary meetings with social workers at the Tartu city government, and worked with them to develop a 3-4-week program to learn about the social welfare system in Estonia, based on that in Tartu.

Alumni & Friends

Obituaries

Written and compiled by Herbert (Herb) Ford, ’54

We remember our lost brothers and sisters in Christ and pray for the day we are all reunited with our Heavenly Father.

1930s

Lois Lenora (Dillon) Anderson, ’38, died December 19, 2016, in Ukiah, Calif. She was born on January 4, 1919, in Visalia, Calif. Lois is survived by her sons David, Daniel, and Vernon; eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Arline Mae (Richards) Goertz, ’38, a nurse, died on October 3, 2017, in Caldwell, Idaho. She was born on May 3, 1915, in Ithaca, Mich. Arline is survived by her son, Richard; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Ronald C. Gregory, ’39, a physician, died November 18, 2017, in Loma Linda, Calif. He was born on December 24, 1919, in Hanford, Calif. Ronald is survived by his daughters, Donna Thorpe, Carolyn Scheller, and Kathryn Farrar; by his son, Kenneth; and by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

1940s

Laurita E. (Wineland) Jacobson, ’40, a missionary and a piano teacher, died July 5, 2016, in Riverside, Calif. She was born on January 29, 1918, in Hinsdale, Ill. Laurita served her church with her husband Melvin as a missionary in Iran and Iraq. She was a piano teacher for scores of young people, and served for 44 years in the La Sierra (Calif.) University Church’s Pathfinder Club. Laurita is survived by her daughters, Margaret Stephens, Vernette Day, and Karen Kugel; his son, Douglas; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Muriel Fischer, ’41, died March 24, 2017, in Loma Linda, Calif. She was born on June 23, 1921, in Mountain View, Calif. Muriel is survived by her sons, David, Dan, Jon, Jay, and Ben; 13 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

Lois Margarette (Stump) Henry, ’41, a retired nurse, died on October 29, 2017, in Napa, Calif.  She was born on September 24, 1921, in Phoenix, Ariz.  In accompanying her husband Weiland on his assignments as an evangelist for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Lois once called 10 different cities “home” in just one year!  After receiving her nursing degree, she served as a nurse, in addition to being a housewife, and at one time served as director of nursing at the Santa Rosa, Calif. Convalescent Hospital. She later became the head nurse of The Ranch Home: the family’s 41-bed residential care facility. Lois is survived by her four sons; by her nine grandchildren; and by 17 great-grandchildren.

Marian Mulder, ’41, ’43, a homemaker, died September 20, 2017, in Loma Linda, Calif. She was married to Harold H. Mulder, a physician. Marian was born on September 18, 1923, in Ogden, Utah.

Marjorie R. Belben, ’43, a retired nurse, died on February 6, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. She was born July 22, 1923. Marjorie had a diverse and extraordinary nursing career that spanned 40 years of service, most of it in San Francisco. Marjorie is survived by her sister, Barbara; and by her brothers, Herb and Paul Belban.

Helmuth Friedrich Fischer, att. ’43-44, a retired physician, died November 18, 2016, in Loma Linda, Calif. He was born on September 3, 1919, in Wittenberg, Germany. Helmuth, an anesthesiologist, practiced medicine in Idaho, Los Angeles, Calif.; Deer Park, Calif.; West Berlin, Germany; and Fontana, Calif., until his retirement in 1980. He is survived by five sons; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Louis Livingston Smith, att. ’43, a retired professor of surgery, died September 9, 2016, in Loma Linda, Calif. He was born on May 5, 1925, in College Place, Wash. He is survived by his daughter, Patti Catalano; by two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Geraldine A. (Baumbach) Cochran, ’44, a businesswoman, died November 30, 2017, in Concord, Calif. She was born on December 5, 1923, in Spokane, Wash. Geraldine is survived by her daughter, Peggy Cochran-Voegele; by three grandsons and one great-grandchild; and by her sister, Genevieve Tonge-Keszler.

Thomas J. Cummings, ’44, a retired physician, died March 18, 2017, in Paradise, Calif. He was born on December 24, 1924, in Berrien Springs, Mich.  Thomas practiced family medicine, including surgery and obstetrics, primarily in California. 

Harold Romain Dixon Jr., ’44, a physician, died May 3, 2017, in Portland, Ore. He was born on March 1, 1920, in Kiukiang, China. Harold is survived by his wife Verna May (Thompson) Dower Dixon; by his daughter, Evalee Rushold; by his sons, Harold Romaine Dixon III, James Dower and Edward dower; by his seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and by his sister, Aileen Bohner.

Paul William Kemper, ’44, ’81, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and administrator, died on August 30, 2017, in Napa, Calif. He was born on August 30, 1920, in Aberdeen, S.D. Paul was a departmental secretary for the church in Panama, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. He also served as a pastor in South Dakota, Kansas, and California. Paul is survived by his daughters, Linda Purdy, and Gwen Forrester; by his son, Ed; and by six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis Annette (Sidle) Smith, ’45, a retired nurse, died June 16, 2016, in Angwin, Calif. She was born on June 14, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minn. Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Sherrilyn Roth; her sons, Gary and Galen; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mary Jean Ceour-Barron Thompson, ’45, ’48, ’79, a retired hospice director, died December 12, 2017, in Modesto, Calif. She was born in Duluth, Minn., on March 10, 1925. In 1979, Mary Jean founded the Community Hospice in Modesto, and served as its executive director until she retired. Mary Jean is survived by her children, Brent Coeur-Barron, Heather Trevino, Margo Coeur-Barron, and Rochelle Masquefa; by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and by her sister Barbara Bullard.

Stanley “Jack” D. Wheeler, ’45, a physician, died November 25, 2016, in Denver, Colo.  He was born on April 28, 1922, in Los Angeles, Calif. Stanley worked in Eastern Kentucky with the Appalachian mountain people, and later practiced as a family physician near Louisville, Ky. He pioneered natural childbirth in rural Georgia years before the Lamaze program was born. Stanley is survived by his three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Joyce Beatrice (Gillian) White, ’45, a retired nurse, died May 2016, in Fort Bragg, Calif. She was born on March 5, 1917, in Visalia, Calif.

Dorothy (Castleman) Johnson, ’46, a volunteer and pilot, died March 6, 2018, at her home in Redstone, Colo. She was born in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1926. With her husband, Dr. Bernarr Johnson, Dorothy served as a Seventh-day Adventist missionary in Ethiopia and India. As a licensed pilot, she served with the Civil Air Patrol while the family lived in California. Dorothy is survived by her husband; her daughter, Claudia Nelson; and son, Mark Johnson.

Dorothy Marie (Klemp) Price, ’48, a pioneer of the Redwood Camp Meeting of the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, died January 27, 2017, in Eureka, Calif.  She was born on July 15, 1929, in Scotia, Calif. Dorothy is survived by her husband Neville; her daughters Kathy Knittle, Karen Ronk and Jennifer Shaw; her eight grandchildren, and her four great-grandchildren; and by her brothers Wayne Klemp and Gary Klemp.

Ellis R. Rich, ’48, long-time director of Pacific Union College’s audio and video services, and a flight instructor, died December 2, 2017, in Escondido, Calif. He was born on May 13, 1925. Ellis is survived by his sons Ken, Ted, and Larry and their families; and by his wife, Emita Eva Rich, who died on April 30, 2017.

Vera Lyau Smith, ’48, a retired public school teacher, died July 10, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz.  She was born on February 11, 1926, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Vera taught first grade some years at the Mokapu Elementary School on the U.S. Marine Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii. She is survived by her daughters, Jeanine Linder, Joanne Futcher, Janelle Muthiah, and Colette Kirkwood; her nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Chester Lyau.

Herbert G. Toews Jr., ’48, died March 14, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. He was born on May 8, 1941, in National City, Calif. Herbert is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Ruthie; his sons, Herb G. III, Thomas, and Daniel; and by six grandchildren.

Ardis M. Borg, ’49, a retired registered nurse, died February 20, 2017, in Faribault, Minn. She was born on May 14, 1925, in Morristown, Minn. Ardis served for more than 30 years as a nurse and nursing supervisor at the District One Hospital in Fairbault. She was known as one of the final nurses that wore the traditional nurses’ uniform. Ardis is survived by her daughter, Janna Borg, and other relatives.

Beverly (Bev) Lorraine Galusha, ’49, a retired nurse, died January 28, 2017, in Deer Park, Calif. She was born on November 1, 1925, in Eureka, Calif. Beverly is survived by her husband, Dudley Galusha; her daughter, Cindy Bothwell; her sons, Daryl, Gary, and Dale; and five grandchildren

Walter D. Hofmann, ’49, a retired physician, died November 7, 2016, in La Jolla, Calif. He was born on December 18, 1927. During the Korean War, Walter served as a Flight Surgeon on board the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Forrestal. He had a private practice of psychiatry in Glendale, Calif., for more than 40 years. Walter is survived by his seven children: Sherry Rincon, Judy Hofmann Sanders, Kathleen Nordland, Walter Hofmann II, Larry Hofmann, Gary Hofmann, and Cynthia Dickinson. He is also survived by three of the original eight Hofmann siblings, Hedy Dunford, Emma Gilbertson, and Edwin Hofmann.   

Ruth Sanders Holm, ’49, died on March 12, 2017, in Modesto, Calif. She was born on March 11, 1916. Ruth is survived by her husband, Vernon; by her son, John; by eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and by her sister, Mary Schander.

Reldon R. Jones, ’49, a physician, died January 21, 2018, in Turlock, Calif. He was born in Spokane, Wash., on July 3, 1925. A veteran of service as a Navy medic aboard the hospital ship U.S.S. Hope during World War II, Reldon worked in a private medical practice in Ceres, Calif., for nearly 40 years following his graduation from Loma Lind University School of Medicine in 1953. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; his four children, Shawn Fontain, Rick, Barbara, and Brian; and five grandchildren.

Kathleen V. (Learn) Mudersbach, ’49, a watercolorist, died on November 9, 2017, in Cottonwood, Ariz. She was born on August 9, 1928, in Phoenix, Ariz. Kathleen worked for John’s Design Center in Cottonwood as a watercolorist and designer for 30 years. She is survived by her daughters, Teresa Kodimer and Debbie Reeves; by her son, Larry; by her three grandchildren; and by one great-grandchild.

Frances Adelaide Gregg Quattlebaum, ’49, a retired nurse, died April 18, 2017, in Paradise, Calif. Frances was a faculty member of Walla Walla University, worked as a nurse in Powers Country Medical Center in Colorado, and in 1994 moved to Paradise, Calif., where she was active in the community and the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church. Frances is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; two grandchildren, and one great- granddaughter.

Melva Lorraine (Baldwin) Wright Cummings, att. 1940s, a piano teacher, organist, and educational facilitator, died January 23, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. She was born on December 10, 1928, in St. Helena, Calif. Melva is survived by her daughter, Linda Wright Wysong Becker; her son, Ed Wright; five step-children, Lou Anna Cummings, John Cummings, Sharon Streifling, Pam Beitz, and Scott Cummings; and by six grandchildren, 15 step-grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.

Louie Clifford Epp, att. 1940s, a retired electrician, died April 4, 2011, in Shafter, Calif.  He was born on August 28, 1921, in Shafter. A veteran of military service in the U.S. Navy, Louie worked for a number of years at the Edwards Air Force Base rocket testing station in California’s Mojave Desert. He is survived by his children, Dorothy Louise Tess, Robert Louie Epp, Sr., Donald William Epp, and Rose Marie Hazel; by his seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and by his sister, Pearl McClain.

Nadine Garcia, att. 1940s, died January 28, 2017, in Clovis, Calif. She was born on March 25, 1926, in Parlier, Calif. Nadine is survived by her sisters, Mary Chagoya, and Alice Garcia.

Norval Gryte, att. 1940s, a radiologic technologist, died on September 8, 2017, in Portland, Ore. He was born on August 14, 1927, in Los Angeles, Calif. Norval served in the Adventist Health system for some 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; his sons, Ken, Don, and Jim; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Winona Dawn Kaiser, att. 1940s, a teacher and shipyard worker, died November 29, 2017, in American Canyon, Calif. She was born on July 5, 1928, in St. Helena, Calif. Winona taught school in Southern California, and was a worker in the Mare Island naval shipyard in Vallejo, Calif. During her lifetime, she lived in California, Alaska, the Panama Canal Zone, and at Subic Bay naval base in the Philippines. Dawn is survived by her husband, Jim; by her children, Donna, Len, James Jr., and Alan; and by two grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

Velma Rose Libby, att. 1940s, died on March 10, 2018, in Hendersonville, N.C. She was born on August 1, 1924, in Los Angeles, Calif. Velma is survived by her husband, Ralph; her daughter, Myrna A. Libby; her son, Russell; and two grandchildren.

Dana “Seke” Mulder, att. 1940s, died October 13, 2016, in Shafter, Calif. He was born on February 20, 1924, in Wichita, Kansas. He is survived by his wife, Florence; his daughter, Joni; his sons, Stephen and Timothy; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Kathyleen I. (Petersen) Oliver, att. 1940s, an educational administrator, died December 30, 2017, in St. Helena, Calif. She was born in Antigo, Wis., on February 28, 1928. For a number of years, Kathyleen assisted in the production and teaching of curriculum support for the Education Department of the Central California Conference of Adventists. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Perry; her sons, Dan and Ben; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her brother, Floyd Petersen.

1950s

Gordon W. Collier Sr., ’50, ’65, ’66, a long-time church pastor, died December 25, 2017, in Loma Linda, Calif. He was born on January 19, 1921, in Fresno, Calif. Gordon is survived by his wife, Georgette; his daughter, Cheryl Power; and his son, Bill.

(Virgil) Kenneth Juler, ’50, a long-time business staff member of Pacific Union College, died November 20, 2016, in St. Helena, Calif. He was born in Visalia, Calif., on December 13, 1921. During World War II, Ken served as a medic aboard the United States Army Hospital Ship Seminole in the Mediterranean. Following his graduation from PUC, after employment at other Seventh-day Adventist institutions, Ken served in the Pacific Union College business office from 1964 until 1986. He is survived by his daughter, Delores J. Sticht; and his sons, Melvin and Richard; and three grandchildren.

Maynard Christian, ’51, a physician, died at his home in Sparks, Nevada on April 28, 2017. He was born of missionary parents in Kalaw, Burma, on March 28, 1931. A veteran of medical service in the U.S. Navy, Maynard practiced medicine for more than 30 years in Reno, Nev., as well as in Susanville, Quincy, and Yreka, Calif. He was instrumental in bringing Feather River Junior College to Plumas County, Calif.; served two terms as Chief of Staff at Washoe Medical Center, and in 1959 purchased Salmon Lake Lodge in Sierra County, Calif., a recreational area facility his family continues to operate. Maynard is survived by his wife, Beverly; his children, Lisa Walsh, Leif Christian, Amy Schubert, and Becky Solvik; and five grandchildren.

Donald Belos Lake, ’51, a former administrator and staff member of Pacific Union College, died January 2, 2017, in Walla Walla, Wash. He was born on May 29, 1922, in Loma Linda, Calif.  Don served for a number of years as the Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations, and earlier as Dean of Men at PUC. Donald is survived by his wife, Helen Maurine (Faubion); his daughters, Barbara Connie Hill, and Karen Marie Vixie; his son, Dennis Belos Lake; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Carlos Ross von Pohle, ’51, a physician, died on May 27, 2017, in Calistoga, Calif. He was born in Takoma Park, Md., on July 3, 1926. A veteran of U.S. Army military service on Saipan, Carlos graduated from medical school at the National University of Mexico in Mexico City. He practiced medicine in Chula Vista, Calif., for 14 years before moving to Calistoga in 1979, and served in both private and free public service medicine in that town for many years. Carlos is survived by his four sons, Larry, Carlos Jr. “Chico,” Drew, and Ted; and by eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Walter N. Tinlin, ’51, a floor covering installer, died February 28, 2017, in Kalispell, Mont. He was born in Home Valley, Wash., on February 2, 1926. A medic in the U.S. Army during the waning years of World War II, Walter taught in schools in Oregon and Washington for a number of years after his graduation from PUC. Later, he and his wife teamed up to become floor-covering installers in commercial building projects. Walter is survived by his wife, Jean; by his daughters, Marcia Schalesky and Barbara Tritt; by his son Carl; and by three grandchildren.

Phyllis Helena (Skau) Brown, att. ’52, a homemaker, died October 5, 2016, in Lebanon, Ore. She was born on April 22, 1924, in Bangladesh, India. Phyllis is survived by her four sons, Olaf, Adrian, Galen, and Wendell; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Milton A. Miller, ’52, an active physician until three days before his death, died on December 25, 2016, in California. Milton was affiliated with the world famous Doheny Eye Institute, and was an emergency room physician and surgeon in the greater Los Angeles area.  He was the first ophthalmologist to implant the Ahmed Glaucoma Valve, and one of the first surgeons in California to perform radical keratotomy. He designed the Miller Intraocular Lens Implant for use after cataract extraction. He authored “The Aging Eye” and two other books about radical keratotomy. Milton is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children, Stephen, Thomas, Lori, Meghan, Mark, and John; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and by his brother, Douglas. 

Ward B. Studt, ’52, a retired physician, died in Napa, Calif., on June 27, 2017. A veteran of U.S. military service in Japan and the Middle East, Ward worked as a physician with USAID in Ghana, was a U.S. Veterans Administration director, and saw additional service in England and Saudi Arabia. He retired in 1998 to do small farming in the Napa Valley. Ward is survived by his wife, Gay; by three children; two step-children, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and by his brother, Biff.

William A. Jacobson, ’53, a physician, died on October 26, 2017, in Apple Valley, Calif. He was born on July 2, 1931. A veteran physician in the U.S. Navy, William had served as medical director for Green Valley Home Health Care Services and Hospice Services in addition to his general medical practice from which he retired earlier this year. Bored with retirement at age 86, he opened a new medical office earlier in 2017 in Victor Valley, Calif., but died of heart failure only a few months later, a short time after having attended the funeral service for his brother, James Walden Jacobson, ’58, in Arizona.   

Ivylyn R. Traver, ’53, a violinist-faculty member who taught music at Pacific Union College for 38 years, died January 28, 2017, in Napa, Calif. She was born on February 3, 1929. Ivylyn taught strings for decades at PUC’s Paulin Center for the Creative Arts. She directed several string ensembles. Her ensemble, Camerata, toured extensively and appeared in three events at the Los Angeles (Calif.) Music Center. Camerata was also featured in benefits for the American Cancer Society at Napa Valley’s Mondavi Winery and Mont LaSalle Winery. Ivylyn coordinated the Kato Havas String Workshop during summer months at PUC from 1971 through 2000. Ivylyn is survived by her sister, Suzanne Traver Ross, and many friends.

Donald Leroy Beglau, ’54, a teacher, died October 29, 2016, in Yucaipa, Calif. He was born on November 8, 1932, in San Mateo, Calif. Donald served as an associate professor of restorative dentistry, at Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughters, Lori, and Pamela Cole; and five grandchildren.

Melvin A. Beglau, ’54, a maintenance supervisor in the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, died September 1, 2016, in Fresno, Calif. He was born on July 1, 1930, in Lodi, Calif. Melvin is survived by his wife, Edyth; and his sons, Delmar and Larry.

Velma Leona (Harris) Gomes, ’54, a former office manager and house-wife, died February 1, 2017, in Mountain View, Calif. She was born in Mountain View on January 1, 1932. Velma worked for a number of years as an office manager for three companies, but said her “life work” was in not only helping others, but also in continually looking for new ways to help others. Skilled in needlework of all kinds, she was seldom without some kind of needlework in her hands that was most often destined to be given to others. Velma is survived by her husband, Vernon Gomes, ’53; her daughters, Vicki Gomes Driver, ’77, and Valeri Gomes Minder, ’81; and two grandchildren.

Gilbert L. Plubell, ’54, ’62, a longtime leader in Seventh-day Adventist education, died on November 23, 2017, in Boring, Ore. He was born on November 19, 1930. After graduating at PUC, Gilbert taught for six years in central California, then served as principal of Hawaiian Mission Elementary School and Academy in Honolulu. He returned to the Central California Conference of the church as superintendent of schools for eight years, before being appointed to the same position in the Oregon Conference. From 1981 to 1989, Gilbert was director of education of the North Pacific Union Conference of the church. From 1989 until his retirement in 1996, Gil was director of K-12 education for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. After retiring, he continued as special assistant to the Oregon Conference on a part-time basis for another 15 years. Gil is survived by his wife, Winnifred (Larsen), ’52; by his sons, Dennis Plubell, ’76, ’82, and Robert Plubell; and by his seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Frances (Klingbeil) Arnold, ’55, died on November 4, 2017, in Vallejo, Calif. She was born on February 20, 1934, in Berkeley, Calif. Frances is survived by her daughters, Kathleen and Shauna; by one grandchild and one great-grandchild; and by her brother, Rich.

James Lyall Lansdown, ’55, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and church administrator, died January 20, 2017, in Robina, Gold Coast, Australia. He was born on March 27, 1931, in Hastings, New Zealand. Jim was one of those earlier years PUCites who worked his way through college, then returned his homeland to take up business and then ministry in Australia. He and his wife, Judy, served as missionaries in Fiji for six years. His last church position before retirement was as director of Trust Services of the South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists in Wahroonga, Australia. Jim is survived by his wife, Judy; his daughters, Debbie McKay, Julie Trevaskis, and Joanne Miracle; and his grandchildren.

Clark B. McCall, ’56, a retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor, died October 27, 2017, in Medford, Ore. He was born on May 15, 1933, in Covina, Calif. Clark served as a pastor in 14 churches in the Central California area before retiring in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Ailene; by his daughters, Marilyn and Robin; by his sons, Jim, Tim and Stephen; and by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Gordon Alan Wheeler, ’56, a retired physician, died on October 29, 2017, in Angwin, Calif. He was born at St. Helena, Calif., Hospital on July 1, 1933. A veteran of the U.S. Navy service during the Vietnam War, he served as a flight surgeon with a C-130 aircraft squadron doing aerial refueling of F-4 Phantom fighter aircraft. In 1972, Gordon became a pioneering member of the St. Helena Hospital’s heart team, and was instrumental in establishing coronary angiography there. He practiced medicine for some 40 years. Gordon is survived by his wife, Elle; by his children, Jon, Julie and Elisabeth; and by his four grandchildren.

Carl Curtis Culpepper, ’57, a former Seventh-day Adventist missionary, died September 15, 2016, in Burleson, Texas. He was born on March 20, 1935, in Madrid, Spain. Following the footsteps of his parents who had been missionaries, Carl went in missionary service to South America. After his retirement, he gave yeoman service at the Burleson Adventist School. Carl is survived by his wife, Fabiola; his daughters, Andrea Reeves and Joanna Gendke; and by his five grandchildren.

Robert “Bob” Walter Pohle, ’57, a printer, died April 11, 2017, in Harker Heights, Texas.  He was born in Lodi, Calif., on September 1, 1934. Bob worked as a printer of Christian literature for most of his adult life, but took time out to do mission service in Japan. He is survived by his wife, Delores; his daughters, Debbie Brock and Candy Harvey; his sons, Victor and Rob; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Carol Sahly.

Suchat Albert Pusavat, ’57, a medical doctor, died January 10, 2018, in Harbor City, Calif. He was born in Thung Song, Thailand, on May 3, 1933. An internist and hematologist, Suchat practiced medicine at Kaiser Hospital in Harbor City for 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Diana; his children, Keith, Kevin, and Andi; his stepdaughter, Andrea Abrams; and his four grandchildren.

Ronald Lawrence Sackett, ’57, a retired hospital administrator, died May 1, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. He was born in San Jose, Calif. A veteran U.S. Army combat medic in the Korean War in the 1950s, Ronald’s positions as assistant administrator, chief executive officer or health system president included service at Santa Cruz (Calif.) Community Hospital, White Memorial Medical Center (Calif.), Walla Walla General Hospital (Wash.), Porter Memorial Hospital (Colo.), San Antonio Community Hospital (Calif.), and Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois. Ronald is survived by his wife, Karen; his sons, John and Walter, his daughter, Ronda; stepchildren John and Jeff Spotts and Dorey; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Walter Ned Douglas Tinlin, ’57, died February 23, 2017, in Whitefish, Mont. He was born on February 2, 1926, in Portland, Ore. Walter is survived by his wife, Jean (Brooks); by his daughters, Marcia Schalesky and Barbara Tritt; by his son, Carl; and by his three grandchildren.

Donald Perry Williams, ’57, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, teacher, and chaplain, died March 30, 2017, in Hanford, Calif. He was born April 29, 1934, in St. Helena, Calif. Don’s service to the church included: pastor, North Hollywood, Calif., 1958 to 1963; Bible teacher, Modesto (Calif.) Union Academy, 1963-1965; pastor, Elmshaven (Calif.) Church, 1965-1968; Bible teacher, Hawaiian Mission Academy, 1968-1971; youth pastor, Paradise Valley (Calif.) Church, 1971-1974; chaplain, Hanford (Calif.) Community Hospital, 1974-2002; pastor, Armona (Calif.) Church, 2002-2007; chaplain, Hanford City Jail, 2007-2015. Don is survived by his wife, Darlene; his daughter, Yvonne Stoltz; his son, Mark Williams; his two grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Lou Jacobs.

Granville Gene Wilson, ’57, a dentist and missionary, died January 16, 2017, in Loma Linda, Calif. He was born on June 10, 1930, in Sacramento, Calif. Gene spent 46 years serving members of the Navajo Indian tribe as a dentist/orthodontist in Chinle, Ariz., and Monument Valley, Utah. He is survived by his wife, Blanche; his daughters, Della Davenport, and Diane Johnson; by his sons, Rodney, Barry, and Daniel; and by 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

James Walden Jacobson, ’58, a retired dentist, died on September 10, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was born in Hagerman, N.M, on January 1, 1935. After his graduation from Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry, James had a successful dental practice in Westminster, Calif., for 46 years before retiring in 2008. James is survived by his wife, Beverly; by his daughters, Tina Stacy and Shelli Foster; by his five grandchildren; and by his brother, William Jacobson.

Susan Folkenberg Wilcox, ’58, died on September 2, 2016, in Redlands, Calif. She was born in Hollywood, Calif., in 1937. Susan is survived by her daughters, Deanna, and Lisa Butler; two grandchildren; and her sister Dianne Cummings.

Kenneth Harvey Abbott II, ’59, a radiologist, died June 25, 2017, in McMinnville, Tenn., He was born on May 28, 1937, in Upland, Calif. A veteran of 13 years of service as a flight surgeon who was discharged as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Air Force, Kenneth practiced radiology in California, Kentucky, and Tennessee. While in California, he was an associate professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He last practiced at the Imaging Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Josephine Garrard Abbott; his daughters, Debi Abbott Rockwell, Darlene Abbott Ortner, and Dr. Renee Abbott Salansky; his sons, Kenneth Harvey Abbott III, and Dr. Mark James Bolton; 12 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren; his sister, Dr. Julie Abbott League; and his brother, James Abbott, DDS.

Janice Elaine Simmons, ’59, a homemaker, died June 16, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. She was born on July 25, 1938, in Indiana. Notable for her love for animals, cooking, antiquing and gardening, Janice is survived by her husband, Joseph Hugh Simmons; her children, Kimberly Merino, Guy Simmons and Courtney Antonucci; and by her 10 grandchildren.

Anna Marie Essex, att. 1950s, a former publishing house employee, died January 18, 2018, in Battle Creek, Mich. She was born in Wenatchee, Wash., on November 20, 1939. During her working career, Anna was a secretary, worked 14 years in the Acquisitions Department of the Review & Herald Publishing Association, and at a women’s shelter. She is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Essex; her daughters, Toya Marie Koch, and Teresa Marie Valentine; her sons, Robert Lee Essex and William Thomas Essex; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and her sister, Yvonne Raub.

Arthur Ford, att. 1950s, a retired physician, died on June 13, 2017, in Kingman, Ariz. A veteran of service with the United States Navy, Arthur practiced medicine as an anesthesiologist for more than 30 years in Arizona, working during many of those years as a trauma physician at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. Arthur is survived by his wife, Joanie Saldamando Ford; by his children, Penelope Ford Stuart, Evangeline Ford, Rebekah Ford and Clark Ford; and by his nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

James Ronald Logan, att. 1950s, a clinical laboratory scientist, died November 9, 2016, in Groveland, Calif. He was born June 11, 1935, in Crescent City, Calif. Jim served in the clinical laboratory of Modesto (Calif.) City Hospital for 30 years, and at Doctors Medical Center for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Ida Jane Logan; his daughter, Cynthia Jane Lorenz; his sons James Russell and Thomas Alan; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and his sister, Darlene Dickinson. 

Dianne D. Machock, att. 1950s, a housewife, died November 6, 2010, in Fresno, Calif.  She was born in Manteca, Calif., on September 12, 1939. Dianne is survived by her husband, Gene; by her sons, Kevin Gilpin and Kerry Gilpin; by her four grandchildren; by her step-daughter Marsha Machock; and by her brother, Gary.

William Robert Simpson, att. 1950s, a renowned facial trauma reconstructive surgeon, died February 1, 2017, in Southern California. He was born on May 7, 1928, in Alameda, Calif. William was a surgeon and professor of Ear, Nose, and Throat at Los Angeles County/University Medical Center. He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Karen Simpson; and his grandchildren, Nicholas Webster, Vincent Simpson, and Andrew Simpson.

Eugene D. Voth, 1950s, a retired orthodontist and dental educator, died November 21, 2017, in Ashville, N.C. He was born on February 14, 1937 in Shafter, Calif. Eugene taught at the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University, and at the Medical College of Georgia. As well, he was in the private practice of orthodontics for 15 years before retirement. He wrote many scientific articles. Eugene is survived by his wife, Lori Powell Voth; by his three children, Bradford Alan Voth, Roger Kent Wolff Jr., and Dr. Mary Lorena Wade; and by his four grandchildren. 

1960s

Richard N. Bramham, ’60, an educator, died November 2, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was born in Sebastopol, Calif. A veteran of service in the U.S. Army, Richard taught at Redwood Junior Academy in Santa Rosa, and was a philanthropist for Christian Braille. He is survived by his daughters, Laura and Kara; by his brothers, David and Jack; and by his two granddaughters.

Clarence Edwin Currier, ’61, a teacher, died March 19, 2017, in Riddle, Ore. He was born on March 12, 1930, in Orlando, Fla. Clarence is survived by his wife, Joy (Tucker); his daughter, Carol Nelson Sumerlin; by his sons Randall and William; by his eight grandchildren; and  by seven great-grandchildren.

David Wesley Wilbur, ’61, a medical oncologist, died November 24, 2017, in Redlands, Calif. He was born on December 15, 1937, in Hinsdale, Ill. Earning a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University before receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, David practiced medicine at the Loma Linda University Medical Center and at the Jerry Pettis Veterans’ Hospital in Loma Linda. He is survived by his wife, Sharen; by his daughters, Alyssa and Marilyn; by his sons, Colin, Kyle and Mark; by his grandson, Wesley; by his sister, Eve; and by his brothers, Irv and John.

Ramona Dunson, ’62, a retired Seventh-day Adventist teacher, died January 25, 2017, in Simi Valley, Calif. She was born on November 6, 1925, in Minneapolis, Minn. During her teaching career, Ramona taught at schools in the Central California Conference of the church, and at Lynwood and Glendale academies in the Southern California Conference.

Edward V. Ensminger, ’62, a former teacher and businessman, died on November 11, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. He was born in Lockeford, Calif. After teaching at Newbury Park Academy and Mills Junior High School, both located in California, Edward owned and operated the Ensminger Dental Laboratory in Lodi, Calif. for 31 years, until he retired in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Lammerding); by three children, Richard, Ron, and Karen Batchelor; by his six grandchildren; and by his sister, Lileen Troutman.

William Larry Richards, ’62, a Seventh-day Adventist educator, died on March 18, 2017, in Calistoga, Calif. He was born on January 21, 1936, in Cameron, Miss. Larry served for a number of years as a department of religion faculty member at Pacific Union College before moving to Andrews University in Michigan. There he served in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary as Professor of New Testament, and Director of the Greek Manuscript Research Center. 

Alice L. Holst, att. ’63, a former PUC faculty member and high school teacher, died December 4, 2016, in Angwin, Calif. She was born on July 22, 1915, in Kingston, Jamaica. Alice taught at Broadview Academy, Atlantic Union College, Pacific Union College, and Napa (Calif.) High School. In 1998 she was named a Professor Emeritus of Secretarial Studies by Pacific Union College. The Alice Holst Theater, in Stauffer Hall on the PUC campus, is named in her honor. Alice is survived by her brothers, Robert and Leonard Holst.

Sylvia A. Sattler, att. ’63, a housewife, died on August 9, 2017, in Camino, Calif. She was born on December 7, 1944, in Los Angeles, Calif. Sylvia is survived by her husband, Daniel; by her daughter, Dea Traverso; by her sister, Ramona Stevens; by her brother, Sheldon Johnson; and by his four stepchildren; and by eight grandchildren.

Earl “ET” Samuel Tresenriter, ’63, a former teacher and building contractor, died October 14, 2016, in Grants Pass, Ore. He was born on March 19, 1935, in Catarina, Texas. Earl taught in Seventh-day Adventist schools for 14 years before becoming a building contractor. He served as a volunteer builder on many mission trips in the U.S., Mexico and Central America. Earl is survived by his wife, Rosie; his daughters, Earlanda Faye Davis and Briana Renee; his son, Wesley; two grandchildren; and his sister, Edna Mason.

Dennis W. Anderson, ’64, a clinical chemist, died on November 19, 2016, in Granada Hills, Calif. He was born on September 13, 1942, in Sacramento, Calif. Dennis is survived by his wife, Nancy; and his son, Jeff.

Delmer G. Ross, ’65, an emeritus professor of history, died March 12, 2017, in Riverside, Calif. He was born on November 5, 1942. Delmer spent his formative years in Guatemala and Nicaragua, and after completing a doctorate at the University of California began his teaching career at Oakwood College. From Oakwood he moved to Southern California where he taught history and political science at La Sierra University for 32 years. The author of 11 books and more than 100 articles, Delmer is survived by his sister, Nancy; and by his brother, Ivan.

Jeanne Rae Munson, ’66, a pastor’s wife, a vocalist and pianist, died October 22, 2016, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She was born on December 23, 1946. Jeannee was said to be “a loving and devoted pastor’s wife, a perfect example of the best mother on earth, a pillar of spiritual strength and a fervent prayer warrior, a cheerful employee wherever she worked and a loyal friend to all she encountered.” She is survived by her husband, Lloyd; by her daughters, Lana Young and LouAnn Henneberg; by her son, Loren; and by her seven grandchildren.

Thomas Hillier, ’67, owner of Tom Hillier Ford in Lodi, Calif., died May 2, 2016, in Oakdale, Calif. He was born on September 1, 1944, in Modesto, Calif. Tom is survived by his wife, Marjory; his sons, Todd and David; and three grandchildren.

Geraldine (Gerry) Clare Glantz, ’68, a former staff member, died in April 2017. She was born on November 8, 1944. During her student days at PUC, Gerry worked in the College Book Bindery. She joined the financial administrative team of the college in 1997. Gerry is survived by her sister, Arlene Rinker; and her brothers, Don and Keith.

Marilyn McIntosh, att. ’69, former PUC Church staff member, died on March 15, 2017, in Atascadero, Calif. She was born in on March 18, 1928.  Marilyn served for many years with her husband, John McIntosh as part of the pastoral staff of the Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church. She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Lamberton and Jeri Shepherd; and by her son, David.

Mary Alice Cobb-Hill, att. 1960s, an impresario of the Negro Spiritual, died December 9, 2017, in Richmond, Calif. She was born in Oakland, Calif., on March 16, 1945. Known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for her outstanding work as an impresario, Mary performed as a soloist, arranger, teacher, choir director, poet, pianist and playwright. She sang with a number of widely known vocalists, including Mahalia Jackson, Mary Ann Pollard, and many other performers. Mary is survived by her husband, Carl; by her daughters, Maranatha, and Gabrielle; by three grandchildren; by two brothers, Paul and Michael; and by two sisters, Gloria Jean Cobb and Sharon Cobb-Gray.

Paul Lowell Connor, att. 1960s, a dentist, died at his home in Shiocton, Wis., on May 12, 2017. He was born on July 24, 1946, in Saginaw, Mich. After graduation from dental school at Loma Linda University, Paul established a dental practice in Appleton, Wis., where he practiced dentistry for more than 45 years. He also found time to organize and participate in mission service trips abroad for a number of years. Paul is survived by his wife, Ethel; his children, Misty Wood, and Nicholas; seven grandchildren; his mother, Muriel Conner; and his brother, Glendon Conner Jr.

Cheryl Grove, att. 1960s, a former PUC faculty member, died October 26, 2017, in Napa, Calif. She was born on June 23, 1948, in Loma Linda, Calif. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Gayle; by her son, Paul; and by her brothers, Neil and David Cordis.

Sharon M. (Santos) Simpson, att. 1960s, a retired businesswoman, died November 23, 2017, in Napa, Calif. She was born in Napa on April 5, 1943. Sharon worked in George’s Gun Shop, at the Napa Register newspaper, and at the Weed Patch florist shop before she opened The Elegant Gust Home. She owned and operated the latter for 34 years. Sharon is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Allen; by her sons, Todd, and Kirk; and by her three granddaughters.

1970s

Erna Irene Coon, ’71, a retired certified public accountant, died November 20, 2016, in Winchester, Va. She was born on September 11, 1927, in Lebanon, Ore. Irene served for a number of years as an auditor at the General Conference (world headquarters) of Seventh-day Adventists, and earlier was a missionary of the church with her husband, Roger W. Coon, ’67-’75, in West Africa. Irene is survived by her children, Susan Coon-McDaniel, and Donald Coon; five grandchildren; her sister, Suni Jacobs; and her brother, Allan Strom.  

Christiane M. (Weakley) Dabney, ’71, a retired bank president, died September 8, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga. She was born in Holzkirchen, Germany, on June 4, 1949. During her career, Christiane was an English teacher in a German public school; a manager for McDonald’s Corporation; a commercial lender for First National Bank of Cobb County; and the first president of Paces Bank and Trust in Buckhead, Ga. Christiane served as the Atlanta Group President of the National Association of Banking women from 1988 to 1999. She was inducted into the Pinnacle Registry established Woman’s Commerce Club to honor Atlanta’s Highest Women Achievers in March 1990. She is survived by her husband, John; by her sisters, Hanna Keith and Maria Sylvester; and by her brothers, Michael and John Hirschmann.

Douglas A. Wing, ’71, died on October 6, 2016, in Upper Lake, Calif. He was born on November 26, 1947, in Lebanon, Ore. Douglas is survived by his wife, Arlene; his son, Eric; two grandchildren; his mother, Edna; his sisters, Mina and Mary; and his brother, Larry.

Sylvia Ann Ruppert, att. ’72, a piano-organ teacher and freelance writer, died September 21, 2016, in Athens, Texas. She was born on June 23, 1923, in Olympia, Wash. Sylvia is survived by her four children, Michael Fox, Charlene Amundson, David Ruppert, and Deborah Henderson; and four grandchildren.

Louanne Jade (White) Bursell, att. ’73-77, died December 11, 2016, in Boise, Idaho. She was born on January 3, 1956, in Bay City, Mich. Louanne is survived by her husband, Victor; her sisters, Julie White,Gena Hawkins and Marlou Henderson.

Donald R. Chase, ’73, a physician, died May 22, 2017. He was born on December 13, 1950. Donald was a longtime professor of pathology and human anatomy at Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine. He received the Teacher of the Year Award from his pathology residents twice throughout his career.

La Mont Del Ponder, ’74, died February 14, 2017, in Roseburg, Ore. He was born on August 12, 1944, in Pueblo, Colo. La Mont is survived by his daughters Dawn and Cara; four grandchildren; his sister, Karen; and his brother; Vomen.

Jane Davis, att. ’76-78, a homemaker, died December 22, 2016, in Paradise, Calif. She was born in Loma Linda, Calif., on February 20, 1959. Jane is survived by her husband, Greg; her daughter, Danae; and by her sons, Dallas, Drew, and Dustin.

Beverly Ann (Petersen) Dishman, ’76, a teacher, died on September 18, 2017, in Willits, Calif. She was born on May 7, 1933, in Duluth, Minn. Beverly taught for 40 years in Seventh-day Adventist schools in California, Idaho, and Washington. She is survived by her husband, Ross; and her sister, Verta Johnson.

Robert M. Sanders, ’76, died May 5, 2017, in Reno, Nev. He was born on March 5, 1946, in Detroit, Mich. He is survived by his wife Lynn; and by his siblings Liz Stephenson, Dianne Katz, and Carel Mountain.

James Brian Hoffer, ’77, a scientist and businessman, died, June 25, 2017, in Bethesda, Md. He was born in Madera, Calif., on August 2, 1956. The founder, president and principal engineer of HofTek, Inc., for 19 years, James developed mission-critical software that was used on several U.S. spacecraft. He was also an Associate Scientist and completed two Postdoctoral Associate Research positions at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. He held memberships in Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honor Society), American Astronomical Society, and American Institute of Physics-American Physical Society. James is survived by his wife, Florina Hoffer, and his sister, Karen Swanson.

William M. Moors, ’77, a former Seventh-day Adventist pastor and institutional worker, died December 24, 2016, in Vacaville, Calif. He was born on February 23, 1941, in Boston, Mass. After serving as a pastor, Bill worked for the Christian Record Braille Foundation. He founded the His Second Touch Prison Ministry, and was a chaplain at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Bill is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his daughters, Celeste, and Rhonda; his son Bryant; by 11 grandchildren and by three great-grandchildren.

Robert Franklin Chapman, att. ’79, an employee of the Seventh-day Adventist church, died November 25, 2016, in Loma Linda, Calif. He was born on February 14, 1925, in Oregon. Robert is survived by his wife, Juliana Chapman.

Asa Edward Stockton, att. ’79, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died September 12, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. He was born on April 13, 1950, in Eureka, Calif. After his graduation as a medical doctor, Asa practiced as an orthopedic surgeon in Humboldt County, Calif., for 20 years, retiring in 2013. He is survived by his six children: Candy Joreteg, Cookie Tank; Taffy Stockton, Pepper Stockton, Melissa Stockton, and Edward Stockton; by his nine grandchildren; by his four sisters, Karen Stockton, Peggy Jensen, Susan Stockton, and Sally Miller; and by two former wives, Ginger Carter, and Michele Tourn.

Maurice Morgan, att. 1970s, a retired musician and flight attendant instructor, died December 27, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif. After graduating from college, Maurice mastered all musical percussion instruments, became a conductor, and taught at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He left music and began work as a flight attendant before becoming a flight attendant instructor for United Airlines. Maurice is survived by his wife, Blaine, and a formidable family of siblings: Philip Morgan, Bil and Juanita Morgan, and Rosalyn and Charles Upshaw.

Ronald A. Putman, att., 1970s, a former worker in the Pacific Union College Press, died on March 10, 2017, in St. Helena, Calif. He was born on October 25, 1937, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Ronald is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter, Debbie Glantz; two grandchildren; and his sister Donna Dehn.

Charles Rochat, who taught French at Pacific Union College in the 1950s, died on October 8, 2017, in Walla Walla, Wash. He was born on December 15, 1926, in Switzerland. In addition to teaching at PUC, and at Walla Walla College, Charles served as a missionary on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, where he led the Seventh-day Adventist college there for three years. Charles is survived by his children, Josette, Benjamin, Gerald, Chuck, Michelle, Scott and David; and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

1980s

Cheryl Diane (Simmons) Horner, ’80, an attorney-at-law, died on July 21, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nev.  She was born on May 1, 1958, in Lincoln, Neb. After graduating with a degree in nursing from Pacific Union College, Cheryl obtained a Juris Doctorate of Law from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1991. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lloyd D. George of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, worked at several law firms, and established her own, Horner Law Firm, that specialized in healthcare legal representation. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Robert Leland Horner; her son, Christopher Horner; one grandchild; her father and mother, Jess and Donna Jean Simmons; and her brothers, Jesse and Philip Simmons.

Debra R. “Debbie” Jones, ’82, a teacher, died March 13, 2017, in Hollister, Calif. She was born in Loma Linda, Calif., on November 10, 1957. Debbie taught in Seventh-day Adventist, and public elementary and high schools. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Jones; by her daughter, Chelsea Jones; by her son, Trevor Jones; and by her sisters, Kathy Ensminger and Carol McConnell.

Douglas Alan Weeks, ’82, a professor and pathologist at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, died October 16, 2017, in Portland, Ore. He was born in 1952 in Takoma Park, Md. Douglas is survived by his wife, Richelle; by his daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine; by his sisters, Carolyn and Donna; and by his brother, John.

Eunice Pauline Collins, att. ’83, an educator, died June 3, 2017, in Visalia, Calif. She was born on March 6, 1934, in Providence, R.I. A Seventh-day Adventist educator at Armona (Calif.) Union Academy and Monterey Bay (Calif.) Academy for 38 years, Eunice is survived by her daughters, Sandra Newland, Linda Bachman, Sharon Hall, Rebecca Osborn, Janet Samuelian, Christine Thomas, and Lynne Collins; her son, John; and her 24 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Ralph E. Hendrix, ’85, a former Seventh-day Adventist pastor and advertisement designer, died June 15, 2017, in Walla Walla, Wash. He was born in Greer, S.C.  A veteran of U.S. military service, Ralph was a pastor in Winnemucca, Nev., then became Director of Archaeological Publications for the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University; and served for 16 years as advertisement designer for the Walla Walla Union Bulletin newspaper.  During his service at Andrews University, he co-authored a field guide for identifying ancient pottery that is used by archaeologists. Ralph is survived by his wife, Carrie; and by his brothers, Jerry and Wayne Hendrix. 

Tina R. Nelson, ’85, a nurse, died April 20, 2017, in Richmond, Va. She was born in California’s Napa Valley on July 19, 1962. After graduating from college, Tina became the NICU nurse manager at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Va., one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States. Tina is survived by her companion, Tommy Taylor; her son, Stirling Hackney; her sisters, Kelly Eismann, Kimberely Waller, and Pam Lane; and her stepmother, Robyn Nelson.

Dr. William A. Jacobson, ’86, of Apple Valley, Calif., passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2:30 in the afternoon in his home, with his family by his side.  The cause was congestive heart failure.

Dr. William A. Jacobson was born July 2, 1931 in Hagerman, N.M.  His wife, Linda, died on September 2, 2014.  He leaves behind his ex-wife, Marilyn; four children, Arthur, Bradford, Carlton and Dawn; two stepchildren, Melissa and Amy; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law.

William graduated from Modesto Adventist Academy in 1949, Pacific Union College in 1953, and Loma Linda Medical School in 1957.  He served in the Navy for 10 years where he became lieutenant commander.  In 1967, he had a private practice in Lancaster, Mass. for 18 years, a back rehabilitation clinic in Worcester, Mass. for eight years, and then continued working in Redlands, then Victorville California for 24 years.  He was also an active member of the Lions’, Rotary Club and local orchestra.

In October of 2016 he retired from Desert Valley Hospital.  Then in July 2017, he helped set up a new clinic just across from Victor Valley Global Medical Center in Victorville, CA.  He also became the medical director for Green Valley Home Health Care Services and Hospice Services.  He was an old-school doctor who really loved his patients, and his patients LOVED him. He served them with his whole heart until his heart stopped beating, achieving his goal of a 60-year medical career.

His prayer was “Lord, thank you for the life you have given me, and for your many blessings. Thank you for my life of service as a physician.  Lord, I know you can heal me, but if not now, I am ready to rest, and anticipate your soon coming.  Bless those that I have come in contact with, and please guide and direct in their lives, and may we meet again in heaven. Amen”

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Centennial Tuition Endowment are appreciated. Please make a note that it is in memory of Dr. William A. Jacobson.

Ansel Leroy Bristol, att. ’88, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, died April 13, 2017, in Gold River, Calif. He was born on January 16, 1926, in Frazee, Minn. Ansel served as a pastor in Michigan and California, and was the announcer for the Soquel (Calif.) camp meetings in the 1970s and 1980s. He is survived by his sons, Arlen, Jan, and Todd; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

1990s

Rudy Bermudez, ’90, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, educator, and administrator, died October 4, 2016, in Loma Linda, Calif. He was born on March 6, 1939, in Davao, Philippines. Rudy served the Adventist church for over 50 years as a pastor, professor, Union Conference departmental director, Conference president and vice-president. He is survived by his wife, Merlinda; his daughters, Joy Imperiol and Mary Ann Dugaduga; his sons, Rudy and David; 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Janice Carolyn (Hansen) Weisser, ’92, a registered nurse, died November 27, 2016, in Hanford, Calif. She was born on December 18, 1937, in New Richland, Minn. Janice served in the Adventist Health Care System for more than 25 years, and received recognition for her volunteer dedication to the Jail Ministry in Hanford. She is survived by her husband, John; her daughter, Janalee K. Cervantes; her son, John; two grandchildren; and her brothers, James and Harold Hansen.

Wendy Elayne Wilson, ’93, a traveling nurse for an intensive care unit, died Dec 7, 2017. She was born on March 9, 1971. Wendy was certified in cardiology and septic nursing. She was held in respect and love by her nursing companions in the ICU department of the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif. Wendy is survived by her mother, Lucinda (Lue) Kennedy, and her brother, Willie Wilson, att. ’87.

Anita Alice (Cavagnaro) Ford, ’95, a master piano teacher, died April 30, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. She was born in Berkeley, Calif., on November 10, 1931. Anita was a founding piano teacher of PUC’s Paulin Center for the Creative Arts and taught in the Center for more than 30 years. A vigorous volunteer community service worker, she was named as “Adventist Woman of the Year” in 1988 for her years of lifesaving service with the suicide prevention hotline Crisis Help of Napa Valley. Anita is survived by her husband, Herbert Ford, ’54; her daughters, Jana Aagaard, ’76; Cindy Evans, ’80; and Alyssa Ford-Morel, ’86; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Beverly Johnson, att. ’95, an educator, died May 8, 2016, in Ceres, Calif. She was born in Milton, Ore., on March 25, 1939.  Beverly served as dean of women at Rio Lindo Academy, Healdsburg, Calif., and taught kindergarten at Central Valley Christian Academy in Ceres. She is survived by her husband, Clair; her daughter, Belinda Boldman; her sons, Trent and Ryan, and six grandchildren.

Sarah Naomi Krieger, att. 1990s, died in Ukiah, Calif., on November 29, 2016. She was born in Ukiah on June 20, 1977. Sarah is survived by her four children, Destiney, Deja, Devaun and Devin; her mother, Gayle Harris; and her sisters, Anna Wessel and Kendall Fleischman.

Former PUC Faculty and Staff

John Davis Butler Sr., a former associate professor at PUC, died on June 13, 2017, in Silver Spring, Md. He was born on May 20, 1922, in Marbury, Md. A veteran of military service in the United States army in World War II, John taught at PUC in the 1960s. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his daughter, Ann Canas; and his two granddaughters.

Perry D. Campbell, an educator and former PUC administrator, died in Riverside, Calif., on June 13, 2017. He was born on December 7, 1934, in Rochester, Minn. An educator, first in the classroom and then as a school counselor and school principal, Perry served as PUC’s director of admissions from 1979 to 1981. He is survived by his wife, Corinne; by his children, Erin Kurtz, Heather Miller and Scott Campbell; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Gary Wayne Shearer, former PUC librarian, died in Battlefield, Mo., on December 6, 2016.  He was born in Lockwood, Mo., on February 9, 1941. Gary’s career included service at the Clendening Medical Library at the University of Kansas, Loma Linda University-La Sierra Library, and Pacific Union College Library. After 14 years as a librarian at Loma Linda University’s La Sierra Campus, Gary took the position of Reference Librarian at Pacific Union College. He then spent 25 years at PUC developing a top-notch reference collection. He later created the “Heritage Room” for PUC and the Ellen White Estate. He was frequently asked to give presentations on Adventist History to various groups and to many Adventist churches. He helped conduct Adventist History tours in New England at the request of the White Estate. Gary is survived by his wife, Lanis; his three children, Lisa Renee Kemp, Erik Wayne Shearer, and Rhonda Denise Dustin; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his mother, Norma Jean Shearer; three sisters and one brother.