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Jane (O’Ffill) Pihl, att. ’35-36, has lived long enough to see 16 U.S. presidents live in the White House. That fact, along with her recently turning 100 years of age, has made her the subject of a feature article in the “Record Gazette” newspaper, located in Banning, Calif. In her century-long life journey, Jane has served in medical missionary work with her late husband, Dr. Kern Pihl, in Baghdad, Iraq, and in Peru. What is the reason she has lived more than a century? “Two reasons,” she says, “Love the Lord, and stay healthy.”  


Retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor and “Your Bible Speaks” radio host Richard E. Tottress, ’43, reached the age of 100 in November 2017. Today he remains active in ministry, and is a colorful figure as he drives himself around Atlanta, Georgia, in his big gold Mercedes automobile. Richard can usually be found every Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta’s Berean Outreach Community Center food distribution center, greeting the participants, and sharing the Gospel message with them. He is the author of the widely-distributed book “Heaven’s Entrance Requirement for the Races.” During his years at PUC, Richard served as the editor of the religion section for the “Campus Chronicle.”


Robert M. Johnson, ’53, retired New Testament scholar of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, was recently honored at a meeting of the Adventist Society for Religions Studies in San Antonio, Texas, by the publication of a Festschrift, a collection of essays by colleagues, one of the highest tributes scholars may receive for their work. Johnson’s service to his church spans 60 years, and includes Bible teacher at Fresno Adventist Academy; head of the department of religion for the forerunner colleges of Sahmyook University in Korea; acting dean of the graduate School of Religion at Philippine Union College; and New Testament professor at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary from which he retired in 2002. Throughout his career, Robert has been accompanied and aided in his service by his wife, Madeline (Steele) Johnson, ’55.

Marilyn (Schilling) Rentfro, ’53, after nearly 20 years of service, first in the PUC business office and then at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, she now lives in “active” retirement in Mariposa, Calif. Recently, Marilyn had to cope with being an evacuee from one of California’s big wildfires, but her day-to-day involvement is with Bangla Hope, an organization devoted to changing the lives of orphans, destitute women, and children in the country of Bangladesh. 

Herbert (Herb) Ford, ’54, former journalism and public relations profesor and PUC vice president, has recently left his Angwin home in favor of semi-retirement on his daughter—Cindy Evans’, ’80—fruit ranch near Exeter, Calif. From a “south campus” office of the Pitcairn Islands Study Center in downtown Visalia, Calif., Ford continues all internet direction and caring for administrative duties of the widely-known PUC research-museum facility, while PUC librarian Katherine Van Arsdale handles all on-site matters of the Center. Ford’s second in-retirement duty continues to be that of writing PUC alumni news notes, and the obituaries of PUC alumni for “ViewPoint” and the web. Ford can be reached at, (559) 732-0313, or by snail mail at 303 N. West St., Visalia, CA 93291. All PUC alums are invited to send news of happenings in their lives or obituary information to Ford, or to the PUC alumni office at, or by mail to One Angwin Ave., Angwin, CA 94508.

In June, Beth (Loop) Petersen, ’55, who makes her home Glendale, Calif., walked her 56th marathon, the Rock ’n Roll Marathon in San Diego, Calif. Beth is 84-years-old. Her participation in the San Diego event adds miles to the many other marathons, totaling some 30,000 miles, including what she’s walked in the past 30 years. “Being 84-years-old in as good shape as I’m in, my marathon participation encourages others, and because of my experience, they’ve taken up exercising too,” writes Beth.

Though retired from a distinguished teaching career, Nancy Vhymeister, ’58, and her husband Werner have recently given service to several institutions overseas, including the Adventist University of Africa, where Werner was influential in planning for the new university, and where in 2006 Nancy taught the first course offered by the institution.

Joseph Leininger Wheeler, ’59, known to thousands as “America’s Keeper of the Story,” has recently seen the 25th book of his “Christmas in my Heartseries published by the Pacific Press Publishing Association and made available in Adventist Book Centers. Wheeler has edited and compiled 94 books of stories that have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Professor emeritus of English at Washington Adventist University, he is one of America’s leading story anthologizers. He is also a PUC Honored Alumnus and lives in Conifer, Colo., with his wife and publishing partner, Connie.


Andrews University has recognized Jon Dybdahl, ’65, for his outstanding contributions to Seventh-day Adventist education and theology. He was named a 2016 Honored Alumnus of Andrews at its recent Homecoming. Dybdahl’s service to his church has included being a pastor in the Northern California Conference; a professor at Southeast Asia College; two periods of mission service in Thailand; faculty member and president of Walla Walla College; president of Thailand Mission College; director of the Institute of World Mission, and chair of Andrews University’s department of world mission. He currently serves as president of Gospel Outreach. Dybdahl is the author of eight books, and the editor of the “Andrews Study Bible.”

Prolific author George R. Knight, ’65, has had another book published, titled “Adventist Authority Wars, Ordination, and the Roman Catholic Temptation.” Known for their provocative approach, Knight’s books have had a wide readership around the world, and his new book will not disappoint, according to his publishers, Oak & Acorn Publishing. The book raises issues critical to the Seventh-day Adventist faith and points to possible solutions. More information about the book can be found at

Dennis Gibbs, ’68, a teacher at the Redlands (Calif.) Adventist Academy was recently the subject of a feature article in the Loma Linda (Calif.) City News newspaper, which told of his massive collection of sundry items and memorabilia from throughout the world.  One of the prizes in Gibb’s collection is a fire nozzle from the Angwin (Calif.) Volunteer Fire Department dated 1953. Before teaching at the Redlands school, Gibbs served as a Seventh-day Adventist missionary for 16 years in Singapore, Palau, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka.

Two PUC alumni, Mames Ford, ’69, and Robert Zdor, ’83, were recently honored by Andrews University, for 25 years of service to that institution. Ford is the associate director of the Center for Adventist Research while Zdor is a professor of biology.


Merlin Burt, ’77, whose home is in Berrien Springs, Mich., is director of the Center for Adventist Research and the Ellen G. White Estate branch office at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Merlin is the author of a recent article, “Remember the Mighty Acts of God,” in “Adventist World” magazine in which various Adventist historical sites are highlighted.

Cheryl Van Ornam, ’77, ’96, is now the traditional music director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richmond, Va. She is also the organist at the First Church of Christ Scientist in Richmond, and has an active piano studio. In addition, she serves as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University. Active with the American Guild of Organist, Cheryl is dean of the Richmond Virginia chapter of the guild.

Elizabeth J. (Taylor) Rocke, ’77, is currently serving as a library technician at the California State Prison, Los Angeles, Calif., in Lancaster, Calif. Previously, Elizabeth served at the Avanel State Prison in Avanel, Calif., and at the California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville, Calif.

Karen Tilstra, Ph.D., ’77, is co-founder of Florida Hospital’s recently created Innovation Laboratory, which is a design-thinking, creative, and problem-solving unit that serves the hospital’s employees, patients, and community. Karen is listed as an “inventor, creative researcher, coach, consultant, and trainer to large companies and their employees. She wants to live in a world where work is fast, people are free, and chocolate is devoid of calories.” Florida Hospital is comprised of 25 distinct hospital campuses from the east coast to the west coast of central Florida.

Deborah (Morel) Tonella, ’77, who earned her master’s degree in education at PUC in 1988, has served as a teacher at Angwin’s Howell Mountain Elementary School. She has taught some courses at PUC in the department of education as a contract teacher, and today is vice president of Tonella Vineyards in Rutherford, Calif. Committed to supporting many Napa Valley performing arts organizations, Deborah served for six years on the Napa Valley Symphony Board of directors, including a stint as board president. For another six years, she was a member of the Music in Vineyards board of directors, including two years as board president. Committed and consistent supporters of PUC, Deborah and her husband, Raymond Tonella, donated an airplane to the college’s Flight Center in 2015. 

Monty Knittel, ’78, has recently been chosen as president and chief executive officer of the Feather River Hospital in Paradise, Calif. Knittel most recently has served as president and CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash. He has worked nearly 30 years for the Adventist Health system.

Steven Vistaunet, ’78, has recently received the “2017 AMC Lifetime Achievement Award in Communication” for his long-time contribution to Seventh-day Adventist mass communications, a service that “exceeds the communication standards” of the church. Vistaunet currently serves as assistant to the president of the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and is also editor of the “GleanerNow” publication of the conference.

Cynthia (Case) Ackerman, ’79, has recently been named the principal of the Galt Seventh-day Adventist School. In addition to serving as principal, Cynthia also teaches kindergarten through grade two in the mornings, and up to grade four in the afternoons at the 20-student parochial school. “Finding time to do everything is challenging,” says Cynthia, but now that she has her hands on the reins she is planning for growth and a facelift for the school grounds. Cynthia’s husband, Craig Ackerman, ’76, attended PUC during his education studies.

Steve Case, ’79, who is a veteran spiritual leader of young people, is now president of Involve Youth, which develops books, magazines, websites, games, DVDs, and CDs. He is also coordinator for the youth and young adult ministry concentration in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry program. Steve recently teamed with Eddie Heinrich, ’91, who is the director of youth ministries for the Northern California Conference of Adventists, in writing “Sabbath Orphans,” an article published in the Adventist World magazine that calls for a strengthening of youth Sabbath schools in the church.

Douglas A. Tilstra, ’79, has recently been elected vice president of student life at Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Wash. Tilstra is making the move to Walla Walla after 17 years as director of outdoor education and leadership at Southern Adventist University. Earlier, Doug was a pastor in the Gulf States Conference, the Northern California Conference, and the British Columbia Conference. He is married to Lorraine (Bouma) Tilstra, ’78, who has been serving as a hospice nurse.


Laura (Herman) Canby, ’80, now lives on Whidbey Island, Wash., and has a life full of interesting and varied communication activities. She edits a quarterly, full-color magazine, works on her church’s website, and has delved into low-cost video for nonprofits. She has even built a studio of her own right in her her basement. She also works for widely known religion author Philip Yancey, administering his website, helping edit some of his books, and serving as one of several editors of his memoir. “One of these years I have a goal of doing some writing of my own,” writes Laura.

Cynthia R. (Ford) Evans, ’80, after having taught grades 1-4 at Sierra View Junior Academy in Exeter, Calif., for some 30 years, has recently retired and is enjoying life on her (and husband Bruce L. Evans’, ’79) pomegranate ranch near Exeter. Cindy also enjoys babysitting her three (and soon to be four) grandchildren, and doing church and community service. Bruce is the owner and operator of the large Bruce Evans Property Management firm in Visalia, Calif.

Tim Cook, ’83, who has been serving as senior vice president/administrator for Florida Hospital Apopka, including executive accountability for Florida Hospital Winter Garden since 2016, has recently had the added responsibility of being CEO of Florida Hospital Altamonte placed on his shoulders.  Cook was previously the CEO for Florida Hospital DeLand. Earlier he served as CEO of the Florida Hospital Heartland Division from 2007 until 2013, and earlier, CEO of Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital in Illinois.

Melvin Santos, ’83, was recently named Vice President for Administration of the Alaska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, headquartered in Anchorage.  After receiving a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Melvin was senior pastor of the Nashville (Tenn.) First Seventh-day Adventist Church, when he received the call to his new post in Alaska.e

Yvonne Fankhanel, ’84, has been honored by the International Nurses Association with the publication of her name and nursing background in the “Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare” publication. Fankhanel is currently serving patients at Loma Linda University Medical Center as a wound, ostomy, and continence registered nurse. She is a member of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society, and the United Ostomy Association of America.

Russell K. Weis, ’85, is currently the general manager of Silverado Vineyards, a group of five Napa County vineyards. After his graduation from PUC, Weis taught English language and literature for two years at a small liberal arts college in Japan. Returning to the U.S., he served as a tour guide at the Christian Brothers Winery in St. Helena, Calif. In 1993, he joined the Robert Mondavi Winery where he initially led the winery’s Asian/Pacific export business, before becoming senior vice president for international business development. In 2004, Weis moved to his present position at Silverado Vineyards.

Hundreds of delegates to the 69th Regular Constituency Session of the Oklahoma Conference of Seventh-day Adventists voted recently to make James Shires, ’86, executive secretary of the church conference. Before his election to the leadership position, James was prayer ministries coordinator of the Oklahoma Conference.

James (Jim) E. Adams, ’86, formerly chief executive officer – 2000-2012 – of REACH Air Medical Services, has recently been elected to the board of directors of Angel MedFlight, a worldwide air ambulance service.  Jim is presently president of Endeavor Quest, Inc., a consulting and advisory firm focused on operational enhancements in the healthcare sector.

Scott Reiner, ’87, chief executive officer of Adventist Health, with headquarters in Roseville, Calif., has been cited by the trade publication “Becker’s Hospital Review” as one of 135 nonprofit healthcare CEO “Leaders to Know” in its 2016 rankings. The health system Reiner directs provides care through 20 hospitals, more than 260 clinics, 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies, a health plan, and four joint-venture retirement centers serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

Tamara M. (Testman) Shankel, ’88, has recently been named the senior associate dean of Medical Student Education at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, located in Loma Linda, Calif. She is an associate professor in the department of pediatrics with secondary appointments in the departments of internal medicine and medical education. Previously, Shankel was the associate dean for clinical education at the medical school from 2001.


Christopher K. L. Tsai, ’90, a physician who specializes in urology in Southern California’s San Bernardino County, has recently been named secretary of the San Bernardino Medical Society, at the society’s annual 125th officers’ installation and recognition dinner.

James Appel, ’94, who is a physician at and the director of Moundou Adventist Surgery Center and Baraka Adventist Hospital in the Republic of Chad, was awarded the University Global Service Award by Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Victoria D. Wood, ’94, has recently been appointed as a judge of the Napa (Calif.) County Superior Court. A graduate of the University of California-Davis School of Law, Victoria is the second PUC graduate – after Richard D. Barnett, Jr., ’83 – to be a Superior Court judge in Napa. Victoria joins a growing number of other PUC graduates who are serving or have served as judges in California Courts. Other PUC graduate-judges include, Judge Terry A. Bork,’82, of The Superior Court of Los Angeles County; Judge Terrence M. Finney,  Att. 1950’s, retired judge of The Superior Court of El Dorado County; Harold H. Hopp, ’83, Presiding Judge of the Riverside County Superior Court; Judge Franklin Bondonno, ’65,’70, of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County; and Judge Charles Umeda, Att ’70s, of The San Bernardino County Superior Court.  

Raymond W. McAllister, ’97, a member of the Semitic Scholars, a group of three blind academics who have created a Braille code for ancient biblical languages, has received the prestigious Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind, an award that includes a $20,000 cash prize. The award recognizes individuals working in the field of blindness who have made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality. McAllister is an adjunct teacher for the School of Distance Education & International Partnerships at Andrews University.   

  Scott Eastman, ’98, assumed the duties of chief executive officer and director of the Siskiyou Family YMCA in Yreka, Calif., in March 2018, according to the Siskiyou Daily News.  Formerly senior program director of the organization, one of Scott’s first big assignments in his new position is to complete the building of a children’s fitness center at the Y.

Joy Fackenthall, att. ’98, has been teaching for a number of years, along with her husband, Peter, who has been principal at Pacific Union College Preparatory School. They are moving with her family to Auburn Adventist Academy in Auburn, Wash., where she will teach Spanish, religion, and English as a second language, while her husband serves as principal of the school.

Greg Taylor, att. ’98, has recently been appointed youth director of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Previously Taylor was youth director for the Wisconsin Conference, a teacher in two church conferences, and a congregational pastor in Indiana.


Barbara Harrison, ’02, who has been a member of the nursing staff of St. Helena Hospital, has recently been named clinical associate professor of nursing at Andrews University, and is now teaching at that educational institution.

Kevin Camato, ’06, was ordained as minister of the Seventh-day Adventist faith in December 2017, at the Upper Room Fellowship church in Temple City, Calif., where he is currently senior pastor.  In his ministerial career, Kevin has previously served as youth pastor of the Napa (Calif.) Korean Adventist church; as youth and associate pastor of the Cerritos (Calif.) Korean Adventist church; and as associate pastor of the Living Word Fellowship Adventist church.

Stephanie Leon, Att. 2000s, is now a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.  She is a motor transportation operator at the marines’ Camp Pendleton in Southern California, but it was a personal battle and a march to even enter the elite military service.  When she applied to join the marines, Stephanie was a bit over a hundred pounds too heavy to qualify. Determined to be a marine, she want of a crash diet: a breakfast smoothie, a salad for lunch, a piece of chicken no bigger than the palm of her hand and a cup of broccoli for dinner; she did daily intensive exercises in the gym, and cross-country running with her brother Michael.  The Marine Corps recruiting staff at Thousand Oaks, Calif., were greatly surprised when Stephanie showed up again some months later having lost enough weight to qualify to enter the service. Stephanie’s future? “One day I’d like to complete the pre-veterinary medicine degree I started at Pacific Union College,” she says, “but for now, I love my job.”

According to the Lake County (Calif.) News, Martin McCarthy, ’06, is a candidate to become the sheriff of Lake County, Calif.  A graduate of PUC’s Criminal Justice Administration program, McCarthy has 25 years of law enforcement experience, which includes service as a police officer in three California cities, and various other public safety and security positions.


Lauren Armstrong, ’13, has recently been appointed communication director of the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, with headquarters in Glendale, Calif.  Formerly a communication intern with the Conference, Loren is studying for a master’s in Strategic Communication. For a time before her internship, Loren worked as an associate editor, then editor at a business-to-business communication firm in Los Angeles, Calif.

Seven PUC alumni were among the 157 students graduating as physicians at the 2017 graduation exercises at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Following is a listing of the graduating PUC alums, the area of medicine in which they are now interning, and the medical center at which they are interning:

Daniel Betat, ’13, internal medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Robert Chi, ’13, family medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Calvin Fesler, ’13, physical medicine and rehabilitation, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Jeremy Lam, ’13, medicine-prelim, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Beverly Lauw, ’13, pediatrics, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Mark Monterroso, ’12, emergency medicine, Kaweah Delta Health Care, Visalia (Calif.); and Matthew Phelps, ’13, medicine-prelim, Riverside Community Hospital.

Alexandra “Alex” Dunbar, ’14, recently accepted a position as community education specialist for Shasta County Health and Human Services, Public Health branch, Healthy Communities Division. She is a member of the Social Emotional Resiliency Unit, the Coordinator for Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Unit, and the Coordinator for the Strengthening Families Collaborative. Alex’s work before her assignment to Shasta County included completing her MPH in Health Education and Promotion in 2017, and working as a enrollment counselor for PUC from 2015-2017.

Jeffrey Maxwell, ’14, was recently elected as risk management director of the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. His tasks include handling crises, mitigating liability, and preventing problems. Maxwell’s work before his assignment to the risk management post included service for two lay Adventist ministries, a lifestyle retreat in Georgia, and a literature ministry in Tennessee.

Former PUC Faculty and Staff Updates 

According to “The Grundy County Herald” newspaper, Irene Wakeham Lee, who taught at PUC in 1946, is a busy woman and is looking forward to her 106th birthday!

Born of Seventh-day Adventist missionary parents in England, Lee’s varied, adventuresome life found her in Honolulu on December 7, 1941, where she witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor. She taught at Hawaiian Mission Academy, and after teaching at PUC she was off to a teaching mission in the Philippines for 24 years. On a furlough to the U.S. she earned a Ph.D. in linguistics at Stanford University. After her service in the Philippines, Irene taught at Oakwood College, La Sierra University, and Weimar College, as well as Antillean College in Puerto Rico. In between teaching assignments, she found time in 1982 to marry James Lee; both were 70 at the time.

How does she do it all? According to “The Herald,” “Lee credits her longevity to good genes and the ‘good fortune of being born into a Seventh-day Adventist family.’ Her daily routine includes trust in God, exercise, fresh air, water, sunshine, and rest. She eats temperately. Lee has never smoked or used fermented or caffeinated drinks of any kind, and stays away from junk food, and takes care of her daily needs.”

Former PUC President Richard Osborn was awarded the prestigious Charles E. Weniger Award at a ceremony in Loma Linda, Calif., on January 30, 2018.  The award is given to persons in Seventh-day Adventist education and other denominational work who best exemplify the professional excellence of its namesake, Charles E. Weniger, ’18, who was a professor at PUC before becoming dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.  Also receiving a Weniger Award was George Knight, ’65, an educator and author of some 30 books.

After having had a hugely successful return to campus during Black History Month 2018, former PUC faculty member and member of the “Little Rock Nine” Terrence J. Roberts, was a featured speaker on the campus of Penn State University-Altoona in Pennsylvania.  “There is no such animal as race – never has been, never will be,”Roberts told his Penn State audience.  “Race has nothing to do with you or the fact that you are unique and different from all others.”  After teaching at PUC, Roberts was a mental health director at St. Helena (Calif.) Hospital, an assistant dean at the University of California Los Angeles School of Social Welfare, and a faculty member of Antioch University, Los Angeles, Calif.  He is now principal of the management-consulting firm, Terrence Roberts Consulting.   

Yew Chong Wong, who worked in PUC’s development office in 2005, was named as a 2016 Honored Alumnus of Andrews University at the school’s most recent Homecoming. Dr. Wong’s career has included serving at Southeast Asia Union College, Hong Kong Adventist College, Walla Walla College, CEO of Adventist Health in Hong Kong, Dean Witter Reynolds, and Advent Links-SAUC Singapore. He earned a Ph.D. at Andrews in 1976 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Asia-Pacific International University in Thailand in 2010.


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


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.