Alumni News and Life Events | Marriages, births, and deaths information
Susan Crisman (G89) and Wes Cook, July 21, 2007, in Newberg.
Melissa Bullock (G92) and William Webb Thomas, July 1, 2007, in Forest Grove, Ore.
Jennifer Swanborough (G94) to David Hricik, Aug. 18, 2007, in Portland.
Nathan Sundgren (G96) and Felicia Glawson, Aug. 4, 2007, in Arlington, Texas.
Katrina Townley (n98) and Benjamin Gavie, Aug. 26, 2006, in Meridian, Idaho.
Darren Wiens (G98) and Gretchen Kemp, Jan. 20, 2007, in Boring, Ore.
Max Bebb (G01) and Samantha Hayden, June 2, 2007, in Walla Walla, Wash.
Anne Craner (G04) and Sam Huckaby (MBA student), June 16, 2007, in Pleasanton, Calif.
Samuel Greene (G05) and Elisabeth Mehl (G05), Aug. 4, 2007, in Springfield, Ore.
Melissa Jackson (G05) and Mitchell Baughman, Aug. 27, 2006, in Hillsboro, Ore.
Chris Kelley (G05) and Crystal Karstensen, March 31, 2007, in Newberg.
Jill Steinfeld (G05) and Justin Wang, July 14, 2007, in Portland.
Sarah Troyer (G05, MAT06) and Josh Grosenbach, Dec. 16, 2006, in Newberg.
Bethany Allen (G07) and Kevin Dirksen, June 15, 2007, in Gresham, Ore.
Catherine Hager (G07) and Parker Howell, June 23, 2007, in Beaverton, Ore.
Audrey Higuera (G07) and Trevor Williamson (G07), June 23, 2007, in Medford, Ore.
Christopher Davis (G93) and Angela (Broussard) Davis (n93), a girl, Valya Carolin, Sept. 2, 2005, in Magadan, Russia, adopted Dec. 11, 2006, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Kevin Dougherty (G93) and Kim (Cain) Dougherty (G95), a girl, Dacey Rose, May 9, 2007, in Waco, Texas.
Kristine Hayes (SPS03, MAT07) and Matt Hayes (MBA05), a girl, Natalie Mae, Nov. 24, 2006, in Tualatin, Ore.
Ryan McWayne (MAT03) and Leslie McWayne, a boy, Aidan Finlay, July 6, 2007, in Lebanon, Ore.
Jenna (White) Luoto (G06) and Kirk Luoto, a boy, Landon Michael, July 10, 2007, in McMinnville, Ore.
Molly Jean (Gallagher) Walter (G06) and Joshua Walter, a boy, Aiden Joseph, June 9, 2007, in Portland.
James Webb (G43), June 25, 2007, in Astoria, Ore.
Janet (Hinshaw) Snow (G53), Sept. 10, 2007, in Newberg.
Jeni Siefken (G73), July 18, 2007, in Newberg.
Jayson Jewell (G89), Aug. 21, 2007, in Germantown, Md.
William Williams (SPS91), May 21, 2007, in Milwaukie, Ore.
Mary (Johnson) Gerth (SPS97), May 30, 2007, in Portland.
Jeanette Crosby Kruljac (SPS99), May 20, 2007, in Independence, Ore.
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Three decades of students have known the lanky, smiling gentleman, but many don’t even know his last name. He’s simply “Grandpa Roy.”
“I’m beginning my 65th semester at George Fox,” Roy Hiebert tells the new freshman who joins him for lunch at his table in Klages Dining Room. It’s an opening line the 82-year-old Hiebert uses to introduce himself and start the conversation of why he’s dining with a roomful of students less than a quarter his age.
Nearly a third of a century from his start as a George Fox employee, and 15 years after his retirement from his work in Plant Services, Hiebert remains a campus fixture. Without official contract, but with a routine as regular as an employee, Hiebert is Campus Grandpa, with his “office” the dining commons. There he eats with students three meals a day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and often Sunday afternoons. He’s not there just for meals on the house. “I want to pay for my meals,” he says. “I don’t want (students) to say ‘Oh, he just comes here for free meals.’”
He sometimes joins students already seated, but often he sits at an empty table and allows students to seek him out. It’s a routine that has not changed over the years. Hiebert says conversation topics remain basically the same: relationships with roommates or even potential spouses, coping with sorrow at the death of loved ones, career choices and life goals, and spiritual needs. Hiebert emphasizes he doesn’t give advice. “They just like to have an older person around to talk with them,” he says. They need someone to listen, to mull things over, he says.
Despite the changing hairstyles and clothing of students, Hiebert is hesitant in answering a question about what has changed about students. He’s now talking with students who are children of those he dined with two decades ago. “They’re still pretty much the same,” he notes. “But more and more they show the effects of media.”
“I bemoan the fact that they have a manmade society,” he says. “I grew up on the Montana prairie. They have trouble relating to the way I grew up.” Hiebert smiles when he says students now listen to “noise,” comparing it to the sounds of meadowlarks, crickets, and coyotes, as he grew up.
He observes that students now “talk together more by remote control,” using cell phone calls, e-mails, and text messaging rather than in-person conversation. “I kid them that my generation has hip and knee replacements and their generation is going to have thumb joint replacement.”
Hiebert now has given up the familiar old-style bicycle for which he had become noted by earlier students. He used it to ride from his home two blocks west of campus, then across campus. “I gave it up about five years ago,” he says. “It dumped me three times in one year.”
When he’s not with students he’s mostly tending his garden – especially the flowers. He’s become nearly as associated with them as with his mealtime presence. A couple of times each week in each season except winter, he brings flowers – hundreds of them – to give away. This fall he left hundreds of dahlias twice a week on a table at the dining room exit. They’re gone in just minutes, limited to one to a student. In the summer, without undergrad students, flowers are delivered desk to desk, building to building to employees. He also keeps the Bruin Den service counter supplied with fresh flowers.
Hiebert says he has no plans to retire anytime soon from his volunteer Campus Grandpa post. “I enjoy it,” he says. “I guess I’ll do it as long as I’m physically and mentally able.”
Bill Jackson (G71), food service director at George Fox from 1981 to 1999, received a gift from his wife last December that saved his life. His wife, Marilyn (May) (G72), donated one of her kidneys so that Bill could receive a much needed transplant.
Jackson, whose kidney troubles began in 2004 as a result of high blood pressure, had several offers. Friends and family members, including the couple’s four children, were willing to part with a kidney. Marilyn, a teacher at Edwards Elementary School, was chosen.
“Out of the clear blue sky, she said, ‘I’m going to be the first one tested.’ Lo and behold, we matched. She was the first and only one to be tested,” Bill said.
The transplant took place last year at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland. Marilyn recovered well from the surgery. The prognosis is good for Bill, but he has taken a leave of absence from his job as food service director at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg to rest and give his new kidney time to recover.
Bill will remain on immunosuppressant medication for the rest of his life to prevent rejection of the kidney. He considers that a small price to pay for his life. And Marilyn is expected to have no lasting adverse effects from her donation. She just gets to keep Bill longer.
“We’ve even gotten closer,” Bill says, “and that seems impossible because we were always close. I am very, very fortunate.”