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John P. Hoffman Sr. ’58 retired in 1992 from Loral Aerospace/Lockheed Martin, Newport Beach, as a senior aerospace engineer. He was employed over his 34-year career by various aerospace companies, developing air-to-air and surface-to-air tactical missiles and their launchers. Since retirement, he has enjoyed being a volunteer land steward for Irvine Ranch Conservancy, assisting in the management of 20,000 acres of public open space in Irvine, California. He and wife Karen attend various music events and festivals each year, where she sings and plays guitar and autoharp, with like-minded people from around the world. They both enjoy traveling and camping in their Airstream travel trailer to join up with other musicians and friends. Between them they have four children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’73 and his wife, Sylvia, were honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the San Francisco Commonwealth Club in April 2018.
On the eve of the 55th reunion for the Class of ’63, Rich LaRocca ’63 shares that one of the classmates he remembers fondly and misses deeply is Gil Pena ’63. “Gil was an interesting guy: On Sunday mornings he would visit the local Mexican families to encourage them to practice their religion and attend Church. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident not too long after graduating from Santa Clara. A native of Mexico, he came to Santa Clara from Phoenix’s Brophy Prep. Gil graduated from Santa Clara magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, was awarded a Nobili Medal Honorable Mention, and received a Stanford University Fellowship. At the time of his death, he was studying earthquake engineering and hoped to return to his earthquake-prone country and apply his skills to mitigate earthquake impacts on his community.”
Ramon L. Jimenez ’64 writes, “Been married 52 years to Anne (LCSW), raised three girls, have five grandkids. I am a most fortunate man. Been proud to be part of SCU Board of Fellows and Regents. I am semiretired (which is being like semi-pregnant).” Jimenez left SCU after his junior year to attend St Louis University School of Medicine, finishing orthopedic surgery residency in San Francisco. He served as a major in the Army, 101st Airborne—six orthos for 36,000 paratroopers at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Jimenez practiced orthopedics at O’Connor Hospital for 40 years, where he was born. He still does orthopedic medical legal evaluations, consults, and enjoys his grandkids, traveling, golf, and watercolors.
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Patrick “Mike” McCahill ’66 retired after 24 years as vice president of Aon Risk Services of Nebraska. McCahill is enjoying retirement in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Edward Lozowicki ’66, J.D. ’69 is serving a second year as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Arbitration Committee. The group provides CLE programs, publications, and other resources for arbitrators and attorneys.
Frances F. Swanson ’67 has started writing children’s stories and volunteering on immigration issues.
Kathy Dooling ’67 and her husband Mike Dooling ’67 celebrated their 50th class reunion in October of 2017. They reside in Pasadena, California, where Mike works in the investment business and Kathy is a local artist. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.
Peter E. Wise ’69, MBA ’73 and his wife, Julie, moved to Taos, New Mexico, in August 2018 to enjoy the margaritas and the stars.
Dennis Smolarski, S.J., ’69, M.Div., ’79, STM ’79 has been appointed as the next director of Campus Ministry. Fr. Smolarski brings unique gifts and experience to the position as an alumnus, longtime professor, and a Jesuit well aware of the changing trends in the spiritual lives of young adults today. Having taught at Santa Clara first in 1975–76 and since 1982, and serving as a resident minister for ten years, he has also led the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and authored research in his field as well as best-selling books on Roman Catholic liturgy.
Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed chief financial officer of PDF Solutions, a leading provider of process-design integration technologies for circuit manufacturability. She brings over 25 years of corporate and financial experience to the company.
Roger B. Menard MBA ’71 is the proud father of Matt, an EMT captain and 2017 Firefighter of the Year as well as Lindsay, a Ph.D. candidate and psychotherapist for Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. He was CEO of SummerHill Homes before his retirement.
Jim Gaffney ’71, J.D. ’75 is executive director of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He manages business operations. Previously he was corporate director of Bullivant Houser Bailey in Portland, Oregon.
Hemant Thapar ’73 M.S. ’75 has been awarded the School of Engineering’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for his advancement of electrical and computer science and engineering and his service to the School of Engineering. Thapar is the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of OmniTier. He previously founded and led two successful startups, DataPath Systems and Link_A_Media Devices. Together, these startups delivered many “industry firsts” in controllers for data storage and data recovery and system-on-a-chip technologies, contributing to the shipment of over 100 million chips for hard disk drives and solid state drives. Thapar received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He is the recipient of three best paper awards and was elected an IEEE Fellow.
Eric Tandy ’74 is retiring from Bechtel Group in December 2018, capping a 25-year career with Bechtel and serving on the BART Earthquake Safety Program.
Thomas Goethals ’74 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59 to the 4th District Court of Appeal. Previously, Goethals was an Orange County District Attorney Office prosecutor and defense attorney who served on the Superior Court bench for 15 years.
Eldon P. Regua ’77 is a recent inductee into the Thomas P. Ryan “Hall of Fame” by the East Side Union School High School Education Foundation in San Jose.
Thierry Colaw J.D. ’77, a retired Orange County Superior Court judge, has joined Judicate West, a private dispute resolution service. He spent 21 years on the bench after 20 years of private practice as a civil litigator.
Donald Temple ’78 received the lawyer of the year award from the Metropolitan Washington Area Employment Lawyers Association.
Gilbert Paul Carrasco J.D. ’78 received a Fulbright award to lecture and teach comparative constitutional rights in the human rights LL.M. program at Ukrainian Catholic University. He is a professor of law at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon and chair of the civil rights section of the American Association of Law Schools.