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Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1960s
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.