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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.
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.
Freshman Dorm: Nobili
Diane Toomey ’68 writes, “Not much has changed in five years. Still retired, living in the same house, taking care of the same dog. Have done a little traveling since the previous reunion—Iceland and soon Scotland. Still playing softball and occasionally golf and pickleball. I come to these events to reconnect with my classmates and feel like myself again!”
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Freshman Dorm: Nobili
Joanna “Jodi” (Dee) Servatius ’68, enjoyed a 40-year career in public education, starting as an elementary school teacher and ending as a university administrator at CSU East Bay. She and her husband, Brian Servatius ’65, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They have four daughters and will soon have four grandchildren. In retirement, Jodi serves on three boards, consults in academic assessment, and enjoys the many cultural riches the Bay Area provides. She and Brian live in Walnut Creek.
Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
John Dean ’68 writes, “While it seems like only yesterday I was scrambling to cross the Alameda to avoid being hit by errant drivers, the reality is it was 50 years ago. Kathy and I are retired and enjoying our life in Rio Vista, California, seeking to spend as much time with our 4-year-old granddaughter as we can. I have spent my professional life in technology and am pursuing a deeper involvement in viticulture with a local winery. I do so look forward to seeing and celebrating with you in just a few short months! Nothing like a great party!”
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.
Mary Ann Peters ’72, CEO of the Carter Center, gave a talk on global health equity, ethics, and eradication as part of a series of talks presented by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. Before joining The Carter Center, Ambassador Peters was provost of the U.S. Naval War College and served as dean of academics at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. She spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat and will be speaking at SCU on April 19, at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
After a long career with United Way, Terry Grundy ’68 is teaching honors seminars in intellectual history at the University of Cincinnati. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom, where he and his wife, Jodine (Grantham) Grundy ’66, are frequently found. The couple’s 50th wedding anniversary is in 2018, and they are spending one month traveling abroad for each decade of their marriage.
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.
Steve Czuleger ’73 was awarded a second Fulbright to teach in Albania in May 2018. This time he will be lecturing at the Albanian School for Magistrates and several other law schools in the country. Czuleger will be speaking on judicial ethics, judicial independence, and rule of law in the Balkan country. He is finishing his 30th year as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and is the past presiding judge of that court.
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.