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Allan Nicholson J.D. ’60 now has seven great-grandchildren. Several of his grandchildren attended Santa Clara, including Andrea McCandless ’07, Katherine Leardini ’10, Jenny Nicholson ’12 and Brooks Nicholson ’18. Two of his children, Bruce Nicholson ’75 and Alicia Raj ’92, are also alumni.
Sam Sebastiani ’62, MBA ’66, student body president in 1962, is still making great wines at the Sebastiani Family Winery. Many of his classmates hope that some of the wine will be brought to their reunion celebrations.
Robert Ravano ’62 has been appointed to the board of regents for Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. He is a partner and still working part time as a CPA with his firm, Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. LLP, in Palo Alto.
Gary Keister ’62 is still writing poetry, books, and stories about his life growing up on the Alaskan waters. He presents annually at the FisherPoets gathering in Astoria, Oregon, as well as at other seafarers’ festivals in the Pacific Northwest.
Joseph Fessio ’62 is making wine when not editing books at his Ignatius Press in San Francisco. He says he will definitely bring some wine—not books—to the reunion.
Adrian Buoncristiani ’62 and his wife, Dawn, are vacationing in Norway. They are excited to be returning in time to do a “show and tell” at their 55th reunion celebration.
Bill Beasley ’62 writes that the 1962 College World Series Santa Clara baseball teammates held a 55-year reunion to recognize team captain Larry Kaaha ’62 and Nick Scurich ’62 as deceased members of that wonderful team.
The reunion was held at the San Jose home of John Giovanola ’63 and his wife Kathy. Team members and spouses who were able to attend include John Boccabella ’63, Ron Calcagno ’64, Ron Cook ’63, Tim Cullen ’64, Reno DiBono ’63, assistant coach Marcel Fiore ’52, Ken Flanagan ’63, Bob Garibaldi ’64, Jerry Glueck ’62, Loren Harper ’63, Dan Korbel ’63, M.A. ’76, Gary Malvini ’64, MBA ’66 and Charlie Marcenaro ’64, MBA ’70. Also attending were former SCU alumni director Jerry Kerr and alumni representative Paul Neilan ’70. Beasely writes, “We’ve lost a few of our team, namely head coach John “Paddy” Cottrell and his wife, Eunice, Larry Kaaha, Nick Scurich, Rich Freitas ’63, team trainer Henry Schmitt and team doctor Amaral.
Bernard J. Burdick ’63 and John G. Burdick ’65 have published Achieving Flight: The Life and Times of John J. Montgomery. The book tells the story of Santa Clara's own renowned aviator (1858–1911) who designed, built, and was the first to fly a glider successfully in 1883, a full 20 years before the Wright brothers’ powered flight. His achievements in flight from high air (up to 4,000 feet, lofted there by a hot-air balloon) in 1905 at Santa Clara College are commemorated with an obelisk in the Mission Gardens. An article about this upcoming book was written by Paul Totah ’79 for Santa Clara Magazine, Fall 2012. The first biography of Montgomery, John Joseph Montgomery, Father of Basic Flying, was written by former Santa Clara archivist Arthur D. Spearman, S.J.
Peter Sullivan ’66 and wife Marie Sullivan ’66 write: “Great 50th reunion last year! Many of us continued the festivities in Carmel.”
Frederick John Kassis ’66 retired in 2015 after practicing and teaching internal medicine for 40 years. Since retiring, he has lived in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife. They have four children, who are scattered as far as Hawaii.
Larry Dunlap ’67 retired in 2010 after a 43-year career in sales and marketing that took him all around the world. He lives in La Quinta, California, and is enjoying all that desert life has to offer. In his retirement, he and his wife, Karen, started a consulting company that assists entrepreneurs in their quest to introduce innovative consumer and professional health care products. The couple has four children and eight grandchildren who bring great joy to their lives and keep them busy. They also spend their time golfing, traveling, and with family and friends. Dunlap is looking forward to seeing his classmates at the upcoming reunion.
Adele Bihn ’67 can’t believe it has been 50 years since graduation. Bihn and her husband, Murray, have six grandchildren between the ages of 12 and 6 months. She writes she’s still working, currently focusing on water and energy conservation.
Kate (Thomas) Parnes ’68 spends part of her retirement time as vice president and founding member of Global Grandmothers. The nonprofit started in California in 2011 and focuses on supporting children worldwide through thoughtful giving. Global Grandmothers carefully screens domestic and international nonprofits for transparency, fund management, and the efficacy of interventions. A visitor to the website wwwglobalgrandmothers.org can select and donate to the recommended nonprofits with confidence. Global Grandmothers sponsors fundraising walks (Walk the Walk) in the Bay Area several times a year. All Broncos are invited to visit the website. You don't have to be a grandmother to be a global grandmother!
Rinaldo Brutoco ’68 was awarded the inaugural Santa Barbara Peace Prize, which honors locals who are advancing world peace and international human rights—especially in developing nations— thanks to a nomination from Jerry Brown ’59. Brutoco is the founding president of the World Business Academy, which is devoted to addressing climate change and advocating for sustainable energy use, and has served on the boards of The National Peace Academy and the Brutoco Family Foundation.
Don Barbieri ’68 was appointed to the Washington State University Board of Regents in January 2015. He is the founder and retired chairman of the board and director of Red Lion Hotels, formerly known as WestCoast Hospitality Corporation and Cavanaughs Hospitality Corporation. Barbieri served as a member of the Washington State Economic Development Board under three governors and as chair of the State of Washington’s Quality of Life Task Force. He is a past chair for the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, past chair of Spokane United Way, served as president of the Spokane Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, was president of the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, and chaired Providence/Sacred Heart Medical Center in some of its strongest growth years. He ran for Congress in 2004.
Barbieri led the redevelopment of over one mile of the Spokane River, including the historic Broadview Dairy, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Red Lion River Inn, and the upscale Riverpoint and Upper Falls condominium developments. Through his efforts, the historic downtown Spokane Crescent building was transformed from a closed shell building to a centerpiece of downtown Spokane’s revitalization. In other regional work, he developed over four miles of Priest Lake, Idaho, through a state-of-the-art planned unit development called Huckleberry at Priest Lake, resulting in 90 percent dedicated open space and forest/wildlife restoration and conservation.
Since retirement, his efforts have been concentrated on the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, a charitable foundation with his domestic partner Sharon Smith. The foundation supports reducing poverty, expanding affordable housing, and fostering a more dynamic and powerful constituency throughout the Inland Northwest.
Terrance Stinnett J.D. ’69 graduated first in his class from the School of Law and practiced bankruptcy law for 34 years. He has continued to work full time since 2007 as vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Fremont Bank and Fremont Bancorporation, as well as being a member of the board of directors of each corporation. He is also the chairman of the board Loan Committee, the Board Fair Lending Committee and is a member of the Board Compliance Committee, as well as a member of the Officers Loan Committee. He is very proud of the bank, which contributed $1 million toward the construction of the new Santa Clara Law School building and was founded by his uncle, Morris Hyman. Stinnett serves on the Law School Advisory Board and previously served on the Law School Board of Visitors.
Stinnett also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas Caldecott of the California Courts of Appeal. He received numerous awards, including having been listed as a California super lawyer by San Francisco Magazine and in Who’s Who in America Law by the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board on many occasions. He has also been listed in Who’s Who in America. Additionally, he has been listed in Kipling’s Who’s Who and was selected as Professional of the Year in the field of bankruptcy law in 2007 by America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals.
Stinnett writes that although he turned 77 years old in July, “he has had to postpone his retirement until he reaches 106 because his wife spends so much money!” He also writes, “I raced cars as a hobby for about 30 years or so, just like Paul Newman, but only one of us is incredibly handsome. You will have to decide which one of us meets that standard!”
Martha “Mardi” Robers ’69 writes, “I have retired after having a very satisfying career of 46 years in social work. I have moved to Hamilton, Montana, and now get to spend quality time with my family, which includes two amazing grandchildren.”
Timothy “Pat” Hannon ’70, J.D. ’74 writes, “I am proud to announce that I have earned an LL.M. cum laude in transportation and logistics from Florida Coastal School of Law.”
Mary Ann Peters ’72 is privileged to be “waging peace and fighting disease” around the world as CEO of The Carter Center, founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in 1982. She’s counting down to the eradication of Guinea worm disease from the planet—down to 25 cases last year, from 3.5 million cases in 1986. Peters is also on the board of the Task Force for Global Health and Emory University’s Global Health Institute—a long way from her major in French.
Businessman-turned-philanthropist Ed Dowd ’72 writes: “After a successful career in investment real estate, my interests turned to art and philanthropy. These efforts include a range of gifts within my community, many of which incorporate the love of art I developed after my MS diagnosis.” Recent donations from Dowd include $4.1 million to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Mountain View campus, which has as its centerpiece an original Dale Chihuly glass sculpture; $12 million toward the construction of the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building, which also enjoys an original Chihuly; and $3 million to the National MS Society’s Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program, which is “designed to give hope to individuals who, like me, live with advanced-stage MS.”
Kathy Anderson ’72 completed 12 years on the Board of Regents and recently was invited to join the Advisory Board for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Additionally, she serves as the president and executive director of the Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles, which was established in 2014 to provide professional philanthropy management services for organizations and individuals in a Catholic and socially responsible business environment.
Jeff Dillon ’73 had brunch with college roommates Dan Gilmour ’73 and Brougham Morris ’73 in Sutter Creek, California.
Carl L. Brodt ’73 retired from MUFG Union Bank and will be teaching business courses at Holy Names University in Oakland this fall.
Eric Tandy ’74 is the project manager for Bechtel on the BART Earthquake Safety Program in Oakland.