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G.S. Holeman ’50 is still living in Penn Valley, California, and keeps in touch with Charlie Bedolla ’50 and Bob Ferrari ’50. He writes, “enjoying the Santa Clara Magazine. It’s the only way to keep in touch with what is happening at Santa Clara these days.”
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.
Rosemary (Cosgrove) Humphrey ’67 retired from Palos Verdes Estates City Council after 25 years in office, including four terms as mayor. She has also retired from public education, after almost 50 years, most recently as a high school principal.
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!”
DIANE TOOMEY (FACEBOOK)
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!”
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 Rychly ’73 has retired after 35 years in the technology industry. He and his wife live outside Chicago, Illinois. they have one son in the Chicago metropolitan area and one son in Houston, Texas.
Eric Lane ’73 is the San Antonio, Texas, chapter president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and was elected the new chair of the organization’s National Leadership Council. Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group that educates Americans on the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. Lane has been involved with Americans United for decades and has written numerous columns defending separation of church and state for newspapers both in and out of Texas.
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.
Naomi Tuite ’74 is a retired math teacher, coach, and international baccalaureate (IB) coordinator.
John Cruden J.D. ’74 joined Beveridge & Diamond PC law firm as a principal. Previously, Cruden served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division under the Obama administration. He is also the president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Marilyn Klinger ’75 writes, “I have opened up the Los Angeles office of the construction law boutique, SMTD Law. SMTD Law has offices in Orange County, Oakland, Phoenix, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California, and is one of the up-and-coming construction/surety/real estate law firms in California.”
Chris Hasney ’76 is a guest columnist for Scorecard, the digital magazine of American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) District 17.
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.
Andy “Drew” Clark ’78 is a realtor associate with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Real Estate. He lives with his wife in Sedona, Arizona.
Comedy director Andy Ackerman ’78 is back on pilot duty, helming and executive producing Fam and Pandas In New York for CBS Studios. Fam centers on a woman whose respectable life with her new fiancé comes to a screeching halt upon the arrival of her half-sister. Pandas In New York shines a light on a family of Indian doctors who decide to arrange their youngest son’s life, unaware he’s made plans of his own. Ackerman also serves as director and executive producer of CBS’ upcoming comedy series Living Biblically.
Philip L. Gregory J.D./MBA ’80 has received the Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year Award from Santa Clara School of Law, which honors a distinguished member of the law school community who is devoted to the highest ideals of the profession and has made significant contributions to the University, the community, and the law. Gregory recently launched his own firm, the Gregory Law Group, based in Redwood City. His practice emphasizes complex business and environmental litigation, including antitrust, financial fraud, employment, securities, and intellectual property matters. His practice draws from his vast array of experience, including serving as the articles editor for the Santa Clara Law Review and the first chair of the State Bar’s Trade Secrets Subcommittee. Gregory is co-lead counsel on a federal lawsuit by a group of 21 young people who claim the federal government is affirmatively violating their constitutional right to a stable climate with fossil fuel energy policies that promote climate change—Juliana, et al. v. United States, et al. (District of Oregon). In March, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the case can proceed toward trial. Gregory continues to serve as a judge pro tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He also serves as a certified mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Gregory is a master of the bench and former president with the Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court. He is a fellow with the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to 500 active trial lawyers in the United States under the age of 70. Gregory also is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been a Super Lawyer since 2007 and holds the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Gregory has written articles for and lectured before bar associations, law school classes, and colleges on a wide variety of subjects, including e-commerce, source code escrows, and legal ethics. He has been a partner with Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP; Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley; and Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc. He has also worked for Spectra Laboratories, Inc., where he served as general counsel; vice president, legal and regulatory affairs; and corporate compliance officer. He started his legal career as an associate with Fenwick & West. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and government from Bowdoin College. He has served on the boards of a number of civic and services organizations in the Bay Area, including Samaritan House of San Mateo County, and as former chairman of the board of EHC LifeBuilders.