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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.
Alison Little McGhee ’72 published her book My Stroke of Luck: How I Lost My Mind and Found My Sense of Humor. She writes, “Having a stroke is no joking matter ... until it is. I decided to compile a group of anecdotes that exhibited the comical side of trying to overcome the devastating effects of having a stoke (‘Oh woe is me’ is not in my nature.) I learned to laugh at the quirky predicaments in which I found myself (I’ve fallen and can’t get up!) Not funny to you? Read my book.
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.
Risë Pichon ’73, J.D. ’76 was honored at a judicial reception by the Charles Houston Bar Association for being the first minority elected to serve as presiding judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She served a two-year term, which ended Dec. 31, 2016. Pichon now serves as judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.
Several Bronco alumni spent two weeks together this past May, traveling from Toronto, Ontario, to Banff, Alberta, and finally to Vancouver, British Columbia. Three of the couples had high tea at The Empress in Victoria; this trip also included a visit to the Columbia Ice Fields. The group included: Ken Leufgen ’68, MBA ’70 and Judy (Butzloff) Leufgen ’69, Kitty and Chuck Jackson ’69, Dianne and Jim Prior ’68, and Louise (Sutton) Olsen ’67 and Steve Olsen ’68, M.S. ’73. Everyone in this group enjoyed reflecting on their days as young couples as well as their many SCU memories!
Mitch Lyons J.D. ’73 writes from Massachusetts that he and his wife, Joanne, are going to be spending much more time in the Bay Area as their daughter, her husband, and their two grandchildren have moved to Los Gatos. Lyons is president of the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts, an advocacy and educational nonprofit organization.
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.
Maureen Strohm ’74 has launched a new family medicine residency program for southern Nevada—“a state with profound needs for physicians, especially in primary care and psychiatry!” This marks her third “round” as a program director and second program startup as founding program director. “I’m proud to be part of the solution.”
After being named District Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2015, Kara Lee (Macey) Ruckriegel ’74 decided to retire at the end of the 2016 school year. She is now enjoying her work as an instructional coach, which doesn't require writing lesson plans, at St. Louis Catholic School in Austin, TX!
Marylynn Moore ’74 and her husband, Kenneth, have moved back to California to be near family after living in Arizona for over 20 years. They are thrilled to be back.
Andrew Kryder ’74, J.D./MBA ’77 received the Ignatian Award for 2017 from the Santa Clara Alumni Association. The award honors outstanding achievement in service to humanity. He is a member of the executive committee of SCU’s Law Advisory Board.
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.”
On Aug. 28, 2017, The annual Golden Bridge Awards honored Constantin Delivanis MBA ’74 with silver for Most Innovative Executive of the Year. Delivanis is the co-founder and CEO of the BDNA Corporation, a leader in comprehensive information about technology assets. BDNA also received the gold Milestone of the Year for “Technopedia”—providing timely market intelligence for more than 2 million hardware and software products. Winners were honored at a red carpet ceremony in San Francisco on Sept. 18, 2017.
Andrew M. Phillips ’75 has joined Lincoln Law School of San Jose as vice dean. He continues to teach tort law and lives with his wife, Mary Ann, in Willow Glen.
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Mary Jane Genochio ’75 lives in the Sierra foothills community of Mokelumne Hill. She serves on the boards for the Northern California Chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Calaveras County Arts Council, Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District, Calaveras Visitors Bureau, and the Mokelumne Hill Community Historical Trust. Genochio lost her home during the Amador/Calaveras Butte Fire in September 2015 and his currently building a new time in downtown Mokelumne Hill. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, friends, and her best friend, Stella, her 7-year-old shepherd mix pound puppy.
George Clause ’75, J.D. ’79 was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at the organization’s spring meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a partner at Hayes Scott Bonino Ellingson & McLay in Redwood City. Membership in the College is by invitation and is limited to 1 percent of the total lawyer population of the state in which the member practices.
Patricia Badia-Johnson M.A. ’76 is busy with 13 great-grandchildren. She writes, “Serving as a guardian ad litem for foster children. Vice president of the Amici d’Italia cultural organization in Portland, Oregon.” Patricia was also the “Outstanding Alumna” for 1999 in SCU’s counseling department.
Bruce Worster MBA ’77 has been named a trustee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He is a private investor and advisor with 30 years’ experience in high technology product and business development. After retirement, he served as a director of Zygo Corp. from 2002–10 and chairman from 2009–10. He is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College and holds a Ph.D. in physics from UCSB. Worster is also a trustee of Harvey Mudd College and a member of the UCSB dean of science’s advisory cabinet, and, with his wife, Susan, a member of the Getty Museum’s Photographs Council. Worster was a trustee of the San Jose Museum of Art from 2012–15. He and his wife are collectors of vintage and contemporary photography.
Carol Blanco Jordan ’77 teaches online courses in computer science and business for Columbia Gorge Community College. She and her husband, Mike, live in Redmond, Oregon. Jordan earned her MBA in information systems from Golden Gate University in 1982 and is a quality matters peer reviewer for online courses. She and her husband have been married for 36 years and have a lovely daughter, Roseann, who lives in Tyler, Texas, and just graduated from dental hygiene school.