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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.
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.
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.
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.”