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John P. Matheu '40 writes: "The new magazine is much better—with a wider scope of activity." He'd also like to hear more about fellow Santa Clara grads from his era if they're still with us.
Duncan Fife '56, of that Dynamic Class, functions productively in Foster City, California. His five virtually perfect children, and two perfect grandchildren, and wife Robin celebrate the recent publication of his second book: Giving the Gift of Giggles—Incredibly True Confessions of a Singing Telegram Entertainer, available at Amazon. He writes, "Thank you for a great magazine: It gets better and better with each issue!"
The Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective, by Clayton Barbeau M.A. ’59, is now in its 55th year in print. First begun while a student on campus, the seven chapters took seven weeks to complete. The book was translated into Italian at the request of Cardinal Tisserant for use by the Vatican Council II fathers who were working on marriage and family issues. When Barbeau’s copies first arrived, he discovered that every chapter in the book was preceded by a paragraph from one of the Council documents. The Croation edition followed the Italian edition, and the English language editions followed suit.
Burman Skrable ’65 welcomed his fifth grandchild on Oct. 22, 2016, which is also the feast day of St. John Paul the Great.
Jim Sheehan '66 is the founder of Center for Justice (Spokane, Washington). He worked for more than twenty years as a public defender in Eastern and Western Washington until he received a windfall inheritance. He decided that, in this next unexpected chapter of his life, he would put his money to work for the greater good. In 1999, he founded the Center for Justice, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to protecting human rights, alleviating poverty, preserving the earth, and holding the government accountable to the principles of democracy. In addition, he also restored the old Saranac Hotel in downtown Spokane, which became the first LEED Platinum certified building in the region. Additionally, he renovated the Community Building, the Main Market Co-op, and the Saranac Commons in order to provide affordable, beautiful homes for area nonprofit offices and small businesses in downtown Spokane. Despite all these accomplishments, Jim feels most lucky to have a healthy, supportive family, including his beautiful partner Mary, Katy and Jule and their sons Soren and Reed, and Joe and Jane and their daughter Luisa.
Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg ’66 serves as chief of staff of the United States National Security Council in the Trump administration. Previously, he served as interim national security advisor following Mike Flynn’s resignation. At SCU, he played on the football team alongside Joe Franzia ’64, MBA ’65, studied political science, and was a member of the Rodents, Class of ’66.
Larry Tomassini ’67 writes: “I am completing my 24th year on the accounting faculty at Ohio State University as well as my 48th year of teaching, which began during my doctoral program at UCLA. Living in Columbus, Ohio, with my wife, Eve, and my three adult children.”
Gary T. Shara '67, J.D. '70 is a business and corporate attorney in San Jose. He is a Professor of Law at Lincoln Law School and for 18 years, an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business at California State University Monterey Bay. For ten years, Gary hosted a weekly cable television interview show called "Minding Your Business." He and his wife Kay are actively involved in the Rotary Club of San Jose and Gary will serve as President in 2018-2019. They enjoy spending time with their 7 grandchildren.
John U. Fry MBA ’67 was appointed by the Superior Court of Santa Cruz, CA for one year of service (2016-17) on the Santa Cruz County Civil GrandJury. He is Chair of the Cities & Counties Committee and member of the SpecialDistricts Committee while concurrently a member of the Grand Jury Panel. TheCivil grand Jury investigative assignments include governmental operations of theMetro Transportation System, School Districts, County Library, Fire Districts,County Health Programs, jail operations, and citizen complaints filed with regard to the management of governmental agencies. This is a non-paid volunteer public service assignment. John serves on the Grand Jury, a judicial branch of government, a voice of the citizens of Santa Cruz County to assure honest and efficient government, that public officials are performing their duties responsibly and in a legal manner, and tax monies are spent judiciously.
Donald Sullivan ’68, J.D. ’71 retired on March 1, 2017, as a Superior Court judge for the State of California, County of San Francisco. Sullivan lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Genevieve, who continues to teach French. The pair travel a lot, preferring it over housework any day!
Jerry Howarth '68 has been the Toronto Blue Jays radio play by play broadcaster for the past 35 years. Raised in the Bay Area, he graduated from Novato High School in 1964 and later from Santa Clara in 1968 with a degree in Economics. He broadcast five seasons in the Triple A Pacific Coast League in Tacoma, Washington, and later Salt Lake City, Utah, before moving to Toronto for the 1982 season with his wife, Mary, and their two sons, Ben, now 40, and, Joe, 38. Jerry and Mary have been married 45 years.
Howarth begins every broadcast with “Hello, friends, and welcome to Blue Jays baseball.” He has been a steadying influence over his 35 years for Blue Jays fans no matter what was happening on and off the field. He also had the pleasure of calling two World Series championships back in 1992 and 1993. In his off seasons, Jerry was a high school basketball coach for 25 years before retiring this past February. In November, he had prostate cancer surgery detected at the stage one level. All the cancer and a small tumour as well were completely removed with no follow up radiation treatment required. He looks forward to spring training in 2017 and broadcasting his 36th Blue Jays season.
Edwin Forrest '68 was born in San Fransisco in June of 1945 and was raised on the mean streets of Los Altos, CA. He started his business career in the construction management field and after five years started his own company. These construction projects led to his interest in natural stone and historic building restoration. His company was the leader for thirty years in Northern California, and Ed personally worked on over six hundred restoration projects. Upon retirement, Ed took oil painting classes at Sacramento City College under Professor Chris Daubert. During these classes and with the praise and encouragement of Professor Daubert, Ed found his passion in oil painting. His style is referred to as Hard Edge but he refers to it as Hard Edge Obsession. He would like to thank Lenny Bruce and his favorite band (Lee Bob and the Truth) for continued inspiration.
Michael Antonini '68 writes, "I have retired from my dental practice after 44 years. I have just completed 14 years of service as a planning commissioner for the city and county of San Francisco. My wife, Linda, and I are very happy to have our two children and three grandchildren living very near us in San Francisco."
Natalie Wyler, pen name of a 1969 grad, recently published Labor Intensive, a true-to-life journal encompassing two years in the author’s early nursing career spent working side by side with physicians-in-training as part of their residency program in Women’s Health. The setting is a high-risk obstetrics unit at a large metropolitan hospital serving the city’s poor and immigrant women and their infants. Doctors and nurses are described responding to an array of emergencies and a crushing workload in this labor-intensive setting. The medical situations are eye openers—the interpersonal dynamics even more so. There are plenty of ethical dilemmas to traverse for the staff, and a measure of humor to leaven the stark circumstances. The work also describes the personal journey of the author as she morphs from a shy and insecure new nurse to a strong and confident caregiver able to act on behalf of patients who were in a highly vulnerable position.a memoir of her experience working in an inner city teaching hospital caring for poor and immigrant women and their infants.
Wyler is a thirty-year veteran nurse and midwife. Early in her career, she was moved to tell the story of life in an inner city public hospital, in a maternity service in which doctors and nurses were in training to deliver complex obstetrical care. Due to their poverty and immigrant status, many of their patients had very limited options for their childbearing experience. This population provided difficult moments for their caregivers, as they experienced complicated health and pregnancy problems that tested the team’s knowledge and skills at every turn. In her journal, she speaks to moments of joy, the intense rewards of participating in the arrival of new life. She reveals her personal and professional struggles in dealing with difficult personalities and conflicting approaches to ethical controversies. Despite the challenging circumstances, the author manages to preserve her vision of the heart of such work, caring for woman struggling to cope in one of life’s most intense moments.
For a peek into her compelling world, visit nataliewyler.com.
John Ottoboni '69 is the 2017 winner of the Santa Clara Law Amicus Award. He joined Santa Clara University in 2007 as its General Counsel. Prior to coming to the University, John was a partner and one of the founding members of the firm Ferrari, Ottoboni, Caputo & Wunderling. John served as outside General Counsel to Santa Clara University while at the firm for approximately five years.
John oversees a wide range of legal matters related to the University. John serves as the Assistant Secretary of the University, and as staff liaison to the Board of Trustees and a number of Board Committees.
Considered one of the most successful traders of the last 40 years, Blair Hull MBA '69 devised the Hull Tactical US ETF (exchange-traded fund), which has defied market crashes based on its algorithm. After college, Blair taught high school math and physics and ultimately made his way to the Las Vegas blackjack tables, where he perfected card counting. Hull parlayed $25,000 in winnings into a seat on the Pacific Stock Exchange, upgraded to Chicago, and later created his own Black-Scholes-type formula, applying probabilities to futures and options markets. He built up an electronic trading firm, sold it to Goldman Sachs for $531 million in 1999, then began toying with a short-term market-timing strategy that performed well during the 2008 financial crisis. Blair characterizes his ETF as a “sleep well at night” financial product that can outperform stock indexes while insulating investors from the inherent volatility. For the curious buy-and-holders, Blair invites all to follow his funds’ gyrations in real time on his website.
Cathy (Carlos) De Maria '70, M.A. '71 received an Honorary Diploma at the Annual Commencement Ceremony from and for Sacred Heart Nativity Schools, San Jose, by President Sonya Arriola for "exemplary service on behalf of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools." She and her husband, Joe, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on February 16, 2017 with Mass and Renewal of their Vows in the Mission Church - where it all started 25 years ago!
Mary (Cleese) Roybal ’70; Kathy (Roney) ’70 and Lee Schegg ’70; Sue (Drake) ’70 and Tom Walsh ’70; Bob Peterson ’70 and wife Henneke; and Julie Burns ’70 and husband John Christensen have been having a ball as they visit national parks each year. So far the group has visited Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia in California; Bryce, Zion, and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah; North Rim of Grand Canyon in Arizona; Glacier in Montana; the Columbia River Gorge & Mount Hood (not yet a national park) in Oregon; and most recently Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, and Glacier in Canada. "We find that we share great community with lots of laughs, and being of the same age group we can relate to shared experiences—Vietnam, raising families, careers, and now grand parenting. It shows that friendships that started in the dorms and classes freshman year can be rediscovered and last into the future.”
Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed to the board of directors of eGain, a leading provider of cloud customer engagement solutions. Russell is CFO of UniPixel and a director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation. Prior to joining UniPixel in 2015, she served as CFO for a number of technology companies, including Vendavo, a leading provider of SaaS pricing optimization software; EAG; Virage Logic; and OuterBay Technologies. Russell serves on the board and is a former chair of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX). She has also served as president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter) and is an emeritus member of the Leavey School of Business advisory board.
Lynda Morrison-Rader '71 served as the Nevada State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution from 2014 - 2016.
Daniel Selmi ’72, J.D. ’75 was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown '59, to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Board. Selmi has been a professor of law at Loyola Law School since 1983. He served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1976 to 1983 and as a law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1975 to 1976.
Charlie Rausch ’72 was appointed interim chief zoning administrator for the Department of City Planning in Los Angeles. Rausch has worked for the city for the past 40 years and is still having fun!