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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.
Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’73 and his wife, Sylvia, were honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the San Francisco Commonwealth Club in April 2018.
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.
On the eve of the 55th reunion for the Class of ’63, Rich LaRocca ’63 shares that one of the classmates he remembers fondly and misses deeply is Gil Pena ’63. “Gil was an interesting guy: On Sunday mornings he would visit the local Mexican families to encourage them to practice their religion and attend Church. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident not too long after graduating from Santa Clara. A native of Mexico, he came to Santa Clara from Phoenix’s Brophy Prep. Gil graduated from Santa Clara magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, was awarded a Nobili Medal Honorable Mention, and received a Stanford University Fellowship. At the time of his death, he was studying earthquake engineering and hoped to return to his earthquake-prone country and apply his skills to mitigate earthquake impacts on his community.”
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.
Ramon L. Jimenez ’64 writes, “Been married 52 years to Anne (LCSW), raised three girls, have five grandkids. I am a most fortunate man. Been proud to be part of SCU Board of Fellows and Regents. I am semiretired (which is being like semi-pregnant).” Jimenez left SCU after his junior year to attend St Louis University School of Medicine, finishing orthopedic surgery residency in San Francisco. He served as a major in the Army, 101st Airborne—six orthos for 36,000 paratroopers at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Jimenez practiced orthopedics at O’Connor Hospital for 40 years, where he was born. He still does orthopedic medical legal evaluations, consults, and enjoys his grandkids, traveling, golf, and watercolors.
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Patrick “Mike” McCahill ’66 retired after 24 years as vice president of Aon Risk Services of Nebraska. McCahill is enjoying retirement in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Edward Lozowicki ’66, J.D. ’69 is serving a second year as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Arbitration Committee. The group provides CLE programs, publications, and other resources for arbitrators and attorneys.
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.
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.
Kathy Dooling ’67 and her husband Mike Dooling ’67 celebrated their 50th class reunion in October of 2017. They reside in Pasadena, California, where Mike works in the investment business and Kathy is a local artist. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.
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!”
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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.
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!
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!”
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.
Dennis Smolarski, S.J., ’69, M.Div., ’79, STM ’79 has been appointed as the next director of Campus Ministry. Fr. Smolarski brings unique gifts and experience to the position as an alumnus, longtime professor, and a Jesuit well aware of the changing trends in the spiritual lives of young adults today. Having taught at Santa Clara first in 1975–76 and since 1982, and serving as a resident minister for ten years, he has also led the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and authored research in his field as well as best-selling books on Roman Catholic liturgy.
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.”
Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed chief financial officer of PDF Solutions, a leading provider of process-design integration technologies for circuit manufacturability. She brings over 25 years of corporate and financial experience to the company.
Roger B. Menard MBA ’71 is the proud father of Matt, an EMT captain and 2017 Firefighter of the Year as well as Lindsay, a Ph.D. candidate and psychotherapist for Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. He was CEO of SummerHill Homes before his retirement.