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Sam Sebastiani ’62, MBA ’66, student body president in 1962, is still making great wines at the Sebastiani Family Winery. Many of his classmates hope that some of the wine will be brought to their reunion celebrations.
Gary Keister ’62 is still writing poetry, books, and stories about his life growing up on the Alaskan waters. He presents annually at the FisherPoets gathering in Astoria, Oregon, as well as at other seafarers’ festivals in the Pacific Northwest.
Joseph Fessio ’62 is making wine when not editing books at his Ignatius Press in San Francisco. He says he will definitely bring some wine—not books—to the reunion.
Bill Beasley ’62 writes that the 1962 College World Series Santa Clara baseball teammates held a 55-year reunion to recognize team captain Larry Kaaha ’62 and Nick Scurich ’62 as deceased members of that wonderful team.
The reunion was held at the San Jose home of John Giovanola ’63 and his wife Kathy. Team members and spouses who were able to attend include John Boccabella ’63, Ron Calcagno ’64, Ron Cook ’63, Tim Cullen ’64, Reno DiBono ’63, assistant coach Marcel Fiore ’52, Ken Flanagan ’63, Bob Garibaldi ’64, Jerry Glueck ’62, Loren Harper ’63, Dan Korbel ’63, M.A. ’76, Gary Malvini ’64, MBA ’66 and Charlie Marcenaro ’64, MBA ’70. Also attending were former SCU alumni director Jerry Kerr and alumni representative Paul Neilan ’70. Beasely writes, “We’ve lost a few of our team, namely head coach John “Paddy” Cottrell and his wife, Eunice, Larry Kaaha, Nick Scurich, Rich Freitas ’63, team trainer Henry Schmitt and team doctor Amaral.
Larry Dunlap ’67 retired in 2010 after a 43-year career in sales and marketing that took him all around the world. He lives in La Quinta, California, and is enjoying all that desert life has to offer. In his retirement, he and his wife, Karen, started a consulting company that assists entrepreneurs in their quest to introduce innovative consumer and professional health care products. The couple has four children and eight grandchildren who bring great joy to their lives and keep them busy. They also spend their time golfing, traveling, and with family and friends. Dunlap is looking forward to seeing his classmates at the upcoming reunion.
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.”
Jeff Dillon ’73 had brunch with college roommates Dan Gilmour ’73 and Brougham Morris ’73 in Sutter Creek, California.
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.
Lloyd A. Schmidt ’78, J.D. ’81 has joined Hoge Fenton, a law firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, bringing over 30 years of experience. A veteran in his field, Schmidt is a practicing attorney specializing in corporate advising, mergers and acquisitions, and business transactions. He was previously a shareholder of Hopkins & Carley and served as its chair of the corporate, tax, and business transactions department. At Hoge Fenton, he looks forward to advising and counseling clients in technology, e-commerce, and a multitude of other sectors.
Patrick Taylor M.A. ’81 retired after 43 years as an Ignatian educator, serving as director of resident students (twice), dean of students, director of student activities, campus minister, personal and academic guidance counselor, JV baseball coach, roller hockey coach—and for the past four years, program director for personal counseling. He says, “This ministry has filled my heart with gladness and gratitude for the many wonderful memories and cherished relationships with Bellarmine colleagues, students, and families. My service has been guided by the Bellarmine motto (and Santa Clara charism) ‘men & women for and with others’ as well as the scripture verse ‘Much is expected from those to whom much has been given’ (Luke 12:49). God has blessed me in a special way these past 43 years in addition to my life pathway of 65 years. Being a Bronco is awesome, too!”
Linda B. Johnson M.A. ’88 retired from the University of New Hampshire as librarian in 2016. She is emeritus associate professor at the University of New Hampshire.
Genie Harrison J.D. ’92 was honored with the award of top female attorney of the year for 2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals. For over two decades, she has provided legal expertise and delivered results as a trial attorney and advocate for plaintiffs, being heralded by the Daily Journal as one of California’s top labor and employment attorneys for eight years. In 2016 and 2017, she was listed by Super Lawyers as one of the top 10 Southern California “Super Lawyers”—and was named No. 3 on its Top 10 list in 2017. In 2016, Super Lawyers profiled and featured Harrison on the cover of its magazine. For seven years she has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the field of plaintiff’s employment litigation. Harrison is also the treasurer of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the largest local trial bar association in the country. As a very active contributor to the bar, she looks forward to continuing to represent her clients and giving back to the community.
Karen Webb J.D./MBA ’04 was named one of the 2017 honorees for the Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40 list. Webb is a partner at Fenwick & West and specializes in brand strategy and the protection of brand assets. She has worked for high profile companies like Twitter and Fitbit and managed their brands and trademarks on a global scale. Additionally, Webb offers pro bono legal services.
Griselda Orozco ’09 returns to SCU as a gift planning associate for University Relations. Previously, she worked in comunity relations at Texas Instruments.
Elle Sypek ’12 lives in Denver, Colorado, where she works with STRIVE Preparatory Schools and helps at-risk youth and their families. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago, focusing on mental health and migration studies. Before moving to Denver, Sypek twice volunteered at Aarti Home, a Global Fellows Program partner organization in India. A shelter for abandoned children, primarily girls, Aarti works on a United Nations–funded project attempting to end infanticide as well as female feticide.
Gracelyn Bateman ’12 is back home in LA working for ad tech startup AdTheorent. After completing her master’s in sociology from Columbia University in 2013, she held various positions in marketing and media in New York City.
Antonis Avgoustinos Orphanou Ph.D. ’17 earned his doctorate in electrical engineering after completing his thesis, “Carbon Nanotube Ultracapacitor Characteristics and Cell Design” under the supervision of Cary Y. Yang.