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Henry Richard '37 and wife Margery will celebrate their 70th anniversary in July, and now have four great grandchildren.
Bill Adams '37 writes with news about the Class of 1937 Endowed Scholarship. Started during the 1986-87 school year, the fund has provided more than $370,000 in scholarships over the years in five categories: arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, business, engineering, and intercollegiate athletics.
William Wolff ’40 writes: “At 94+ enjoying life in beautiful Santa Barbara at a senior living residence. Few SCU people in area.” (He also underscores, literally, that SCM is an “excellent magazine.”]
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.
Warren W. Smith. Jr., BS 1943 and Mabel I. Smith celebrated their 66th anniversary on May 1, 2009. They are still residing in Santa Rosa, since 1986.
Joseph Michael '43 writes that he will finally retire at age 90, for the second time.
Joseph D. Michael ’43, J.D. ’48 writes, "I graduated from Santa Clara, enlisted in the Navy, was assigned to Columbia University, and graduated as an Ensign. I was in the invasion of the Philippines. After the war, I attended Santa Clara Law School. Upon graduation in 1948, I opened my own law office, expanded it over the years, and retired. I then developed housing for low-income families and retirement facilities for seniors. I retired again in 2014 and developed the Michael Family Foundation to assist the needy."
Michael Filice '43 and wife Corrinne celebrated 63 years of marriage on June 1.
John Smurda '46 reports that his grandson, Matthew J. Smurda '07 and Emily Sultan '07 were married in Hawaii last July. Matt is in his last year at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Joseph A. Rechenmacher '49, in September 2011, received a certificate of appreciation for 52 years of service from the state of California’s Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. Rechenmacher is the son-in-law of a 105-year-old member of the Catala Club, Winnie Hook.
Edward Maffeo ’49, MBA ’63 and wife Joyce recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at their residence in Erie, Colo., including their great grandchildren, Alexandria and Eli, ages 4 and 2.
James Arbios '49 writes, "17 classmates celebrated 65 years since graduation in 1949! We had a luncheon in Nobili, where we spent four happy years."
Harry Wenberg '50 has been residing Saratoga for 34 years with wife Jean. He is in good health and will be celebrating his 85th birthday in October.
Harry Wenberg '50 retired in 1982 as technical superintendent after 32 years of service with Kaiser Aluminum. He writes "Still living in our home in Saratoga since 1975. We are enjoying our new great grandaughter, Cameron, born March 17, 2015, to Courtney (Dunan) Duka '09 and husband Brent."
Eugene "Gene" A. Ravizza ’50 was selected as a School of Engineering Centennial Award recipient for his commitment to integrity while designing and executing cutting-edge electrical systems and for his ongoing support of his alma mater. In 1954 Ravizza co-founded Cupertino Electric, a company that has grown into one of the top 10 electrical contracting firms in the country. Innovative problem-solvers, the company has “powered the creation of Silicon Valley” through projects such as the first semiconductor chip fabrication plant to an ultra-energy-efficient data center, to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has generously supported the School of Engineering’s successful Solar Decathlon entries in 2007 and 2009, and has also created a scholarship fund for undergraduate engineers. Ravizza received the School of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 1997.
William Murphy '50, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, was honored on Veterans Day as a Veterans of Foreign War Hero. He received the honor by the Watsonville Veterans Association. Murphy, who graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1941 but has called Watsonville home for most of his life, was quick to downplay the distinction. “Don’t connect me with a hero’s honor,” he said. “The real heroes are still over there; they never came home.”
Robert Lambert '50 and his wife Margaret will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 24, 2010. This date in 1950 is one week after Robert graduated from Santa Clara.
G. Steve Holeman '50 writes that he is happy in Lake Wildwood, near Grass Valley, Calif., playing golf and enjoying the beautiful lake. He attended the 65th high school reunion at Bellarmine in June.
G. Steve Holeman '50 writes, "Hope to make it to our 60th anniversary, God willing, and my health continues to improve."
G. Steve Holeman '50 writes, "Not many of us left. .... I keep in touch with several classmates, including Charlie Bedolla '50, Jack Smrekar '50, and Bob Ferrari '50. Still trying to play golf."
John Gallagher '50 has enjoyed retirement for the past 23 years after a 40-year career as a civil engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation (1950-1990). John and his wife, Evelyn, have been married for 57 years, raised 5 children, and have 6 grandchildren. They are now residing in an assisted living facility in Tacoma, WA.
Betty Ford '50 has been a member of the Catala Club, which is celebrating its 80 years on campus this spring, since 1974.