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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.
Frederick "Fred" Farrell '51 writes "87 years old two days ago, still surfing!"
Norman Slaught '52 and Claire celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last July at one of their favorite spots: the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. They have eight children and 27 grandchildren, including granddaughter Diane Slaught '11.
Henry Shea '54 has three grandchildren, Michael Shea '18, Elizabeth Stephens '18, attending Santa Clara University!
Curtis Cole '55, J.D. '57 practiced Worker's Compensation Law, representing injured workers from 1958 until 2005, when he retired. Cole writes, "My practice was taken over by my daughter, Leah Cole '81, one of six of my children (Cathy Cole Oleson '77, Nancy Hall '78, James Schimandle '81, Matthew Schimandle '83, Leslie Von Der Ahe '79) who attended Santa Clara. Leah has since been joined by her daughter Rachael (my granddaughter). I'm traveling a lot and still active on the Board of Fellows of Santa Clara since 1973."
Michael McCormack '56 writes that he has moved back to Maui, to develop real estate in Hawaii, after spending the last 15 years in Santa Barbara, California, doing the same.
Mike King '56 writes that his wife, Janet King, is celebrating her 80th birthday with their nine children and 18 grandchildren. (SCU grads include Kristopher "Gus" King '79, Gretchen King '80, Kathleen Twomey '81, Melinda King Grow '86). They are looking forward to the 60th reunion in October.
Norman “Norm” Huletz ’58 has been playing the National Senior Softball league for 25 years and was recently inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame (November 2014). Over the years he's won 10 world championships. He currently plays infielder. When he attended Santa Clara, he played shortstop for the baseball team.
Dick Clark '58 writes that he's been attending monthly First Fridays at the Mission Church and luncheons at Donohoe Alumni House.
Thomas Ginella '60 writes, "Class of '62 meets at a 'Bronco Blast' every year. This time it was at the La Playa in Carmel. Last year it was in Asti, Italy, for the Palio -- live well!
Jim Fuqua '63 is board chair for the Central Coast Arthritis Foundation.
Philip J. Wagner '64 retired early, at age 52, to play Irish music and recite Robby Burns. He is currently landscape painting in Moab, UT (unbelievably beautiful place. See: www.discovermoab.com). His paintings hang in a couple galleries and museums. He writes poetry and has three poetry writing groups. He writes, "No man is truly happy unless he is a painter. And life? ... it's been exciting and as a bonus, I'm a very happy grandpa."
Philip Wagner on Facebook, www.gallerymoab.com, www.petragallery.com, email@example.com,
Members of '65 & '66 together at Hotel California in Todos Santos, Baja California, in January 2016. From left to right: Richard “Hap” Happoldt ’65, Heide Happoldt '66, Rob Zinman '65, Joanel Zinman '66, Vera Dudley '66, and Jim Pavisha '66.
Robert "Bob" Dompe '65, M.S. '67 writes, "I retired two years ago from BAE Systems as a senior systems engineer. I've got two children (one gender each), five (plus) grandchildren (all boys). I'm concentrating now on: home/family life, photography, attending sports car races, and running."
Rosette G. Dawson '65 was among the first class of women admitted to the University in 1961. She writes, "All is well and happy in retirement! Husband loves fishing; I volunteer with American Association of University Women and am Anacortes Branch president. Special project: encourging girls to pursue STEM careers. Our daughter Carolyn is married and working on her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle."
Robert Malcolm '66 writes, "My wife, Cecelia, and I returned to the United States in September 2014 after 21 years overseas with assignments on large projects in Malaysia (5 years), Singapore (8 years), and Tokyo (8 years)."
Pamela Madden '66 says, "Moved back to San Jose in 2011. Glad to be here!"
Napa County Reads has selected the autobiographic stories by Francisco Jiménez '66, an award-winning writer who chronicles his humble beginnings and struggles to complete his education as the son of migrant workers from Mexico, to be shared with area middle school students.
Napa County Reads will host Jiménez at two presentations in November, as well as at sessions with young students.
Napa County Reads, coordinated by the Napa County Office of Education, is a coalition of educators and residents dedicated to improving the reading experiences of students throughout Napa County with an emphasis on middle schools.
Each year, the committee selects a book that is read in the fall, followed by special events that include a visit from the author.
Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a masters and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
He has have won several national literary awards. His books have been published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Spanish. His stories have been reprinted in more than 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature. He is professor emeritus for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University.
Jiménez’s autobiographical books include: “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child,” “Breaking Through,” “Reaching Out,” and “Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University.”
For more information: http://www.napacoe.org/napa-county-reads/.
Don Gomes '66 writes, "Retired (a misnomer, really) with wife Annie Holt in Torrey, Utah—population c. 300. Forming a community/public radio station and helping raise $1.2 million for a performing arts center."
Thomas Bender '66 is retiring this year after 42 years on the faculty of New York University, where he was University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History. He was honored by the Organization of American Historians at its annual meeting this past spring with the Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award for "an individual whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American History." At NYU this fall, his former doctoral students organized a two-day conference that addressed different aspects of his teaching and research under the title: "New York Intellectual, Global Historian." His publications ranged widely--academic books, trade books, journal articles, and newspaper and magazine articles. No more teaching, but he will continue writing. His work in progress is An American History: Freedom and Unfreedom in the Making of the United States to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He intends to remain in New York, but he recently moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
Kathleen (Meehan) Thuner '67 was recently elected Chair, Consumer Interest Forum, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and serves as an ex officio member of the ANSI Board of Directors
Fran Swanson '67 writes, "I am living in the Washington, D.C., metro area and enjoying volunteering with the knights and dames of Malta with the wounded warrior at Walter Reed."
Barbara Kennedy-Dalder '67 says, "I retired after forty years with the U.S. Department of Labor."