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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.
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.
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."
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.”
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.
Steve Laveroni '73 works for the Alumni Office of his alma mater St. Ignatius College Prep. He is married to Patricia O'Neill, and they have a son, Joe, who is currently attending Arizona State.
Mitch Finley '73 is the author of 30+ books on Catholic themes. One of his most recent is The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those In Between (The Word Among Us Press). Now in its tenth printing and with a second edition being prepared, sales exceed 32,670.
Retired Utah Court of Appeals Judge William A. Thorne Jr. '74 has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts.
The award was presented to Thorne during the Utah State Courts' annual judicial conference in Park City on Wednesday by Mary C. McQueen, president of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
McQueen praised Utah's judiciary for the quality of its judges.
Thorne — the first American Indian to serve on Utah's bench — has been nationally recognized for his work in helping to establish improved guidelines for judges across the country for children in foster care. McQueen said Thorne has accomplished this by encouraging judges to focus on the relationships surrounding the foster child rather than just removal and safety.
Thorne was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in May 2000 by Gov. Mike Leavitt and served on the appellate court until his retirement in 2013. He was a judge in the 3rd Circuit Court for eight years, and served in the 3rd District Court for six years.
Thorne has served as a tribal court judge in Utah, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Michigan. He is the former president of the National Indian Justice Center (a nonprofit that trains tribal court personnel around the country), and a member of the Board of Directors for National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit group that provides volunteer representation for abused and neglected children in court).
He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (a nonprofit seeking to improve the level of research and practice related to adoptions), and a member of the ABA Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children. He is a former member of the Utah Judicial Council, the Board of Circuit Court Judges, and the Board of Directors for the National Indian Court Judge's Association, among many other public service positions
Nolo Press's executive editor, Janet Portman J.D. '75, oversees editorial work on all Nolo books, articles, and websites. She specializes in residential and commercial landlord/tenant law, legal issues related to courts, and criminal law. She is the author or a coauthor of Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants, First-Time Landlord: Your Guide to Renting Out a Single-Family Home, Every Tenant's Legal Guide,Renters' Rights, Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business, Leases & Rental Agreements, The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, and California Tenants' Rights. Before joining Nolo in 1994, she practiced law as a public defender.
Tony Caldwell '75 is the Director of Operations for The Society for Information Display, a non-profit association of scientists and engineers focused on the interactive display industry. Members of SID include some of the leading technologists in the interactive display industry.
Thirty-seven years ago, Esteban Valenzuela J.D. '76 founded the Law Offices Of Esteban L. Valenzuela & Associates, in Santa Maria, California. Valenzuela is an accomplished trial attorney and has litigated cases in the Superior Courts, the Court of Appeals, and before the Supreme Court. He assists clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is also a decorated Vietnam veteran, U.S. Marine Corps, E-4.
Chris Hasney '76 has created a YouTube channel to support efforts to promote contract bridge on college campuses.
Retired Superior Court Judge, County of Santa Clara, Eugene M. Hyman J.D. '77 continues to speak to both national and international audiences about, and publish articles on, issues surrounding domestic violence in the criminal and family courts--especially with co-occurring issues of substance abuse and mental health. He has a special interest in domestic violence as it affects children in the home and in the family court setting. He has special understanding of sexual abuse, stalking, and strangulation, as they intersect with domestic violence. Hyman taught as a Lecturer in Law at the Santa Clara University School of Law for over 25 years where he has taught a course "Domestic Violence Law Seminar" for the past several years.
Member of the SCU Law School Board of Visitors Howard Peters J.D. ’78, and wife Sally Peters, received the 2016 Helen M. Free Award for outstanding public outreach from the American Chemical Society. Both former laboratory chemists, they were honored at a ceremony in Philadelphia in August 2016. For nearly 20 years, the Peters have toured the United States sharing their signature presentation, “Chocolate — Food of the Gods,” which explores the history and chemistry of one of America’s favorite treats.
They also have been scientist-author lecturers on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and on Princess Cruises ships. Other venues have included churches, science clubs, children’s museums and schools. Through these activities, they say they have reached out to virtually every demographic, including underrepresented groups in science. They spoke at SCU Law Alumni Reunions in 2015 and 2016, presenting "Chocolate: A Religious Experience" with samples and a free raffle for a 10-pound bar of bittersweet chocolate.
Scott Richard Lord J.D. ’79 is trial lawyer specializing in construction contracts and disputes. In 2015 he published The Logic Bomb, a suspenceful novel involving an attorney, a malicious computer program, and a showdown in court involving Chinese spies, domestic terrorists, and the U.S. government. Many of the characters and situations in his fiction are inspired by people and cases he has encountered during his long career. Scott is a student of the Italian language and is a devoted opera lover. Scott is also a five-time Jeopardy! winner. He lives with his wife and children in Santa Monica.
Vincent Price '79, who currently serves as the provost of the University of Pennsylvania, will become the 10th president of Duke University. Price, who has served as provost at Penn since 2009, is also the Steven H. Chaffee professor of communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and a professor of political science at Penn. He is set to replace current President Richard Brodhead starting July 1, 2017. “I’m thrilled to be part of Duke at a moment in time when this nation and world need universities more than ever,” Price said in one of a series of YouTube videos that Duke published with the announcement. “We need educated and thoughtful, inclusive communities of people who are dedicated to identifying and solving our most challenging problems.” As provost at Penn, Price is in charge of overseeing the university’s 12 schools and colleges as well as student affairs, athletics and the arts. Price has been influential in giving Penn a global presence—helping launch the 2015 Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing and hiring a vice provost for global initiatives. “The world is shrinking. We cannot just be a great national university—we need to be a great global university,” Price said in a video. “And globalism means diversity, it means inclusiveness, it means bringing the community of the world together here today—and to be honest bringing Durham to the world, bringing Duke to the world, extending our community as broadly as we can.”
Price received both his Ph.D. and master's degrees from Stanford University in 1987 and 1985 respectively, after completing his undergraduate studies at Santa Clara University in 1979. Price’s scholarly work has focused on public opinion in politics. He served as editor-in-chief of a journal dedicated to the subject—”Public Opinion Quarterly”—and has authored a globally-known book on the subject. His wife, Annette Price '81, is also a graduate of Santa Clara University and has worked in event planning at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn.