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1969

'69
Ottoboni, John

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.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:36P
GRD Law '69
Kelly, Daniel

Dan Kelly J.D. '69 and Carole recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Married just before law school, upon Dan's graduation Carole received her "Ph.T (putting hubby through) from the law wives." They reside in Napa and San Francisco and have two sons, including Matthew Kelly '92, and three grandchildren.

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 11:52A
'69
Hull, Blair

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.

submitted Nov. 1, 2016 9:47P
'69
Beals, Alyn

Alyn Beals '69 received the 2016 Outstanding Citizen Award for his volunteerism in Redwood City. Beals has lived in the Redwood City community for nearly 70 years. His commitment to volunteering placed as much emphasis on doing as donating. At the Sequooia YMCA, Beals' involvement has included every kind of participation -- from cleaning up the gym to coaching teams, to serving as chairman of the board, and chairman of the Major Gifts Campaign. He has sponsored, hosted, and chaired fundraising events and assumed leadership roles for the Police Activitis League, the Sheriff's Athletic League, Boys and Girls Club, and the Peninsula College Fund. 

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 2:07P

1970

'70
Walsh, Edward

Ed Walsh '70 is in his second term as trustee of the city of San Francisco's Retiree Health Care Trust and is studying music at Skyline College.

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 12:25P
GRD Law '70
Shara, Gary

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.

submitted Jan. 18, 2017 5:09A
'70
De Maria, Cathy (Carlos)

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!

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 11:22A
'70
Burns, Julie

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.”

submitted Oct. 4, 2016 8:40A

1971

'71
Russell, Christine

Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed to the board of directors of eGain, a leading provider of cloud customer engagement solutions. Russell is CFO of UniPixel and a director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation. Prior to joining UniPixel in 2015, she served as CFO for a number of technology companies, including Vendavo, a leading provider of SaaS pricing optimization software; EAG; Virage Logic; and OuterBay Technologies. Russell serves on the board and is a former chair of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX). She has also served as president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter) and is an emeritus member of the Leavey School of Business advisory board.

submitted Mar. 8, 2017 3:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Morrison-Rader, Lynda (Morrison)

Lynda Morrison-Rader '71 served as the Nevada State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution from 2014 - 2016.

submitted Oct. 8, 2016 12:05P
'71
Herrmann, David

David Herrmann '71 writes, "After nearly 21 years with Intel Corporation, I will finally be retiring on June 24, 2016."

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 3:46P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '71
De Maria, Cathy (Carlos)
see year 1970

1972

'72
Selmi, Daniel

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.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:48P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Rausch; Jr, Charles (Rausch;)

Charlie Rausch ’72 was appointed interim chief zoning administrator for the Department of City Planning in Los Angeles. Rausch has worked for the city for the past 40 years and is still having fun!

Contact Charles
8187606905
submitted Apr. 19, 2017 3:26P
'72
Ganahl, Mary

Mary Ganahl '72 writes, "I just retired! I spent 35 years as a deputy district attorney in LA County. Bought a sailboat to sail off into the sunset. Two grandchildren keep me young and healthy."

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 3:03P
UGRD Leavey Business '72
Dowd, Edward

Edward M. Dowd '72 established and funded the Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program with the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society with a gift of $3 million. The program will accelerate expansion of personalized case management for people living with MS who need specialized services to overcome major life impacts caused by MS. Dowd, who lives with MS, realizes the value of services for people with limitation, and wants to improve the quality of life for people with MS who do not have financial means to get the support they need.

submitted Jun. 13, 2016 11:48A
'72
DeBlasio, Richard

For his contribution to the field of electrical engineering and the advancement of renewable energy research and adoption, Richard “Dick” DeBlasio ’72 received the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.

DeBlasio is a Research Fellow Emeritus at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). With a career at NREL spanning more than 35 years, he has been instrumental in furthering renewable energy research and adoption both nationally and internationally. His work has contributed immeasurably to the efficiency, reliability, affordability, and adoption of renewable energy systems. Industry and government standards that enable the use of renewables in conjunction with central power systems were achieved through his leadership and foundational research, and he led the effort that has become the standard for Smart Grid modernization.

Scores of scholarly publications attest to DeBlasio's influence in his field, as do numerous industry awards—ANSI Finnegan Standards Medal for extraordinary leadership in the actual development and application of consensus standards, IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Medal for contributions to the standardization and global impact of distributed electric power system technology, IEEE Lifetime Achievement Award, and recognition by Fierce Energy Magazine as one of 13 nationally influential experts on energy, to name just a few.

submitted Mar. 22, 2017 8:00A

1973

'73
Polverino, Joanne

Joanne Polverino '73 is the director of benefits at Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union.

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 2:28P
'73
Leonetti, Leslie

Leslie Leonetti ’73 has joined the SCU Ethics Center as an external relations manager. In this new role, she will manage the Center’s annual giving initiatives, cultivation events, and outreach to donors and alumni. Leonetti brings a wealth of experience in both university and private sector fundraising. Previously, she served as a class giving officer for the development office. She writes that she is very happy working for the Ethics Center and proud to be a part of the Santa Clara employee family!

 
submitted Feb. 5, 2017 6:40P
'73
Laveroni, Steve

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.

submitted Nov. 1, 2016 3:44P
'73
Finley, Mitch

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.

Contact Mitch
mitchandkathyfinley.com @mitch_finley
submitted Dec. 15, 2016 11:39A
'73
Dow, Bill

Bill Dow '73 writes, "After surviving a heart attack and a vertigo attack, I am finally feeling well again and looking forward to SCU's basketball season--Go Broncos!" 

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 2:13P
'73
Brodt, Carl

Carl Brodt '73 writes, "I retired from Union Bank in February 2016 and plan to keep busy by consulting, volunteering, and teaching business courses at Holy Names University."

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 2:31P

1974

'74
Thorne Jr., William

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

submitted Oct. 24, 2016 8:42A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '74
Beamish, Rita

Rita Beamish '74, a freelance journalist and writer, backpacked the 211-mile John Muir Trail, along the unsurpassed, scenically sublime spine of the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Mount Whitney, in August 2016. She summitted Whitney at the southern terminus on August 28, completing the challenging but indelibly glorious, bucket-list trail in 20 days. Whew.

submitted Sep. 7, 2016 6:08P
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