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Duncan Fife '56, of that Dynamic Class, functions productively in Foster City, California. His five virtually perfect children, and two perfect grandchildren, and wife Robin celebrate the recent publication of his second book: Giving the Gift of Giggles—Incredibly True Confessions of a Singing Telegram Entertainer, available at Amazon. He writes, "Thank you for a great magazine: It gets better and better with each issue!"
Jim Sheehan '66 is the founder of Center for Justice (Spokane, Washington). He worked for more than twenty years as a public defender in Eastern and Western Washington until he received a windfall inheritance. He decided that, in this next unexpected chapter of his life, he would put his money to work for the greater good. In 1999, he founded the Center for Justice, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to protecting human rights, alleviating poverty, preserving the earth, and holding the government accountable to the principles of democracy. In addition, he also restored the old Saranac Hotel in downtown Spokane, which became the first LEED Platinum certified building in the region. Additionally, he renovated the Community Building, the Main Market Co-op, and the Saranac Commons in order to provide affordable, beautiful homes for area nonprofit offices and small businesses in downtown Spokane. Despite all these accomplishments, Jim feels most lucky to have a healthy, supportive family, including his beautiful partner Mary, Katy and Jule and their sons Soren and Reed, and Joe and Jane and their daughter Luisa.
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.
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."
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.
Mary (Cleese) Roybal ’70; Kathy (Roney) ’70 & Lee Schegg ’70; Sue (Drake) ’70 & 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.
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.
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.
Betsy (Aulik) McBride '76 is currently a marriage and family therapist in the Los Angeles area and a retired attorney. She and her husband, Kevin, are proud to have two of their children attend SCU's Leavy School of Business: Connor '09 and Claire '17.