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Lu Jenkins '57 is still chasing the ball around, the little white one now. Life is so sweet!
Lawrence G. Desmond ’57 writes: "The University of New Mexico Press has just informed me that my biography of the pioneering 19th century photographer and writer Alice Dixon Le Plongeon is now available from Amazon on Kindle. The title of the book is Yucatan Through Her Eyes: Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, Writer and Expeditionary Photographer. It's gotten rave reviews. Alice left London in 1873 at age 22, and spent the next 11 years in the jungles of Yucatan and Belize photographing, exploring, and writing about the ancient Maya. Hope you like it. And, if you are interested in Coast Guard rescues, lighthouses, and some funny stories, I just published a memoir: Blue Water and Rocky Lights: My Life in the U.S. Coast Guard, 1957–1960. It includes a chapter on Fr. Bernard R. Hubbard, S.J., who convinced me to join the Coast Guard when I was a senior, and is loaded with my photos of life on the ships, rescues, huge waves(!), and the St. George Reef lighthouse. The publisher is Blurb and you can preview it at: www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3339067."
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Charles Cantoni ’57 has published iEmployment: A Voter's Guide to Economic Recovery. The book (available on Amazon) is, in part, a follow-up to his immersion trip to Nicaragua last September with Dean Godfrey Mungal and School of Engineering professors. Mr. Cantoni is a member of the School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
Kenneth Murphy '58 joined the automotive practice of Arent Fox LLP as counsel. His practice emcompasses an array of sectors within the automotice industry, including business entity formation, structured financing, acquisition and development of dealership facilities, business planning, and regulatory compliance.
Bill Mowatt ’58, M.A. ’69 has recently retired from completing Team N Training marathons. Dr. Mowatt and his wife, Gail, have raised more than $75,000 for Leukemia-Lymphoma research, and now they both chair fundraising events for the Santa Cruz County Symphony. Bill still teaches the Shakespeare plays for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. They enjoy living in Santa Cruz with Mike, their lovable Airedale terrier.
Bill Jones '58 is currently on the Board of Amnesty International USA. Bill has been an activist with Amnesty since he retired from the Foreign Service in 1999.
Jim Healey '58 and Tim Goode '58 bat first and second for the Vintage Old Timers senior slow pitch softball team coached by Jack Healey, long time Bronco football and basketball radio play by play man. Tim's brother Chris wrote a new book, California Baseball From the Pioneers to the Glory Years. Several former SCU players are featured in it. And Jim has a story about baseball on the Mother Road in the Feb. 2010 issue of the Route 66 Magazine entitled: "Get Your Hits on Route 66."
Gary Gillmor ’58, former mayor of Santa Clara and real estate businessman, will soon have a building named in his honor at Mission College.
Richard B. Clark '58 is still attending First Friday Mass and luncheons. He continues to follow Bronco basketball and baseball, not to mention the Giants, 49ers and Sharks.
Arthur Schmidt '59 writes: "After over ten years of retirement, I've gone back to work as one of three editors, helping Robert Zemeckis edit his latest film, Flight, with Denzel Washington. Zemeckis and I did eight films together, including Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and the Back to the Future trilogy."
Norman Gunther ’59, Ph.D. ’04, continues to be part of SCU's Department of Electrical Engineering’s Electron Devices Laboratory, which has advanced world-class research and scholarship in the areas of electronic devices, materials, and their manufacturing technologies. Gunther collaborates with fellow graduates of the program, advancing the methodologies used to characterize surface nanostructures of thin films used in semiconductors, and advising current graduate students as an applied mathematician.
Don Eaton '59, J.D. '64 notes that he brought California Gov. Jerry Brown '59 to SCU for a WPO event regarding Brown's goals for the future of California in October, 2012. Pictured here: Eaton, Brown, and their wives. The event was catered by Donna Eaton Busse '90, also pictured. Brown and Eaton were debate partners at SCU.
Frank C. Damrell Jr., ’59 a retired federal judge in Sacramento, joined the Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy law firm.
Damrell, 73, who retired in October after 14 years as a U.S. District judge, heads the Cotchett firm’s new Sacramento office. The Cotchett firm, based in Burlingame, specializes in pursuing high-profile lawsuits against big defendants.
Damrell led a successful law firm in Modesto before he was appointed to the federal judgeship by President Clinton in 1997. Damrell serves on a committee with California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye that is planning a summit for later this year in Sacramento focusing on restoring civic education in public schools. He intends to spend time in Washington, pressing Congress to create additional judgeships in Sacramento and elsewhere.
Frank J. "Cepi" Cepollina ’59 was awarded the Carl Sagan Memorial Award for 2015. The veteran leader of the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, Mr. Cepollina was granted this award by the American Astronautical Society and the Planetary Society. The award recognizes "an individual who has demonstrated leadership in research or policies advancing exploration of the Cosmos."
Clayton Barbeau '59 writes that he has retired from his international lecturing but continues his private practice with international clients in San Jose. He is an author, motivational speaker, and therapist. The retirement from touring was to permit him time to finish two new books.
Clayton Barbeau ’59 writes that he is in private practice in San Jose as a psychotherapist, marriage and family counselor. His DVDs on "Coping" and "Surviving" are used worldwide in psychology classes and hospitals and recovery programs. The book he began writing while still at Santa Clara, The Father of the Family, won the Spiritual Life Award in 1961 and has never been out of print. It was translated into Italian for use by the bishops during Vatican II. He was rated as one of the "top speakers" in the world when he chose to cease his travels and devote his attention to his practice and two new books he is writing.
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In 1959, prior to graduation, Clayton Barbeau ’59 was asked by the then Chairman of the Engish Dept, to please give a communion breakfast talk to the Dad's Club of St. Joseph's Church. Clay decided he had never heard of anyone talking to a Dad's Club about fatherhood. Living in the tin buildings of married student's housing and the father of three...he accepted the task. He wrote the talk, but paid little attention to the notes...and received not only a standing ovation, but the men lined up to individually shake hands and thank him. It was then that one of the Dads spotted the notes on the lectern...and asked if he could mimeograph the talk for "our wives and the men who haven't been here." Clay agreed and a week later was presented with fifty copies of his speech. On behalf of the Alumni Journal, Dr.Wade asked if they could print it. Clay gave permission, and meanwhile various priests asked for multiple copies for the persons they were counseling. It was then that Clay wrote to Naomi Burton, Thomas Merton's agent, who had asked him to write a novel. He asked if she could help his family income by getting the speech into a magazine. A few days later, he got her reply: "Too highbrow for the family magazines, too down to earth for the intellectual magazines, stick to fiction." Two days later, she phoned him to say the John Bettin, editor at Henry Regnery was in her office and she had shown him the manuscript, He wanted to know if Clay would turn it into a book. The "Father of the Family" took seven days to write. The publisher got worried because of it talked of sex and marriage in ways more unusual than anything before. After the third putting off the publication date, Clay gave an ultimatum and the book was published. The book received rave reviews ...and was given the "Spiritual Life Award" for best book on the spiritual life in the year. It was then, at the request of Cardinal Tisserant, translated into Italian for the Council Fathers dealing with family issues. The Italian translation came out with quotations from the documents of Vatican II preceding each Chapter... quotations based upon the chapters. All editions since then have had those quotes... And the book has never been out of print, but Sophia Press this year decided to revamp the cover and it has now entered its 54th year of life and to Clay's surprise, the interviewers treat it as though it is a new work.
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Steve Schott ’60 was inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame in May. A pitcher for the Broncos’ baseball team during his student days at SCU, Schott is perhaps best known as a former co-owner of the Oakland A’s. In 2004, Schott kicked off funding for a new baseball stadium at Santa Clara with a $4 million gift. The 1,500-seat Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium, designed with player development in mind and one of the premier college baseball stadiums on the West Coast, opened in April 2005 to a sold-out crowd. He and wife Patricia Schott also funded the Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building, which began welcoming visitors to the Mission Campus in 2012. Schott is a founding partner of Citation Homes in Santa Clara.
Robert Ponzini ’60 writes: "Retired in 2003 after 34 years with a small research-oriented military contractor. I worked with Kaman Sciences, which was acquired by ITT in 1999. My wife Moureen and I lived in Colorado Springs until just recently, when we relocated in Las Cruces NM to be near our children."
Retired in 2003 after 34 years with a small research-oriented military contractor. I worked with Kaman Sciences, which was acquired by ITT in 1999. My wife Moureen and I lived in Colorado Springs until just recently, when we relocated in Las Cruces NM to be near our children.
Allan Nicholson '60 and wife June traveled to Daytona Beach, Fla. in April for Allan's 60th high school reunion.