Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1960s
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.
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.
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)."
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."
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
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.
Antonia "Toni" (Lastreto) Allegra '67 established the Symposium for Professional Food Writers in 1989, and the annual conference has become a hub for culinary writers from novice to well seasoned over the past years. The list of faculty speakers is a Who's Who of leaders in food writing, editing, blogging, podcasting, and photo-videography. Numerous food writers have found the conference to be a springboard for their careers.The 2016 Symposium (www.spfw.org) will take place September 26-30 at the Culinary Vegetable Institute (www.culinaryvegetableinstitute.com) in rolling farmland outside Cleveland. Included among the faculty: Rick Bayless, Molly O'Neill, Russ Parsons, Joe Yonan, Hannah Rahill, Kristine Kidd, Molly Wizenberg, Andrea King Collier, Andrew Schloss, Holly Hughes, and more.
Toni, who lives in a "treehouse" in St. Helena, CA, is an author and launcher/editor of magazines and a poet. She is an advocate for writers and excellence in food/wine writing. In 2004, she also launched the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, which takes place annually at Meadowood Napa Valley (www.winewriterssymposium.org), as well as the School for American Chefs at Beringer Vineyards in 1988. Toni was on the launch team for the Culinary Institute of America/Greystone from 1991-1995. Three magazines about Napa Valley were launched under her editorship: Napa Valley Tables, Appellation, and Vine Napa Valley.
Dennis A. Young '68 MBA received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the California Society of CPAs. The CPA Society's highest honor is given annually in recognition of a member's influence on the accounting profession through extraordinary and distinguished service compared to that of other contemporary leaders.
Ted Burke '68, co-owner of the famous Shadowbrook Restaurant, was inducted into the Monterey Bay Business Hall of Fame during a gala luncheon in Pebble Beach and is the very first resident of the city of Santa Cruz to receive this recognition.
Diane M. (Quass) Brenneman '68 was honored as Judge of the Year by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
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."
Natalie Wyler, pen name of a 1969 grad, recently published Labor Intensive, a true-to-life journal encompassing two years in the author’s early nursing career spent working side by side with physicians-in-training as part of their residency program in Women’s Health. The setting is a high-risk obstetrics unit at a large metropolitan hospital serving the city’s poor and immigrant women and their infants. Doctors and nurses are described responding to an array of emergencies and a crushing workload in this labor-intensive setting. The medical situations are eye openers—the interpersonal dynamics even more so. There are plenty of ethical dilemmas to traverse for the staff, and a measure of humor to leaven the stark circumstances. The work also describes the personal journey of the author as she morphs from a shy and insecure new nurse to a strong and confident caregiver able to act on behalf of patients who were in a highly vulnerable position.a memoir of her experience working in an inner city teaching hospital caring for poor and immigrant women and their infants.
Wyler is a thirty-year veteran nurse and midwife. Early in her career, she was moved to tell the story of life in an inner city public hospital, in a maternity service in which doctors and nurses were in training to deliver complex obstetrical care. Due to their poverty and immigrant status, many of their patients had very limited options for their childbearing experience. This population provided difficult moments for their caregivers, as they experienced complicated health and pregnancy problems that tested the team’s knowledge and skills at every turn. In her journal, she speaks to moments of joy, the intense rewards of participating in the arrival of new life. She reveals her personal and professional struggles in dealing with difficult personalities and conflicting approaches to ethical controversies. Despite the challenging circumstances, the author manages to preserve her vision of the heart of such work, caring for woman struggling to cope in one of life’s most intense moments.
For a peek into her compelling world, visit nataliewyler.com.
Arthur Liebscher S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86 has been named by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. He will assume office on 31 July 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, and as rector will become a member of the Board of Trustees of the University.
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.
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.
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.