Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1970s
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.
Mary Dullea Hood '70, J.D. '75 writes that she retired in 2014 from the Heafey Law Library after 46 years. "I just relocated to Crossville, Tennessee, after 60+ years in the Santa Clara Valley. Love living on a lake and having seasons. Peaceful and quiet."
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 '70 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. They writes, “The gatherings started with a memorial to Dave Roybal '70, in Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite several summers ago. We decided to gather again at Sequoia/Kings Canyon. This has now evolved into an annual event. 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 grandparenting. 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.
Jim Luke '71 is completing his 18th year of teaching high school chemistry and physics and will retire this coming July 2016. He writes, "Teaching, after college and graduate school, has been both the most rewarding and most difficult job I have had in working a total of 47 full-time years, 29 in private industry. But it is now time to do some of the things I put off: singing, being in plays, traveling, and enjoying just plain fun. Thanks Santa Clara for being the fuse that made this all possible."
David Herrmann '71 writes, "After nearly 21 years with Intel Corporation, I will finally be retiring on June 24, 2016."
Catherine Mannino Fawcett '71 is currently living in San Diego and is a real estate agent. Her Husband, James C. Fawcett '71 is a surgeon in San Diego. They have three sons and three grandchildren and have been married since December of 1971. Cathy tried retirement but it lasted only 13 months. She is happily selling property in San Diego.
Cathy can be reached at 619-981-0371
Randall Blaesi '71 says, "I am a commercial real estate appraiser, specializing in litigation support."
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."
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.
Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."
Angel K. (Fields) Raposa '73 has had another life change. Along with her husband, Jake, she now works as an independent consultant for Nikken, a wellness company that seeks to inspire people to discover a new way of life through the Nikken philosophy of a healthy mind, body, family, society, and finances. She writes, "It is our years that keep us light on our feet and able to honor all we learn from our faith and the life we share." Following this philosophy, Nikken green products bring wellness to the entire body and keeps us young! God Bless.
Joanne Polverino '73 is the director of benefits at Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union.
Mitch Finley '73 is the author of more than 30 books on Catholic topics, including one of his most recent, The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those In Between (The Word Among Us Press), which is a publisher's bestseller with 25,235+ copies sold as of Dec. 1, 2015. Finley lives in Spokane, Washington.
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!"
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."
Laurence Wagner '74 is still rowing, now in Bayou Vista, Texas. He retired from the Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles after 25 years of service as a senior systems programmer. He still enjoys archery and lots of volleyball besides sculling, after his incredible recovery from massive heart disease and emergency bypass surgery in 2006. After a number of nurses and medical personnel have called him "a walking miracle" and suggested he write a book it, he has started. Laurences also writes, "Spending three years playing lots of volleyball, what has stood out most is that I have been one of the most energetic players on court, despite being the oldest by decades. Very cool. I also recently married."
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.
In October, at the invitation of the City of Ichiki-Kushikino, Japan, an award of special recognition and commendation was presented to Marc Del Piero '75, J.D. '78 of Pebble Beach, California.
Del Piero was honored by the mayor and city assembly during Ichiki-Kushikino’s anniversary celebration for his decades-long sustained effort to provide funding and support for the Salinas-Kushikino Sister City Association’s student ambassador exchange program.
The program, founded in the mid 1980s provides awards of cultural and educational exchange scholarships to academically exceptional students from high schools throughout the Salinas Valley, the Monterey Peninsula, and North Monterey County to visit Japan; and for exceptional students from Japan to visit Monterey County. More than 250 Monterey County student and young Japanese scholars have been awarded exchange scholarships to participate in the program.
Robert Emmett Strunck '76 is a happily semi-retired lawyer. I get to pick and choose my legal headaches now after 30 years as an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago. I keep busy traveling to various MLB, NHL and NCAA Football games Nationwide. Rumor has it these visits are well documented on social media.
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