Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1970s
James Tanner '70 has written Tax Reform with the 20/20 Tax: The Quest for a Fair and Rational Tax System (iUniverse, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, 2015). The book traces some of the history of tax reform in our country and outlines a nonpartisan approach to comprehensive reform of our federal tax system. James is a CPA who has specialized in the tax field for over 40 years, and the research and writing of this book has taken place over the last four years.
Mary (McQuade) Schrey-Springer '71 writes that she has retired from her private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist. "My husband Dean and I will be dividing our time between our home in Kailua Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and our home on wheels on the mainland, which will help us to travel among our combined nine grandchildren. While practicing, I was fortunate, in addition to seeing individuals and families, to have facilitated a group for Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren for four years. I am hoping to continue to support and encourage these selfless parents with my writings. Aloha."
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."
Randall Blaesi '71 says, "I am a commercial real estate appraiser, specializing in litigation support."
Judy Springer Bojórquez '72 recently retired after 24 years of teaching in Oakland Unified School District. She continues to work part-time as an interpreter in the Alameda County courts.
Rick Hagan '73, '77 writes, "I retired as director of Housing on August 3, which was also my 35-year employment anniversary at the University of San Diego. Being a time of reflection and counting blessings, I am very appreciative for the opportunity George Giacomini '56 provided when, in 1974, he entrusted me with the responsibility for supervising the residential life program at Santa Clara. Who would ever have dreamed of the amazing career that would result from that opportunity?!! I also want to thank Frank Oliva '74, Mike Radford '74, and Tom House '74, J.D. '77 for the support each of them provided me that led to such a rewarding career of working with college students for 40 years. However, now I am enjoying the flexibility retirement provides and spending more quality time with my wife, Suzanne, who continues to teach 3rd grade, plus our three children Ryan (28), Kelli (26), and Sean (24) who all live nearby in San Diego. I am already enjoying a fast start on my goal to do more traveling, with trips to Julian, Temecula, Anaheim for the D23 Expo, Mammoth, and Hawaii while beginning to plan for the European adventure Suzanne and I will experience together next summer."
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.
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Barb (Burns) Frank '75, MBA '81 writes, "I retired at the end of 2005 after almost 30 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of positions, mostly in finance and information technology. I am currently the president of the Intel Retiree Organization and treasurer for Community Bridges, the largest deliverer of family services in Santa Cruz County. In 2015, my first grandchild was born to our daughter Jessica Frank Brown '05, so we are planning on moving to San Francisco sometime next year to be closer to our children and my stepson and family. Every year since we turned 50, I have been organizing us 4th-floor Dunne girls for an annual girl's weekend. Very fun!"
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.
After serving seven years in the California Legislature (51st Assembly District and 26th Senate District) Curren D. Price Jr. J.D. '76 has returned to public service in Los Angeles. In June 2013, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, 9th District. On the council he chairs the Economic Development Committee and serves on the ad hoc committee to oversee and coordinate the city's bid and participation in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. He is married to businessswoman and social activist Del Richardson, and they have two grown children and three grandkids.
Juanita K. Williams '76 married Dennis E. Hanson Jr. on Aug. 29, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they reside.
Mark Kelsey '75, MBA '79 is senior vice president of Pacific Midwest Regional Banking at Wells Fargo, as well as the board chair of the Pathways Foundation, the fundraising arm of nonprofit Pathways Home Health & Hospice. He is being honored with the Leadership in Healthcare Philanthropy Award at the One from the Heart Awards Breakfast, an annual fundraising event hosted by Pathways. Since joining the Pathways Foundation Board in 2001, Mark has generously shared his remarkable relationship-building and financial management skills.
Mark Hurtubise ’79 M.A., president and CEO of Inland Northwest Community Foundation, was recognized for the third year in row (2013 by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living as well as 2014 and 2015 by Inland Business Catalyst magazines) as among the “Power 50” who has the vision for affecting positive change in the North Idaho/Eastern Washington region. In October 2014, Inland Northwest Community Foundation was named “Philanthropic Organization of the Year” at an annual Spokane Philanthropic Awards reception.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced William M. Holt M.S. '79, executive vice president and general manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG) at Intel, has been named the 2015 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology or public policy.
"For the last four decades, Bill Holt has been a tireless advocate, innovator, and leader for the semiconductor industry, helping advance new technologies that drive our industry and power our economy," said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "Throughout his distinguished career, Bill's expertise, skill, and unwavering determination have helped keep the semiconductor industry at the forefront of innovation. On behalf of the SIA board of directors, it is an honor to announce Bill's selection as the 2015 Robert N. Noyce Award recipient in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments."
Holt began his Intel career in DRAM development in 1974. Today, he is responsible for technology development and the company's worldwide manufacturing operations, including component fabrication, assembly and test, customer fulfillment, and supply chain management. Additionally, Holt oversees research and development in the areas of wafer process, package assembly and test, and design and technology computer-aided tools. Holt earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Santa Clara.
"It is a tremendous honor to join the ranks of Noyce Award winners, individuals who have built the semiconductor industry and made it a paragon of America's economic and technological strength," said Holt. "Throughout my career, I have focused on doing my part to advance the forward march of innovation, one step at a time. As I gratefully accept this award, I look forward to continuing to help our industry take the next step forward."
The Noyce Award is named in honor of semiconductor industry pioneer Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. In addition to the presentation of the Noyce Award, this year's SIA Award Dinner will feature former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as keynote speaker.
Longtime Bay Area baseball coach Lawrence "Mike" Cummins '79 has joined the San José State University baseball program as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. Cummins, a familiar name to fans of local baseball, brings more than 35 years of coaching experience to the Spartans, including 10 combined seasons as the head coach at Santa Clara and San Francisco State.
In his six seasons (2009-15) at the helm of San Francisco State, 14 Gators received All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) recognition, including the program’s first conference Freshman of the Year selection in 2013. SFSU’s 22 total wins in 2010 were the most since 2006, and the team’s 17 CCAA wins in 2014 and 2015 were the most since the Gators tallied 21 conference wins in 2004.
From 2003 to 2009, Cummins served as the head coach at Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College, where he guided the Warriors to a 151-121 (.555) record. In 2007, Walla Walla was crowned East Region Tournament Champion and received a bid to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Championship Tournament.
Cummins had a 24-year coaching and playing stint at Santa Clara, including a four-year run as the head coach from 1997 to 2001. With Cummins on staff from 1988 to 2001, seven Broncos earned All-America honors, three were named West Coast Conference Player of the Year, three others won WCC Pitcher of the Year and two SCU rookies garnered conference Newcomer of the Year awards. He also played a role in the development of five Bronco catchers who went on to sign professional contracts, beginning with former Kansas City Royal Mike Macfarlane.
Prior to his time at Walla Walla, Cummins spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State.
A native of Monterey, Calif., Cummins played two seasons at Monterey Peninsula College before transferring to Santa Clara in the fall of 1977. He was a standout catcher on the 1978 and 1979 Santa Clara teams, helping the Broncos to an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 and earning Second-Team All-Northern California Baseball Association honors as a senior in 1979.
After graduating from Santa Clara in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history, Cummins signed a professional contract with the Salem Senators of the Northwest League, an independent Class A team, and batted .302 while leading the team in RBIs in his only year with the club.
Cummins began his coaching career in 1980 at Buchser High School in Santa Clara, where he guided the baseball team to a second place finish in conference. He also served as the head football coach of the junior varsity program at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif.
Cummins is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and Association of Professional Ball Players of America, and sits on the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award Committee.