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Walsh, Edward

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.

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 12:25P
Tanner, James

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.



submitted Oct. 26, 2015 9:28P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Hood, Mary (Dullea)

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."

submitted Mar. 2, 2016 7:52P
Christensen, John

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.”

submitted Oct. 4, 2016 8:40A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Morrison-Rader, Lynda (Morrison)

Lynda Morrison-Rader '71 served as the Nevada State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution from 2014 - 2016.

submitted Oct. 8, 2016 12:05P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Luke III, James

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."

submitted Dec. 8, 2015 5:23P
Herrmann, David

David Herrmann '71 writes, "After nearly 21 years with Intel Corporation, I will finally be retiring on June 24, 2016."

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 3:46P
Guglielmo, Gene
Guglielmo Winery, now run by Gene Guglielmo ’71 and his brothers George E. and Gary, has been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. It's a recognition of the winery's longtime and significant contributions to the economic and civic growth and well-being of the community. 
In a joint statement, the Guglielmo brothers said, "We’re honored and humbled to be recognized. It’s a true testament to the hard work and commitment of our family and employees for the last 90 years not only to produce the best wines possible but to also be a positive contributor to our local communities. Having been born and raised here and being part of the rich history of agriculture and winemaking in the Santa Clara Valley makes this honor truly special.”
Guglielmo Winery is the oldest continuously family owned and operated winery in Santa Clara Valley. 
submitted Feb. 6, 2016 5:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Fawcett, Catherine (Mannino)

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.

Contact Catherine
Cathy can be reached at 619-981-0371
submitted Mar. 12, 2016 9:51P
Bales, Randall

Randall Blaesi '71 says, "I am a commercial real estate appraiser, specializing in litigation support."

Contact Randall
submitted Dec. 30, 2015 3:07P


Ganahl, Mary

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."

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 3:03P
UGRD Leavey Business '72
Dowd, Edward

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.

submitted Jun. 13, 2016 11:48A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Bojorquez, Judith (Springer)

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.

submitted Oct. 25, 2015 6:58P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Sponza, Marilyn

Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."

submitted Apr. 21, 2016 10:02P

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.

Contact ANGEL K.
submitted May. 16, 2016 1:31P
Polverino, Joanne

Joanne Polverino '73 is the director of benefits at Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union.

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 2:28P
Finley, Mitch

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.

Contact Mitch
submitted Dec. 15, 2015 9:00P
Dow, Bill

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!" 

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 2:13P
Craig, Geoffrey
Geoffrey Craig M.A. '73, a Bloomfield, CT, resident and former investment banker, has published his first novel, Scudder’s Gorge.
Craig began writing in 2000 when a former girlfriend sent him poems satirizing the Florida election recount. They were funny and based on famous poems. Thinking that he could do the same, he wrote a poem based on “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” with a note saying that if Robert Frost could read it, he’d turn over in his grave. "She replied that I was clearly wasting my time as an investment banker and that if he could, Robert Frost would sit up in his coffin and applaud. So I began to write."
Craig’s fiction, poetry, and drama have appeared in numerous literary journals, including the New Plains Review, Calliope, Foliate Oak, Spring – the Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society, and The MacGuffin. He has received two Pushcart Prize nominations.
He has also directed eight of his own plays. "I greatly enjoy, both as writer and director, the collaborative work of the theater. The playwright needs to be able to revise – and quickly – when the director and/or actors identify problems with the script. My style as a director mirrors the style I practiced as a manager in banking: listen to your staff and consider their ideas but make decisions when necessary. This give and take style generally produces the best results and makes the endeavor more fulfilling and enjoyable."
Much of Craig's work relates to issues of our times and culture, including racism, 
prejudice, climate change, and war.
"I’ve had an enormous amount of fun and derived tremendous satisfaction from this second career. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to keep working. It keeps my brain active. While I had a great time in banking, I would not have missed the second one for all the world."
submitted Mar. 15, 2016 5:01P
Brodt, Carl

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."

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 2:31P


Wagner, Laurence

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."

submitted Feb. 4, 2016 6:38A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '74
Beamish, Rita

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.

submitted Sep. 7, 2016 6:08P
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