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Joseph B. Edden ’52 writes, “Loved my year at SCU, 1948–49. Since then, I was a Jesuit in the East for 24 years and then was given a dispensation from Pope Paul VI.” After his dispensation, Edden worked in graphic design for 11 years, taught Latin in New York state public schools, and moved to Florida to teach Latin theology. He now lives in Florida with his wife of 43 years and his son, Michael.
The Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective, by Clayton Barbeau M.A. ’59, is now in its 55th year in print. First begun while a student on campus, the seven chapters took seven weeks to complete. The book was translated into Italian at the request of Cardinal Tisserant for use by the Vatican Council II fathers who were working on marriage and family issues. When Barbeau’s copies first arrived, he discovered that every chapter in the book was preceded by a paragraph from one of the Council documents. The Croation edition followed the Italian edition, and the English language editions followed suit.
Anthony Da Vigo ’63 is a certified family mental health support specialist, providing psychiatric crisis interventions for families.
Burman Skrable ’65 welcomed his fifth grandchild on Oct. 22, 2016, which is also the feast day of St. John Paul the Great.
Janet M. Quilici ’66 is retired and registered to perform volunteer Medicare counseling. She is also on the board of Fremont’s city-owned art gallery and working to acquire masterpoints playing bridge.
Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg ’66 serves as chief of staff of the United States National Security Council in the Trump administration. Previously, he served as interim national security advisor following Mike Flynn’s resignation. At SCU, he played on the football team alongside Joe Franzia ’64, MBA ’65, studied political science, and was a member of the Rodents, Class of ’66.
Patrick T. Hall ’66 is celebrating 40 years of civil law practice and has no plans to retire.
Larry Tomassini ’67 writes: “I am completing my 24th year on the accounting faculty at Ohio State University as well as my 48th year of teaching, which began during my doctoral program at UCLA. Living in Columbus, Ohio, with my wife, Eve, and my three adult children.”
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.
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Donald Sullivan ’68, J.D. ’71 retired on March 1 as a Superior Court judge for the State of California, County of San Francisco. Sullivan lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Genevieve, who continues to teach French. The pair travel a lot, preferring it over housework any day!
Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed to the board of directors of eGain, a leading provider of cloud customer engagement solutions. Russell is CFO of UniPixel and a director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation. Prior to joining UniPixel in 2015, she served as CFO for a number of technology companies, including Vendavo, a leading provider of SaaS pricing optimization software; EAG; Virage Logic; and OuterBay Technologies. Russell serves on the board and is a former chair of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX). She has also served as president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter) and is an emeritus member of the Leavey School of Business advisory board.
Charlie Rausch ’72 was appointed interim chief zoning administrator for the Department of City Planning in Los Angeles. Rausch has worked for the city for the past 40 years and is still having fun!
Alison Little McGhee ’72 published her book My Stroke of Luck: How I Lost My Mind and Found My Sense of Humor. She writes, “Having a stroke is no joking matter ... until it is. I decided to compile a group of anecdotes that exhibited the comical side of trying to overcome the devastating effects of having a stoke (‘Oh woe is me’ is not in my nature.) I learned to laugh at the quirky predicaments in which I found myself (I’ve fallen and can’t get up!) Not funny to you? Read my book. It is available on Amazon.”
For his contribution to the field of electrical engineering and the advancement of renewable energy research and adoption, Richard “Dick” DeBlasio ’72 received the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
DeBlasio is a Research Fellow Emeritus at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). With a career at NREL spanning more than 35 years, he has been instrumental in furthering renewable energy research and adoption both nationally and internationally. His work has contributed immeasurably to the efficiency, reliability, affordability, and adoption of renewable energy systems. Industry and government standards that enable the use of renewables in conjunction with central power systems were achieved through his leadership and foundational research, and he led the effort that has become the standard for Smart Grid modernization.
Scores of scholarly publications attest to DeBlasio's influence in his field, as do numerous industry awards—ANSI Finnegan Standards Medal for extraordinary leadership in the actual development and application of consensus standards, IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Medal for contributions to the standardization and global impact of distributed electric power system technology, IEEE Lifetime Achievement Award, and recognition by Fierce Energy Magazine as one of 13 nationally influential experts on energy, to name just a few.
Leslie Leonetti ’73 has joined the SCU Ethics Center as an external relations manager. In this new role, she will manage the Center’s annual giving initiatives, cultivation events, and outreach to donors and alumni. Leonetti brings a wealth of experience in both university and private sector fundraising. Previously, she served as a class giving officer for the development office. She writes that she is very happy working for the Ethics Center and proud to be a part of the Santa Clara employee family!
Maureen Strohm ’74 has launched a new family medicine residency program for southern Nevada—“a state with profound needs for physicians, especially in primary care and psychiatry!” This marks her third “round” as a program director and second program startup as founding program director. “I’m proud to be part of the solution.”
After being named District Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2015, Kara Lee (Macey) Ruckriegel ’74 decided to retire at the end of the 2016 school year. She is now enjoying her work as an instructional coach, which doesn't require writing lesson plans, at St. Louis Catholic School in Austin, TX!
Andrew Kryder ’74, J.D./MBA ’77 received the Ignatian Award for 2017 from the Santa Clara Alumni Association. The award honors outstanding achievement in service to humanity. He is a member of the executive committee of SCU’s Law Advisory Board.
Andrew M. Phillips ’75 has joined Lincoln Law School of San Jose as vice dean. He continues to teach tort law and lives with his wife, Mary Ann, in Willow Glen.
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Patricia Badia-Johnson M.A. ’76 is busy with 13 great-grandchildren. She writes, “Serving as a guardian ad litem for foster children. Vice president of the Amici d’Italia cultural organization in Portland, Oregon.” Patricia was also the “Outstanding Alumna” for 1999 in SCU’s counseling department.
Patrick Maher ’78 is senior counsel in the Dallas office of Ogletree Deakins. He is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Maher is a past chair of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section and of the Tarrant County Bar Labor and Employment Law Section. He previously served as chair of the Council of Section Chairs and as a section representative for the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas.
Nancy Allen Lee ’78 retired from Ross Stores Inc. in 2014 after 24 years. She moved to a wonderful community on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2016. She writes, “My youngest is a senior at SCU. I've been married 28 years. Loving retirement!”