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G.S. Holeman ’50 is still living in Penn Valley, California, and keeps in touch with Charlie Bedolla ’50 and Bob Ferrari ’50. He writes, “enjoying the Santa Clara Magazine. It’s the only way to keep in touch with what is happening at Santa Clara these days.”
Bernard J. Burdick ’63 and John G. Burdick ’65 have published Achieving Flight: The Life and Times of John J. Montgomery. The book tells the story of Santa Clara's own renowned aviator (1858–1911) who designed, built, and was the first to fly a glider successfully in 1883, a full 20 years before the Wright brothers’ powered flight. His achievements in flight from high air (up to 4,000 feet, lofted there by a hot-air balloon) in 1905 at Santa Clara College are commemorated with an obelisk in the Mission Gardens. An article about this upcoming book was written by Paul Totah ’79 for Santa Clara Magazine, Fall 2012. The first biography of Montgomery, John Joseph Montgomery, Father of Basic Flying, was written by former Santa Clara archivist Arthur D. Spearman, S.J.
Rosemary (Cosgrove) Humphrey ’67 retired from Palos Verdes Estates City Council after 25 years in office, including four terms as mayor. She has also retired from public education, after almost 50 years, most recently as a high school principal.
Kate (Thomas) Parnes ’68 spends part of her retirement time as vice president and founding member of Global Grandmothers. The nonprofit started in California in 2011 and focuses on supporting children worldwide through thoughtful giving. Global Grandmothers carefully screens domestic and international nonprofits for transparency, fund management, and the efficacy of interventions. A visitor to the website wwwglobalgrandmothers.org can select and donate to the recommended nonprofits with confidence. Global Grandmothers sponsors fundraising walks (Walk the Walk) in the Bay Area several times a year. All Broncos are invited to visit the website. You don't have to be a grandmother to be a global grandmother!
Rinaldo Brutoco ’68 was awarded the inaugural Santa Barbara Peace Prize, which honors locals who are advancing world peace and international human rights—especially in developing nations— thanks to a nomination from Jerry Brown ’59. Brutoco is the founding president of the World Business Academy, which is devoted to addressing climate change and advocating for sustainable energy use, and has served on the boards of The National Peace Academy and the Brutoco Family Foundation.
Don Barbieri ’68 was appointed to the Washington State University Board of Regents in January 2015. He is the founder and retired chairman of the board and director of Red Lion Hotels, formerly known as WestCoast Hospitality Corporation and Cavanaughs Hospitality Corporation. Barbieri served as a member of the Washington State Economic Development Board under three governors and as chair of the State of Washington’s Quality of Life Task Force. He is a past chair for the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, past chair of Spokane United Way, served as president of the Spokane Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, was president of the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, and chaired Providence/Sacred Heart Medical Center in some of its strongest growth years. He ran for Congress in 2004.
Barbieri led the redevelopment of over one mile of the Spokane River, including the historic Broadview Dairy, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Red Lion River Inn, and the upscale Riverpoint and Upper Falls condominium developments. Through his efforts, the historic downtown Spokane Crescent building was transformed from a closed shell building to a centerpiece of downtown Spokane’s revitalization. In other regional work, he developed over four miles of Priest Lake, Idaho, through a state-of-the-art planned unit development called Huckleberry at Priest Lake, resulting in 90 percent dedicated open space and forest/wildlife restoration and conservation.
Since retirement, his efforts have been concentrated on the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, a charitable foundation with his domestic partner Sharon Smith. The foundation supports reducing poverty, expanding affordable housing, and fostering a more dynamic and powerful constituency throughout the Inland Northwest.
Martha “Mardi” Robers ’69 writes, “I have retired after having a very satisfying career of 46 years in social work. I have moved to Hamilton, Montana, and now get to spend quality time with my family, which includes two amazing grandchildren.”
Mary Ann Peters ’72, CEO of the Carter Center, gave a talk on global health equity, ethics, and eradication as part of a series of talks presented by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. Before joining The Carter Center, Ambassador Peters was provost of the U.S. Naval War College and served as dean of academics at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. She spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat and will be speaking at SCU on April 19, at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
John Stege ’73 writes, “I just celebrated my four-year anniversary at Intero Real Estate Services in Los Gatos. It has come full circle as I am one of the original employees of Mountain Charlies, hired by now deceased Jim Farwell ’66. Thoroughly enjoying my ninth season as color analyst for SCU men’s basketball. Proud to be a member of the Bronco family.”
Steve Rychly ’73 has retired after 35 years in the technology industry. He and his wife live outside Chicago, Illinois. they have one son in the Chicago metropolitan area and one son in Houston, Texas.
Eric Lane ’73 is the San Antonio, Texas, chapter president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and was elected the new chair of the organization’s National Leadership Council. Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group that educates Americans on the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. Lane has been involved with Americans United for decades and has written numerous columns defending separation of church and state for newspapers both in and out of Texas.
Naomi Tuite ’74 is a retired math teacher, coach, and international baccalaureate (IB) coordinator.
John Cruden J.D. ’74 joined Beveridge & Diamond PC law firm as a principal. Previously, Cruden served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division under the Obama administration. He is also the president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Marilyn Klinger ’75 writes, “I have opened up the Los Angeles office of the construction law boutique, SMTD Law. SMTD Law has offices in Orange County, Oakland, Phoenix, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California, and is one of the up-and-coming construction/surety/real estate law firms in California.”
Chris Hasney ’76 is a guest columnist for Scorecard, the digital magazine of American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) District 17.
Andy “Drew” Clark ’78 is a realtor associate with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Real Estate. He lives with his wife in Sedona, Arizona.
Comedy director Andy Ackerman ’78 is back on pilot duty, helming and executive producing Fam and Pandas In New York for CBS Studios. Fam centers on a woman whose respectable life with her new fiancé comes to a screeching halt upon the arrival of her half-sister. Pandas In New York shines a light on a family of Indian doctors who decide to arrange their youngest son’s life, unaware he’s made plans of his own. Ackerman also serves as director and executive producer of CBS’ upcoming comedy series Living Biblically.
Lawrence Yee MBA ’83 of Ojai, California, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2012. He was president and coordinating director at the national Food Commons from 2010 to 2015, a national program leader for food marketing systems innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2003 to 2004, and served in several positions at the University of California Cooperative Extension from 1975 to 2008, including director of the University of California Cooperative Extension, Ventura County, and director of the University of California Hansen Trust. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Yee is registered without party preference and is 69 years old.
Wayne Repich ’83 has been named vice president of development at Enovate Engineering (formerly Conti Professional). Previously, Repich worked at Dewberry, where he was responsible for client services on various projects.
McGregor Scott ’85 was nominated by the president and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California. As the chief federal lawyer in the Eastern District, Scott will oversee an office of 90 lawyers responsible for prosecuting federal crimes and representing the federal government in civil litigation. The Eastern District covers 34 of California’s 58 counties and is headquartered in Sacramento with a branch office in Fresno. Scott previously served in this same position from 2003 to 2009. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside with their three sons in El Dorado Hills.
Nathan Pendleton ’85, MBA ’89 has opened a physical location of his company, Nox Cookie Bar. The shop opened its doors in downtown San Jose and serves cookies, ice cream, and ice cream sandwiches—and continues to offer its signature cookie delivery service (developed out of the founder's need for late-night snacks that could fuel the final hours of project completion), which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.