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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.”
Allan Nicholson J.D. ’60 now has seven great-grandchildren. Several of his grandchildren attended Santa Clara, including Andrea McCandless ’07, Katherine Leardini ’10, Jenny Nicholson ’12 and Brooks Nicholson ’18. Two of his children, Bruce Nicholson ’75 and Alicia Raj ’92, are also alumni.
Sam Sebastiani ’62, MBA ’66, student body president in 1962, is still making great wines at the Sebastiani Family Winery. Many of his classmates hope that some of the wine will be brought to their reunion celebrations.
Gary Keister ’62 is still writing poetry, books, and stories about his life growing up on the Alaskan waters. He presents annually at the FisherPoets gathering in Astoria, Oregon, as well as at other seafarers’ festivals in the Pacific Northwest.
Joseph Fessio ’62 is making wine when not editing books at his Ignatius Press in San Francisco. He says he will definitely bring some wine—not books—to the reunion.
Bill Beasley ’62 writes that the 1962 College World Series Santa Clara baseball teammates held a 55-year reunion to recognize team captain Larry Kaaha ’62 and Nick Scurich ’62 as deceased members of that wonderful team.
The reunion was held at the San Jose home of John Giovanola ’63 and his wife Kathy. Team members and spouses who were able to attend include John Boccabella ’63, Ron Calcagno ’64, Ron Cook ’63, Tim Cullen ’64, Reno DiBono ’63, assistant coach Marcel Fiore ’52, Ken Flanagan ’63, Bob Garibaldi ’64, Jerry Glueck ’62, Loren Harper ’63, Dan Korbel ’63, M.A. ’76, Gary Malvini ’64, MBA ’66 and Charlie Marcenaro ’64, MBA ’70. Also attending were former SCU alumni director Jerry Kerr and alumni representative Paul Neilan ’70. Beasely writes, “We’ve lost a few of our team, namely head coach John “Paddy” Cottrell and his wife, Eunice, Larry Kaaha, Nick Scurich, Rich Freitas ’63, team trainer Henry Schmitt and team doctor Amaral.
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.
Frederick John Kassis ’66 retired in 2015 after practicing and teaching internal medicine for 40 years. Since retiring, he has lived in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife. They have four children, who are scattered as far as Hawaii.
Larry Dunlap ’67 retired in 2010 after a 43-year career in sales and marketing that took him all around the world. He lives in La Quinta, California, and is enjoying all that desert life has to offer. In his retirement, he and his wife, Karen, started a consulting company that assists entrepreneurs in their quest to introduce innovative consumer and professional health care products. The couple has four children and eight grandchildren who bring great joy to their lives and keep them busy. They also spend their time golfing, traveling, and with family and friends. Dunlap is looking forward to seeing his classmates at the upcoming reunion.
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.”
Timothy “Pat” Hannon ’70, J.D. ’74 writes, “I am proud to announce that I have earned an LL.M. cum laude in transportation and logistics from Florida Coastal School of Law.”
Businessman-turned-philanthropist Ed Dowd ’72 writes: “After a successful career in investment real estate, my interests turned to art and philanthropy. These efforts include a range of gifts within my community, many of which incorporate the love of art I developed after my MS diagnosis.” Recent donations from Dowd include $4.1 million to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Mountain View campus, which has as its centerpiece an original Dale Chihuly glass sculpture; $12 million toward the construction of the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building, which also enjoys an original Chihuly; and $3 million to the National MS Society’s Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program, which is “designed to give hope to individuals who, like me, live with advanced-stage MS.”
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.
Jeff Dillon ’73 had brunch with college roommates Dan Gilmour ’73 and Brougham Morris ’73 in Sutter Creek, California.
On Aug. 28, 2017, The annual Golden Bridge Awards honored Constantin Delivanis MBA ’74 with silver for Most Innovative Executive of the Year. Delivanis is the co-founder and CEO of the BDNA Corporation, a leader in comprehensive information about technology assets. BDNA also received the gold Milestone of the Year for “Technopedia”—providing timely market intelligence for more than 2 million hardware and software products. Winners were honored at a red carpet ceremony in San Francisco on Sept. 18, 2017.
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.
Bruce Worster MBA ’77 has been named a trustee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He is a private investor and advisor with 30 years’ experience in high technology product and business development. After retirement, he served as a director of Zygo Corp. from 2002–10 and chairman from 2009–10. He is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College and holds a Ph.D. in physics from UCSB. Worster is also a trustee of Harvey Mudd College and a member of the UCSB dean of science’s advisory cabinet, and, with his wife, Susan, a member of the Getty Museum’s Photographs Council. Worster was a trustee of the San Jose Museum of Art from 2012–15. He and his wife are collectors of vintage and contemporary photography.