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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.
Adrian Buoncristiani ’62 and his wife, Dawn, are vacationing in Norway. They are excited to be returning in time to do a “show and tell” at their 55th reunion celebration.
Anthony Da Vigo ’63 is a certified family mental health support specialist, providing psychiatric crisis interventions for families.
Raymond Bittel ’64, M.S. ’67 retired from Boeing on April 1, 2014. He married Carol Mathews on May 20 and resides in Richardson, Texas.
Burman Skrable ’65 welcomed his fifth grandchild on Oct. 22, 2016, which is also the feast day of St. John Paul the Great.
Peter Sullivan ’66 and wife Marie Sullivan ’66 write: “Great 50th reunion last year! Many of us continued the festivities in Carmel.”
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.”
Adele Bihn ’67 can’t believe it has been 50 years since graduation. Bihn and her husband, Murray, have six grandchildren between the ages of 12 and 6 months. She writes she’s still working, currently focusing on water and energy conservation.
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!
Several Bronco alumni spent two weeks together this past May, traveling from Toronto, Ontario, to Banff, Alberta, and finally to Vancouver, British Columbia. Three of the couples had high tea at The Empress in Victoria; this trip also included a visit to the Columbia Ice Fields. The group included: Ken Leufgen ’68, MBA ’70 and Judy (Butzloff) Leufgen ’69, Kitty and Chuck Jackson ’69, Dianne and Jim Prior ’68, and Louise (Sutton) Olsen ’67 and Steve Olsen ’68, M.S. ’73. Everyone in this group enjoyed reflecting on their days as young couples as well as their many SCU memories!
Terrance Stinnett J.D. ’69 graduated first in his class from the School of Law and practiced bankruptcy law for 34 years. He has continued to work full time since 2007 as vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Fremont Bank and Fremont Bancorporation, as well as being a member of the board of directors of each corporation. He is also the chairman of the board Loan Committee, the Board Fair Lending Committee and is a member of the Board Compliance Committee, as well as a member of the Officers Loan Committee. He is very proud of the bank, which contributed $1 million toward the construction of the new Santa Clara Law School building and was founded by his uncle, Morris Hyman. Stinnett serves on the Law School Advisory Board and previously served on the Law School Board of Visitors.
Stinnett also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas Caldecott of the California Courts of Appeal. He received numerous awards, including having been listed as a California super lawyer by San Francisco Magazine and in Who’s Who in America Law by the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board on many occasions. He has also been listed in Who’s Who in America. Additionally, he has been listed in Kipling’s Who’s Who and was selected as Professional of the Year in the field of bankruptcy law in 2007 by America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals.
Stinnett writes that although he turned 77 years old in July, “he has had to postpone his retirement until he reaches 106 because his wife spends so much money!” He also writes, “I raced cars as a hobby for about 30 years or so, just like Paul Newman, but only one of us is incredibly handsome. You will have to decide which one of us meets that standard!”
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!
Mary Ann Peters ’72 is privileged to be “waging peace and fighting disease” around the world as CEO of The Carter Center, founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in 1982. She’s counting down to the eradication of Guinea worm disease from the planet—down to 25 cases last year, from 3.5 million cases in 1986. Peters is also on the board of the Task Force for Global Health and Emory University’s Global Health Institute—a long way from her major in French.
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.
Kathy Anderson ’72 completed 12 years on the Board of Regents and recently was invited to join the Advisory Board for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Additionally, she serves as the president and executive director of the Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles, which was established in 2014 to provide professional philanthropy management services for organizations and individuals in a Catholic and socially responsible business environment.
Risë Pichon ’73, J.D. ’76 was honored at a judicial reception by the Charles Houston Bar Association for being the first minority elected to serve as presiding judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She served a two-year term, which ended Dec. 31, 2016. Pichon now serves as judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.