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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!
Mitch Lyons J.D. ’73 writes from Massachusetts that he and his wife, Joanne, are going to be spending much more time in the Bay Area as their daughter, her husband, and their two grandchildren have moved to Los Gatos. Lyons is president of the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts, an advocacy and educational nonprofit organization.
Carl L. Brodt ’73 retired from MUFG Union Bank and will be teaching business courses at Holy Names University in Oakland this fall.
Eric Tandy ’74 is the project manager for Bechtel on the BART Earthquake Safety Program in Oakland.
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!
Marylynn Moore ’74 and her husband, Kenneth, have moved back to California to be near family after living in Arizona for over 20 years. They are thrilled to be back.
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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Mary Jane Genochio ’75 lives in the Sierra foothills community of Mokelumne Hill. She serves on the boards for the Northern California Chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Calaveras County Arts Council, Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District, Calaveras Visitors Bureau, and the Mokelumne Hill Community Historical Trust. Genochio lost her home during the Amador/Calaveras Butte Fire in September 2015 and his currently building a new time in downtown Mokelumne Hill. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, friends, and her best friend, Stella, her 7-year-old shepherd mix pound puppy.
George Clause ’75, J.D. ’79 was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at the organization’s spring meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a partner at Hayes Scott Bonino Ellingson & McLay in Redwood City. Membership in the College is by invitation and is limited to 1 percent of the total lawyer population of the state in which the member practices.
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.
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!”
A. Mike Espy J.D. ’78 was the commencement speaker at Jackson State University in Mississippi. He served as U.S. secretary of agriculture under President Bill Clinton. He is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1986–1993).
Mario Cordero J.D. ’78 has been named executive director of the Port of Long Beach, California, the second largest container port in the U.S. Previously, he served as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission on appointment by President Obama.
Paul Totah ’79 published The Gospel of Everyone: A Poetic Retelling of the Gospel of Luke (Resource Publications). This is his 32nd year working at St. Ignatius College Prep (SI) in San Francisco, where he serves as director of communications and editor of Genesis Magazine. His daughter, Lauren Totah ’11, is now his colleague, working as a counselor at SI.
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Barry O’Brien ’79 is an executive producer of GONE, a new dramatic series from NBC Universal Television. The show stars Chris Noth (Sex and the City) and Danny Pino (Law and Order) and is filming on location in Pittsburgh.
For his impact on the semiconductor chip industry and the advancement of computing, Bill Holt M.S. ’79 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.
In Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry exploded, in part, based on what's known as Moore's Law—the maxim that the computing power of integrated circuits would double about every two years. For more than 40 years, Bill Holt led the teams that delivered the efficiency, innovation, and cost reductions that drove the industry and proved Moore's Law to be true. During his time at Intel, processors became 3,500 times more powerful and 90,000 times more energy efficient. You can read more about Holt and this endeavor in the Spring 2016 edition of this mag.
Beginning his career in DRAM development as a development engineer, Holt assumed a number of management roles before being elected corporate vice president in 2003 and taking on the management of TMG in 2005. Under his guidance, Intel consistently led the industry in revolutionizing transistor technologies. A consummate innovator and leader, he had a marked influence not only on his company, but on his industry—and the nation's economy. In 2015, he received the Semiconductor Industry Association's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award for Longstanding Accomplishments on Behalf of Industry.
Michael Dee ’79 is director of real estate for Arby’s Restaurant Group. Arby’s is the second-largest fast food sandwich restaurant chain in the U.S. in terms of units—with more than 3,300 restaurants systemwide—and third in terms of revenue. Michael lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Julie, and their three daughters, Lauren, Nicole, and Mary.