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Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1970s
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!
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.
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.
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!”