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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.”
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.
John P. Hoffman Sr. ’58 retired in 1992 from Loral Aerospace/Lockheed Martin, Newport Beach, as a senior aerospace engineer. He was employed over his 34-year career by various aerospace companies, developing air-to-air and surface-to-air tactical missiles and their launchers. Since retirement, he has enjoyed being a volunteer land steward for Irvine Ranch Conservancy, assisting in the management of 20,000 acres of public open space in Irvine, California. He and wife Karen attend various music events and festivals each year, where she sings and plays guitar and autoharp, with like-minded people from around the world. They both enjoy traveling and camping in their Airstream travel trailer to join up with other musicians and friends. Between them they have four children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
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.
Robert Ravano ’62 has been appointed to the board of regents for Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. He is a partner and still working part time as a CPA with his firm, Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. LLP, in Palo Alto.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony Da Vigo ’63 is a certified family mental health support specialist, providing psychiatric crisis interventions for families.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick T. Hall ’66 is celebrating 40 years of civil law practice and has no plans to retire.
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.
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.
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!