Class Notes | Obituaries
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Michael Antonini '68 writes, "I have retired from my dental practice after 44 years. I have just completed 14 years of service as a planning commissioner for the city and county of San Francisco. My wife, Linda, and I are very happy to have our two children and three grandchildren living very near us in San Francisco."
Natalie Wyler, pen name of a 1969 grad, recently published Labor Intensive, a true-to-life journal encompassing two years in the author’s early nursing career spent working side by side with physicians-in-training as part of their residency program in Women’s Health. The setting is a high-risk obstetrics unit at a large metropolitan hospital serving the city’s poor and immigrant women and their infants. Doctors and nurses are described responding to an array of emergencies and a crushing workload in this labor-intensive setting. The medical situations are eye openers—the interpersonal dynamics even more so. There are plenty of ethical dilemmas to traverse for the staff, and a measure of humor to leaven the stark circumstances. The work also describes the personal journey of the author as she morphs from a shy and insecure new nurse to a strong and confident caregiver able to act on behalf of patients who were in a highly vulnerable position.a memoir of her experience working in an inner city teaching hospital caring for poor and immigrant women and their infants.
Wyler is a thirty-year veteran nurse and midwife. Early in her career, she was moved to tell the story of life in an inner city public hospital, in a maternity service in which doctors and nurses were in training to deliver complex obstetrical care. Due to their poverty and immigrant status, many of their patients had very limited options for their childbearing experience. This population provided difficult moments for their caregivers, as they experienced complicated health and pregnancy problems that tested the team’s knowledge and skills at every turn. In her journal, she speaks to moments of joy, the intense rewards of participating in the arrival of new life. She reveals her personal and professional struggles in dealing with difficult personalities and conflicting approaches to ethical controversies. Despite the challenging circumstances, the author manages to preserve her vision of the heart of such work, caring for woman struggling to cope in one of life’s most intense moments.
For a peek into her compelling world, visit nataliewyler.com.
Arthur Liebscher S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86 has been named by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. He will assume office on 31 July 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, and as rector will become a member of the Board of Trustees of the University.
Dan Kelly J.D. '69 and Carole recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Married just before law school, upon Dan's graduation Carole received her "Ph.T (putting hubby through) from the law wives." They reside in Napa and San Francisco and have two sons, including Matthew Kelly '92, and three grandchildren.
Alyn Beals '69 received the 2016 Outstanding Citizen Award for his volunteerism in Redwood City. Beals has lived in the Redwood City community for nearly 70 years. His commitment to volunteering placed as much emphasis on doing as donating. At the Sequooia YMCA, Beals' involvement has included every kind of participation -- from cleaning up the gym to coaching teams, to serving as chairman of the board, and chairman of the Major Gifts Campaign. He has sponsored, hosted, and chaired fundraising events and assumed leadership roles for the Police Activitis League, the Sheriff's Athletic League, Boys and Girls Club, and the Peninsula College Fund.
Ed Walsh '70 is in his second term as trustee of the city of San Francisco's Retiree Health Care Trust and is studying music at Skyline College.
James Tanner '70 has written Tax Reform with the 20/20 Tax: The Quest for a Fair and Rational Tax System (iUniverse, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, 2015). The book traces some of the history of tax reform in our country and outlines a nonpartisan approach to comprehensive reform of our federal tax system. James is a CPA who has specialized in the tax field for over 40 years, and the research and writing of this book has taken place over the last four years.
Mary Dullea Hood '70, J.D. '75 writes that she retired in 2014 from the Heafey Law Library after 46 years. "I just relocated to Crossville, Tennessee, after 60+ years in the Santa Clara Valley. Love living on a lake and having seasons. Peaceful and quiet."
Mary (Cleese) Roybal ’70; Kathy (Roney) ’70 & Lee Schegg ’70; Sue (Drake) ’70 & Tom Walsh ’70; Bob Peterson ’70 and wife Henneke; and Julie Burns ’70 and husband John Christensen '70 have been having a ball as they visit national parks each year. So far the group has visited Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia in California; Bryce, Zion, and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah; North Rim of Grand Canyon in Arizona; Glacier in Montana; the Columbia River Gorge & Mount Hood (not yet a national park) in Oregon; and most recently Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, and Glacier in Canada. They writes, “The gatherings started with a memorial to Dave Roybal '70, in Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite several summers ago. We decided to gather again at Sequoia/Kings Canyon. This has now evolved into an annual event. We find that we share great community with lots of laughs, and being of the same age group we can relate to shared experiences—Vietnam, raising families, careers, and now grandparenting. It shows that friendships that started in the dorms and classes freshman year can be rediscovered and last into the future.”
Lynda Morrison-Rader '71 served as the Nevada State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution from 2014 - 2016.
Jim Luke '71 is completing his 18th year of teaching high school chemistry and physics and will retire this coming July 2016. He writes, "Teaching, after college and graduate school, has been both the most rewarding and most difficult job I have had in working a total of 47 full-time years, 29 in private industry. But it is now time to do some of the things I put off: singing, being in plays, traveling, and enjoying just plain fun. Thanks Santa Clara for being the fuse that made this all possible."
David Herrmann '71 writes, "After nearly 21 years with Intel Corporation, I will finally be retiring on June 24, 2016."
Catherine Mannino Fawcett '71 is currently living in San Diego and is a real estate agent. Her Husband, James C. Fawcett '71 is a surgeon in San Diego. They have three sons and three grandchildren and have been married since December of 1971. Cathy tried retirement but it lasted only 13 months. She is happily selling property in San Diego.
Cathy can be reached at 619-981-0371
Randall Blaesi '71 says, "I am a commercial real estate appraiser, specializing in litigation support."
Mary Ganahl '72 writes, "I just retired! I spent 35 years as a deputy district attorney in LA County. Bought a sailboat to sail off into the sunset. Two grandchildren keep me young and healthy."
Edward M. Dowd '72 established and funded the Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program with the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society with a gift of $3 million. The program will accelerate expansion of personalized case management for people living with MS who need specialized services to overcome major life impacts caused by MS. Dowd, who lives with MS, realizes the value of services for people with limitation, and wants to improve the quality of life for people with MS who do not have financial means to get the support they need.
Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."
Angel K. (Fields) Raposa '73 has had another life change. Along with her husband, Jake, she now works as an independent consultant for Nikken, a wellness company that seeks to inspire people to discover a new way of life through the Nikken philosophy of a healthy mind, body, family, society, and finances. She writes, "It is our years that keep us light on our feet and able to honor all we learn from our faith and the life we share." Following this philosophy, Nikken green products bring wellness to the entire body and keeps us young! God Bless.
Joanne Polverino '73 is the director of benefits at Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union.
Mitch Finley '73 is the author of more than 30 books on Catholic topics, including one of his most recent, The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those In Between (The Word Among Us Press), which is a publisher's bestseller with 25,235+ copies sold as of Dec. 1, 2015. Finley lives in Spokane, Washington.
Bill Dow '73 writes, "After surviving a heart attack and a vertigo attack, I am finally feeling well again and looking forward to SCU's basketball season--Go Broncos!"