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John P. Matheu '40 writes: "The new magazine is much better—with a wider scope of activity." He'd also like to hear more about fellow Santa Clara grads from his era if they're still with us.
Duncan Fife '56, of that Dynamic Class, functions productively in Foster City, California. His five virtually perfect children, and two perfect grandchildren, and wife Robin celebrate the recent publication of his second book: Giving the Gift of Giggles—Incredibly True Confessions of a Singing Telegram Entertainer, available at Amazon. He writes, "Thank you for a great magazine: It gets better and better with each issue!"
Philip J. Wagner '64 retired early, at age 52, to play Irish music and recite Robby Burns. He is currently landscape painting in Moab, UT (unbelievably beautiful place. See: www.discovermoab.com). His paintings hang in a couple galleries and museums. He writes poetry and has three poetry writing groups. He writes, "No man is truly happy unless he is a painter. And life? ... it's been exciting and as a bonus, I'm a very happy grandpa."
Philip Wagner on Facebook, www.gallerymoab.com, www.petragallery.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Jim Sheehan '66 is the founder of Center for Justice (Spokane, Washington). He worked for more than twenty years as a public defender in Eastern and Western Washington until he received a windfall inheritance. He decided that, in this next unexpected chapter of his life, he would put his money to work for the greater good. In 1999, he founded the Center for Justice, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to protecting human rights, alleviating poverty, preserving the earth, and holding the government accountable to the principles of democracy. In addition, he also restored the old Saranac Hotel in downtown Spokane, which became the first LEED Platinum certified building in the region. Additionally, he renovated the Community Building, the Main Market Co-op, and the Saranac Commons in order to provide affordable, beautiful homes for area nonprofit offices and small businesses in downtown Spokane. Despite all these accomplishments, Jim feels most lucky to have a healthy, supportive family, including his beautiful partner Mary, Katy and Jule and their sons Soren and Reed, and Joe and Jane and their daughter Luisa.
Dennis A. Young '68 MBA received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the California Society of CPAs. The CPA Society's highest honor is given annually in recognition of a member's influence on the accounting profession through extraordinary and distinguished service compared to that of other contemporary leaders.
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.
Considered one of the most successful traders of the last 40 years, Blair Hull MBA '69 devised the Hull Tactical US ETF (exchange-traded fund), which has defied market crashes based on its algorithm. After college, Blair taught high school math and physics and ultimately made his way to the Las Vegas blackjack tables, where he perfected card counting. Hull parlayed $25,000 in winnings into a seat on the Pacific Stock Exchange, upgraded to Chicago, and later created his own Black-Scholes-type formula, applying probabilities to futures and options markets. He built up an electronic trading firm, sold it to Goldman Sachs for $531 million in 1999, then began toying with a short-term market-timing strategy that performed well during the 2008 financial crisis. Blair characterizes his ETF as a “sleep well at night” financial product that can outperform stock indexes while insulating investors from the inherent volatility. For the curious buy-and-holders, Blair invites all to follow his funds’ gyrations in real time on his website.
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 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. "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 grand parenting. 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.
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.
Steve Laveroni '73 works for the Alumni Office of his alma mater St. Ignatius College Prep. He is married to Patricia O'Neill, and they have a son, Joe, who is currently attending Arizona State.
Rita Beamish '74, a freelance journalist and writer, backpacked the 211-mile John Muir Trail, along the unsurpassed, scenically sublime spine of the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Mount Whitney, in August 2016. She summitted Whitney at the southern terminus on August 28, completing the challenging but indelibly glorious, bucket-list trail in 20 days. Whew.
Nolo Press's executive editor, Janet Portman J.D. '75, oversees editorial work on all Nolo books, articles, and websites. She specializes in residential and commercial landlord/tenant law, legal issues related to courts, and criminal law. She is the author or a coauthor of Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants, First-Time Landlord: Your Guide to Renting Out a Single-Family Home, Every Tenant's Legal Guide,Renters' Rights, Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business, Leases & Rental Agreements, The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, and California Tenants' Rights. Before joining Nolo in 1994, she practiced law as a public defender.
Tony Caldwell '75 is the Director of Operations for The Society for Information Display, a non-profit association of scientists and engineers focused on the interactive display industry. Members of SID include some of the leading technologists in the interactive display industry.
Robert Emmett Strunck '76 is a happily semi-retired lawyer. I get to pick and choose my legal headaches now after 30 years as an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago. I keep busy traveling to various MLB, NHL and NCAA Football games Nationwide. Rumor has it these visits are well documented on social media.
Bobstrunck@gmail.com 1 773 895 9547
Betsy (Aulik) McBride '76 is currently a marriage and family therapist in the Los Angeles area and a retired attorney. She and her husband, Kevin, are proud to have two of their children attend SCU's Leavy School of Business: Connor '09 and Claire '17.
Chris Hasney '76 has published the long-awaited Expert American Bidding System in e-book format at http://www.lybrary.com/. He is preparing to teach bridge at a local college in the fall.
"I launched my photography business," writes Thomas Osborne '77, "that specializes in weddings and portraits. I've always been involved in photography—outside of my engineering job, mainly in imaging/optics—and I wanted to focus on it more on a full-time basis. I love working with people and helping them capture their memories of a lifetime. Check it out at tomosbornephotography.com."
Larry Nally '78 is approaching 10 years as CFO of Full Turn Partners, an apparel company selling custom branded product into golf courses, specialty retailers, sports teams, and colleges throughout the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Nally has also served as CFO of Covermate, Inc., a maker of flexible dishware covers that was sold to Touch Industries, and served as the CFO of Insulair, Inc., a producer of the first insulated paper cup that was acquired by Georgia Pacific, maker of Dixie Cups. Mr. Nally has significant experience as a start-up CFO, including serving as CFO of Chevy's Mexican Restaurants where he oversaw the acquisition by PepsiCo, as well as the CFO of Gordon Biersch.
Patrick McVeigh '78 is president and chief investment officer of Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management. He has over thirty years of experience in the socially responsible investment industry. He has served on the boards of SEED: The Haitian Community Loan Fund, the Waltham YMCA, Waltham Community Farms, the Social Investment Forum, and the San Jose Food Co-op. At Santa Clara University, he was named the West Coast Athletic Conference’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1978.
Mike Cramer '78 is an attorney at the law firm Cramer & Cramer, located in San Leandro, California, focusing on probate, estate planning, and family law. Mr. Cramer has periodically served as judge pro tem in Alameda County Superior Court.