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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.
Judy Springer Bojórquez '72 recently retired after 24 years of teaching in Oakland Unified School District. She continues to work part-time as an interpreter in the Alameda County courts.
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.
Rick Hagan '73, '77 writes, "I retired as director of Housing on August 3, which was also my 35-year employment anniversary at the University of San Diego. Being a time of reflection and counting blessings, I am very appreciative for the opportunity George Giacomini '56 provided when, in 1974, he entrusted me with the responsibility for supervising the residential life program at Santa Clara. Who would ever have dreamed of the amazing career that would result from that opportunity?!! I also want to thank Frank Oliva '74, Mike Radford '74, and Tom House '74, J.D. '77 for the support each of them provided me that led to such a rewarding career of working with college students for 40 years. However, now I am enjoying the flexibility retirement provides and spending more quality time with my wife, Suzanne, who continues to teach 3rd grade, plus our three children Ryan (28), Kelli (26), and Sean (24) who all live nearby in San Diego. I am already enjoying a fast start on my goal to do more traveling, with trips to Julian, Temecula, Anaheim for the D23 Expo, Mammoth, and Hawaii while beginning to plan for the European adventure Suzanne and I will experience together next summer."
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!"
Carl Brodt '73 writes, "I retired from Union Bank in February 2016 and plan to keep busy by consulting, volunteering, and teaching business courses at Holy Names University."
Laurence Wagner '74 is still rowing, now in Bayou Vista, Texas. He retired from the Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles after 25 years of service as a senior systems programmer. He still enjoys archery and lots of volleyball besides sculling, after his incredible recovery from massive heart disease and emergency bypass surgery in 2006. After a number of nurses and medical personnel have called him "a walking miracle" and suggested he write a book it, he has started. Laurences also writes, "Spending three years playing lots of volleyball, what has stood out most is that I have been one of the most energetic players on court, despite being the oldest by decades. Very cool. I also recently married."
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."
David Guercio '75 writes, "After 35 years in high tech, I retired and began my second career in Real Estate. In 2014, I joined Alain Pinel Realtors in Saratoga."
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Barb (Burns) Frank '75, MBA '81 writes, "I retired at the end of 2005 after almost 30 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of positions, mostly in finance and information technology. I am currently the president of the Intel Retiree Organization and treasurer for Community Bridges, the largest deliverer of family services in Santa Cruz County. In 2015, my first grandchild was born to our daughter Jessica Frank Brown '05, so we are planning on moving to San Francisco sometime next year to be closer to our children and my stepson and family. Every year since we turned 50, I have been organizing us 4th-floor Dunne girls for an annual girl's weekend. Very fun!"
In October, at the invitation of the City of Ichiki-Kushikino, Japan, an award of special recognition and commendation was presented to Marc Del Piero '75, J.D. '78 of Pebble Beach, California.
Del Piero was honored by the mayor and city assembly during Ichiki-Kushikino’s anniversary celebration for his decades-long sustained effort to provide funding and support for the Salinas-Kushikino Sister City Association’s student ambassador exchange program.
The program, founded in the mid 1980s provides awards of cultural and educational exchange scholarships to academically exceptional students from high schools throughout the Salinas Valley, the Monterey Peninsula, and North Monterey County to visit Japan; and for exceptional students from Japan to visit Monterey County. More than 250 Monterey County student and young Japanese scholars have been awarded exchange scholarships to participate in the program.
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
After serving seven years in the California Legislature (51st Assembly District and 26th Senate District) Curren D. Price Jr. J.D. '76 has returned to public service in Los Angeles. In June 2013, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, 9th District. On the council he chairs the Economic Development Committee and serves on the ad hoc committee to oversee and coordinate the city's bid and participation in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. He is married to businessswoman and social activist Del Richardson, and they have two grown children and three grandkids.
Mike O'Hara '76 is living in San Diego with wife Mary (Russell) O'Hara '77 and working as a Field Agent with the Knights of Columbus. He is also serving as San Diego SCU Alumni Chapter president. He writes, "Blessed with five children and three grandchildren. Our two grandsons were born last year and baptized together Wednesday before Thanksgiving while the entire family was together. Great O'Hara Family Day. SCU memories: living in the Swig and Sanfilippo dorms, RA Junior year at the Alameda and surviving the end of season football, baseball, crew, and soccer parties! Celebrating Rugby and ROTC, Club '66, and a few parties. Studying in the library. Commissioning on Friday followed by Graduation on Saturday, weekend of June 11-12, 1976. And the beat goes on..."
Margaret "Peggy" Holm JD '76 has joined Sedgwick LLP's Orange County office. An exceptional trial lawyer, Holm, who has tried in excess of 150 civil jury trials to verdict, and has resolved countless other matters through binding arbitration, mediation, dispositive motions and outright dismissals. Holm has defended employers in a wide array of claims and has been called upon by healthcare organizations and providers, other licensed professionals, public entities, property and business owners, insurers and agents and national sporting associations to defend them in complex, catastrophic, high-damages cases involving allegations of malpractice, abuse, neglect and fraud, among others.
She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is the third woman in the nation to be elevated to the prestigious rank of Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, which requires a minimum of 100 jury trials. She has been repeatedly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and the Daily Journal, and was named an Orange County Lawyer of the Year for 2016 by Best Lawyers. She has received the OC ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year twice and has been recognized as a Lawdragon Top 500 Leading Lawyer in America.
Juanita K. Williams '76 married Dennis E. Hanson Jr. on Aug. 29, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they reside.
Col. Tom Eichenberg '76, M.S. '77 is looking forward to celebrating both his 40th class reunion and Santa Clara’s 100th anniversary of the national ROTC program, along with ROTC classmates who’ve wrapped up careers at the Pentagon.
After graduating from the program and completing his M.S. in applied economics, Eichenberg reported for active duty at Hawaii’s famed Schofield Barracks in October 1977—the same filming location as the movie From Here to Eternity. There he met his wife, Yvonne Kuwana, at a dinner at the Pearl Harbor Officers Club. One year later, the couple married at the post before relocating to Fort Polk, just outsideof Leesville, Louisiana.
After decades of dual civilian and military reserve careers, Eichenberg was recalled to active duty when his command came up for rotation in Iraq in 2005, requesting a job as director of the National Iraqi Assistance Center (NIAC), a walk-in humanitarian assistance facility with “30 dedicated Iraqis on staff, Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds, who all got along and risked their lives every day to come to work.”
While director, Eichenberg oversaw support staff at the NIAC in addition to Kuwait City and the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. “As a relatively small operation, we were at the lower end of thespectrum compared to the mega projects being run by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development,” explains Eichenberg, “so what we did had immediate results.”
NIAC projects included directing the Baghdad Job Fair, locating missing persons, assisting battered women and children through safe houses and counseling, and providing sewing machines to help local women make and sell scarves at local bazars in Baghdad. The sewing project was set up as a way for war widows and wives who had invalid husbands to earn a living. Their wares were also sold in the gift shop of the American Embassy in Baghdad. The Center’s medical section assisted patients who had nowhere else to go outside of the NIAC. The Missing Persons Section was the busiest section and was able to locate over 2000 missing Iraqis (38% success rate.) The Medical Section received the most publicity. Through funding from Rotary Club International’s Gift of Life Foundation, we sent over 50 children and their guardians to the U.S. for life-saving heart surgeries. The Medical Section also sent 5 children for corneal transplants to Anadolu-Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Istanbul, Turkey. We helped distribute over 5000 wheelchairs from Free Wheelchair Mission in Irvine, CA. The Medical Section also ran the largest and most modern prosthetics clinic in Iraq.
While based in Baghdad, Eichenberg got the idea to form an impromptu SCU Alumni Chapter, which included Lieutenant General Joseph Peterson ’72 and Special Agent Bob Gorini ’71, after running into the latter as he sported an SCU t-shirt during an early morning gym workout.
His father, William L. Eichenberg ’41, served as an assistant professor of military science during WWII, brothers William L. Eichenberg ’65 and James R. Eichenberg ’77, and nephew James P. Eichenberg ’92 have all graduated from the ROTC program.
Eichenberg is planning on attending the SCU ROTC 100 Years Celebration on April 29th.