Class Notes | Obituaries
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Freshman Dorm: Kenna
David Van Etten ’55 writes: “Our son, David W. ’96 was recently married to Susan Rudolph in San Francisco. Mary Ann and I are to be blessed with a granddaughter, Daisy Joy, in December. David and Susan live in Kensington, Calif. After retiring in June of 2013, I've continued to be active as Director and CFO of the West Coast Companeros, Inc., to coordinate keeping the 800 strong group of former Jesuits together (i.e. annual reunion renewal in Santa Cruz, mulitple online listservs, fundraising activities for various social justice projects conducted by the Companions, etc.).”
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Robert "Bob" Dompe '65, M.S. '67 writes, "I retired two years ago from BAE Systems as a senior systems engineer. I've got two children (one gender each), five (plus) grandchildren (all boys). I'm concentrating now on: home/family life, photography, attending sports car races, and running."
Rosette G. Dawson '65 was among the first class of women admitted to the University in 1961. She writes, "All is well and happy in retirement! Husband loves fishing; I volunteer with American Association of University Women and am Anacortes Branch president. Special project: encourging girls to pursue STEM careers. Our daughter Carolyn is married and working on her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle."
Pamela Madden '66 says, "Moved back to San Jose in 2011. Glad to be here!"
Napa County Reads has selected the autobiographic stories by Francisco Jiménez '66, an award-winning writer who chronicles his humble beginnings and struggles to complete his education as the son of migrant workers from Mexico, to be shared with area middle school students.
Napa County Reads will host Jiménez at two presentations in November, as well as at sessions with young students.
Napa County Reads, coordinated by the Napa County Office of Education, is a coalition of educators and residents dedicated to improving the reading experiences of students throughout Napa County with an emphasis on middle schools.
Each year, the committee selects a book that is read in the fall, followed by special events that include a visit from the author.
Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a masters and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
He has have won several national literary awards. His books have been published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Spanish. His stories have been reprinted in more than 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature. He is professor emeritus for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University.
Jiménez’s autobiographical books include: “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child,” “Breaking Through,” “Reaching Out,” and “Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University.”
For more information: http://www.napacoe.org/napa-county-reads/.
Thomas Bender '66 is retiring this year after 42 years on the faculty of New York University, where he was University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History. He was honored by the Organization of American Historians at its annual meeting this past spring with the Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award for "an individual whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American History." At NYU this fall, his former doctoral students organized a two-day conference that addressed different aspects of his teaching and research under the title: "New York Intellectual, Global Historian." His publications ranged widely--academic books, trade books, journal articles, and newspaper and magazine articles. No more teaching, but he will continue writing. His work in progress is An American History: Freedom and Unfreedom in the Making of the United States to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He intends to remain in New York, but he recently moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
Fran Swanson '67 writes, "I am living in the Washington, D.C., metro area and enjoying volunteering with the knights and dames of Malta with the wounded warrior at Walter Reed."
Barbara Kennedy-Dalder '67 says, "I retired after forty years with the U.S. Department of Labor."
After spending five-plus years aboard their first sailboat, Nan Bauman Englehardt '68 and her husband, Duey, found they were looking for another adventure! So they are now the proud owners of S/V FLIGHT, sailing the Pacific Coast of Mexico six months of the year. The rest of the year, they explore the Northwest from their new home on Camano Island, Washington.
Margaret Simmons '69 writes, "I am in Naples, Italy, the most beautiful city in the world, working with Save the Children. I have been teaching teachers as well as about twelve classes of young elementary to middle school kids. I can tell you that 'Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes' is a very big hit with my population! Retirement did not agree with me."
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 (McQuade) Schrey-Springer '71 writes that she has retired from her private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist. "My husband Dean and I will be dividing our time between our home in Kailua Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and our home on wheels on the mainland, which will help us to travel among our combined nine grandchildren. While practicing, I was fortunate, in addition to seeing individuals and families, to have facilitated a group for Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren for four years. I am hoping to continue to support and encourage these selfless parents with my writings. Aloha."
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."
Randall Blaesi '71 says, "I am a commercial real estate appraiser, specializing in litigation support."
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.
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.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
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.
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.