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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.
Frederick "Fred" Farrell '51 writes "87 years old two days ago, still surfing!"
Norman Slaught '52 and Claire celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last July at one of their favorite spots: the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. They have eight children and 27 grandchildren, including granddaughter Diane Slaught '11.
Henry Shea '54 has three grandchildren, Michael Shea '18, Elizabeth Stephens '18, attending Santa Clara University!
Curtis Cole '55, J.D. '57 practiced Worker's Compensation Law, representing injured workers from 1958 until 2005, when he retired. Cole writes, "My practice was taken over by my daughter, Leah Cole '81, one of six of my children (Cathy Cole Oleson '77, Nancy Hall '78, James Schimandle '81, Matthew Schimandle '83, Leslie Von Der Ahe '79) who attended Santa Clara. Leah has since been joined by her daughter Rachael (my granddaughter). I'm traveling a lot and still active on the Board of Fellows of Santa Clara since 1973."
Mike King '56 writes that his wife, Janet King, is celebrating her 80th birthday with their nine children and 18 grandchildren. (SCU grads include Kristopher "Gus" King '79, Gretchen King '80, Kathleen Twomey '81, Melinda King Grow '86). They are looking forward to the 60th reunion in October.
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!"
Norman “Norm” Huletz ’58 has been playing the National Senior Softball league for 25 years and was recently inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame (November 2014). Over the years he's won 10 world championships. He currently plays infielder. When he attended Santa Clara, he played shortstop for the baseball team.
Dick Clark '58 writes that he's been attending monthly First Fridays at the Mission Church and luncheons at Donohoe Alumni House.
Thomas Ginella '60 writes, "Class of '62 meets at a 'Bronco Blast' every year. This time it was at the La Playa in Carmel. Last year it was in Asti, Italy, for the Palio -- live well!
Jim Fuqua '63 is board chair for the Central Coast Arthritis Foundation.
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, email@example.com,
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.
Don Gomes '66 writes, "Retired (a misnomer, really) with wife Annie Holt in Torrey, Utah—population c. 300. Forming a community/public radio station and helping raise $1.2 million for a performing arts center."
Kathleen (Meehan) Thuner '67 was recently elected Chair, Consumer Interest Forum, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and serves as an ex officio member of the ANSI Board of Directors
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.
Ted Burke '68, co-owner of the famous Shadowbrook Restaurant, was inducted into the Monterey Bay Business Hall of Fame during a gala luncheon in Pebble Beach and is the very first resident of the city of Santa Cruz to receive this recognition.
Diane M. (Quass) Brenneman '68 was honored as Judge of the Year by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
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.
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.
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.”