Class Notes | Obituaries
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James Arbios '49 writes, "17 classmates celebrated 65 years since graduation in 1949! We had a luncheon in Nobili, where we spent four happy years."
Harry Wenberg '50 retired in 1982 as technical superintendent after 32 years of service with Kaiser Aluminum. He writes "Still living in our home in Saratoga since 1975. We are enjoying our new great grandaughter, Cameron, born March 17, 2015, to Courtney (Dunan) Duka '09 and husband Brent."
Joseph B. Edden '52 writes, "Entered the Society of Jesus in 1949 and taught at Canisius High School in Buffalo and Xavier High School in New York. Received a dispensation from Pope Paul in 1973. Married for 42 years in December. Worked 11 years in photography. Taught Latin for seven years in public schools in New York and nine years of Latin and photography at Father Lopez High School in Daytona, Florida. Retired 1972."
Mel Lewis ’53 says, "Bronco spirit is defined by drive, determination, love of competition, and camaraderie!" Read more about what Santa Clara’s first African-American graduate, first African-American athlete, and first African-American ROTC graduate has to say in this exclusive SCU interview.
R.G. Kilkenny '53 writes, "Bev and I have 15 grandchildren, and this June our grandaughter Abby Kilkenny '15 graduated. She has enjoyed Santa Clara."
William "Bill" J. McPherson '54 is retired from the San Francisco 49ers with five Super Bowl rings. He and wife Elsie have been married 62 years and have five children and 11 grandchildren.
Thomas Whaling '55 writes, "Retired from law practice. Hoping to influence great grandkids. Active in social justice endeavors in San Juan Capistrano. Happy with kids and grandkids work/life efforts. Still trying to fathom Christian agape."
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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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Wally Sheehan '55 writes, "Looking forward to our 60th reunion in October."
Norman Gunther ’59, Ph.D. ’04, continues to be part of SCU's Department of Electrical Engineering’s Electron Devices Laboratory, which has advanced world-class research and scholarship in the areas of electronic devices, materials, and their manufacturing technologies. Gunther collaborates with fellow graduates of the program, advancing the methodologies used to characterize surface nanostructures of thin films used in semiconductors, and advising current graduate students as an applied mathematician.
Frank J. "Cepi" Cepollina ’59 was awarded the Carl Sagan Memorial Award for 2015. The veteran leader of the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, Mr. Cepollina was granted this award by the American Astronautical Society and the Planetary Society. The award recognizes "an individual who has demonstrated leadership in research or policies advancing exploration of the Cosmos."
Norman E. Matteoni ’60 has written Prairie Man: The Struggle between Sitting Bull and Indian Agent James McLaughlin (TwoDot Books, June 2015), which delves into the conflict between the Lakota people and the U.S. government, shedding new light and perspective on this pivotal time in history. Matteoni is a legal scholar and practicing lawyer. He has written extensively in law review articles, appellate briefs, and a two-volume treatise on the Law of Eminent Domain in California. He also is an amateur photographer, and in 2008 he photographed areas of the northern plains, home of the Lakota.
Fr. Max Oliva ’61 writes, "As a result of my ministry with men and women in the corporate community both in the United States and in Canada, a sequel to my book, Beatitudes for the Workplace (2009), has recently been published. It is called The 10 Commandments for Everyday Life. Both books are available also on Kindle and both are available either from 23rd Publications or on Amazon.com."
Phil Bannan Sr. '61 was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Herald Business Journal, in Snohomish County. He's been a Port of Everett commissioner as well as executive director of the Port of Everett. He was also executive director of the city of Everett under former Mayor Ed Hansen. Now he's the owner of both Scuttlebut Brewing Co. and a restaurant on the waterfront. He and his wife have four grown children: Maggie '90, twins Judy '91 and Janet '91, and son, Phil Jr. '95.
Bob Wynhausen ’62 and Barbara (Comeau) Wynhausen celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in January. Barb was a 1963 graduate of O'Conner Hospital School of Nursing.
William Enright '63 is an adjunct reference librarian at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.
Jorma Kaukonen ’64, best known for his association with legendary San Francisco acts Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has released a brand-new studio album, Ain't in No Hurry, issued on Red House Records. The 11-song collection displays sharp technique and gentle touch on new and old originals and a few renditions of gems by the Carter Family, Rudy Vallée, Woody Guthrie and others.
Diane Raddatz '65 writes, "Still kicking and enjoying each day - a gift of God."
Kathy Holly '65 is an actress, voice-over, musician, and producer. She produces special events and cabaret shows throughout the Bay Area as wells as "Supper Club Nite" at the Villa D'Este in San Francisco; an open mic at the Cafe Utopia; performs in Mystery Theatre; produces and hosts her TV show Spotlight and teaches music and performing arts; and tutors students who speak English as a second language, focusing on public speaking and accent reduction. She lives in San Francisco and is the proud mother of her daughter, Dr. Kelly Morris, who practices medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
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Richard “Hap” Happoldt ’65, co-chair of the Class of 1965 Reunion Committee, writes, “Starting back about 1992 or '93, Bill Jaeger '65, Harry Miller '65, Bill Terheyden '65, and Barry DeVita '65 got together for lunch one afternoon. That led to other lunches every now and then, and soon the list of attendees started to grow. In the late '90s, Barry formalized a roster with about 40 names on it, and lunches were held two or three times a year. Barry (who passed away in 2013) was the key to what is today one of the largest groups from Santa Clara that meets on a quarterly basis. Since Barry passed the mantle for this group in 2004, the roster has grown to 112 classmates, including 28 of the 'First Co-eds.' Our quarterly lunches in San Francisco continue to be our own social media and are highlighted every December with our Christmas lunch, which draws up to 65 people. One great aspect of having four lunches a year is that it makes it easy to schedule at least one lunch, especially for those living out of state. We're pretty sure this group is quite special and hope it will stir other classes to start something on their own—and we'll be happy to help. Looking forward to our upcoming 50th reunion in October and hoping for some eye-popping attendance numbers!"
Lawrence L. Fargher MBA '65, CEO of Realcom Associates, was selected for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who, a New York-based biographical publication that selects and distinguishes leading professionals throughout North America who have attained a recognizable degree of success in their field of endeavor and thereby contribute to the growth of their industry and profession.
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."