Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1970s
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
Bill Quiseng '77 is general manager of Marriott Vacation Club San Diego, opening July 2016.
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Marina "Lisa" Michaels '77 has written a friendly, compassionate book on forgiveness: The Forgiving Lifestyle: How to Forgive Everyone (Including Yourself). She writes, "The book is available on Amazon. Don't buy it because I'm a classmate; buy it because it's a great book."
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