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1970

GRD Law '70
Shara, Gary

Gary T. Shara '67, J.D. '70 is a business and corporate attorney in San Jose. He is a Professor of Law at Lincoln Law School and for 18 years, an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business at California State University Monterey Bay. For ten years, Gary hosted a weekly cable television interview show called "Minding Your Business." He and his wife Kay are actively involved in the Rotary Club of San Jose and Gary will serve as President in 2018-2019. They enjoy spending time with their 7 grandchildren.

submitted Jan. 18, 2017 5:09A
'70
De Maria, Cathy (Carlos)
De Maria, Cathy (Carlos)

Cathy (Carlos) De Maria '70, M.A. '71 received an Honorary Diploma at the Annual Commencement Ceremony from and for Sacred Heart Nativity Schools, San Jose, by President Sonya Arriola for "exemplary service on behalf of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools." She and her husband, Joe, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on February 16, 2017 with Mass and Renewal of their Vows in the Mission Church - where it all started 25 years ago!

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 11:22A
'70
Burns, Julie
Burns, Julie

Mary (Cleese) Roybal ’70; Kathy (Roney) ’70 and Lee Schegg ’70; Sue (Drake) ’70 and Tom Walsh ’70; Bob Peterson ’70 and wife Henneke; and Julie Burns ’70 and husband John Christensen 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. "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 grand parenting. It shows that friendships that started in the dorms and classes freshman year can be rediscovered and last into the future.”

submitted Oct. 4, 2016 8:40A

1971

GRD Law '71
Sullivan, Donald

Donald Sullivan ’68, J.D. ’71 retired on March 1 as a Superior Court judge for the State of California, County of San Francisco. Sullivan lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Genevieve, who continues to teach French. The pair travel a lot, preferring it over housework any day! 

submitted Jun. 11, 2017 10:45A
'71
Russell, Christine

Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed to the board of directors of eGain, a leading provider of cloud customer engagement solutions. Russell is CFO of UniPixel and a director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation. Prior to joining UniPixel in 2015, she served as CFO for a number of technology companies, including Vendavo, a leading provider of SaaS pricing optimization software; EAG; Virage Logic; and OuterBay Technologies. Russell serves on the board and is a former chair of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX). She has also served as president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter) and is an emeritus member of the Leavey School of Business advisory board.

submitted Mar. 8, 2017 3:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Morrison-Rader, Lynda (Morrison)

Lynda Morrison-Rader '71 served as the Nevada State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution from 2014 - 2016.

submitted Oct. 8, 2016 12:05P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '71
De Maria, Cathy (Carlos)
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1972

'72
Selmi, Daniel

Daniel Selmi ’72, J.D. ’75 was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown '59, to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Board. Selmi has been a professor of law at Loyola Law School since 1983. He served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1976 to 1983 and as a law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1975 to 1976.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:48P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Rausch; Jr, Charles (Rausch;)

Charlie Rausch ’72 was appointed interim chief zoning administrator for the Department of City Planning in Los Angeles. Rausch has worked for the city for the past 40 years and is still having fun!

Contact Charles
8187606905
submitted Apr. 19, 2017 3:26P
'72
Peters, Mary Ann

Mary Ann Peters ’72 is privileged to be “waging peace and fighting disease” around the world as CEO of The Carter Center, founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in 1982. She’s counting down to the eradication of Guinea worm disease from the planet—down to 25 cases last year, from 3.5 million cases in 1986. Peters is also on the board of the Task Force for Global Health and Emory University’s Global Health Institute—a long way from her major in French.

submitted Aug. 2, 2017 12:21P
'72
McGhee, Alison (Little)
Book cover of "My Stroke of Luck: How I Lost My Mind and Found My Sense of Humor"

Alison Little McGhee ’72 published her book My Stroke of Luck: How I Lost My Mind and Found My Sense of Humor. She writes, “Having a stroke is no joking matter ... until it is. I decided to compile a group of anecdotes that exhibited the comical side of trying to overcome the devastating effects of having a stoke (‘Oh woe is me’ is not in my nature.) I learned to laugh at the quirky predicaments in which I found myself (I’ve fallen and can’t get up!) Not funny to you? Read my book. It is available on Amazon.”

submitted Jul. 7, 2017 12:49A
'72
Dowd, Ed
Ed Dowd, who pledged $12 million to help build the new art and art history building that bears his name

Businessman-turned-philanthropist Ed Dowd ’72 writes: “After a successful career in investment real estate, my interests turned to art and philanthropy. These efforts include a range of gifts within my community, many of which incorporate the love of art I developed after my MS diagnosis.” Recent donations from Dowd include $4.1 million to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Mountain View campus, which has as its centerpiece an original Dale Chihuly glass sculpture; $12 million toward the construction of the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building, which also enjoys an original Chihuly; and $3 million to the National MS Society’s Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program, which is “designed to give hope to individuals who, like me, live with advanced-stage MS.”    

submitted Sep. 9, 2017 3:35P
'72
DeBlasio, Richard

For his contribution to the field of electrical engineering and the advancement of renewable energy research and adoption, Richard “Dick” DeBlasio ’72 received the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.

DeBlasio is a Research Fellow Emeritus at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). With a career at NREL spanning more than 35 years, he has been instrumental in furthering renewable energy research and adoption both nationally and internationally. His work has contributed immeasurably to the efficiency, reliability, affordability, and adoption of renewable energy systems. Industry and government standards that enable the use of renewables in conjunction with central power systems were achieved through his leadership and foundational research, and he led the effort that has become the standard for Smart Grid modernization.

Scores of scholarly publications attest to DeBlasio's influence in his field, as do numerous industry awards—ANSI Finnegan Standards Medal for extraordinary leadership in the actual development and application of consensus standards, IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Medal for contributions to the standardization and global impact of distributed electric power system technology, IEEE Lifetime Achievement Award, and recognition by Fierce Energy Magazine as one of 13 nationally influential experts on energy, to name just a few.

submitted Mar. 22, 2017 8:00A
'72
Anderson, Kathy

Kathy Anderson ’72 completed 12 years on the Board of Regents and recently was invited to join the Advisory Board for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Additionally, she serves as the president and executive director of the Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles, which was established in 2014 to provide professional philanthropy management services for organizations and individuals in a Catholic and socially responsible business environment. 

submitted Aug. 2, 2017 7:28P

1973

'73
Pichon, Risë

Risë Pichon ’73, J.D. ’76 was honored at a judicial reception by the Charles Houston Bar Association for being the first minority elected to serve as presiding judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She served a two-year term, which ended Dec. 31, 2016. Pichon now serves as judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.

submitted Jul. 11, 2017 11:40A
GRD Engineering '73
Olsen, Stephen

Several Bronco alumni spent two weeks together this past May, traveling from Toronto, Ontario, to Banff, Alberta, and finally to Vancouver, British Columbia. Three of the couples had high tea at The Empress in Victoria; this trip also included a visit to the Columbia Ice Fields. The group included: Ken Leufgen ’68, MBA ’70 and Judy (Butzloff) Leufgen ’69, Kitty and Chuck Jackson ’69, Dianne and Jim Prior ’68, and Louise (Sutton) Olsen ’67 and Steve Olsen ’68, M.S. ’73. Everyone in this group enjoyed reflecting on their days as young couples as well as their many SCU memories!

submitted Jul. 14, 2017 10:45P
GRD Law '73
Lyons, Mitch

Mitch Lyons J.D. ’73 writes from Massachusetts that he and his wife, Joanne, are going to be spending much more time in the Bay Area as their daughter, her husband, and their two grandchildren have moved to Los Gatos. Lyons is president of the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts, an advocacy and educational nonprofit organization.

submitted Jul. 11, 2017 11:36A
'73
Leonetti, Leslie

Leslie Leonetti ’73 has joined the SCU Ethics Center as an external relations manager. In this new role, she will manage the Center’s annual giving initiatives, cultivation events, and outreach to donors and alumni. Leonetti brings a wealth of experience in both university and private sector fundraising. Previously, she served as a class giving officer for the development office. She writes that she is very happy working for the Ethics Center and proud to be a part of the Santa Clara employee family!

 
submitted Feb. 5, 2017 6:40P
'73
Laveroni, Steve

Steve Laveroni '73 works for the Alumni Office of his alma mater St. Ignatius College Prep. He is married to Patricia O'Neill, and they have a son, Joe, who is currently attending Arizona State.

submitted Nov. 1, 2016 3:44P
'73
Finley, Mitch

Mitch Finley '73 is the author of 30+ books on Catholic themes. One of his most recent is The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those In Between (The Word Among Us Press). Now in its tenth printing and with a second edition being prepared, sales exceed 32,670.

Contact Mitch
mitchandkathyfinley.com @mitch_finley
submitted Dec. 15, 2016 11:39A
'73
Dillon, Jeff
Jeff Dillon enjoying brunch with college roommates Dan Gilmour and Brougham Morris

Jeff Dillon ’73 had brunch with college roommates Dan Gilmour ’73 and Brougham Morris ’73 in Sutter Creek, California. 

submitted Aug. 22, 2017 4:00P
'73
Brodt, Carl

Carl L. Brodt ’73 retired from MUFG Union Bank and will be teaching business courses at Holy Names University in Oakland this fall. 

submitted Aug. 2, 2017 7:16P

1974

'74
Thorne Jr., William

Retired Utah Court of Appeals Judge William A. Thorne Jr. '74 has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts.

The award was presented to Thorne during the Utah State Courts' annual judicial conference in Park City on Wednesday by Mary C. McQueen, president of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).

McQueen praised Utah's judiciary for the quality of its judges.

Thorne — the first American Indian to serve on Utah's bench — has been nationally recognized for his work in helping to establish improved guidelines for judges across the country for children in foster care. McQueen said Thorne has accomplished this by encouraging judges to focus on the relationships surrounding the foster child rather than just removal and safety.

Thorne was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in May 2000 by Gov. Mike Leavitt and served on the appellate court until his retirement in 2013. He was a judge in the 3rd Circuit Court for eight years, and served in the 3rd District Court for six years.

Thorne has served as a tribal court judge in Utah, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Michigan. He is the former president of the National Indian Justice Center (a nonprofit that trains tribal court personnel around the country), and a member of the Board of Directors for National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit group that provides volunteer representation for abused and neglected children in court).

He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (a nonprofit seeking to improve the level of research and practice related to adoptions), and a member of the ABA Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children. He is a former member of the Utah Judicial Council, the Board of Circuit Court Judges, and the Board of Directors for the National Indian Court Judge's Association, among many other public service positions

submitted Oct. 24, 2016 8:42A
'74
Tandy, Eric

Eric Tandy ’74 is the project manager for Bechtel on the BART Earthquake Safety Program in Oakland. 

submitted Aug. 2, 2017 7:14P
'74
Schumacher, Maureen (Strohm)
SCU family physicians at the graduation celebration for Eisenhower Medical Center, family medicine class of 2017, Rancho Mirage, California. Far left: Merve Karabulut 2009; center right: Maureen Strohm 1974; far right: James Ritchey 2005

Maureen Strohm ’74 has launched a new family medicine residency program for southern Nevada—“a state with profound needs for physicians, especially in primary care and psychiatry!” This marks her third “round” as a program director and second program startup as founding program director. “I’m proud to be part of the solution.”

submitted Jul. 1, 2017 8:03A
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