Class Notes | Obituaries
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Jim Charkins ’66 has been granted the highest honor of the California Council for the Social Studies, the Hilda Taba award. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated organizational leadership; involvement in policy development for social studies; collection and dissemination of research bringing innovation to the field; and distinction as a teacher, teacher educator, and curriculum developer. Last October in Chicago he was presented with the Bessie Moore Award for outstanding national leadership in economic education. Charkins is professor of economics at California State University, San Bernardino, and executive director of the California Council on Economic Education. Jim and his wife, Linda Jackson Charkins ’66 live in Wrightwood, Calif.
Kevin Barr '66 writes, "Retired in Boise, Idaho, with wife, Mary Pat, where we volunteer at the zoo, taking care of animals and educating kids of all ages. Also am a member of the Friends of Zoo Boise Board of Directors. Recent travels have included Australia (boyhood home) and Eastern Europe."
Kevin P. Barr ’66 writes: “Enjoying retirement, traveling to places like Tanzania, and working at the zoo with animals and children. Also a member of the board of directors.”
Dennis Woodruff '67 was inducted into the Santa Clara crew Hall of Fame for founding and rowing undefeated in 1965.
Kathleen (Meehan) Thuner ’67 writes: “Director, North County Fire Protection District; director, Mission Resource Conservation District; director, American National Standards Institute.”
Margaret “Margie” Richards Taylor ’67 was recently profiled in the Sun.Star, a news website serving the Philippines, for her long career and entrepreneur endeavors. After prominent positions at companies including Johnnie Walker, United Distillers Group, Kraft General Foods, and Brown and Williamson, a tobacco company, where she becme its first woman and first Asian corporate vice president, Taylor started the Harston Group, a Hong Kong–registered family company representing well-known brands in the duty-free markets, in 2006.
Ralph Spalding '67 is currently the chair of the history department at Mt. San Antionio College in Walnut, Calif.
Rondel Neighbors '67 retired five years ago after 37 years teaching high school English, he is now working part time at a golf course and enjoying eight grandchildren.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has announced that Les Lo Baugh '67 has joined the firm's Los Angeles office as its newest shareholders. Lo Baugh will join Brownstein's natural resources practice group. At SCU she earned her bachelor's in philosophy.
Rosemary Cosgrove Humphrey '67 is serving her fourth term as mayor of Palos Verdes Estates. Rosemary, a high school principal, has been on the city council for 21 years. She and her husband, David, have three children.
www.palosverdes.com/pve (until 8/31/2010) www.pvestates.org (after 8/31/2010)
Dan Hanley '67 MBA '69 J.D. '74 celebrated the birth of his granddaughter last August. He has been married to Judi Hanley since October 22.
Daniel E. Hanley MBA ’67, J.D. ’74 is still in private law practice in San Jose doing estate planning, probate, and business law. He practices with his son Sean Hanley, who does bankruptcy and debt relief. Dan recently became a grandfather with the birth of Brynn Hanley (daughter of Brian Hanley). Dan is happly married to Judi (since 1974). They live in Saratoga, Calif.
John U. Fry MBA ’67 received a Doctor of Management from George Fox University in Newberg (Portland), Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2014. His field of study is enterprise project management with sub-area studies in change management and innovation. His dissertation was titled "Construction Field Architects: Women Barriers." John pursued his degree while working full-time as executive project manager for CDM/Crocker-Fry, Inc. in Watsonville, Calif. The firm specializes in commercial development and design with recent emphasis in natural-food grocery stores.
Kathy Dooling '67 and Mike Dooling '67 are enjoying six grandchildren. Kathy is a professional artist and a member of the Pasadena art colony. She specializes in California plein air images.
Christine (Mattson) Barrett '67 writes: "I work as a homeopathic and spay/neuter veterinarian. I live with Ed (husband of 8 years) and a few dogs and cats in the Sierras."
I wish my life would allow including the sure-to-be-terrific Reunion, but that's not so. Know that I'm with you all in spirit as I travel to Baja California to review a cooking school that was fun to launch at Rancho la Puerta. Who knew in the ’60s which adventures we would pursue? I launch cooking schools, conferences for food writers and wine writers, and I coach professionals in those two fields. My husband, Donn Black, and I share six adult children and six grandchildren, ages 5 to 22. And I'm still singing--alto in a trio here in Napa Valley. Here's a toast to you all, with wishes for a marvelous reunion!
Roy D. Vega ’68 has entered phased-in retirement status from his business Vega Insurance & Financial Services and as Agent/Registered Representative for The New York Life.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Donald J. Sullivan ’68, J.D. ’71 received the prestigious Judge of the Year Award for 2013 from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association at its annual black tie dinner at the Ritz Carleton Hotel in San Francisco. Sullivan currently presides over a trial department in the criminal division. Besides serving in the criminal division soon after his appointment to the bench by Governor Davis in 2003, Sullivan has previously served as a Judge in the Unified Family Court doing family and juvenile dependency matters and has had a variety of Civil Court assignments, including jury trials, elder abuse and civil harassment. Sullivan reports that he immensely enjoyed the 45th reunion of his class of ’68 and wishes he had had more time to spend chatting with his classmates. Sullivan lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Genevieve.
Freshman Dorm: Nobili
Carol Sexton ’68 writes, "Rob Sexton ’68 and I married in 1970, raised 4 kids both here and abroad. He passed away in 2008, having lived a full and rich life as a designer and artist. I practice guerilla teaching in business school, carefully undermining the Milton Friedman-esque mindsets of the younger generations. Currently at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Agribusiness department—labor issues in agriculture. Can't imagine retiring!"
Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus
Fred Rowe ’68 writes, "As a result of taking ROTC, I ended up in the Army in August 1968. Eventually, I went to helicopter flight school and served a year in Vietnam. I got out after 5 years, came back to San Jose State as a pre-med bio major and attended med school at UC-San Diego, graduating at age 35. After emergency medicine residency, I worked for 21 years for Kaiser-Permanente in the Sacramento area. I retired in 2005, joined the local Rotary club and got way more involved than I ever intended to. My two sons were Broncos in the classes of 2009 and 2011 and my wife, an SJSU grad, is probably the most gung-ho of the four of us over SCU."
David J. Murphy '68 was appointed by the governor on September 1, 2009 to be the Superintendent of Education for the Division of Juvenile Justice in California.
David Murphy '68 is now an educational consultant, with special strengths in the areas of English learners, Latino student achievement, strategic planning and development of school programs that significantly raise student achievement for all students, including high and low achieving students. One of his clients (2005-2012) has been the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators. He became a consultant after 37 years of public school service, including the last twenty years as superintendent of schools.