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William A. Cooper MBA ’66 was granted Muskingum University's Distinguished Service Award (DSA) in recognition for his personal and professional achievements. The award, the university’s highest alumni honor, was presented at a June 17 ceremony, held as part of the university’s annual Alumni Weekend festivities. Sponsored by the Muskingum University Alumni Council, the DSA recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional endeavors and exemplary services to society. Any living Muskingum graduate or former student is eligible to receive this award. William Cooper is president of Cooper & Company, a full-service industrial and commercial real-estate brokerage and real-estate development firm in Santa Clara County. Since the late 1960s, he has helped strengthen Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial climate, providing technology start-up companies with access to facilities which support their innovation and business growth. A professional football player for the San Francisco 49ers from 1961-1966, Mr. Cooper’s achievements have brought a positive and powerful spotlight to the educational and athletic ideals embodied by NCAA Division III. In 2000, he became the first Ohio Athletic Conference player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. As a power fullback for Muskingum, “Cannonball Cooper” gained 3,651 yards rushing during his college career. He led the Muskies to the 9-0 undefeated 1960 season with 1102 yards rushing that year, and was named to the 1960 Associated Press All-American Football first team. He is a three-time member of the All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team, and the first and only three-time recipient of the OAC’s Mike Gregory Award. Mr. Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Muskingum and a MBA from Santa Clara University. He has served as a member of the Muskingum University Board of Trustees for over 25 years. He is married to Muskingum classmate Sandra "Sonie" Green Cooper, and through their leadership and support of their alma mater, they have furthered educational opportunities for generations of students. The Coopers reside in Monte Sereno, Calif.
John Cody ’66 writes that he was named a Top 1000 Financial Advisor by Barron's Magazine this year. John has spent more than 40 years helping clients at Merrill Lynch achieve their financial goals. He is married to Victoria Cody ’66, and works with his sons Brian and Patrick in the Century City branch of Merrill Lynch.
Joe Clark ’66 and his wife, Cathy, are happy to announce the adoption of their grandson Owen Michael Clark on June 1, 2012.
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.
Thomas Bender '66 is retiring this year after 42 years on the faculty of New York University, where he was University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History. He was honored by the Organization of American Historians at its annual meeting this past spring with the Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award for "an individual whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American History." At NYU this fall, his former doctoral students organized a two-day conference that addressed different aspects of his teaching and research under the title: "New York Intellectual, Global Historian." His publications ranged widely--academic books, trade books, journal articles, and newspaper and magazine articles. No more teaching, but he will continue writing. His work in progress is An American History: Freedom and Unfreedom in the Making of the United States to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He intends to remain in New York, but he recently moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
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.
Fran Swanson '67 writes, "I am living in the Washington, D.C., metro area and enjoying volunteering with the knights and dames of Malta with the wounded warrior at Walter Reed."
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.
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."
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!