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1974

'74
Brutoco, Rudolf

Rudolf L. Brutoco '74 is being honored by Western University of Health Sciences as a health care pioneer at its annual A Tribute to Caring gala on Nov. 9, 2013. He is receiving Western U’s highest award, the Elie Wiesel Humanism in Healing Award, presented to individuals who best represent the philosophy and values of the university and have actively incorporated them toward the betterment of the human condition.

Receiving the award is a tremendous honor, Dr. Brutoco said.
 
“Elie Wiesel devoted his life to humanism. It’s a tremendous affiliation and association,” he said. “It’s especially gratifying because my career has been multifaceted—personal health care, public health issues, philanthropic issues—but one thing that has connected my whole life’s work is regard for human beings and regard for the individual. So to have this award recognizing humanism places appropriate emphasis on the core value of my life’s work.”
 
A specialist in Behavioral and Developmental Medicine, with expertise in psychiatry, Dr. Brutoco’s career has been devoted to treating those with special needs, or going through temporary but difficult challenges. His professional goal has been to help individuals achieve their full potential, particularly when they encounter obstacles to personal happiness and fulfillment.
 
Dr. Brutoco’s wife, Diana '74, was diagnosed with leukemia in 1988. She needed a bone marrow transplant to survive, but her family members weren’t a match and, at the time, few people were registered as donors.
 
Dr. Brutoco developed the concept and led an international grassroots movement to educate, motivate, recruit, test, finance and register bone marrow donors. The visionary Life-Savers Foundation of America formed synergistic relationships with huge agencies, institutions and non-governmental organizations, including the American Red Cross, National Institute of Health, Roche Lab and many others, in order to maximize the impact of the movement. Through Dr. Brutoco’s leadership of the Foundation, as well as leadership within the fledgling National Marrow Donor Program, the ranks of the donor pool rose exponentially in support of the new life-saving technique of bone marrow transplantation.
 
This effort brought together government officials, agency heads, top doctors and, most important, the public at large, Brutoco said. The doctor who performed Diana Brutoco’s successful marrow transplant received the Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in bone marrow transplants. Dr. Brutoco himself received much acclaim for his work and leadership in promoting and facilitating marrow and stem cell transplants.
 
But this breakthrough medical technology was useless to those who could not find a donor match. For that technology to reach its full potential, it required a vast number of volunteers to come forth and say, “I will save the life of a stranger.” There are now more than 6 million Americans registered as volunteer “Life-Savers” through the donation of their marrow or stem cells.
 
“We’ve received a lot of expressions of gratitude through the years from patients’ families,” Brutoco said. “But we’ve received even more appreciation from donors. They got a chance to make a difference in the lives of someone else. We were blessed to be the facilitator of that. We are giving people a chance to be their best self. It’s a way to truly connect one soul to another in this shared human journey that is life. Through selfless donation of marrow and stem cells, and the acceptance of that by the recipient, goodness comes forward in the most essential way.”
 
submitted Oct. 25, 2013 11:51A
GRD Law '74
Brooks, Julie

Julie Brooks J.D. ’74 was named one of the 100 “Women of Influence” by Silicon Valley Business Journal. As the executive VP, general counsel, chief compliance officer, corporate secretary at Conceptus Inc., Brooks oversees legal and compliance issues. Conceptus is a health care service company that focuses on women’s health. Founded in 1992, the company specializes in the design, development and distribution of medical products and services for use in the field of women’s health. Brooks is also president and director, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel 2010–13. She received the president’s award for outstanding industry service, ARRDA, 1988.

submitted May. 6, 2013 8:02P
'74
Brooks, William

Last February, William Mathews Brooks '74, identified a new species of coral reef fish, specifically of the goby (Gobiidae) genus, from the Indonesian seas. The new species, Eviota pamae, is a brightly colored orange and pink fish with a bright yellow midlateral stripe that runs horizontally down the side of the body. This tremendous discovery was announced in the April 2013 edition of International Journal of Ichthyology (www.aqua-aquapress.com). The journal highlighted the discovery by featuring the new species, Eviota pamae, on its April 15th cover.

Contact William
www.aqua-aquapress.com
submitted May. 29, 2013 11:23A
'74
Bottini, Bruce

Bruce Bottini ’70, J.D ’74 writes: “I am a trial lawyer in Portland, Ore., specializing in personal injury law, in practice with my wife, Marianne, and son John for over 25 years.”

 

submitted Apr. 26, 2012 3:33P
UGRD Leavey Business '74
Boitano, Frank

Frank Boitano ’69, MBA ’74 and his daughter Lauren summited Mt. Kilimanjaro on Jan. 17, 2013.

submitted May. 15, 2013 3:13P
'74
Bernbrock, Chris

Chris Bernbrock '74 retired from IBM on Dec. 31, 2013 - after nearly three decades of fascinating, mostly global, roles with the company. He can now be found these days enjoying long walks and Tai Chi on the beaches of Orange County in Southern California with his beautiful wife of 37 years, Yoopin.... and becoming increasingly involved in their parish community of Holy Spirit, in Fountain Valley. They will be attending the weekend portion of the class reunion in October.

submitted Apr. 23, 2014 2:41P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '74
beamish, rita

Rita Beamish '74 climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, at 19,300 feet, in July with a group of women journalist friends.

submitted Aug. 10, 2011 1:14P
'74
Beamish, Rita

Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo

Rita Beamish '74 is the project editor of the newly released The Upside of Aging, a wide-ranging, factually-based book that reveals the vast opportunities of our aging world. Yes, there is in fact an upside.

Contact Rita
rcbeamish@comcast.net
submitted Apr. 26, 2014 2:05P

1975

'75
Yam, Patrick

Patrick Yam MBA ’75 is part of a team of Silicon Valley financial and sports luminaries—including 49ers president and former Facebook CFO Gideon Yu, former Oakland Athletics co-owner Steve Schott ’60, local swimmers, and city leaders—that has raised $6 million in an attempt to move the International Swimming Hall of Fame from Florida to Santa Clara, a few backstrokes from the new NFL stadium. Yam is a Menlo Park-based venture capitalist. He serves on the Leavey School of Business advisory board and was a former SCU faculty member.

 
submitted May. 22, 2013 5:21A
GRD Law '75
Vartabedian, Steven

Justice Steven M. Vartabedian J.D. '75 retired from the Fifth District Court of Appeals after nearly 29 years as a jurist.

submitted Jun. 17, 2010 11:07A
'75
Tarzwell, Jeff

Jeff Tarzwell '76 if CFO for Redwood City Electric. His wife Bridget '75, MBA '76 is busy building her printing business in Sacramento.

submitted Jun. 11, 2009 1:47P
GRD Law '75
Tamm, James

The Honorable James W. Tamm J.D. '75 writes, "I have joined the faculty of the Wallenberg Institute in Stockholm, Sweden."

submitted Jun. 6, 2011 1:23P
'75
Smith, Rodney

Rodney D. Smith '75 is senior VP of Business & Financial Planning at Sage North America.

Contact Rodney
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=5653964&trk=tab_pro
submitted Mar. 29, 2013 2:01P
GRD Law '75
Samuelson, David

David B. Samuelson '72, J.D. '75 writes: "Still enjoying living up in the San Juans—probably never retire."

submitted Jul. 11, 2011 9:38A
GRD Law '75
Samuelson, David

David B. Samuelson '72, J.D. '75 writes: "Medicare cards this year! And a new granddaughter, Violet!"

submitted Aug. 2, 2014 10:49A
'75
Sager, Sherri

Sherri Sager '75 just celebrated her 15th anniversary as chief government relations officer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

submitted May. 21, 2009 3:47P
'75
Sager, Sherri

Sherri Sager '75 just celebrated her 20th anniversary at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, where she serves as chief government and community relations officer.

submitted May. 4, 2014 1:16P
GRD Law '75
Robinson, Elvira
Elvira Robinson J.D. ’75 was presented this May with an honorary degree from Gilroy’s Gavilan College. She served on the Gavilan College Board of Trustees from 1990 to 2010. She also served as chairperson of the College’s Latino Advisory Committee from 1989 to 2010. Robinson has been recognized for her service and community involvement numerous times, she was honored with Woman of the Year Awards from the 28th Assembly District (2011), the San Benito County LULAC (2000) and the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission (1994). Active at the national level, Elvira has served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention on many occasions. She served for 11 years as the first Latina Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County. Her community involvement has included serving as the Director for the Women’s Legal Clinic in Gilroy, coordinator of the Bethany Youth Empowerment Center in Gilroy and on the Board of Directors for El Teatro Campesino. An attorney for 35 years, she currently is in criminal private practice.

 

submitted May. 24, 2011 10:36A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '75
Phillips, Terence

Terence “Terry” Phillips ’75 is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in California’s new 23rd congressional district. As a CBS News foreign correspondent, he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia, and Haiti. He has also served as a public affairs executive in the wireless telecommunications industry. Phillips is the author of Murder at the Altar (a historical novel) and Off the Air: Thoughts About Our Quality of Life (a collection of his radio commentaries). He now lives in Bakersfield, Calif.

Contact Terence
www.PhillipsForCongress.com www.TerryPress.com www.facebook.com/TerryPhillipsForCongress
submitted May. 6, 2012 12:40A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '75
Maida, Anthony

Dr. Anthony Maida '75 has joined PharmaNet Development Group, Inc. as Vice President, Clinical Research. Dr. Maida will be responsible for leading PharmaNet's oncology team.

submitted Sep. 1, 2010 12:34P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '75
Lang, Celia (Jaehn)

Celia Jaehn Lang ’75 is the Director for the Antarctic Support Contract, responsible for operations (Science Support, IT, Infrastructure and Operations, Transportation and Logistics) at the 3 U.S. stations in Antarctica, and associated field camps and support nodes. This contract is under the direction of the National Science Foundation. Celia lives in Denver, with periodic travel to Antarctica during the Austral Summer. Husband Larry and son Robert live in Shell Beach, Calif.

submitted Jun. 16, 2013 2:46P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '75
Labozetta, Bob (Labozetta)

Bob Labozetta ’69, MA ’75 writes: "After 33+ years teaching at the secondary and lately the community college level, I have retired my chalk and white board pens, closed my grading software, and boxed my PowerPoint presentations and lessons. The last six years my wife, Susan, and I resided in Oregon, and last summer decided to chuck it all and travel full-time. We sold our home and most of our possessions, bought a motorhome, and now see the USA (but not in a Chevrolet). While Susan continues her art (sculpture), I may put my SCU education to work by writing who-knows-what. Figuring out how to brew beer on the road, fishing across this great land, and viewing historical sites that I discussed in the classroom but never took the opportunity to visit are prominent objectives as well."

submitted Jan. 28, 2014 3:41P
'75
Krause, William

Bill Krause '75 has published his first book, Federico Moreno Torroba, A Musical Life in Three Acts (Oxford University Press, 2013), with co-author Walter Clark. Since leaving Santa Clara, he earned his M.M. from University of Southern California and Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis. He currently serves on the faculty of Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

submitted May. 29, 2013 1:38P
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