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James Arbios '49 writes, "17 classmates celebrated 65 years since graduation in 1949! We had a luncheon in Nobili, where we spent four happy years."
Harry Wenberg '50 retired in 1982 as technical superintendent after 32 years of service with Kaiser Aluminum. He writes "Still living in our home in Saratoga since 1975. We are enjoying our new great grandaughter, Cameron, born March 17, 2015, to Courtney (Dunan) Duka '09 and husband Brent."
Joseph B. Edden '52 writes, "Entered the Society of Jesus in 1949 and taught at Canisius High School in Buffalo and Xavier High School in New York. Received a dispensation from Pope Paul in 1973. Married for 42 years in December. Worked 11 years in photography. Taught Latin for seven years in public schools in New York and nine years of Latin and photography at Father Lopez High School in Daytona, Florida. Retired 1972."
R.G. Kilkenny '53 writes, "Bev and I have 15 grandchildren, and this June our grandaughter Abby Kilkenny '15 graduated. She has enjoyed Santa Clara."
William "Bill" J. McPherson '54 is retired from the San Francisco 49ers with five Super Bowl rings. He and wife Elsie have been married 62 years and have five children and 11 grandchildren.
Thomas Whaling '55 writes, "Retired from law practice. Hoping to influence great grandkids. Active in social justice endeavors in San Juan Capistrano. Happy with kids and grandkids work/life efforts. Still trying to fathom Christian agape."
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David Van Etten ’55 writes: “Our son, David W. ’96 was recently married to Susan Rudolph in San Francisco. Mary Ann and I are to be blessed with a granddaughter, Daisy Joy, in December. David and Susan live in Kensington, Calif. After retiring in June of 2013, I've continued to be active as Director and CFO of the West Coast Companeros, Inc., to coordinate keeping the 800 strong group of former Jesuits together (i.e. annual reunion renewal in Santa Cruz, mulitple online listservs, fundraising activities for various social justice projects conducted by the Companions, etc.).”
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Wally Sheehan '55 writes, "Looking forward to our 60th reunion in October."
William Enright '63 is an adjunct reference librarian at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.
Diane Raddatz '65 writes, "Still kicking and enjoying each day - a gift of God."
Lawrence L. Fargher MBA '65, CEO of Realcom Associates, was selected for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who, a New York-based biographical publication that selects and distinguishes leading professionals throughout North America who have attained a recognizable degree of success in their field of endeavor and thereby contribute to the growth of their industry and profession.
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."
Rosette G. Dawson '65 was among the first class of women admitted to the University in 1961. She writes, "All is well and happy in retirement! Husband loves fishing; I volunteer with American Association of University Women and am Anacortes Branch president. Special project: encourging girls to pursue STEM careers. Our daughter Carolyn is married and working on her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle."
Pamela Madden '66 says, "Moved back to San Jose in 2011. Glad to be here!"
Napa County Reads has selected the autobiographic stories by Francisco Jiménez '66, an award-winning writer who chronicles his humble beginnings and struggles to complete his education as the son of migrant workers from Mexico, to be shared with area middle school students.
Napa County Reads will host Jiménez at two presentations in November, as well as at sessions with young students.
Napa County Reads, coordinated by the Napa County Office of Education, is a coalition of educators and residents dedicated to improving the reading experiences of students throughout Napa County with an emphasis on middle schools.
Each year, the committee selects a book that is read in the fall, followed by special events that include a visit from the author.
Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a masters and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
He has have won several national literary awards. His books have been published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Spanish. His stories have been reprinted in more than 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature. He is professor emeritus for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University.
Jiménez’s autobiographical books include: “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child,” “Breaking Through,” “Reaching Out,” and “Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University.”
For more information: http://www.napacoe.org/napa-county-reads/.
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.
Dennis Woodruff '67 was inducted into the Santa Clara crew Hall of Fame for founding and rowing undefeated in 1965.
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."
After spending five-plus years aboard their first sailboat, Nan Bauman Englehardt '68 and her husband, Duey, found they were looking for another adventure! So they are now the proud owners of S/V FLIGHT, sailing the Pacific Coast of Mexico six months of the year. The rest of the year, they explore the Northwest from their new home on Camano Island, Washington.
Margaret Simmons '69 writes, "I am in Naples, Italy, the most beautiful city in the world, working with Save the Children. I have been teaching teachers as well as about twelve classes of young elementary to middle school kids. I can tell you that 'Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes' is a very big hit with my population! Retirement did not agree with me."
After 38 fulfilling years in the beverage industry, Keith Paulson '69 has retired. He's living in Monte Sereno with his wife, Claire Campodonico. He is an ace golfer at Saratoga Country Club.
Edward A. Fraga '69 writes, "I retired two years ago after a 42-year career in IT, including department directorships, and 10 years as VP for state and local government for Gartner (gartner.com). My wife of 36 years, Carol, and I have lived in our home in Topanga, California, since 1988. We have traveled the world, including to all seven continents and remote locations such as the Falkland and Galapagos Islands, Mongolia, and Antartica. I recently completed the P90X 90-day exercise program and am currently training to participate in a triathlon. We have been blessed with a good life and good health, and so we are now giving back to our community in emergency-preparedness assistance."