Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1970s
Arthur Whipple '77 MBA has been appointed to the role of chief financial officer at ABBYY, a leading provider of technology that helps businesses effectively action information. As a new member of ABBYY's North American executive team, Whipple will be responsible for financial planning and operations, asset management, and overseeing funding and risk management.
Geoff Long ’77 is policy director for State Senate President Kevin de Leon. His wife, Joyce Terhaar, serves as executive editor of The Sacramento Bee. Their two sons, Connor and Casey, are both UC Santa Barbara grads.
Fred Crary '74, MBA '77 is retired and enjoying volunteering and traveling with his wife of 36 years Kimberly Shanley Crary '77. Fred is also the creator/writer of The Bucking Bronco sports blog covering SCU men's basketball and athletics from the perspective of season ticket holders who want us to return to national prominence.
The Bucking Bronco www.thebuckingbronco.blogspot.com
Cisco senior VP Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77 and his wife of 34 years, Alida Schoolmaster Charney, have donated $10 million in matching and direct funds to Santa Clara University School of Law to fund a new technologically advanced, collaboration-oriented law school building, which will replace three current facilities and be housed near the business school to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.
Robert J. Watson '78, MBA '81 writes, "My oldest daughter, Eileen Watson '18, is a freshman at SCU in the Leavey School of Business. She's living in Sobrato and working in the Career Center!"
Mary Treder '78 writes, "As of May 4, 2015, I'm working for Cigna Insurance as a continuous quality improvement director."
Recently elected vice mayor of Los Gatos Barbara Spector J.D. ’78 maintains her active mediation and litigation practices at Hoge Fenton Jonues & Appel in San Jose.
Accounting Today, a national magazine for public accounting professionals, has recently named Kathy Ryan '78 to its 2014 Managing Partner Elite list for her innovation in staffing, technology, and strategy. Ryan co-founded RoseRyan, a Silicon Valley-based accounting and finance consulting firm, in 1993. She serves as the firm’s CEO and CFO. In 2012, the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal named Ryan one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley that year for her success in effecting change in her industry and her community.
Former Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty J.D. '78 has joined the law firm Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP based in its Anchorage office. During his 36-year career, he has been involved in numerous complex cases, and has tried cases to verdict throughout Alaska, including Kenai, Barrow, Dillingham, Fairbanks and Anchorage. He has appeared before the Alaska Supreme Court in matters ranging from sovereign immunity, insurance bad faith, and administrative law, to attorney-client privilege, OSHA regulations, contract claims, shareholder disputes, products liability, and premises-landowner liability.
Geraghty served as Alaska’s Attorney General 2012-14; prior to his appointment, he was a partner in the Anchorage law firm DeLisio Moran Geraghty & Zobel PC, with a practice devoted exclusively to litigation and appeals before state and federal courts.
Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (www.napashakes.org), a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley. She continues her law practice (www.nvilaw.com) in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at www.laurarafaty.com.
www.napashakes.org www.nvilaw.com www.laurarafaty.com
Rudy Navarro ’79 retired from City of San Jose in 2012.
Dennis Maguire ’79 is divorced with four children: Caitlin, Molly, Wilder, and Jack. He is presently living in Malibu, California. He has been working in the motion picture industry now for 40 years—most of it as an assistant director.
Susan Leigh Fry '79 married David Grebow in San Francisco City Hall on April 16, followed by a Nuptial Mass in the 13th c. Francisco Convento Santa Maria della Spineta in Umbria, Italy, on May 9. The couple divide their time between homes in San Francisco and Carmel Valley, California.
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Henry Dill '79 is the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California’s new chairman of the board. His focus will be to continue to make the membership and the industry aware that GSA is an incredible resource to assist them in navigating through the changing business climate facing the agriculture industry. With the challenges facing the industry, right now most notably water and labor, the GSA can offer insight on how to tackle many of these issues. In addition, Dill said “I think more focus can be given to encouraging the next generation that the farming industry is a great profession and can be hard work, but is very rewarding. The challenge is getting mentors to teach and get the students some hands-on experience in the form of internships, whether it be in production, food safety or sales.”
Leslie Burton J.D. ’79 writes, "I am a Professor and the Director of Graduate Law Programs at Golden Gate University School of Law, where I have worked for 20 years. I have been married for 27 years to Jeff Wurms, a reformed lawyer who is now working on his teaching credential to teach high school. Our daughter Chelsea graduated last year from Mount Holyoke College. I live in Oakland and I am a huge Oakland booster. I love to travel and do it whenever I can. I have taught in Prague, Germany, and Istanbul."
Mark Bevilacqua '79 has been promoted to Nevada operations manager of Alston Construction. Bevilacqua will oversee operations for Reno and Las Vegas projects, including the 770,000-square-foot Petco distribution center in progress in Northern Nevada. Bevilacqua has been with Alston since 2005, most recent serving as construction manager. His responsibilities have included oversight of construction and measurement of team progress. He has also been responsible for daily operational control of projects, including subcontractor/material procurement, scheduling, coordination, and quality control. Some of the clients Bevilacqua has worked with during his career include FedEx Ground, Southwest Gas, Allied Health, US Micro Corporation and the construction of the Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pa.