Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1970s
Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus
Dave Scott ’74, J.D. ’77 writes, "Practiced law until 1981 then went to work for a subsidiary of NV Philips. Started a small electronics company in 1983. Sold it in 2002 and retired. Currently split time between Saratoga, Calif. and Aspen, Colo. area and travel around the world with my wife. Do volunteer work for the United States Tennis Association."
John Kelley ’77 recently purchased a home in Victorville, Calif. and currently works at Time Warner in direct sales.
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.
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.
Patrick J. Maher ’78 has been elected as Section Representative to the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Maher previously served as the Chair of the State Bar’s Council of Section Chairs for the last two years, and Chair of the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section in 2010. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law.
Jim Hartnett J.D. '78 is the current vice chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority Board. He maintains his active litigation and dispute resolution practice as a partner at Hartnett, Smith and Paetkau in vibrant downtown Redwood City. He's a former mayor of Redwood City.
Michelle (Massaro) Tabler ’79 is the Alaska Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington. Michelle retired in 2010 from a career in insurance.
Priscilla Kisling '79, MBA '85 writes, "Moved to Portland, Ore. area, in Jan. 2014, and started working for Business Valuation Resources, LLC, in Feb. 2014 as CFO. Business Valuation Resources is a niche publisher of business valuation guides, books and on-line resources for the professional business appraiser. This big change allows me to be in the same area as my daughter, Kristina, who graduated from University of Portland in May 2013 and is working in the Portland area."
Allene Feldman M.A. ’79 has just received her SIT-TESOL teaching certification from the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute. Allene, who is the owner of Argus Publishing Group in New York City, is confident that her new certification will help her and her staff write, edit, and create engaging Common Core materials for English language learners.
Michael Dee ’79 writes that he is president of the Retail Division of Henry S Miller Company. The company is the oldest private real estate firm in Texas and is celebrating 100 years in business in 2014. Michael lives in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and their three daughters.
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."
Freshman Dorm: Graham 100
Rich Bluth ’79 and Anne Nickel Bluth ’79 celebrated 34 years of marriage in June 2014 and are enjoying their newly "emptied nest" in Seal Beach, Calif. where they have lived since their Santa Clara Mission wedding. They have been blessed to have all four of their children graduate from Catholic universities. Their youngest son, Mark Bluth ’14 graduated this June from Santa Clara in Philosophy and Economics . Mark's twin brother Tom Bluth graduated from University of Portland just a month earlier in May 2014. Their daughter, Maria (LMU 2011) relocated to San Francisco in June, where she works at De Marillac Academy. Also this May, their oldest son, Danny Bluth (College of the Holy Cross, 2009, St Joseph's University 2012) married Kelly Casey (College of the Holy Cross, 2009) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they both live and work. Rich has worked for the Irvine Company for the past 7 years, and is currently Vice President, Energy Management. Anne spends her time in support of her family near and far, (mostly far now).
Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson J.D. ’79, a retired Superior Court of Guam Judge, is in the race for attorney general. She served the government of Guam for 33 years. She is credited with the creation of the Driving While Influenced (DWI) Court and the rules of procedure and practice in the field of domestic violence. Barrett-Anderson has been recognized nationally for this work in the past, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Federal Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice. She is a strong advocate for judicial and legal education, victims rights, consumer protection, and child support enforcement.
Andrew Barnes MBA ’79 retired in October 2013. He spent a long career in the computer industry, holding various sales/marketing and management positions.