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Vlahutin, Paul

Paul Vlahutin '65 teaches engineering and mathematics at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn.

submitted May. 21, 2009 4:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Schirle, Joan

Joan Schirle '65 stars as Mary Jane in "Mary Jane: The Musical" at Dell'Arte's Mad River Festival. Joan is Founding Artistic Director of Dell'Arte International and lives in Blue Lake, California.

Contact Joan Facebook: Joan Schirle Facebook: Dell'Arte International LinkedIn: Joan Schirle
submitted May. 31, 2012 7:50P
Raddatz, Diane

Diane Raddatz '65 writes, "Still kicking and enjoying each day - a gift of God."

submitted Jul. 1, 2015 3:03P
UGRD Engineering '65
Peterson, Paul

Paul L. Peterson ’65 retired in 2007 after nine years as founder and CEO of Aurum Consulting Engineers, a professional electrical engineering consulting business in Monterey, Calif. Aurum continues in operation.

Contact Paul
submitted May. 3, 2012 2:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Jonas, Junona

Junona Jonas '65 writes: "Bruce and I are enjoying retirement and getting to travel. I am currently working with Catherine's Center, a transition home for women leaving prison. Also serving as Chairperson of The St. Mary's Hospital Board of Directors in San Francisco."

submitted May. 4, 2011 12:42P
Holly, kathy (Halligan)

 Professional singer-actress and musician Kathy Holly '65 will be appearing in Bejing at the CD Jazz Cafe on Saturday, April 3rd and at the East Shore Club on Sunday, April 4th. She'll be promoting her new CD, Roundtrip. Following her Beijing appearance, she will be conducting a Masters workshop in Performing Arts at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang City, the Capitol of Hebei Province. Holly is from San Francisco, California and was the first Cabaret singer in China to sing in Shanghai and Bejing in 1979 when she did cultural exchange performances, while performing on a Cruise Ship, the first one to travel the South China Sea all year. She sings in several languages and will perform songs from her new CD as well as Jazz Standards from the Great American Songbook. She will bring Certificates of Honor from Assemblywoman, Fiona Ma, San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom '89,  the Mayor of Shijiazhuang City, and Hebei University's President. For more information visit:

Contact kathy
submitted Mar. 19, 2010 4:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Holly, Kathy (Halligan)

Kathy Holly '65 lives in San Francisco and is a Musician, Singer, Actress and Voice-Over specialist and Performing Arts Coach who recently returned from Beijing and Hebei University in China, where she taught a Masters Class and gave a concert. An entrepreneur of the Performing Arts, she produces events and performs in the Bay Area. Updates are on her website:

Contact Kathy Facebook
submitted Sep. 23, 2010 9:39A
Holly, Kathy (Halligan)

Kathy Holly '65 is an actress, voice-over, musician, and producer. She produces special events and cabaret shows throughout the Bay Area as wells as "Supper Club Nite" at the Villa D'Este in San Francisco; an open mic at the Cafe Utopia; performs in Mystery Theatre; produces and hosts her TV show Spotlight and teaches music and performing arts; and tutors students who speak English as a second language, focusing on public speaking and accent reduction. She lives in San Francisco and is the proud mother of her daughter, Dr. Kelly Morris, who practices medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

Contact Kathy Facebook YOUTUBE
submitted May. 5, 2015 11:48A
Happoldt, Richard

Richard “Hap” Happoldt ’65, co-chair of the Class of 1965 Reunion Committee, writes, “Starting back about 1992 or '93, Bill Jaeger '65, Harry Miller '65, Bill Terheyden '65, and Barry DeVita '65 got together for lunch one afternoon. That led to other lunches every now and then, and soon the list of attendees started to grow. In the late '90s, Barry formalized a roster with about 40 names on it, and lunches were held two or three times a year. Barry (who passed away in 2013) was the key to what is today one of the largest groups from Santa Clara that meets on a quarterly basis. Since Barry passed the mantle for this group in 2004, the roster has grown to 112 classmates, including 28 of the 'First Co-eds.' Our quarterly lunches in San Francisco continue to be our own social media and are highlighted every December with our Christmas lunch, which draws up to 65 people. One great aspect of having four lunches a year is that it makes it easy to schedule at least one lunch, especially for those living out of state. We're pretty sure this group is quite special and hope it will stir other classes to start something on their own—and we'll be happy to help. Looking forward to our upcoming 50th reunion in October and hoping for some eye-popping attendance numbers!"

submitted Feb. 27, 2015 2:21P
GRD Leavey/MBA '65
Fargher, Larry

Larry Fargher MBA '65 was awarded the NAR Realtor Emeritus Award by the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR) in July. The former Santa Clara Council and Mayor (1964-1965) and longtime community leader was recognized by for his 40 years as a real estate professional.

submitted Sep. 1, 2010 12:05P
Fargher, Lawrence

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.

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 2:17P
UGRD Engineering '65
Dompe, Bob

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."

submitted Sep. 20, 2015 12:39A
Dawson, Rosette

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."

submitted Sep. 18, 2015 8:33A
Cahill, Boyd

Boyd Cahill '65 reports that he is healthy and active. He and Karen Cahill have been marriedfor 12 years, and he is the father of five children and nine grandchildren.

submitted Jun. 10, 2009 2:49P


UGRD Leavey Business '66
Wiechers, Jim

Jim Wiechers ’66 is in his fifth year as men’s golf coach at Napa Valley College and will start his fourth year, in the fall, as women’s golf coach. His background includes 13 years on the PGA Tour and for the last 19 years has been the principal golf instructor previously at Chardonnay GC and presently at Eagle Vines GC.

submitted May. 8, 2012 1:02P
Ventura, Peter

Peter Ventura ’66, J.D. ’72 is the new president of the Rotary Club of Clearlake. Ventura joined the Rotary Club shortly after he and his wife, Pinky, who is a registered nurse case manager at Adventist Health, moved to Hidden Valley Lake in 2007, following his retirement after 30 years in the wine industry.

He began his career while attending Santa Clara University from 1962 to 1966 and expanded his studies from 1969 to 1972 to receive a juris doctor degree. He practiced law for 10 years with a focus on Oil and Gas Ad Valorem tax, representing county assessors as independent trial counsel, according to Marvin Carpenter. 
Ventura returned to the wine industry in 1985, holding senior positions in marketing, public relations and management. He was also senior vice president for Robert Mondavi Winery and chief director general of Opus One, where his responsibilities included all aspects of operations such as vineyards, wine making, marketing, sales, finance and administration.
Ventura is a former officer and director of the North American Institute of Masters of Wine in London; past director, officer, and chairman of the American Institute of Wine and Food; past president of the Napa Valley Oakville Winegrowers Association, a former North American director of Grapes and Humanity and is a Supreme Knight of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine.
Ventura's Rotary goals include supporting events such as the Fourth of July fireworks and providing security alarms for the Little League ballfield. His community service projects include the ongoing Baby Fair, a job shadow day for students in Lower Lake High School (LLHS), new dictionaries for all the third-grade students in the Konocti Unified School District, and the annual Community Christmas Dinner, which serves more than 900 people in the area annually, Carpenter stated.
His school service projects include awarding scholarships to students from Yuba Community College, LLHS and Carlé Continuing Education School as well as raising funds to support the athletic, music and performing arts programs at LLHS. Ventura wants to financially support youth services such as the Safe House in Clearlake, Sober Grad Night and Clearlake Food Bank.
Additionally, he wants to provide for the 2014 Uganda Mission Program and Rotary International's ongoing quest to rid the world of Polio.
submitted Aug. 26, 2013 6:59A
UGRD Engineering '66
Palla, Larry

Larry Palla ’66 has recently changed careers after 43 years at Greene Engineers. He and his wife Barbara are now running an organic farm, Meder Street Farms, in Santa Cruz. They also spent time with their grandkids, ages 1,4 and 6.

submitted Feb. 8, 2014 11:11A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Nichols, Michael

Michael A. Nichols ’66, J.D. ’72 reports that he has been practicing Criminal Defense Law in Sunnyvale since 1976, and prior to that he was a Deputy District Attorney in San Mateo County.

submitted Sep. 17, 2010 4:09P
Morrow, James

James Morrow MBA '66, Ph.D. '73 is chairman, president and CEO of Green Energy 1, Inc., a designer, developer, owner, and operator of waste to energy technology and solar plants for the generation of electricity and production of potable water worldwide.

submitted May. 10, 2010 4:29P
Madden, Pamela (Allston)

Pamela Madden '66 says, "Moved back to San Jose in 2011. Glad to be here!"

submitted Aug. 30, 2015 10:35P
Jiménez, Francisco

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:

submitted Sep. 4, 2015 10:29A
GRD Leavey/MBA '66
Home, Stephen

Stephen D. Home '62, MBA '66 writes, "Still alive and working full time as a Financial Planner with MetLife, and continue to keep in touch with many of my class mates. Two grandchildren to talk about, just ask. I am currently living in Palo Alto."

Contact Stephen
work phone, (408)352-3968; e-mail
submitted Jun. 7, 2010 5:08P
Hillis, John

John "Jack" Hillis '66, a longtime Saratoga resident, will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley in December.

The recognition will be presented for his longstanding involvement in the organization. Hillis has served faithfully over the years, currently on the club's golf committee, and was a member of the board of directors for 15 years, including serving as board president. He was chosen for the prestigious award by an internal selection committee, based on his service and dedication to the club.

Over the years, Hillis and his wife Polly have supported the club with their time and treasure including supporting silent auctions, committee work and donations. Hillis has been affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley for 25 years and served as president for three years.

He's also the president and founder of Hillis Financial Services and has more than 40 years experience providing financial planning and asset management advice to individuals, corporate executives and business owners.

submitted Nov. 4, 2012 7:50P
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