Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1970s
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
After 35 years in a "big law firm," Liz Smith-Chavez ’70 opened her own boutique law firm (Smith Chavez Law) in 2013 in San Diego, specializing in business, real estate and probate litigation and dispute resolution, as well as oil and gas throughout the Western United States and Alaska. Liz has two daughters and three stepsons, as well as a 7 year old grandson who shares her passion for dinosaurs. She is probably the only attorney around with dinosaur poop in her office, right next to the books she has published on California Real Property litigation.
Nancy F. Schwalen ’70 taught in the Eastside Union High School District for 40 years, starting at James Lick High School in the Fall of 1970 as a teacher-intern. She completed her credential studies in the summer of 1971. In 1976 she moved to Santa Teresa High School where she taught for the rest of her career. She taught almost every level of high school English, from English Language Development (ESL) to AP English Literature. In addition to classroom teaching, she served as a new teacher mentor, an ELD chairperson, and a staff development coordinator. Additionally she worked on accreditation teams for the Accrediting Commission for Schools - Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a task she has continued after her retirement in 2010. She married Stephen in 1971 and they reared three children, Chris, Andy, and Beth. She and Steve now enjoy the energy and antics of 4 grandchildren. She and Steve are also active in their parish, particularly in RCIA and liturgy.
Nancy Mazza ’70 enjoyed an "Umbrian Cooking Class" reunion dinner with classmates Yvonne Hall ’70, Pattie (Brown) Dullea ’70, Jan Morey ’70, Cecilia (Cantlay) Sartor ’70, Susan (Cook) Craig ’70, and Arlene (Morey) Mariani ’72, led by our esteemed colleague from Assisi, Anne Robichaud ’70, on her annual US Cooking Tour.
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
Deborah Lewallen ’70 retired last year from the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser, where she worked for 17 years as a Marriage and Family therapist. She and her husband, Rob, celebrated 40 years of marriage on Jan. 4 this year. They have three adult kids and two grandkids, all living in San Diego, who bring constant joy and amazement into their lives. They enjoy spending as much time as possible at their cabin in the Sierras near Bridgeport, California.
Karrie Grasser '70 received the 2015 Paul L. Locatelli Award for her outstanding service to the Alumni Association and Santa Clara University. She has been responsible for planning many of the University’s major events. Karrie’s eye for detail and her etiquette, sound judgment, and personal touch has shaped the University’s image for almost three decades.
Marcel d'Ercole '71 writes, "I competed in December 2014 at the Masters World Jiu-Jitsu championship and placed second. It was a totally unexpected outcome for me to place second in any kind of world championship at anything. The real story is that my ankles and knee are gone from playing basketball at Santa Clara and long-distance running before I even took up jiu jitsu. I've learned that not only do you not have to retire from sports activities, it's possible to start from scratch even at an advanced age."
Mike Carey ’71, an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network, was recently profiled on BlackAmericaWeb for being the first black referee to officiate the Super Bowl, in 2008. Carey was a running back for Santa Clara before he joined the NFL ranks as a referee in 1990. In a 2008 ESPN poll, Carey was tied in voting for “best referee” among NFL head coaches along with fellow veteran, Ed Hochuli.
G. Edward Rudloff Jr. J.D. ’72, of San Rafael, has been reelected president of the Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff law firm. Rudloff is a Santa Clara University law graduate and partner at the firm, which is located in San Francisco.
Kevin Rooney ’72 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic school education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. Since 1980, Rooney has been the athletic director and head varsity football coach at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He was named the Schutt Sports and American Football Monthly Magazine West Region Coach of the Year, inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, presented the Gerald R. Ford All American High School Coach Award by the All American Football Foundation, inducted into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and named The California State Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. Rooney has been recognized as CIF Coach of the Year four times, and has also been named Coach of the Year twice by the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News.
On March 31, 2015, David Rietmann MBA ’72 retired from U.S. Oil & Refining Co following 23 years as the company's chief financial officer.
Chris Bjorklund ’72, widely known as the Savvy Consumer, has worked as a consumer advocate for more than 35 years. Her unique perspective on consumer issues and trends comes from her work in both the private and public sectors, as well as in the media and non-profit world. In her semi-retirment, Bjorklund contributes regularly to the Diamond Certified blog. Prior to joining American Ratings Corporation, Chris was the consumer reporter for KGO-Radio, where she produced consumer segments for the morning and afternoon newscasts. She also managed the consumer complaint unit for KGO-Radio and TV. Before KGO, Chris was an investigator for the Consumer Fraud Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, a consumer news producer for KPIX-TV, and the director of Consumer Education for the Rocky Mountain Better Business Bureau in Denver. She was on the national Board of Directors of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, for 24 years.
Walter G. Weber ’73 has been chosed by the California Dental Association (CDA) to be its new president for 2014–2015. Dr. Weber, who has been practicing general dentistry in Campbell, Calif., for more than 30 years and lives in Los Gatos, graduated from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Santa Clara University, with a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. He has been a CDA member for 33 years and succeeds past president, James D. Stephens, DDS.
Kevin M. Rooney ’73 was married to the former Joanne Rosenberg on Aug. 3, 2014, in Morgan Hill with several former SCU classmates in attendance. Kevin is director of operations for RNP Advisory Serices in Morgan Hill and is eagerly awaiting joining his classmates who have already crossed over into retirement.
Hon. J. Stephen Czuleger ’73 returned in November 2014 from teaching law in Tirana, Albania. Judge Czuleger was awarded a Fulbright grant by the Fulbright Commission of the U.S. State Department. Working through the US Embassy in Albania, he lectured at Tirana University Law School. He also spoke at a number of other law schools, met with the judges of Albania and members of the Albanian government as well as granting television and newspaper interviews. During his term, Judge Czuleger was asked to lecture on comparative law as well as issues of official corruption and independence of the judiciary. He is the first sitting judge from the United States to receive a Fulbright to teach in Albania. He continues to sit as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court beginning his 28th year on the court.
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.
John Cruden J.D. ’74 was confirmed by the United States Senate to be the assistant attorney general for Environment and Natural Resources Division for the United States Department of Justice. Cruden was originally appointed to the position in an announcement on December 23, 2013.
Sherri R. Sager '75 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. Sager is the chief government and community relations officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. For more than two decades, she has been advocating for children and expectant mothers, primarily by working with government officials and communities on policy issues. She is on the boards of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association and East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood Family Health Center. In 2012, she received a Tribute to Women Award from the YWCA, adding it to a long list of recognitions for her volunteerism.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Robert M. Dawson ’75 is a senior litigation partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Johanna, have two daughters: Michelle (about to start law school after two years at JP Morgan and graduating from Columbia in English Literature) and Stephanie (junior at Wesleyan). He writes, "Santa Clara provided me with extraordinary personal growth and a deep education, for which I will always be grateful. Particularly strong are memories of Dr. Pierson, Dr. Gurney, Dr. Moscy, and Sister Marie-Louise Beutner."
Donn Callaway ’75 started as the director of Special Sessions, College of Extended Learning and International Affairs, at SF State in April 2014.
Phyllis Hamilton J.D. ’76 has been appointed chief judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Hamilton is the first African-American woman in the court’s history to fill this position.
Kenneth Giebel '69, MBA '76 has been appointed director of homeownership at California Housing Finance Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. California Housing Finance Agency provides home mortgage financing to first-time homebuyers and renters in California. It also provides mortgage insurance; permanent financing for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of existing or new construction of rental housing; and multifamily rental development properties management services. Giebel, 68, of Lincoln, has served as acting director of single family lending for the agency since 2012 and was director of marketing from 2002 to 2012. He was director of promotions and ethnic advertising at the California State Lottery from 1994 to 2002. Prior to the Lottery position, Ken worked in marketing, advertising, and promotion positions for a number of Fortune 500 Companies.