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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
Hillis, John

John "Jack" Hillis '66, President of Hillis Financial Services in San Jose, has been named to the LPL Financial Chairman's Council. This prestigious distinction is based on a ranking of revenues of all registered LPL advisors. Jack was ranked 90th of over 13,100 advisors.

Contact John
submitted Apr. 17, 2013 10:57A
Happoldt, Richard
Richard Happoldt ’66 writes: "This was the fourth cruise for this group from the class of '66. The first was to Mexico in '94 (everyone was turning 50!), then to the Caribbean in 2004, on to Alaska in 2009, and then this Canadian cruise that kicked off in Boston. We sailed north to and around Nova Scotia, ending in Quebec—a Bucket List city if ever there was one!  A train ride to Montreal for a couple of days and then homeward bound.  Thirty hearty travelers, eating too much, remembering how to play "Pedro" (card game played for hours on end in the '60s), supporting local economies, eating too much, laughing too much, and completely taking over the karaoke bar one night on the ship. Go Broncos! The next event is in the planning stages for a getaway weekend on The Central Coast next year to celebrate turning the BIG SEVEN-O!"
submitted Oct. 30, 2013 8:39A
UGRD Leavey Business '66
Green, James

James P. Green '66 writes: "Still in active law practice of my 39th year as trial lawyer. 3 adult children, 3 grandchildren--soon to be 4."

submitted May. 27, 2011 12:14P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Gomes, Don

Don Gomes ’66 teaches at University of Alaska Anchorage and serves on the Anchorage Arts Advisory Commission. He and wife Ann Holt are staff to their Aussie “Bear.”

submitted May. 30, 2012 6:27P
GRD Law '66
Glennon, William

W.E. Glennon, Jr. writes, "My dad, Bill Glennon J.D. ’66 will be 95 in January. He has shot his age in golf starting when he was 73 and every year since until two years ago when he was 92--with the exception of one year when he was 82. A bad middle finger on his left hand has kept him from playing for the last two years. Things have improved so that my son, Damian, and I are going to play my brother, Tim, and Dad next month at Spyglass. My dad belongs to Spyglass, Bighorn and Saratoga C.C."

submitted Nov. 21, 2012 11:03A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Ford, William

Bill Ford '66 writes: "Recently, I counted seven grandchildren. My golf index is seven. I was elected a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, but that has nothing to do with seven." Bill is also a '71 grad of the law school at Loyola Marymount University.

submitted Mar. 10, 2015 3:19P
GRD Leavey/MBA '66
Cooper, William

William A. Cooper MBA ’66 was granted Muskingum University's Distinguished Service Award (DSA) in recognition for his personal and professional achievements. The award, the university’s highest alumni honor, was presented at a June 17 ceremony, held as part of the university’s annual Alumni Weekend festivities. Sponsored by the Muskingum University Alumni Council, the DSA recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional endeavors and exemplary services to society. Any living Muskingum graduate or former student is eligible to receive this award. William Cooper is president of Cooper & Company, a full-service industrial and commercial real-estate brokerage and real-estate development firm in Santa Clara County. Since the late 1960s, he has helped strengthen Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial climate, providing technology start-up companies with access to facilities which support their innovation and business growth. A professional football player for the San Francisco 49ers from 1961-1966, Mr. Cooper’s achievements have brought a positive and powerful spotlight to the educational and athletic ideals embodied by NCAA Division III.  In 2000, he became the first Ohio Athletic Conference player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. As a power fullback for Muskingum, “Cannonball Cooper” gained 3,651 yards rushing during his college career.  He led the Muskies to the 9-0 undefeated 1960 season with 1102 yards rushing that year, and was named to the 1960 Associated Press All-American Football first team.  He is a three-time member of the All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team, and the first and only three-time recipient of the OAC’s Mike Gregory Award. Mr. Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Muskingum and a MBA from Santa Clara University. He has served as a member of the Muskingum University Board of Trustees for over 25 years. He is married to Muskingum classmate Sandra "Sonie" Green Cooper, and through their leadership and support of their alma mater, they have furthered educational opportunities for generations of students. The Coopers reside in Monte Sereno, Calif.

submitted Jun. 21, 2011 9:29A
UGRD Leavey Business '66
Cody, John (Cody)

John Cody ’66 writes that he was named a Top 1000 Financial Advisor by Barron's Magazine this year. John has spent more than 40 years helping clients at Merrill Lynch achieve their financial goals. He is married to Victoria Cody ’66, and works with his sons Brian and Patrick in the Century City branch of Merrill Lynch.

Contact John
submitted May. 9, 2012 5:26P
UGRD Leavey Business '66
Clark, Joe

Joe Clark ’66 and his wife, Cathy, are happy to announce the adoption of their grandson Owen Michael Clark on June 1, 2012.

submitted Jun. 17, 2012 10:29A
Charkins, Jim

Jim Charkins ’66 has been granted the highest honor of the California Council for the Social Studies, the Hilda Taba award. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated organizational leadership; involvement in policy development for social studies; collection and dissemination of research bringing innovation to the field; and distinction as a teacher, teacher educator, and curriculum developer. Last October in Chicago he was presented with the Bessie Moore Award for outstanding national leadership in economic education. Charkins is professor of economics at California State University, San Bernardino, and executive director of the California Council on Economic Education. Jim and his wife, Linda Jackson Charkins ’66 live in Wrightwood, Calif.

Contact Jim
submitted Apr. 25, 2012 4:01P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Bender, Thomas

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.

submitted Oct. 6, 2015 4:00P
Barr, Kevin

Kevin Barr '66 writes, "Retired in Boise, Idaho, with wife, Mary Pat, where we volunteer at the zoo, taking care of animals and educating kids of all ages. Also am a member of the Friends of Zoo Boise Board of Directors. Recent travels have included Australia (boyhood home) and Eastern Europe."

submitted Jul. 22, 2010 3:50P
Barr, Kevin

Kevin P. Barr ’66 writes: “Enjoying retirement, traveling to places like Tanzania, and working at the zoo with animals and children. Also a member of the board of directors.”

submitted Dec. 9, 2011 9:56A

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