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UGRD Arts & Sciences '54
A. A. Chanteloup '54 is retired in Sunnyvale. He writes that he's taking care of his very ill wife and enjoys Santa Clara Magazine.
submitted May. 14, 2014 2:17P
UGRD Engineering '55
Van Etten, David
Dave Van Etten ’55 and Mary Ann Van Etten retired their family day-care business after providing childcare services to families in the South Bay since 1976.
Cell: (408) 768-6994 Home: (408) 365-8809 Address: 702 Cree Drive San Jose, CA 95123 Neighborhood Blossom Valley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/dtvanetten Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/davidtvanetten Twitter: www.twitter.com/dtvanetten
submitted Aug. 6, 2013 12:36P
Bill Mowatt ’58, M.A. ’69 has recently retired from completing Team N Training marathons. Dr. Mowatt and his wife, Gail, have raised more than $75,000 for Leukemia-Lymphoma research, and now they both chair fundraising events for the Santa Cruz County Symphony. Bill still teaches the Shakespeare plays for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. They enjoy living in Santa Cruz with Mike, their lovable Airedale terrier.
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 5:38P
Clayton Barbeau ’59 writes that he is in private practice in San Jose as a psychotherapist, marriage and family counselor. His DVDs on "Coping" and "Surviving" are used worldwide in psychology classes and hospitals and recovery programs. The book he began writing while still at Santa Clara, The Father of the Family, won the Spiritual Life Award in 1961 and has never been out of print. It was translated into Italian for use by the bishops during Vatican II. He was rated as one of the "top speakers" in the world when he chose to cease his travels and devote his attention to his practice and two new books he is writing.
Website: www.ikonpress.com email@example.com ClaytonBarbeau@facebook.com
submitted Apr. 29, 2014 8:10P
Robert Ponzini ’60 writes: "Retired in 2003 after 34 years with a small research-oriented military contractor. I worked with Kaman Sciences, which was acquired by ITT in 1999. My wife Moureen and I lived in Colorado Springs until just recently, when we relocated in Las Cruces NM to be near our children."
Retired in 2003 after 34 years with a small research-oriented military contractor. I worked with Kaman Sciences, which was acquired by ITT in 1999. My wife Moureen and I lived in Colorado Springs until just recently, when we relocated in Las Cruces NM to be near our children.
submitted May. 16, 2014 10:36A
De Prie, Michael
Michael C. De Prie ’60 writes, "After almost 54 years I have finally retired—22 years in the U.S. Army and 32 years as a partner in a small CPA firm."
submitted May. 4, 2014 1:29P
see year 1958
Di Bono, Reno
Reno Di Bono ’63 writes that he has been married to Anna Maria for 50 years and has lived in Cupertino for 50 years. They have three sons—Reno ’87, Jeff ’88, and Dave ’92—and nine grandchildren. Di Bono was a basketball coach and teacher of American history at St. Francis High School (1964–1969). He then taught AP American history for 33 years at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino (1969–2002). He has been a professional accordionist for 40 years,(www.italianaccordion.com) and continues to lecture on American history at a variety of local community organizations.
submitted Nov. 1, 2013 8:48A
UGRD Leavey Business '64
Freshman Dorm: Kenna
Nick Tone ’64 is retired from the high-tech industry having worked for Westinghouse Electric, Northrop Grumman and Intel. He has been residing in the Sierra foothills for 15 years. Nick enjoys watching his four grandsons grow (Gabe, Jose & Tony, sons of Elizabeth Ann Tone Kitch, and Jonah Tone, son of Joseph P. Tone ’01). Nick is one of the class of ’64 alum traveling with their families to Sunriver Ore., yearly, since 1989. In Sunriver they enjoy golf and other outdoor activities. Over these 25 years 25 different classmates have participated in the annual trek. Nick looks forward to our 50th reunion this fall and his classmates' induction into the Gianera Society.
submitted Mar. 4, 2014 12:42P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '64
Freshman Dorm: Nobili
Allen McTighe ’64 writes, "Very happily married to Ginny for past 42 years with two sons and a daughter who are absolute joys. Their combined gifts of our seven grandhildren complete the set! I have been in psychotherapy practice for the past 35 years specializing in adolescent boys and young men who have been arrested for anger management issues."
submitted Jun. 20, 2014 11:34A
James Lassart ’64 is senior trial counsel in the San Francisco office of Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney. Lassart has handled more than 100 jury trials and brings an extensive history of representing corporations and individuals in the investigation and litigation of private and governmental claims arising from alleged wrongdoing, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and professional misconduct, including matters before Federal and State Courts, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the State Bar of California and various local governmental and quasi-governmental bodies. Before entering private practice, he served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting organized crime cases and serving as coordinator of the Northwest Region of the President’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He was also an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco for 12 years, prosecuting complex homicide cases. Most recently, Lassart was managing partner of the San Francisco office of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 1:54P
Kellogg, Michael (Mike)
Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
Michael Kellogg ’64 writes: After retiring from the NFL (Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos), I went to law school and became a criminal defense attorney. Eventually, Gov. Pete Wilson appointed me to the bench. I have been sitting as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge going on 19 years. I married a much younger woman so must work until age 120. We are expecting our first, which actually will be our second and third, if you get my drift--triplets! At my age I am having trouble remembering names so we have decided to make it real simple, A, B and C.
Contact Michael (Mike)
Michael Kellogg 31220 Lobo Canyon Road Malibu Canyon, CA 91301 (818) 991-8226
submitted Jun. 18, 2014 6:15P
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
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
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 Engineering '68
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Donald J. Sullivan ’68, J.D. ’71 received the prestigious Judge of the Year Award for 2013 from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association at its annual black tie dinner at the Ritz Carleton Hotel in San Francisco. Sullivan currently presides over a trial department in the criminal division. Besides serving in the criminal division soon after his appointment to the bench by Governor Davis in 2003, Sullivan has previously served as a Judge in the Unified Family Court doing family and juvenile dependency matters and has had a variety of Civil Court assignments, including jury trials, elder abuse and civil harassment. Sullivan reports that he immensely enjoyed the 45th reunion of his class of ’68 and wishes he had had more time to spend chatting with his classmates. Sullivan lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Genevieve.
submitted Mar. 4, 2014 8:09A
Sexton, Carol (Armin)
Freshman Dorm: Nobili
Carol Sexton ’68 writes, "Rob Sexton ’68 and I married in 1970, raised 4 kids both here and abroad. He passed away in 2008, having lived a full and rich life as a designer and artist. I practice guerilla teaching in business school, carefully undermining the Milton Friedman-esque mindsets of the younger generations. Currently at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Agribusiness department—labor issues in agriculture. Can't imagine retiring!"
submitted Aug. 30, 2013 1:06P
Eighty-six-year-old Korean War veteran John Meyers MBA ’68 writes that he is being flown to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantry Badge while in Korea in 1951 and 1952. He plays golf three times a week and has 10 holes-in-one.
submitted May. 4, 2014 2:00P
GRD Leavey/MBA '68
Huntly Gordon MBA ’70 has been dubbed "The World's Most Interesting Man" by the Santa Cruz Sentinel. That's because 35 years of adventure travel have given him countless stories: the time he ran with the bulls through the narrow, twisting streets of Pamplona, Spain; when he was trapped in Tehran during the 1978 Iranian Revolution; when he walked into a gun battle on a dark street in Cuzco, Peru; the time he encountered primitive Dani tribesmen, their fierce, naked bodies covered only by strategic gourds.
"These trips are not necessarily a vacation," said Gordon, who often travels with only 30 pounds of gear. "The mystique of a different culture is what you're after, the allure of crossing borders, the great human drama ... I realized I wasn't made for sitting in an office," Gordon said. "Life is short. I thought I'd better get out there."
Age hasn't slowed 68-year-old Gordon, who just returned in June from a Black Sea trek, where he took a dose of tear gas in Istanbul. Still, homecoming is always sweet. "Santa Cruz is the best possible place to call home" he confirmed, sitting on the sunny deck of his Aptos home overlooking the Monterey Bay. "I would never live anywhere else."
Gordon is married to Donna, a retired sixth-grade teacher at New Brighton Middle School, and has daughters Alicia, 33, and Natasha, 31.
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 10:27A
John Giovannetti ’68 has been inducted into the Lemoore Union High School Hall of Fame in the category of Friend of Lemoore High School. He served on the school's board of trustees for 12 years. He coached girls soccer for the past 18 years at both the JV and varsity levels.
submitted May. 4, 2014 1:44P
see year 1954
UGRD Engineering '69
Wise, Peter (NA)
Peter Wise ’69, MBA ’73 will finally retire next year - what a long strange trip it's been. He plans devote time to Puppy Mill rescues and awarness. He and his wife Julie live in Louisville, Colo.
submitted Apr. 30, 2014 8:00A