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John Gallagher '50 has enjoyed retirement for the past 23 years after a 40-year career as a civil engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation (1950-1990). John and his wife, Evelyn, have been married for 57 years, raised 5 children, and have 6 grandchildren. They are now residing in an assisted living facility in Tacoma, WA.
submitted Apr. 24, 2013 2:44P
Leslie R. Webber '53 writes that he retired in 1995 as a Chicago ER Doctor. His wife of 50 years, Clarine, died in January 2009. But he found new wife on E-Harmony, and moved in with her in Nashville two years ago. Webber authored the book An American Doctor's Life, Divinely Orchestrated, which gives life at Santa Clara in the ’50s in great detail; it can be found in the SCU library and on Amazon.com. He also plans on attending the Grand Reunion in October.
submitted May. 13, 2013 11:57A
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
Gary Gillmor ’58, former mayor of Santa Clara and real estate businessman, will soon have a building named in his honor at Mission College.
submitted Jan. 23, 2013 1:00P
Don Eaton '59, J.D. '64 notes that he brought California Gov. Jerry Brown '59 to SCU for a WPO event regarding Brown's goals for the future of California in October, 2012. Pictured here: Eaton, Brown, and their wives. The event was catered by Donna Eaton Busse '90, also pictured. Brown and Eaton were debate partners at SCU.
submitted Apr. 23, 2013 9:32A
Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63 will be the speaker at the 162nd Santa Clara undergraduate commencement on June 15. Said Panetta, “Sylvia and I are honored to be recognized by Santa Clara University. Santa Clara has a special place in our hearts. It’s where we first met; it is where I learned many of the core values that have guided me from the earliest days of my career.”
submitted May. 6, 2013 7:38P
Dennis Kennedy ’61 was appointed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors to the District 1 seat.
Kennedy, a registered professional mechanical engineer, served as mayor of Morgan Hill from 1991 to 1992, and from 1996 to 2006. He led the city’s efforts to advance the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project. He serves on five non-profit boards and is currently a member of the water district board’s Environmental Advisory Committee. He served on the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan planning committee and was the past chair of the South County Regional Wastewater Authority.
District 1 includes the cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, the town of San Martin, the Evergreen and Silver Creek neighborhoods of San Jose, parts of south San Jose; and hills east of San Jose and Milpitas. His term ends Dec. 5, 2014.
submitted Feb. 4, 2013 9:24P
see year 1958
UGRD Engineering '63
Freshman Dorm: Nobili
Jack Walsh '63 writes, "Married to my wife, Patty for 49 years. We have five children and 16 grandchildren. Still working in my own business and enjoying good health. Life is good."
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 2:35P
UGRD Leavey Business '63
Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
Lawrence A. Specchierla ’63 writes that he retired in 1999 after a 36-year career in financial management with Texaco, Inc. He lives in Palm Springs, Calif., with his wife, Maureen (Harty) ’65, and is the co-president of the Palm Springs Alumni Chapter that covers the Coachella Valley. He spends his time playing golf, traveling, recruiting high school students for SCU in the Coachella Valley, and coordinating the AARP Tax Aide program in Palm Springs. He and his wife will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They have three grown children (two graduated from Santa Clara), three granddaughters, and two grandsons who all live in California.
submitted Apr. 11, 2013 1:15P
GRD Law '63
see year 1960
Joseph Francis Millett ’63 writes, "Looking forward to October."
submitted Mar. 29, 2013 10:42P
Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
Joe Meagher ’63 writes that prior to being discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1967, he married Karen (wife of 46 years) and began his teaching/coaching career at Menlo College, in California. In 2007, he retired from teaching at Woodinville High Schoo, in Washington state, where he taught history, coached basketball, and served as athletic director. Living in Bothell, Wash., he continues to coach (Jackson High School, Mill Creek) while enjoying the three grandchildren who live in the Puget Sound area.
submitted Mar. 26, 2013 11:56A
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
GRD Leavey/MBA '64
Richard Wilson MBA '64 and his wife, Celia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.
submitted May. 28, 2013 5:27P
UGRD Leavey Business '64
Pete Smith ’64 and his wife Becky have two granddaughters attending Santa Clara: Kelsey Inch ’15 and her sister Katrina Inch ’17. Kelsey is in the Honors Program, is a Kappa, and works in the athletic dept. Katrina is on the women's volleyball team. Pete and Becky live in Sun Valley, Idaho
submitted May. 31, 2013 3:16P
see year 1963
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
see year 1959
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
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.
submitted Apr. 17, 2013 10:57A
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