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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
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 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
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
see year 1958
Labozetta, Bob (Labozetta)
Bob Labozetta ’69, MA ’75 writes: "After 33+ years teaching at the secondary and lately the community college level, I have retired my chalk and white board pens, closed my grading software, and boxed my PowerPoint presentations and lessons. The last six years my wife, Susan, and I resided in Oregon, and last summer decided to chuck it all and travel full-time. We sold our home and most of our possessions, bought a motorhome, and now see the USA (but not in a Chevrolet). While Susan continues her art (sculpture), I may put my SCU education to work by writing who-knows-what. Figuring out how to brew beer on the road, fishing across this great land, and viewing historical sites that I discussed in the classroom but never took the opportunity to visit are prominent objectives as well."
submitted Jan. 28, 2014 3:41P
GRD Law '69
Daniel Kelly J.D. ’69 recently received the Civility and Professionalism award from the San Francisco Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Chapter consists of 350 selected trial lawyers from all of Northern California. Kelly was elected to membership in 1986 and served as Chapter President in 1994. In 2001, he was the recipient of the law school’s Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year award.
submitted Nov. 19, 2013 2:19P
UGRD Engineering '69
submitted Jan. 28, 2014 11:32P
Charles Foley ’69 writes: In March 2013 Texas A&M University published my biography of the first Catholic bishop in Texas, French Vincentian Jean-Marie Odin. The book was more than twenty years in research and writing and is being well received. A few weeks ago the Texas State Senate awarded me a proclamation for the book being published. Odin was named Bishop of Galveston in 1847 and second Archbishop of New Orleans in February 1861.
submitted Jan. 9, 2014 6:13P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Myles, Alana (Hagood)
Alana Hagood Myles ’70 was elected, November 5, 2013, to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board of Trustees. Monterey, Calif.
submitted Jan. 11, 2014 2:51P
GRD Law '71
see year 1968
Charles McDermott ’71 just retired after 30 years of college teaching.
submitted Sep. 23, 2013 2:31P
GRD Engineering '71
Bob Hale M.S. '71, M.S. '79 writes, "Retired. Living in Carlsbad, Calif. Volunteering at Museum of Making Music. Enjoying life!"
submitted Feb. 7, 2014 1:10P
GRD Engineering '71
see year 1969
A veteran real-estate investor, financier, and CEO who has learned the healing qualities of art has donated $12 million to Santa Clara University to help build a grand, three-story art and art history facility on campus by 2016.
The generous gift of Ed Dowd ’72, owner of EMD Properties, Inc., Los Altos, forms the foundation for a campaign that aims to raise $26 million for the new 43,500-square-foot building.
The modern and dramatic Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building will unite SCU’s entire undergraduate community around creativity and innovation, offering centralized studio space, classrooms, gallery displays, a sculpture garden, as well as ample space for faculty, students, visiting artists, and scholars to congregate.
“We are deeply honored and grateful that Ed Dowd has so generously provided this important foundation upon which Santa Clara University will build the new artistic center of campus,” said Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University.
Dowd, who graduated from Santa Clara University in 1972 with a degree in science and commerce, said he became interested in art after the purchase of his home in San Francisco where he began collecting art. This led to the funding of a public-art project at Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Mountain View campus, where he receives treatment for the multiple sclerosis that’s been part of his life since 1993.
“Art transcends all time and seems like a great cause to me,” said Dowd, who says he wants his legacy to extend beyond business causes. “I have a desire to use my resources to create a better world, and I feel a world filled with art is a far more enjoyable place."
A glass sculpture by famed artist Dale Chihuly will grace the lobby of the new building at SCU.
After Dowd’s insistence that a Chihuly sculpture be installed at the PAMF Mountain View facility, letters poured in from patients with gratitude. Many described the healing power of the piece. Dowd did not realize until later the effects an iconic sculpture such as the Chihuly would have on the medical center. After a few years it became clear this sculpture not only assisted patient recovery but also drew a spectacular group of doctors to the facility. It also attracted special attention to the city of Mountain View, as people from all over the world came just to see the sculpture. It is Dowd’s hope that the installation of a Chihuly sculpture at SCU will draw special attention to the University’s art programs and inspire students for years to come: a good fit for the university’s goal to educate the whole person.
The new building will replace the current 25,900-square-foot building located along The Alameda. In addition to about 150 art and art history majors on average, each year more than 1,000 students across multiple majors take classes at the current building and others around campus.
“The creation and study of art plays an integral role in Santa Clara’s emphasis on educating the whole person,” said professor Blake de Maria, chair of the Department of Art & Art History. “Students who take our courses engage both critically and creatively with the visual world, opening channels of innovative thinking, creativity, and expression.”
“As a double major in studio art and engineering, the opportunity to study art and engineering at the same time has allowed me to exercise my creativity in a fun and enjoyable way,” said SCU student Samira Almendras ’14. “Exposure to art is a very important part of being a student and a well-rounded person.”
The new building is part of a major redesign of the north side of SCU’s campus into a vibrant arts-focused quadrant, and will serve as the signature structure of the University’s north entrance. It will be located near the University’s Mayer Theatre, music and dance building, Fess Parker Studio, and Recital Hall.
Other features of the building as currently envisioned:
Dowd, a long-time resident of Los Altos, currently resides in San Francisco. His profession thrived while at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. He was a founder of San Jose National Bank, Commerce Savings and Loan, and is a former member of Santa Clara University’s Board of Fellows. He was formerly vice chairman of the California State Athletic Commission, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown ’59, for which he represented California at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He is active in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1965 to 1969.
“I would like to thank Terri Eckert, director of operations at EMD Properties, Inc., and those at SCU who played a vital role in bringing this project to fruition,” said Dowd.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 4:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Daly, Kerry (n/a)
Kerry K. Daly ’72 has moved from San Francisco to Hollywood, Florida to open "An English Majors Bookstore" in early 2014.
submitted Oct. 4, 2013 8:08A
Anastasio, Kathleen (Viery)
Kathleen Viery ’72 married Louis Anastasio Jr. on October 13, 2013 on Block Island, R.I. The honor attendants were the Louis’ four granddaughters. Kathleen is a retired Chief Financial Officer. Louis is a retired teacher and swim coach.
submitted Jan. 14, 2014 12:41P
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Greg Fox ’73 is married to Anita Ruud, lives in San Francisco and they are blessed with three daughters Anna-Kristina, Elisabeth and Alexandra. He is a partner of the San Francisco law firm Bertrand, Fox & Elliot.
submitted Oct. 3, 2013 11:11P
Nystrom, Deborah (Vicas)
Freshman Dorm: Walsh
Deborah (Vicas) Nystrom '74 writes, "Living in the coldest state of the lower 48, Minnesota, with my true Midwesterner husband. We have two grown children who attended another Jesuit school, Creighton University. No grandkids yet. At this point in my life, my passions are making paintings, organic gardening, and exercise. I am a certified occupational therapist assistant but have worked in special education for a number of years. See you all at the grand reunion! Please show up for 40th reunion, I haven't been to one in 35 years!!"
submitted Jan. 7, 2014 6:17P