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GRD Law '48
Joseph D. Michael ’43, J.D. ’48 writes, "I graduated from Santa Clara, enlisted in the Navy, was assigned to Columbia University, and graduated as an Ensign. I was in the invasion of the Philippines. After the war, I attended Santa Clara Law School. Upon graduation in 1948, I opened my own law office, expanded it over the years, and retired. I then developed housing for low-income families and retirement facilities for seniors. I retired again in 2014 and developed the Michael Family Foundation to assist the needy."
submitted Jul. 17, 2014 1:54P
G. Steve Holeman '50 writes, "Not many of us left. .... I keep in touch with several classmates, including Charlie Bedolla '50, Jack Smrekar '50, and Bob Ferrari '50. Still trying to play golf."
submitted May. 14, 2014 2:01P
Behrens , Helena
Leigh Josephson ’52 is living his golden years on the island of Kauai, after teaching for many years at Iolani School in Honolulu. He has been married for over 60 years and raised his children in Honolulu as well. After being inducted into the Hawaiian Aquatic Hall of Fame, he is looking forward to competing in an annual open water swim in Hanalei Bay.
submitted Jun. 26, 2014 1:02P
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ClaytonBarbeau@facebook.com
submitted Apr. 29, 2014 8:10P
In 1959, prior to graduation, Clayton Barbeau ’59 was asked by the then Chairman of the Engish Dept, to please give a communion breakfast talk to the Dad's Club of St. Joseph's Church. Clay decided he had never heard of anyone talking to a Dad's Club about fatherhood. Living in the tin buildings of married student's housing and the father of three...he accepted the task. He wrote the talk, but paid little attention to the notes...and received not only a standing ovation, but the men lined up to individually shake hands and thank him. It was then that one of the Dads spotted the notes on the lectern...and asked if he could mimeograph the talk for "our wives and the men who haven't been here." Clay agreed and a week later was presented with fifty copies of his speech. On behalf of the Alumni Journal, Dr.Wade asked if they could print it. Clay gave permission, and meanwhile various priests asked for multiple copies for the persons they were counseling. It was then that Clay wrote to Naomi Burton, Thomas Merton's agent, who had asked him to write a novel. He asked if she could help his family income by getting the speech into a magazine. A few days later, he got her reply: "Too highbrow for the family magazines, too down to earth for the intellectual magazines, stick to fiction." Two days later, she phoned him to say the John Bettin, editor at Henry Regnery was in her office and she had shown him the manuscript, He wanted to know if Clay would turn it into a book. The "Father of the Family" took seven days to write. The publisher got worried because of it talked of sex and marriage in ways more unusual than anything before. After the third putting off the publication date, Clay gave an ultimatum and the book was published. The book received rave reviews ...and was given the "Spiritual Life Award" for best book on the spiritual life in the year. It was then, at the request of Cardinal Tisserant, translated into Italian for the Council Fathers dealing with family issues. The Italian translation came out with quotations from the documents of Vatican II preceding each Chapter... quotations based upon the chapters. All editions since then have had those quotes... And the book has never been out of print, but Sophia Press this year decided to revamp the cover and it has now entered its 54th year of life and to Clay's surprise, the interviewers treat it as though it is a new work.
Clayton C, Barbeau, M.A., MFT 1217 Roycott Way San Jose, Ca. 95125 WWW,Ikonpress.com
submitted Jul. 22, 2014 5:26P
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
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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
Irv Scott '64 and his wife, Sylvia, just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. They have three sons—Chris, Brian '93, and Matt—and two grandchildren. In 1976 Scott founded the Sacramento law firm Porter Scott, specializing in defense of civil lawsuits. He's a pitcher/second baseman in the Sacramento Mens Senior Baseball League and in National Tournaments put on by the MSBL, NABA and ROY HOBBS organizations. The team has won 13 World Series Championships since 1992. In 2008 he was inducted into the Sacramento Mens Senior Baseball League Hall of Fame. His other interests include golf, skiing, hiking, reading, and traveling. He and his wife divide their time between Sacramento, Calif., and Sun Valley, Idaho.
submitted Aug. 2, 2014 9:42A
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
Margaret “Margie” Richards Taylor ’67 was recently profiled in the Sun.Star, a news website serving the Philippines, for her long career and entrepreneur endeavors. After prominent positions at companies including Johnnie Walker, United Distillers Group, Kraft General Foods, and Brown and Williamson, a tobacco company, where she becme its first woman and first Asian corporate vice president, Taylor started the Harston Group, a Hong Kong–registered family company representing well-known brands in the duty-free markets, in 2006.
Two years ago she launched Bibendum, a quality wine shop based in Cebu, Philippines, where she was born. Soon, she will manage a Cebu branch of the employment agency Omafil Phil., which is tasked to hire 800 Filipino nurses for England.
submitted Jul. 21, 2014 9:27A