Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1970s
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."
Bill Krause '75 has published his first book, Federico Moreno Torroba, A Musical Life in Three Acts (Oxford University Press, 2013), with co-author Walter Clark. Since leaving Santa Clara, he earned his M.M. from University of Southern California and Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis. He currently serves on the faculty of Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.
Timothy M. Bergquist MBA ’75 received the 2013 President's Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership at Northwest Christian University (NCU) on May 11, 2013. He is a Professor of Quantiative Analysis and has been at NCU in Eugene, Ore. since 1996. He and his wife of 42 years live in Eugene.
Kate McDermott '76 is the creator and founder of Art of the Pie. Since 2006 she has taught the time-honored craft of pie making to thousands. One of the most highly sought-after culinary instructors in the United States, Kate is widely acknowledged as one of the best makers of pie ever. Named "Food Rock Star" by Seattle Magazine, Kate has given her Art of the Pie workshop to food luminaries and has received high praise from Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet, Dorie Greenspan, Elise Bauer (Simply Recipes) and many others. Her blackberry pie was featured in Saveur Magazine's Top 100 Issue and appeared on the cover. She has been written about in numerous books, magazines & blogs by award-winning authors. A practitioner of kindness, she aspires to pass on the craft of pie-making to as many as she can. She has two children and lives at her home, Pie Cottage, in Port Angeles, WA.
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Chi-Chia Hsieh Ph.D. '76 is Chairman of Taiwan Science Park Associations.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Shawn French ’76 writes, "Relocated to North Texas after 6 years in AZ taking care of parents, who both have passed on. Reunited with our daughters, grandchildren, diocese and friends."
Am the Faith Formation Program Manager at Our Lady of Angels parish in Allen, Texas
Rob Uyttebroek ’77 is currently working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. and living in Alexandria, Va.
Antonio Reyes J.D. ’77 of Visalia has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59 to a judgeship on the Tulare County Superior Court. Reyes, 60, has been in solo private practice since 1990. He has a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's College. Reyes is a Democrat and fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gerald F. Sevier J.D. '71.
Arnie Maurins ’77 was recently interviewed by NewsReview.com about the role of the library in a high-tech world. Maurins became director of the Washoe County Library System in 2008. He said, "There’s some limitations on what we can do as far as what the county does with technology. They’re generally one or two releases behind the latest software and that kind of thing, but I think within those limitations … we’re doing pretty well. Staff is starting to use mobile devices like tablets out in the stacks, helping people. And we’re going to start lending out those kinds of things to the public for them to use and maybe having a bar setup in the library where they can use those kinds of things and try out the latest stuff."
Thomas E. Jensen ’74, JD ’77, is living the retired life at 8800 feet, in a mountaintop log home 40 miles west of Colorado Springs. Living the life!
John Hagerman MBA ’77 has joined CEO Advisor Franchising Inc., a franchisor of business advisory firms serving the needs of CEOs, presidents and business owners of small and mid-size companies, as CEO Advisor of Silicon Valley.
Stephen P. Yost MBA '78 has been elected as a member of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp's Board of Directors. Yost also has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the company's wholly owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Mercantile Bank.
During the span of his 35-year career in banking, spent mostly in credit administration, Yost held the position of Regional Chief Credit Officer for Comerica Bank, where he was the Executive in charge of its Special Assets Group for the western region. Mr. Yost was the Chief Credit Officer of Imperial Bank prior to its merger with Comerica. He was also a Senior Credit Officer with First Interstate Bank and Mellon Bank, N.A. Upon his retirement in 2006, he established Kestrel Advisors, a credit risk consulting firm that focuses on the banking, financial, and legal communities.
Patti White ’78 has just been appointed Vice Chair of the California Committee of Bar Examiners. She is a semi-retired shareholdedr with Littler Mendelson in the San Jose office.
Jeanine D. Tucker ’78, J.D. ’81 is the new court executive officer with the Tuolumne County Superior Court. Tucker had worked for the Stanislaus County Superior Court since 1991. She most recently served as the operations manager for eight years, managing a staff of about 140 employees.
Greg Meacham ’78 wrote that he's been promoted to account manager in the division AF Solutions, Cardiac Rhythm Device Management, for Medtronic.
Brian R. McDonald ’78 has been appointed CFO of Meru Networks Inc., a leader in wi-fi networks, by its board of directors. McDonald has served as CFO in a number of rapidly growing Silicon Valley technology companies, including both publicly traded and private companies, such as eASIC Inc., Advanced Analogic Technologies, Monolithic Power Systems, and Elantec Semiconductor Inc.
Steven Lovejoy ’78 has retired after 24 years as a chemist at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and is now living with his husband Thane Kreiner, executive director of SCU's Center for Science, Technology and Society, in Sebastopol, Calif.
Pamela Lister '78 writes: "I'm working in the South Bay! My new position is with The Camp Recovery Program in Scotts Valley, marketing this wonderful program!"
Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus
Phil Iatomase ’78 spent more than 20 years in the semiconductor business in Supply Chain Management and as an Information Technology professional. In 1997 he co-founded Ariba, a pioneering business-to-business Internet commerce software company. He writes, "We took the company public in 1999 and at the peak of the market in 2000 had a higher market capitalization than General Motors and employed more than 2,300 people around the world. I left Ariba in 2001 and have spent the last 12 years as a high-tech retiree. Most of my time is spent volunteering/fundraising for various causes I beleive in—particularly education. I have been married to JoAnn Cardinale for 29 years and we have one daughter Marina Iatomase ’14, a junior finance major at SCU."
Modesta Garcia ’78 credits her SCU experience and particularly her mentors, Professor Francisco ’66 and Laura Jimenez ’67, for providing inspiration and a foundation for her career in higher education and service leadership. On receiving her BA in Spanish at SCU, Modesta enrolled and completed a master’s in education at Harvard University. Two years later, she was hired as SCU assistant director of admissions and first minority student recruitment coordinator. This job prepared her for the next step as a Princeton University admissions officer. Subsequently, Modesta was hired in her dream job as faculty/academic counselor at her other alma mater, College of San Mateo, from which she retired after 24 years of service in May 2011. Modesta has been sought as a college admissions consultant and speaker nationally and in China, and consultant or committee member for the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Brown University, the College Board Western Region, Educational Testing Services, NACAC, and WACAC, among others. She now provides college admissions consulting and coaching for Ivy League, international, transfer and general college admissions planning. Modesta also served on the board of directors for the SCU National Alumni Association, which prepared her for such service on the local Harvard alumni chapters. She is Harvard’s (and SCU’s!) only graduate to be elected president of both Bay Area alumni chapters: the Harvard Club of San Francisco, and the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley. Modesta’s works have been recognized with awards from the College Board Western Region, Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Princeton University, and Santa Clara University Chicano Alumni, among others, for her support of students and alumni. Modesta’s 15 minutes of fame unfurled when she introduced Francisco Jimenez as the recipient of the award, 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the award ceremony was held at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
Jeff Ferriell J.D '78 has taken over as director of Capital University Law School's Academic Support Program, and also teaches contracts, bankruptcy, and commercial law. The third edition of his law school hornbook, Understanding Bankruptcy (with co-author Ted Janger of Brooklyn Law School), was published this spring by LexisNexis. He is currently working on the third edition of Understanding Contracts and continues to serve as a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, from Ohio.
Mario Cordero J.D. ’78 has been designated the new chairman of the nation's most powerful maritime governing body, the Federal Maritime Commission, by President Barack Obama. A former Long Beach harbor commissioner, Cordero has practiced law for 30 years, including as a workers' compensation defense attorney. He was on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners for about seven years before heading to the federal commission in 2011.
Janet Napolitano ’79 will step down as head of Homeland Security to become the first woman to head the University of California system.