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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Lassart is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. A decorated war veteran, Lassart is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserve. In his last assignment as a General Officer he was responsible for the legal operations of the USAR Judge Advocate General’s Corp. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law.
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.
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!"
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.
Mary McQuade Schrey ’71, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Oregon and California, recently was placed on the Supervisory Registery for the State of Oregon and opened up an additional office at 1210 Pearl St, Eugene, Ore. She and her husband, Dean, spend as much time as possible in their second home in Kona, HI.
Terry (Goodfield) Rice ’71, M.A. ’72 writes, "Alain Pinel Realtors keeps me busy up and down the Peninsula and even over to Santa Cruz, selling homes. It's truly amazing and fun. I continue with my love of airplanes by volunteering at the SFO International Airport Museum. This gives me an opportunity to see my Pan American friends and 'talk over the Old Days.' In fact, we had a fun-filled PAA reunion in Monaco a few months ago."
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Charles McDermott ’71 just retired after 30 years of college teaching.
Robert G.P. Cruz ’71, J.D. ’83 recently participated in a four-concert tour of Tallinn, Estonia, and St. Petersberg and Moscow, Russia, with the combined Guam Cantate choir and Ramapo Cantanova choir, led by Dr. Lisa Lutter of Ramapo College, New Jersey. Cruz serves on the Cantate board and has been a member of the choir since 2010. The choir performed music in Russian, Estonian, Hebrew, Latin, and English. Cruz also sings with the 7:30 a.m. choir at the Hagatna Cathedral Basilica in Guam.
Kerry K. Daly ’72 has moved from San Francisco to Hollywood, Florida to open "An English Majors Bookstore" in early 2014.
Andrew Swartz ’73 has been a partner for Spiering, Swartz & Kennedy law firm located in Monterey, Calif. since 1974. He is married to Kiane Swartz, and they reside in Monterey. They have two grown sons: Adam, a longtime Chicago firefighter married with one daughter, and Alex, a business analyst for Visa.
Mitch Lyons J.D. ’73 writes, "Joanne and I wanted to say how sorry we are that the timing of the reunion conflicts with a preplanned trip to Tuscany for her 65th birthday. What a shame as both of us would have loved to come back and join you all. As I looked at the pictures that flashed on the website's 1973 page, I was struck that my memory is not as bad as I thought and everyone looks great. I could put faces (albeit older) to names, like Dick Cunha J.D. '73, Rick Watters J.D. '73, and Joseph Kalashian J.D. '73 on the opening slide (also loved seeing Dan Martin J.D. '73). Then I looked at the list who make up the committee and would love to see you all. Again, Joanne and I send our love. Quick catch up. Joanne and I are both retired and enjoying our first grandchild, Greta Lee Schalfman. Babysitting Monday and Tuesday and loving it. Joanne is about to become a flower show judge. Like all subsets, this one takes an amazing amount of time, artistry and patience. So does staying married to me for 43 years. She loves the whole process (the flower shows, not necessarily me) and I'm glad she has found something rewarding in retirement. About a year and a half ago, I started the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts (www.SEL4Mass.org) in order to shift the conversation to a long-term educational plan to reduce violence and addictions in our society. We have over 300 educators on board with 9 working committees. It takes up about 40 hours a week of my time. Using advocacy skills after 26 years as a plaintiff's lawyer. Had fun writing an article for SCU Law Magazine at the opening of the Institute of Sports Law and Ehics. I hope life is good for you all and we wish you all the best, sending our love to all."
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John Fox ’73 is director of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.
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.
Bill Ducas ’73 writes: "My very best good wishes to those classmates attending the reunion this September."
Steven Mattos '74 writes, "Moved to Lodi, Calif., in semi-retirement state. Will be consulting with Amazon on their opening of a new 1.2-million-square-foot fulfillment warehouse in Tracy, Calif. Still blessed with my four children—now adults—and my four grandchildren, with one more due next March. All is good in life. Hello to all my fellow Broncos, Class of 1974."
Rudolf L. Brutoco '74 is being honored by Western University of Health Sciences as a health care pioneer at its annual A Tribute to Caring gala on Nov. 9, 2013. He is receiving Western U’s highest award, the Elie Wiesel Humanism in Healing Award, presented to individuals who best represent the philosophy and values of the university and have actively incorporated them toward the betterment of the human condition.