Class Notes | Obituaries
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John Carson ’64 has joined the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox LLP, adding to the firm’s nationally recognized intellectual property practice. Mr. Carson brings extensive experience in eCommerce, patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including licensing and litigation.
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.
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.
John U. Fry MBA ’67 received a Doctor of Management from George Fox University in Newberg (Portland), Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2014. His field of study is enterprise project management with sub-area studies in change management and innovation. His dissertation was titled "Construction Field Architects: Women Barriers." John pursued his degree while working full-time as executive project manager for CDM/Crocker-Fry, Inc. in Watsonville, Calif. The firm specializes in commercial development and design with recent emphasis in natural-food grocery stores.
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.
Eighty-six-year-old Korean War veteran John Meyers MBA ’68 writes that he is being flown to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantry Badge while in Korea in 1951 and 1952. He plays golf three times a week and has 10 holes-in-one.
John Giovannetti ’68 has been inducted into the Lemoore Union High School Hall of Fame in the category of Friend of Lemoore High School. He served on the school's board of trustees for 12 years. He coached girls soccer for the past 18 years at both the JV and varsity levels.
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.
Peter Wise ’69, MBA ’73 will finally retire next year - what a long strange trip it's been. He plans devote time to Puppy Mill rescues and awarness. He and his wife Julie live in Louisville, Colo.
Kenneth G. Stevens ’69, MBA ’84 writes, "I am retired from NASA Ames Research Center and married to Catherine Schulbach who is still working at NASA. I also taught for several years in the early bird computer science program in the Dept. of Engineering."
Keith W. Paulson ’69 and Claire M. Campodonico write, "Our daughter, Angela Anne Gavin M.A. ’05, was married to Tomislav Majic. Their first child, Natalia Rose, was born on July 9, 2013. Angela works full-time as an advanced-class yoga teacher in Los Gatos."
Vincent Mancuso ’69 writes, "We recently sold our house in Bethesda MD and downsized to a condo in Arlington VA. The condo is adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. We spend a lot of time at our cottage in south eastern West Virginia in the Alleghany Mts. WV is a very special place with wonderful people."
Edward Jessen ’69, the longest-serving Reporter of Decisions in the history of the California Supreme Court, has retired after 25 years of public service.
As Reporter of Decisions, Mr. Jessen has been responsible for supervising the preparation and publication of California appellate court opinions in the Official Reports. These days, the work now includes the publication of more than 12,000 opinions a year on the judicial branch's website. Appointed by the court, the Reporter ensures the editorial integrity of all such opinions from filing through publication, and reviews the accuracy of the editorial information included In the advance sheets and bound volumes.
Darrell Igelmund ’69 writes, "Sold my electronic test equipment company and patents (Byte Brothers, Inc. of Seattle) to Jewell Instruments/Triplett of Manchester, NH. The factory was relocated from Seattle to New Hampshire in August. A big thanks to Santa Clara's engineering school for helping this once young guy from New York get off to a good start and standing by me after I received an F in second-year physics (a victim of too much fun!)"
Mike Beresky ’69 writes, "Retired US naval aviator. Worked in the cruise industry after retiring from the Navy. One daughter, married, with our first grandchild on the way. Now I travel the world with wife, Christine, of 32 years, mostly aboard cruise ships. The number of cruises we've taken over the years approximates our ages! Gulp!"
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Jim Andre ’69 writes, "Now retired, I am completing my third voyage teaching on Semester at Sea, Spring 2014. After working in accounting and owning a retail business for a few years, I began my teaching career at the University of Southern California in 1984. I live with my partner of 26 years, Paul Kellogg, in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles."
Patrick Tondreau ’70 is serving as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County and was named the 2013 Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year by the Juvenile Court Judges of California. He also received the 2014 Wester Sweet Award for Legal Activism by the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP.
Mary Terry Rector ’70 retired from GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation), where she had been a senior vice president for nearly 14 years. She and her husband, David, relocated to Genoa, the oldest town in Nevada. Lake Tahoe is about 20 minutes away, and deer, horses, cattle, sheep, and llamas abound in the beautiful Carson Valley.
Bill McGrath ’70 just completed his 25th year on the Bench in San Diego County as a Superior Court Judge. He and wife Grace met on their junior year abroad in Vienna and have been married for 44 years with two sons and two grandchildren.
Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis ’70, M.A. ’73 was honored by the Italian American Cultural Center Foundation for her dedication to the marine environment, Monterey's cultural past, Italian and Japanese heritages, Catholic community, and Fisherman's Wharf.
Evert Nygren M.S. ’71 writes, "My wife and I have moved from Incline Village, Nev., to Ojai, Calif."
Linda A. Mills '71 is now serving on the board of directors for Navient, the nation's leading loan management, servicing, and asset recovery company. Mills is currently corporate vice president of operations for Northrop Grumman, a leading global security provider of advanced solutions for defense, intelligence, civil agency and commercial customers.
Tom Kaminski ’71, M.A. ’72 has retired as a school principal after 34 years, 16 of them with Los Angeles Unified School District. "My biggest challenge with retirement is when to schedule my lunch between naps," he writes. His wife, Linda (Rawson) Kaminski ’72, is superintendent of Azusa Unified School District and makes sure that Tom has something to do between naps. They've been married 42 years with three children and two grandchildren.