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GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Charney, Howard

Cisco senior VP Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77 and his wife of 34 years, Alida Schoolmaster Charney, have donated $10 million in matching and direct funds to Santa Clara University School of Law to fund a new technologically advanced, collaboration-oriented law school building, which will replace three current facilities and be housed near the business school to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.

Charney said he was motivated to donate to the law school to preserve and advance its vital role at the University, and because he has witnessed firsthand how imperative it is for business, engineering, and other leaders to grasp the overarching role of the law in their endeavors. He said it is important to him to give back to people and organizations like Santa Clara University that helped shape him and contributed to his success.
“Santa Clara University is in the process of redefining itself,” said Charney. “I hope this gift will create momentum and help to shape what the University will look like for the next several decades.”
Charney co-founded the $3 billion company 3Com as well as Grand Junction Networks, which was acquired by Cisco in 1995. He currently is senior vice president in the Office of the President and CEO at Cisco, contributing to Cisco's strategy and direction and also advising businesses, governments, and educators around the world in implementing critical Internet technologies to improve organizational effectiveness.
Over his career Charney has overseen the development and expansion of key technologies that have helped build the global Internet as it exists today. He helped grow Cisco’s two-tier distribution business to more than $2.4 billion and helped turn fast ethernet and low-cost switching into fundamental, global Internet technologies. At 3Com, he helped create products that would later become ethernet and local area networking, enabling Internet access to the desktop.
He said law school taught him that a system of laws underpins all great business creations.
“Attending Santa Clara Law was really pivotal to making me who I am—the law gelled it all together for me,” said Charney. “I learned that the law is a set of valuable, lofty practices and behaviors that guide how people interact.”
Charney has been a longtime adviser to the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, funding a professorship there, serving on the advisory board, and recently joining the executive committee.
A licensed patent attorney, Charney has served as a board member for several technology companies. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master’s of business administration and juris doctor degrees from Santa Clara University.
Their son is Tristan Charney MBA '06.
submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:19A
Bathen Jr., Eric

Eric J. Bathen Jr. J.D. '73 and Patricia J. Bathen '73 writes: "Our daughter, Hollis (Bathen) Barr '01, had her first baby on May 21. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Sal."

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 6:36P



Timothy "Pat" Hannon '70, J. D. '74 graduated with a master's in military history from Norwich University on June 19, 2015. He is working as an administrative law judge for Social Security in San Jose.

submitted Jul. 17, 2015 3:53P
GRD Law '74
Cruden, John

John Cruden J.D. ’74 was confirmed by the United States Senate to be the assistant attorney general for Environment and Natural Resources Division for the United States Department of Justice. Cruden was originally appointed to the position in an announcement on December 23, 2013.

After graduating from West Point, Santa Clara Law, and the Woodrow Wilson School at the University of Virginia, Cruden served in several positions during his legal career in the military. After rising to the chief legislative counsel of the U.S. Army, Cruden then joined the government to spend decades practicing environmental law. He spent more than 20 years as a top career attorney in the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources division before leaving that position to besom president of Washington-based research and advocacy organization the Environmental Law Institute (ELI).
ELI Chariman Edward Strohbehn Jr. has this to say about Cruden:
“John Cruden’s lifetime commitment to public service, his decades devoted to environmental law, and his outstanding record at the Justice Department make him an unparalleled choice to lead the Environment and Natural Resources Division. We at ELI can attest to the great qualities he will bring to the work—his knowledge and judgment to make good decisions and his spirit and energy to bring others together and get the job done.”
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:45P
UGRD Leavey Business '74
Crary, Fred

Fred Crary '74, MBA '77 is retired and enjoying volunteering and traveling with his wife of 36 years Kimberly Shanley Crary '77. Fred is also the creator/writer of The Bucking Bronco sports blog covering SCU men's basketball and athletics from the perspective of season ticket holders who want us to return to national prominence.

Contact Fred
The Bucking Bronco
submitted May. 12, 2015 5:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '74
Casper, Tony

The artwork of Tony Casper ’74 is on display at the University of Madison, Wisconsin, Health Sciences Learning Center, through Nov. 30. He writes, "My passion is to create photographs that will beckon viewers to experience their own journey to a place of inner beauty and tranquility." The Smithsonian Institution has preserved a series of Casper's garden photographs, and he has received numerous awards at art shows throughout the United States. "My formal studies in photography began at the University of Santa Clara," says Casper. "While there, I benefited from having my work critiqued by Ansel Adams."

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 1:40P


Sager, Sherri

Sherri R. Sager '75 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. Sager is the chief government and community relations officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. For more than two decades, she has been advocating for children and expectant mothers, primarily by working with government officials and communities on policy issues. She is on the boards of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association and East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood Family Health Center. In 2012, she received a Tribute to Women Award from the YWCA, adding it to a long list of recognitions for her volunteerism.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:21P
UGRD Leavey Business '75
Guercio, David

David Guercio '75 writes, "After 35 years in high tech, I retired and began my second career in Real Estate. In 2014, I joined Alain Pinel Realtors in Saratoga."

Contact David
Alain Pinel Realtors 12772 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd. Saratoga, CA 95070 408-529-4069
submitted Aug. 6, 2015 8:46P
Frank, Barb (Burns)

Freshman Dorm: Dunne

Barb (Burns) Frank '75, MBA '81 writes, "I retired at the end of 2005 after almost 30 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of positions, mostly in finance and information technology. I am currently the president of the Intel Retiree Organization and treasurer for Community Bridges, the largest deliverer of family services in Santa Cruz County. In 2015, my first grandchild was born to our daughter Jessica Frank Brown '05, so we are planning on moving to San Francisco sometime next year to be closer to our children and my stepson and family. Every year since we turned 50, I have been organizing us 4th-floor Dunne girls for an annual girl's weekend. Very fun!"

Contact Barb
submitted Sep. 23, 2015 3:27P
Dawson, Robert

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Robert M. Dawson ’75 is a senior litigation partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Johanna, have two daughters: Michelle (about to start law school after two years at JP Morgan and graduating from Columbia in English Literature) and Stephanie (junior at Wesleyan). He writes, "Santa Clara provided me with extraordinary personal growth and a deep education, for which I will always be grateful. Particularly strong are memories of Dr. Pierson, Dr. Gurney, Dr. Moscy, and Sister Marie-Louise Beutner."

submitted Feb. 6, 2015 3:36P
Callaway, Donn

Donn Callaway ’75 started as the director of Special Sessions, College of Extended Learning and International Affairs, at SF State in April 2014.

submitted Dec. 11, 2014 4:28P


GRD Leavey/MBA '76
White, Kelly
Kelly White MBA ’76 is part of a new commercial lending team that has joined the Bank of the Pacific, expanding its presence in Salem, Oregon. White specializes in commercial real estate lending. He has spent 20 years in banking, the last 15 of which were in Oregon. Kelly has a strong diversified background in banking, most recent as a commercial real estate lender serving the Willamette Valley. He has been an active member of the Salem Rotary Club for the past 17 years.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:14P
GRD Law '76
Price Jr., Curren

After serving seven years in the California Legislature (51st Assembly District and 26th Senate District) Curren D. Price Jr. J.D. '76 has returned to public service in Los Angeles. In June 2013, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, 9th District. On the council he chairs the Economic Development Committee and serves on the ad hoc committee to oversee and coordinate the city's bid and participation in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. He is married to businessswoman and social activist Del Richardson, and they have two grown children and three grandkids.

submitted Aug. 28, 2015 4:19P
GRD Law '76
Pichon, Risë
On Jan. 1, Risë Jones Pichon '73, J.D. '76 became Santa Clara County’s first minority presiding Superior Court judge.
Pichon, 62, said she got to the top of her legal career by taking chances outside her comfort zone and learning how to deal with obstacles tied to her race. Today she brings to her new position a lifelong understanding of race relations.
“Having lived when I lived gives a person a great understanding of how people feel, how they feel when there’s only one of them in a group,” said Pichon.
“The fact that they can feel powerless and some can abuse their power. … It’s given me the courage at this point of my life to make sure people are treated fairly. I can’t say it’s best to treat everyone the same because that’s no longer true. Justice is not blind.”
Read the full story at
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 3:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '76
Paxton, Larry

Larry Paxton '76 was recently elected as president of the American Geophysical Union's Space Physics and Aeronomy Section. Larry is the head of the Geospace and Earth Science Group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In July, he met Dr. Frank Drake of the Drake Equation. Dr. Drake had presented a lecture on project Ozma to the physics majors in 1974. That lecture and Larry's experience as an undergraduate researcher and participation in the Honors Program at Santa Clara shaped Larry's later life and career.

Contact Larry
submitted Jul. 20, 2015 5:54P
GRD Law '76
Hamilton, Phyllis

Phyllis Hamilton J.D. ’76 has been appointed chief judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Hamilton is the first African-American woman in the court’s history to fill this position.

“Having enjoyed my work in court governance in many capacities over the years, I look forward to working with my colleagues and the bar and staff of this court to continue the court’s traditions of innovation and excellent service,” Judge Hamilton said.
Judge Hamilton received her BA from Stanford in 1974 and her JD from Santa Clara Law in 1976. Her judicial career has included appointments as an administrative judge for a federal agency, a magistrate judge of this court, and a district judge of this court from 2000 to the present. Since 2010, she has served in the Oakland Division.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:06P
GRD Leavey/MBA '76
Gilbert, Richard

Richard Gilbert MBA ’76 has been brought on as executive vice president of business development and as a member of the board of directors for Wialan Technologies Inc., a next-generation wireless telecommunications provider.

submitted Mar. 20, 2015 9:56P
GRD Leavey/MBA '76
Giebel, Kenneth

Kenneth Giebel '69, MBA '76 has been appointed director of homeownership at California Housing Finance Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. California Housing Finance Agency provides home mortgage financing to first-time homebuyers and renters in California. It also provides mortgage insurance; permanent financing for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of existing or new construction of rental housing; and multifamily rental development properties management services. Giebel, 68, of Lincoln, has served as acting director of single family lending for the agency since 2012 and was director of marketing from 2002 to 2012. He was director of promotions and ethnic advertising at the California State Lottery from 1994 to 2002. Prior to the Lottery position, Ken worked in marketing, advertising, and promotion positions for a number of Fortune 500 Companies.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:48P


Whipple, Arthur

Arthur Whipple '77 MBA has been appointed to the role of chief financial officer at ABBYY, a leading provider of technology that helps businesses effectively action information. As a new member of ABBYY's North American executive team, Whipple will be responsible for financial planning and operations, asset management, and overseeing funding and risk management.

Whipple brings with him nearly three decades of experience in technology industries as a trusted advisor and CFO. Prior to his position at ABBYY, Whipple was the CFO for several companies in the semiconductor industry including, Quicklogic Corporation, Teknovus, Inc., Silicon Storage Technology and, most recently, PLX Technology where he guided the business to a return to profitability and set the company up for its acquisition by Avago Technologies last year.


submitted Jul. 22, 2015 12:32P
Long, Geoff

Geoff Long ’77 is policy director for State Senate President Kevin de Leon. His wife, Joyce Terhaar, serves as executive editor of The Sacramento Bee. Their two sons, Connor and Casey, are both UC Santa Barbara grads.

submitted Aug. 3, 2015 2:15P
GRD Leavey/MBA '77
Crary, Fred
see year 1974
GRD Law '77
Charney, Howard
see year 1973


Watson, Robert

Robert J. Watson '78, MBA '81 writes, "My oldest daughter, Eileen Watson '18, is a freshman at SCU in the Leavey School of Business. She's living in Sobrato and working in the Career Center!"

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 3:07P
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