Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1970s
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
After 35 years in a "big law firm," Liz Smith-Chavez ’70 opened her own boutique law firm (Smith Chavez Law) in 2013 in San Diego, specializing in business, real estate and probate litigation and dispute resolution, as well as oil and gas throughout the Western United States and Alaska. Liz has two daughters and three stepsons, as well as a 7 year old grandson who shares her passion for dinosaurs. She is probably the only attorney around with dinosaur poop in her office, right next to the books she has published on California Real Property litigation.
Nancy F. Schwalen ’70 taught in the Eastside Union High School District for 40 years, starting at James Lick High School in the Fall of 1970 as a teacher-intern. She completed her credential studies in the summer of 1971. In 1976 she moved to Santa Teresa High School where she taught for the rest of her career. She taught almost every level of high school English, from English Language Development (ESL) to AP English Literature. In addition to classroom teaching, she served as a new teacher mentor, an ELD chairperson, and a staff development coordinator. Additionally she worked on accreditation teams for the Accrediting Commission for Schools - Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a task she has continued after her retirement in 2010. She married Stephen in 1971 and they reared three children, Chris, Andy, and Beth. She and Steve now enjoy the energy and antics of 4 grandchildren. She and Steve are also active in their parish, particularly in RCIA and liturgy.
Nancy Mazza ’70 enjoyed an "Umbrian Cooking Class" reunion dinner with classmates Yvonne Hall ’70, Pattie (Brown) Dullea ’70, Jan Morey ’70, Cecilia (Cantlay) Sartor ’70, Susan (Cook) Craig ’70, and Arlene (Morey) Mariani ’72, led by our esteemed colleague from Assisi, Anne Robichaud ’70, on her annual US Cooking Tour.
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
Deborah Lewallen ’70 retired last year from the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser, where she worked for 17 years as a Marriage and Family therapist. She and her husband, Rob, celebrated 40 years of marriage on Jan. 4 this year. They have three adult kids and two grandkids, all living in San Diego, who bring constant joy and amazement into their lives. They enjoy spending as much time as possible at their cabin in the Sierras near Bridgeport, California.
Evert Nygren M.S. ’71 writes, "My wife and I have moved from Incline Village, Nev., to Ojai, Calif."
G. Edward Rudloff Jr. J.D. ’72, of San Rafael, has been reelected president of the Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff law firm. Rudloff is a Santa Clara University law graduate and partner at the firm, which is located in San Francisco.
Kevin Rooney ’72 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic school education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. Since 1980, Rooney has been the athletic director and head varsity football coach at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He was named the Schutt Sports and American Football Monthly Magazine West Region Coach of the Year, inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, presented the Gerald R. Ford All American High School Coach Award by the All American Football Foundation, inducted into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and named The California State Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. Rooney has been recognized as CIF Coach of the Year four times, and has also been named Coach of the Year twice by the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News.
Chris Bjorklund ’72, widely known as the Savvy Consumer, has worked as a consumer advocate for more than 35 years. Her unique perspective on consumer issues and trends comes from her work in both the private and public sectors, as well as in the media and non-profit world. In her semi-retirment, Bjorklund contributes regularly to the Diamond Certified blog. Prior to joining American Ratings Corporation, Chris was the consumer reporter for KGO-Radio, where she produced consumer segments for the morning and afternoon newscasts. She also managed the consumer complaint unit for KGO-Radio and TV. Before KGO, Chris was an investigator for the Consumer Fraud Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, a consumer news producer for KPIX-TV, and the director of Consumer Education for the Rocky Mountain Better Business Bureau in Denver. She was on the national Board of Directors of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, for 24 years.
Walter G. Weber ’73 has been chosed by the California Dental Association (CDA) to be its new president for 2014–2015. Dr. Weber, who has been practicing general dentistry in Campbell, Calif., for more than 30 years and lives in Los Gatos, graduated from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Santa Clara University, with a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. He has been a CDA member for 33 years and succeeds past president, James D. Stephens, DDS.
Kevin M. Rooney ’73 was married to the former Joanne Rosenberg on Aug. 3, 2014, in Morgan Hill with several former SCU classmates in attendance. Kevin is director of operations for RNP Advisory Serices in Morgan Hill and is eagerly awaiting joining his classmates who have already crossed over into retirement.
Dave Rigney ’63, MBA ’73 and his wife Barbara celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Napili Bay in Maui with their daughters Pam O'Sullivan ’90, Sue Hamilton ’92, and Patti; their husbands Joe, Gerry Hamilton ’92, MBA ’03, and Tim; and eight grandchildren. Dave retired 10 years ago after 25 years with the Electric Power Research Institute, 13 years with Silicon Valley Power and PG&E and service with the U. S. Army in Vietnam.
Nicholas Mule ’73 retired in March 2014 after 32+ years with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. He and his wife Shirley (also recently retired) recently moved to Southern California (Newbury Park) to be closer to their son, daughter and granddaughters.
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.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 200
John Raycraft ’74 has continued his career with the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier and is currently in his 35th year of service. He has been a Union Activist with the National Association of Letter Carriers throughout his career and is currently serving as Vice-President of NALC Branch 866 in Visalia, Calif. John just finished a three day backpack in Kings Canyon National Park with 26 year old son Evan and fellow SCU alum Chris Bomba ’74. He followed that with moving his 28 year old daughter Miranda to Loveland, Colo. Unfortunately, he and his wife will not be able to attend the 40th reunion.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Bob Lassalle-Klein ’74, M.Div ’86 is on sabbatical at Santa Clara University this year (2014-15) and is chair of Religious Studies and Prof of Religion and Philosophy at Holy Names University. He is a co-founder of and began his family with Lynn at the Oakland Catholic Worker, which serves immigrant families. They have three wonderfulchildren, Kate Lassalle-Klein ’16 (21), Rose (19, Seattle U sophomore), and Peter (16, sophomore SJND high school). Bob did his dissertation with Jon Sobrino and just published Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacuría, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America (2014), which Orbis Books calls "the definitive account," and Kevin Burke describes as, "sweeping in its scope, unsettling in its political and historical implications, and profound in its theological depth." Bob is currently finishing The Spiritual Writings of Jon Sobrino (Orbis) and beginning work on Jesus the Immigrant: Contextual Christology and the Signs of the Times. He has done three edited volumes on Contextual Christology (Orbis 2011); The Galilean Jesus (Special Issue of Theological Studies 2009); and The Thought of Ignacio Ellacuría (with Kevin Burke, S.J., 2006). He serves on the board for the Instituto Hispano of the Jesuit School of Theology; as a consultant for the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University, and has daughters who participated this summer in university-sponsored service projects in El Salvador and Ghana. Kate has just finished six weeks working with Sr. Peggy O'Neill at the Centro Arte y Paz in Suchitoto supported by a Jean Donovan Fellowship from the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara.
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.
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."
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."
Donn Callaway ’75 started as the director of Special Sessions, College of Extended Learning and International Affairs, at SF State in April 2014.
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.
Recently elected vice mayor of Los Gatos Barbara Spector J.D. ’78 maintains her active mediation and litigation practices at Hoge Fenton Jonues & Appel in San Jose.