Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1970s
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karrie Grasser '70 received the 2015 Paul L. Locatelli Award for her outstanding service to the Alumni Association and Santa Clara University. She has been responsible for planning many of the University’s major events. Karrie’s eye for detail and her etiquette, sound judgment, and personal touch has shaped the University’s image for almost three decades.
Evert Nygren M.S. ’71 writes, "My wife and I have moved from Incline Village, Nev., to Ojai, Calif."
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.
Marcel d'Ercole '71 writes, "I competed in December 2014 at the Masters World Jiu-Jitsu championship and placed second. It was a totally unexpected outcome for me to place second in any kind of world championship at anything. The real story is that my ankles and knee are gone from playing basketball at Santa Clara and long-distance running before I even took up jiu jitsu. I've learned that not only do you not have to retire from sports activities, it's possible to start from scratch even at an advanced age."
Mike Carey ’71, an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network, was recently profiled on BlackAmericaWeb for being the first black referee to officiate the Super Bowl, in 2008. Carey was a running back for Santa Clara before he joined the NFL ranks as a referee in 1990. In a 2008 ESPN poll, Carey was tied in voting for “best referee” among NFL head coaches along with fellow veteran, Ed Hochuli.
David B. Samuelson '72, J.D. '75 writes: "Medicare cards this year! And a new granddaughter, Violet!"
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.
On March 31, 2015, David Rietmann MBA ’72 retired from U.S. Oil & Refining Co following 23 years as the company's chief financial officer.
Jim Perez ’72 completed a solo swim crossing of Lake Tahoe at 12 miles on 8-14 in a little less than 6 hours. Jim was a past captain and MVP of both the SCU Swim and Water Polo teams while at SCU and was a record holder in the distance Freestyle events. Photos will follow.
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.
Hon. J. Stephen Czuleger ’73 returned in November 2014 from teaching law in Tirana, Albania. Judge Czuleger was awarded a Fulbright grant by the Fulbright Commission of the U.S. State Department. Working through the US Embassy in Albania, he lectured at Tirana University Law School. He also spoke at a number of other law schools, met with the judges of Albania and members of the Albanian government as well as granting television and newspaper interviews. During his term, Judge Czuleger was asked to lecture on comparative law as well as issues of official corruption and independence of the judiciary. He is the first sitting judge from the United States to receive a Fulbright to teach in Albania. He continues to sit as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court beginning his 28th year on the court.