Class Notes | Obituaries
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Henry Richard '37 and wife Margery will celebrate their 70th anniversary in July, and now have four great grandchildren.
Bill Adams '37 writes with news about the Class of 1937 Endowed Scholarship. Started during the 1986-87 school year, the fund has provided more than $370,000 in scholarships over the years in five categories: arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, business, engineering, and intercollegiate athletics.
William Wolff ’40 writes: “At 94+ enjoying life in beautiful Santa Barbara at a senior living residence. Few SCU people in area.” (He also underscores, literally, that SCM is an “excellent magazine.”]
Warren W. Smith. Jr., BS 1943 and Mabel I. Smith celebrated their 66th anniversary on May 1, 2009. They are still residing in Santa Rosa, since 1986.
Joseph Michael '43 writes that he will finally retire at age 90, for the second time.
Michael Filice '43 and wife Corrinne celebrated 63 years of marriage on June 1.
John Smurda '46 reports that his grandson, Matthew J. Smurda '07 and Emily Sultan '07 were married in Hawaii last July. Matt is in his last year at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Joseph A. Rechenmacher '49, in September 2011, received a certificate of appreciation for 52 years of service from the state of California’s Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. Rechenmacher is the son-in-law of a 105-year-old member of the Catala Club, Winnie Hook.
Edward Maffeo ’49, MBA ’63 and wife Joyce recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at their residence in Erie, Colo., including their great grandchildren, Alexandria and Eli, ages 4 and 2.
Harry Wenberg '50 has been residing Saratoga for 34 years with wife Jean. He is in good health and will be celebrating his 85th birthday in October.
Eugene "Gene" A. Ravizza ’50 was selected as a School of Engineering Centennial Award recipient for his commitment to integrity while designing and executing cutting-edge electrical systems and for his ongoing support of his alma mater. In 1954 Ravizza co-founded Cupertino Electric, a company that has grown into one of the top 10 electrical contracting firms in the country. Innovative problem-solvers, the company has “powered the creation of Silicon Valley” through projects such as the first semiconductor chip fabrication plant to an ultra-energy-efficient data center, to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has generously supported the School of Engineering’s successful Solar Decathlon entries in 2007 and 2009, and has also created a scholarship fund for undergraduate engineers. Ravizza received the School of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 1997.
Robert Lambert '50 and his wife Margaret will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 24, 2010. This date in 1950 is one week after Robert graduated from Santa Clara.
G. Steve Holeman '50 writes that he is happy in Lake Wildwood, near Grass Valley, Calif., playing golf and enjoying the beautiful lake. He attended the 65th high school reunion at Bellarmine in June.
G. Steve Holeman '50 writes, "Hope to make it to our 60th anniversary, God willing, and my health continues to improve."
John Gallagher '50 has enjoyed retirement for the past 23 years after a 40-year career as a civil engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation (1950-1990). John and his wife, Evelyn, have been married for 57 years, raised 5 children, and have 6 grandchildren. They are now residing in an assisted living facility in Tacoma, WA.
Betty Ford '50 has been a member of the Catala Club, which is celebrating its 80 years on campus this spring, since 1974.
Cornelius Buckley, S.J., ’50 celebrated his golden jubilee of priesthood in March, when, to honor his life of service, his family and friends established a scholarship fund in his name at Thomas Aquinas College for financially challenged students. There, he is the head chaplain and assistant dean for religious affairs. Buckley has spent much of his academic career in Jesuit institutions—earning multiple degrees, teaching, and serving in administrative positions. His publications include the book When Jesuits Were Giants, Your Word, O Lord … Meditations for College Students and Anyone Else, and a translation of Simon Decloux’s The Ignatian Way. Read more at http://www.the-tidings.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2272.
John Bower '50 stays home and watches mostly TV news. He writes, "Survival is good if your health holds up. My lifetime employer, IBM, is doing well."
Barnard J. Vogel Jr. ’51, J.D. ’56 writes: “A group of us from '51 along with spouses or dates get together 2 or 3 times a year for over 10 years. Inlcudes Jim Vaudanga '51, Neil Moran '51, Don Iden '51, Angelo Siracusa '51, Sam Winklebleck '51, Pierre Bouquet '51.”
Dick Schaub ’51 writes that he and wife Lou-Ann will attend his 55th Class Reunion at Harvard Business School June 8-11, 2011.
Frank Helfrich ’51 received a commendation in May from the Menlo Park Historical Association for 30 years of volunteer service. The 83-year-old historian and Menlo Park native helped to shepherd the nonprofit organziation almost from day one, archiving the town’s memories, which he still does. Read about his experiences at The Almanac Online.
Leo Petrucci '52 has been married for 63 years. He is retired with three children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Fr. Ed McMahon '52 writes that in his 80th year he has finished a 12 year research project with small groups called "Rediscovering the Lost Body-Connection Within Christian Spirituality." It will be published shortly as a workbook with practical body-learnings and exercises that can transform a Christian's awareness of who Christ is today and who each of us is "in Christ."