Class Notes | Obituaries
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Steve Schott ’60 was inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame in May. A pitcher for the Broncos’ baseball team during his student days at SCU, Schott is perhaps best known as a former co-owner of the Oakland A’s. In 2004, Schott kicked off funding for a new baseball stadium at Santa Clara with a $4 million gift. The 1,500-seat Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium, designed with player development in mind and one of the premier college baseball stadiums on the West Coast, opened in April 2005 to a sold-out crowd. He and wife Patricia Schott also funded the Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building, which began welcoming visitors to the Mission Campus in 2012. Schott is a founding partner of Citation Homes in Santa Clara.
Robert Ponzini ’60 writes: "Retired in 2003 after 34 years with a small research-oriented military contractor. I worked with Kaman Sciences, which was acquired by ITT in 1999. My wife Moureen and I lived in Colorado Springs until just recently, when we relocated in Las Cruces NM to be near our children."
Retired in 2003 after 34 years with a small research-oriented military contractor. I worked with Kaman Sciences, which was acquired by ITT in 1999. My wife Moureen and I lived in Colorado Springs until just recently, when we relocated in Las Cruces NM to be near our children.
Allan Nicholson '60 and wife June traveled to Daytona Beach, Fla. in April for Allan's 60th high school reunion.
Norman E. Matteoni ’60 has written Prairie Man: The Struggle between Sitting Bull and Indian Agent James McLaughlin (TwoDot Books, June 2015), which delves into the conflict between the Lakota people and the U.S. government, shedding new light and perspective on this pivotal time in history. Matteoni is a legal scholar and practicing lawyer. He has written extensively in law review articles, appellate briefs, and a two-volume treatise on the Law of Eminent Domain in California. He also is an amateur photographer, and in 2008 he photographed areas of the northern plains, home of the Lakota.
Bob Maloney '60 reports that his oldest grandson, Brett Davey, will be attending SCU this fall as a 4th generation Bronco. He is preceded by great-grandfather Joseph Madden '24, grandfather Bob, and parents Len '84 and Cynthia '85.
Ron Li '60 was named a senior HomeLoan consultant at Central Pacific Bank. Li, who joined Oahu sales team, has more than 30 years of mortgage lending experience. He was previously with American Savings Bank, where he served as a residential loan officer. Prior, he worked at Metlife Home Loans, First Horizon Home Loan, Washington Mutual, North American Mortgage, Security Pacific Mortgage, and All Pacific Mortgage.
John Johnck '60 attended his 60th Reunion from the 8th grade Class of 1952 at St. Vincent de Paul, San Francisco, Calif. First gathering ever. He lives in So Lake Tahoe, Russan River, and S.F. and is retired. Go Broncos!
Michael C. De Prie ’60 writes, "After almost 54 years I have finally retired—22 years in the U.S. Army and 32 years as a partner in a small CPA firm."
Jim Schrader ’61 is celebrating his 50th wedding aniversary.
Bill Regan '61 serves as the president of the Order of Malta for the Western Association. The order in the western U.S. has over 750 members who contribute over 50,000 hours of hands-on service to the poor and sick.
William Regan '61 is the president of the Order of Malta Western Association covering 13 western states.
Fr. Max Oliva ’61 writes, "As a result of my ministry with men and women in the corporate community both in the United States and in Canada, a sequel to my book, Beatitudes for the Workplace (2009), has recently been published. It is called The 10 Commandments for Everyday Life. Both books are available also on Kindle and both are available either from 23rd Publications or on Amazon.com."
Max Oliva, S.J. ’61 was recently featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the success of his "attention-getting" ministry, Ethics in the Marketplace. Through short talks to business groups, full-length seminars, or individual sessions, Fr. Oliva works with businesspeople—Catholics or non-Catholics—to try to sort through quandaries they encounter in the office: How should a businessperson deal with a larcenous partner, lay off people to satisfy cash flow necessities yet not crush the spirit of the former employees, or handle a contract dispute with a client?
John Hall ’61 writes: “I recovered from malignant melanoma during the past three years, am now healthy again with good blood results. Wrote a just-published book, Beating Cancer Can Be Fun, [filled with] cancer surviving strategies for first-time diagnosed cancer patients, available as an e-book on Amazon or Nook at Barnes and Noble or as a hardback or soft. If you know anyone with cancer, have them call me regarding the nutrients and supplements I take to stay healed. I still am an active therapist for kids and adults, just contracted with TriCareWest to counsel traumatized veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan."
John is recent author of BEATING CANCER CAN BE FUN his personal testimony of how he recovered from 10 metastisised tumors and his research on how NUTRITION CAN CURE CANCERS
Ernie Giachetti '63 is a longtime general practice dentist in Cupertino and was recently awarded the Medallion of Distinction by the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. It is the highest annual award given by the dental school's alumni association for contributions to the school, the profession or society in general. Ernie and wife Marcia live in the San Jose area with their children, Stephen '96, Jennifer '98 and Michael.
Daniel C. Flynn '61 is doing volunteer French-to-English translation and English language training for medical staff at Medecins sans frontires (Doctors without borders) Brussels. He also leads several English language conversation groups in Verviers in eastern Belgium, where he and his wife Kate McNally live.
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Bob Wynhausen ’62 and Barbara (Comeau) Wynhausen celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in January. Barb was a 1963 graduate of O'Conner Hospital School of Nursing.
Lawrence F. Terry '57, J.D. 62, retired Judge of the Superior Court, and his wife Anna Marie Terry (College of Notre Dame '58) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 8, 2009, with a special Mass followed by dinner with family, classmates, and friends at the Adobe Lodge.
Judge Lawrence Terry '57, J.D. '62 was honored by the Santa Clara County Medical Association at its annual awards banquest held on June 8, 2010, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Calif. He was selected to receive the association's annual citizens award in recognition of his significant contribution to the health field. Judge Terry was instrumental in establishing the Drug Treatment Court in Santa Clara County which has gained State and National recognition for its innovative work in introducing treatment and recovery in criminal drug cases.
Mike Riley '62 has earned the certified Wealth Strategist designation through First Allied Securities. Riley has lived at Lake Tahoe for 15 years.
Bill Mowatt ’58, M.A. ’69 has recently retired from completing Team N Training marathons. Dr. Mowatt and his wife, Gail, have raised more than $75,000 for Leukemia-Lymphoma research, and now they both chair fundraising events for the Santa Cruz County Symphony. Bill still teaches the Shakespeare plays for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. They enjoy living in Santa Cruz with Mike, their lovable Airedale terrier.
John Massa '62 writes that he got bored. So he "started two new businesses in agriculture, one in farming, and one composting and application company."
Bill King ’62 was named an Honored Vaquero during the 2011 Vaquero Show and Sale at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum in November.
Along with his brother, Chuck, the Kings were born to be ranchers. Family roots link the brothers to Santa Barbara’s early Spanish settlers who owned and operated many large ranchos in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, as well as the original de la Guerra and Orena homes in Santa Barbara.
Though their family urged them to enter professional careers, they were determined to be full-time cattlemen after attending college. They launched the King Brothers Cattle Company and leased a 6,000-acre ranch near Parkfield in southern Monterey County.
“We thought we knew something about working cattle, but the years we spent in Parkfield showed us just how much we didn’t know,” Bill said. “At one branding Chuck and I roped a calf, but the ground crew ignored us. After a while, we realized that we were too far from the fire so we dragged the calf closer and the ground crew went to work. We’d still be there if we hadn’t moved closer!”
After three years, the Kings returned to Los Alamos and bought their mother’s herd and leased the family ranch. They expanded their cattle business as they married and began families, leasing several ranches, most notably the San Julian Ranch that had family ties.
In 1973, Chuck sold his interest in the cattle company to Bill and obtained a real estate license. Bill worked for Glen and Raymond Cornelius, much-respected local cattle traders and ranchers.
“They taught me a lot about the business end of the cattle industry,” Bill said.
Bill and his daughter Jenny still operate King Brothers Cattle Company. Jenny’s husband Luke Hardin and Bill’s son Billy cowboy for the family cattle operation. Bill’s daughter Katy also helps out on a regular basis. For the past 12 years, Bill and Jenny have also run the receiving station in Buellton for the Templeton Livestock Market, helping fellow ranchers to ship their stock to market.
For decades, both King brothers have been active in the Cattlemen’s Association at the local, state and national levels. They have served on the state and county boards of directors. Bill is a past president of the Santa Barbara County Cattlemen’s Association and in 2007 was honored by the Santa Barbara County Fair Board as Livestock Producer of the Year.
Chuck and Bill continue to participate in the tri-county Fiesta Rodeo events in Santa Barbara. They won the team penning in 1970 with neighbor Ted Monighetti and have placed in a number of the events throughout the years.
In 2005, both were honored by the Fiesta Rodeo Board as Honorary Vaqueros for their years of involvement in the rodeo as well as their contributions to the local cattle industry.
Bill and Chuck contributed photographs and documents on their family history for a book titled Reminiscences of Early California, written in 1932 by their great-uncle Dario Orena but published only this year by Dibblee Hoyt and Bob Isaacson.
“This wonderful book describes the way Vaqueros really lived,” Chuck said. “Dario provides a clear picture of life on the vast early California ranchos. He was born in the mid-1850s and died in 1937, so his life bridges the Mexican era and modern times. He describes everything from hunting grizzly bears to braiding a reata. Most of the action takes place in the Los Alamos and Santa Ynez Valleys as well as the Cuyama Valley. It is a great book.” The book is published by Muleshoe Press, is available for purchase at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, 3596 Sagunto St. in Santa Ynez.