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Mel Lewis ’53 says, "Bronco spirit is defined by drive, determination, love of competition, and camaraderie!" Read more about what Santa Clara’s first African-American graduate, first African-American athlete, and first African-American ROTC graduate has to say in this exclusive SCU interview.
Mike McCormack ’56, a 40-year veteran of the real estate industry, has been named executive vice president of the Alaska Financial Company III, LLC.
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Norman Gunther ’59, Ph.D. ’04, continues to be part of SCU's Department of Electrical Engineering’s Electron Devices Laboratory, which has advanced world-class research and scholarship in the areas of electronic devices, materials, and their manufacturing technologies. Gunther collaborates with fellow graduates of the program, advancing the methodologies used to characterize surface nanostructures of thin films used in semiconductors, and advising current graduate students as an applied mathematician.
Frank J. "Cepi" Cepollina ’59 was awarded the Carl Sagan Memorial Award for 2015. The veteran leader of the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, Mr. Cepollina was granted this award by the American Astronautical Society and the Planetary Society. The award recognizes "an individual who has demonstrated leadership in research or policies advancing exploration of the Cosmos."
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.
Jim Schrader ’61 is celebrating his 50th wedding aniversary.
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."
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.
Jorma Kaukonen ’64, best known for his association with legendary San Francisco acts Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has released a brand-new studio album, Ain't in No Hurry, issued on Red House Records. The 11-song collection displays sharp technique and gentle touch on new and old originals and a few renditions of gems by the Carter Family, Rudy Vallée, Woody Guthrie and others.
Richard “Hap” Happoldt ’65, co-chair of the Class of 1965 Reunion Committee, writes, “Starting back about 1992 or '93, Bill Jaeger '65, Harry Miller '65, Bill Terheyden '65, and Barry DeVita '65 got together for lunch one afternoon. That led to other lunches every now and then, and soon the list of attendees started to grow. In the late '90s, Barry formalized a roster with about 40 names on it, and lunches were held two or three times a year. Barry (who passed away in 2013) was the key to what is today one of the largest groups from Santa Clara that meets on a quarterly basis. Since Barry passed the mantle for this group in 2004, the roster has grown to 112 classmates, including 28 of the 'First Co-eds.' Our quarterly lunches in San Francisco continue to be our own social media and are highlighted every December with our Christmas lunch, which draws up to 65 people. One great aspect of having four lunches a year is that it makes it easy to schedule at least one lunch, especially for those living out of state. We're pretty sure this group is quite special and hope it will stir other classes to start something on their own—and we'll be happy to help. Looking forward to our upcoming 50th reunion in October and hoping for some eye-popping attendance numbers!"
Bill Ford '66 writes: "Recently, I counted seven grandchildren. My golf index is seven. I was elected a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, but that has nothing to do with seven." Bill is also a '71 grad of the law school at Loyola Marymount University.
John U. Fry MBA ’67 received a Doctor of Management from George Fox University in Newberg (Portland), Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2014. His field of study is enterprise project management with sub-area studies in change management and innovation. His dissertation was titled "Construction Field Architects: Women Barriers." John pursued his degree while working full-time as executive project manager for CDM/Crocker-Fry, Inc. in Watsonville, Calif. The firm specializes in commercial development and design with recent emphasis in natural-food grocery stores.
Bud Ogden ’69 was inducted into the seventh annual West Coast Conference 2015 Hall of Honor class. Ogden was a catalyst for the Santa Clara men's basketball team amidst one of its most successful runs in program history. He proudly represented the Broncos from 1966-1969 and led Santa Clara to two NCAA tournament appearances. Ogden was named to the WCC All-Conference first team in 1968 and 1969, which followed a second team selection in 1967. Furthermore, Ogden was honored as an All-American selection in 1969 by the Helms Foundation and the USBWA as he led the Broncos to a No. 3 national ranking.
Darrell Igelmund ’69 writes, "Sold my electronic test equipment company and patents (Byte Brothers, Inc. of Seattle) to Jewell Instruments/Triplett of Manchester, NH. The factory was relocated from Seattle to New Hampshire in August. A big thanks to Santa Clara's engineering school for helping this once young guy from New York get off to a good start and standing by me after I received an F in second-year physics (a victim of too much fun!)"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.