Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year 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.
Alana Myles '70 writes, "Now serving my second year on the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board of Education."
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.
Timothy "Pat" Hannon '70, J. D. '74 graduated with a master's in military history from Norwich University on June 19, 2015. He is working as an administrative law judge for Social Security in San Jose.
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.
After 30 years (31 winters) in Truckee, Rob Eskridge '70 moved back to the Santa Clara Valley. He has a small ranch on Hecker Pass, in the southern Santa Cruz mountains. He's still leading strategic planning for mid-market companies as an outside consultant, and grandfathering in San Diego and Reno.
Lawrence Bolton '70 is president of the Foster Youth Education Fund, a nonprofit charity dedicated to assisting former foster youth attending college in Northern California.
(916) 804-6380. Larry.email@example.com
Christine A. Russell '71, MBA '83 has been appointed chief financial officer of UniPixel. Russell brings to the position more than 30 years of CFO and senior management experience for private and publicly traded technology companies. Over the course of her career, she has completed a number of IPOs, as well as both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions.
Evert Nygren M.S. ’71 writes, "My wife and I have moved from Incline Village, Nev., to Ojai, Calif."
Eino Huhtala '70 and Marie (Mackey) Huhtala '71 have just moved back to California after many years in northern Virginia. They made the move to be close to their daughter and two grandchildren in the Bay Area. Eino and Marie will make their home in Petaluma, where they'll be pursuing new professional and personal adventures.
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."
Robert G.P. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 was recently sworn in by Guam Governor Eddie Calvo as a member of the Guam Senior Citizens Council. He is president of the Guam Chapter, AARP, and an adjunct professor at the University of Guam. Cruz has also taught business law for the U. of Phoenix MBA program for the past two years. He recently received an award from the Guam Division of Senior Citizens for serving as a Medicare volunteer assisting senior citizens with appeals. For the past two years, Bob has volunteered as a dance instructor in senior citizen centers throughout Guam. He is also a certified volunteer AARP, Driver Safety Instructor.
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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.
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.
Dr. Lex Runciman '73, professor of English at Linfield College, received the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award, which honors outstanding creative work that has been recognized by peers and has been slated for dissemination. At Linfield since 1992, Runciman has published four textbooks, two anthologies and five books of poetry. His most recent work, One Hour That Morning and Other Poems, was published in 2014, and his work has appeared widely in magazines. He also reviews books in his blog, The Far Corner Reader. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Utah. Runciman has actively served Linfield and the wider community in many roles, including leading Linfield’s strategic planning effort.
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.