Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1960s
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.
Freshman Dorm: Nobili
Jack Walsh '63 writes, "Married to my wife, Patty for 49 years. We have five children and 16 grandchildren. Still working in my own business and enjoying good health. Life is good."
Reno Di Bono ’63 writes that he has been married to Anna Maria for 50 years and has lived in Cupertino for 50 years. They have three sons—Reno ’87, Jeff ’88, and Dave ’92—and nine grandchildren. Di Bono was a basketball coach and teacher of American history at St. Francis High School (1964–1969). He then taught AP American history for 33 years at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino (1969–2002). He has been a professional accordionist for 40 years,(www.italianaccordion.com) and continues to lecture on American history at a variety of local community organizations.
Richard Wilson MBA '64 and his wife, Celia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.
Freshman Dorm: Kenna
Nick Tone ’64 is retired from the high-tech industry having worked for Westinghouse Electric, Northrop Grumman and Intel. He has been residing in the Sierra foothills for 15 years. Nick enjoys watching his four grandsons grow (Gabe, Jose & Tony, sons of Elizabeth Ann Tone Kitch, and Jonah Tone, son of Joseph P. Tone ’01). Nick is one of the class of ’64 alum traveling with their families to Sunriver Ore., yearly, since 1989. In Sunriver they enjoy golf and other outdoor activities. Over these 25 years 25 different classmates have participated in the annual trek. Nick looks forward to our 50th reunion this fall and his classmates' induction into the Gianera Society.
Pete Smith ’64 and his wife Becky have two granddaughters attending Santa Clara: Kelsey Inch ’15 and her sister Katrina Inch ’17. Kelsey is in the Honors Program, is a Kappa, and works in the athletic dept. Katrina is on the women's volleyball team. Pete and Becky live in Sun Valley, Idaho
James Lassart ’64 is senior trial counsel in the San Francisco office of Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney. Lassart has handled more than 100 jury trials and brings an extensive history of representing corporations and individuals in the investigation and litigation of private and governmental claims arising from alleged wrongdoing, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and professional misconduct, including matters before Federal and State Courts, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the State Bar of California and various local governmental and quasi-governmental bodies. Before entering private practice, he served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting organized crime cases and serving as coordinator of the Northwest Region of the President’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He was also an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco for 12 years, prosecuting complex homicide cases. Most recently, Lassart was managing partner of the San Francisco office of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley.
Lassart is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. A decorated war veteran, Lassart is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserve. In his last assignment as a General Officer he was responsible for the legal operations of the USAR Judge Advocate General’s Corp. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law.
Don Eaton '59, J.D. '64 notes that he brought California Gov. Jerry Brown '59 to SCU for a WPO event regarding Brown's goals for the future of California in October, 2012. Pictured here: Eaton, Brown, and their wives. The event was catered by Donna Eaton Busse '90, also pictured. Brown and Eaton were debate partners at SCU.
Peter Ventura ’66, J.D. ’72 is the new president of the Rotary Club of Clearlake. Ventura joined the Rotary Club shortly after he and his wife, Pinky, who is a registered nurse case manager at Adventist Health, moved to Hidden Valley Lake in 2007, following his retirement after 30 years in the wine industry.
Larry Palla ’66 has recently changed careers after 43 years at Greene Engineers. He and his wife Barbara are now running an organic farm, Meder Street Farms, in Santa Cruz. They also spent time with their grandkids, ages 1,4 and 6.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Donald J. Sullivan ’68, J.D. ’71 received the prestigious Judge of the Year Award for 2013 from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association at its annual black tie dinner at the Ritz Carleton Hotel in San Francisco. Sullivan currently presides over a trial department in the criminal division. Besides serving in the criminal division soon after his appointment to the bench by Governor Davis in 2003, Sullivan has previously served as a Judge in the Unified Family Court doing family and juvenile dependency matters and has had a variety of Civil Court assignments, including jury trials, elder abuse and civil harassment. Sullivan reports that he immensely enjoyed the 45th reunion of his class of ’68 and wishes he had had more time to spend chatting with his classmates. Sullivan lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Genevieve.
Freshman Dorm: Nobili
Carol Sexton ’68 writes, "Rob Sexton ’68 and I married in 1970, raised 4 kids both here and abroad. He passed away in 2008, having lived a full and rich life as a designer and artist. I practice guerilla teaching in business school, carefully undermining the Milton Friedman-esque mindsets of the younger generations. Currently at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Agribusiness department—labor issues in agriculture. Can't imagine retiring!"
Huntly Gordon MBA ’70 has been dubbed "The World's Most Interesting Man" by the Santa Cruz Sentinel. That's because 35 years of adventure travel have given him countless stories: the time he ran with the bulls through the narrow, twisting streets of Pamplona, Spain; when he was trapped in Tehran during the 1978 Iranian Revolution; when he walked into a gun battle on a dark street in Cuzco, Peru; the time he encountered primitive Dani tribesmen, their fierce, naked bodies covered only by strategic gourds.
Kenneth G. Stevens ’69, MBA ’84 writes, "I am retired from NASA Ames Research Center and married to Catherine Schulbach who is still working at NASA. I also taught for several years in the early bird computer science program in the Dept. of Engineering."
Bob Labozetta ’69, MA ’75 writes: "After 33+ years teaching at the secondary and lately the community college level, I have retired my chalk and white board pens, closed my grading software, and boxed my PowerPoint presentations and lessons. The last six years my wife, Susan, and I resided in Oregon, and last summer decided to chuck it all and travel full-time. We sold our home and most of our possessions, bought a motorhome, and now see the USA (but not in a Chevrolet). While Susan continues her art (sculpture), I may put my SCU education to work by writing who-knows-what. Figuring out how to brew beer on the road, fishing across this great land, and viewing historical sites that I discussed in the classroom but never took the opportunity to visit are prominent objectives as well."
Daniel Kelly J.D. ’69 recently received the Civility and Professionalism award from the San Francisco Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Chapter consists of 350 selected trial lawyers from all of Northern California. Kelly was elected to membership in 1986 and served as Chapter President in 1994. In 2001, he was the recipient of the law school’s Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year award.
Dr. Patrick Foley M.A. '69 has recently published his book Missionery Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans (Texas A&M University Press). He has spent more than 20 years researching and writing the book.
Charles Foley ’69 writes: In March 2013 Texas A&M University published my biography of the first Catholic bishop in Texas, French Vincentian Jean-Marie Odin. The book was more than twenty years in research and writing and is being well received. A few weeks ago the Texas State Senate awarded me a proclamation for the book being published. Odin was named Bishop of Galveston in 1847 and second Archbishop of New Orleans in February 1861.
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