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1970

UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Tondreau, Patrick

Patrick Tondreau ’70 is serving as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County and was named the 2013 Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year by the Juvenile Court Judges of California. He also received the 2014 Wester Sweet Award for Legal Activism by the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP.

submitted Jul. 16, 2014 3:34P
'70
Rector, Mary (Terry)

Mary Terry Rector ’70 retired from GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation), where she had been a  senior vice president for nearly 14 years. She and her husband, David, relocated to Genoa, the oldest town in Nevada. Lake Tahoe is about 20 minutes away, and deer, horses, cattle, sheep, and llamas abound in the beautiful Carson Valley.

submitted Jul. 1, 2014 4:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
McGrath, William

Bill McGrath ’70 just completed his 25th year on the Bench in San Diego County as a Superior Court Judge. He and wife Grace met on their junior year abroad in Vienna and have been married for 44 years with two sons and two grandchildren.

submitted Mar. 19, 2014 10:42A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Lewallen, Deborah (Singer)

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.

submitted Jan. 15, 2015 7:48P
'70
Fettis, Mary (Cerrito)

Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis ’70, M.A. ’73 was honored by the Italian American Cultural Center Foundation for her dedication to the marine environment, Monterey's cultural past, Italian and Japanese heritages, Catholic community, and Fisherman's Wharf.

submitted Apr. 29, 2014 10:50P

1971

GRD Law '71
Sullivan, Donald

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.

submitted Mar. 4, 2014 8:09A
GRD Engineering '71
Nygren, Evert

Evert Nygren M.S. ’71 writes, "My wife and I have moved from Incline Village, Nev., to Ojai, Calif."

submitted Nov. 13, 2014 1:33P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Mills, Linda

Linda A. Mills '71 is now serving on the board of directors for Navient, the nation's leading loan management, servicing, and asset recovery company. Mills is currently corporate vice president of operations for Northrop Grumman, a leading global security provider of advanced solutions for defense, intelligence, civil agency and commercial customers.

At Northrop Grumman, Mills is responsible for driving effective operations to enable top performance, innovation, and affordability. She has direct responsibility for corporate programs, quality, technology and engineering and the associated corporate councils.
 
In 2012, she received the Federal 100 Award from Federal Computer Week, recognizing government and industry leaders who have played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community. Last year she was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune magazine.
 
submitted May. 22, 2014 10:09A
'71
Kaminski, Tom

Tom Kaminski ’71, M.A. ’72 has retired as a school principal after 34 years, 16 of them with Los Angeles Unified School District.  "My biggest challenge with retirement is when to schedule my lunch between naps," he writes.  His wife, Linda (Rawson) Kaminski ’72, is superintendent of Azusa Unified School District and makes sure that Tom has something to do between naps.  They've been married 42 years with three children and two grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 21, 2014 7:50A
'71
Cruz, Robert

Robert G. Cruz ’71, J.D. ’83 writes that he is an adjunct professor teaching business law and intergovernmental relations at the University of Guam. He also teaches business law for the University of Phoenix MBA program. He was recently elected president, Guam chapter, AARP. He is a member of the Governer's Council on Senior Citizens.

submitted May. 27, 2014 4:37P

1972

UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Samuelson, David

David B. Samuelson '72, J.D. '75 writes: "Medicare cards this year! And a new granddaughter, Violet!"

submitted Aug. 2, 2014 10:49A
GRD Law '72
Rudloff, G.

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.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 4:07P
'72
Peters, Mary Ann

Former ambassador Mary Ann Peters '72 has been appointed chief executive officer of The Carter Center. Peters, leaving a position as provost of the U.S. Naval War College, will provide vision and leadership for The Carter Centerand will oversee all program implementation and operations.

The Carter Center is the not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 1982 to "wage peace, fight disease, and build hope" worldwide. The Center has improved the quality of life for many millions of people in 80 nations by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers in developing nations to increase crop production.

 
Peters has been provost of the U.S. Naval War College since September 2008. Previously, she was dean of academics of the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch — Partenkirchen, Germany. 
 
Prior to becoming dean of the college, Peters served as associate director for international liaison at the Marshall Center. Peters spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. From 2000 to 2003, she was U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, leading the mission's efforts in support of the war on terrorism and other key U.S. foreign policy goals. She received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2003 for her work there.
Prior to her posting in Dhaka, Peters was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, responsible for the management of the embassy and supervision of the six U.S. consulates general in Canada.
 
From 1995 to 1997, Peters served in the White House as director for European and Canadian Affairs at the National Security Council. Among other portfolios in this position, Peters worked on the diplomatic and security aspects of the search for peace in Northern Ireland. 
 
From 1993 to 1994, Peters served as deputy assistant secretary of state with oversight responsibility for U.S. relations with 19 Western European countries and Canada. In this capacity she acted as the U.S. chair of the U.S. — Canada military coordination body, the Permanent Joint Board on Defense. A senior diplomat, Peters also has served in Sofia, Bulgaria, as deputy chief of mission; in Moscow as economic counselor; and in Mandalay, Burma, as principal officer. 
 
From 1988 to 1990, Peters was the deputy director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs in the State Department. She began her career as a vice-consul in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1975.
 
Peters holds a bachelor of arts degree from Santa Clara University and a masters of international studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Her formal education also included courses at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Peters is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security.

 

 

submitted Apr. 24, 2014 11:06A
'72
Perez, Jim

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.

submitted Sep. 2, 2014 7:45A
'72
Kaminski, Tom
see year 1971

1973

GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Wise, Peter (NA)

Peter Wise ’69, MBA ’73 will finally retire next year - what a long strange trip it's been. He plans devote time to Puppy Mill rescues and awarness. He and his wife Julie live in Louisville, Colo.

submitted Apr. 30, 2014 8:00A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Weber, Walter

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.

During his recent installation speech at CDA's House of Delegates meeting, Dr. Weber emphasized the importance of CDA continually looking for ways to support members and the patients they serve in the profession's changing landscape, according to the association.
 
"Current trends in dentistry, including shrinking dental insurance benefits, pressures to reduce costs, and increasing costs of dental education, make it important for CDA to understand members' needs and develop strategies to help them succeed and best care for patients," Dr. Weber said. "Our members' success is critical for our organization to continue as the leaders in advocating for Californians' oral health."
 
Dr. Weber, past president of the Santa Clara County Dental Society, has served on the board of Tthe Dentists Insurance Company, CDA's Policy Development Council, and the Dental Benefits Task Force.
 
submitted Dec. 3, 2014 11:57A
UGRD Leavey Business '73
Rigney, Dave

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.

submitted Oct. 31, 2014 9:58A
'73
Reis, Alvaro

Alvaro A. Reis MBA '73 writes that he is retired and has been enjoying lectures and OLLI activities at SCU, doing in-state travel, and catching up with family and friends. He adds that he reads Santa Clara Magazine from cover to cover.

submitted May. 4, 2014 1:12P
'73
Pichon, Risë
On Jan. 1, Risë Jones Pichon '73, J.D. '76 became Santa Clara County’s first minority presiding Superior Court judge.
 
Pichon, 62, said she got to the top of her legal career by taking chances outside her comfort zone and learning how to deal with obstacles tied to her race. Today she brings to her new position a lifelong understanding of race relations.
 
“Having lived when I lived gives a person a great understanding of how people feel, how they feel when there’s only one of them in a group,” said Pichon.
“The fact that they can feel powerless and some can abuse their power. … It’s given me the courage at this point of my life to make sure people are treated fairly. I can’t say it’s best to treat everyone the same because that’s no longer true. Justice is not blind.”
 
 
Read the full story at KQED.org.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 3:00P
UGRD Engineering '73
Mule, Nicholas

Nicholas Mule ’73 retired in March 2014 after 32+ years with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. He and his wife Shirley (also recently retired) recently moved to Southern California (Newbury Park) to be closer to their son, daughter and granddaughters.

submitted Oct. 19, 2014 8:00P
'73
Maydonovitch, John
John Maydonovitch M.S. '73 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
 
As chair of the Industry Advisory Board, he has provided outstanding leadership and secured donations to support engineering programs. In 1999, he established two awards to honor the late professor Gerald Markle, founder of the Applied Mathematics Department—one recognizing excellence in teaching, and one supporting student scholarship. As CEO of MCE, a local manufacturing company, he regularly recruits Santa Clara engineering students for internships, providing important mentoring and job experience, while exemplifying the Jesuit model of giving back.
 

 

submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:02P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '73
Fettis, Mary (Cerrito)
see year 1970
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Charney, Howard

Cisco senior VP Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77 and his wife of 34 years, Alida Schoolmaster Charney, have donated $10 million in matching and direct funds to Santa Clara University School of Law to fund a new technologically advanced, collaboration-oriented law school building, which will replace three current facilities and be housed near the business school to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.

Charney said he was motivated to donate to the law school to preserve and advance its vital role at the University, and because he has witnessed firsthand how imperative it is for business, engineering, and other leaders to grasp the overarching role of the law in their endeavors. He said it is important to him to give back to people and organizations like Santa Clara University that helped shape him and contributed to his success.
 
“Santa Clara University is in the process of redefining itself,” said Charney. “I hope this gift will create momentum and help to shape what the University will look like for the next several decades.”
 
Charney co-founded the $3 billion company 3Com as well as Grand Junction Networks, which was acquired by Cisco in 1995. He currently is senior vice president in the Office of the President and CEO at Cisco, contributing to Cisco's strategy and direction and also advising businesses, governments, and educators around the world in implementing critical Internet technologies to improve organizational effectiveness.
 
Over his career Charney has overseen the development and expansion of key technologies that have helped build the global Internet as it exists today. He helped grow Cisco’s two-tier distribution business to more than $2.4 billion and helped turn fast ethernet and low-cost switching into fundamental, global Internet technologies. At 3Com, he helped create products that would later become ethernet and local area networking, enabling Internet access to the desktop.
He said law school taught him that a system of laws underpins all great business creations.
 
“Attending Santa Clara Law was really pivotal to making me who I am—the law gelled it all together for me,” said Charney. “I learned that the law is a set of valuable, lofty practices and behaviors that guide how people interact.”
 
Charney has been a longtime adviser to the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, funding a professorship there, serving on the advisory board, and recently joining the executive committee.
 
A licensed patent attorney, Charney has served as a board member for several technology companies. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master’s of business administration and juris doctor degrees from Santa Clara University.
Their son is Tristan Charney MBA '06.
submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:19A
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