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Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
Lawrence A. Specchierla ’63 writes that he retired in 1999 after a 36-year career in financial management with Texaco, Inc. He lives in Palm Springs, Calif., with his wife, Maureen (Harty) ’65, and is the co-president of the Palm Springs Alumni Chapter that covers the Coachella Valley. He spends his time playing golf, traveling, recruiting high school students for SCU in the Coachella Valley, and coordinating the AARP Tax Aide program in Palm Springs. He and his wife will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They have three grown children (two graduated from Santa Clara), three granddaughters, and two grandsons who all live in California.
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.
Joseph Francis Millett ’63 writes, "Looking forward to October."
Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
Joe Meagher ’63 writes that prior to being discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1967, he married Karen (wife of 46 years) and began his teaching/coaching career at Menlo College, in California. In 2007, he retired from teaching at Woodinville High Schoo, in Washington state, where he taught history, coached basketball, and served as athletic director. Living in Bothell, Wash., he continues to coach (Jackson High School, Mill Creek) while enjoying the three grandchildren who live in the Puget Sound area.
Edward Maffeo ’49, MBA ’63 and wife Joyce recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at their residence in Erie, Colo., including their great grandchildren, Alexandria and Eli, ages 4 and 2.
Ernest Giachetti '63, was recognized with the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's 2009 Medallion of Distinction. The award is the alumni association's highest honor and given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Dugoni School of Dentistry, research, dental education, or the community. Giachetti has served on the school's faculty for 42 years. Additionally, he volunteers with a small group of fellow alumni to provide a homemade cioppino dinner for the dental school's first-year students each July. "To be recognized by the Dugoni School for doing what I love doing is incredible," said Giachetti. "It is one of the most significant and humbling honors I've ever received." He also maintains a private dental practice in Cupertino, Calif.
James B. Fugua '63 has been elected to be Vice Commodore of Stillwater Yacht Club at Pebble Beach.
Frank Firpo '63 retired from his 45-year long coaching career at Burlingame High School. Firpo coached softball, volleyball, girls basketball and boys basketball at Burlingame in addition to teaching history and physical education and serving as athletic director from 2000-06. He retired as a teacher in 2004.
William Enright '63 is an adjunct reference librarian at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.
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 Cable '63 writes: "Recently was a playing member of the first American baseball team to visit mainland China to engage the Chinese in baseball games. The Americans took 4 out of 5 games and, at 72, I was the oldest person to ever play baseball in China."
Robert Bachmann '63 retired in 2001 from Northrop Grumman and is now teaching part time at Monterey Naval Postgraduate School.
Richard Wilson MBA '64 and his wife, Celia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.
Paul F. Weston '64, MA '73 taught during the spring semester at The Royal University of Phenom Phen. He worked with students in the English Support Program. These students are in teacher training and are learning curriculum management, classroom strategies, and effective teaching skills.
Miguel Ucovich '64 was selected to the Board of Directors for the California League of Cities for a two year term beginning in September of 2011. Ucovich is a council member in the Town of Loomis
John Turner ’64 M.A. ’72 writes that he currently lives in downtown San Jose after living in Los Gatos for 30 years. He Retired in 2004 after teaching high school English for 35 years. He enjoys volunteering and serving on two boards.
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.
Clarence Sullivan ’64 writes: “My grandad taught the Commercial Course in 1911. My parents and four grandparents are buried at the University Cemetery and my daughter, Kieran Sullivan, is a professor in Psychology now.”
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