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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.”
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submitted Jan. 9, 2015 3:00P
UGRD Leavey Business '73
Pereira, Michael

Michael Pereira '73, retired NFL vice president of officiating, joins Fox Sports as a multi-platform NFL rules analyst. Before his retirement, Pereira did weekly reviews of controversial officiating calls for the NFL Network. It was one area where the NFL Network outshined the league's other broadcast partners. Pereira will be situated in a control room each Sunday at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles, giving him visual access to all games played. If circumstances warrant a rules interpretation or explanation, he'll be available to interact with studio analysts and game crews from stadiums around the country, either on- or off-camera. A team of Los Angeles-area football referees, each assigned to a different game, will be assisting Pereira.

submitted Jul. 7, 2010 1:45P
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
Morrow, James

James Morrow MBA '66, Ph.D. '73 is chairman, president and CEO of Green Energy 1, Inc., a designer, developer, owner, and operator of waste to energy technology and solar plants for the generation of electricity and production of potable water worldwide.

submitted May. 10, 2010 4:29P
Miller, Jeffrey
Jeffrey A. Miller ’73, MBA ’76 has been elected to SCU’s Board of Trustees. Miller has more than 35 years of high-tech experience in semiconductors, hardware, and software companies. Prior to establishing the business-consulting firm JAMM Ventures, Miller was a venture partner with Redpoint Ventures, mentoring CEOs of portfolio companies. He was previously chairman and CEO of Documentum, an enterprise document-management software company that became one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the country under Miller's leadership. He spent the early years of his career at Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, also holding senior marketing and general management executive positions at Adaptec and Cadence Design Systems. He serves or has served on the boards of Lithium, MarkLogic, McAfee, Accept Corp., Data Domain, Datameer, ServiceNow, Unicru and American Prairie Reserve. He was previously co-managing director of SCU's Center for Science, Technology, and Society.
submitted Jun. 18, 2012 9:04P
McCauley, Steven

Steven McCauley '73 is chair of the physics department at Cal Poly, Pomona.

submitted Jun. 11, 2009 3:05P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '73
Maydonovitch, John

John B. Maydonovitch M.A. '73, chief executive officer of San Jose-based MCE Inc., is receiving the Xavier University Founders' Day Award for 2011. Maydonovitch is a 1970 Xavier graduate and member of the University's Board of Trustees. He feels blessed to have had mentors throughout his academic and professional career, like his calculus professor at Xavier who encouraged him to pursue computer engineering and attend Silicon Valley-based Santa Clara University for graduate school in the early 1970s. Maydonovitch says his timing could not have been better as he got a foothold in the booming high-tech industry, spending 21 years in systems engineering and executive management positions with Hewlett-Packard Co. before following his passion to lead small high-tech companies.

submitted Oct. 21, 2011 2:33P
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
Martinez, Ph.D., Linda (Fernandez)

Linda (Fernandez) Martinez M.A. ’73 writes, "I have recently semiretired in order to travel more."

submitted May. 16, 2013 10:41A
GRD Law '73
Lyons, Mitch

Mitch Lyons J.D. ’73 writes, "Joanne and I wanted to say how sorry we are that the timing of the reunion conflicts with a preplanned trip to Tuscany for her 65th birthday. What a shame as both of us would have loved to come back and join you all. As I looked at the pictures that flashed on the website's 1973 page, I was struck that my memory is not as bad as I thought and everyone looks great. I could put faces (albeit older) to names, like Dick Cunha J.D. '73, Rick Watters J.D. '73, and Joseph Kalashian J.D. '73 on the opening slide (also loved seeing Dan Martin J.D. '73). Then I looked at the list who make up the committee and would love to see you all. Again, Joanne and I send our love. Quick catch up. Joanne and I are both retired and enjoying our first grandchild, Greta Lee Schalfman. Babysitting Monday and Tuesday and loving it. Joanne is about to become a flower show judge. Like all subsets, this one takes an amazing amount of time, artistry and patience. So does staying married to me for 43 years. She loves the whole process (the flower shows, not necessarily me) and I'm glad she has found something rewarding in retirement. About a year and a half ago, I started the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts ( in order to shift the conversation to a long-term educational plan to reduce violence and addictions in our society. We have over 300 educators on board with 9 working committees. It takes up about 40 hours a week of my time. Using advocacy skills after 26 years as a plaintiff's lawyer. Had fun writing an article for SCU Law Magazine at the opening of the Institute of Sports Law and Ehics. I hope life is good for you all and we wish you all the best, sending our love to all."

Contact Mitch!/mitch.lyons.902
submitted Jun. 27, 2013 7:16P
Lunceford, Thomas

Tom Lunceford '73 is teaching history at Washington High school in Fremont, Calif. He writes, "new roommate: CJ Lunceford, 86 years young!"

submitted Apr. 30, 2010 12:45P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Lim, Richard

Richard Lim ’73 has been appointed by Hawaiian Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie to serve in the Cabinet as the Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. Lim has over 25 years of banking and inverstment experience that he gained as a co-founder of the marchant banking firm Sennet Capital and a former president of City Bank. He has also been deeply involved in public bcommissions, including Island Insurance, Hawaii Technology Development Venture Board, and the Hawaii Institute for Pulbic Affairs.

submitted Dec. 1, 2010 2:20P
Langford, Doug

Doug Langford '73 works as a dentist and rancher. He is a board member of Fairchild Medical Center, Madrone Hospice and the president of United Scholarships Inc. He also serves on the Siskiyou County Dental Task Force, which serves the indigent and uninsured children of the United States.

submitted Jun. 11, 2009 1:56P
Laidlaw, Scott

Scott Laidlaw ’73 retired as a Vice President at Bank of America on December 31, 2014 after 37 years in banking at Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank. He lives in Pleasant Hill, California with his wife Suzanne.

submitted Feb. 17, 2015 4:49P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Kane, Thomas

Dr. Thomas Kane ’73 writes: “Medical Director of the Queens Joint Center, Founder of the Kane Orthopedic Institute, still surfing in Hawaii after 26 years here.”

submitted May. 16, 2011 11:35A
Kane, Thomas

Thomas J. Kane '73 writes that "the Kane Orthopedic Institute just celebrated its five-year anniversary in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to continuing 24 years of private practice in orthopedic surgery, I am assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Manoa, and am the medical director of The Queen's Joint Center, the largest hospital in Hawaii. My eldest son was just accepted into the UH Medical School, and my younger son is a professional surfer. I have lived in Hawaii for 31 years and treasure my education at Santa Clara—a truly 'classical education' that is difficult to replicate in the modern era."

Contact Thomas
Kane Orthopedic Institute 550 S Beretania, Suite 402 Honolulu, HI 96813
submitted May. 9, 2015 4:48P
Hagan, Rick

Rick Hagan '73, '77 writes, "I retired as director of Housing on August 3, which was also my 35-year employment anniversary at the University of San Diego. Being a time of reflection and counting blessings, I am very appreciative for the opportunity George Giacomini '56 provided when, in 1974, he entrusted me with the responsibility for supervising the residential life program at Santa Clara. Who would ever have dreamed of the amazing career that would result from that opportunity?!! I also want to thank Frank Oliva '74, Mike Radford '74, and Tom House '74, J.D. '77 for the support each of them provided me that led to such a rewarding career of working with college students for 40 years. However, now I am enjoying the flexibility retirement provides and spending more quality time with my wife, Suzanne, who continues to teach 3rd grade, plus our three children Ryan (28), Kelli (26), and Sean (24) who all live nearby in San Diego. I am already enjoying a fast start on my goal to do more traveling, with trips to Julian, Temecula, Anaheim for the D23 Expo, Mammoth, and Hawaii while beginning to plan for the European adventure Suzanne and I will experience together next summer."

submitted Oct. 18, 2015 8:07P
GRD Law '73
Guinan, Clark

Clark "Gus" Guinan J.D. '73 has retired after 39 years practicing law, the last four years as the city attorney of Burlingame. Gus and his wife, Signe, live in Berkeley.

submitted Mar. 11, 2013 10:11A
Gill, Russell

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Russell W. Gill ’73 writes, "I owned and operated Russ' RV Service for 27 years in San Diego County, then moved to Kansas in 2010 for a change in scenery after my wife passed away with MS. In 2011 I was forced to retire after suffering a massive stroke and heart attack. Today I play darts for fun and money as well as support and work with several nonprofit charities, including the National MS Society, the Heart Association, and the American Stroke Foundation."

Contact Russell
submitted Apr. 9, 2013 7:22P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Gerrity, Kathleen

Dr. Kathleen Gerrity ’73 celebrated her 25th year of business ownership at the Boulder Creek Veterinary Clinic. Employees include her twin sons, Joey and Mario.

submitted May. 16, 2011 11:07A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Fox, John

John Fox '73 writes: "I am a Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department, now on assignment to the US Army War College in Carlisle PA as a Professor of International Relations."

submitted Apr. 27, 2012 5:36A
Fox, John

John Fox ’73 is director of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

submitted Aug. 6, 2013 10:21A
Fox, Greg

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Greg Fox ’73 is married to Anita Ruud, lives in San Francisco and they are blessed with three daughters Anna-Kristina, Elisabeth and Alexandra. He is a partner of the San Francisco law firm Bertrand, Fox & Elliot.

submitted Oct. 3, 2013 11:11P
Finocchio, Robert
Robert Finocchio '73 has joined the board of directors of Nuance Communications Inc. Finocchio is a corporate director, private investor, and the Dean’s Executive Professor of Management at Santa Clara University, where he has served as a trustee since 1999. Finocchio also serves on the boards of Broadcom, Echelon, Silver-Peak,, and Vistage International.
Previously, he served as president, CEO, and chairman of Informix Corporation. Prior to Informix, he spent nine years at 3Com Corporation, where he last served as president of 3Com Systems. He has also served in numerous executive and management roles at IBM, ROLM Corporation, and Bank of America.


submitted May. 7, 2015 1:19P
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