Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted anytime by graduates in the 1970s
Bruce Bottini ’70, J.D ’74 writes: “I am a trial lawyer in Portland, Ore., specializing in personal injury law, in practice with my wife, Marianne, and son John for over 25 years.”
Frank Boitano ’69, MBA ’74 and his daughter Lauren summited Mt. Kilimanjaro on Jan. 17, 2013.
Chris Bernbrock '74 retired from IBM on Dec. 31, 2013 - after nearly three decades of fascinating, mostly global, roles with the company. He can now be found these days enjoying long walks and Tai Chi on the beaches of Orange County in Southern California with his beautiful wife of 37 years, Yoopin.... and becoming increasingly involved in their parish community of Holy Spirit, in Fountain Valley. They will be attending the weekend portion of the class reunion in October.
Rita Beamish '74 climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, at 19,300 feet, in July with a group of women journalist friends.
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
Rita Beamish '74 is the project editor of the newly released The Upside of Aging, a wide-ranging, factually-based book that reveals the vast opportunities of our aging world. Yes, there is in fact an upside.
Patrick Yam MBA ’75 is part of a team of Silicon Valley financial and sports luminaries—including 49ers president and former Facebook CFO Gideon Yu, former Oakland Athletics co-owner Steve Schott ’60, local swimmers, and city leaders—that has raised $6 million in an attempt to move the International Swimming Hall of Fame from Florida to Santa Clara, a few backstrokes from the new NFL stadium. Yam is a Menlo Park-based venture capitalist. He serves on the Leavey School of Business advisory board and was a former SCU faculty member.
Justice Steven M. Vartabedian J.D. '75 retired from the Fifth District Court of Appeals after nearly 29 years as a jurist.
Jeff Tarzwell '76 if CFO for Redwood City Electric. His wife Bridget '75, MBA '76 is busy building her printing business in Sacramento.
The Honorable James W. Tamm J.D. '75 writes, "I have joined the faculty of the Wallenberg Institute in Stockholm, Sweden."
Rodney D. Smith '75 is senior VP of Business & Financial Planning at Sage North America.
David B. Samuelson '72, J.D. '75 writes: "Still enjoying living up in the San Juans—probably never retire."
David B. Samuelson '72, J.D. '75 writes: "Medicare cards this year! And a new granddaughter, Violet!"
Sherri Sager '75 just celebrated her 15th anniversary as chief government relations officer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Sherri Sager '75 just celebrated her 20th anniversary at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, where she serves as chief government and community relations officer.
Terence “Terry” Phillips ’75 is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in California’s new 23rd congressional district. As a CBS News foreign correspondent, he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia, and Haiti. He has also served as a public affairs executive in the wireless telecommunications industry. Phillips is the author of Murder at the Altar (a historical novel) and Off the Air: Thoughts About Our Quality of Life (a collection of his radio commentaries). He now lives in Bakersfield, Calif.
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Dr. Anthony Maida '75 has joined PharmaNet Development Group, Inc. as Vice President, Clinical Research. Dr. Maida will be responsible for leading PharmaNet's oncology team.
Celia Jaehn Lang ’75 is the Director for the Antarctic Support Contract, responsible for operations (Science Support, IT, Infrastructure and Operations, Transportation and Logistics) at the 3 U.S. stations in Antarctica, and associated field camps and support nodes. This contract is under the direction of the National Science Foundation. Celia lives in Denver, with periodic travel to Antarctica during the Austral Summer. Husband Larry and son Robert live in Shell Beach, Calif.
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."
Bill Krause '75 has published his first book, Federico Moreno Torroba, A Musical Life in Three Acts (Oxford University Press, 2013), with co-author Walter Clark. Since leaving Santa Clara, he earned his M.M. from University of Southern California and Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis. He currently serves on the faculty of Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.
Joseph Kovar ’75 is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his CPA and Wealth Management firm, Sweeney Kovar, LLP, which serves businesses and individuals in Danville, Calif.
Psychotherapist Alexandra Kennedy '75 was a pioneer in the field of grief in the 1990s when her first book, Losing a Parent (HarperCollins), became a bestseller. Her professional work moved deeply into the field of grief and loss while her private life sought union with the Divine Feminine. The result of this 30-year journey is her third book, the just-published How Did I Miss All This Before? Waking Up to the Magic of Our Ordinary Lives (iUniverse; $19.95; ISBN 1450207987). A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Kennedy has written an intimate account of courageous transformation in the midst of life's common challenges--truly a woman's path of awakening. Alexandra's three-decade quest begins with an unusual transcendent experience, unfolds through epiphanies at three sacred Earth sites, and culminates in the discovery that her yearning was always available to be fulfilled right here, in the most ordinary aspects of daily life. Through the medium of a compelling, multilayered story that is both personal and accessible, How Did I Miss All This Before? offers a unique combination of rich prose, deep professional and personal experience, interactive questions for readers, and a wealth of references from pioneers of both spirit and psychology. We tend to believe that waking up to our natural state of joyfulness comes with huge claps of thunder or miraculous events. Yet How Did I Miss All This Before? shows that life's magic happens in the most ordinary of moments, if only we are willing to see with fresh eyes. The process of awakening involves being fully present to life as it is right now. Kennedy's message is for everyone wishing to find greater openness to life in each precious moment. Kennedy, who lives in Santa Cruz, Calif., has served on the faculty of John F. Kennedy University, UC-Santa Cruz Extension, and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Her writing has been featured in USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Examiner, Boston Herald, Yoga Journal, and Mothering Magazine.