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GRD Law '48
Joseph D. Michael ’43, J.D. ’48 writes, "I graduated from Santa Clara, enlisted in the Navy, was assigned to Columbia University, and graduated as an Ensign. I was in the invasion of the Philippines. After the war, I attended Santa Clara Law School. Upon graduation in 1948, I opened my own law office, expanded it over the years, and retired. I then developed housing for low-income families and retirement facilities for seniors. I retired again in 2014 and developed the Michael Family Foundation to assist the needy."
William Murphy '50, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, was honored on Veterans Day as a Veterans of Foreign War Hero. He received the honor by the Watsonville Veterans Association. Murphy, who graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1941 but has called Watsonville home for most of his life, was quick to downplay the distinction. “Don’t connect me with a hero’s honor,” he said. “The real heroes are still over there; they never came home.”
Leigh Josephson ’52 is living his golden years on the island of Kauai, after teaching for many years at Iolani School in Honolulu. He has been married for over 60 years and raised his children in Honolulu as well. After being inducted into the Hawaiian Aquatic Hall of Fame, he is looking forward to competing in an annual open water swim in Hanalei Bay.
Freshman Dorm: Kenna
Bill Kennedy ’54 writes, "Retired from medicine 17 years ago but still active on a Hospital Bioethics Committee. Two of our kids are in medical practice. Now I'm enjoying our five kids and eight grandkids with Martha, water color painting, and just kicking back in El Dorado Hills, Calif. I have become active in our local parish. Eucharistic ministry to a home bound parishoner strengthened my faith."
In 1959, prior to graduation, Clayton Barbeau ’59 was asked by the then Chairman of the Engish Dept, to please give a communion breakfast talk to the Dad's Club of St. Joseph's Church. Clay decided he had never heard of anyone talking to a Dad's Club about fatherhood. Living in the tin buildings of married student's housing and the father of three...he accepted the task. He wrote the talk, but paid little attention to the notes...and received not only a standing ovation, but the men lined up to individually shake hands and thank him. It was then that one of the Dads spotted the notes on the lectern...and asked if he could mimeograph the talk for "our wives and the men who haven't been here." Clay agreed and a week later was presented with fifty copies of his speech. On behalf of the Alumni Journal, Dr.Wade asked if they could print it. Clay gave permission, and meanwhile various priests asked for multiple copies for the persons they were counseling. It was then that Clay wrote to Naomi Burton, Thomas Merton's agent, who had asked him to write a novel. He asked if she could help his family income by getting the speech into a magazine. A few days later, he got her reply: "Too highbrow for the family magazines, too down to earth for the intellectual magazines, stick to fiction." Two days later, she phoned him to say the John Bettin, editor at Henry Regnery was in her office and she had shown him the manuscript, He wanted to know if Clay would turn it into a book. The "Father of the Family" took seven days to write. The publisher got worried because of it talked of sex and marriage in ways more unusual than anything before. After the third putting off the publication date, Clay gave an ultimatum and the book was published. The book received rave reviews ...and was given the "Spiritual Life Award" for best book on the spiritual life in the year. It was then, at the request of Cardinal Tisserant, translated into Italian for the Council Fathers dealing with family issues. The Italian translation came out with quotations from the documents of Vatican II preceding each Chapter... quotations based upon the chapters. All editions since then have had those quotes... And the book has never been out of print, but Sophia Press this year decided to revamp the cover and it has now entered its 54th year of life and to Clay's surprise, the interviewers treat it as though it is a new work.
Clayton C, Barbeau, M.A., MFT 1217 Roycott Way San Jose, Ca. 95125 WWW,Ikonpress.com
Lynn Anglin ’62 was a member of the world champion 2014 senior softball 70-plus-year-old team OMEN 70. He also was the MVP of the tournament. This is his 24th year of playing senior softball. Lynn lives with his wife, Judy, in Fremont, Calif.
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.
Irv Scott '64 and his wife, Sylvia, just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. They have three sons—Chris, Brian '93, and Matt—and two grandchildren. In 1976 Scott founded the Sacramento law firm Porter Scott, specializing in defense of civil lawsuits. He's a pitcher/second baseman in the Sacramento Mens Senior Baseball League and in National Tournaments put on by the MSBL, NABA and ROY HOBBS organizations. The team has won 13 World Series Championships since 1992. In 2008 he was inducted into the Sacramento Mens Senior Baseball League Hall of Fame. His other interests include golf, skiing, hiking, reading, and traveling. He and his wife divide their time between Sacramento, Calif., and Sun Valley, Idaho.
William Parra ’94 is retiring on Jan. 31, 2015, after 50 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation.
Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
John Minor ’64 writes, "I graduated from law school in 1967, went to Newport, Ore. to spend a year at the beach as a deputy DA and start atoning for my misspent youth. Never got away. Joined in founding a law firm in 1969. Put in some long days. Tricked some folks into letting me be President of the Oregon City Attorneys Association and Chairman of the OSB Real Estate and Land Use Section. Still working and still married (47 years in December, four kids, 6 1/2 grand kids)."
John Carson ’64 has joined the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox LLP, adding to the firm’s nationally recognized intellectual property practice. Mr. Carson brings extensive experience in eCommerce, patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including licensing and litigation.
Margaret “Margie” Richards Taylor ’67 was recently profiled in the Sun.Star, a news website serving the Philippines, for her long career and entrepreneur endeavors. After prominent positions at companies including Johnnie Walker, United Distillers Group, Kraft General Foods, and Brown and Williamson, a tobacco company, where she becme its first woman and first Asian corporate vice president, Taylor started the Harston Group, a Hong Kong–registered family company representing well-known brands in the duty-free markets, in 2006.
Vincent Mancuso ’69 writes, "We recently sold our house in Bethesda MD and downsized to a condo in Arlington VA. The condo is adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. We spend a lot of time at our cottage in south eastern West Virginia in the Alleghany Mts. WV is a very special place with wonderful people."
Darrell Igelmund ’69 writes, "Sold my electronic test equipment company and patents (Byte Brothers,Inc. of Seattle) to Jewell Instruments/Triplett of Manchester, NH. The factory was relocated from Seattle to New Hampshire on August 31. A big thanks to the Santa Clara's engineering school for helping this once young guy from New York get off to a good start and standing by me after I received an "F" in second year physics (a victim of too much fun!)"
Mike Beresky ’69 writes, "Retired US naval aviator. Worked in the cruise industry after retiring from the Navy. One daughter, married, with our first grandchild on the way. Now I travel the world with wife, Christine, of 32 years, mostly aboard cruise ships. The number of cruises we've taken over the years approximates our ages! Gulp!"
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.
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.
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.
David B. Samuelson '72, J.D. '75 writes: "Medicare cards this year! And a new granddaughter, Violet!"
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.