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Frank Helfrich ’51 received a commendation in May from the Menlo Park Historical Association for 30 years of volunteer service. The 83-year-old historian and Menlo Park native helped to shepherd the nonprofit organziation almost from day one, archiving the town’s memories, which he still does. Read about his experiences at The Almanac Online.
Leo Petrucci '52 has been married for 63 years. He is retired with three children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Fr. Ed McMahon '52 writes that in his 80th year he has finished a 12 year research project with small groups called "Rediscovering the Lost Body-Connection Within Christian Spirituality." It will be published shortly as a workbook with practical body-learnings and exercises that can transform a Christian's awareness of who Christ is today and who each of us is "in Christ."
Elio L. Martin '52 and his wife, Barbara, daughter of former SCU basketball coach Ray S. Pesco, have three children. His three grandchildren are currently attending Santa Clara University (Lauren), St. Mary's College (Jamie), and Loyola Marymount University (Ricky).
Carroll C. Kearley '52, Professor Emeritus LMU, has had two books of poetry published 2009-2010 by Tebot Bach, Inc.: "Deity-Alphabets" and 'The Armenian Watchmaker."
Robert C. Gilkey ’52 writes: “I lived in Honolulu, Hawaii for over 50 years (1953-2007) before moving to Georgia to live near one of my sons. I was sports editor of the college newspaper during my sophomore (1949 Orange Bowl) year wonderful experience!”
Marcel Fiore M.A. '66 retired from 17 years of high school teaching and administration. He coached wrestling, football, and baseball at Santa Clara High School and baseball at Wilcox High School. He is happily married to wife Bev of 54 years. They have four children, including David Fiore '79, and five grandsons.
Beverly Fiore '52 has been married for 56 years. She plays raquetball twice a week, works out, and visits her children and grandchildren. Great life!
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.
Leslie R. Webber '53 writes, “My wife, Clarine, of 50 years died in 2009. I now live in a suburb of Nashville. For anyone traveling nearby, stop and touch base with an old classmate and the new lady in my life.”
Leslie R. Webber '53 writes that he retired in 1995 as a Chicago ER Doctor. His wife of 50 years, Clarine, died in January 2009. But he found new wife on E-Harmony, and moved in with her in Nashville two years ago. Webber authored the book An American Doctor's Life, Divinely Orchestrated, which gives life at Santa Clara in the ’50s in great detail; it can be found in the SCU library and on Amazon.com. He also plans on attending the Grand Reunion in October.
Duane Louis '53 is still bravely battling his Huntington's Disease. He enjoys his family of 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
R.G. Kilkenny '53 retired from his company, Taylor Forge Engineered Systems. His son Mike now runs it. He is still chairman of the board. He has four children and 15 grandchildren.
Gary Kilkenny '53 writes: "Married 55 years to my wife Bev. Retired for 11 years. Still Chair of Board of Taylor Forge Engineered Systems. Four married children, 15 grandchildren. Granddaughter 'Abbey' will start at SCU this fall."
Thomas F. Joyce ’53 writes: “Retired—still married to the gal I married in 1946—our 65th anniversary in August. Seven children, eleven grand-children, 3 greats and we’re lucky to live in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County.”
Marv Gregory '53 and his family visited West Point for the completion of "boot camp" for their grandson, Trevor, who is now a plebe at WP. While in the East, Marv he visited his roommate, Frank Edden '53, in Vermont. Attached is a picture of Marv with his wife Laura on the right and Frank with his wife Joanne on the left. Marv played on the Santa Clara Division I team in 1953. He was voted MVP. He also fought in the final of the NCAA Heavyweight boxing title that year.
Henry M Shea '54 writes "I really felt sad about missing my 55 year class reunion at University of Santa Clara in 2009. However, my wife Joan and I spent it in Sausalito with our four children and their spouses. We are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this year and I certainly hope to make it for our 60 year class reunion!"
Henry M. Shea ’54 writes that his grandchildren Elizabeth Stephens and Michael Shea are freshmen at Santa Clara this fall; his grandson Matt Shea is a student at USF.
James Rowe ’54 writes: "Just moved to Pasadera CC Monterey."
Jack D. Kuehler ’54, MSEE ’86 was selected as a School of Engineering Centennial Award recipient for his many contributions to the field of engineering and for leading by example, furthering not only the engineering profession, but the School of Engineering at Santa Clara as well. Kuehler worked his way up from the position of associate engineer at IBM’s San Jose Research Laboratory in 1958 to become president of the international giant in 1989. In industry and here at SCU, Kuehler was revered for his leadership, intelligence, warmth, and mentoring. Over the years, he was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, IEEE Fellow, Santa Clara University Trustee, and School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. He was a dogged promoter of innovation and creativity in the technical arena as a means for ensuring national security and technological competitiveness for the United States. As such, he and his wife, Carmen, created a research fund allowing promising SCU engineering undergraduates to join faculty in summer research.
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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."
Charles B. French '54 writes: "Retired from family medicine 7 years, Tehama Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil since 2005."
A. A. Chanteloup '54 is retired in Sunnyvale. He writes that he's taking care of his very ill wife and enjoys Santa Clara Magazine.
Thomas Whaling '55 is retired and serves on the boards for Irvine Spectrum Rotary, Outreach to Africa, South County Outreach, and West Coast Companeros.