Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted anytime by graduates in the 1970s
Rose Herrera '76, M.A. '87 is a San Jose city councilwoman. The tech consultant and neighborhood activist previously founded Cinnamon Software, which manufactured applications for businesses.
Esau Herrera ’72, J.D. ’76 is proud to report that his daughter, Kiara ’12, recently graduated from SCU and promptly joined AmeriCorps to "save the world." Esau is serving as president of the school board at Alum Rock School District in East San Jose, the same district that he attended as a child.
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
Tom Henry '76 currently directs all marketing activities for Logitech - Americas.
Chris Hasney '76 published the ebook Simplicity Bridge for beginners. He still resides in Southern Arizona near Fort Huachuca.
Freshman Dorm: McLaughlin
Joe Harkins '76 writes: "I live in San Ramon, CA with my wife of 30 years. We raised three children (28, 25, and 23). Last year was a big year for us with the birth of our first grandchild, the marriage of our middle daughter, and the graduation of my youngest as a Civil Engineer from Santa Clara. I work at Lawrence Berkeley Lab managing design and construction of laboratories and scientific stuff."
Phyllis Hamilton J.D. ’76 has been appointed chief judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Hamilton is the first African-American woman in the court’s history to fill this position.
Kenneth Giebel '69, MBA '76 has been appointed director of homeownership at California Housing Finance Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. California Housing Finance Agency provides home mortgage financing to first-time homebuyers and renters in California. It also provides mortgage insurance; permanent financing for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of existing or new construction of rental housing; and multifamily rental development properties management services. Giebel, 68, of Lincoln, has served as acting director of single family lending for the agency since 2012 and was director of marketing from 2002 to 2012. He was director of promotions and ethnic advertising at the California State Lottery from 1994 to 2002. Prior to the Lottery position, Ken worked in marketing, advertising, and promotion positions for a number of Fortune 500 Companies.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Shawn French ’76 writes, "Relocated to North Texas after 6 years in AZ taking care of parents, who both have passed on. Reunited with our daughters, grandchildren, diocese and friends."
Am the Faith Formation Program Manager at Our Lady of Angels parish in Allen, Texas
Larry Freitas '76 lives in Aptos, Calif., and is teaching economics and government classes and U.S. history at Watsonville High School, and finds time for surfing, sailing, and travelling during the summer months.
Candace Forbes MBA ’76, an entrepreneur-philanthropist, received an honorary doctor of science degree during Cal Poly’s 2012 spring commencement ceremonies, along with her husband, Bert, and Peter Oppenheimer MBA ’87, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Apple Inc.
The Forbeses co-founded Ziatech Corp. in 1976, and under their leadership for the next 24 years, Ziatech moved to the forefront of its high-tech niche and was acquired by the Intel Corp. in 2000.
Candace leveraged the success of Ziatech to support her lifelong interest in expanding educational opportunities for children locally and internationally. She has been involved with an array of institutions and organizations locally, including Cal Poly, Cuesta College, the Performing Arts Center, and Woods Humane Society, and globally with UNICEF, CARE and American Field Service (AFS), a nonprofit international exchange organization for students and adults.
Oppenheimer began his distinguished career with Apple in 1996 as controller for the Americas. Currently he oversees all of the company’s financial operations. Oppenheimer, who has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Cal Poly, serves as a member of the Cal Poly President’s Cabinet and is a founding member of the Cal Poly Foundation board of directors.
Robin Ferrari '76 writes, "After initially working with Arthur Young for five years, then years at Pizza Time Theater, Businessland and some consulting, I have been retired since 1994. Have four children and six grandchildren. Have enjoyed cooking, traveling and golfing over the years. My husband, Gerry, graduated in 1970 and is a member of the Board of Fellows."
Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus
Robin Ferrari '76 writes: "By the way, I wanted my classmates to know that I was a recipient of scholarship money to attend SCU. So, giving is personal to me! Classmates of 1976, please consider pledging or giving to the scholarship fund of your choice. It is IMPORTANT for the future of SCU- I know how much it meant!! "
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Phillip Duhe ’74, MBA ’76 writes, "I can't believe it has been 40 years since graduation in the Mission Gardens. My wife Janet and I have resided in American Canyon, Calif. since 1989 and celebrated 35 years of marriage this June. We've put two kids through UC Berkeley where they played in the Cal Marching Band (sorry SCU, but no football team). I work as an Analytics Consultant with Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. Our daughter, Jessica, is a resident physician in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Hospital-SF and son Justin, a Briefing Manager at Oracle Corp. As my spouse will be in the UK in October, I will be attending the SCU Class of '74 Reunion solo and visiting my niece who is a member of the SCU Class of 2017. SCU Memories: Panty raid in Freshman Orientation Week; Dorm room fire on my floor in Graham; Friday nights at the pool hall and bowling alley in Benson."
Peter David '75, MBA '76 was named regional general manager for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania at Pronto Software. Previously he held a variety of sales and marketing roles at various companies including HP and Getronics.
Marcia Daszko '76, Business Strategist, founded her executive consulting firm, Marcia Daszko & Associates in 1994 in Santa Clara (mentored by Dr. W. Edwards Deming who transformed Japan) after a career in marketing and corporate communications and living in Switzerland. She serves executive teams from start-ups to the Fortune 100 corporations, non-profits, school districts, and government in Strategic thinking, planning, implementation and innovation to accelerate exponential and sustainable growth. She has founded 3 non-profits, is a published author, and teaches MBA classes in management and marketing. She has one married son and two vibrant grandchildren! Her passions are travel, golf, and boating. See my web-site and Link on LinkedIn.
http://www.mdaszko.com www.linkedin.com/in/marciadaszko also on Twitter and Facebook
Marcia Sullivan Daszko '76 has been nominated for the international Quality award, the 2012 Deming Medal. She is CEO of Marcia Daszko & Associates, a business strategy, transformation, and innovation consulting firm working with private to Fortune 500 corporations. It is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA with a satellite office in Madison, WI.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 100
Mary Cochran Wolk '76 writes: "After leaving SCU I ventured south to UCLA for my masters in public health and an M.D. degree. I moved to Tucson for what was supposed to be a three year residency program and ended up staying. Tucson has been my home since 1981 and I have been busy practicing pediatrics ever since my arrival. I am caring for second generation children now, as the parents of some of my current patients were my patients years ago. Pediatric oncology and pediatric hospice work were a large part of my life for awhile but I am now concentrating on general peds and trying to slow down a bit (unsuccessful to date!). When not working or volunteering in the community my husband and I like to hike, cycle, kayak (tough to do in the desert!), swim and travel."
Charlotte Carreira '76, M.B.A. '76 was presented with the Excellence in Leadership Award in July 2011 at the Dream Weekend Corporate event for Simplexity Health. She was recognized as one of the top 10 in the company list of achievers.
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Jay M. Burcham '76 is serving as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District - North, in Kabul. Prior to this assignment he served as the Deputy Director of Strategic Planning for the US Army Installation Management Command in Arlington, Virginia.
Jay M. Burcham '76 is deployed for one year with the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Afghanistan Engineer District-North in Kabul Afghanistan where he serves as the district Chief of Staff. The district delivers quality sustainable development projects for the Afghan people that employ the populace, build skilled human capital, and promote the future stability of Afghanistan.
Gregory Brose J.D. '76 retired as Chief Deputy District Attorney from the Ventura County District Attorney's Office in February 2011 and moved to Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Rose Marie Beebe '76 writes: "After graduating from SCU I went on to Stanford for a Ph.D in Spanish literature. I was hired in the Modern Languages Dept. at SCU in 1978, rose through the ranks from lecturer to Full Professor in 2002. I have been married for almost 12 years to Robert Senkewicz, Professor of History at SCU since 1976. Together we have published a number of books on Spanish and Mexican California, especially the mission period. We enjoy spending time up at Donner Lake where we can relax with our long-haired dachshund Ollie!"