Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted anytime by graduates in the 1970s
Janet Kuhlman '71 retired from teaching in 2005. Widowed in 2006 (David Kuhlman), Janet continues to reside in Huntington Beach, Calif. She has two grandchildren and spends one third of the year at home in Hawaii. She has two grown sons, David and Andrew, both married.
Cathy (Skelly) Kelly '71 is the 8th grade homeroom teacher and vice principal at St. Philip Neri School in Alameda. Patrick Kelly '71 continues to represent the disabled with his law office in San Rafael.
Kevin Kelly '71 writes, "This past summer, I had the opportunity with a collection of other old basketball jocks to play in the FIMBA World Masters Basketball Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. There were 16 teams in the 60+ category from a host of European countries, Brazil and our team from the U.S. As we were awaiting our first game, the German team was playing on the floor. I ran down to the court during a timeout because the two stars on the German team were Bud Ogden '69 and Ralph Ogden '70. I was aware that Ralph lived in Germany after many years of playing for their professional team, but I also knew (from having played against him in some U.S. tournaments) that Bud lived in Gilroy and coached there. I immediately approached him and joked that I was not aware he was German and he told me to spread the word that he lived in Gilroy, Germany. The best part of our encounter was when our team, Columbia Sportsware from Portland, Oregon, ended up lined up against the German team in the finals one week later. While I knew and practiced against both of them my freshman year (when they both were All-Americans), I never really got to play with them due to injuries and lack of talent on my part. Our U.S. team eked out a victory over Germany and the Ogdens in the final—and they were as gracious off the court as they had been good on the court. One of our players tried to recruit Ralph to join us at the World Masters Games later in the year. While he declined, he did demand a rematch—a request we will gladly accept at the next opportunity. Three SCU former ball players on the same court thirty some-odd years later. What a great reunion!!"
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.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Tim Johnson '71, '74 M.A. writes: "Karen & I celebrated 40 years (40 mutually agreeable/satisfying 1 year contracts!), with 2 daughters, 6 grandkids (8-13). Live in San Jose/Almaden Valley, while I toil to keep Karen in new shoes. Two knee replacements, almost hairless, carrying a few extra kilos, but still an optimist with a gratitude for my faith, family and friends."
Freshman Dorm: Walsh
Phil Johnson '71 writes: "I've been married for 23 wonderful years to my wife, Vicki, who has amazing patience and fortitude! We are raising 4 great kids, Kelly (Graduated Colorado, Boulder, 2011), Christy (Junior, Georgetown), Dan (Junior, Jesuit HS) and Tori (Freshman, St, Francis, Sacramento). We also helped our niece through high school and college and she just gradusted form Cal, Berkeley! We live up in the Sacramento area and love it! I was in Hi-Tech for 25 years (HP, Andersen Consulting, a few start-ups) and have spend the last 10 years focusing on real estate syndications. As real estate is taking a hiatus, I am looking to go back into Hi-Tech or Foundation/Non-Profit work which we did a lot of in the Sac area."
Susan E. Johnson M.A. ’71 was interviewed in May for the Standard-Examiner in an article titled "Futura Leader Inspires Others." Johnson is president and CEO of Futura Industries, an engineering company based in Utah. Her work at the company during the past several years has garnered numerous awards and write-ups in publications, including Forbes.
Susan Johnson M.A. ’71, president of Futura Industries Corp., of Clearfield, has been appointed a director of the Salt Lake City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. A native of El Paso, Texas, Johnson has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from California Polytechnic State University and has done graduate studies at the University of Santa Clara and University of California, Irvine.
Freshman Dorm: Walsh
Mark Ivary '71 writes: "I was married to my late wife for 27 years until her death in 2002. We have 3 kids, Christine, Nicholas, and Adam. I have owned and operated an Ace Hardware store in Stockton, Calif., for the past 31 years, as well as being a general contractor for the past 15 years. So, German major -- hardware store......I spent 3 semesters in Europe with IES if that explains anything."
Alan Higginson '69, MBA '71 was appointed to the board of directors of Pivot3, Inc., a leading provider of unified storage and compute appliances. Higginson, Chairman, Hubspan and F5 Networks, will provide his extensive technology and leadership experience of high-growth technology companies to the Pivot3 board and its management team.
With more than 20 years of senior executive and CEO experience in technology-related industries, Higginson applies his extensive leadership skills to help young companies grow and develop. His industry experience spans both private and public companies including Atrieva, F5 Networks and Hubspan. Prior to his work with start-up organizations, Higginson spent five years at Sierra On-Line as executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.
Bob Hale M.S. '71, M.S. '79 writes, "Retired. Living in Carlsbad, Calif. Volunteering at Museum of Making Music. Enjoying life!"
Marc Haberman '71 writes: "Since the mid-60's, the University Golf Club of Santa Clara has hosted monthly golf events at local golf courses. Check out the NCGA associate club at www.universitygolfsc.com for club information and the 2013 schedule. Or call Marc Haberman ’71 @ 408-294-3431."
Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus
Theresa Grieshaber '71 writes: "Masters Degree in Library Science, University of Southern California, 1978. I have lived in Modesto, California for the last twenty years with my husband, Howard. I recently retired from my position as a reference librarian after 16 years at Stanislaus County Public Library. We are the parents of 2 grown daughters."
Mike Friedrich ’71 received a Certificate of Ministry Studies from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif. in May 2012. Mike is currently enrolled in the Master of Theological Studies program at PSR. He is active in his home church, Berkeley Methodist United Church, conducting adult religious education classes and chairing the Worship Committee. Recently DC Comics reprinted in the hardcover collection Justice League, vol. 10, the comic book scripts that Mike wrote during his senior year at Santa Clara. Keen eyes will spot the SCU references in the backgrounds.
In May, Mike Friedrich '71 received a Master of Theological Studies degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He is also a candidate for ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church (a process that will take probably four years).
Dave Fitzgerald '71 writes that he retired from USAF in 2000 and from TASC, inc. in 2010 and invested in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 2012 (Northern Lieutenancy).
Karen Enz '71 writes: "M.A. Biological Sciences SJSU, M.A. Counselor Education SJSU. Currently living with partner of 16 years in Sunnyvale. Employee of the Fremont Union High School District."
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Joe '71, and wife, Sandy (Hull) Dowling '71 currently reside in Central Point, OR and own a B&B Resort & Cooking School called The Willows, www.thewillowsbedandbreakfast.com. They write: "The resort is located in the heart of the Southern Oregon Wine Region, where they enjoy hosting weddings and outdoor activites like fishing, crabbing, hiking and whitewater rafting. The couple moved back to the West Coast to open the inn in 2002, when Joe retired from USAirways, after 33 years. Joe helped to run airline operations in San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey, Orange County, Maine, and at finally at LaGuardia in NYC during 9/11. Sandy left her position as Sr. VP at the Council on Economic Education in NYC, where she raised over $10 Million per year to promote Economic Education globally, to help run the inn. Joe received his MBA from the University of Maine in 1990. They have 3 children and 3 grandaughters living in both Oregon and Maine."
Joe Dowling SCU73@aol.com 541-665-3020 www.thewillowsbedandbreakfast.com
Nancy A. (Battaini) Del Colletti '71 is the Executive Director of Rainbow's End Recovery Center in Challis, Idaho, a new substance abuse rehabilitation facility she established.
Mark d'Ercole '71 received a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Master Charles Gracie. By doing so, he becomes registered in the BJJ Federation in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. He is still actively competing in tournaments and is married with two sons in San Francisco.
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Marcel d'Ercole '71 writes, "I competed in December 2014 at the Masters World Jiu-Jitsu championship and placed second. It was a totally unexpected outcome for me to place second in any kind of world championship at anything. The real story is that my ankles and knee are gone from playing basketball at Santa Clara and long-distance running before I even took up jiu jitsu. I've learned that not only do you not have to retire from sports activities, it's possible to start from scratch even at an advanced age."