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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."
James Arbios '49 writes, "17 classmates celebrated 65 years since graduation in 1949! We had a luncheon in Nobili, where we spent four happy years."
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.”
Mel Lewis ’53 says, "Bronco spirit is defined by drive, determination, love of competition, and camaraderie!" Read more about what Santa Clara’s first African-American graduate, first African-American athlete, and first African-American ROTC graduate has to say in this exclusive SCU interview.
William "Bill" J. McPherson '54 is retired from the San Francisco 49ers with five Super Bowl rings. He and wife Elsie have been married 62 years and have five children and 11 grandchildren.
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."
Wally Sheehan '55 writes, "Looking forward to our 60th reunion in October."
Mike McCormack ’56, a 40-year veteran of the real estate industry, has been named executive vice president of the Alaska Financial Company III, LLC.
Mike McCormack (805) 452-0932 or email@example.com
Norman Gunther ’59, Ph.D. ’04, continues to be part of SCU's Department of Electrical Engineering’s Electron Devices Laboratory, which has advanced world-class research and scholarship in the areas of electronic devices, materials, and their manufacturing technologies. Gunther collaborates with fellow graduates of the program, advancing the methodologies used to characterize surface nanostructures of thin films used in semiconductors, and advising current graduate students as an applied mathematician.
Frank J. "Cepi" Cepollina ’59 was awarded the Carl Sagan Memorial Award for 2015. The veteran leader of the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, Mr. Cepollina was granted this award by the American Astronautical Society and the Planetary Society. The award recognizes "an individual who has demonstrated leadership in research or policies advancing exploration of the Cosmos."
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
Norman E. Matteoni ’60 has written Prairie Man: The Struggle between Sitting Bull and Indian Agent James McLaughlin (TwoDot Books, June 2015), which delves into the conflict between the Lakota people and the U.S. government, shedding new light and perspective on this pivotal time in history. Matteoni is a legal scholar and practicing lawyer. He has written extensively in law review articles, appellate briefs, and a two-volume treatise on the Law of Eminent Domain in California. He also is an amateur photographer, and in 2008 he photographed areas of the northern plains, home of the Lakota.
Jim Schrader ’61 is celebrating his 50th wedding aniversary.
Fr. Max Oliva ’61 writes, "As a result of my ministry with men and women in the corporate community both in the United States and in Canada, a sequel to my book, Beatitudes for the Workplace (2009), has recently been published. It is called The 10 Commandments for Everyday Life. Both books are available also on Kindle and both are available either from 23rd Publications or on Amazon.com."
Phil Bannan Sr. '61 was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Herald Business Journal, in Snohomish County. He's been a Port of Everett commissioner as well as executive director of the Port of Everett. He was also executive director of the city of Everett under former Mayor Ed Hansen. Now he's the owner of both Scuttlebut Brewing Co. and a restaurant on the waterfront. He and his wife have four grown children: Maggie '90, twins Judy '91 and Janet '91, and son, Phil Jr. '95.
Bob Wynhausen ’62 and Barbara (Comeau) Wynhausen celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in January. Barb was a 1963 graduate of O'Conner Hospital School of Nursing.
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.
William Enright '63 is an adjunct reference librarian at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.
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)."