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1970

'70
Smith-Chavez, Elizabeth (Ebinger)

Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo

After 35 years in a "big law firm," Liz Smith-Chavez ’70 opened her own boutique law firm (Smith Chavez Law) in 2013 in San Diego, specializing in business, real estate and probate litigation and dispute resolution, as well as oil and gas throughout the Western United States and Alaska. Liz has two daughters and three stepsons, as well as a 7 year old grandson who shares her passion for dinosaurs. She is probably the only attorney around with dinosaur poop in her office, right next to the books she has published on California Real Property litigation.

Contact Elizabeth
ElizabethSmithChavez@gmail.com https://www.linkedin.com/pub/elizabeth-smith-chavez/81/729/395/
submitted Feb. 6, 2015 5:09P
'70
Schwalen, Nancy (Whittaker)

Nancy F. Schwalen ’70 taught in the Eastside Union High School District for 40 years, starting at James Lick High School in the Fall of 1970 as a teacher-intern. She completed her credential studies in the summer of 1971. In 1976 she moved to Santa Teresa High School where she taught for the rest of her career. She taught almost every level of high school English, from English Language Development (ESL) to AP English Literature. In addition to classroom teaching, she served as a new teacher mentor, an ELD chairperson, and a staff development coordinator. Additionally she worked on accreditation teams for the Accrediting Commission for Schools - Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a task she has continued after her retirement in 2010. She married Stephen in 1971 and they reared three children, Chris, Andy, and Beth. She and Steve now enjoy the energy and antics of 4 grandchildren. She and Steve are also active in their parish, particularly in RCIA and liturgy.

submitted Mar. 9, 2015 10:51A
'70
Myles, Alana

Alana Myles '70 writes, "Now serving my second year on the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board of Education." 

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 3:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Mazza, Nancy

Nancy Mazza ’70 enjoyed an "Umbrian Cooking Class" reunion dinner with classmates Yvonne Hall ’70, Pattie (Brown) Dullea ’70, Jan Morey ’70, Cecilia (Cantlay) Sartor ’70, Susan (Cook) Craig ’70, and Arlene (Morey) Mariani ’72, led by our esteemed colleague from Assisi, Anne Robichaud ’70, on her annual US Cooking Tour.

submitted Feb. 26, 2015 5:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Lewallen, Deborah (Singer)

Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo

Deborah Lewallen ’70 retired last year from the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser, where she worked for 17 years as a Marriage and Family therapist. She and her husband, Rob, celebrated 40 years of marriage on Jan. 4 this year. They have three adult kids and two grandkids, all living in San Diego, who bring constant joy and amazement into their lives. They enjoy spending as much time as possible at their cabin in the Sierras near Bridgeport, California.

submitted Jan. 15, 2015 7:48P
'70
Grasser, Karrie

Karrie Grasser '70 received the 2015 Paul L. Locatelli Award for her outstanding service to the Alumni Association and Santa Clara University. She has been responsible for planning many of the University’s major events. Karrie’s eye for detail and her etiquette, sound judgment, and personal touch has shaped the University’s image for almost three decades.

submitted May. 7, 2015 2:02P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Eskridge, Rob

After 30 years (31 winters) in Truckee, Rob Eskridge '70 moved back to the Santa Clara Valley. He has a small ranch on Hecker Pass, in the southern Santa Cruz mountains. He's still leading strategic planning for mid-market companies as an outside consultant, and grandfathering in San Diego and Reno.

Contact Rob
rob.eskridge@gmail.com
submitted Jun. 10, 2015 10:12P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Bolton, Lawrence

Lawrence Bolton '70 is president of the Foster Youth Education Fund, a nonprofit charity dedicated to assisting former foster youth attending college in Northern California.

Contact Lawrence
(916) 804-6380. Larry.bolton@dss.ca.gov
submitted May. 26, 2015 6:15P

1971

'71
d'Ercole, Marcel

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."

 

 

submitted Mar. 27, 2015 11:40A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Carey, Mike

Mike Carey ’71, an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network, was recently profiled on BlackAmericaWeb for being the first black referee to officiate the Super Bowl, in 2008. Carey was a running back for Santa Clara before he joined the NFL ranks as a referee in 1990. In a 2008 ESPN poll, Carey was tied in voting for “best referee” among NFL head coaches along with fellow veteran, Ed Hochuli. 

submitted Feb. 27, 2015 2:49P

1972

GRD Law '72
Rudloff, G.

G. Edward Rudloff Jr. J.D. ’72, of San Rafael, has been reelected president of the Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff law firm. Rudloff is a Santa Clara University law graduate and partner at the firm, which is located in San Francisco.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 4:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Rooney, Kevin

Kevin Rooney ’72 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic school education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. Since 1980, Rooney has been the athletic director and head varsity football coach at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He was named the Schutt Sports and American Football Monthly Magazine West Region Coach of the Year, inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, presented the Gerald R. Ford All American High School Coach Award by the All American Football Foundation, inducted into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and named The California State Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. Rooney has been recognized as CIF Coach of the Year four times, and has also been named Coach of the Year twice by the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News.

 

 

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 2:41P
GRD Leavey/MBA '72
Rietmann, David (David Rietmann)

On March 31, 2015, David Rietmann MBA ’72 retired from U.S. Oil & Refining Co following 23 years as the company's chief financial officer.

Contact David
None
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 1:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Bjorklund, Chris

Chris Bjorklund ’72, widely known as the Savvy Consumer, has worked as a consumer advocate for more than 35 years. Her unique perspective on consumer issues and trends comes from her work in both the private and public sectors, as well as in the media and non-profit world. In her semi-retirment, Bjorklund contributes regularly to the Diamond Certified blog. Prior to joining American Ratings Corporation, Chris was the consumer reporter for KGO-Radio, where she produced consumer segments for the morning and afternoon newscasts. She also managed the consumer complaint unit for KGO-Radio and TV. Before KGO, Chris was an investigator for the Consumer Fraud Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, a consumer news producer for KPIX-TV, and the director of Consumer Education for the Rocky Mountain Better Business Bureau in Denver. She was on the national Board of Directors of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, for 24 years.

submitted Feb. 27, 2015 11:58A

1973

UGRD Leavey Business '73
Rooney, Kevin

Kevin M. Rooney ’73 was married to the former Joanne Rosenberg on Aug. 3, 2014, in Morgan Hill with several former SCU classmates in attendance. Kevin is director of operations for RNP Advisory Serices in Morgan Hill and is eagerly awaiting joining his classmates who have already crossed over into retirement.

submitted Mar. 3, 2015 8:58P
'73
Pichon, Risë
On Jan. 1, Risë Jones Pichon '73, J.D. '76 became Santa Clara County’s first minority presiding Superior Court judge.
 
Pichon, 62, said she got to the top of her legal career by taking chances outside her comfort zone and learning how to deal with obstacles tied to her race. Today she brings to her new position a lifelong understanding of race relations.
 
“Having lived when I lived gives a person a great understanding of how people feel, how they feel when there’s only one of them in a group,” said Pichon.
“The fact that they can feel powerless and some can abuse their power. … It’s given me the courage at this point of my life to make sure people are treated fairly. I can’t say it’s best to treat everyone the same because that’s no longer true. Justice is not blind.”
 
 
Read the full story at KQED.org.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 3:00P
'73
Kane, Thomas

Thomas J. Kane '73 writes that "the Kane Orthopedic Institute just celebrated its five-year anniversary in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to continuing 24 years of private practice in orthopedic surgery, I am assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Manoa, and am the medical director of The Queen's Joint Center, the largest hospital in Hawaii. My eldest son was just accepted into the UH Medical School, and my younger son is a professional surfer. I have lived in Hawaii for 31 years and treasure my education at Santa Clara—a truly 'classical education' that is difficult to replicate in the modern era."

Contact Thomas
Kane Orthopedic Institute 550 S Beretania, Suite 402 Honolulu, HI 96813
submitted May. 9, 2015 4:48P
'73
Finocchio, Robert
Robert Finocchio '73 has joined the board of directors of Nuance Communications Inc. Finocchio is a corporate director, private investor, and the Dean’s Executive Professor of Management at Santa Clara University, where he has served as a trustee since 1999. Finocchio also serves on the boards of Broadcom, Echelon, Silver-Peak, JustAnswer.com, and Vistage International.
 
Previously, he served as president, CEO, and chairman of Informix Corporation. Prior to Informix, he spent nine years at 3Com Corporation, where he last served as president of 3Com Systems. He has also served in numerous executive and management roles at IBM, ROLM Corporation, and Bank of America.

 

submitted May. 7, 2015 1:19P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Czuleger, J.

Hon. J. Stephen Czuleger ’73 returned in November 2014 from teaching law in Tirana, Albania. Judge Czuleger was awarded a Fulbright grant by the Fulbright Commission of the U.S. State Department. Working through the US Embassy in Albania, he lectured at Tirana University Law School. He also spoke at a number of other law schools, met with the judges of Albania and members of the Albanian government as well as granting television and newspaper interviews. During his term, Judge Czuleger was asked to lecture on comparative law as well as issues of official corruption and independence of the judiciary. He is the first sitting judge from the United States to receive a Fulbright to teach in Albania. He continues to sit as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court beginning his 28th year on the court.

submitted Mar. 20, 2015 2:25P
'73
Bathen Jr., Eric

Eric J. Bathen Jr. J.D. '73 and Patricia J. Bathen '73 writes: "Our daughter, Hollis (Bathen) Barr '01, had her first baby on May 21. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Sal."

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 6:36P

1974

GRD Law '74
Cruden, John

John Cruden J.D. ’74 was confirmed by the United States Senate to be the assistant attorney general for Environment and Natural Resources Division for the United States Department of Justice. Cruden was originally appointed to the position in an announcement on December 23, 2013.

After graduating from West Point, Santa Clara Law, and the Woodrow Wilson School at the University of Virginia, Cruden served in several positions during his legal career in the military. After rising to the chief legislative counsel of the U.S. Army, Cruden then joined the government to spend decades practicing environmental law. He spent more than 20 years as a top career attorney in the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources division before leaving that position to besom president of Washington-based research and advocacy organization the Environmental Law Institute (ELI).
 
ELI Chariman Edward Strohbehn Jr. has this to say about Cruden:
“John Cruden’s lifetime commitment to public service, his decades devoted to environmental law, and his outstanding record at the Justice Department make him an unparalleled choice to lead the Environment and Natural Resources Division. We at ELI can attest to the great qualities he will bring to the work—his knowledge and judgment to make good decisions and his spirit and energy to bring others together and get the job done.”
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:45P
UGRD Leavey Business '74
Crary, Fred

Fred Crary '74, MBA '77 is retired and enjoying volunteering and traveling with his wife of 36 years Kimberly Shanley Crary '77. Fred is also the creator/writer of The Bucking Bronco sports blog covering SCU men's basketball and athletics from the perspective of season ticket holders who want us to return to national prominence.

Contact Fred
The Bucking Bronco www.thebuckingbronco.blogspot.com
submitted May. 12, 2015 5:02P

1975

'75
Sager, Sherri

Sherri R. Sager '75 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. Sager is the chief government and community relations officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. For more than two decades, she has been advocating for children and expectant mothers, primarily by working with government officials and communities on policy issues. She is on the boards of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association and East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood Family Health Center. In 2012, she received a Tribute to Women Award from the YWCA, adding it to a long list of recognitions for her volunteerism.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:21P
'75
Dawson, Robert

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Robert M. Dawson ’75 is a senior litigation partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Johanna, have two daughters: Michelle (about to start law school after two years at JP Morgan and graduating from Columbia in English Literature) and Stephanie (junior at Wesleyan). He writes, "Santa Clara provided me with extraordinary personal growth and a deep education, for which I will always be grateful. Particularly strong are memories of Dr. Pierson, Dr. Gurney, Dr. Moscy, and Sister Marie-Louise Beutner."

submitted Feb. 6, 2015 3:36P

1976

GRD Leavey/MBA '76
White, Kelly
Kelly White MBA ’76 is part of a new commercial lending team that has joined the Bank of the Pacific, expanding its presence in Salem, Oregon. White specializes in commercial real estate lending. He has spent 20 years in banking, the last 15 of which were in Oregon. Kelly has a strong diversified background in banking, most recent as a commercial real estate lender serving the Willamette Valley. He has been an active member of the Salem Rotary Club for the past 17 years.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:14P
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