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1960

'60
Panetta, Leon
Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63 will be the speaker at the 162nd Santa Clara undergraduate commencement on June 15. Said Panetta, “Sylvia and I are honored to be recognized by Santa Clara University. Santa Clara has a special place in our hearts. It’s where we first met; it is where I learned many of the core values that have guided me from the earliest days of my career.”
submitted May. 6, 2013 7:38P

1962

'62
Mowatt, William

Bill Mowatt ’58, M.A. ’69 has recently retired from completing Team N Training marathons. Dr. Mowatt and his wife, Gail, have raised more than $75,000 for Leukemia-Lymphoma research, and now they both chair fundraising events for the Santa Cruz County Symphony. Bill still teaches the Shakespeare plays for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. They enjoy living in Santa Cruz with Mike, their lovable Airedale terrier.

submitted Sep. 19, 2013 5:38P

1963

GRD Law '63
Panetta, Leon
see year 1960
'63
Di Bono, Reno

Reno Di Bono ’63 writes that he has been married to Anna Maria for 50 years and has lived in Cupertino for 50 years. They have three sons—Reno ’87, Jeff ’88, and Dave ’92—and nine grandchildren. Di Bono was a basketball coach and teacher of American history at St. Francis High School (1964–1969). He then taught AP American history for 33 years at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino (1969–2002). He has been a professional accordionist for 40 years,(www.italianaccordion.com) and continues to lecture on American history at a variety of local community organizations.

submitted Nov. 1, 2013 8:48A

1964

GRD Leavey/MBA '64
Wilson, Richard

Richard Wilson MBA '64 and his wife, Celia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.

submitted May. 28, 2013 5:27P
UGRD Leavey Business '64
Tone, Nick

Freshman Dorm: Kenna

Nick Tone ’64 is retired from the high-tech industry having worked for Westinghouse Electric, Northrop Grumman and Intel. He has been residing in the Sierra foothills for 15 years. Nick enjoys watching his four grandsons grow (Gabe, Jose & Tony, sons of Elizabeth Ann Tone Kitch, and Jonah Tone, son of Joseph P. Tone ’01). Nick is one of the class of ’64 alum traveling with their families to Sunriver Ore., yearly, since 1989. In Sunriver they enjoy golf and other outdoor activities. Over these 25 years 25 different classmates have participated in the annual trek. Nick looks forward to our 50th reunion this fall and his classmates' induction into the Gianera Society.

submitted Mar. 4, 2014 12:42P
UGRD Leavey Business '64
Smith, Peter

Pete Smith ’64 and his wife Becky have two granddaughters attending Santa Clara: Kelsey Inch ’15 and her sister Katrina Inch ’17. Kelsey is in the Honors Program, is a Kappa, and works in the athletic dept. Katrina is on the women's volleyball team. Pete and Becky live in Sun Valley, Idaho

submitted May. 31, 2013 3:16P
'64
Lassart, James

James Lassart ’64 is senior trial counsel in the San Francisco office of Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney. Lassart has handled more than 100 jury trials and brings an extensive history of representing corporations and individuals in the investigation and litigation of private and governmental claims arising from alleged wrongdoing, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and professional misconduct, including matters before Federal and State Courts, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the State Bar of California and various local governmental and quasi-governmental bodies. Before entering private practice, he served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting organized crime cases and serving as coordinator of the Northwest Region of the President’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He was also an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco for 12 years, prosecuting complex homicide cases. Most recently, Lassart was managing partner of the San Francisco office of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley.
 
Lassart is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. A decorated war veteran, Lassart is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserve. In his last assignment as a General Officer he was responsible for the legal operations of the USAR Judge Advocate General’s Corp. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 1:54P

1966

'66
Ventura, Peter

Peter Ventura ’66, J.D. ’72 is the new president of the Rotary Club of Clearlake. Ventura joined the Rotary Club shortly after he and his wife, Pinky, who is a registered nurse case manager at Adventist Health, moved to Hidden Valley Lake in 2007, following his retirement after 30 years in the wine industry.

He began his career while attending Santa Clara University from 1962 to 1966 and expanded his studies from 1969 to 1972 to receive a juris doctor degree. He practiced law for 10 years with a focus on Oil and Gas Ad Valorem tax, representing county assessors as independent trial counsel, according to Marvin Carpenter. 
 
Ventura returned to the wine industry in 1985, holding senior positions in marketing, public relations and management. He was also senior vice president for Robert Mondavi Winery and chief director general of Opus One, where his responsibilities included all aspects of operations such as vineyards, wine making, marketing, sales, finance and administration.
Ventura is a former officer and director of the North American Institute of Masters of Wine in London; past director, officer, and chairman of the American Institute of Wine and Food; past president of the Napa Valley Oakville Winegrowers Association, a former North American director of Grapes and Humanity and is a Supreme Knight of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine.
 
Ventura's Rotary goals include supporting events such as the Fourth of July fireworks and providing security alarms for the Little League ballfield. His community service projects include the ongoing Baby Fair, a job shadow day for students in Lower Lake High School (LLHS), new dictionaries for all the third-grade students in the Konocti Unified School District, and the annual Community Christmas Dinner, which serves more than 900 people in the area annually, Carpenter stated.
 
His school service projects include awarding scholarships to students from Yuba Community College, LLHS and Carlé Continuing Education School as well as raising funds to support the athletic, music and performing arts programs at LLHS. Ventura wants to financially support youth services such as the Safe House in Clearlake, Sober Grad Night and Clearlake Food Bank.
Additionally, he wants to provide for the 2014 Uganda Mission Program and Rotary International's ongoing quest to rid the world of Polio.
 
submitted Aug. 26, 2013 6:59A
UGRD Engineering '66
Palla, Larry

Larry Palla ’66 has recently changed careers after 43 years at Greene Engineers. He and his wife Barbara are now running an organic farm, Meder Street Farms, in Santa Cruz. They also spent time with their grandkids, ages 1,4 and 6.

submitted Feb. 8, 2014 11:11A
'66
Happoldt, Richard
Richard Happoldt ’66 writes: "This was the fourth cruise for this group from the class of '66. The first was to Mexico in '94 (everyone was turning 50!), then to the Caribbean in 2004, on to Alaska in 2009, and then this Canadian cruise that kicked off in Boston. We sailed north to and around Nova Scotia, ending in Quebec—a Bucket List city if ever there was one!  A train ride to Montreal for a couple of days and then homeward bound.  Thirty hearty travelers, eating too much, remembering how to play "Pedro" (card game played for hours on end in the '60s), supporting local economies, eating too much, laughing too much, and completely taking over the karaoke bar one night on the ship. Go Broncos! The next event is in the planning stages for a getaway weekend on The Central Coast next year to celebrate turning the BIG SEVEN-O!"
 
submitted Oct. 30, 2013 8:39A

1968

UGRD Engineering '68
Sullivan, Donald

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Donald J. Sullivan ’68, J.D. ’71 received the prestigious Judge of the Year Award for 2013 from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association at its annual black tie dinner at the Ritz Carleton Hotel in San Francisco. Sullivan currently presides over a trial department in the criminal division. Besides serving in the criminal division soon after his appointment to the bench by Governor Davis in 2003, Sullivan has previously served as a Judge in the Unified Family Court doing family and juvenile dependency matters and has had a variety of Civil Court assignments, including jury trials, elder abuse and civil harassment. Sullivan reports that he immensely enjoyed the 45th reunion of his class of ’68 and wishes he had had more time to  spend chatting with his classmates. Sullivan lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Genevieve.

submitted Mar. 4, 2014 8:09A
'68
Sexton, Carol (Armin)

Freshman Dorm: Nobili

Carol Sexton ’68 writes, "Rob Sexton ’68 and I married in 1970, raised 4 kids both here and abroad. He passed away in 2008, having lived a full and rich life as a designer and artist. I practice guerilla teaching in business school, carefully undermining the Milton Friedman-esque mindsets of the younger generations. Currently at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Agribusiness department—labor issues in agriculture. Can't imagine retiring!"

submitted Aug. 30, 2013 1:06P
GRD Leavey/MBA '68
Gordon, Huntly

Huntly Gordon MBA ’70 has been dubbed "The World's Most Interesting Man" by the Santa Cruz Sentinel. That's because 35 years of adventure travel have given him countless stories: the time he ran with the bulls through the narrow, twisting streets of Pamplona, Spain; when he was trapped in Tehran during the 1978 Iranian Revolution; when he walked into a gun battle on a dark street in Cuzco, Peru; the time he encountered primitive Dani tribesmen, their fierce, naked bodies covered only by strategic gourds. 

"These trips are not necessarily a vacation," said Gordon, who often travels with only 30 pounds of gear. "The mystique of a different culture is what you're after, the allure of crossing borders, the great human drama ... I realized I wasn't made for sitting in an office," Gordon said. "Life is short. I thought I'd better get out there."
 
Age hasn't slowed 68-year-old Gordon, who just returned in June from a Black Sea trek, where he took a dose of tear gas in Istanbul. Still, homecoming is always sweet. "Santa Cruz is the best possible place to call home" he confirmed, sitting on the sunny deck of his Aptos home overlooking the Monterey Bay. "I would never live anywhere else."
 
Gordon is married to Donna, a retired sixth-grade teacher at New Brighton Middle School, and has daughters Alicia, 33, and Natasha, 31.
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 10:27A

1969

UGRD Arts & Sciences '69
Stevens, Kenneth

Kenneth G. Stevens ’69, MBA ’84 writes, "I am retired from NASA Ames Research Center and married to Catherine Schulbach who is still working at NASA. I also taught for several years in the early bird computer science program in the Dept. of Engineering."

submitted Mar. 21, 2014 2:06P
'69
Mowatt, William
see year 1962
'69
Labozetta, Bob (Labozetta)

Bob Labozetta ’69, MA ’75 writes: "After 33+ years teaching at the secondary and lately the community college level, I have retired my chalk and white board pens, closed my grading software, and boxed my PowerPoint presentations and lessons. The last six years my wife, Susan, and I resided in Oregon, and last summer decided to chuck it all and travel full-time. We sold our home and most of our possessions, bought a motorhome, and now see the USA (but not in a Chevrolet). While Susan continues her art (sculpture), I may put my SCU education to work by writing who-knows-what. Figuring out how to brew beer on the road, fishing across this great land, and viewing historical sites that I discussed in the classroom but never took the opportunity to visit are prominent objectives as well."

submitted Jan. 28, 2014 3:41P
GRD Law '69
Kelly, Daniel

Daniel Kelly J.D. ’69 recently received the Civility and Professionalism award from the San Francisco Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Chapter consists of 350 selected trial lawyers from all of Northern California. Kelly was elected to membership in 1986 and served as Chapter President in 1994. In 2001, he was the recipient of the law school’s Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year award.

submitted Nov. 19, 2013 2:19P
UGRD Engineering '69
Goulart, Jose
Professor (Ret.), University of the Azores, Portugal.
submitted Jan. 28, 2014 11:32P
'69
Foley, Patrick

Dr. Patrick Foley M.A. '69 has recently published his book Missionery Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans (Texas A&M University Press). He has spent more than 20 years researching and writing the book.

submitted May. 10, 2013 11:41A
'69
Foley, Charles

Charles Foley ’69 writes: In March 2013 Texas A&M University published my biography of the first Catholic bishop in Texas, French Vincentian Jean-Marie Odin. The book was more than twenty years in research and writing and is being well received. A few weeks ago the Texas State Senate awarded me a proclamation for the book being published. Odin was named Bishop of Galveston in 1847 and second Archbishop of New Orleans in February 1861.

submitted Jan. 9, 2014 6:13P
'69
Boitano, Frank

Frank Boitano ’69, MBA ’74 and his daughter Lauren summited Mt. Kilimanjaro on Jan. 17, 2013.

submitted May. 15, 2013 3:13P

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