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Roy D. Vega ’68 has entered phased-in retirement status from his business Vega Insurance & Financial Services and as Agent/Registered Representative for The New York Life.
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.
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!"
Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus
Fred Rowe ’68 writes, "As a result of taking ROTC, I ended up in the Army in August 1968. Eventually, I went to helicopter flight school and served a year in Vietnam. I got out after 5 years, came back to San Jose State as a pre-med bio major and attended med school at UC-San Diego, graduating at age 35. After emergency medicine residency, I worked for 21 years for Kaiser-Permanente in the Sacramento area. I retired in 2005, joined the local Rotary club and got way more involved than I ever intended to. My two sons were Broncos in the classes of 2009 and 2011 and my wife, an SJSU grad, is probably the most gung-ho of the four of us over SCU."
David J. Murphy '68 was appointed by the governor on September 1, 2009 to be the Superintendent of Education for the Division of Juvenile Justice in California.
David Murphy '68 is now an educational consultant, with special strengths in the areas of English learners, Latino student achievement, strategic planning and development of school programs that significantly raise student achievement for all students, including high and low achieving students. One of his clients (2005-2012) has been the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators. He became a consultant after 37 years of public school service, including the last twenty years as superintendent of schools.
Eighty-six-year-old Korean War veteran John Meyers MBA ’68 writes that he is being flown to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantry Badge while in Korea in 1951 and 1952. He plays golf three times a week and has 10 holes-in-one.
Terence Lyons '68 is the co-author of Preserving a Home for Veterans (Les Figues Press 2012), a historic and legal analysis of land use at the West Los Angeles VA property, which he wrote with colleagues at the Metabolic Studio in Los Angeles.
William T. Loris '68, J.D. '72 serves as PROLAW's Program Director and as a Senior Lecturer at Loyola University Chicago's Law School. He comes to Loyola after a distinguished career in international service. He served for five years in Abidjan, Ivory Coast as a Regional Legal Advisor for West Africa to the US Agency for International Development (USAID), working on the legal aspects of the USAID program across West and Central Africa, followed by five years in Cairo as a Legal Advisor in USAID's Egypt mission. He then co-founded the International Development Law Institute, a Dutch foundation, which was later transformed into an inter-governmental organization, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), by an international convention. IDLO is now a key international institution in the promotion of the rule of law and good governance in developing countries, countries in economic transition, and countries emerging from violent conflict.
Kenneth F. Hanson '68 writes that the Class of 1968 grads Phillips, Lenihan, Del Porto, Erb, Austin, Hornberger and Hanson had their annual central coast "campout" at Sea Pines Resort on February 20. The golf was bad but friendships endure!
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.
John Giovannetti ’68 has been inducted into the Lemoore Union High School Hall of Fame in the category of Friend of Lemoore High School. He served on the school's board of trustees for 12 years. He coached girls soccer for the past 18 years at both the JV and varsity levels.
James W. Foley '68, P.E., S.E., G.E., of Saratoga, California, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. NCEES recognized the 2010 award winners at its Annual Meeting, held August 18–21 in Denver. Since becoming a member of the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors in 1998, Foley has served as board president, vice president, and chair of various committees. He has written articles on the regulation of the engineering profession in California, and when the board assumed responsibility for regulating the practices of geology and geophysics, Foley participated in informational meetings to address licensees’ concerns. He is currently the board liaison to its Geotechnical Engineering and Geology technical advisory committees. Foley was a member of the NCEES Committee on Finances from 2007 to 2010 and served as chair for three years. He was a member of the Examination Administration Task Force from 2004 to 2006 and a member of the Fire Protection/Design-Build Task Force in 2003–04. Foley is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, the California Geotechnical Engineering Association, the American Public Works Association, and the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.
Kevin J. Donahue '68 was named the California State Athletic Director of the Year for 2010-2011. He was also honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Central Coast Section Athletic Directors Association, and the In Via Award from Serra High School, the highest honor the school confers on non-alumni. Donahue recently retired from Serra High School in San Mateo after 31 years at the school, where he served as Athletic Director the past 30 years. He lives in Danville with his wife Robin.
Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
Edward Desmond ’68 writes that he is living in San Lorenzo, Calif., with his wife, Grace, and still working as a microbiologist.
Albert Chen ’68, MBA ’70 writes: “Returned at the end of 2011 to San Francisco after four-plus years working in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Was chief risk officer of CCB Financial Leasing Corporation, a joint venture leasing company between Bank of America and China Construction Bank.”
A. A. Chanteloup '54 is retired in Sunnyvale. He writes that he's taking care of his very ill wife and enjoys Santa Clara Magazine.
Victoria Ann Burnett ’68 writes, "I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist at the Christian Counseling Center in San Jose, Calif. for twelve years."
Theodore E. Burke ’68 writes: “Co-owner of Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola and having complelted 12-years of services as the California State Representative on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association, I was recently elected Director Emeritus, a lifetime position.”
Helen Baumann '68 is living happily in Palo Alto, practicing law in Redwood City, and hoping that her 16 year old granddaughter decides to come to Santa Clara for college.