Class Notes | Obituaries
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Peter Wise BSME '69, MBA '73 came out of retirement and accepted a faculty research associate position at the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in 2009. He lives with his wife, Julie, and their three dogs in Louisville, Colo., where they enjoy rides on the Harley, writing their blogs, and conducting research on Julie's book about Christian Sacred Sexuality.
Peter Wise ’69, MBA ’73 will finally retire next year - what a long strange trip it's been. He plans devote time to Puppy Mill rescues and awarness. He and his wife Julie live in Louisville, Colo.
Walter G. Weber ’73 has been chosed by the California Dental Association (CDA) to be its new president for 2014–2015. Dr. Weber, who has been practicing general dentistry in Campbell, Calif., for more than 30 years and lives in Los Gatos, graduated from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Santa Clara University, with a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. He has been a CDA member for 33 years and succeeds past president, James D. Stephens, DDS.
Andrew Swartz ’73 has been a partner for Spiering, Swartz & Kennedy law firm located in Monterey, Calif. since 1974. He is married to Kiane Swartz, and they reside in Monterey. They have two grown sons: Adam, a longtime Chicago firefighter married with one daughter, and Alex, a business analyst for Visa.
John Stege '73 of Aptos, Calif., is the new Vice President and Broker for the Employee Benefits Division of Lawson-Hawks Insurance Associates.
Thomas L. Simpson '69, J.D. '73 is a lawyer and Certified Family Law Specialist with his own three-attorney firm in Glendale, Calif. He was recently elected President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter. He resides in La Canada with his wife, Lili.
Joanna White Rydder '73 is a Regional Director of Funding for The Hunger Project, an international NGO, working in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.
Paul Russell '73, MBA '82 was appointed senior vice president of engineering at ArrayPower, a Silicon Valley-based power electronics company.
Russell has more than 25 years of experience in technology development for companies in the solar, aerospace and defense industries. Prior, he served as senior vice president of engineering for concentrated photovoltaic solar systems provider Amonix. Additional experience includes multiple executive positions with Northrop Grumman and Space Systems/Loral, as well as systems engineering roles with Ford Aerospace.
Dr. Lex Runciman '73, professor of English at Linfield College, received the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award, which honors outstanding creative work that has been recognized by peers and has been slated for dissemination. At Linfield since 1992, Runciman has published four textbooks, two anthologies and five books of poetry. His most recent work, One Hour That Morning and Other Poems, was published in 2014, and his work has appeared widely in magazines. He also reviews books in his blog, The Far Corner Reader. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Utah. Runciman has actively served Linfield and the wider community in many roles, including leading Linfield’s strategic planning effort.
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.
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.
Alvaro A. Reis M.B.A. '73 is retired, traveling, and participating in the OSHER Program at SCU as well as spending time at SCU events.
Alvaro A. Reis MBA '73 writes that he is retired and has been enjoying lectures and OLLI activities at SCU, doing in-state travel, and catching up with family and friends. He adds that he reads Santa Clara Magazine from cover to cover.
Risë Pichon ’73, J.D. ’76 was honored with the Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award in October 2011 in honor of her work for equality and human rights during her career.
Michael Pereira '73, retired NFL vice president of officiating, joins Fox Sports as a multi-platform NFL rules analyst. Before his retirement, Pereira did weekly reviews of controversial officiating calls for the NFL Network. It was one area where the NFL Network outshined the league's other broadcast partners. Pereira will be situated in a control room each Sunday at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles, giving him visual access to all games played. If circumstances warrant a rules interpretation or explanation, he'll be available to interact with studio analysts and game crews from stadiums around the country, either on- or off-camera. A team of Los Angeles-area football referees, each assigned to a different game, will be assisting Pereira.
Nicholas Mule ’73 retired in March 2014 after 32+ years with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. He and his wife Shirley (also recently retired) recently moved to Southern California (Newbury Park) to be closer to their son, daughter and granddaughters.
James Morrow MBA '66, Ph.D. '73 is chairman, president and CEO of Green Energy 1, Inc., a designer, developer, owner, and operator of waste to energy technology and solar plants for the generation of electricity and production of potable water worldwide.
Steven McCauley '73 is chair of the physics department at Cal Poly, Pomona.
John B. Maydonovitch M.A. '73, chief executive officer of San Jose-based MCE Inc., is receiving the Xavier University Founders' Day Award for 2011. Maydonovitch is a 1970 Xavier graduate and member of the University's Board of Trustees. He feels blessed to have had mentors throughout his academic and professional career, like his calculus professor at Xavier who encouraged him to pursue computer engineering and attend Silicon Valley-based Santa Clara University for graduate school in the early 1970s. Maydonovitch says his timing could not have been better as he got a foothold in the booming high-tech industry, spending 21 years in systems engineering and executive management positions with Hewlett-Packard Co. before following his passion to lead small high-tech companies.
Linda (Fernandez) Martinez M.A. ’73 writes, "I have recently semiretired in order to travel more."
Mitch Lyons J.D. ’73 writes, "Joanne and I wanted to say how sorry we are that the timing of the reunion conflicts with a preplanned trip to Tuscany for her 65th birthday. What a shame as both of us would have loved to come back and join you all. As I looked at the pictures that flashed on the website's 1973 page, I was struck that my memory is not as bad as I thought and everyone looks great. I could put faces (albeit older) to names, like Dick Cunha J.D. '73, Rick Watters J.D. '73, and Joseph Kalashian J.D. '73 on the opening slide (also loved seeing Dan Martin J.D. '73). Then I looked at the list who make up the committee and would love to see you all. Again, Joanne and I send our love. Quick catch up. Joanne and I are both retired and enjoying our first grandchild, Greta Lee Schalfman. Babysitting Monday and Tuesday and loving it. Joanne is about to become a flower show judge. Like all subsets, this one takes an amazing amount of time, artistry and patience. So does staying married to me for 43 years. She loves the whole process (the flower shows, not necessarily me) and I'm glad she has found something rewarding in retirement. About a year and a half ago, I started the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts (www.SEL4Mass.org) in order to shift the conversation to a long-term educational plan to reduce violence and addictions in our society. We have over 300 educators on board with 9 working committees. It takes up about 40 hours a week of my time. Using advocacy skills after 26 years as a plaintiff's lawyer. Had fun writing an article for SCU Law Magazine at the opening of the Institute of Sports Law and Ehics. I hope life is good for you all and we wish you all the best, sending our love to all."
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