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UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Weber, Walter

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.

During his recent installation speech at CDA's House of Delegates meeting, Dr. Weber emphasized the importance of CDA continually looking for ways to support members and the patients they serve in the profession's changing landscape, according to the association.
"Current trends in dentistry, including shrinking dental insurance benefits, pressures to reduce costs, and increasing costs of dental education, make it important for CDA to understand members' needs and develop strategies to help them succeed and best care for patients," Dr. Weber said. "Our members' success is critical for our organization to continue as the leaders in advocating for Californians' oral health."
Dr. Weber, past president of the Santa Clara County Dental Society, has served on the board of Tthe Dentists Insurance Company, CDA's Policy Development Council, and the Dental Benefits Task Force.
submitted Dec. 3, 2014 11:57A
Runciman, Lex

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.

submitted Jun. 28, 2015 5:06P
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
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.”
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submitted Jan. 9, 2015 3:00P
Laidlaw, Scott

Scott Laidlaw ’73 retired as a Vice President at Bank of America on December 31, 2014 after 37 years in banking at Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank. He lives in Pleasant Hill, California with his wife Suzanne.

submitted Feb. 17, 2015 4:49P
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
Hagan, Rick

Rick Hagan '73, '77 writes, "I retired as director of Housing on August 3, which was also my 35-year employment anniversary at the University of San Diego. Being a time of reflection and counting blessings, I am very appreciative for the opportunity George Giacomini '56 provided when, in 1974, he entrusted me with the responsibility for supervising the residential life program at Santa Clara. Who would ever have dreamed of the amazing career that would result from that opportunity?!! I also want to thank Frank Oliva '74, Mike Radford '74, and Tom House '74, J.D. '77 for the support each of them provided me that led to such a rewarding career of working with college students for 40 years. However, now I am enjoying the flexibility retirement provides and spending more quality time with my wife, Suzanne, who continues to teach 3rd grade, plus our three children Ryan (28), Kelli (26), and Sean (24) who all live nearby in San Diego. I am already enjoying a fast start on my goal to do more traveling, with trips to Julian, Temecula, Anaheim for the D23 Expo, Mammoth, and Hawaii while beginning to plan for the European adventure Suzanne and I will experience together next summer."

submitted Oct. 18, 2015 8:07P
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,, 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
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Charney, Howard

Cisco senior VP Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77 and his wife of 34 years, Alida Schoolmaster Charney, have donated $10 million in matching and direct funds to Santa Clara University School of Law to fund a new technologically advanced, collaboration-oriented law school building, which will replace three current facilities and be housed near the business school to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.

Charney said he was motivated to donate to the law school to preserve and advance its vital role at the University, and because he has witnessed firsthand how imperative it is for business, engineering, and other leaders to grasp the overarching role of the law in their endeavors. He said it is important to him to give back to people and organizations like Santa Clara University that helped shape him and contributed to his success.
“Santa Clara University is in the process of redefining itself,” said Charney. “I hope this gift will create momentum and help to shape what the University will look like for the next several decades.”
Charney co-founded the $3 billion company 3Com as well as Grand Junction Networks, which was acquired by Cisco in 1995. He currently is senior vice president in the Office of the President and CEO at Cisco, contributing to Cisco's strategy and direction and also advising businesses, governments, and educators around the world in implementing critical Internet technologies to improve organizational effectiveness.
Over his career Charney has overseen the development and expansion of key technologies that have helped build the global Internet as it exists today. He helped grow Cisco’s two-tier distribution business to more than $2.4 billion and helped turn fast ethernet and low-cost switching into fundamental, global Internet technologies. At 3Com, he helped create products that would later become ethernet and local area networking, enabling Internet access to the desktop.
He said law school taught him that a system of laws underpins all great business creations.
“Attending Santa Clara Law was really pivotal to making me who I am—the law gelled it all together for me,” said Charney. “I learned that the law is a set of valuable, lofty practices and behaviors that guide how people interact.”
Charney has been a longtime adviser to the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, funding a professorship there, serving on the advisory board, and recently joining the executive committee.
A licensed patent attorney, Charney has served as a board member for several technology companies. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master’s of business administration and juris doctor degrees from Santa Clara University.
Their son is Tristan Charney MBA '06.
submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:19A
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

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