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UGRD Engineering '85
Wehr, Michael

Michael C. Wehr '85 was promoted to the rank of major general by the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a ceremony in January. Last September, Wehr received his second star at his alma mater, where his career began in the ROTC program.

"It feels great to come back to the place and people who shaped me at an early age for the career that led to this day," he said. His parents, Art and Margaret Wehr, had the honor of participating in the ceremony, while his Santa Clara sweetheart, Deborah Kalisz Wehr ’84, stood by his side.

Among other highlights, his career has included four combat tours, most recent serving as the Theater Engineer for Afghanistan. As a two-star general, Wehr is now in command of the Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program and plays a vital role in managing the Corps' water resources program in the Mississippi River Valley. To give you some perspective on the scope of his assignment, this division encompasses the third largest watershed in the world—trailing only the Amazon and Congo Rivers in size—and is the most navigable and most connected to arable land on Earth.
Less than 50 percent of one-star generals earn their second star. Leading the ceremony, Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick cited Wehr's compassion, decisiveness, work ethic, and engineering prowess that, coupled with a calm, strong leadership style makes him one of the Army's best.

Responding humbly, Wehr said, "It takes a lot of little things to make something big happen. It's a real honor to celebrate this moment here at Santa Clara. It is a gift to get to lead. It's about living, learning, loving, and leaving a legacy—carrying a torch, but thanking those who handed it to me and those who will receive it. "Wehr also recognized the incredible importance of mentoring, specifically thanking his Santa Clara ROTC professor of military science, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Camors.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:53P
GRD Law '85
Rafaty, Laura

Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (, a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley.  She continues her law practice ( in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at

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submitted May. 18, 2015 3:53P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Miller, Chuck

Chuck Miller ’85, J.D. ’88 is business development nanager for American Pacific Mortgage in Walnut Creek. He is also the JV basketball coach at De La Salle High School in Concord. Chuck is currently serving on the SCU National Alumni Board as well as on the committee for the Class of '85 Grand Reunion coming up this fall. He is encouraging all his classmates to come to the reunion and looks forward to seeing them all there. Chuck is proud of his daughter, Samantha, who is attending George Washington University and his son, Charlie, who is a freshman at De La Salle High School. Chuck lives in Pleasant Hill.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:23P
Marsella, Mary

Freshman Dorm: Swig

After 11 years teaching virtually every religious studies course that Catholic high schools have to offer, Mary Marsella '85 is taking a break for several months to chill out and determine her next steps for how to best apply her nine years of graduate theological study to living this gift of life. This includes sorting out her passions, which include promoting social justice, deepening her spirituality, meditating, practicing yoga, spending more time with her family, cooking, writing about what's on her mind—she had a field day writing posts about Pope Francis in order to give balance to the various mis/understandings of him and the Church during his visit to the United States—and whatever the heck else she wants to do. She lives in Point Richmond and loves her view of the Bay, which she is well aware that she is lucky to have. She looks forward to reuniting with her third-floor- freshman-year "Swig-mates" and other Santa Clara alums. And of course, while working at LaSallian high schools, she ever maintained the TRUTH that God is NOT a Gael! Can I get an amen?

submitted Oct. 3, 2015 9:34P
Lally, Bart

Bart Lally ’85 and wife Amanda welcomed their first child, Francis Joseph Lally, on July 27, 2014. The family lives in San Francisco.

submitted Nov. 3, 2014 9:01A
Jeffries, KM, Timothy

Tim Jeffries ’85 served as the senior deputy of the Colorado Flood Recovery Task Force for Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado in fall 2013. Tim was reappointed to the Arizona Commerce Authority by House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) in summer 2014. And Tim also serves on the Crime and Child Safety Subcommittee of the Transition Committee for Governor-Elect Doug Ducey (R) of Arizona.

submitted Dec. 17, 2014 4:24P
UGRD Engineering '85
Holck, Laura (Boltz)

Rev. Dr. Laura (Boltz) Holck '85 has been called to served as senior pastor at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She shares the position with her spouse, Rev. Dr. Philip Holck.

submitted May. 12, 2015 7:12A
Hart, Charlotte

Charlotte Hart ’85 got married in January of 2014, and in September moved back to hometown Long Beach, California after 10 years in Scottsdale, Arizona. With three kids in college now, she and her new husband, Marshall Waller, live together and no longer comute 800 miles a week! When not working on their home remodel or charitable caues, Charlotte consults part-time as a marketing strategist specializing in business development. As the reunion nears, she is exhorting classmates and all alumni to bolster SCU's endowment. Examining her alma mater's giving statistics compared to the colleges her kids were accepted to (comprable size schools) was eye-opening, so she joined the reunion committee to spread the word!

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submitted Feb. 11, 2015 11:13P
UGRD Engineering '85
Goolkasian, Todd

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Todd Goolkasian ’85 writes, "Maureen Goolkasian ’85 and I are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 30th reunion!"

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Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc.
submitted Feb. 7, 2015 4:51P
UGRD Engineering '85
Byrne, Andrew

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Andrew Byrne '85, M.S. '89 is married and currently living in Oregon, where he works for an engineering firm focusing on thermally efficient hexagonal structures. He avidly pursues outdoor activities and has climbed a number of the tallest 200 peaks in North and Central America. He also collects beach bottle glass from some of the lowest-elevation coastline in the Northern Pacific basin and hopes to follow in his uncle's footsteps and retire to Humbolt County and open a marine bottle glass museum.

submitted Sep. 29, 2015 8:52A

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