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UGRD Engineering '55
Van Etten, David
Dave Van Etten ’55 and Mary Ann Van Etten retired their family day-care business after providing childcare services to families in the South Bay since 1976.
Cell: (408) 768-6994 Home: (408) 365-8809 Address: 702 Cree Drive San Jose, CA 95123 Neighborhood Blossom Valley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/dtvanetten Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/davidtvanetten Twitter: www.twitter.com/dtvanetten
submitted Aug. 6, 2013 12:36P
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
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
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.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 1:54P
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
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
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
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
see year 1958
Schrey-Springer, Mary (McQuade)
Mary McQuade Schrey ’71, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Oregon and California, recently was placed on the Supervisory Registery for the State of Oregon and opened up an additional office at 1210 Pearl St, Eugene, Ore. She and her husband, Dean, spend as much time as possible in their second home in Kona, HI.
submitted Jul. 2, 2013 2:43P
Rice, Terry (Goodfield)
Terry (Goodfield) Rice ’71, M.A. ’72 writes, "Alain Pinel Realtors keeps me busy up and down the Peninsula and even over to Santa Cruz, selling homes. It's truly amazing and fun. I continue with my love of airplanes by volunteering at the SFO International Airport Museum. This gives me an opportunity to see my Pan American friends and 'talk over the Old Days.' In fact, we had a fun-filled PAA reunion in Monaco a few months ago."
Alain Pinel Realtors 657 University Avenue Palo Alto, California 94301
submitted Aug. 12, 2013 10:26P
Charles McDermott ’71 just retired after 30 years of college teaching.
submitted Sep. 23, 2013 2:31P
Robert G.P. Cruz ’71, J.D. ’83 recently participated in a four-concert tour of Tallinn, Estonia, and St. Petersberg and Moscow, Russia, with the combined Guam Cantate choir and Ramapo Cantanova choir, led by Dr. Lisa Lutter of Ramapo College, New Jersey. Cruz serves on the Cantate board and has been a member of the choir since 2010. The choir performed music in Russian, Estonian, Hebrew, Latin, and English. Cruz also sings with the 7:30 a.m. choir at the Hagatna Cathedral Basilica in Guam.
submitted Jul. 26, 2013 4:06P
see year 1966
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '72
Rice, Terry (Goodfield)
see year 1971
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Daly, Kerry (n/a)
Kerry K. Daly ’72 has moved from San Francisco to Hollywood, Florida to open "An English Majors Bookstore" in early 2014.
submitted Oct. 4, 2013 8:08A
GRD Law '73
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.
submitted Aug. 11, 2013 5:22P
GRD Law '73
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."
wwww.SEL4Mass.org http://law.scu.edu/sclaw/fall-2012-ethical-athlete/ https://www.facebook.com/#!/mitch.lyons.902
submitted Jun. 27, 2013 7:16P
John Fox ’73 is director of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.
submitted Aug. 6, 2013 10:21A
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Greg Fox ’73 is married to Anita Ruud, lives in San Francisco and they are blessed with three daughters Anna-Kristina, Elisabeth and Alexandra. He is a partner of the San Francisco law firm Bertrand, Fox & Elliot.
submitted Oct. 3, 2013 11:11P
GRD Law '73
Ducas, William (William Ducas)
Bill Ducas ’73 writes: "My very best good wishes to those classmates attending the reunion this September."
submitted Jul. 26, 2013 2:51P
UGRD Leavey Business '74
Steven Mattos '74 writes, "Moved to Lodi, Calif., in semi-retirement state. Will be consulting with Amazon on their opening of a new 1.2-million-square-foot fulfillment warehouse in Tracy, Calif. Still blessed with my four children—now adults—and my four grandchildren, with one more due next March. All is good in life. Hello to all my fellow Broncos, Class of 1974."
submitted Sep. 23, 2013 1:35P
Rudolf L. Brutoco '74 is being honored by Western University of Health Sciences as a health care pioneer at its annual A Tribute to Caring gala on Nov. 9, 2013. He is receiving Western U’s highest award, the Elie Wiesel Humanism in Healing Award, presented to individuals who best represent the philosophy and values of the university and have actively incorporated them toward the betterment of the human condition.
Receiving the award is a tremendous honor, Dr. Brutoco said.
“Elie Wiesel devoted his life to humanism. It’s a tremendous affiliation and association,” he said. “It’s especially gratifying because my career has been multifaceted—personal health care, public health issues, philanthropic issues—but one thing that has connected my whole life’s work is regard for human beings and regard for the individual. So to have this award recognizing humanism places appropriate emphasis on the core value of my life’s work.”
A specialist in Behavioral and Developmental Medicine, with expertise in psychiatry, Dr. Brutoco’s career has been devoted to treating those with special needs, or going through temporary but difficult challenges. His professional goal has been to help individuals achieve their full potential, particularly when they encounter obstacles to personal happiness and fulfillment.
Dr. Brutoco’s wife, Diana '74, was diagnosed with leukemia in 1988. She needed a bone marrow transplant to survive, but her family members weren’t a match and, at the time, few people were registered as donors.
Dr. Brutoco developed the concept and led an international grassroots movement to educate, motivate, recruit, test, finance and register bone marrow donors. The visionary Life-Savers Foundation of America formed synergistic relationships with huge agencies, institutions and non-governmental organizations, including the American Red Cross, National Institute of Health, Roche Lab and many others, in order to maximize the impact of the movement. Through Dr. Brutoco’s leadership of the Foundation, as well as leadership within the fledgling National Marrow Donor Program, the ranks of the donor pool rose exponentially in support of the new life-saving technique of bone marrow transplantation.
This effort brought together government officials, agency heads, top doctors and, most important, the public at large, Brutoco said. The doctor who performed Diana Brutoco’s successful marrow transplant received the Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in bone marrow transplants. Dr. Brutoco himself received much acclaim for his work and leadership in promoting and facilitating marrow and stem cell transplants.
But this breakthrough medical technology was useless to those who could not find a donor match. For that technology to reach its full potential, it required a vast number of volunteers to come forth and say, “I will save the life of a stranger.” There are now more than 6 million Americans registered as volunteer “Life-Savers” through the donation of their marrow or stem cells.
“We’ve received a lot of expressions of gratitude through the years from patients’ families,” Brutoco said. “But we’ve received even more appreciation from donors. They got a chance to make a difference in the lives of someone else. We were blessed to be the facilitator of that. We are giving people a chance to be their best self. It’s a way to truly connect one soul to another in this shared human journey that is life. Through selfless donation of marrow and stem cells, and the acceptance of that by the recipient, goodness comes forward in the most essential way.”
submitted Oct. 25, 2013 11:51A