Gael Glimpses, Fall 2011
Skylar Covich, who was recently voted president of the UCSB Political Science Graduate Student Association, is a teaching assistant at UC Santa Barbara completing his third year in a Ph.D. program in political science. Skylar remains active with Saint Mary’s professors and attended the 2011 summer Holy Cross Collegium, a Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life.
Barbara McLaughlin, EdD and family recently spent a month in England, Ireland and Scotland. They began in London, visiting family in Falmouth, Hornchurch and Watford. They were in Dublin at the same time as Queen Elizabeth but did not see her. However, their bus tours were hampered, their luggage was checked by security before they could walk to their hotel on McConnell Street and they encountered mainly peaceful demonstrations. Back in Scotland, they visited St. Andrews University, where William and Kate met, and walked the Old Course and got their photos taken on the bridge.
Natalie Boltz closed escrow on her first home in her much-loved hometown of Benicia in February. She and longtime boyfriend William Wulff recently adopted a puppy and love every minute of owning a home. After a much-needed career change, Natalie rejoined the wine industry and accepted a position as general manager of operations and hospitality at Reynolds Family Winery, joining forces with fellow alumna Suzie Reynolds and her talented husband, Steve Reynolds.
Chris Burns reports that a group of lacrosse alumni will attend the WCC basketball tourney in Las Vegas for the second year in a row to support the Gaels basketball team. They look forward to this trip for many years to come! Brandon Elefante graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with an MBA in the public sector in May. He works as a legislative aide for the City and County of Honolulu.
Whitney Lopez just moved back to the Bay Area from Southern California to work with Rodan + Fields (the creators of ProActiv) as an event and recognition coordinator in downtown San Francisco.
Melissa Spahr reports that she will embark on a new journey after finishing two years as a Lasallian Volunteer in Philadelphia and the Bronx. This past summer she cycled across the country with fellow Lasallians (lvsride.com), starting in Oregon and finishing in New Jersey, to raise funds to end poverty. Shortly after the ride, she began graduate school at the University of California, Davis to study public health.
Savior Charles got married on September 11, 2010. He has completed all of his course work at Cal State East Bay for the master’s of applied math program, also completing three of the comprehensive exams. He has already applied for graduation and has one more exam to take this fall before completing his master’s degree.
Coree Brown began her graduate degree in multilevel and regional politics at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh this fall.
Melanie (Johnson) Hayes ME, ECR ’05 is an independent educational consultant specializing in the needs of gifted children, particularly profoundly gifted and twice exceptional children. She serves clients in the SF Bay Area and beyond. She is also the mother of 10-year-old gifted twins, one of whom is profoundly gifted and twice exceptional. She writes about her professional and personal experience with these amazing, quirky children in her blog: Life Among the Gifted: mjhayes.wordpress.com.
Allison Landa MFA completed her memoir and it is currently under consideration by several agents. She was a finalist in the She Writes Passion Project contest and is working as a freelance writer and tutor.
Mallori (Miller) and Anthony Macedo were married on June 11, 2011, in the chapel at Saint Mary’s. The bridal party included SMC alumni Stephanie Shannon, Christine Nerney, Devin Kraus, Melissa Hankins and Kyle Werner. The couple lives in Suisun City with their 3-year-old son, Andrew Macedo.
Erik Johnson received a master’s in public policy and administration from Sacramento State.
Janis Palana ME ’06 ECR ’06 is engaged to Frank Allocco, Jr. ’00. Frank proposed to Janis in Disneyland and they are planning a San Francisco wedding in October. Janis and Frank met while teaching at Saint Mary’s School in Walnut Creek. She was the science teacher and Frank is the current math teacher. She is busy with wedding planning and her new job as principal of St. Philip Neri in Alameda. Frank runs ASA (Advanced Skills Academy) Basketball, a large AAU basketball program for boys and girls grades 5–9, while coaching basketball at De La Salle High School.
Sabrina Titelbaum is proud to say that she has three granddaughters (3, 1 and 11 months), all living in Madison, Wis. And now she finally has a grandson, who lives in Antioch. Jaden Alexander Wilson was born July 16.
Christopher Walton MBA is wrapping up his first tour as a State Department Foreign Service Officer in Nairobi, Kenya, where he served in the economic section of the embassy. He will return to the United States for training before he begins his second assignment in Berlin, Germany, as a consular officer. His four children, three girls and one boy, have completed their first experience living in Africa with great aplomb and are looking forward to a school year in Northern Virginia before their first European experience.
Amber Ferrari and Jeff Ford were thrilled to welcome their daughter, Shelby Corrine, on May 1, 2011. While luckily spending a few months home in Ukiah with Shelby, Amber has been working for Kiewit since she graduated and is currently a project engineer at the I-405 freeway expansion project in Los Angeles.
Delano Garner ML recently attended the French Open tennis tournament before spending some time in Mysore, India. He has used the skills gained from the Leadership Program at Saint Mary’s to become the leadership director for Garner Consulting, a professional development agency in the Bay Area. He balances his eventful business life with plenty of hiking, tennis and backyard BBQs.
Katie Krueger recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with an MFA in acting. She is back in the Bay Area this summer performing with Woman’s Will (the all-female Shakespeare Company) in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at various parks around the Bay. In the fall, Katie will move to Sacramento to work with the Acting Company at B Street Theatre.
Vishrudh Sarathy, Ashley Tani, Natalie Wilson and Milad Sarkis, all currently living in California, visited Chennai, India in the summer of 2010 for a wedding. The ceremony lasted four days and was truly an amazing experience.
Maureen Sertich reports that since graduating with a B.S. in environmental science from Saint Mary’s, she received an M.S. in environmental management and sustainability and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2010. She has taken a new position as the sustainability standards specialist at NSF International in Ann Arbor, Mich. In her new position, she will be responsible for determining the criteria for sustainability standards for third-party certification of products and services.
Bryant Adleson and Johanna (Sanchez) were married on June 5, 2010, at Saint Mary’s College Chapel. Their Saint Mary’s friends Christina Barrie, Daniel Brooks, Chris Kram and Mike Psara were all in attendance. They recently celebrated their first anniversary and are living and working in San Jose with their puggle pup.
Nicolette Clinton graduated with a B.A. in mathematics and received her master’s degree in education from the University of San Diego in May 2010. Nicolette completed her teacher certification studies at Sacramento State University and has been employed as a math teacher at Albert Einstein Middle School in San Diego for five years.
Keli (Imoto) Manfred ’03 and husband, Mike, welcomed their daughter, Adeline Elizabeth, in November 2010. Adeline was recently baptized at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church in Napa, where fellow alums Jaclyn Verducci P ’05 and Sean Sullivan served as her godparents. Keli has been with Malloy Imrie & Vasconi Insurance Services for eight years as a licensed commercial lines account manager. Mike is an estate planning attorney and partner at Gaw Van Male. During the past few years, Keli and Mike have traveled to Italy and France, Jamaica, Antigua and Yosemite but make their home in Napa with baby Adeline and her furry feline siblings, Joey and Ollie.
Torin Simpson and Chris Gargano ’90 were awarded a Northern California Emmy Award for their work on the documentary style television show “Inside the Clubhouse: The Journey.” They both work for the San Francisco Giants and the show captured the Giants run to a World Series championship. Chris is the senior director of marketing and entertainment and Torin is the senior video producer/editor.
Kar Wing Cathy Kwan reports that after being together for 11 years and married for five years, she and Tom Pham finally celebrated their union with their wedding on April 2, 2011, at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Cathy is an English and ESL teacher, as well as the chair of the hiring committee and advisory committee, at Los Angeles High School of the Arts. Tom is a supervisor for University of Southern California’s Sponsored Project Accounting Department. They reside in Baldwin Park.
Allyson (Wiley) Weekes graduated from Saint Mary’s and then attended graduate studies in commercial photography. Allyson was recently named SFGate’s 2011 “Best Wedding Photographer” in its Best of the Bay competition. Allyson and her husband just welcomed a baby boy named Micah into their lives.
Beth (Woisin) Pagliuca and her husband, Michael, welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Irelyn, into the world on Feb. 15, 2011. Irelyn joins big brother, Vincent, 2. The Pagliuca family is enjoying their life as a family of four.
Kelly (Cole) Deitrick and her husband, Shams Deitrick, had a baby girl on April 21, 2011. She is named after her grand- mothers — Stella Elizabeth. She weighed in at
8 lbs., 13 oz. The new family of three is very happy and the parents are so proud! Kelly is on maternity leave from her position as a merchandise manager for Partycity.com and Shams is busy as a financial planner for Raymond James.
Ken Blair and wife, Stephanie, welcomed baby Monika Kathryn Blair into their lives on May 7, 2011. Older sister Lily loves holding Monika. She’s a fun baby who makes lots of funny faces.
Gina Meneni is happy to report the birth of Nicolai (Meneni) McRoberts, born Feb. 18.
David Bertaina, an assistant professor in the history department at the University of Illinois at Springfield, published the book “Christian and Muslim Dialogues: The Religious Uses of a Literary Form in the Early Islamic Middle East.” Professor Bertaina is married to Cheryl (Bignami) Bertaina ‘99 and they have children age 3 (Joseph) and 1 (Anna).
After successful careers in the pastorate and education, Donald Jones ME, ECR has been in private practice as a Christian pastoral counselor for the last several years. His office is located in Tracy. He specializes in biblical counseling. He and his beloved wife, Carol, have six grown children.
Ted Warburton EE was named the California State Harbor Master of the Year for 2010 at the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains annual conference this past winter in Dana Point, Calif. Warburton works for the City of Brisbane and manages the city’s 580-berth marina along with the city’s community pool and aquatics programs. He resides in Brisbane, near San Francisco, with his wife, Olivia, and their small dog, Jojo.
Jennifer (Belloni) Winberry announces that after graduating from SMC, she went on to teach at Montessori de Terra Linda in Marin County, then taught first grade in Walnut Creek for 12 years. In July 2007, she married Matt Winbery in Lake Tahoe. She took the past year off to be with their daughter, Katelyn Elizabeth, who was born Aug. 18, 2010. She will return to teaching fifth grade part-time in the fall. She and Matt feel so blessed and love every minute with their daughter.
Elianna (Psycharis) Reker MS ’02 announces that a few years after graduation, she returned to Saint Mary’s and received her MS in health services administration in 2002. She worked for many years with seniors in skilled nursing and as a geriatric care manager for home care. She married Nick Reker ’01 in 2005; they have two children. She now stays home to take care of Melina (2 1/2) and Evan (7 months). Her days are happy and exhausting!
Tony White EE has just distributed his inaugural publication of “Verified Service Reports — Home Service Edition” in the west and south regions of St. Louis, Mo., in mid-July. Tony and Elizabeth White started this venture in October 2010 to provide St. Louis-area homeowners a resource for finding service contractors. White is also working on a similar publication for the Phoenix, Ariz., area.
Stephanie Carter is the office manager and assessment coordinator at Project Recovery Outpatient Treatment Program, the adult treatment facility for the Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse in Santa Barbara. She recently moved to Oak View, Calif., and enjoys posting her photography on DeviantArt.com (gallery name: 74rex).
Heather (Hayes) Betz was married on June 25, 2011, in Fairfax, Calif., surrounded by family, friends and a few fellow Gaels. She and her husband, Christian, along with their two daughters, will make their home in western Michigan. Heather also graduated in May with her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. She will begin as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Albion College this fall.
Darci Motta was named Meeting Professional of the Year by the Northern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPINCC) for her involvement and dedicated volunteerism within the meeting industry and specifically MPINCC. Honored on June 8 at MPINCC’s annual gala, Darci is a senior conference manager for AAA Insurance Exchange in Walnut Creek. In addition to her involvement with MPINCC, Darci is also the Northern California Chapter president. Darci recently returned from Portugal, where she and her father visited the villages where her grandfather and maternal grandparents were from, researching their Portuguese ancestral roots.
Cindy (Neander) Cooper recently celebrated 15 years as an auditor for the SEC and serves on the SMC Women in Philanthropy Committee.
William Kohnen MS and his wife, Sharon, along with their new daughter Wrysa, born April 29, 2009, in the Philippines, were visited by James Kohnen ’86 MS ’88 ME ’03 and Patricia Kohnen in July. Bill and Jim are both graduates of the Procurement and Contract Management Masters program. Bill currently serves as the purchasing manager for analog devices in the Philippines.
Stephen Maloney has been selling business intelligence and analytics software for 16 years and currently works at SAS trying to help the state government with problems in public safety and education and with fraud. He is happily married to his wife, Jana, and has two kids named Petra and Chase. He is proud of SMC and its evolution since he graduated in 1995 and excited about the strength of the rugby program, too. In summary, he believes that “God is a Gael!”
Paul Sheirich EE, after graduating from Saint Mary’s, spent 13 years with TriNet, a professional employer organization (PEO) in San Leandro, where he helped to increase the number of serviced employees from less than 2,000 to more than 120,000 in 13 years. As director of application development he was responsible for the implementation, enhancement and maintenance of all their PeopleSoft applications. Currently Paul does business, technology and project consulting and is a general partner with Global ProManagement, a private equity firm investing in international outsourcing businesses. Also passionate about sports, Paul has invested in the San Francisco Seals amateur soccer team and has season tickets to the Oakland Raiders and San Jose Earthquakes. He and his family love to travel and have visited the Hawaiian Islands, Germany for the 2006 World Cup tournament, Northern Ireland to watch his son Ryan participate in the Milk Cup soccer tournament, to India, England, Austria and throughout the United States. He is on Facebook and LinkedIn. His photographs are on Flickr, and he writes the occasional blog on IT and sports.
On June 27, Scott Eitelgeorge MA ’01 played as a guest guitarist for opening act Hormone during Judas Priest’s concert in Munich, Germany.
Ron Susa EMBA just completed his 31st year with Chevron on July 9. He remains married to Connie (23 years), with children Sean (21), a senior at the University of Oregon; Tyler (18), a sophomore at Oregon State University; and Cameron (16), a sophomore in high school. Aside from work, he keeps active in the community and is also an official with the Contra Costa Football Officials Association.
Lisa (Gildea) Wilson celebrates 20 years of marriage to Kevin Wilson. They were married on July 13, 1991, at Saint Mary’s Chapel. They are raising two daughters, ages 17 and 12, in Livermore. Lisa has been a California credentialed teacher for 20 years and currently teaches fourth grade at Arroyo Seco School in Livermore.
Richard Nakano EMBA was named VP of customer service and operations manager by Wells Fargo Business Direct, Equipment Finance Group. Before Wells Fargo, Nakano was global general manager at Rosenbluth International, where he led the Chevron travel operations business unit. Previously, he was Western region director of sales for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation and VP of national account sales at Qantas Airways, Ltd.
Jeff Peters was promoted to battalion chief in October after serving as a captain on the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department for the last 10 years.
John and Anne (Recupero) Hauscarriague ’87 just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by moving into a new home in Trabuco Canyon, Calif. Anne (aka “Dr. H.”) is chair of the math department at Santiago Canyon College, and John serves as associate athletic director at UC Irvine. Their son Matt (16) plays in the brass section of the Trabuco Hills High School Marching Band and son Will (13) excels in baseball and BMX freestyle riding.
Bob Lenz is CEO and co-founder of Envision Schools, a nonprofit that runs innovative public college prep high schools in the Bay Area. He celebrated Envision’s first SMC graduate, Kaleb Lawson ’11, and the Envision high school graduation of three future Gaels in the class of 2015.
Jo Anna Philips EE is a popular author and speaker, and a former columnist/feature writer for the Reno Gazette-Journal. She produced and hosted Nevada’s first health TV show, “Health & Healing,” and a half-hour TV magazine, “Out and About,” as well as two radio shows that offered humorous commentaries and information. She is also a certified life coach and behavioral therapist who created her own clothing company, Giovanna Activewear, in San Francisco while finishing her management degree at Saint Mary’s. She has two new books out, “How to Shop for the Perfect Relationship” and “The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Thrift & Consignment Stores: Greater Sacramento, Reno/Tahoe.” She splits her time between Reno and Sacramento.
Lavonne (Garrison) Moore EE ’85, MBA ’89 started a family after graduating. More than 20 years and three states later, her oldest, Rick, is a Buckeye at Ohio State, and Matt and Rachel are in high school in Virginia. She has spent the past 20 years of motherhood serving as a soccer and hockey mom; Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader; school, community and church volunteer; chorister; substitute teacher; and tennis team captain. The skills learned at Saint Mary’s have helped immensely. She and Richard, her husband of 26 years, reside in Roanoke, Va.
Christina Reich is a senior business systems analyst for Contra Costa County. Her daughter, Sarah Reich ’11, just graduated cum laude from SMC with a B.A. in sociology. She now works for the Head Start program in Richmond, Calif. She is a member of the comprehensive services team, which assists children and families in improving the quality of their lives.
Bryan Smith, his wife, Kara, and their two daughters, Lourdes (3) and Perri (1), relocated to Washington, D.C., for work.
Ron Southwick EE and his wife retired from Pacific Bell in 2000 and moved to Hot Springs Village, Ark., the largest gated community in the United States. They both are extremely active as officers in their local VFW. They are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in August with a trip to Reno (where they married) and a big family party in Valley Springs, Calif.
Patrick Hester was promoted to Americas vice president at Hewlett Packard in the Laserjet and Enterprise Solutions organization. He has worked at HP in various sales, marketing and executive management positions across the U.S. and Latin America. He resides in Boise, Idaho, and has two daughters: Madeline, who graduated in June from NYU, and Samantha, a junior at the University of Colorado-Boulder who studied for several months at the University of Santiago, Chile. He is an avid runner, cyclist and triathlete who has run the L.A. and Boston marathons, ridden in Ride the Rockies in Colorado and competed in the Boise 70.3 Ironman.
Former Alumni Director Giles Miller is the director of development for the East Bay Community Foundation, where he helps individuals and families achieve their philanthropic goals through donor-advised funds and legacy gifts.
John Mori and his wife had a child, Aiden, in February, who joins his older brother, Jayden, now 21 months old. Tom Teel EE, EMBA ’87 traveled around the country for JWA. He moved to Seattle to be with the kids after they announced triplets were coming. Since moving back to Santa Rosa (long story), he has retired. After some frustrating days and moments in “retirement,” he accepted an invitation to join the sales team at Smothers European, the local Mercedes Benz dealer in Santa Rosa. He is thrilled to be active in a great dealership and getting back into the community.
Gretchen (Perrett) and Steve Bradvica took their kids to Shilla, Peru, in April to visit their eldest daughter, Emily, an ’08 graduate of the University of Portland who is finishing up her second year in the Peace Corps. Although the poverty is extreme, we enjoyed our time in Peru, seeing where Emily has lived the last two years, meeting the children and families she works with and touring the famous Incan sites.
Louis Lotorto appeared at the Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, Calif., in “The Ladies’ Man” from July 22 through Aug. 21, 2011.
Eduardo Torres is an associate professor of economics at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. This is a major life change for him after spending 25 years in corporate America as a private banker. He is married with one son and lives in San Jose.
After 12 years as a school psychologist, Maria (Bruno) Gavidia served for three years as principal at Cipriani Elementary in Belmont, Calif., and is now director of special programs for the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. She lives in San Mateo with her husband of 20 years, Dagoberto, and her son, Giancarlo (Serra High School ’11), who is headed for SFSU in the fall. Older daughter, Claudia, a graduate of UC Irvine, lives in San Francisco, works for a start-up in Redwood Shores and is enjoying city life.
Elizabeth (Cesare) P ’88 and Glenn Siegel ’77 celebrated their 30th anniversary in April. As they watched William and Kate’s royal wedding, they recalled that 30 years ago, as newlyweds, they watched Charles and Diana get married. Glenn and she met at Saint Mary’s at a Christmas dance in December 1976. They were married five years later on April 25, 1981, in the Chapel. Saint Mary’s holds many loving memories for both of them.
Kathleen (Mahackian) King just celebrated 25 years working at UC Davis Medical Center as a pharmacist coordinating the hospital’s medication safety program. Widowed in 2007, she continues to live in Folsom, Calif., with her two Labradors, Abby and Mocha. She enjoys cycling, golf and trips to Hawaii.
Steve Caruso is the new president and CEO of Cottage Housing, Inc., a large nonprofit in Sacramento that operates transitional and permanent living communities for previously homeless families and individuals. He also became a grandfather on Nov. 15, 2010, with the arrival of Harper Maria Caruso to Steve’s son, Benjamin, and Benjamin’s girlfriend, Lindsey Wilson.
Jill Lucia ECR ’79 announces her new position as principal at St. Agnes School in Concord. She was previously an eighth-grade teacher there. She succeeds Karen Mangini, who had been principal for 21 years.
Brother Brendan Kneale ’40 reports that Brother Michael Murphy ME ’95, a Christian Brother who graduated from SMC in 1979, received his doctorate recently from the Sorbonne in Paris and accepted a post as professor at the Brothers’ university in Bethlehem. He was here for a visit this summer. You can contact him at [email protected].
Lorna (Lynch) Willard has recently opened her own real estate firm, Rainier Realty Group, which specializes in bank-owned properties and residential resale. She has been in real estate for over 25 years and has worked with the major banks in liquidating properties for over 15 years. She resides in Lake Tapps, Wash., with her husband, Dave. They will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this October. They have two sons, Daryl (27) and Jesse (24). Daryl is waiting for entry into the Army Honor Guard and Jesse works at Children’s Hospital after graduating from the University of Washington.
Pamela (Chisholm) and Bill Scholtz were married on Dec. 24, 2010, at San Francisco City Hall. In attendance were their three children, Maggie Scholtz and Nick and Claire Gould. Pam and Bill met on the East Coast in 2005 and traveled across the country in 2007, landing in Marin. Life is good!
Wendy Myers and her family reside in Snellville, Ga. Her daughter and son-in-law live close by with their daughter, her first grandchild! She is working as a consultant in the paralegal field.
Rita Richcreek recently joined McGuire Real Estate in Mill Valley. McGuire (whose CEO is Charlie Moore ’70) is a family-owned company and has a record of success in the greater Bay Area for over 90 years. She can be reached at (415) 389-5675 or [email protected].
Steve Smith received the alumni magazine from SMC and was halfway through it when he realized it was addressed to his son, Alex Smith ’11. They graduated with the classes of ’77 and ’11 respectively; both were Integral majors. Alex is now getting his teaching credential for K-12 mathematics and Steve is in the process of retiring from teaching emergency responders and hazardous waste workers.
Ronnie Binczewski has enjoyed living in Roseville, Calif., for the last 21 years. She established and operates Nautilus Montessori School (nautilusmontessori.com) from her home. Active in the early childhood community, she has presented at countless educational seminars and conferences and helped establish educational standards for the local school district. As an ordained minister since 1981, she also officiates at weddings, funerals and memorials. Call and stop in for a visit when in the area!
Brad Flynn lives in Fairfield, Calif. He has five kids, all through college. Whew! Still married to Dorothy Simenc, a Santa Clara grad. He is president of Flynn Plumbing, Inc., in Concord. He enjoys surfing every other week (in the ocean) and sharing the joy of knowing Him.
Dan Orth recently released the album “Treasure” and a YouTube music video, “I Want Yo’ Number,” with his pop music band, Patton Leatha. He is also the owner of Lounge Renown Records and executive producer of the album and music videos. In 1978, his band, the Phil Phillips Band, recorded five songs with rock guitar ace Joe Satriani. He also co-wrote the two classic rock songs “Cruisin’ the Strip” and “Super Dose.”
Tony Shelton is a professor of entomology and international professor of agriculture at Cornell. He has been fortunate to work in dozens of countries on their food security issues. His most recent travels have included India, China, Tibet and Bangladesh (and New Zealand and Australia when it is freezing in upstate New York!). Last year he was elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. More importantly, he is anticipating the birth of his first grandchild in August. Fellow alums, stop by if you are in the Finger Lakes region. It has great sailing, biking, fly fishing and wineries...and no crowds.
Dr. Fred Norman and wife Karen have relocated to Monterey, Calif., after celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary. Fred is retired after many years in family practice and geriatrics, and Karen retired after a long career as a teacher in Catholic schools in Stockton. Fred has recently reconnected with classmates Jesus Castañeda (best man at Fred and Karen’s wedding), John Devlin and Gerry Lyons.
Jack (John W.) Carlson reports that in December 2011 the University of Notre Dame Press will publish his “Words of Wisdom: A Philosophical Dictionary for the Perennial Tradition.” Containing 1,172 cross-referenced entries, it is the only work of its kind in over 50 years. It will be published in both print and electronic (PDF) formats. A reviewer writes, “A good dictionary is a great thing. ... Students and teachers alike will be grateful to Dr. Carlson for taking up the challenge of John Paul II to appreciate and illuminate the ‘great tradition’ of philosophy.”
Bob Stammerjohan and his wife of 46 years, Judy, are beginning their 10th year of retirement in Turlock, Calif. In addition to enjoying their five grandkids and traveling, he designs websites for nonprofits and is an avid long-distance bicycle rider, including completing the 200-mile Davis Double Century two years ago.
James Morphy has solidified his title as “lord” for the time being. Having landlorded one small complex for 20 years, Jim and Alex acquired another apartment house just after retiring in June 2010. Aspirations for the next title, “land baron,” are patiently kept at bay while the current scenario finds its rhythm. And since Ireland passed a law in 1956 granting citizenship to people whose parents or grandparents were born in Ireland, James is also a citizen of Ireland as well as the United States.
Wayne Phillips M ’77 and wife, Katalin Voros, just got back from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Israel and Jordan. They swam in the warm Jordan River and the cold Red Sea. They went to Petra, filled with lots of flies. Visited with their grandkids in Hungary and got their passports checked passing through Slovakia to Poland (Krakow, Auschwitz, Birkenau). They much prefer Lamorinda.
Paul Alvarado recently returned (with four other children) from the Naval Academy, where his youngest son, Robert, graduated this year. He is following in the footsteps of an older brother, Andrew, who graduated in 2004 and is assigned to a nuclear submarine. Robert will attend nuclear power school and then be assigned to a submarine.
Dr. Nicholas Aliotti is a private practice psychologist in Palm Desert, Calif., after an academic career in university teaching. He has two daughters, a new grandson, and recently enjoyed a cruise to Alaska with his wife and friends. Saint Mary’s was the start of his college years, and he always remembers the beauty of the college and the fun times with new friends.
Patrick Ryan retired early from the Oakland Airport Authority as assistant director of governmental affairs and moved to Maui 16 years ago, where he captains six-man outrigger canoes and scuba dives for exercise.
Robert Madsen retired from teaching after 25 years in 1983. He retired from private practice in psychology after 30 years in December 2010 and is now continuing research and writing on creativity, a continuation of his dissertation: “Rituals of Inspiration.”