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Keeping in Touch Winter 2014–2015

1951 Bill Bush* was among the USF basketball players to make an historic Alcatraz visit with his former teammates.

1954 Historians Jack Tillmany* and John Freeman '59* were featured as local legends in a book by Lorri Ungaretti. Tillmany is the former owner of the Gateway Cinema and author of books on the Bay Area's grand movie palaces, and Freeman is an expert on the Richmond District.

1955 Jerry Brown* was re-elected to an historic fourth term as California governor in a landslide victory.

1959 John U. Fry received a Doctor of Management degree from George Fox University in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 13. His field of study is enterprise project management with additional studies in change management and innovation. John pursued this degree while working full-time, serving as executive project manager for CDM/Crocker-Fry, Inc. in Watsonville. The firm specializes in commercial development and design with a recent emphasis in natural food grocery stores.

1964 Paul Baffico, founder of the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation, has a new book out, Last Mission for a Reluctant Patriot, available on Amazon for the Kindle.

1968 The Chronicle praised Bridge, the new novel by celebrated poet Robert Thomas*.

1969 Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts* was named to the CIF All-Century Team. Fouts, who holds numerous records during his time with the San Diego Chargers, is one of 100 Californians celebrated for the 100th anniversary of the California Interscholastic Federation. / Last issue's Keeping in Touch column included a photo of the daughter and great-grandson of Bob Fairbanks '47. In his enthusiasm for the newest descendent, he neglected to mention that baby Joshua is the grandson of Phil McManus and the great-nephew of Jim '72, Tom '74 and Paul '77, all of whom request their props.

1970 Frank Dunnigan* wrote about delivering Christmas food boxes while at SI in an essay published on Outsidelands.org.

1972 David Urbiztondo celebrated his wife's 60th surprise party as well as their surprise wedding vow renewal in front of friends and family at the Thirsty Bear Brewing Company Aug. 9. Rev. Ray Allender, S.J. '62, performed the ceremony for David and Gail alongside Steve Urbiztondo '71, Michael Guglielmino '72, John Carmazzi '72, Ernest A. Bautista '78, Steven Ramos '84, Martha (Thea) Talens '96, Jason Urbiztondo '98, Andre Truoccolo '17 and Sean Doheny '18.

1973 John Jack* was elected president of the Olympic Club for 2015. He is the fourth member of his class to hold the position. Al Clifford (2005), David Bonelli (2010) and Dennis Murphy (2013) preceded him as Olympic Club presidents. / Jonathan Ow attended his class's annual Christmas lunch at MoMo's on Dec. 19 and reminisces that "on a foggy September morning in 1969, the first freshmen class to enter the new SI campus on 37th Avenue heard some prophetic words from a Jesuit priest by the name of Fr. John Becker, S.J. He told these young men to look around among themselves. The friends they would make over the next four years would most probably become their friends for the rest of their lives. How true were those words! Thanks to our class president, Al Clifford, for remembering all of us and organizing this for the last 41 years. We are SI! / Justice Peter Siggins*, an SI Trustee, received the St. Thomas More Award at the Red Mass. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon Catholics in San Francisco's legal community.

1975 Michael Bowie* told his story on ESPN's Playing for the Mob of being falsely accused of taking part in a notorious point-shaving gambling scam at Boston College. The piece was also selected for the Boston Film Festival. / Fly-fishing aficionado Mike Malekos's adventures appear monthly in California Fly Fisher Magazine. Check out his column in the upcoming issue. / Brian McCaffery* released his CD, Tell Me Why, on Amazon. Brian, who works for the Fish and Wildlife Service and is a Catholic deacon in Bethel, Alaska, sings about domestic violence and related issues, particularly as they impact the rural people of western Alaska.

1976 The Day the World Series Stopped, a new film by Jon Leonoudakis*, tells the story of when the Loma Prieta Earthquake hit during the World Series. The crew for this film also included Karl Mondon '75 (director of photography), Roger Revel '75 (Candlestick groundskeeper), Rob Poquez '99 (editor), David Morse '06 (grip) and Tim Leonoudakis '72, a Giants fan at Game 3. / Jessica Starr and Michael McEvoy (right) were married on New Year's Eve in Scottsdale, Arizona.

1977 SFPD's Matt Castagnola*, before his retirement, led the Giants' World Series Parade with the Mounted Unit and posed with Madison Bumgarner, who sat atop one of the police horses before the parade began. / F.X. Crowley* wrote a blog in which he applied the lessons learned from coaching football to business and beyond.

1980 Rev. Joseph Everson, MM, was elected to a 6-year term as Vicar General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers at the order's 13th General Chapter.

1981 Capt. Joseph McFadden* was named top cop of the Ingleside Police Station.

1982 Rev. Michael McCarthy* wrote in the New York Times about the 25-year anniversary of the martyrdom of six Jesuits and two co-workers in El Salvador.

1986 Tim Reardon* saw the publication of his second novel, Part of the Game (2014). His first book, Shadow Lessons, was released in 2010. Both are available at Amazon. The Chronicle's Paolo Lucchesi '00 wrote this about the novel: "Some great novels provide a snapshot of a city, but Part of the Game does more than that. It is Tim Reardon's vibrant, heartfelt collage of San Francisco, its layers and its denizens. And perhaps most importantly, Part of the Game is simply a fantastic read."

1987 Alvin Albano was promoted to 4th degree black belt at Hapkido USA, the headquarters for the International Hapkido Federation. He has been training since 1992.

1988 Ricardo Ibarra-Rivera* appeared on Z Nation.

1990 Didrik Johnck*, who has had his photographs of climbers in the Himalayas published in National Geographic, was nearly killed by swarms of ants off Highway 5 in California in early October. Didrik has lately been busy photographing veterans who seek mountain climbing for their postwar therapy. / James Tom, an Associate Professor at USC's Ostrow School of Dentistry in Dental Anesthesiology, welcomed two SI graduates (George Jaber '04 and Ryan Cheung '04) into his Dental Anesthesiology Selective. Jaber went on to pursue a specialization in anesthesiology at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, and Cheung is expected to finish the DDS program in 2016.

1991 Tony Kozuch and Dennis Melka have opened the world's largest integrated cacao and banana plantation on the Amazon River in Peru. The project has created more than 300 jobs in a poverty stricken area. At completion of plantings in 2016, the 3,250-hectare plantation will be two-thirds the size of Manhattan and will provide permanent employment for more than 800 people. Tony and Dennis are listing the company on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol of CHOC. / Larry Thuesen has founded the Coit Law Group of San Francisco — lawyers focused on the needs of individuals and small businesses. He is married and lives and practices law in the City.

1992 Mark Farrell* was re-elected San Francisco Supervisor for his district.

1993 Gretchen E. Henderson* wrote the libretto for an opera performed at MIT.

1995 Marcus Clifford married Jolene Barger Sept. 5 at St. Elizabeth's Church in Guerneville. Best man was brother Dan '92. Among the groomsmen were brother Peter '00, Aaron Molinari and Matt Nejasmich. Proud papa John '68 and his wife, Patty, put on a beautiful outdoor river reception with Cliffords of all ages and many, many friends along to celebrate. Godparents Uncle Al '73 and Aunt Roseanne did the readings and grandmother Mencha Clifford, wife of the late Harry F. Clifford '33, was present. Former SI teacher Dr. Jeanne Marcato Peloso and her husband, Matt, were also in attendance. / Marcus Dusenbury and his wife, Erica, recently adopted two children from the Washington state foster care system. Jasmine Bella is 1½, and her biological half brother, Josiah John, is 2½. They live happily in the Seattle area, but Marcus is trying his best to raise two 49ers fans. / Tobias Koehler married Maggie Sporck in her hometown of Suttons Bay, Mich. They met in the Botany Department at the University of Hawaii and currently live in Honolulu. They are planning a Mt. Kilimanjaro ascent for their honeymoon in 2015.

1997 Adam Jacobs* and Darren Criss '05* both performed on Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years. Criss, of Glee fame, sang a song from Broadway's Aladdin, currently starring Jacobs in the title role. Jacobs also performed on The View to showcase the special.

1998 Time Magazine featured Stanford's Kari Berquist*, a clinical instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences and an autism clinician at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She wrote about how parents can learn to give effective therapy to their children with autism. Researchers at Stanford University looked at a type of therapy called Pivotal Response Training, which is one the of the handful of treatments shown to be effective for kids on the autism spectrum. / Chris Murphy wed Kit Van Dusen Sept. 11 at St. Agnes Church and then repeated the ceremony at Old St. Hilary's Church in Tiburon the following day with a reception at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Brother Brian '94 was best man, and brother Frank '91 assisted along with uncles Pat '67, Dennis '73 and Casey '77.

2000 Josh Harris* and his restaurant Trick Dog were up for Food & Wine's top honor for best bar according to a story in the Chronicle written by Josh's classmate Paolo Lucchesi. / Ryan Kushner* continues climbing to help a friend's 3-year-old son who has leukemia. Ryan raised funds for leukemia research by climbing the Lenin Peak in central Asia, one of the hardest mountains to climb. / Leah (Taylor) Pimentel and her son, Lawrence, were invited by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their paid sick days story at the San Francisco Women's Equality Day that highlighted the Middle Class Jumpstart Agenda to empower women in the workforce and to ensure access to comprehensive health care and family planning.

2001 Ella Rollandi plighted her troth with Travis Day at Old St. Mary's Church in Nicasio on Sept. 20; she was given away by proud dad Vic '68 and assisted by sisters Denise '09 and Anne Birdseye '05 as maid and matron of honor. Tory Rollandi '98, whose son, Joseph, stole the show, completed the clutch of loving siblings, who celebrated along with many family and friends.

2002 Lindsay Herling married Matthew Lynch (SHC '96) at St. Ignatius Church July 19. Many SI alumni relatives were in attendance. The couple lives in San Francisco, where Lindsay works at Rocket Fuel, an ad technology company.

2003 Annie Mai married Benjamin Zaks of Benicia on Aug. 31 at the General's Residence in Fort Mason, where Josie Mai '93 was Maid of Honor. The couple met in 2004 during their undergraduate studies at Cal. Since earning his doctorate in physics from UCSB, Ben works as a product engineer for Keysight Technologies while Annie works as a senior account manager for Conversant Media; she is also a certified personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder. They currently reside in Marin. / Carolyn Thamkul and Bryce Harenburg married Sept. 27 surrounded by many SI alumni for a pirate-mermaid-themed wedding aboard the historic ship Balclutha at Fisherman's Wharf followed by a reception at the San Francisco Maritime Museum. Since they met singing a cappella at Cal, they had an a cappella ceremony. Sister Janel Thamkul '98 was mer-matron of honor and Jules Zaks Dizon was in their bridal party as one of their groomspirates. Alumni and former faculty who attended included Janet and Nick Sablinsky '64, Theresa Chapman, Czarina Lee, Melissa Ongpin, Martin Seo, Stephanie Huynh (Ching), Claudia Wong, James Chris Wong, Denise Lum '01, Paulina Barrack (Singhapok) '05, Joe Barrack '04, Christopher Gee '98 and Assistant Principal Bobby Gavin.

2004 On Sept. 6, Victoria Go married Steven Bond at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Other SI grads in attendance were Semuteh Freeman, Yvonne Kelly, Nichole Rousseau-McAllister, Jessica Li '03, Meghan Callinan '98 and Andrew Verducci '03 who served as the awesome DJ. / Courtnee Jordan-Cox just began a doctoral program in organizational leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. She received her master's degree from Villanova University in 2010 and her bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 2008. She is employed as a substance abuse counselor, specializing in parents who have open charges of child abuse and neglect. / Amanda Lawrence graduated in May with a master's degree in nursing from USF. She recently left her job at UCSF after six years for an oncology nursing position at CPMC. / Karen (Damon) Teal* celebrated the publication of her new book, The Falling (The Forest Spirit) Vol. 1, which is available now on Amazon. Karen's first published novel, with Christian-based themes, is part of a young/new adult fantasy series about an upheaval of an enchanted forest.

2005 Maria Angelica DeGaetano graduated this summer from the University of Oxford with an M.Phil in Latin American Studies. She is continuing with a second master's degree in England pursuing an LL.M in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

2006 Jennifer Butler* performed in Hillbarn Theatre's production of Funny Girl. / Sports Illustrated named the story on Jill Costello* as one of its top 60 stories of all time. Jill, who fell victim to cancer, was a champion coxswain both at SI and Cal. / Matt Jones recently starred as Cassius Clay in the Los Angles production of One Night in Miami…, written by Kemp Powers. Sullivan Jones (Matt's professional name) will appear in USA Network's upcoming TV pilot Stanistan, and he will be reprising his role of Cassius Clay at both The Denver Center and Baltimore Center Stage in early 2015. / Jamie Rey has achieved an NCC national credential as a Maternal Newborn Nurse. / Gianna Toboni* hosts The Real on VICE TV. The digital series investigates the real stories behind some of the most popular social TV shows and films. New episodes will premiere every two weeks and will include looks at the characters and situations that have inspired Weeds, Eastbound & Down and other shows. In the first episode of the series, Gianna went to Ponchatoula, La., to meet with the real detectives who investigated allegations of child molestation in the town's Hosanna Church.

2007 1st Lt. Kevin Graham of the Army Rangers is currently stationed in Kosovo in Vitna-Letnica. He is deployed with the 2-38 Cav (Battlefield Surveillance).

2008 Alex DeMenno* serves in the National Civilian Community Corps. He began work on the first of four long-term service projects the week of Nov. 9. The group is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation and urban and rural development. Before joining NCCC, he graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2012, where he studied psychology. / Adam Greenberg* started a company after inventing a new device to grow food indoors.

2010 Jacqueline Toboni*, star of Grimm, was a guest on Craig Ferguson's show.

2011 Jimmy Callinan* helped Stanford soccer win the Pac 12 championship. He served the team as senior co-captain and has been a 3-year starter at right back at Stanford. / Stanford's two-sport athlete Hannah Farr* was featured in a video on the Stanford website and written about in the San Francisco Examiner for her help lifting Stanford over USC in soccer / Justin Jayme* represented St. Mary's College in the NCAA West Regionals. He ran cross country and track at SI and is now featured on St. Mary's website. / Wired Magazine wrote about Jackson Lindauer* and his entrepreneurship.

2012 Claire Healy is volunteering at the Open Arms Infant Home in Malawi, Africa. She attends Bucknell University and is taking a gap year. / Andrea Wong* had a stellar season competing on the UC Davis golf team.

2013 The Daily Journal celebrated Mary Shepherd* and her success on SCU's volleyball team.

2014 Patrick Dunne is enjoying his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. "You get what you put in college," says Patrick. Hence, from day 1 he got involved with The Daily Pennsylvanian newspaper in business analytics, as he enjoys working with large data and statistics. He was honored to lead one of the cohorts of Wharton's freshmen to serve as a liaison between the student body and the administration. He enjoys discussing ideas surrounding stock trades and talking to alumni about their success stories. While he misses NorCal weather, he enjoys the intellectual stimulation and discussions with his classmates. / Quinci Mann* helped her Lehigh's basketball team all season.

2015 The Examiner profiled SI quarterback Ryan Hagfeldt* before the CCS title game. / Johnnae Sanders* (right) performed as Maya Angelou at the Muni Heritage Weekend. Event organizer Nick Figone '01 noted that the event "was a huge success with Johnnae stealing the show performing as Maya Angelou, a former toll taker on San Francisco streetcars. The weekend event had a tremendous turnout among locals and visitors. Some traveled as far as Sweden specifically for this. Johnnae's performance was clear and heartfelt. It was further enhanced with her vintage attire complete with coin changer swinging at her belt." / Julia Tognotti* received the Jefferson Award for her service to migrants at the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Mexico. CBS5 aired a story on her work. She was also selected for an ABC Summer of Service Award, which came with $1,000 to go towards the Kino Border Initiative. Later, she interned with the 49ers and Levi Strauss for their Field of Jeans clothing drive to benefit Goodwill Industries and to create jobs in the Bay Area as well as serve those in need. She also received a 49ers Community Quarterback Award along with $1,000 to go to Kino. She was recognized on the field prior to a game and attended a luncheon given in her honor.

2016 Michael Chichioco* will present on Tourette's Syndrome at SHC's TedxYouth Talks on Jan. 17 at SHC. / Gavin Doyle, Lizzie Ford, Joe Cannice '17 and Kelsey Bauer '17* received the InnVision Shelter Network Teen Community Spirit Award. SI has partnered for years with this network, which serves homeless families in the Bay Area, and many students have completed their core project for their community service hours with this group. The keynote speaker was Regis Philbin. The four students were honored for their many volunteer hours as well as leadership, compassion and attention working with children and youth at the agency's shelters. / Adriel Rodriguez* released an EP on iTunes. / Sayaw, the full-length documentary featuring Sabrina Santander*, premiered in October at the New People Cinema. / Maria Zelaya Santillan* spoke at the Mayor's Annual Interfaith breakfast Nov. 25 at the Hotel Kabuki.

2017 For the second year in a row, Mallen Bischoff* (varsity) has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's "Phenom List" of volleyball players to watch across the country. Sasha Fuse '18 (JV) also was named to the list this year. Both players have been invited to the AVCA Combine in Oklahoma City in December, where they will participate in a talent showcase in front of 100-plus college coaches.

Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Monday January, 12, 2015

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