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Winter 2017-2018

1933 Walter McCarthy* saw the publication of a new book celebrating the life of his brother, Fr. Charles McCarthy ’29, titled China’s last Jesuit.

1954 The St. Thomas More Society and USF hosted a discussion between (at left) Fr. John Coleman, S.J.*, and Asst. U.S. Attorney Phil Kearney ‘76* on marriage and the priesthood.

1955 60 Minutes featured a story on California Gov. Jerry Brown* and his fight against climate change.

1957 John W. Wagner married Leilani H. Eells, a Punahou School and Skidmore College graduate in November 2016. They honeymooned in Leilani’s home city of Oahu. They reside happily in Brentwood.

1959 John Duggan* and his family, including son John Duggan ’92*, celebrated the 80th anniversary of Original Joe’s Restaurant.

1961 Gil Haskell* and Levy Middlebrooks ’84* will be inducted into the SF Prep Hall of Fame — Gil for coaching track and football and Levy for his skill on the basketball court.

1962 Ray Lew and his wife, Annie, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in December as well as Ray’s 74th birthday. They also celebrated their son, Alston, who was sworn into the California Bar on Dec. 7.

1963 Mike Sullivan competed for Team USA, age group 70–74, at the World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam. He finished 9th of 31, Olympic distance, in 2:50:34. Mike and Barbara live in Pacific Grove.

1968 Former SI President Robert Walsh, S.J.*, was named the new chancellor for Loyola Marymount University after years of serving the school as the executive director for the Center for Catholic Education.

1971 Col. Brendan Kearney, USMC*, was the guest of honor at Sonoma’s Veterans’ Day ceremonies.

1972 Kevin Carroll* has a new book published: A Moment’s Pause for Gratitude. / Gerald Posner*, an expert on the JFK assassination and the author of Case Closed, was featured on various media outlets after new information was released by the White House on the 1963 killing.

1975 SI grads come out in force for the Italian Heritage Day Parade. Jim Fanucchi* served as chairman of the parade. Steve Leveroni ’69 served as president of the parade association. His son Joe Leveroni ’03 served as master of ceremonies. Grand marshals included actress Jacqueline Toboni ’10 and SFPD officer Kevin Downs ’09. Alexandra Cotroneo ’13, last year’s Queen Isabella, also was in the parade. Past leaders of the parade have included Frank Billante, John Warda and Tony Passanisi. Board members include Elisa Fanucchi ’08, Molly Leveroni ’04, John Parente ’67, Paul Tonelli ’76 and Joseph Parente ’98. Also present were Frank Howard and Rory Bertiglia.

1976 Several grads came together to celebrate the 60th birthday of Richard Bulleri, DDS, including Kenny Hagan, Martin Coyne, Bob Enright and Steve Roche (Riordan ’76) at North Beach Restaurant. / Jon Leonoudakis is the executive producer and director of The Sweet Spot: A Treasury of Baseball Stories, a new baseball documentary series streaming on Amazon, Roku, and Vimeo On Demand. Three episodes from the series were recently screened at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and Jon is publishing his first book from the series, Baseball Pioneers, available on Amazon.

1977 Sessums Magazine featured an interview with Bartlett Sher*, resident director of the Lincoln Center Theatre.

1979 Mark Machado was elected president of the Marin Association of Realtors for 2018.

1980 Members of the Class of 1980 spent time in Munich for Oktoberfest. They included Jim McFadden, Bernie Corry, Paul Fitzpatrick, David Braun, Larry Deubler and John Barbieri, as well as Riordan grads Steve Murphy and Brendan Lalor and SHC grads Tom O’Connor, Kevin Kinahan and John Shanley. Grade schools represented included St. Philip’s, St. Gabriel’s, Holy Name, Corpus Christi, St. Cecilia’s and St. Anne’s. The group visited St. Ignatius in Munich and kept alive the tri-school camaraderie.

1981 In an interview in Fortune, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff praised SI trustee and Salesforce controller Joe Allanson* for the company’s success. / Lawrence Louie was elected president of United Pharmacists of Southern California, which represents 1,500 Kaiser pharmacists. He negotiated for the restoration of pharmacist pensions and a stronger labor contract.

1983 Navy SEAL Richard Rodriguez* was promoted to Rear Admiral in an Oct. 6 ceremony at the Pentagon. A reservist for the past 20 years, he also serves as president of Dunhill Homes in Texas. He also served as the project manager of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world. Look for more on Rear Adm. Rodriguez in an upcoming issue of Genesis magazine.

1985 Geoff Callan recently co-starred in the feature film Star Light, which will be released in the fall of 2018. He is currently producing and co-directing the inspirational documentary The Push, which features Grant Korgan, a world class adventurer and Lake Tahoe native who became paralyzed during a snowmobile accident and then became the first spinal cord injured athlete to push himself nearly 100 miles to the South Pole. The Push will be hitting the festival circuit in 2018. / Keith Harper*, the first Native American named as a U.S. Ambassador, was interviewed on the UN Dispatch website.

1986 Dave Rivera and his wife, Sheila, are a Realtor/Broker team at Coldwell Banker. They live in SF’s Sherwood Forest. You can reach them at (415) 656-6253.

1987 Daly City police officer Victor Cabatic* was honored for saving a life. He responded to a call of an unresponsive subject, evaluated the scene and took quick, decisive actions to render aid to the victim. Chief Manuel Martinez, Jr., praised his awareness and unselfish actions that “clearly displayed an excellence of effort resulting in the successful resuscitation of the victim.” / Brent Deal* has a new movie on surfing in Mexico called Conversessions. Look for it on YouTube.

1988 Gino Masini has been elected chairman of the 3GPP RAN3 international telecoms standardization committee. 3GPP is a joint effort by all players in the telecoms industry, and RAN3 is responsible for 4G and 5G mobile network architecture. He is currently developing the specifications for 5G mobile networks, which will affect the lives of millions in the near future. / The White House nominated Dr. Jeff T. H. Pon* as director of the Office of Personnel Management.

1996 Time Magazine quoted Principal Allison Silvestri* on teens and smart phones and her innovative policies at San Leandro High School.

2000 Jonathan Kathrein graduated from USF School of Law in May 2017 and passed the July 2017 California Bar Exam. He was sworn in Dec. 1 as a licensed California attorney at St. Ignatius Church.

2001 In July, David A. Arnott moved back to the Bay Area after 10 years in Charlotte, NC, and in September began working for the Menlo School Development office. / Monica Jean Charlton was part of the Loyola New Orleans volleyball team that is being inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. / Dr. Sylvia Morelli* authored a study showing the value of empathy. She serves as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of the Empathy and Social Connection Lab.

2003 After nearly a decade living on the east coast, Kevin Yeh has settled back in San Francisco with his wife, Catherine, and dog, Ellie. He is currently a senior associate at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and is on secondment to Uber. Kevin also serves on the board of Symphonix, the San Francisco Symphony’s league for young professionals, which supports the Symphony’s philanthropic and music education efforts.

2005 Darren Criss* hosted the third annual Elsie Fest in Central Park. He is currently starring in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story on FX.

2006 Chris Baccari wed Ashley Manchia at a beautiful ceremony on Oct. 21 at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, joined by many friends and family members of the Bay Area and SI community.

2007 Dr. Camille Hawkins married Dr. Andrew Wilson on Sept.2 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Streamwood near Chicago. In attendance were her sister, Vanessa Hawkins ’99 (Maid of Honor), brother Clifford ’00 and classmates Christina Lauretta, Katie Woods and Yuliana Quintero.

2008 Ben Diserens* wrote a web series called Royally that was an official selection at the New York Television Festival. The show was one of only 50 pilots selected out of almost 4,000 submissions. Ben flew back east to attend the festival and saw his series win the Critics’ Choice Award and the lead actress won Best Actress in a Comedy. Ben is grateful to the many SI grads who helped fund the project.

2009 Sean Borella, grandson of Harry Charles Ewing ’33, married Megan Knudson, granddaughter of Jerry Ennis ’55 and daughter of Rob Ennis ’82, on Oct. 14 at the Carmel Mission. Groomsmen included Sean’s brothers Kevin ’01, Nick ’03, Brian ’05 and Andrew ’07 as well as Jack Diserens and Eric Quesada. Bridesmaids included Megan’s sister Maddie Ennis ’19 as well as Sofia Rizzo and Megan McGovern ’10. Other alumni in attendance included Kristina Borella ’06, cousins Marc Borella ’00 and Lauren Borella Walker ’03, and Dave Martin ’70, Brad Levesque ’77 and Liam O’Reilly.

2010 Gabrielle Capili* had her short film When We Were Young featured on KQED. / On the website America Connections Media Outreach, Lt. j.g. Calvin Joewono* credited his philosophy of service to his years at SI.

2012 Rachel Garcia* was featured by the Academy of Art University on its Fashion School Day website for her work as a designer for SI’s fashion show. / Jack Radsliff* released a video of one of his songs in advance of his new album, Migration Patterns. Pre-order the digital download from Bandcamp.

2013 Chantal Nguyen* received the Gunther & Lee Weigel Medical School Scholarship. / Andrew Vollert* was featured by the Chronicle for his football success at Weber State. He was selected as a unanimous first-team all-conference tight end and competed in the third round of the FCS playoffs against James Madison University. He also earned second-team All-American status and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

2014 Patrick Dunne, graduating in May 2018 from Wharton School of Business at UPenn with a concentration in Finance and Operations, has accepted an offer in NYC as Mergers and Acquisitions consultant with a major firm. / Zoe Wong, a senior at Haverford College, was selected to her second straight first-team All Centennial Conference as setter for women’s volleyball.

2015 SLU junior Maria Garcia* attended her third Ignatian Family Teach-In in Washington, D.C., and was featured by the school’s magazine and website.

2016 Michael Dunne is enjoying his sophomore year at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He continues to run and play golf in his free time. / Georgina Stiegeler* was featured as a soccer standout by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s athletic department on its website.

2017 Mallen Bischoff* was named Ivy League co-rookie of the week for her accomplishments on Dartmouth’s women’s volleyball team. / Over the Labor Day weekend Aodhan Downey, Patrick Connolly, Dylan Kenneally, Myles McGrillen, Kieran Manning and Ethan Hennessey competed in and won their division in the U.S. Gaelic Athletic Association tournament held on Treasure Island. Their team, Pearse Og, defeated teams from Madison, Columbus and Charlotte. They have been playing Gaelic football together for the last 10 years and hope to continue. They encourage other SI alumni to join in the fun. / Northwestern University featured Peter Lewczyk* for his swimming prowess. /Allison Tamzin Stella Schaum* published her first volume of poetry, My Life in Mixtapes.

2018 Andrew Boosalis* and Angela Yang* took home National YoungArts Foundation honors. / Nor Cal Basketball wrote about the success of varsity players Matt Redmond* and Neal Begovich ’19.

2019 Ryder Jackson* won the US Boys’ 16 National Indoor Tennis Championship in Boston. Jackson is the first person since Andre Aggasi to win both singles and doubles in this tournament. / Sarah Linhares* was invited to attend the USRowing Youth Challenge in Florida.

2020 Ed Lawrence Hagape* is the author of a recently published collection of poetry, The World According to Ed. / Eagle Scout candidate Matthew Mariani* collected 118 backpacks filled with supplies and donated them to the Veterans Office in San Carlos.

2021 Courtney Yee* was chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall with an international honors orchestra.

Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Friday December, 29, 2017

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