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Keeping in Touch Winter 2015-16

1948 Brother John Samaha, S.M., was honored by Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, Calif., with the school’s 2015 Founders Day Award. The only living member of the school’s pioneer faculty of 1952, he now is in active retirement in the Marianist Center community in Cupertino after many years in Catholic education.

1951 Gordon Getty* was named as USF’s Alumnus of the Year and saw his new work, Usher House, performed in December by the San Francisco Opera. / The Chronicle’s Carl Nolte interviewed Denis Ragan,* Stan Buchanan,* Tim Cadigan ’53,* Jim Stephens ’53,* Mike King ’57* and Mike King ’58* for a piece on the “Luckiest Generation.”

1955 Gov. Jerry Brown* was featured in various publications for his work promoting Pope Francis’ call to climate action.

1960 Michael Corrigan* has a new book out: The Dean Sisters.

1961 Images From the Past, a Bennington, Vt., publisher, has recently come out with Vin Feeney’s book Burlington: A History of Vermont’s Queen City, the first narrative history of the Green Mountain State’s most important city.

1965 CCSF named its football stadium in honor of former coach George Rush,* who holds many records in the world of community college football.

1968 Bob Giorgetti* will to be inducted into the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame in May.

1970 Former AIDS Czar Eric Goosby* is leading the U.N.’s fight against tuberculosis.

1971 Edward “Tony” Gilmore moved to Erie, Penn., six years ago after 36 years of military service. Tony and his wife serve as facilitators at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, helping to mold future Osteopathic Medicine doctors. His wife also teaches a water fitness course at the local YMCA. / Thomas “Matt” Jeffrey is now living in Modesto and is working on some articles for publication.

1973 Alex Karakozoff* was inducted into Stanford’s Athletics Hall of Fame Oct. 16. See the story on Alex in this issue.

1974 Distance runner Dave Schmidt* wrote about cross country’s history at SI, which is featured at

1975 Tony Passinisi was honored by the Irish Israeli Italian Society of San Francisco and celebrated on Oct. 7.

1976 Bob Enright was the inaugural recipient of the “Jim Brovelli Award for service, loyalty and commitment to the USF Basketball Program” on Oct. 29. / Judge Kevin Ryan (ret.)* was honored at the Red Mass by the St. Thomas More Society on Oct. 19. (See photo on page 67.)

1980 Historians John Garvey and John Martini ’69 posed outside the historical WWII-era Battery Townsley in the Marin Headlands after the latter had just finished giving a group of military historians from the California Military Heritage Command, California State Military Reserve, a tour of the casemated battery. John Martini also reports that the other dozen Volunteers In Park “who are working to restore and interpret Battery Townsley voted me ‘lead’ because I’m a retried Park Service ranger, and they all figured I could sling the government jargon needed to get funding.” The battery is open from noon to 4 p.m. on every first Sunday of the month.

1982 Former SI trustee Rev. Michael “Mick” McCarthy, S.J.,* was appointed vice president for mission integration and planning at Fordham University.

1985 Eddy Gutierrez was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in May of 2014 and is currently serving the community at St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco. In addition to his ministerial commitments, Eddy is a vice president, senior financial advisor, with Merrill Lynch. Eddy just celebrated his 22nd wedding anniversary and is the proud father of four children. / San Francisco Magazine credits Pat Maguire* and Java Beach with revitalizing the Outer Sunset.

1987 Vic Artiga officially retired from the Redwood City Police Department and the U.S. Army. He graduated magna cum laude from Henley-Putnam University with a master’s degree in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies. He has since been working as a security consultant specializing in counter terrorism and workplace violence prevention. He is currently studying music at the Berklee College of Music and recently received Berklee’s Celebrity Scholarship. He performs regularly throughout the Bay Area with his jazz and soul duo, VIP. A Chinese community news team recently featured an interview and performance with his duo. / The Chronicle ran a story on SI Sports producer Sean Lawhon* and broadcasters KC Murphy ’77* and Bob Sarlatte ’68.*

1991 Justin Wells* co-authored Transforming Schools about the success of project based learning.

1992 Matt Werner* is the midst of creating Burning Man: The Musical.

1993 Gretchen (Ernster) Henderson* has written a book that explores cultural understanding of ugliness.

1995 Joe Goethals* was sworn in as mayor of San Mateo.

1996 Meehan Crist* received the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. / Dan Reid and his wife, Amanda, live in Manhattan along with children Charlie (4) and Allie (2). See the “Births” section for news on Dan’s brothers.

1997 Adam Jacobs* released a CD of Alan Menkin songs. / Robert Anthony Peters* had a role in Aaron Sorkin’s film on Steve Jobs.

1998 Scott Dobroski was recently named #4 on Business Insider’s list of 50 Best PR People in the Tech Industry in 2015. Scott leads PR/Corporate Communications for Glassdoor, the job review site and tech unicorn company preparing for an impending IPO. He joins other tech PR pros from companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Airbnb and others on the list. / Chris Roth is running for San Jose City Council in District 6 (the neighborhoods of Willow Glen, Rose Garden, College Park/Bellarmine and Santana Row). He now serves as the president of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and chairs the 15-member San Jose Library and Early Education Commission.

2000 Matt Bradford* has a second CD out titled Broken Hymns. / Viviana Montoya Hernandez-Torres* was celebrated as Alumna of the Year by Aim High Nov. 12. / Igor Olshansky* was an answer to a Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle that asked who was the only Soviet-born person to play in the NFL. / Leah Pimentel was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee and confirmed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to serve on the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure, the successor to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. She was also highlighted in the blog as a third-generation resident of the Bayview District, the vice chair of the city’s Democratic County Central Committee and the mother of Lawrence, 4.

2001 Maria Mahoney married Myles Cardiff Sept. 12 at the Palace of Fine Arts. Guests included, from left, Christina Pavloff ’99, Michael Mahoney ’99, Matthew Mahoney ’08, Fredric Chiles ’65, John Mahoney ’65, Erin O’Brien, Emily Palmer ’99, Christina Torres, Ann Marie (Hamilton) Horan, Katie (Caulfield) Moylan, Kelley (Murphy) Caulfield, Megan (Hunt) Kennedy, Danielle (Bisho) Jones and Timothy Caulfield ’02. Maria and Myles make their home in San Francisco, where Maria works in corporate meeting planning.

2003 Kate Brandt* left the White House, where she was the nation’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, to lead sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations and products. / SI and UC Davis sweethearts Karina Capulong and Alex Cerdan  married on their 11-year dating anniversary, Oct. 25, 2014. The wedding party included a number of SI alumni, including the bride’s sisters Shelly ’07 and Vivian Capulong ’11, the groom’s brother Felipe Cerdan ’90, Melissa Mariano, Elizabeth Ubaldo, Kathleen Praxedes, Jennifer Tuason Salomon, Tiffany Chin Luu, James Reodica and Neil Eligado.

2005 Darren Criss*, after performing at and organizing the Elsie Fest in New York City, paid tribute to his San Francisco and SI roots at the Nourse Theatre, where he both sang and was interviewed. / Katie Moran was featured in the fall issue of USF Lawyer magazine as “one to watch” among her law school class. She won her first jury trial while a law student intern with the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office. She also delivered the eulogy for her grandfather, Neil V. Moran ’47, at his funeral Mass in early 2015.

2006 Shane Fallon* and her father, Howard, were featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN for their journey of healing following the death of Shane’s sister, Kendra ’06, who died in a plane crash in Nepal shortly after the death of her own mother. / Jason Tengco* was honored as a leading Filipino-American for his work with the White House.

2008 Alex DeMenno* finished 10 months of community service through AmeriCorps.

2009 Adrianna Creese* and her tennis team out of Golden Gate Park won the USTA 4.0 National Championship in October. / Ryan Mak, S.J.*, a Jesuit scholastic, was part of a video welcome to Pope Francis that aired before the papal visit to the U.S. / Laura West married Michael Fischer at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19, 2015. Laura’s sister Sydney West was the Maid of Honor and SI classmates Jenny Arimoto and Meagan Martin  were in attendance. Laura and her husband have since moved to the United Kingdom where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford.

2010 Angela Owczarek* was featured by the Washington Post for her work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

2011 Katrina Habelt (left) graduated from Gonzaga University last May and took this photo with SI alumnus Joey Sammut ’02 who works at GU.

2014 Elijah Dale* and Andrew Vollert ’13* helped CCSF earn a #1 national ranking in football. / Jacqueline Monetta* was featured by Duke University for a new film she recently finished. 

2015 Sydney Raggio,* playing basketball for St. Mary’s, was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week in November.

2016 Sheldon Boboff* and Peter Lewcyzk ’17* were named as Scholastic All-American athletes. / Pierce Cavanaugh* and Cullen Reilly* took part in a 12-day trip to Japan through the Takahashi Youth Ambassador Fellowship Program. / The Chronicle featured NorCal golf champ Samantha Gong,* who just signed to play at USF. / Michael Spence* set an SI water polo record with 11 goals in one game. / Rob Werner* interviewed the Giants’ All Star second baseman Joe Panik. He and Alison Davis* were also featured by the Chronicle as budding sports writers.

2018 Claire Dworsky* received second place in UCSF’s Summer Volunteer Essay Contest. / At SI’s first speech tournament of the year, Carina Leung* took first place in Novice Division Oratorical Interpretation. / Jazara Metcalf* performed the role of Juliet in the African-American Shakespeare Company’s play.

Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Wednesday December, 30, 2015


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