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Keeping in Touch Spring 2018

1948 Members of the Class of 1948 celebrated their Christmas lunch with (top row, from left) Mike Kasatkin, Roy Burnham, John Ruggeiro, (bottom row), Jerry Murphy, Bob Glynn and Walt Johnson. They are having their 70th reunion at the Basque Cultural Center June 23.

1955 Gov. Jerry Brown* delivered his final State of the State speech after an historic four terms in office.

1964 Alan Saunders was recently ranked by ESPN as the #1 offensive coordinator of the past 25 years in the NFL. He will be coaching his 38th consecutive season in the NFL with the Browns as their senior offensive assistant.

1965 At the Daytime Emmys in March, Harry Young (left) won his second Emmy as part of the audio team for Days of Our Lives on NBC. He is pictured here with Nanny Baskin.

1966 Fr. Robert Christian, O.P.,* was named the new auxiliary bishop for San Francisco.

1971 Dr. James Corum has a chapter in a new book: 1918: Winning the War, Losing the War. The book will be used in military history courses of British Army schools. Dr. Corum’s chapter deals with the air campaign of 1918. 

1973 The Hon. Peter Siggins received the Man of the Year Award from LMU’s chapter of Alpha Delta Gamma, the Jesuit fraternity.

1974 Joe Reid retired in April after a 39-year tax career with Chevron that took him to five continents. He thanks Mr. Morlock, who made him memorize the names of the 15 republics of the Soviet Union. “I never dreamed I would conduct business in six of those republics.”

1975 David Silver*, longtime collector, historian and, for 20 years, a major dealer and broker in antique and vintage cameras, was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, on KPIX Channel 5 and on NPR’s All Things Considered after discovering previously unknown 35mm movie footage of the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake. The 9-minute film was passed along to the Niles Essanay Silent Movie Museum, where it will remain preserved in archival storage, and was digitally copied for future generations to see.

1979 Geoffrey Blake is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel living in Fayetteville, Ark. He follows his passion by owning his own landscaping business, and in his spare time, he enjoys working out, kayaking, sports, live music and fine craft beer. He promises to attend the next reunion.

1980 Historian John Garvey was invited to participate in a Smithsonian Institution program entitled “Americans and the Nazi Threat: What Did Californians Know,” held at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center in February 2018. The panel also included JoAnn Wasserman, Education Initiatives Manager of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; author Tom Graves; and moderator Leah Garchik, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

1981 Francis Jue* stars in Soft Power, a play that will open in Los Angeles May 3 before coming to San Francisco June 20.

1982 SI Director Ted Curry* wrote about the journey of the fall play, O Beautiful, for SF Breaking Character magazine. / Mike Menaster, M.D., is taking his first photography classes at CCSF, and a month into the classes, saw the school newspaper publish his photos of the basketball team’s victory over Ohlone College. / U.S. Attorney for Northern California Brian Stretch* stepped down from the post to join Sidley Austin LLP as a partner in its white-collar, government litigation and investigations practice.

1983 Matt Larsgaard works as a private investigator along with fellow SI graduates Paul Elissiry ’85 and Chris Larsgaard ’85. The three of them work as heir hunters and have located clients all over the world.

1986 Bi-Rite founder Sam Mogannam* received the Specialty Food Association’s Leadership Award in the Citizenship category. / Richard Ponce left his current position as assistant house manager at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, to serve as house manager of 2nd Stage’s new Broadway home, the Helen Hayes Theater (where he worked 28 years ago as a ticket taker and usher). He started at the Friedman in 2008 and spent the last 10 seasons working on 29 productions, including the Tony-Award winning revival of August Wilson’s Jitney. He also worked Off Broadway for the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village between 1986 and 2008, advancing from usher to house manager. Richard put himself through school and earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and a minor in film from Brooklyn College in 1994.

1987 Business owner and entrepreneur Lloyd Princeton is running for Congress in New Mexico’s First Congressional District as a Libertarian.

1990 Mario Alioto (right) will be celebrating his 20th anniversary teaching at Archbishop Hanna High School at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma. He has been married for 17 years and just bowled his first sanctioned 300 game.

1992 San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell hosted his classmates on March 12 at City Hall. Top of next page, from left are Sean Murphy, Chris Stecher, Joey Cannata, Mike Thanos, Ed Dollard, Frank Mong, Mayor Farrell, Andre Ferrigno and Paul Merrion. According to Frank, “Mark wanted some advice from his most trusted advisors.”

1993 Matt Ferrucci won Best Director and Best TV Comedy for the show Companion at ITVFest — The Independent Television Festival — and was featured in TV Guide magazine.

1995 CCSF basketball Head Coach Justin Labagh* and Assistant Coach Adam D’Acquisto, led their team to a third state title since 2011.

1996 Tiffany Bong*, who helped create SI’s dance and drill team, was featured on the USC website for her work “raising the bar for university-level dance education.” She is a USC Kaufman Dance Lecturer at the school.

1998 Angela Leus was nominated for an award by the Guild of Music Supervisors in the “Best Music Supervision For Film: Budgeted Under $25 Million” category for her work on last year’s comedy hit Girls Trip. Angela is currently vice president of Film Music at Universal Pictures. Her current and upcoming projects include Trolls 2, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, and The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, starring Robert Downey, Jr.

2000 Josh Harris* and the Sancimino brothers — Jim ’75, Phil ’76, Steve ’68 and Tom ’72 — were semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Awards.

2002 Agnus, a play co-written by Matt Werner*, opened off-Broadway.

2004 Joe Unruh, a firefighter in San Diego, son of Coach Rob Unruh ’64 married Leah Mardon Cook in San Diego on March 4, 2018. Co-best men were twin Corbolotti brothers, Mike and Tom ’04, neighbors of the Unruhs and sons of Bob Corbolotti ’74. Also in the wedding party was Tony Lagomarsino ’04.

2005 The Chronicle interviewed American Crime Story star Darren Criss* on his San Francisco roots. / Samantha Geno (Silvia), daughter of Ed Silvia ’74 and Alicia Donahue (current SI trustee) married Gregory Geno, son of Kevin Geno ’72 on Nov. 4, 2017, at Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. Georgia Silvia ’09, Amanda Garcia, Alex Loback, Hannah Brosnan and E.J. Silvia ’11 served as bridesmaids and groomsman. Also in attendance from the class of 2005 were Juliana Sanguinetti, Jill Hansel, Molly Callaghan, Francesca Flaherty and Katy Bunch (Milton). 

2007 On Dec. 16, 2017, Dennis (D.J.) Murphy, Jr. married Holly McMannes at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. Danny Tate was best man. Also in attendance from the Class of 2007 were Alex and Cal Trembath, Drew Lawson, Scott Lensing, Andrew Hooker, Evan Yates, Michelle Arguelles, Gina Perlite and Brendan Byrne.

2008 Catholic San Francisco featured ICA graphic designer and photographer Matt Tominaga*.

2010 Carly Bell was voted one of three captains for the Boston College Women’s lacrosse team. She was selected to wear the #19 jersey, which recognizes the heroic efforts of Welles Crowther, who died helping others in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. She was nominated by Inside Lacrosse Media’s mid-season poll as Honorable Mention All American. / Will Kircher* was promoted as an agent at the Hollywood powerhouse talent agency ICM Partners. / USF and the USF Psychology Department created an alumni profile regarding Breniel Lemley’s* research, which led her to her current research position at SRI International. 

2012 Kerry Crowley joined the Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News, the East Bay Times and the Marin Independent Journal, as the San Francisco Giants beat reporter. 

2013 Andrew Vollert* saw extensive playing time in the East-West All-Star Game; he also earned honors for his academic success at Weber State.

2014 Jaren Yang* was selected for a post-grad internship at MLB headquarters. He is the only one of 5,000 applicants chosen for this honor. He is double-majoring in business administration and recreation, sport and wellness at Gordon College. Jaren played basketball both for SI and Gordon College.

2015 Katie French (left), a student at Villanova, played water polo against former SI teammate Alissa Caltagirone ’16 who now attends Chapman. Villanova won that game 10-8. / Sydney Raggio* enjoyed success playing for St. Mary’s basketball team. 

2016 Anne-Cecilia Byrne is studying in Madrid after receiving a scholarship from John Carroll University to help her finish her work towards her bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She is also an office assistant to both the Language and Political Science Departments. The Poli Sci Department has asked her to translate a research/immersion project. / Georgina Stiegeler was voted Offensive Player of the Year for Cal Poly Women’s Soccer. 

2017 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s website sang the praises of Ayzhiana Basallo*, who is making a name for herself on the school’s basketball team. / At the Army Invite at West Point, USMA cadet Lauren McNevin* set a new plebe record in the 400 medley relay and earned #7 in the Army’s All-Time best list for breast stroke. / Seattle University’s Campus Ministry program named Rose Murphy its student leader of the week for her work as a Catholic Relief Services Ambassador, an RCIA sponsor for Campus Ministry and a Student Representative on the Trustee Committee for Student Government of Seattle University. Rose is also a Student Ambassador for Living the Fourth Day: Gathering for High School Retreat Alumni.

2018 This past December, Keo Chui* and one other Latin student took the National Medusa Mythology Exam. Both students opted in just to see how they would do. Keo earned a Laurea Certificate for her strong performance on this national exam. / Alex Enos* broke SI’s long-jump record by 10 inches (24 feet, 2.5 inches) and also set a meet record at the first meet of the season. / Justin Yamamura* received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for his work founding Youth Policy Initiative, a nonprofit program at SI for middle school students.

2019 On Jan. 24, SI Spanish students participated in a one-day cultural and language exchange with students from two South American Jesuit high schools: Colegio San Javier of Tacuarembó, Uruguay, and Colegio Del Salvador of Buenos Aires, Argentina. SI students hosted the exchange students all day, bringing them to their classes and practicing their Spanish skills. SI students included David Barajas, Marcelo Villavicencio ’20, Claire Cruse, Selascie Smith, Alyssa Perotti, Nick Love, Cole Lombardi, Grace Bettis, Kaitlin Kelly, Caitriona Hegarty and Julia Kelly.

2020 Samantha Lo, Nick He ’21 and Ethan Liu ’21 were named semifinalists by the San Mateo Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans for the group’s speech contest, and Samantha was later named contest winner. / Ruby Luu*, one of the Orchestra Concertmasters at SI, was selected to perform at the Junior Bach Festival at the Crowden Music Center March 24. She has been accepted to the prestigious Conservatory Audition Workshop in Vermont this summer to work with teachers from Curtis, Juilliard and the New England Conservatory. / SI’s Sophomore Oratorical Contest featured finalists (below, from left) Sam Magdamo (1st), Kailey Sjauwfoekloy (2nd), Felix Andam and Lorraine Lee.

2021 Emma Dinkelspiel* and Nina Ng-Lara ’20 were accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan this summer for the one-week intensive music seminar. Also, Emma, Theresa Wu ’19 and Vivian Tsang ’19 received a Superior rating at the CA Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Music Festival at SFSU Feb. 24, where they played a trio by Francois Devienne for flute, viola and cello. In attendance was orchestra leader Gillian Clements who has worked with the students on their piece once a week since early January. / The freshman class enjoyed the Frosh Elocution Contest. Finalists, below from left, included Erika Morris* (1st place), Edgar Silva (3rd place), Claire Galerkin (2nd place), Jacqueline Tom, Areni Panosian and Emma Dinkelspiel. / On Feb. 3, SI’s novice debate team participated in the league’s third Lincoln-Douglas tournament at CCSF. The dedicated team had a strong showing, and Chloe Lequient* won a “Debate Winning Record” trophy. This follows their second tournament, where Violet Wade ‘20 took home the same prize. From left to right are Ethan Collins, Chloe and Jacqui Tom.

Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Monday April 2
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