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Summer 2017

1948 Eugene Bianchi* wrote a new book of poetry, The Hum of it All.

1954 Rev. John A. Coleman, S.J., celebrated his golden jubilee as a priest in the Society of Jesus June 4 at St. Ignatius Church, where he was ordained.

1957 Fr. Timothy Conlan, O.P., celebrated 50 years as a Dominican priest in June.

1958 Above: Classmates and old friends Bob Drucker and Mike Murphy celebrated their grandchildren from the SI Class of 2017. Bob’s granddaughters Cara Kohmann ’17 and Emma Krauss ’17 and Mike’s grandson Daniel Hagan ’17 and granddaughter Maggie Burke ’17 all graduated from SI on June 3. No other place to celebrate such a grand event than at Original Joe’s Westlake!

1960 Jack Fitzpatrick* was honored March 17 by the Hibernian Newman Club during its St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the St. Francis Hotel. Jack is the executive director of the Gellert Foundation.

1962 America magazine featured Fr. Ray Allender, S.J.,* and his involvement with the sanctuary movement.

1963 The track at Bellarmine was named for Terry Ward* (left), longtime athletic director and coach at SI’s companion Jesuit school.

1968 On May 25 at the SFSU commencement before 35,000 people at AT&T Park Peter Casey received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. The other recipient of an honorary doctorate that day was Johnny Mathis (which Peter admits was “pretty cool”). The creator of Frasier, Casey is a 1975 graduate of SFSU with a BA in broadcasting. / Bill McLoughlin was ordained a Permanent Deacon on May 20 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption.

1969 Dave Devencenzi* and Tommy DeNatale* (right) held the flag for the national anthem before the Giants’ home opener. / In April, the Italian Athletic Club honored former Lowell baseball coach John Donohue* with its Dante Benedetti Trophy for lifetime achievement and SI senior athletes Dominic Galetti and Lizzy Wagner with the Stephen Negoesco Trophy for soccer. Donohue also was inducted into the state Coaches Hall of Fame. / Several SI grads (right) and friends who are Knights in the Order of Malta Western Association went on their annual pilgrimage to Lourdes recently accompanying 50 malades. From left are Mike Miller*, Kevin Ryan ’76, SI parent John McInerney, Jim Sangiacomo ’78 and Tim Crudo ’80. Also attending were Asher McInerney ’00 and Clayton Fritz ’90.

1971 Gary Brickley* and the SI auction were featured in the Nob Hill Gazette. / Tom Torriglia (right) saw the release of his latest CD, Antipasto Rock, featuring 11 new Italian-American hits. Half of all profits from sales of the CD (from CD Baby) goes to earthquake relief in Umbria, Italy. For more information, visit

1974 Fr. Mark Taheny* will become the new pastor of St. Cecilia’s Parish on July 1 following the retirement of Monsignor Michael Harriman. Fr. Mark has served in several parishes, including St. Sebastian’s in Greenbrae, where he has been pastor for the last nine years. Prior to SI, he graduated from St. Brendan’s School. He is one of nine siblings and has 20 nieces and nephews and a dozen or so grandnieces and grandnephews, many of whom have been active at SI during their high school years. Two of his uncles were long-time Jesuits: Fr. Theodore Taheny, S.J. ’43, and Fr. Robert Taheny, S.J. ’44, both deceased.

1976 Bill Grayson, Esq., was appointed to the board of directors of the Presidio Trust by President Donald Trump.

1977 Bartlett Sher* will bring his play Oslo to the big screen. The play won for Sher an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel Award and received the Tony Award for best play.

1978 Jon Karesh was recently elected to the position of assistant presiding judge of the San Mateo County Superior Court. He is now in his 17th year as a San Mateo County Superior Court judge.

1981 Real Estate guru John Burns* was featured in the LA Times.

1985 Attorney Niall McCarthy* is representing the family of a veteran who died at the Palo Alto VA. Niall will serve on SI’s Board of Trustees beginning this July.

1986 Randolf Arguelles has been elected president of SI’s Parent Asian Club (SIPAC) for the upcoming school year. His son, Alex ’20, is a rising sophomore at SI. / John Randall (right) earned his doctoral degree in education with an emphasis in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University in 2016. In 2017, he advanced in rank to associate professor of Instructional Design at Concordia University Irvine, where he teaches educational technology classes in the School of Education and develops online courses and is the senior director of faculty training and development.

1988 The Craff House website featured artist Paul Aquino.*

1989 Comedian Al Madrigal* had a Showtime special in May — Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy — followed by his featured appearance in the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here in June. / SI grads excelled at crew at Gonzaga, including Coach Glenn Putyrae*, coach of the year of a remarkable crew that included Alexa Jadallah ’16, who helped the Zags win the WCC championship and compete at the NCAAs. She received WCC Coxswain of the Year honors, and Caroline Maguire ’16 was awarded WCC Newcomer of the Year. Georgia Davey ’15 also rows for the Zags in the Varsity 4 boat. Other alums that competed in nationals were coxswains Reilly Kearney ’14 for Notre Dame and Sydney Rodriguez ’14 for Syracuse.

1990 Mario Alioto has been teaching at Hanna Boys Center for the past 19 years and has served as summer school principal at Archbishop Hanna High School for the past two summers. Life is good!

1992 Elwyn Cabebe, MD, recently joined Stanford Health Care. He practices Medical Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He also was appointed director of quality for cancer care throughout the Stanford Health Care networks and is adjunct clinical faculty for Stanford University School of Medicine.

1993 Kelly (Simpson) King* gave a TedTalk on using the arts for social activism.

1994 Lizette (Ortega) Dolan is the new vice principal for mission and community development at Carondelet High School.

1996 Beth Spotswood (left) married SFPD officer and United States Army Reserves Captain Dustin Leonardo Daza in San Francisco’s Presidio. Kate Ryken ’97 served as a bridesmaid alongside Melissa Caen. Richard Spotswood ’65, who was also celebrating his 70th birthday, gave the bride away. In attendance were SI alumni William Hogan ’55, Ray McDevitt ’62, Greg Ryken ’65, Gene Payne ’65, Frank Gallop ’65, John Puccinelli ’65, Dan Ashe ’96, Katherine Hayes Green ’96, Jennifer Ryken ’02 and Dirk Daza ’01. Beth is currently a columnist for the Thursday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook section.

1997 Amy Phelps was featured in a National Geographic special dealing with giraffe extinction. She is the curator of the San Francisco Children’s Zoo and Animal Resource Center at the zoo.

2000 Matt Bradford* launched a new CD, available on iTunes, and followed up with a two-and-a-half-week tour in May. / Angélica Quiñónez* was named assistant head of school for mission at Mercy High School in San Francisco.

2001 Ben Bradford* won another Edward R. Murrow regional award in the Hard News category for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. He is the legislative reporter for the station. He reported on how the Initiative process works in California. He was also in the running for the national award.

2003 Erin Bowler is a resident in UCSF’s Emergency Medicine Program. A University of Washington grad, she received her MD from Emory’s School of Medicine as a Woodruff Fellow. She was elected to the national academic honor medical society Alpha Omega Alpha and has participated in medical humanitarian trips to Iraq and Honduras. Kate Brandt*, who served in the Obama administration as the nation’s chief sustainability officer and who now has the same role at Google, received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award the U.S. Navy can give to a civilian, for her work helping the Navy go green. Outside Magazine also named her, in honor of the magazine’s 40-year anniversary, as one of 40 women who has made the biggest impact on our world. 

2004 Regina Moore* led Team Wildcats with other ’04 grads to help Advokids, a nonprofit organization that supports foster kids and families in California with the legal help they need to navigate the system. To learn more about the work of Regina, Greg Callaghan, Dana Armanino, Kelly Kennedy, Rosie Huddleston and Andrea Garcia, check out the Advokids website.

2005 Darren Criss* will appear in the film version of Speech and Debate. / Jenise Lum graduated with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in June. She currently lives in New York and is pursuing a postdoctoral position in clinical neuropsychology and a career in rehabilitation neuropsychology.

2006 The Noe Valley Voice featured a story on Shane Fallon* and her father, Howard, who dedicated a new mural to Shane’s late sister, Kendra Fallon ’09, who died in a plane crash in Nepal, and the girls’ mother, Julee, who died a year earlier, a victim of cancer. / Lauren Kushner graduated from the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. In May, she traveled to Spain to present her research at the annual meeting for the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She will begin her pediatrics residency at Stanford this June. / Vice’s Gianna Toboni* wrote about the late Jill Costello for She also was featured in a interview entitled “This is How We Work” about her work habits and devices.

2009 Mike Shymanski* launched a new Spanish/English literary effort from Spain.

2010 C-SPAN featured an interview with Bernadette Rabuy,* the senior policy analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative, speaking about prison reform.

2012 Kerry Crowley* covers the Giants for KNBR. / Anthony Rodriguez ’14* and Kevin O’Connor* both helped St. Mary’s College win the D1A rugby national championship.

2013 Nico Giarratano* was drafted by the San Francisco Giants. He joins classmate Matt Krook*, who is pitching for the Giants’ San Jose farm team. Stanford’s Jackson Klein* was also drafted by the Kansas City Royals. / Henry Holscher, Danny Casey, Aine McGovern, Lauren Freise, Ciaran Murphy and Nick McSweeney gathered at their Boston College graduation. / The Chronicle featured Stanford baseball star Jack Klein*. / Kevin Sullivan* played for Cal’s national championship rugby team, which won the 2017 Varsity Cup final against Arkansas State. 

2014 Carly Bell* helped Boston College’s lacrosse team advance to the NCAA championships. / Cal Poly’s John Corbolotti* was named lacrosse/MCLA Player of the Month. / Joe Lang* earned All-Ivy honors playing lacrosse for Harvard. / Max Schaum (left) was recognized with the 2017 Golden Eagle Scholar award for UCSB Water Polo presented by former National Team captain Wolf Wigo. The Golden Eagle honors the student-athlete from each program who has the highest cumulative GPA and exhibits citizenship and integrity. Schaum accepted an invitation to train in Italy this summer with Associazione Nuotatori Brescia, one of the world’s foremost professional teams. Ranked 6th nationally, the defending conference champion UCSB Gauchos men’s water polo team hopes to make a run for the 2017 NCAA Championships. 

2015 Dominic Burke* and Tarik Sinora* helped UC Davis win the D1AA Rugby Championship and advance to the national championship game in Georgia against Notre Dame. / Nicholas Byers* received a writing prize from Wesleyan. / Dylan Elder* joined the Philadelphia 76ers Innovation Lab, where he is using his computer prowess with a fantasy sports project based on an algorithm he created in an AP Statistics class at SI.

2016 John Petrinovich*, a student at Reed College, was awarded a 10-week summer undergraduate research fellowship to work in the Reed College Biology Department, a grant made possible through the National Institutes of Health.

2017 Bryn Evans* was named national player of the week for boys’ lacrosse following SI’s successful East Coast tour. / Michelle Moore* was chosen as a CSF Regional Seymour Finalist. / SI’s Poetry Slam team, down three members, took second place at the Battle of the Beach May 9. The slam was run by SPARC Poetry and took place at Gateway High School. The team included Erin Valoroso ’18, Campbell Simmons and Aleah Jayme (along with club moderator and SI English teacher Xan Roberti). Also on the team are Drew Salibay ’18, Anthony Mark ’18 and Sierra Bourne, who were all unable to attend. The team also made it to the Unified District Poetry Slam Finals at the Oakland Museum as a wildcard pick from the semifinals. / Jeri Tan* received the Triple-Impact Scholarship award. She was one of the 10 students chosen out of 20 finalists in the Bay Area. Each finalist received $1,000, and winners received $2,000 payable to college of their choice. 

2018 Tiffany Hue* was named Miss Outstanding Teen Chinatown 2017.  / Angela Yang* was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English for success in its Achievement Awards in Writing contest.

2019 Kol Van Giesen and his sister, Elle Van Giesen ’20, (left) both play baseball at SI. Kol plays on the JV team, and Elle, who plays on the frosh team, is the first girl ever to play baseball at SI. / Airol Ubas* (below) received a certificate of appreciation from St. Anthony’s Foundation for outstanding performance and lasting contribution to St. Anthony’s Winter Shelter. She was presented the award by Shelter Manager Chlorisa McClain. Pictured with Airol are Rufus, Lynea and Lawrence, employees at St. Anthony’s and the main staff for the Emergency Evening Winter Shelter, where Airol volunteered nearly every day during her winter break. She also performed service at the free clothing program and at the dining room.


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